19/05/2024

13-year-old Nishiya Momiji won gold for Japan in the women's street skateboarding. (Photo: Tokyo 2020/Twitter)

Missed the medals and biggest events of Day 3 at Tokyo 2020? Catch up with our daily recap of all the major moments from Monday.

There were plenty more medals won and records set on Day 3 of the Games. For all your Tokyo 2020 coverage, stay tuned to The Inner Sanctum’s Olympic hub and the Olympics Central.

Blummenfelt swims, runs and cycles to gold

Competing in a 51 athlete-strong triathlon event at the start of the morning’s event, Norwegian Kristian Blummenfelt claimed gold.

However, it was almost luck that the race even started at all.

A camera boat drifted in front of the competitors right as the initial start was called, forcing a false start. It was dramatic scenes, as the boat nearly backed over the competitors already in the water for the swimming leg.

Once it did finally get underway, it was a tight race up the front.

Blummenfelt was trailed by Great Britain’s Alex Yee from start to finish, only managing to break away and win by 10 seconds in the final leg, the 10km run.

He earned the gold with a time of 1:45:04, Yee trailing by just 11 seconds, and bronze medallist Hayden Wilde from New Zealand only 20 seconds behind.

It was the world number two’s first Olympic gold in his second Games, improving on his time from Rio which saw him finish 13th by over two minutes.

Skateboarding is, in fact, just for kids

The first ever women’s skateboarding medals were awarded today in a tight finish to the street skateboarding final.

It was a long morning of competing, the first heats beginning at 8:30AM and finishing nearly at 1PM.

The gold, silver and bronze were all awarded to teenage competitors. Nishiya Momiji (13) earned gold for the host nation, Rayssa Neal (13) earned silver for Brazil and Nakayama Funa (16) put Japan on the podium twice.

Their youthful exuberance made for an incredibly entertaining watch, and allowed the skaters to show off their bright personalities.

One particular Filipina managed to capture the hearts of judges, commentators and spectators alike with her dance moves and vibrancy alike.

Margielyn Didal is a joy to watch to on the board, and we’ll be keenly following her progress in the future.

The future of skateboarding was well on show, and it’ll be a long wait until the park events begin on August 2.

Didal after falling off her board. (Photo: Tokyo 2020)

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Doncic domination on debut

NBA star Luka Doncic made his Olympic debut today in Slovenia’s 118-100 win over Argentina to get their group stage off to the perfect start.

The Mavericks star point guard shot a monstrous game and Games high 48 points, rounding out his insane scoring game with 11 rebounds and five assists for a double double.

What made the game even more impressive was Doncic’s 62% field goal shooting, going at 80% off his two pointers and 43% off his three pointers.

He ties with Australian Ed Palubinskas for the second highest points scored in an Olympic match, which he set at Montreal 1976.

Teammate Klemen Prepelic was just as strong with his shots, shooting 22 at 75%. If Slovenia can make that its point of difference, the side will be confident in the remaining group games ahead, taking on Japan next.

In the rest of the day’s basketball action, Serbia edged over Canada 72-68 while Spain defeated Japan 88-77. In the women’s events, Spain defeated South Korea in a 73-69 thriller.

Luckless Italy makes softball history, as does Mexico

Italy came into the Tokyo 2020 softball competition as the lowest ranked nation, and has struggled accordingly in its group matches.

The Italians had lost all their games coming into the final group match against Canada, and looked to be going home without finding a runner on the home plate.

The USA gave Italy its first loss, a 2-0 defeat. Australia was next, downing the Italians 1-0.

A brutal 5-0 loss on the hands of Japan was incredibly demoralising, and a consecutive 5-0 loss to Mexico was very nearly the knockout blow.

Canada gave the Italians another romping loss, but the nation made history by finally registering its first run at the bottom of the third, tying the game 1-1.

Laura Vigna will be worshipped as an Italian hero, finding her final run through an Erika Piancastelli hit and running truly to the home plate.

Though they would eventually lose 8-1, it was a fitting end for the Italians, who can come away from Tokyo knowing that they’ve made Olympic history.

Mexico also made history of its own, defeating Australia 4-1 to qualify beyond the group stage at an Olympic Games for the first time.

Chinese diving medal sweep stopped in its tracks

China’s diving team has once again been denied the gold medal sweep by Great Britain, stopping the run before it could even start.

The women’s 3m synchronised springboard saw China claim gold, but the duo of Tom Daley and Matty Lee had other ideas in today’s 10m synchronised platform.

China and Great Britain were neck and neck coming into the sixth and final dive, barely a point difference separating the nations as they had already locked in a medal.

It was China’s fourth dive that let it down, putting up just a 73.44 for the equal sixth worst dive of the round.

The top of the podium came down to the final dive, Great Britain making a statement with a huge 101.01 from a forward four and a half somersault dive that could barely be faulted for even the slightest mistake.

China upstaged the Brits with a 101.52 with their back two and a half somersaults two and a half twists, but it still wasn’t enough to take gold.

Vincent Hancock makes it three shots from three

American Vincent Hancock returned back to his golden best in the skeet shooting today, winning his third gold medal.

He failed to hit the podium at Rio, but bounced back with near perfect performance as he landed 59 of his 60 shots and setting an Olympic Record.

Hancock finished atop the podium four shots ahead of Denmark’s Jesper Hansen, and 10 shots clear of bronze.

It was a clean sweep in the skeet for the Americans, Amber English also earning gold after shooting a 56, also setting an Olympic record.

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The Russian return

The men’s artistic gymnastics team from the Russian Olympic Committee managed to return the nation to the top of the podium for the first time in 25 years.

With the artistic gymnastics gold, it was the first time a Russian Olympic delegate has won the event since 1996 in Atlanta. It’s the first time they’ve won gold in any men’s gymnastics event since 2000.

It was a strong performance across all six of the disciplines on the path to gold, though they barely snuck over the Japanese team in the overall tally, just .103 of a point winners in the end.

The Japanese team took a while to get going, but finished strongly with an excellent horizontal bar performance particularly by Hashimoto Daiki who was judged to a massive 15.100 score.

David Belyavskiy had a noticeably strong parallel bars performance, scoring 15.333 as one of the overall best for the discipline of the day.

New faces scale the mountain

The first of the two mountain bike events crowned its champions today in the men’s cross-country race.

While not quite a photo finish, every rider in the top seven finished within a minute of each other.

Great Britain’s Tom Pidcock was still competing in junior circuits during the Rio 2016 Olympics, but has now claimed his first ever gold medal in his debut Games with a 1:25:14.

The win comes after Pidcock claimed victory at the cyclo-cross National Championships two years straight in 2019 and 2020, now able to claim the title as one of the world’s best mountain bike riders.

Swiss-man Mathias Flueckiger earned silver as he crossed the finish line just 20 seconds after Pidcock after finishing sixth at Rio. David Valero Serrano rounded out the podium with a bronze just another 14 seconds behind.

None of the reigning medallists from Rio competed in the event, not heading to Tokyo.

The mountain biking cross-country will close tomorrow with the women’s event, set to start at 3PM local time.

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