20/04/2024

Yuto Horigome claimed the first gold medal in Skateboarding history on day two of the Tokyo Olympics Picture: @Tokyo2020 Twitter

Day two of the Tokyo Olympics had it all as records tumbled, medals were awarded and a newly introduced sport got its time in the limelight.

Day two is in the books for the Tokyo Games and it was a day of firsts for athletes and events alike. For all your Tokyo 2020 coverage, stay tuned to The Inner Sanctum’s Olympic hub and the Olympics Central.

To see how the Aussies fared on day two, click here.

Curios to see what happened at the Olympics today as it unfolded? Click here.

For the latest from the pool, click here.

History made as inaugural Skateboarding medallist crowned

Yuto Horigome made history today by fulfilling the dream that millions before him never got the chance to fulfil.

Skateboarding took centre stage this morning in its first Olympics as competitors in the Street discipline battled it out for a spot in the final later in the afternoon.

Australian Shane O’Neill was one of the competitors to miss out on the final as Frenchman Aurelien Giraud topped the table in the heat, but in the final it was all Horigome.

Silver medallist Hoefler of Brazil finished the final a full point behind Horigome who looked calm and composed throughout the morning and into the afternoon.

It was a spectacle to behold as commentators did their best to explain the rules as the event went on but whether you were a first-time viewer or a skating veteran, there’s no denying the aesthetic appeal of the high-octane sport.

Softball standings set up frantic final fixture

It was a clash of the titans in the penultimate day of the minor round with Japan and Canada going toe to toe.

The host nation came out on top in a tightly contested affair, with neither side able to get on the board until Japan broke the deadlock in the extra inning.

The 1-0 win sees the Japanese side book a spot in the gold medal match against the dominant USA team that also picked up a win today over the Aussies.

Neither side has lost yet, both with a 4-0 record and with one game remaining, there is no catching either of them.

Japan and the USA will play each other tomorrow in the final fixture of the minor round before going head to head for the gold medal on Tuesday.

Australia remains in the hunt for bronze and will face Mexico tomorrow, the winner of that clash meeting Canada in the bronze medal match.

Not all smiles for Simone Biles

The name Simone Biles has become synonymous with excellence in the sport of Gymastics and for good reason, she may be the best we have ever seen.

Today, though, for the first time in a long time, the United States Gymnastics team, led by Biles, showed signs of vulnerability as mistakes crept their way into multiple routines.

Let’s get this straight, Biles was still great, in fact she topped her performance at this stage in Rio, reaching all four apparatus finals as well as the All-Around final.

She will compete for six gold medals this year and the Americans qualified without any difficulty and will still be odds on favourite to finish on top, but stunningly, today was perhaps what they would consider an ‘off day’.

Biles stumbled on her floor routine, taking her off the mat momentarily but such is the beauty of her craft and the difficulty of her routine, she still managed to score well.

We are lucky to witness her greatness, but if she wants to bring glory to her country once again, she and the team will need to improve on today as they qualified second behind the ROC for the team final.

More Tokyo 2020 News

Tokyo 2020: Australian Recap – Sunday July 25

Race-walker Dane Bird-Smith withdraws from Tokyo 2020

Tokyo 2020 Recap: Men’s Basketball – Australia v Nigeria

Tennis titan fails to fire

Ash Barty is fresh off one of the most dominant Wimbledon displays tennis has seen in some time, but her form did not carry over into the Tokyo Olympics as planned.

Many dreamed of a gold medal match between Barty and newly-minted cauldron lighter, Naomi Osaka, but those dreams were dashed as Barty fell in straight sets to Spaniard Sara Sorribes.

The Australian looked off the pace from the getgo, perhaps the rigours of competing in every round of Wimbledon taking their toll, regardless it was a highly unexpected result.

Sorribes was dominant and looked in control from the outset, the world number 72 now surely thinking that anything is possible for the rest of the tournament.

Family comes first – Judo siblings claim gold

They say two’s company and for this family, the company is elite with both Uta and Hifumi Abe picking up gold medals in their respective Judo events on day two of the Tokyo Olympics.

The Japanese siblings were sensational, Uta winning the women’s 52kg division and Hifumi taking out the men’s 66kg prize.

Many dream of winning a gold medal in their home country but to do it with your sibling by your side is special and is a great reminder of the joy the Olympics can bring in so many different ways.

First pool podium placings pack plenty of passion

The United States was typically dominant in the first day of swimming finals with a number of USA competitors gracing the podium.

The Aussies were right there with them, the women’s 4x100m Freestyle team dominant yet again and a number of strong swims from individual competitors.

Nothing, though, compared to the passion and jubilation shown on the face of 18-year-old Tunisian swimmer Ahmed Hafnaoui as he powered home in the final lap of the 400m Freestyle, winning gold for his country.

Hafnaoui swam a phenomenal race but was constantly on the heels of Australian Jack McLoughlin who looked comfortable in first for the majority of the event.

However after the final turn, there was only one winner as Hafnaoui turned it up a notch and won ahead of McLoughlin in second with a time of 3:43.36.

Elation ensued in lane eight as Hafnaoui looked at the clock and realised he had just won his nation’s third ever swimming gold medal.

Records are made to be broken

Australia’s 4x100m Freestyle Relay team has dominated world swimming for years on end and today, on day two of the Tokyo Olympics, they added another feather to their cap.

Bronte and Cate Campbell, Meg Harris and Emma McKeon were the chosen four that took to the pool representing the Aussies and they did so in style.

The team smashed their own world record, finishing today’s race .36 seconds faster than their previous best time, beating out the Canadians who claimed silver.

Canada finished three seconds behind an impressive Australian outfit with each member of the team now with eyes firmly set on their individual events.

Dream team receive wake-up call courtesy of France

Fresh off the finals, Jrue Holiday, Khris Middleton and Devin Booker were injected into an already star-studded Team USA lineup.

The result? A loss at the hands of France in the side’s first game at the 2020 Olympics.

The United States has a long and storied history of not just winning gold medals, but winning them in a canter, dating back to the Dream team in the ’80s.

The names are certainly there for the USA once again in Tokyo, with Kevin Durant and Damian Lillard headlining a roster that would not be out of place in an NBA Allstar Weekend.

The defensive prowess of Rudy Gobert and creative offence of Evan Fournier was enough to undo the American outfit as France put together a fantastic run in the second half.

Fournier comfortably led the game in scoring, dropping 28 points on 50% shooting while Gobert was dominant in the post, recording nine rebounds and hitting five of his six field goal attempts.

The United States will remain confident of Olympic glory but to make it happen they will need to put a stop to a horrid run of form.

Subscribe to our newsletter!

About Author

Leave a Reply