Daily Recap Day 6 Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games

Alessandra Perilli won San Marino's first-ever medal, a bronze. (Photo: NOC San Marino - Twitter)

Day 6 of Tokyo 2020 saw more medals awarded, records broken and history made as an action-packed Olympic Games continues.

More medals and history-making sporting moments contributed to an action-packed Day 6 of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. For all your Tokyo 2020 coverage, stay tuned to The Inner Sanctum’s Olympic hub and the Olympics Central.

A new World Record swim

In the 4x200m Women’s Freestyle, China set a new world record during the final with a time of 7:40.33.

The swim beats Australia’s previous world record pace of 7:41.50 from the FINA World Swimming Championships in July 2019.

The Chinese team, made up of Junxuan Yang, Muhan Tang, Yufei Zhang and Li Bingjie claimed the record, seeing off the challenge of the USA’s Katie Ledecky storming home.

The USA was awarded a silver as the team was only 0.40 of a second behind China, though still set an American record.

Australia trailed in third place to win bronze with a time of 7:41.29, 0.96 behind China in the pool, although would be proud of claiming an Oceanian record.

The 4x200m Freestyle capped off a brilliant hour for China’s Yufei Zhang also, winning gold in the Women’s 200m Butterfly before the relay race.


BMX Racing cycles on at Tokyo 2020

BMX Racing began its descent in Tokyo this morning with the women’s and men’s quarter-finals. Semi-finals will get underway from tomorrow morning before it all wraps up in the early afternoon with medal races.

Racers competed across four heats, each rider having three runs of the course where the top four in each heat qualified for the next stage.

In the first run of the men’s quarterfinals, from Great Britain, Sylvain Andre and Joris Daudet each had a score of three for consecutive first-place finishes in each of the three heats and will be tough to beat going forward.

For the women, Colombia’s Mariana Pajon finished first in each heat and was followed by France’s Laura Smuldersand Great Britain’s Bethany Shriever.

Athletics in disarray as athletes kicked out of Tokyo 2020

Preparations for the athletics, due to begin tomorrow morning were thrown a curveball today when US pole vaulter Sam Kendriks was ruled out of the Olympic Games after testing positive to COVID-19.

The entire Australian athletics team were ordered to stay in their rooms at the Olympic Village as three members, who were classified as casual contacts were tested. Those results came back negative.


In other news, it was revealed 10 Nigerian track and field athletes wouldn’t be competing in any athletics event in Tokyo after a non-compliance with an Out of Competition Testing requirement.

Athletes from Belarus, Bahrain, Ethiopia, Kenya, Morocco were also revealed to be barred from competing for the same reasons as Nigeria.

Japan’s gold medal wins continue

Japan has now won 13 gold medals at its home Games, contributing to a total medal tally of 31 with seven silver and nine bronze.

After Naohisa Takato won the first gold medal for the host nation on July 25 in judo, Japan has won two more medals in the sport today, including Hamada Shori in the Women’s -78kg Wolf Aaron in the Men’s -100kg discipline.


Shori and Aaron’s winning fights take the tally of judo gold medals for Japan to eight for this year’s Olympic Games. The only gold medal chance where Japan competed but claimed silver was before Naohisa when Tonaki Funa fell to Kosovo’s Distria Krasniqi.

Japan continues to be strong in judo with many other competitors reaching and progressing through semi-finals in various other weight categories so it would be expected there’s more medals coming Japan’s way in the coming days.

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Women’s Rugby Sevens underway at Tokyo 2020

After Fiji made it back-to-back Olympic gold medals in the men’s rugby sevens on Day 5, today marked the beginning of the women’s side of the tournament.

12 teams, split into three pools, each nation played two games throughout the day which started with a 12-5 win to France against Fiji.

Defending gold medallists from Rio 2016, Australia started its rugby sevens campaign with a 48-0 victory over Japan and backed it up later in the evening with a 26-10 defeat of China.


As well as Australia, who tops Pool C, the USA, also in the same group has two wins while New Zealand in Pool A and France in Pool B are undefeated thus far.

With a final round of games in the group stages, the women’s rugby sevens continues tomorrow morning where th top two nations from each pool and the next two teams that finish third progress.

The evening sessions will determine the placings for ninth to 12th for the remainder of the competition while the quarter-finals begin for the eight teams in contention for a medal.

First-ever Olympic Medal for San Marino

Following its debut Summer Olympic Games at Rome 1960, the small state from southern Italy has appeared in 12 Olympiads and going into Tokyo 2020, had never won a medal.

That all changed this afternoon as Alessandra Perilli claimed the country’s first Olympic medal when she won bronze in the women’s trap final at the Asaka Shooting Range.

She finished with a score of 29 points, three points in front of the fourth-placed competitor.

As well being the first-ever medal in the country’s Olympic history, with a population of around 34,000 people, San Marino is the smallest country to win an Olympic medal.

Perilli was rewarded at these Games after failing to qualify at Rio 2016 and agonisingly finishing fourth at London 2012 after a second-placed tie.


Guatemalan makes history for Latin America

Guatemalan badminton player Kevin Cordón has made history at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, becoming the first Latin American player to make a quarter-finals appearance in the sport.

In his fourth Olympic Games, Cordón has improved at every chance. In 2008 in Beijing, he made it to the Round of 32 but went one step further by making the Round of 16 at London 2012.

An unfortunate knee injury at Rio 2016 forced him to retire in the second round of the group stages.

So far at Tokyo 2020, Cordón has beaten world number 69 Lino Muniz, World Number nine Ka Long Angus and world number 29 Mark Caljouw.

Cordón is ranked number 59 in the world himself and has his next match-up against Heo Kwanghee, ranked 38th.

The maiden C1 event at the Olympics delivers Fox a maiden gold

Australia’s, and perhaps the world’s best paddler, Jess Fox completed the trifecta of Olympic medals with a captivating run on the canoe slalom course in Tokyo.

Fox finished first in the semi-final with a time of 110.59 however was set a task of beating Mallory Franklin’s time of 108.68 in the final.

A flawless run without any touches or penalties allowed Fox to paddle down the course with ease, recording a time of 105.04, a win by 3.64 seconds.

Fox had won silver in the K1 in London 2012 and bronze at Rio 2016. Fox claimed another K1 bronze on Day 5 but her first C1 medal win, on Day 6 of Tokyo 2020 was gold.


Novak Djokovic continues his quest for the golden slam

The world number one men’s tennis player in the world beat Japan’s Kei Nishikori in a quarter-final match-up that lasted two sets.

Djokovic won in straight sets with ease, 6-2, 6-0. Djokovic won 26 points to Nishikori’s 10 for the match and only committed two forced errors to his opponent’s 13, proving the difference in the contest against the former number four.


This win over Nishikori sets up a semi-final game against the fourth-seed Alexander Zverev where the winner of that will go on to play the winner of the ROC’s Karen Khachanov and Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta.

The 34-year-old Serbian is looking for a gold medal and has only two more possible matches to gain the medal to be on his way to completing the golden slam.

Djokovic has won the Australian Open, the French Open and Wimbledon within 2021 so far.

At Tokyo 2020, Djokovic is also cruising along in the mixed doubles, winning his game with partner Nina Stojanovic in the quarter-finals where they next play the ROC’s Elena Vesnina and Aslan Karatsev.

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