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Day 2: 18 gold bagged at Tokyo Olympics; 29 taken so far

(L to R) Archers Minhee Jang, Chaeyoung Kang, and San An of Team South Korea. Photo: IOC

Tokyo, July 25 (MNN) Over a dozen and a half gold medals and many more silver and bronze medals were up for grabs on Day two of the Tokyo Olympics, with athletes in various disciplines putting in their best to excel on the international sporting stage. So far, 29 gold medals have been taken in the two days of the Games.

Australia make waves with world record in women’s 4x100m freestyle relay

Australia won gold in the women’s 4x100m freestyle relay at Tokyo Aquatics Centre in a new world record.

Emma McKeon, who swam the third leg, gave the Australian team a commanding lead over their rivals. Cate Campbell touched the wall for the Australian team in a time of 3:29.69, shaving 0.36 seconds off the previous record.

They won the first relay title in the pool ahead of Canada, who claimed silver, with the United States winning bronze.

Ohashi Yui triumphs in women’s 400m IM final to secure Japan’s first swimming gold of Tokyo 2020

The Tokyo 2020 hosts were off the mark in the Olympic swimming competition, as Ohashi Yui touched home in 4:32.08 to win 400m Individual Medley gold.

US’ Emma Weyant and Hali Flickinger won silver and bronze.

Tunisia’s Ahmed Hafnaoui storms to gold in men’s 400m freestyle final

Tunisia’s Ahmed Hafnaoui shocked the swimming world with a stunning victory in the men’s 400m freestyle final. The 18-year-old, who just three years ago finished eighth in the same event at the 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, beat off the challenge of Australia’s Jack McLoughlin and the USA’s Kieran Smith to win gold.

After a lightning-fast first 200m that was under world-record pace, times slowed in the second half of the race. However, Hafnaoui grew stronger over the last 50 metres, touching the wall in 3:43.36.

Chase Kalisz led Team USA one-two in 400m individual medley for first medals in the pool

Chase Kalisz and Jay Litherland won Team USA’s first medals in the pool with a gold and silver in the 400m individual medley.

Kalisz finished in a time of 4:09.42, followed home by his team-mate Litherland, who touched the wall 0.86 seconds behind. Australia’s Brendon Smith finished 0.10 adrift of Litherland to claim the bronze.

Vitalina Batsarashkina wins gold in 10m air pistol with Olympic record

ROC’s Vitalina Batsarashkina shot a gold in the women’s 10m air pistol with an Olympic record of 240.3. She beat Antoaneta Kostadinova (239.4) into second despite the Bulgarian leading until the very last shot.

Batsarashkina upgraded her Rio 2016 silver with ROC’s first gold medal of Tokyo 2020. JIANG Ranxin of the People’s Republic of China who qualified top with an Olympic record, won bronze (218.0). She had matched Greece’s Anna Korakaki’s three-year-old record of 587 points to lead qualifying.

Japan’s Horigome Yuto wins gold as street skateboarding makes historic Olympic debut

HORIGOME Yuto won the inaugural men’s street skateboarding Olympic event at Ariake Urban Sports Park.

After a gruelling seven rounds, the Japanese skateboarder took the title in style with a score of 37.18.

Brazil’s Kelvin Hoefler and Jagger Eaton of the USA scored 36.15 and 35.35 respectively to secure the silver and bronze medals and complete the podium for the first set of Olympic medals in men’s street skateboarding history.

Republic of Korea wins archery women’s team gold for ninth straight Games

Republic of Korea’s women’s archery team hit the target with a ninth successive win in the event at an Olympic Games at Tokyo 2020 on July 25.

Led by world number one, AN San, who won gold in the mixed archery event the day before, they trounced the Russian Olympic Committee team by 6-0. Twenty-year-old San also broke by seven points an Olympic record set in Atlanta 1996 when she shot 680 points.

Since the event was introduced back at Seoul 1988, the Republic of Korea’s women’s archery team has yet to lose a match. They had been firm favourites to win the title going into the event on Day 2 at Yumenoshima Park Archery Field.

The team, which also included Jang Minhee and Kang Chaeyoung, cruised through to the final having beaten Belarus 5-1 in the semi-final before their outstanding performance in the gold medal match against the ROC’s Svetlana Gomboeva, Elena Osipova and Ksenia Perova. Germany beat Belarus 5-1 to pick up bronze.

Dominant pair Shi Tingmao and Wang Han of China in sync to win diving gold in 3m springboard

The Chinese pair of Shi Tingmao and Wang Han took the first diving medal at Tokyo 2020, in 2021, winning the women’s synchronised 3m springboard event with a score of 326.40. Leading for all but one round, the duo won by 26 points from Canada’s Jennifer Abel and Melissa Citrini-Beaulieu (300.78), with German twosome Lena Hentschel and Tina Punzel picking up the bronze in the final round (284.97).

LI Fabin stands on one leg in Olympic Record lift victory

LI Fabin of People’s Republic of China continued his dominance in the 61kg category securing gold after lifting a total 313kg, setting a new Olympic Record.

On his second attempt his clean and jerk lift of 172kg – also an Olympic Record – saw the 28-year-old standing with the bar above his head while standing on one leg.

Li, who is the reigning world champion and world record holder in his weight category, only moved up the 61kg event in 2018. Previously he was in the 56kg category, where he was the Asian Champion in 2012.

Irawan, a three-time Olympic medallist, settled for silver (302kg) while Igor Son of Kazakhstan (294kg) took bronze.

Austria’s Anna Kiesenhofer wins shock cycling gold in women’s road race

Anna Kiesenhofer of Austria produced the performance of a lifetime to win the women’s cycling individual road race. The 30-year-old cyclist was in a race of her own at the front, coming home in a time of 3:52:45.

By the final stretch of a gruelling 147km, Kiesenhofer was leading by over two minutes, with the chasing pack seemingly unaware she was out in front. Her face was filled with emotion as she crossed the line, a minute and 15 seconds ahead of silver medallist Van Vleuten, with Italy’s Borghini a further 14 seconds back.

The Dutch rider Van Vleuten broke into tears of joy as she finished the race in 3:54.00, before realising that Kiesenhofer had won gold. However, the day belonged to Kiesenhofer who can now call herself Olympic champion.

US’ William Shaner wins 10m Air Rifle Men with new Olympic record

William Shaner become the new Olympic champion in the 10m men’s air rifle event by beating People’s Republic of China’s Sheng Lihao (250.9) to set a new Olympic record.

It was nerves of steal from the 20-year-old American, who finished with a score of 251.6, after leading for majority of the final. He is the second youngest gold medallist in the event.

Yang Haoran (229.4) of People’s Republic of China, who finished first in the qualification round, settled for bronze after being eliminated by fellow team mate Sheng.

It is the second time China has won two medals in the men’s 10m air rifle at an Olympic Games, the last time this happened was at Athens 2004.

Abe Uta wins gold for host nation in Olympic debut in women’s judo 52kg

Two-time world judo champion Abe Uta wept after winning gold for the host nation after defeating France’s Amandine Buchard in the women’s 52kg final at Tokyo 2020 on 25 July.

The 21-year-old, who was making her Olympic debut, had a tough battle to claim victory against European champion Buchard at the Nippon Budokan.

The Japanese judoka won after the bout went to a golden score as neither had shown dominance until Abe claimed an ippon. The two opponents embraced at the end of the long battle.

It is Japan’s third medal in judo at the Games and second gold, with compatriot Takato Naohisa winning the men’s 60kg and Tonaki Funa taking silver in women’s 48kg.

Pupp was later beaten in one of the bronze medal bouts by Rio 2016 silver medallist Odette Giuffrida, 26, from Italy. The second bronze went to Great Britain’s Chelsie Giles, 24, who claimed victory over Switzerland’s Fabienne Kocher, 28.

Japanese siblings both win judo gold on the same day

Abe Hifumi has won Japan’s third judo gold medal at its home Olympics with an ippon victory over Georgia’s Vazha Margvelashvili. He joins his younger sibling, Uta, who won gold on the same day, making them the first ever brother and sister to win gold on the same day in any individual sport in Olympic history.

Hifumi triumphed in men’s 66kg shortly after Uta claimed her own first gold medal in the women’s 52kg division at the Budokan.

Hifumi is a two-time world champion who had to win a gruelling, 24-minute bout against teammate Joshiro last December simply for the right to represent Japan at these Olympics. He won four straight bouts Sunday, including three by ippon.

Brazil’s Daniel Cargnin and South Korea’s An Baul both win bronze to complete the men’s 66kg podium.

Romain Cannone wins men’s fencing individual épée in debut Olympics

France’s Romain Cannone had the Games of his life by beating world champion Hungary’s Gergeley Siklosi in the final of the men’s individual épée at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 on Sunday.

The 24-year-old rank outsider, who was making his Olympic debut, took command of the contest from the start by going 2-0 up before world ranked number one, Siklósi, scored a point. The final result was 15-10.

In another major upset of the tournament, Siklósi, 23, beat reigning Olympic champion PARK Sangyoung from the Republic of Korea in the quarterfinals. The final score was 15-12.

The bronze medal match was a close contest on Day 2 of the Games with Reizlin defeating Italy’s Andrea Santarelli 15-12. The pair had battled it out for nearly 18 minutes before Reizlin, who also came third in the World Championships, won.

America’s Lee Kiefer upsets ROC favourite in women’s foil individual fencing

Lee Kiefer finally won an Olympic medal at her third Games, and it’s gold. The American mixed attack and defensive work as she came through a tit-for-tat bout with ROC’s Inna Deriglazova, the defending Olympic champion, to win gold. Kiefer kept her nose in front of the favourite, finally coming through 15-13, but Deriglazova was mostly only one or two points adrift.

There was just one point in it in the women’s bronze medal bout with ROC’s Larisa Korobeynikova screaming with delight at beating Italy’s Alice Volpi. In another tight match, Korobeynikova beat Volpi 15-14.

Korobeynikova won silver at London 2012 in the team foil event and has seven world championships medals, including three golds, but this is the first individual foil medal at either event. Volpi is a 2017 team world champion and 2018 individual world champion but comes away in fourth at Tokyo 2020.

Chen Lijun snatches gold in men’s 67kg weightlifting

Chen Lijun of the People’s Republic of China has been crowned the Olympic champion in the weightlifting men’s 67kg event at Tokyo 2020 with a total lift of 332kg.

It came down to the final lift, with Chen lifting 187kg – an Olympic record – in the clean and jerk to beat Colombia’s Luis Javier Mosquera Lozano by one kilogram.

Bronze went to Italy’s Mirko Zanni, who despite missing his attempt at 172kg, went on to left a personal best of 177kg on his final attempt in the clean and jerk for a total lift of 322kg.

US’ Zolotic takes historic taekwondo gold while Minina settles for silver and Chia-Ling Lo scoops bronze

The American Anastasija Zolotic, with a series of impressive performances at the Makuhari Messe Hall A in the -57kg category on 25 July, made history by becoming the first American woman to win Olympic Taekwondo gold.

The 18-year-old, who hails from the state of Florida, followed up from the gold she won at the Pan American Games in 2019 and silver at the Summer Youth Olympics in Argentina, with a 25-17 victory over the ROC athlete Tatiana Minina in the final from the Makuhari Messe Hall A.

Another teenage sensation, LO Chia-Ling of Chinese Taipei, twice a junior world champion, picked up the bronze beating Tekiath Ben Yessouf of Niger 10-6.

Ulugbek Rashitov wins Uzbekistan’s first Olympic taekwondo gold medal

The 19-year-old claimed a 34-29 victory over Great Britain’s Bradly Sinden on a day that saw some of the big names miss out on a shot at the main prize of Olympic gold.

Meanwhile, China’s Zhao Shuai beat South Korean legend Lee Dae-Hoon 17-15 for top honours in one of the bronze-medal matches.

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