Tokyo Olympics LIVE: Women’s 200m and 800m results and Simone Biles bronze on beam
Adam Peaty and Tom Dean return to UK after winning medal in Tokyo
Day 11 of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games was a hit with a huge world record set on the track in the men’s 400m hurdles final won by Norway’s Karsten Warholm.
The new champion only broke the 29-year-old record last month, but clocked a time of 45.94 seconds in Tokyo, taking nearly a second off his previous world record of 46.70 seconds he had. established in Oslo in early July. He beat the American Rai Benjamin (46.17s) and the Brazilian Alison Dos Santos (46.72s). Later, Briton Keely Hodgkinson won a fabulous silver in the 800m as 19-year-old American Athing Mu won gold before Jamaican star Elaine Thompson-Herah completed the double-double in the sprint. , adding the 200m crown to her 100m title just like she did in Rio.
Gymnastics queen Simone Biles returned to action on Tuesday in the beam final after retiring from the team final after just one rotation a week ago. After retiring from competition citing mental health issues and “twisties”, she produced a phenomenal routine to win bronze, just like she did five years ago.
Elsewhere, Laura and Jason Kenny both won silver medals in the track cycling finals. Laura finished second in the team pursuit behind Germany while Jason came behind the Netherlands in the team sprint to tie Bradley Wiggins as Britain’s most decorated Olympian with eight medals.
Tokyo Olympics: GB team pursuit domination ends in dramatic day
It was inevitable that at some point the British hegemony in the blue ribbon event of track cycling would end, but even so, no one could have predicted exactly how it would turn out with the retirement, the controversy, world records and finally an accident.
Track cycling at the Olympics is relentless, and in just over an hour at the Izu Velodrome, most successful team pursuit racer of all time, Ed Clancy, has retired , the UK brought charges against Denmark over an irregular kit, then Clancy’s replacement Charlie Tanfield took a back seat to those same Danes as the reign of the men’s tag team pursuit took hold. is finished in tatters.
It wasn’t even meant to be the story of the night. After all, this was the first chance for Jason and Laura Kenny to win medals in Japan. They both did, but both won silver rather than gold.
Jamie braidwoodAug 3, 2021 3:25 PM
Tokyo Olympics: Simone Biles wins bronze on return
Simone Biles returns to the Olympic stage, dazzled on the beam and leaves with another medal for her collection. It would be an exaggeration to say that the beam is her weak apparatus given that she is a three-time world champion, but after such a week and against stiff competition from China and her own teammate Sunisa Lee, to tie the bronze she won in Rio was a remarkable achievement.
“I wasn’t expecting a medal, I just came here and tried to do a good set of beams,” said Biles, who paid tribute to Chinese gold and silver duo Guan Chenchen. and Tang Xijing. “Just having one more opportunity to compete in the Olympics meant the world to me. “
Lawrence Ostlere reports from Tokyo:
Jamie braidwoodAug 3, 2021 3:15 PM
Tokyo Olympics: Keely Hodgkinson “speechless” after 800m silver
“It was such a good race, it was so open, I just wanted to highlight everything. It’ll take a few days to sink in. I am so happy.
“I’m speechless right now, Kelly [Holmes] is a legend, I admire him, I spoke to him the last few days. It means so much.
“My friends are going to say to me, ‘Why is she crying?’ but it means so much.
“If the Olympics had been held last year, I wouldn’t be here. It gave me a chance to grow up and compete with these girls.
“I’m not just 19, Athing is 19 too, so the teenagers on the podium are amazing and I hope we have a lot of battles ahead of us.”
Jamie braidwoodAug 3, 2021 3:06 PM
Tokyo Olympics: GB team aims for new sailing medals tomorrow
That’s because Hannah Mills and Eilidh McIntyre extended their lead in the 470 women’s dinghy category to 14 seconds before tomorrow’s medal race.
With 28 points, they have a clear advantage over the rest of the peloton. The French pair are second with 42 points while Poland are third with 46 points.
Jamie braidwoodAug 3, 2021 3:03 PM
Tokyo Olympics: Australia will face Belgium in men’s hockey final
Australia will face Rio 2016 silver medalist Belgium in the final of the men’s hockey tournament after beating Germany 3-1 in the semifinals.
Belgium qualified for their second straight game for the gold medal after a 5-2 victory over India, whose race in the tournament came to an end.
Belgium were beaten by Argentina in Rio but will look to take a better step against Australia on Thursday.
In the women’s tournament, Great Britain will face the Netherlands while Argentina will face India in the semi-finals tomorrow.
Jamie braidwoodAugust 3, 2021 2:55 PM
Tokyo Olympics: Australia beats Argentina to prepare for US semi-final
Australia beat Argentina to complete the semifinals of the men’s basketball tournament, where they face the United States on Thursday.
Patty Mills led the way with 18 points as the Boomers claimed a 97-59 victory.
In the other semi-final, Luka Doncic’s Slovenia will face France after beating Germany earlier.
France beat Italy to qualify for the final four while the United States beat Spain thanks to 29 points from Kevin Durant.
Jamie braidwoodAugust 3, 2021 2:42 PM
Tokyo Olympics: Marco Asensio qualifies Spain for the Olympic final
A superb goal from Marco Asensio in full overtime propelled Spain to the Olympic Games final with a 1-0 victory over Japan.
Asensio curled up a shot to the far left corner in the 115th minute after the Japanese hosts pushed their European opponents into overtime.
Spain face Brazil in the final on Saturday after the defending champions beat Mexico on penalties earlier today.
Japan will go for bronze against Mexico on Friday.
Jamie braidwoodAugust 3, 2021 2:35 PM
Tokyo Olympics: Swedish Armand Duplantis wins gold in men’s pole vault
There will be no new world record for Armand Duplantis after the 21-year-old cut the bar on his third attempt at 6.19m.
American Christopher Nilsen wins silver while defending champion Thiago Braz settles for bronze.
Jamie braidwoodAugust 3, 2021 2:22 PM
Tokyo Olympics: Elaine Thompson-Herah reacts to double gold
Elaine Thompson-Herah, speaking to the BBC after winning the women’s 100m final:
“Honestly, I just need to sleep! My body still hasn’t recovered from the 100m but I still had my composure to go out here. I knew the time would be short but I begged for the line!
“To go out and set a national record and win the double, I’m so happy.”
Jamie braidwoodAug 3, 2021 2:13 PM
Tokyo Olympics: Swedish Armand Duplantis wins gold in men’s pole vault
Armand Duplantis is the men’s pole vault champion – and the 21-year-old will now try to break his own world record!
The Swede hasn’t failed as he climbed 6.02m to win the gold medal, and is now aiming for 6.19m.
He just cut the bar in the first of three attempts, but it certainly looks like another world record could be broken at the Olympic Stadium today.
Jamie braidwoodAug 3, 2021 2:09 PM