Plenty of medals were on offer on day seven of Tokyo 2020 with more athletes etching their names in the history books. For all your Tokyo 2020 coverage, stay tuned to The Inner Sanctum’s Olympic hub and the Olympics Central.
An San bull-eyes her way to third Gold medal
South Korea An San has become a triple Gold medallist after defeating the Russian Olympic Committees Elena Osipova in the Women’s Individual Archery.
San was down 3-5 going into the final set but two bullseyes on her final two shots of the set gave her a score of 29 to Osipova’s 27, tying the match.
A shoot-out was required to determine who would win Gold, with San scoring a 10 in comparison to Osipova’s eight, sealing the match.
San has now won Gold in the Mixed Team event and Women’s Team event to go along with her individual Gold. She has been part of three of South Korea’s five Golds so far these games.
Same countries on the podium in the BMX
Three nations took out all the medals in the Men’s and Women’s final of the BMX racing today at the Ariake Urban Sports Park.
In the Men’s Niek Kimmann of the Netherlands took home gold while Great Britain’s Kye Whyte and Columbia’s Carlos Alberto Ramirez Yepes won Silver and Bronze.
In the Women’s event, Great Britain’s Bethany Shriever won Gold, just edging out Columbia’s Mariana Pajon by 0.09 of a second.
The Netherlands Merel Smulders finished in third, winning Bronze.
Plenty of rowing Gold up for grabs
Four medal events took place today in the rowing with New Zealand collecting medals in three of the events.
The first event of the day was the Women Single Skull where 2019 World Champion Emma Twigg comfortable won gold for New Zealand. Hanna Prakatsen of the Russian Olympic Committee was the silver medallist coming home strong in the final 1000m to switch places with Bronze medallist, Magdalena Lobnig of Austria.
The Men’s Single Skull was a much tighter affair with Stefanos Ntouskos winning Greece’s first medal and Gold of the games and setting an Olympic Record of 6:40.45 in the process. Norway’s Kjetil Borch won Silver after battling it out with Bronze medallist Damir Martin of Croatia and Sverri Nielsen of Denmark who just missed out on a medal being 0.15 seconds slower.
In the Women’s eight event, the Canadian team reigned supreme, leading the whole race to collect Gold. New Zealand won the silver and China were able to claim the Bronze following a poor final 1000m by the Australians who dropped from second to fifth following the halfway point of the race.
New Zealand continued their dominant day of rowing in the Men’s eight collecting their third medal of the day in rowing and second gold. Germany followed close behind in second to win Silver while Great Britain’s team won Bronze.
Records broken in the pool
It was a morning full of record-breaking swims in the pool with one new world record and two new Olympic records all occurring in three consecutive races.
In the first final of the morning, South Africa’s Tatjana Schoenmaker won the Women’s 200m breaststroke in a world-record-setting time of 2:18.95. Schoenmaker had been fantastic in the 200m Breaststroke all games long having previously set the Olympic Record in her first heat.
She is the first athlete to set an individual swimming world record at the Tokyo Games. Schoenmaker’s win also marked South Africa’s first gold medal of the games.
In the race following the Russian Olympic Committee’s Evgeny Rylov set a new Olympic record with a time of 1:53.27 in the Men’s 200m Backstroke final to claim Gold.
Australia’s Emma McKeon broke the final record of the morning in the Women’s 100m Freestyle Final, winning her second Gold medal of the games and her fourth medal of the Tokyo Olympics.
McKeon finished with a time of 51.96 beating her own Olympic record set two days prior in the heats.
China dominants the Badminton
It was an all China final in the Mixed Doubles Badminton event, with Wang Yi Lyu and Huang Dong Ping defeating Zheng Si Wei and Huang Ya Qiong for the Gold.
It was a tight match with the Gold medal pair claiming the first set 21-17, hold the lead the whole time.
Si Wei and Ya Qiong fought back hard in the second set to win 17-21 but were unable to replicate their success just falling in the final set 19-21 to win Silver.
In the Bronze medal match, Japanese pair Arisa Higashino and Yuta Wantanabe won Bronze after defeating Hong Kong’s Ying Suet Tse and Chun Man Tang in straight sets, 21-17, 23-21.
Prskavec paddles his way to Olympic glory
The Czech Republic’s Jiri Prskavec has added his first Gold to his medal collection after taking out the Men’s Kayak event with a time of 91.63.
Prskavec was the last man to take on the course, defeating then-leader Jakub Grigar of Slovakia’s time by over three seconds.
Since winning Bronze in Rio 2016, Prskavec has put together an impressive five years winning the 2017 and 2019 World Championships and being part of the four-time K1 Team at the European Championships.
Germany’s Hannes Aigner won Bronze.
China jump their way to another double podium finish
China has won both Gold and Silver in the Women’s Trampoline Gymnastics Final, with Zhu Xueying claiming the Gold and Liu Lingling winning Silver.
Xueying just edged out her fellow countrymen with a score of 56.635 compared to 56.35. In the end, the judges scored Xueying execution and horizontal displacement slightly better which made the difference in the scoring.
Great Britain’s Bryony Page came in third, adding an Olympic Bronze to her trophy case to go along with her Silver medal from Rio 2016.
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Athletics gets underway at Tokyo 2020
The first day of the Athletics at Tokyo 2020 got underway today with a host of different sports having their qualifying heats.
The day began with the Women’s 100m preliminary rounds followed by Men’s High Jump, Men’s 3000m Steeplechase and Men’s Discus, Women’s 800m, Men’s 400m and the heats again for the Women’s 100m.
The night session was dominated by the Women’s events with the 5000m opening the night followed by Women’s Triple Jump, Shot Put and the 4x400m Relay Mixed.
The only medal up for grabs was in the Men’s 10,000m, where Ethiopia’s Selemon Barega took out the Gold, crossing the line with a time of 27:43.22. Uganda won the Silver and Bronze with current World record holder Joshua Cheptegei coming second and Jacob Kiplimo finishing third.
This is the first time Uganda has won two medals in the same event.
Tomorrow more Olympic champions will be crowned with the Men’s Discus, 4x400m Relay Mixed and Women’s 100m all underway.
Japan continue to win Gold in Judo, tying national record
Japan won their ninth gold medal and 11th medal in Judo when Akira Sone defeated Cuba’s Idalys Ortiz via Ippon Golden score in the Women’s 78kg Judo event.
With the win, Japan won their 16th Gold Medal of the games tying their national record at the Olympics, which was first achieved at the Tokyo games in 1964 and Athens Olympics in 2004.
Djokovic Golden Slam quest denied
Novak Djokovic has been knocked out of Men’s Singles in the semi-final to Germany’s Alexander Zverev. The final score was 3-6, 6-3, 6-1.
Following a strong first set, Djokovic began to show signs of weakness in the second only winning 19 total points compared to 32 for Zverev.
Things went from bad to worse in the final set for the world number one who was broken three times and struggling to execute his first serve only completely 50 per cent of them.
The loss is a crushing blow for the Serbian who was on track to potentially achieve the Golden Slam, having already won the Australian Open, the French Open and Wimbledon in 2021.
Zverev will play Karen Khachanov of the Russian Olympic Committee in the final who defeated Spains Pablo Busta Carreno in straight sets, 6-3, 6-3.
Ma Long does back to back
In the final medal event of the day, the Men’s Singles Table Tennis final, China were guaranteed a Gold and Silver with world number one Fan Zhendong taking on Ma Long.
Long was victor, winning his second table tennis singles title after claiming Gold in Rio 2016 and adding his fourth Gold to his record, having won the team Gold at the Rio and London games.
The final score was 11-4, 10-12, 11-8, 11-9, 3-11, 11-7.
Long becomes the first man to ever win back to back Olympic titles in the event.
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