20/04/2024

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Records fell and medals were claimed on another action packed day 12 at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

Day 11 of Tokyo 2020 was filled with medals and some records being smashed. Keep up to date with all the happenings at Tokyo 2020 through The Inner Sanctum’s Olympic hub and Olympic Central.

Friendship wins in the skate park!

If there was an event to watch today that would have made anyone having a bad day smile it was the Women’s Skateboarding Park event.

The Street event last week was already a delight to watch but it wasn’t just the high-quality skateboarding that made this event special, it was the reactions of the athletes who were cheering each other on in the Park event’s Olympic debut.

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Australia’s Poppy Starr Olsen and Bryce Wettstein from the United States were some of the biggest cheerleaders on the park, cheering on their opponents including Bronze and Silver Medalists 13-year-old Sky Brown and 12-year-old Kokona Hiraki.

Sakura Yosozumi won the event with a massive score of 60.09 in her first run of the final and it was a win all of the athletes celebrated as their young sport made a stamp on the Olympic Stage.

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Australia sails away with another 470 gold

At this year’s sailing regatta the Australians had one common theme, if they were going to win a medal, then they’d do it with a race in hand, a race that was worth double points.

Over the weekend it was Matt Wearn in the Laser class that secured Gold ahead of the Medal Race. Today it was Matthew Belcher and Will Ryan in the 470 class’ turn, and to say they did it in style would be an understatement.

There were two conditions to Belcher and Ryan winning Gold and they were relatively simple, don’t get disqualified and cross the finish line. Some might have chosen to sit at the back of the pack and allow the race to play out so that the fight for silver and bronze could heat up.

But that wasn’t for the Australians, who hit the front not long after the first mark and didn’t give up that lead for the rest of the race, stretching their lead on their nearest opponents to 22 points, it being 20 prior to the start of the race and finishing with a total of 23.

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Sweden’s Anton Dahlberg and Fredrik Bergstrom took out Silver with 45 points and Bronze medallists from Spain Jordi Xammar and Nicolas Rodriguez Garcia-Paz with 55 points.

In the Women’s 470 Great Britain was the big winner on 38 points, Poland and France took out Silver and Bronze respectively on 54 points apiece with the Medal Race result breaking the tie.

12kg shy of 500

The Weightlifting competition ended with one of the most dominant performances we’ve seen at this Olympics.

Georgia’s Lasha Talakhadze didn’t have his first lift until all of his competitors completed their best lifts.

Records tumbled quickly, Talakhadze went for the Olympic Record on his first Snatch lift and by the third, he brought down his own World Record by 1kg with a lift of 223kg, his nearest competitor Ali Davoudi was 23kg behind.

The Total Olympic Record fell before the Clean and Jerk Records, the 27-year-old attempting a 245kg lift safely securing the Olympic Gold Medal, his second, 255kg broke the Olympic Record for the Clean and Jerk extending the Olympic Record.

For his third and final lift, Talakhadze went for the World Record and everyone watching around the world held their breath as he got 265kg over his head and his feet stable. After three white lights, it confirmed that three new World Records had been set.

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Talakhadze won the Olympic Gold Medal by a total of 47kg, with Silver Medallist Ali Davoudi lifting 441, there was less of a gap between second through sixth than gold and silver.

Burning through more records in the Track Cycling

What an event the Track Cycling has been already and today was no exception, the Men’s Pursuit continued to be the best of the best.

The cyclists from Great Britain held their heads high after the disaster that was their heats the day before, beating the Swiss for seventh place by over four seconds. Canada approached the 5-6 race with a completely different strategy to the other teams, letting their lead rider maximise the amount of time he was in front before cutting the team down to three riders for the rest of the race, it was a gamble that paid off when they beat Germany for 5th by 4.699 seconds.

The Bronze Medal Race between Australia and New Zealand was a tug of war for a majority of the race with neither team giving up more than a second’s deficit for the majority of the race, then disaster struck for New Zealand with one of their riders crashing, the third rider also dropped back losing speed after the wheels touched before the crash.

The Australian’s managed to overlap the dropped rider and claim the Bronze medal, a huge recovery after the Alex Porter crash during qualifying two days before.

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The Gold Medal Race was an entirely different beast. Both Italy and Denmark burned through records at Tokyo 2020 and it’s no surprise that it happened again. Much like the previous race, it was a back and forth battle between the two teams for the whole race.

It came down to Italy’s perfect finish with all three riders finishing together, meanwhile, Denmark’s third rider finished a metre back. Both teams rode a perfect race and bettered the World Record that the Italian’s set the day before but it was Italy’s time of 3:42.032 that stood as the new World Record.

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All class from de Grasse

It’s strange to say considering he’s only 26 but Andre de Grasse’s first gold on the world stage, was a long time coming. Yet to pick up an Olympic or World Championship Gold medal it was only right that he’d take first in the race he was only second to Usain Bolt at Rio 2016.

It was never going to be an easy race with American duo Kenneth Bednarek, Noah Lyles qualifying with sub 20 second times and final member of the American trio 17-year-old Erriyon Knighton all qualifying at 20.02.

De Grasse set a new Canadian Record in the semi-final and he cut that down again in the final running a 19.62 and earning his first Olympic Gold. Bednarek and Lyles followed in close behind with respective times of 19.68 and 19.74. But it wasn’t just the podium that ran sub 20 seconds with Knighton coming in fourth with a 19.93 and Liberia’s Joseph Fahnbulleh running 19.98

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