Updates on the Tokyo Olympics
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Elaine Thompson-Herah became the fastest woman in life after leading a Jamaican sweep of the medals at 100 meters for women. A wide open men’s field will compete later Sunday for the chance to become the fastest in the world.
Thompson-Herah’s time of 10.61 seconds Saturday night is the second fastest ever run by a woman. It is only surrounded by the late Florence Griffith-Joyner’s world record of 10.49 seconds set in 1988, still surrounded by controversy as it occurred in an era when steroid abuse was common.
The women & # 39; s 100-meter final made its mark as one of the most exciting events of the Tokyo Olympics so far, with Thompson-Herah breaking FloJo’s Olympic record of 10.62 seconds from the 1988 Seoul Games. .
“I think I celebrated a little too much early on,” Thompson-Herah said after the race, adding that she “definitely” could have broken the world record if she hadn’t just started showing and screaming before the finish line.
She was followed by compatriots Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, the 2008 and 2012 Olympic gold medalist who stumbled on her third step but recovered for silver, and former quarter-mile specialist Shericka Jackson for short bronze.
Referring to FloJo’s longtime world record, it is also considered in part suspicious due to windy conditions on the day, Thompson-Herah said “eventually these times will erase, even if it takes five, four years, it will slowly erase. To run this Olympic record tonight gives a sign that anything is possible.”
Anything is also possible in the men’s 100m final on Sunday night in Tokyo, which will be the first such event without three-time champion Usain Bolt since the 2004 Athens Games.
The frontrunners of the semi-finals are the defense of Olympic bronze medalist Andre De Grasse of Canada in 9.91 seconds and the surprise candidate Lamont Marcell Jacobs, who set a new national record of 9.94 seconds for Italy in the first round.
No time is within striking distance of the world record of 9.58 seconds held by Bolt, who retired after the 2017 World Championships.
The race will be especially famous for the new generation sprinters and some absences. The latter includes the 2019 world championships, respectively the gold and silver medal winners, Christian Coleman and Justin Gatlin of the USA. Coleman was suspended for a series of missed anti-doping tests, while Gatlin did not qualify for the team at the U.S. trials at age 39.
American fellow player Trayvon Bromell, who was expected to be another favorite for gold with a personal best of 9.77 seconds, did poorly in the first qualifiers on Saturday, but could not get an automatic qualifying spot. not and progresses at a time of 10.05 seconds.
With temperatures forecast close to 27C during the race, De Grasse said heat and oppressive humidity are welcome features for a faster final. ‘I do not know what [time] it will take, but it will be fast. The weather conditions are helping, ”he said.
Defending 200-meter world champion Dina Asher-Smith of Britain withdrew from her characteristic event in Tokyo while struggling with a thigh muscle injury sustained shortly before the Games. Asher-Smith was unable to progress out of the semi-finals of the 100m and then said she struggled to find the correct diagnosis for the injury, which took place in the final round of the British trials. Asher-Smith is still listed to compete in the 4 x 100-meter relay, for which qualifiers begin Thursday.
The number of new daily Covid-19 cases in Tokyo erupted above 4,000 for the first time since the pandemic began when the virus situation in Japan worsened. Although the Olympics are being held behind closed doors, the rise of the Delta variant and public fatigue with virus restrictions has led to an increase in cases, with authorities struggling to get it under control.
“Cases have doubled compared to last week,” Health Minister Norihisa Tamura said on Sunday. ‘The Delta variant is gradually taking over and this is affecting the speed of the outbreak. We are in a new phase, with the risk of infections continuing to increase, and the question is how we can overcome it.
Britain’s BMX riders still offer surprises. Charlotte Worthington (25) won the women’s freestyle event for women and beat USA’s Hannah Roberts, the three – time world champion. Worthington crashed in her first run, but in a spectacular second and final attempt, where she became the first woman to score a 360-degree backflip in the competition, she earned a score of 97.50 and the gold . The win adds to Bethany Shriever’s victory in the BMX women’s races, and Kye Whyte’s silver in the men’s event.
The Olympic swimming competition ended with the American team, as always, as the leading country in the pool. But the Americans received a tough challenge in Tokyo from an inspired Australian team.
On Saturday, the two countries split the remaining gold. For the USA, Caeleb Dressel was crowned as the fastest swimmer in the world after winning the 50 meter freestyle for men. The country’s men’s quartet set a world record to win the 4 x 100 meter relay, while Robert Finke triumphed in the men’s 1500 meter freestyle.
But Australia’s Emma McKeon won her fourth Olympic title in these Games by winning the women’s 50m freestyle and being part of the team that won the 4x100m relay. At the end of the competition, the American team achieved 11 golds and 30 medals in total, compared to Australia’s nine gold and 20 medals.
Belinda Bencic became the first Swiss woman to win Olympic tennis gold, defeating Czech Marketa Vondrousova 7-5, 2-6, 6-3 on Saturday night, with a chance to win a second gold in doubles for women on Sunday. With her individual victory, Bencic became the first Swiss tennis gold since Marc Rosset in 1992.
The world number one for men in tennis, Novak Djokovic, leaves Tokyo without medals, after a collapse in the bronze medal match against Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain and shortly afterwards withdraws from the mixed doubles. The Serbian star took part in these games in the hope of becoming the first male athlete to win the so-called ‘Golden Slam“, Win every major tennis tournament and Olympic gold in a calendar year.
Simone Biles pulled out of the end device of the floor exercise, the American Gymnastics said Sunday, leaving the balance ball as the only remaining event in which she could participate in Tokyo. She suffers from a performance-related problem that gymnaststwisties“, Which means that her body does not work as her mind says.
Gymnasts share their experiences of the phenomenon. Rhys McClenaghan posted a moment on training on Twitter when he experienced the dispute, explaining that it was ‘honestly funny to watch, but it’s because I did not even get a head start’.
Here is an example of a mental block for anyone who has no idea. This one was safe and honestly funny to watch, but that’s because I did not even get a head start pic.twitter.com/PoOy1VUvkq
– Rhys Mcclenaghan (@McClenaghanRhys) 29 July 2021
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