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Duffy Bermuda’s first Gold
Bermuda doubled its Olympic medal count on Tuesday morning, adding a Women’s Triathlon Gold when Flora Duffy swam, cycled and ran her way to Gold in a field of 55 triathletes.
Clarence Hill is the only other Bermuda athlete to have earned a medal, taking Bronze in Men’s Heavyweight Boxing at the 1976 Montreal Games.
The Triathlon start was delayed 15 minutes due bad weather, a stark contrast to the scorching conditions the men faced in competition on Monday. Despite the cooler temperatures, the wind and rain became a challenge as did the humidity during the 10 kilometre run.
During the swim, Duffy established herself as part of the breakaway group, before pushing the pack to stretch out the lead during the 40 kilometre bike leg.
After a clean transition to her runners Duffy took off, leaving every athlete behind her as she showed her strength in the 10 kilometre run. She finished the course in 1:55:36 ahead of Great Britains’ Georgia Taylor-Brown in Silver and American Katie Zaferes in Bronze.
Duffy started competing in triathlons at seven-years-old, at 34 years she won an Olympic gold medal.
With the postponement of the Games, she was forced to wait even longer to redeem her underwhelming result of eighth place in Rio. However, she did exactly that with her Gold medal in Tokyo.
American teen outshines teammate
Teenager Lydia Jacoby has outshone her teammate Lilly King to claim Gold in the Women’s 100m Breastroke.
In a time of 1:04.95, the 17-year old from Alaska, surprised everyone in her first International event.
King, the World Record holder, was more than a second off her best in the final touching the wall in third in a time of 1:05.54.
It was a massive upset, as King has not lost a long-course 100m Breaststroke final since December 2015.
Coming into the race, Tatjana Schoenmaker was seen as King’s biggest competition, after the South African set a new Olympic Record in the semifinal.
Schoenmaker split the Americans to take home Silver, South Africa’s first medal of the Games.
Jacoby is a high school student, who lives two and a half hours from the only 50 metre pool in Alaska, and she beat the very best in the world to do it.
Swiss Queens of the Mountain
It was an all-Swiss podium, as Jolanda Neff, Sina Frei and Linda Indergrand led the way in the Women’s Mountain Bike cross-country event.
It is the first time a podium has been filled by all Swiss athletes since the 1936 Games in Berlin, where they claimed all three medals in the Men’s Floor Exercises.
Neff finished the gruelling course, a start loop of 1.3 kilometres and then five laps of a 3.85 kilometre track, in 1:15:46.
Frei was over a minute behind with 1:16:57 for Silver, but she held off Indergrand who was on her tail and finished eight seconds after.
Diving dominance resumes
After a brief intermission for Great Britain’s gold medal in the Men’s 10 metre Synchronised Platform, China has resumed its dominance in Diving.
In the Women’s 10 metre Synchronised Platform event, Yuxi Chen and Jiaqi Zhang of China finished with 363.78 points, 52.98 points ahead of the Silver medal team from the United States.
The pair’s best dive was an inward three and a half somersaults in tuck position, scoring 86.40. They produced three 80-plus dives, no other team scored in the 80s.
China had expressed plans for a clean sweep of the gold medals on offer in Diving, and while this is no longer possible, it remains likely it will take home seven out of eight.
Taking Silver, Jessica Parratto and Delaney Schnell earned America’s first medal in the event since it debuted at Sydney 2000.
Gabriela Agundez Garcia and Alejandra Orozco Loza won Bronze by the smallest of margins on 299.70 points, 0.54 points ahead of Canadian pair Meaghan Benefit and Caeli McKay.
Moore Gold for the USA
In its debut at the Tokyo Olympics, Surfing has produced stunning results in its final day of competition with Carissa Moore and Italo Ferreira taking Gold.
The swell at Tsurigasaki Surfing Beach had its moments across the last three days with Typhoon Nepartak closing in on Tokyo impacting conditions.
To avoid further bad weather, all finals were contested and medals presented on Tuesday.
In the men’s competition, Ferreira took Gold with a combined score of 15.14, defeating Igarashi Kanoa of Japan who finished with Silver.
Australian Owen Wright took Bronze, 0.2 points ahead of two-time World Champion and fancied Brazilian, Gabriel Medina.
In the women’s, Sally Fitzgibbons was devastated as she failed to make it past the semifinals.
Moore took out Gold for Team USA with a dominant performance over South African Bianca Buitendag with a combined 14.93 points to Buitendag’s 8.46.
Bronze was claimed by Japanese surfer Amuro Tsuzuki with a score of 6.80, defeating Caroline Marks who scored 4.26 in particularly tough conditions.
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Great Brit comeback
Great Britain has pulled off a remarkable comeback, defeating the United States by five points to advance to the Rugby Sevens semifinals.
Down 21 points less than five minutes into the match, Great Britain produced four unanswered tries to secure the win.
Ollie Lindsay-Hague, Ben Harris, Alex Davis and Dan Norton score for Great Britain, while Dan Bibby successfully converted the first three tries, but missed the final shot.
It didn’t matter though, as Great Britain held on.
The team now faces New Zealand in the first semifinal at 12pm on Wednesday, before the medal matches in the early evening.
Revenge for Rio
Five time World Champion and European Title holder, France’s Clarisse Agbegnenou has got her revenge on opponent Tina Trstenjak in a re-run of the Rio gold medal match.
In 2016, Trstenjak took home the Gold in the Women’s 63kg Judo, but five years later it was Agbegnenou’s turn.
It was a fighting start from Agbegnenou, and she did not give in as the bout went to golden score.
In the end, it took a waza-ari for Agbegnenou to take down defending champion Tsrtenjak.
She now has every major crown in the 63kg class, and cemented her place as one of the greatest champions in the history of Judo.
Biles withdraws and USA adds silverware
The world was shocked as the greatest gymnast of all time, Simone Biles withdrew after the Vault from the Team Final in Tokyo.
In a statement released immediately by USA Gymnastics it was revealed Biles withdrew due to a “medical issue” and she would be assessed daily for medical clearance to participate in future competitions.
Team USA was still able to compete for a medal in the Team Final, as only the three athletes are required to perform in each discipline. Biles’ teammates Grace McCallum, Jordan Chiles and Sunisa Lee competed in the remaining three rotations and scored a total of 166.096 for Silver.
ROC was superior on Tuesday evening with a score of 169.528. This follows their gold medal performance in the Men’s Team Final on Monday. Great Britain took home Bronze.
The United States was favourite for a third consecutive Gold in the Olympics’ team event, however, adds a Silver to its 1984, 2004 and 2008 second placings.
Japan take Softball Gold
Host nation Japan is the Tokyo 2020 Softball gold medallist, defending its Beijing 2008 win after a 13 year absence from the Olympic program.
The USA claim Silver after a strong performance across the competition. Undefeated through the preliminary stage, the USA were unfortunately unable to score runs in the medal match when it counted most.
Japan scored the only runs for the match in the fourth and fifth innings for a 2-0 victory.
It was an emotional victory for Japan, the country’s tenth gold medal of the home games.
Earlier in the day, Canada won its first medal in Olympic Games Softball with a 3-2 over Mexico in the bronze medal match.
Danielle Lawrie got Brittany Cervantes to strike out swinging for the final out of the game.
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