WE’RE all set for another exciting day at Tokyo 2020 – and Team GB are back on the medal hunt.
Andy Murray and Jade Jones’ gold medal defences have both come to an end on a dismal Day 2 of the Tokyo Olympics for the Brits.
Chelsie Giles, however, picked up a bronze medal for Team GB in her Judo contest with Fabienne Kocher.
Murray dropped a bombshell by withdrawing from his tennis singles title defence just hours before he was set to face Felix Auger Aliassime.
Jones meanwhile fell at the first hurdle to Kimia Alizadeh of the Refugee team.
And Team GB women’s hockey went down to Germany 2-1 in a close fought opening match of their title defence.
But things could improve today, with Jonny Brownlee going for glory in the triathlon before Peaty defends his gold medal in the 100m breaststroke.
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Here’s the moment Chelsie Giles won the bronze medal match in the women’s -52kg Judo event to secure Team GB’s first medal of the Tokyo 2020 Games.
Uzbekistan’s Oksana Chusovitina made her final Olympic bow today after competing at her EIGHTH games.
The 46-year-old gymnast won gold at Barcelona 1992 but failed to qualify for the vault final today and paid a final farewell to the Olympics.
Speaking after leaving the empty arena to a standing ovation from her fellow competitors, Chusovitina said:
“It was really nice.
“I cried tears of happiness because so many people have supported me for a long time.”
In case you missed it here’s a look at the medal table from Tokyo 2020 after two days of action.
China lead the way from hosts Japan who have started the game well, while Team GB are yet to pick up their first gold medal.
That could change tonight though with Jonny Brownlee in action in the men’s triathlon at 10.30pm and Adam Peaty defending his 100m breast stroke title in the early hours of tomorrow morning.
One of the stories of Day Two from Tokyo 2020 came courtesy of Tunisian swimmer Ahmed Hafnaoui in the men’s 400m freestyle.
The 18-year-old set a personal best time in the semi-final and then improved AGAIN by another two seconds to finish in a time of 3min 43.36sec to secure Tunisia’s first gold medal of the games.
Speaking after his shock win ahead of Australia’s Jack McLoughlin and the USA’s Kieran Smith who finished second and third respectively, Hafnauoi said:
“I was surprised at first that I was a finalist and now I am surprised I won a gold medal.
“I didn’t believe it until I touched the wall and saw my face first.”
DYLAN TERRY reports how German footballer Max Kruse proposed to his girlfriend after setting up the winner in his country’s victory over Saudi Arabia at Tokyo 2020.
The 33-year-old Union Berlin striker delivered the 75th minute corner which Felix Uduokhai powered home with a thumping header to hand Stefan Kuntz’s side a 3-2 victory, their first of this Olympic Games.
And after Germany saw out the win, Kruse took the decision to propose to his other half Dilan in the post-match interview.
He took off his top and displayed a message on his vest which read “I love you. Would you like to marry me?”
Kruse’s Kurdish girlfriend reportedly said ‘Ere’ which means yes.
PREPARE FOR PEATY
Team GB swimming superstar Adam Peaty breezed into the final of the Men’s 100m breast stroke after winning his semi-final with a time of 57.63 seconds.
It means Peaty could become the first British swimmer to retain an Olympic title as he goes for gold at 3.12am tomorrow morning.
He will also be joined in the final by fellow Briton James Wilby who finished third in his semi-final.
FIRST OF MANY
Chelsie Giles got Team GB’s medal tally up and running with a bronze medal in the women’s -52kg Judo event.
Team GB athletes and fans will be hoping the medal is the first of many over the next two weeks as Great Britain try to back-up a mammoth haul of 67 total medals from Rio 2016.
YOU GO YUTO
There was history made earlier in Tokyo as Japanese skateboarder Yuto Horigome became the first person ever to win a gold medal in skateboarding at the Olympics.
The 22-year-old took the men’s street title just a few miles away from where he grew up in Tokyo to give the event a fairytale finish.
The men will battle it out for the gold medal in the Triathlon event in Tokyo later on this evening.
Jonny Brownlee will be in action at 10.30pm and looking to go one better than his silver medal from Rio 2016 and bronze from London 2012.
The 31-year-old from Leeds is hoping to keep the gold medal in the Brownlee family after his brother Alistair won gold at both London 2012 and Rio 2016, although Alistair will not be competing at Tokyo.
HAVE A SLICE
Indian weightlifter Mirabai Chanu has earned free Domino’s pizzas FOR LIFE after her 2020 Olympics heroics, KOSTAS LIANOS reports.
Chanu came second in the 49kg women’s weightlifting category and marked an end to India’s nearly two-decade-long wait for a medal in the division.
After her impressive achievement, the 26-year-old expressed her desire to eat pizza following her strict diet in preparation for the Tokyo Olympics.
Domino’s India caught wind of Chanu’s statement and found a special way to express their gratitude to the popular athlete.
WHAT A HIT
Have a look at this for a goal from Liberato Cacace of new Zealand today.
The goal came in vain though as the All Whites went down 3-2 to Honduras in their second Group B game at Tokyo 2020.
EYES ON TOMORROW
After eighteen gold medals were awarded today in Tokyo there are another twenty-one on offer tomorrow.
These are the gold medals on offer:
- Archery – Men’s team
- Artistic Gymnastics – Men’s team
- Canoe Slalom – Men’s C-1
- Mountain Bike – Men’s Cross Country
- Diving – Men’s synchronised 10m platform
- Fencing – Women’s sabre individual and Men’s foil individual
- Judo – Women’s -57kg and Men’s -73kg
- Shooting – Men and Women’s Skeet
- Skateboarding – Women’s Street
- Swimming – Women’s 100m fly and 400m fly, Men’s 100m breast and 4x100m relay
- Table Tennis – Mixed Doubles
- Taekwondo – Women’s -67kg, Men’s -80kg
- Triathlon – Men’s race
- Weightlifting – Women’s 55kg
In case you missed it earlier Andy Murray has been forced to withdraw from the men’s singles tennis event at Tokyo 2020.
Murray was set to take on Canadian Felix Auger Aliassime in the first round but felt a tightness in his groin after his first-round doubles match win with Joe Salisbury.
It means Murray was forced to choose between the singles and doubles events and felt his greater chance of a medal is in the doubles.
It means Murray will not retain his gold medal in the singles event for a third successive Olympics after taking home the gold medal at both London 2012 and Rio 2016.
JENNIFER IMPRESSES TOO
While this is what twin sister Jennifer Gadirova had to say:
“This is my first major, I’m at the Olympic Games and I’ve made an all-around final with the biggest gymnasts in the world and it only comes around every four years so it’s just cool.
“I’m very happy.
“I went clean, I hit some new PBs, did a new tumble, and just did everything I could to the best of my ability.”
JOY FOR JESSICA
And this is what Jessica Gadirova had to say on her performance:
“To be honest, at the start until the finish I was nervous, but I just tried to be relaxed and tried not to treat it as ‘oh my god, it’s an Olympic Games’!
“I tried to treat it like any other competition.
“It’s so crazy to even think I could be an Olympian this young, being under the Olympic rings and competing in the most high-level competition ever.
“No words can describe how I’m feeling.”
It was a good day for Team GB’s women’s gymnasts as they qualified for the final of the team event.
Alice Kinsella, Amelie Morgan, Jennifer Gadirova and Jessica Gadirova posted a team score of 163.396 to finish sixth and advance to Tuesday’s team final.
Twin sisters Jennifer and Jessica Gadirova also qualified for the final of the individual all-round event, while Jessica also progressed to the final of the floor event.
TEAM GB PROGRESSION
The medal tally for Team GB has been steadily increasing in the last 25 years.
A brilliant second place finish in the medal table in 2016 followed a third place finish at London 2012 and fourth at Beijing 2008.
It’s a big ask to top the tally of five years ago for Team GB especially considering the circumstances regarding the Coronavirus pandemic.
Here’s a look at the medal table after two days of the Tokyo 2020 Games.
Team GB secured their first two medals of the Games today with a silver and a bronze in Taekwondo and Judo events, while China top the table after 48 hours of action.
Japan are currently second after an impressive start to their home Games, already winning five gold medals, one more than the current USA gold medal tally.
USA were branded the ‘worst team ever’ by fans after collapsing to their first Olympic basketball defeat in 17 years today.
Kevin Durant and his all-star teammates were stunned by France 83-76 in their opening match at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics earlier today.
It was the first time the USA men’s side have lost in 25 games – a win streak that dates back to the Athens 2004 bronze medal contest.
Simone Biles is the most decorated female gymnast of all time and will be looking to add to her medal tally in Tokyo.
Today’s performance wasn’t her best but she’s sure to improve for Thursday’s all-around final.
Speaking on Biles’ performance today, US performance director Tom Forster said:
“Simone took three big steps on the beam dismount, I’ve never seen her do that before.
“We’re going to be OK.
“This is not the finals, this is getting into the finals.
“This might be a great awakening for us.”
Day Two of the Tokyo 2020 Games saw the return of Gymnastics superstar Simone Biles.
The 24-year-old won four gold medals at Rio 2016 but didn’t look at her fluent best whilst in action today.
She was penalised on both her floor and vault efforts but still managed to qualify for all five individual finals.
The USA though failed to top the leaderboard in the Women’s gymnastics team qualifying stage, finishing on 170.526, compared to the Russian Olmypic Committee’s score of 171.629.
WORDS OF SUPPORT
After winning silver in the men’s -68kg Taekwondo event Doncaster born Bradly Sinden was disappointed that he couldn’t quite make it a gold medal at his debut Olympics.
His mum Sheryl Sinden was delighted for Bradly though, telling the BBC:
“We can’t believe he has got a silver medal, it’s a massive achievement but I know he went for gold so I know how disappointed he is going to be.
“We are so proud of what you have achieved, don’t be hard on yourself!”
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