Welcomes Japan to top of medal table after superb table tennis triumph


At the head of the Japanese charge was 13-year-old skateboarder Momiji Nishiya who won gold a day after the host country also won the men’s title.

“I’m so happy to be the youngest (Japanese gold medalist) at my first Olympics … tears came to my eyes,” Nishiya said.

Shohei Ono, one of Japan’s biggest stars in judo, won her second consecutive Olympic title with a tense victory over Georgian world champion Lasha Shavdatuashvili at Nippon Budokan, the spiritual home of the sport.

Japan’s third gold medal, and eighth in the Games so far, was a shock in table tennis as mixed doubles duo Jun Mizutani and Mima Ito won their country’s first-ever Olympic title in this sport.

China had won all Olympic gold in table tennis since the 2004 Athens Games, but Xu Xin and Liu Shiwen lost a two-game lead in a thrilling final.

Tears flowed at the dive site as Britain’s Daley won a surprise first Olympic gold medal in the 10m synchronized platform event with Matty Lee.

Daley, 27, is hugely popular in Britain, where he has spent half of his life in the public eye and has become an LGBT figurehead.

His Olympic journey began at the age of 14 at the Beijing Games in 2008 and he won bronze medals at the Rio Olympics in 2012 and 2016, but a gold medal remained hopelessly elusive.

However, on Monday, Daley and Lee capitalized after a rare blunder by Chinese Chen Aisen and Cao Yuan to snatch gold.

– Tribute to dad –

A tearful Daley paid tribute to the late father Rob, who died of cancer in 2011 at the age of 40.

“He’s never seen me win an Olympic medal, get married, have a child, teach me to drive, drink a pint in the pub,” Daley said.

“He took me to every training session, every competition, he was always there.”

Elsewhere on Monday, the battle for supremacy between the swimming superpowers Australia and the United States heated up.

Ariarne Titmus dealt Australia the biggest blow with a thrilling victory over great American Katie Ledecky in the 400m freestyle.

Ledecky arrived in Japan after winning four gold and one silver in Rio in 2016, but Titmus ousted her from her world championship title in 2019 and has topped the timesheets this season.

The Australian rode Ledecky for the last 50 meters and said afterwards: “To be successful in the backend against someone who has an amazing second half of the race I’m really proud of it.”

The United States rebounded for an unmistakable victory in the men’s 4x100m freestyle relay. Zach Apple brought them home after Caeleb Dressel left, ensuring they touched in 3: 08.97, ahead of Italy and Australia.

Despite his setback, Ledecky was back in the pool in the evening to set the fastest time in the 200m heats and advance to the 1500m final the fastest.

In gymnastics, the Russian team won their first men’s team gold since the 1996 Atlanta Games as they overtook defending champions Japan and left China in a bronze medal position.

The result of the first gymnastics gold medal offered hung in the balance until the closing exercise when the reigning all-around world champion Nikita Nagornyy won the gold medal with a superb score on the barre. fixed.

– False start farce –

Britain’s Adam Peaty extended his dominance in the 100 breaststroke, winning gold in 57.37 seconds ahead of Dutchman Arno Kamminga to retain his 2016 Olympic crown.

Tom Pidcock won the cross country mountain bike title for the third British gold medal of the day.

The action of the third day began with chaotic scenes in the men’s triathlon, ultimately won by Norwegian Kristian Blummenfelt.

In a grotesque false start, about two-thirds of the 56 competitors dived into the water and started swimming before being pulled up.

The missed start was caused by a media boat filming the competitors before they dove for the swim stage.

Japanese tennis favorite Naomi Osaka qualified for the third round of the women’s singles with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Switzerland’s Viktorija Golubic.

On the men’s side, world number one Novak Djokovic beat German Jan-Lennard Struff 6-4, 6-3 to stay on course for a first Olympic title.

NBA star Luka Doncic made a sensational Olympic debut, scoring 48 points as Slovenia routed Argentina 118-100.

“It was very special,” Doncic said. “As much for me as for the whole team.”

However, Covid-19 continued to stalk the Games, with Dutch tennis players Jean-Julien Rojer and Wesley Koolhof withdrawing from the men’s doubles after Rojer tested positive for coronavirus.


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