31/05/2024

Elaine Thompson-Herah was one of just three Jamaicans on the podium of the women's 100m sprint Photo: Tokyo 2020 - Twitter

Day eight of Tokyo 2020 saw more records broken, new stars emerge and more history be made as we reach the one week mark of the games.

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None for you Novak

If you told anyone at the beginning of the Olympics if they thought Novak Djokovic would walk away without a medal, they’d tell you you’re crazy.

But that’s what happened today when Novak Djokovic crashed out in the Men’s Singles Bronze Medal Match against Span’s Pablo Carreno Busta, losing 4-6, 7[8]-6[6], 3-6. It isn’t often you get to see Novak lose two in a row but to crash out after not dropping a set prior to the semi-finals really left people wondering what the hell was going on.

A typically even-tempered Djokovic launched one racquet into the empty stands and was smashed on the post of the net, really letting onlookers at home know he wasn’t dealing with the pressure of the Spaniard all too well.

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Following the loss, he was expected to be a short turn around and he’d have to front up for a Mixed Doubles Bronze Medal Match against Australia’s Ash Barty and John Peers alongside Nina Stojanovic.

It wasn’t too long before reports of a walkover were coming out of Tokyo, and it was announced that Barty/Peers would be the Mixed Doubles Bronze Medallists at Tokyo 2020, meanwhile, Djokovic would walk away without a medal.

Mixing it up for stunning results

If there’s an event that has won people’s hearts at Tokyo 2020 it’s the mixed relays, today there were three medals on offer in the mixed relays and each one was nothing short of spectacular.

The day started with the Triathlon Mixed Relay which is done in teams of four (two male and two female) and each athlete has to complete a 300m swim, 6.8km bike ride and a 2km run.

It’s the first time the event has entered the games and it was Great Britain that set the Olympic Best finishing with a time of 1:23:41 just 14 seconds ahead of the United States in Silver and 23 seconds ahead of the French in Bronze.

It wasn’t the only Mixed Relay that Great Britain won today, in the pool fans got to witness the Mixed Medley Relay, likely the most compelling of the three as teams can select their swimmers in any order.

Which saw a majority of teams choosing to finish with their strongest female freestyle swimmer, whilst the United States’ Caeleb Dressel hunted them down.

Despite a mishap at the start for the British, they stormed in-home smashing a World Record and claiming gold with China and Australia close behind.

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The final Mixed Relay of the day was on the Track, the 4x400m Mixed Relay that had controversy surrounding it before the gun went off after the US was disqualified last night but reinstated following an appeal.

Poland came out the big winners smashing their own Olympic Record, the Dominican Republic won silver breaking its national record and the United States came back to win the Bronze and claimed a seasons best time. Additionally, both Belgium and the Netherlands broke national records.

Dong Dong denied second Gold

China’s Dong Dong has been a Trampoline Gymnastics medal winner at the Olympics since Beijing 2008 and he wasn’t going to let anything stop him at Tokyo 2020.

It was an event filled with twists and turns as everyone was shocked to see Gold Medal favourite and four time World Champion Gao Lei fail to progress onto the final after missing the trampoline bed during his qualifying voluntary routine. Lei wasn’t the only one to have a major mishap and the finals group had some unlikely faces in it including Australia’s Dominic Clarke.

But in the final, it was all about Dong and the top qualifiers from Belarus Ivan Litvinovich and Uladzislau Hancharou, Dong had lost to Hancharou at Rio 2016 and all three had performed well.

Dong was the first of the three to perform executing a near faultless routine and rocketed up into first place with a score of 61.235.

Eventual Bronze Medallist Dylan Schmidt was just as consistent as he’d been in qualification and scored a 60.675 and shocked all by beating Hancharou by 0.210 points, the latter receiving deductions for air displacement.

It was just between Litvinovich and Dong in the end and to the untrained eye no one would have thought Dong would be denied his second Olympic Gold Medal, due to Litvinovich barely staying on the trampoline bed in his final two jumping passes, however following appropriate deductions due to his higher difficulty the 20-year-old was given a 61.715 and named the winner.

It’s the second consecutive Gold Medal in Trampoline but history was made through Dong as well who became the first gymnast to win four Olympic Medals in Trampoline.

Nothing short of a dynasty

There’s no question that Jamaica has dominated the 100m Sprint in the men’s and women’s over the past four Olympic Cycles but tonight the women cemented the Dynasty in the best possible fashion.

For the second time in history there was a podium sweep in the Women’s 100m Sprint and for the second time, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce was on that podium. The victor in the event in 2008 which saw a dead heat for second, this time it was Fraser-Pryce who finished in second hitting her top speed around the 60m mark.

It was Elaine Thompson-Herah who got her crowning moment for the second consecutive Olympics and was the first medal she’d won since Rio 2016 due to a spate of injuries over the past five years. Thompson-Herah broke the Olympic Record set in 1988 and actually seemed to take her foot off the gas in the last few metres as she realised she’d sealed Gold.

Rounding out the Podium was Shericka Jackson who ran a personal best time and was just 0.03 of a second shy of claiming second.

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‘I am a Swedish Viking’

It was the cry that was let out several times by Daniel Stahl following his Gold Medal win in the Men’s Discus earlier tonight.

Australian’s held their breath hoping Matt Denny would break onto the podium and there’s no way anyone could say he didn’t give it everything he had, ending up just 5cm short of that bronze medal position on the podium as he smashed his personal best by 87cm, throwing consistently for the entire event.

Stahl is the best in the world for a reason and with a personal best of 71.86 he was always going to be the favourite heading in and he made sure everyone knew it, throwing a 68.90m throw.

Sweden didn’t just have Stahl on the podium with Simon Pettersson securing a silver medal for the Scandinavian nation.

Just the second and third times Sweden has medalled in the discus at the Olympics after Richy Bruch in Munich 1972.

In third and winning the Bronze Medal was Austria’s Lukas Weisshaidinger who threw 67.07m just edging out Denny.

Who needs seeds to get Gold

It’s very difficult to win any tournament as an unseeded player but it’s considered near impossible to do so at the Olympics, especially if you’re playing China in a Badminton final.

However, that’s just what Lee Yang and Wang Chi-Lin from Chinese Taipei did tonight when they took out Gold against the third seed from China Li Jun Hui and Liu Yu Chen in the Men’s Doubles.

The duo not only won but did so in straight games winning the match in under 32 minutes with a score of 18-21, 12-21.

It may have taken them three match points to win but it was certainly a historic one denying China a gold medal sweep at Tokyo 2020.

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