The first ever Olympic women’s gymnastics team to include a transgender athlete has been named in Tokyo, and Elaine Thompson-Herah will be the first to compete in the games. The Jamaican star has been openly transgender since 2015, and no woman has ever won a medal for Jamaica at the Olympics.
Elaine Thompson-Herah, a 19-year-old from Jamaica, won the gold in the women’s 100m T20 semifinal and set a new Olympic record, while Simone Biles took bronze in the women’s gymnastics team event.
The Rio 2016 Summer Olympics will come to an end on 24 August. It’s been a huge success for the host country and the world, and the athletes from all over the world will be incredibly proud of what they have achieved. Elaine Thompson-Herah of New Zealand became the first Paralympian to win an individual gold medal at the Olympics since the birth of the Paralympic Games back in 1960.
Elaine Thompson-Herah finished 0.19 seconds behind Florence Griffith-Joyner, who set the 33-year-old 200m record.
On the day Simone Biles won bronze in an emotional comeback to Olympic competition, Elaine Thompson-Herah created sprint history and hurdler Karsten Warholm set a world record.
Thompson-Herah of Jamaica became the first woman to win both the 100m and 200m Olympic gold medals.
She won the 200m final with ease, with the second-fastest time in history (21.53 seconds).
Warholm of Norway won the men’s 400m hurdles with a world-record time of 45.94 seconds.
Colin Jackson, a British former hurdler, characterized his feat as “absolutely amazing.”
Biles, a four-time Olympic winner, has withdrawn from four events at Tokyo 2020 in order to focus on her mental health.
Guan Chenchen, 16, of China, won gold in the women’s beam final, and she finished third.
Lisa Carrington of New Zealand, meantime, proved her class by winning two gold medals in the canoe sprint.
The 32-year-old from Auckland won her third straight K1 200m sprint Olympic championship, then won the K2 500m event with Caitlin Regal.
In the women’s 800m final, two 19-year-olds led the way, with emerging US star Athing Mu earning gold and Great Britain’s Keely Hodgkinson getting silver.
Malaika Mihambo, a world champion from Germany, won the women’s long jump with a massive final leap of 7.00m.
Thompson-Herah flees the scene.
With a strong lineup that featured reigning 400m champion Shaunae Miller-Uibo, two-time 100m champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, and US sprinter Gabby Thomas – the fastest woman over 200m this year – the women’s 200m final seemed poised to be one of the highlights of these Olympics.
Thompson-Herah, the 2016 Olympic 100m and 200m winner, left them all in the dust with a performance that cemented her position among the all-time sprinting greats.
She ran the second-fastest time in history, winning in 21.53 seconds, only 0.19 seconds slower than Florence Griffith-1988 Joyner’s world record.
Christine Mboma, a Namibian adolescent, won the silver medal after being disqualified from her preferred 400m event two weeks before the Games due to elevated natural testosterone levels.
Thomas, the American champion, finished third in 21.87 seconds.
Biles is back in action.
Guan Chenchen won gold, while Simone Biles received bronze.
When Biles announced her retirement from competition last Tuesday, it was uncertain if she will compete again at Tokyo 2020.
After suffering throughout the vault, she made her choice during the women’s team final, leaving the stadium – and then returning to encourage her teammates.
Biles dropped out of the all-around, vault, floor, and uneven bars after suffering from the ‘twisties,’ which gymnasts describe as a mental block.
After earning 14.000 with a strong routine that concluded with a double backward somersault and double pike on to the mat, the 24-year-old felt able to return for her last event, leaping up and down and embracing her competitors.
China won both the gold and silver medals, with national champion Guan scoring 14.633 to defeat compatriot Tang Xijing’s 14.233.
‘Warhol is Superman,’ says the artist.
Karsten Warholm broke his own world mark, which he had established in Oslo in July with a timing of 46.70 seconds.
Warholm of Norway slashed more than 0.7 seconds off his previous world record in the men’s 400m hurdles, then celebrated by ripping off his shirt.
“No surprise he tears his shirt apart – he is Superman in this race!” said former 1500m Olympic silver medalist Steve Cram as he saw Warholm’s jubilation.
Warholm, who currently has the European, world, and Olympic championships, said in an interview with Sport: “You’ve heard the adage that it hasn’t yet set in? I don’t believe it has, yet I am overjoyed.”
For the majority of the women’s long jump, Germany’s Mihambo followed American Brittney Reese.
The reigning global champion, however, reached the 7.00m mark with her last leap, leaving Reese, the 2012 Olympic winner, with a silver medal – the same medal she earned in Rio 2016. Ese Brume of Nigeria came in third.
On the sea, Carrington is unstoppable.
Carrington, a sprint canoeist from New Zealand, continued her impressive Olympic record by winning two gold medals on Tuesday.
She maintained her domination in the K1 200m sprint, establishing a new Olympic best to win by 0.763 seconds over Spain’s Teresa Portela, before teaming up with Regal to win the K2 500m.
Carrington will compete in the K1 500m on Wednesday with the hopes of winning another gold medal.
While Carrington is a well-known figure on the Olympic stage, Daiki Hashimoto is a rising talent.
With his second Olympic victory at Tokyo 2020, Hashimoto has established his position as the new king of Japanese gymnastics, adding horizontal bar gold to his all-around gold and team silver.
The 19-year-old has succeeded Kohei Uchimura, the 2012 and 2016 Olympic all-around champion from Japan, who declined to defend his championships in Tokyo.
Hashimoto won the horizontal bar final with a score of 15.066, beating out Croatian Tin Srbic (14.900) and Russian team gold medalist Nikita Nagornyy (14.533).
Xie Siyi of China earned his second diving gold at Tokyo 2020 by winning the 3m springboard event, seven years after a doctor warned him he wouldn’t be able to dive again due to a damaged ankle.
With a final score of 558.75, world champion Xie, 25, won gold ahead of compatriot Wang Zongyuan, with whom he won the 3m synchro gold last Wednesday.
Sena Irie, a boxer from Japan, made history by becoming the first Japanese woman to win an Olympic gold medal, defeating Nesthy Petecio of the Philippines, the 2019 world champion.
The United States is still on track to win the men’s basketball tournament, after coming back from an 11-point deficit to defeat Spain 95-81 in the quarterfinals, with Slovenia, France, and Australia all winning.
However, India’s dreams of reaching a first hockey final since 1980 were dashed in the semi-finals when their men were defeated 5-2 by Belgium. Belgium will play Australia, which defeated Germany 3-1 in the previous round.
Brazil, the defending champions, will face Spain in the men’s football final on Saturday after defeating Mexico 4-1 on penalties following a 0-0 stalemate. In extra time, Spain defeated Japan 1-0.
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