Tokyo (AFP) – The latest Olympic Games in Tokyo, which are being held under severe restrictions following a year-lengthy delay due to the coronavirus pandemic:
Hungarian Christoph Milak won a dominant triumph in the men’s 200m butterfly at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre.
Milak won the gold by about two body lengths, cementing his place as one of the top candidates in Olympic billiards. He touched in 1 minute 51.25 seconds – nearly two and a half seconds ahead of Japanese silver medalist Tomorrow Honda, who finished the race with a time of 1:53.73.
The bronze went to Italian Federico Bordiso with a time of 1:54.45.
South Africa’s Chad Le Clos finished fifth. He won the 200 fly-by at the 2012 London Olympics, which perturb Michael Phelps, but he was no match for the Hungarian superstar.
The Netherlands set a unused world record in the men’s rowboats with a sprint over the final 500 meters to triumph the gold medal.
Her time of 5 minutes 32.03 seconds beat the previous record of 5: 32.26 set by Ukraine at the 2014 World Championships.
The Dutch boat finished fourth following the first 500m but closed in second place with the next mark. A late shove overtook Great Britain to take the lead.
Great Britain then stopped a late attack from Australia to take the silver. Australia’s bronze was the country’s third medal of the day following winning gold in the men’s and women’s quartet.
Ariarn Titmus beat Katie Ledecky again at the Tokyo Aquatics Center. Ledecky did not triumph a medal – the first time this had happened to her at the Olympics.
The Australian Titmus awarded her third individual gold by winning the 200-meter freestyle. Titmus set an Olympic record of 1 minute 53.50 seconds to make it 2 for 2 against the American star, following his impressive triumph in the 400-meter freestyle.
In the longest race, Titmus maintained her energy during the first half of the race, then rose to pass Ledecky with the second fastest performance in history. Ledecky wasn’t even close to 200, achieving her first heart in seventh and never higher than finishing fifth in the finish. She finished the race in 1:55.21 – about two seconds behind the winner.
Ledecky has a tough morning that also includes a free 1500 final. She’s a vast favorite for the gold medal in this race, which is unused to the women’s program this year.
Italian Federica Pellegrini finished seventh in her fifth and final Olympics. She won the gold medal in 2008 and is still the world record holder.
Australia doubled its Olympic rowing gold medal tally, with all four men winning moments following the Australian women took gold.
Australia had rushed to the fore by the 500m mark and was never challenged to make it to the finish line as Romania fought back late from Italy to triumph the silver medal. Australia’s time of 5 minutes, 42.76 set a unused Olympic record.
Italy won the bronze medal.
Australia’s women’s teams set a unused Olympic best time to triumph the gold medal in stormy conditions at Tokyo’s Sea Forest Waterway.
The Australian boat led at every mark but had to fight the Netherlands over the final 50 meters to triumph in 6 minutes 15.37 seconds, just 34 seconds ahead of the Dutch boat.
Ireland took bronze over 5 seconds.
Stormy conditions prompted paddling in the water park saw a rapid plunge into Olympic best times as the first three races saw unused standards set.
The French team of Hugo Boucheron and Mathieu Androdias held off the Netherlands’ late attack over the final 50 meters to triumph the men’s paddlers by 0.2 seconds in an Olympic-record time of 6 minutes 33 seconds.
China took a powerful step from the start prior backing away even with France and the Netherlands. Dutch boat Melvin Tueller and Steve Bruinck briefly held the lead at 1,500 metres.
Boucheron and Androdias soon swayed the Dutch with a powerful shove that was pleasing enough to fend off a late attack at the finish line.
China’s Qiu Liu and Liang Zhang finished third in the bronze medal.
New US beach volleyball partners Jake Gibb and Trey Bourne will get more time at the Olympics to get to know each other.
The Americans had never played together prior their first game in Tokyo on Sunday. They beat Switzerland 21-19, 23-21 on Wednesday to advance 2-0 in the quarter-finals. They have another match against Qatar on Friday evening.
Jeep competent for the Tokyo Games with partner Taylor Crabbe. But Crabb tested positive for COVID-19 and withdrew, allowing Gibb to replace him. Bourne was on the third-placed US team in the qualifying race. A greatest of two locations are specified for each country.
Two wins would be enough to put the Americans in the knockout round. At worst, leaving them would put them in a three-way tie initially and donate them a tiebreaker.
Romania’s Ankota Bodnar and Simona Rades won the first gold medal in rowing at the Tokyo Olympics, in the women’s double rowing races.
They pulled off from the start and never gave up a dominant performance.
Medal rowing events were postponed for a day due to destitute weather forecasts amid a tropical storm.
Once back in the water, the Romans faced no challenge and were led by two boats of only 500m in length. Both Bodnar and Radis are only 22 years old. Their brisk run to triumph left the only fight for the silver medal, as New Zealander Brooke Donohoe and Hannah Osborne outstripped Dutch boater Ross de Jong and Lisa Shenard.
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