Zambia's Barbra Banda made history on day one of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Image: Football Association of Zambia/Twitter

Day 1 of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics saw plenty of events get underway with lots of medal action as well. The Inner Sanctum recaps the action.

With Day 1 of the Tokyo 2020 Games done and dusted, we take a look at what happened at the Olympics today. For all your Tokyo 2020 coverage, stay tuned to The Inner Sanctum’s Olympic hub and the Olympics Central.

To recap all the Aussie action from day one, click here.

To recap all the action from the beginning of the Swimming competition at Tokyo 2020, click here.

To review all the day one action as it happened, click here.

China’s Qian Yang wins the first gold of the Tokyo Games as first shooting medals awarded

Day 1 at Tokyo saw the first medals of the 2020 Games awarded, in the Women’s 10m air rifle shooting event. China’s Qian Yang claimed Gold, the 21-year-old setting a new Olympic record with her score of 251.8. 

It was a close finish as Yang scored 9.8 on her final shot to finish just 0.7 points ahead of the ROC’s Anastasiia Galashina. Galashina recorded a score of 8.9 from her final shot as the competition went right down to the wire. 

Switzerland’s Nina Christen claimed Bronze, finishing with a score of 230.6.


Iran’s Javad Foroughi breaks air pistol record on Olympic debut

The Men’s 10m air pistol event also saw a new Olympic record set on Saturday. Javad Foroughi of Iran recorded a score of 244.8 to set the new record and win gold, and at the age of 41 became Iran’s oldest ever Olympic medallist. 

Foroughi finished ahead of Serbia’s Damir Mikec who claimed silver with a score of 237.9, while China’s Wei Pang scored 217.6 to claim bronze.

Foroughi capped off a prolific year by achieving Olympic Gold, having also won world cup titles in March and June this year.

Japan gets on the board with its first medals of the Tokyo games

Japan claimed its first gold and silver medals at its home Olympic Games, with Naohisa Takato taking home Gold in the men’s 60kg Judo event, while Funa Tonaki collected silver in the women’s 48kg Judo division. 

Takato won Bronze at Rio 2016 and now adds an Olympic gold medal to his name at a home Games. He defeated Yung Wei Yang of Chinese Taipei in the Gold Medal match, who took home silver. 

France’s Luka Mkheidze and Kazakhstan’s Yeldos Smetov both claimed bronze in the event during the bronze medal matches.

Tonaki finished runner up to world number one Distria Krasniqi of Kosovo as the pair won silver and gold respectively. Ukraine’s Daria Bilodid and Mongolia’s Urantsetseg Munkhbat won Bronze after victories in their respective Bronze medal matches. 

Richard Carapaz becomes Ecuador’s second-ever Olympic gold medallist; photo finish decides silver and bronze in the Men’s Road Race

It was a thrilling finish in the men’s cycling road race, with Ecuador’s Richard Carapaz becoming the second-ever Olympic gold medallist for his country as he stormed to victory.

Carapaz finished one minute and seven seconds clear of silver in the road race, finishing with a time of 6:05:33 in the 234-kilometre race. 

Remarkably, the battle for silver and bronze was decided in a sprint finish as the next eight riders all finished one minute and seven seconds behind Carapaz. It was Belgium’s Wout van Aert who claimed silver, while back-to-back Tour de France winner Tadej Pogacar of Slovenia rounded out the podium to take home Bronze. 

Tadej Pogacar (L) and Wout Van Aert (R) in the photo finish for second place. Image: Team Jumbo-Visma / Twitter

Hat-trick history made as Zambia, China all square

Zambian Barbra Banda etched her name into Olympic history on Saturday. With another three goals in her country’s four-all draw with China, Banda became the first female footballer to score two hat-tricks at an Olympic Games. 

It follows her three goals in Zambia’s loss to the Netherlands on Wednesday, putting her name in Olympic folklore for the incredible feat. 

Shuang Wang scored all four of China’s goals to even the ledger as the two countries played out a draw. 

Inaugural mixed team archery event sees Korea continue golden run

A new event at Tokyo 2020, the mixed archery event which concluded on Saturday saw Korea’s pairing of San An and Kim Je Deok claim gold in the final.

Remarkably, this victory is Korea’s 14th gold medal – out of a possible 17 – in archery events since the sport was introduced in 1988. 

The Netherlands took home silver, the pairing of Gabriela Schloesser and Steve Wijler going down 5-3 to Korea in the bronze medal match.

Mexico won its bronze medal match, defeating Turkey 6-2 to become the first Olympic bronze mixed team archery medallist. 

History made as first fencing medals decided

Hungary’s Aron Szilagyi won Gold in the men’s individual sabre fencing event on Saturday, creating history in the process. 

He became the first man to win three Olympic gold medals in an individual fencing event, following his wins at London 2012 and Rio 2016.

Szilagyi defeated Italy’s Luigi Samele in the final, who won silver, while Korea’s Kim Junghwan took home bronze after victory in the bronze medal match.

The women’s epée also took place on Saturday, with China’s Sun Yiwen defeating Romania’s Ana Maria Popescu in overtime to claim gold.

It is Sun’s third Olympic medal, but her first Gold, after she claimed an individual bronze and team silver medal at Rio 2016.

Estonia’s Katrina Lehis won bronze with a 15-8 win in the bronze medal match.

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Weightlifting off the ground at Tokyo with Olympic records broken in final

China’s Hou Zhihui won gold as the weightlifting competition at Tokyo 2020 got off the ground on Saturday, taking out the title in the women’s 49kg discipline. 

She also set not one, but three Olympic records, lifting a total of 210kg in the final – 94kg in snatch and 116kg in the clean and jerk round – as she finished as one of China’s three gold medallists on day one of the Games. 

India’s Chanu Saikhom Mirabai claimed silver, becoming India’s first Olympic weightlifting medallist, while Indonesia’s Windy Cantika Aisah won bronze on Olympic debut.

Men’s, Women’s taekwondo gets kicking with first medals awarded

Day 1 also saw medals awarded in the Men’s 58kg and Women’s 49kg taekwondo events, with the gold and bronze medal matches concluding the competition for the categories.

In the men’s 58kg division, Italy’s Vito Dell’Aquila defeated Tunisia’s Mohamed Khalil Jendoubi in a close contest as the pair won gold and silver, while Korea’s Jun Jang and the ROC’s Mikhail Artarmonov won their respective bronze medal matches.

The women’s 49kg event concluded with Thailand’s Panipak Wongpattanakit taking home gold ahead of Spain’s Adriana Cerezo Iglesias, while Israel’s Abishag Semberg and Serbia’s Tijana Bogdanovic claimed bronze after winning their respective bronze medal matches.

Rowing events rescheduled due to incoming typhoon

The rowing competition experienced a change to its schedule on day one, due to a typhoon that’s looming off Japan’s East coast. 

The majority of rowing competition on day one remained, with the events initially booked moved forward, and the men’s and women’s eights moved from Sunday in order to prepare should a typhoon hit Tokyo itself in the coming days. 

Rowing events for the following days have also been rescheduled, with the men’s and women’s single and double sculls to take place on day two, as well as the men’s and women’s fours. 

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