Tokyo 2020 round-up: Adam Peaty reaches 100m breaststroke final
The Philippines has won its first ever gold medal at an Olympics after women’s weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz topped the 55-kilogram category on Day three of Tokyo 2020. She swept away tears as she took to the podium, having ended her country’s 97 year wait for an Olympic gold.
Earlier GB’s Alex Yee won a silver medal in the men’s triathlon event behind Norway’s Kristian Blummenfelt, who put in so much effort he collapsed on the finish and had to be carried away on a wheelchair, but he was OK and fully deserving of gold. Jonny Brownlee couldn’t add another medal to his collection and ended his brilliant Olympic career with a fifth-place finish.
Adam Peaty won gold in the 100m breaststroke final, while Australia’s Ariarne Titmus edged American great Katie Ledecky in an epic women’s 400m freestyle final soon afterwards. Tom Daley and Matty Lee then clinched a spectacular gold in the men’s 10m synchronised platform, edging out heavy favourites China with a magnificent final dive. The gold rush of ‘Magic Monday’ then continued as 21-year-old Tom Pidcock won gold in the men’s cross country mountain bike race for Great Britain’s third gold medal in as many hours.
Lauren Williams won Great Britain’s fifth medal of the day but she had to settle for silver after she was defeated by Croatia’s Matea Jelic in the closing seconds of the women’s taekwondo -67kg final. Elsewhere, the Russian Olympic Committee won the first gymnastics gold in the men’s team event, with Team GB matching their fourth place finish from Rio five years ago.
Flora Duffy on brink of first ever gold for Bermuda
Duffy is currently leading the women’s triathlon halfway through the 10km run, after the swim and cycle.
If she holds on, Bermuda would become the smallest country by population to ever win a gold medal at the Summer Games.
Paul Casey excited to be at Olympics representing GB
The golfer took to Instagram to post a picture of himself at the Olympic venue for the men’s golf competition, which starts on Thursday.
“No greater honour than to represent Great Britain,” he wrote.
Team GB women leading triathlon
Halfway through the 40km bike stage of the women’s event Team GB’s Jessica Learmonth and Georgia Taylor-Brown are leading a breakaway group of six that have built a two-minute lead over the chasing pack.
Team USA men’s surfer loses quarterfinal
California’s Kolohe Andino was defeated 12.60-11.00 by Japan’s Kano Igarashi, who moved onto the semi-finals in heavy weather conditions.
The gold medal surfer will have to take to the stormy waters three times today to claim victory. The defeat means that Team USA has now lost both of its competitors in the first ever men’s competition.
What do the Olympic flowers symbolise?
The flowers being handed to medalists at the Olympics, eustomas, sunflowers and gentians, were chosen to symbolise the country rising again after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan.
More than 20,000 died when the twin tragedies struck the country and the flowers come from the three prefectures that were hit by all but 100 deaths.
Men’s surfing quarterfinals underway
The first of the quarterfinals sees Team USA’s Kolohe Andino taking on Japan’s Kano Igarashi in the 19-minute event being held in stormy weather.
Women’s triathlon underway after 15-minute weather delay
Team GB’s Jessica Learmonth was leading the 1,500m swim leg of the event at Odaiba Marine Park in Tokyo.
Learmonth was the first woman out of the water and onto her bike for the 40km bike stage of the race.
BMX rider wipes official out during high speed crash mid-race in latest Olympics blunder
Olympic BMX rider Niek Kimmann collided with an official during a high-speed crash mid-race on a day of blunders at Tokyo 2020.
The 25-year-old Dutchman was getting some last-minute training in on the Japanese circuit ahead of the start of his heats on Thursday.
Footage captured the extreme sportsman taking to the air over the track’s hills seconds before crashing full-speed into an official walking across.
Olympic BMX rider Niek Kimmann collided with an official during a high-speed crash mid-race on a day of blunders at Tokyo 2020.The 25-year-old Dutchman was getting some last-minute training in on the Japanese circuit ahead of the start of his heats on Thursday.Footage captured the extreme sportsman taking to the air over the track’s hills seconds before crashing full-speed into an official walking across.After posting a clip of the collision on social media, he added: “My knee is sore, but will do my best to be ready for Thursday! Thanks, everyone for the messages, appreciate it!”
Who is Caroline Marks? The Team USA surfer who turned professional at just 13
She is one of two women representing Team USA in surfing’s first ever appearance at the Olympics and she has been a star in the sport since she was a child
Surfing prodigy Caroline Marks, 19, grew up as one of six children in Melbourne Beach, Florida.
Caroline Marks won first amateur title at 11 after growing up as horse-riding enthusiast
Who is Carissa Moore? The US surfer who is aiming for Olympic gold
She is the most successful and high-profile female surfer in the world.
And reigning world champion surfer Carissa Moore also shares something in common with a former US president.
For the Hawaii native went to the same private school attended by Barack Obama as he grew up on Oahu.
Team USA athlete went to same high school in Hawaii as Barack Obama
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