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Day 3: More guts and glory; two 13-year-olds too win gold, silver in skateboarding

Nishiya Momiji in action during the skateboarding competition. Photo: IOC

Tokyo, July 26 (MNN) Olympics is all about guts and glory, and of course child prodigies too. More golds were on the line as contestants entered the sports arenas at different venues on day three of the Tokyo Olympics, with two 13-year-olds hogging the limelight with their exploits — and talent — in skateboarding on Monday.

Kristian Blummenfelt wins men’s triathlon Olympic gold

After a false start to the race, Norway’s Kristian Blummenfelt won the men’s triathlon gold medal following a three-way battle for the title.

The Norwegian, who was in fifth position after the 1,500m swim and 40km cycle legs, finished in a time of one hour, 45 minutes and four seconds.

Margaret MacNeil blazes through water to win women’s 100m butterfly gold

Canada’s Margaret MacNeil has won the nation’s first gold medal of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 after finishing first in the women’s 100m butterfly.

MacNeil, 21, finished with a time of 55.59 seconds, setting an Americas continental record at her first Olympic Games.

China’s Zhang Yufei took the silver medal with a time of 55.64, Australia’s Emma McKeon finished in 55.72 for the bronze.

Titmus surges ahead of Katie Ledecky to win women’s 400m freestyle 

Australia’s Ariarne Titmus chased down defending champion Katie Ledecky to win 400m freestyle gold.

In one of the most anticipated races of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, Titmus won the gold medal in 3:56.69, the second-fastest time in history.

The bronze went to LI Bingjie of People’s Republic of China in 4:01.08.

Peaty wins men’s breaststroke 100 final, claims Team GB’s first Olympic gold 

Great Britain’s Adam Peaty took the spotlight again today and stormed to gold in the men’s 100m breaststroke final at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre.

The athlete dominated the event from start to finish and clocked in at 57.37 seconds.

Arno Kamminga from the Netherlands, who was Peaty’s fiercest rival for the 100m breaststroke crown, claimed silver after touching the wall at 58.00 seconds.

The Dutch has become the first man from the Netherlands to win an Olympic swimming medal since Pieter van den Hoogenband won gold in the men’s 100m freestyle at Athens 2004, exactly 17 years ago.

Coming in at third place today is Italy’s Nicolo Martinenghi who clocked in 58.33 seconds and won Italy’s fourth Olympic medal in men’s breaststroke, the first three of which were all won in Sydney 2000.

Team US dominates in pool to retain men’s 4x100m freestyle crown

Caeleb Dressel got on his quest for six gold medals in swimming at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 off to a flying start as Team US retained the 4x100m men’s freestyle Olympic gold.

Twenty-four-year-old Dressel, who has been hailed as the successor to Michael Phelps, swam the first leg in 47.26 to put the USA out front.

The other members of the quartet – Blake Pieroni, Bowen Becker – kept the momentum going before Zach Apple swam the anchor leg of 46.69 to bring them home.

Team US won in 3:08.97, the third-fastest time in history. Italy took the silver in 3:10.11, with the bronze going to Australia in 3:10.22.

Nishiya Momiji, aged 13, wins first-ever women’s street skateboarding gold

In the inaugural Olympics street skateboarding competition, two of the youngest competitors at the Olympic Games won the gold and silver. The gold medallist, Nishiya Momiji, wrote her name into the history books with a score of 15.26. Her final three runs (4.15, 4.66 and 3.43) were enough to secure top spot on the podium, as she beat Brazil’s Rayssa Leal, also 13, and 16-year-old NAKAYAMA Funa to gold in what is believed to be the youngest Olympic podium ever.

Rayssa Leal, who is not only Brazil’s youngest-ever medallist but also Olympian, won silver with a score of 14.64 with Nakayama the bronze medallist with 14.49.

Team US’ Amber English earns gold in the women’s skeet finals

Amber English scooped her first Olympic gold medal after winning the Skeet women’s finals today 26 July at the Asaka Shooting Range.

The skeet shooter showcased nerves of steel as she eclipsed her opponents after earning 56 points in the finals, setting a new Olympic record.

Rio 2016 gold medallist Diana Bacosi from Italy succumbed to second place with just one point behind English whilst Wei Meng from People’s Republic of China claimed bronze with a total of 46 hits.

Tom Daley, Matty Lee strike gold in synchronised 10m platform final

Tom Daley and Matty Lee have won gold in the men’s synchronised 10m.

The pair delivered a breathtaking final dive to clinch a score of 471.81, with Cao Yuan and Chen Aisen of the People’s Republic of China ending on 470.58. ROC’s Aleksandr Bondar and Viktor Minibaev took bronze with 439.92.

Great Britain’s Tom Pidcock strikes gold in men’s cycling mountain bike

British cyclist Tom Pidcock has won the Olympic gold medal with a scintillating performance in the cycling mountain bike race. The 21-year-old gold medallist — who celebrates his birthday in four days on July 30 — kept his nerve to win the gruelling 28.25km race ahead of Swiss rider Mathias Flückiger and Spain’s David Velero. Pidcock will now have even more reason to celebrate after he took the Olympic title in Izu, located to the west of Tokyo.

Slovenia’s Benjamin Savsek wins canoe slalom gold

Slovenia’s Benjamin Savsek put on the afterburners in the sixth race of the men’s canoe slalom final to win gold with 98.25. The Czech Republic’s Lukas Rohan won silver (101.96) and Sideris Tasiadis of Germany (103.70) bronze.

Republic of Korea dominate men’s team archery finals, Chinese Taipei take silver

Republic of Korea have again proven that they were unbeatable even if Chinese Taipei gave their strong performance at the men’s team archery finals held at Yumenoshima Park.

Teen archer Kim Je Deok, Kim Woojin and Oh Jinhyek dominated the field with six points, bringing the Chinese Taipei team – led by Deng Yu-Cheng, Tang Chih-Chun and Wei Chun-Heng – to fold to second place without having made any points in the competition.

Four of the last five Olympic titles have been won by the Republic of Korea. Since 2000, only Italy in London 2012 broke their winning streak.

Meanwhile Furukawa Takaharu, Kawata Yuki and Muto Hiroki led Team Japan for an upset victory to win the bronze medal match against the Netherlands.

US’ Vincent Hancock claims third shooting gold in men’s individual skeet, sets Games record

US’ Vincent Hancock waited nine years to notch up his third Olympic title, and he did so in style by setting a new Olympic record.

The 32-year-old whooped with delight as he shot a 59 out of a possible 60 targets to beat Denmark’s Jesper Hansen into silver on 55. The result for Hancock made up for a disappointing 15th place in Rio 2016, which came after he won the event in Beijing 2008 and London 2012.

Kuwait’s Abdullah Alrashidi was also in the mix at the top end of the leaderboard to claim bronze in 46. The other finalists included Finland’s Eetu Kallioinen, who came fourth on 36, France’s Eric Delaunay on 25 and Italy’s Tammaro Cassandro on 16.

Ono Shohei wins gold for Japan, retains Olympic crown in men’s 73kg judo event

Japan’s Ono Shohei showed the world why he is king of the men’s judo 73kg class after adding another title to his belt at Tokyo 2020 at the Nippon Budokan on 26 July. He also goes into the history books as the first judoka to retain his title in the class.

The three-time world champion and reigning Olympic champion, who has not been beaten in international competition since 2015, took down Georgia’s Lasha Shavdatuashvili in a tough bout, which lasted 9:25 minutes.

In the bronze medal matches Mongolia’s Tsogtbaatar Tsend-Ochir dispatched Canada’s Arthur Margelidon in just 32 seconds with an ippon.

The second bronze was awarded to Republic of Korea’s AN Changrim who overpowered Rio 2016 silver medallist Azerbaijan’s Rustam Orujov, who won silver in Rio 2016.

Kosovo’s Nora Gjakova wins judo -57kg gold

Nora Gjakova of Kosovo has been crowned Olympic champion after the -57kg judo final against France’s Sarah Leonie Cysique was ended for safety reasons due to a head-dive by the French judoka.

Cysique, who went into the final having beaten world champion and world no. 1 Jessica Klimkait in the semis, looked bitterly disappointed by the defeat. However, after a hugely impressive Olympic journey, the silver medal she walks away with is something she can be proud of.

In the two other medal-deciding matches, Yoshida Tsukasa of Japan beat Eteri Liparteliani by ippon for the first bronze and Jessica Klimkait took the second with a win over Kaja Kajzer of Slovenia.

Sofia beats ROC fencing teammate to win women’s sabre individual gold in Olympic debut

Two-time world champion Sofia Pozdniakova embraced her Russian Olympic Committee fencing teammate Sofya Velikaya after beating her 15-11 in the final of the women’s sabre individual contest.

It was the third Olympic silver medal for Velikaya, 36, who was also runner-up in London 2012 and Rio 2016.

The bronze medal was won by France’s Manon Brunet who fought off a challenge from Hungary’s Anna Marton in 15-6.

Artur Dalaloyan, Nikita Nagornyy lift ROC to team gold

This was the moment Artur Dalaloyan and Nikita Nagornyy had been waiting for, and nothing – not even a torn Achilles tendon in April nor a global pandemic – was going to keep them from it.

Russian Olympic Committee won its first Olympic men’s team gold medal Monday (26 July) since the Atlanta 1996 Olympic Games on the backs of the duo that has dominated the sport for three years. They totaled 262.500 to host Japan. China was third at 261.894.

ROC’s Khramtcov bests Elsharabaty for men’s -80kg Taekwondo gold; Eissa and Kanaet share bronze

ROC athlete and heavy favourite in the -80kg men’s Olympic Taekwondo Competition, Maksim Khramtcov, pulled off an impressive win in the final against Jordan’s Elsharabaty Saleh (20-9). It was a first Olympic gold and silver for each athlete.

The evening’s bronzes went to Croatia’s Toni Kanaet and Seif Eissa, who won Egypt’s second medal of the day in taekwondo.

Croatia’s Matea Jelic beats Britain’s Lauren Williams in -67kg takewondo final

The gold medal contest between Croatia’s Matea Jelic and Britain’s Lauren Williams at the Makuhari Messe Hall went toe-to-toe, but it was the Croatian who came out on top, winning Olympic gold, 24-21.

Milena Titoneli from Brazil came through the repechage against Haiti’s Lauren Lee by 26 points to five to take her place against Côte d’Ivoire’s Ruth Gbagbi in the first bronze medal match. But it was the experienced Ivorian who added another Olympic bronze medal to her collection. She moved ahead in the last 30 seconds of a tight match with a connected head shot taking her to 12-6 with 10 seconds to go. Great scenes for Côte d’Ivoire as Gbagbi won the first bronze medal, 12-8.

Weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz wins first-ever gold for Philippines

Hidilyn Diaz has become the first Olympic gold medalist from the Philippines after winning the women’s 55-kg weightlifting category.

Diaz overtook Liao Qiuyun of People’s Republic of China on her last lift in the clean and jerk to win with a total 224 kilograms, one more than Liao.

Zulfiya Chinshanlo of Kazakhstan took bronze with 213kg. Chinshanlo won what was then the 53-kilogram class at the 2012 London Olympics but was stripped of her gold medal after a positive test for two banned steroids.

Cheung Ka Long beats defending champion to win gold in the men’s individual foil

Cheung Ka Long became Hong Kong China’s first Olympic fencing gold medallist beating the pre-match favourite and defending champion Daniele Garozzo 15-10 in the men’s individual foil final.

Japan upsets China for table tennis mixed doubles gold

Japanese pair Mizutani Jun and Ito Mima ended the People’s Republic of China’s recent dominance in the sport by beating Xu Xin and Liu Shiwen 4-3 for the mixed doubles title.

The world number one pairing, Lin Yun-Ju and Cheng I-Ching, walked away with the bronze after beating the French duo, 4-0.

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