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Day 15: Neeraj Chopra’s Midas touch gets India gold; 327 gold gone so far

Neeraj Chopra of Team India reacts after competing in the men's javelin throw final on Day 15 at the Tokyo Olympics on August 7, 2021. Photo: IOC

Tokyo, Aug 7 (MNN) More athletes from around the world bagged the gold medals up for grabs in different events on Day 15 of the start of contest at the Tokyo Olympics, with India rejoicing the gold bagged by javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra.

Chopra goes farthest for men’s javelin gold, Vadlejch takes silver 

Neeraj Chopra of India took home the gold medal in the men’s javelin throw here with a best effort of 87.58m on the final day of throws at the Tokyo Olympic Stadium.

In his Olympic debut, Chopra became only the second Indian man to claim an Olympic medal in athletics, after Norman Pritchard took the men’s 200m (silver) and 200m hurdles (silver) in 1900.

The silver went to Jakub Vadlejch of the Czech Republic (86.67m) and his countryman Vítězslav Veselý took the bronze (85.44m).

Jepchirchir leads Kenya one-two, wins Olympic women’s marathon gold

Peres Jepchirchir led a Kenyan one-two finish in the women’s marathon, ahead of world record holder Brigid Kosgei,

Jepchirchir crossed the line in two hours, 27 minutes and 20 seconds, her season’s best time, to finish a physically exhausting race in a hot and humid Sapporo.

The two-time world half marathon champion was 16 seconds ahead of Kosgei. Team USA’s Molly Seidel, a relative newcomer to the marathon, took home the bronze in two hours 27 minutes 46 seconds.

Mengya, Shixiao win first-ever canoe sprint women’s C2 500m final

China dug deep to win the women’s C2 500m final at the Sea Forest Waterway.

The pairing of Sun Mengya and Xu Shixiao – the 2019 world champions – led from the front to win the race in an Olympic Best time of 1:55.495, over two seconds faster than the record they had set just a day earlier (August 6, 1:57.870).

Ukraine’s pair, Liudmyla Luzan of Ukraine and Anastasiia Chetverikova, came home second in 1:57.499, with the third spot on the podium going to Laurence Vincent-Lapointe of Canada and Katie Vincent who ended the race in 1:59.041.

Queiroz dos Santos storms to gold in men’s single 1000m canoe sprint

Brazil’s Isaquias Queiroz dos Santos crossed the line first in a thrilling men’s single 1000m race to claim the gold medal for Brazil.

The 27-year-old Brazilian athlete was neck and neck with People’s Republic of China LIU Hao in the first quarter of the race but broke away in the last 250m and stormed to the finish line first at 4:04.408.

Liu came in second with a time of 4:05.724 behind Queiroz dos Santos. Meanwhile Republic of Moldova’s Serghei Tarnovschi came up from behind to overtake France’s Adrien Bart in the final second to clinch bronze.

Germany fight back to win canoe sprint men’s K4 500m gold

Germany won a spectacular K4 500m gold, beating Spain to the finish line in 1:22.219.

The Spanish team entered the final as favourites, after setting an Olympic best of 1:21.658 in yesterday’s (6 August) heats. However, it was the German team, made up of Tom Liebscher, Max Lemke, Ronald Rauhe and Max Rendschmidt, that took the Olympic title after a close-fought race ended with them 0.226 seconds ahead of Spain. Slovakia finished in 1:23.534 to take bronze.

Hungary power to third consecutive women’s kayak four 500m Olympic title

Hungary put in a dominant performance to win the women’s kayak four 500m gold.

The team of Danuta Kozak, Tamara Csipes, Anna Karasz, Dora Bodonyi powered away from the rest of the field to cross the line in one minute and 35.463 seconds.

The win gave Hungary their third consecutive gold medal in the canoe event.

Belarus, who were 0.610 seconds behind, took home the silver.

Poland clinched the bronze in 1:36.445.

Norway’s Anders, Christian defeat ROC to win gold in men’s beach volleyball 

Despite the grey skies and rain at the capital, it was all sunshine and celebration for Team Norway’s Ander Mol and Christian Sorum after beating ROC’s Viacheslav Krasilnikov and Oleg Stoyanovskiy in a thrilling men’s beach volleyball gold medal match at Shiozake Park.

Whilst ROC had a slight lead in the opening set, Mol’s kill blocks and Sorum’s aces helped Team Norway overtake ROC and control the game to win the first set by 21-17.

Qatar’s Cherif Younousse kissed the sand beneath his feet after winning the men’s beach volleyball bronze medal match against Latvia along with teammate Ahmed Tijan.

Kevin Durant shoots Team USA to men’s basketball gold

The US held off France 87-82 to claim its fourth straight Olympic men’s basketball crown at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.

The win gives the USA team a dream ending to the tournament that began with a loss to their opponents in the final at the Saitama Super Arena.

Britain’s boxer Galal Yafai’s masterful display wins men’s flyweight gold

Galal Yafai of Great Britain boxed brilliantly against the Philippines’ Carlo Paalam to win gold in the men’s flyweight final.

Stoyka Zhelyazkova Krasteva wins gold in women’s fly

Bulgaria’s Stoyka Zhelyazkova Krasteva is now the new Olympic champion of women’s fly after defeating Turkey’s Buse Naz Cakiroglu in the gold medal match at the famed Kokugikan Arena today.

The 35-year-old was in phenomenal form as she outclassed and outwitted Cakiroglu, who was 10 years her junior, to win three straight sets.

Team USA’s Nelly Korda wins gold in Olympic golf

Turns out that a first major championship was just the start for Nelly Korda. Now she’s an Olympic champion.

Korda held her nerve following a one-hour storm delay to calmly taking two putts from just inside 30 feet for a one-shot victory.

The 23-year-old Korda gave the Americans a sweep of gold medals in golf. Xander Schauffele won the men’s competition.

Jessica Korda, Nelly’s 28-year-old sister who posted a 64 for the low score of the final round, ran out to the green and the sisters hugged and shimmied in celebration.

Brazil’s Hebert’s stunning KO wins him boxing middleweight gold

Brazil’s Hebert Sousa has won a spectacular men’s middleweight gold, after landing a crushing left hook to leave Ukraine’s Oleksandr Khyzhniak down and beaten.

The referee called the bout off after 1 minute and 29 seconds of round three in one of the most memorable bouts of the entire boxing competition. With the Ukrainian leading 20-18 on the scorecards heading into the final round, Sousa caught Khyzhniak flush on the chin with a sharp left hook to end the contest.

Busenaz Surmeneli wins first-ever women’s welter Olympic gold

Turkey’s Busenaz Surmeneli won the women’s welterweight gold medal match against People’s Republic of China’s GU Hong in a thrilling duel that highlighted two opposite boxing styles.

The usually aggressive 2019 World Champion was only able to land some punches in the last 30 seconds in the opening match against the elusive PR Chinese boxer, but not enough to win the first round.

Cao Yuan makes history with 10m platform gold

Cao Yuan of People’s Republic of China has become the first diver to win Olympic gold medals in three different diving events after clinching gold in the men’s 10m platform at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.

The three-time Olympian added to his gold medals from the 10m synchro at London 2012 and 3m springboard at Rio 2016.

Cao’s compatriot Yang Jian finished with silver and Tom Daley with bronze as he become the first British athlete to win at least four Olympic medals in diving.

US women’s water polo team wins third gold in third consecutive Olympics

The US women’s water polo team have shown once again that they are the best in the world with a third consecutive win at an Olympic Games after defeating Spain 15-4 at Tokyo 2020.

It was also a historic victory for Captain Margaret Steffens and centre forward Melissa Seidemann who become the first women to win three Olympic gold medals in water polo: they also won in Rio 2016 and London 2012, where they also beat Spain in the final.

Spain moved into the final following an 8-6 win over Hungary. The team played the ROC in the bronze-medal match. It was a tough battle which Hungary eventually won with a last second goal in the fourth-quarter to finish 11-9.

Danish Lasse, Michael Morkov win men’s madison gold medal

The Danish pair of Lasse Norman Hansen and Michael Morkov won an exhilarating men’s madison race at the Izu Velodrome with a winning total of 43 points.

The 50km race came down to the wire, with Great Britain finishing second just three points adrift after winning the final sprint lap, which earned them the maximum 10 points to leapfrog France. The French were relegated into third place finishing with 40 points.

The British duo of Ethan Hayter and Matthew Walls raced to an early lead where five teams were bunched together at the top of the points table. Great Britain, Denmark, France, the Netherlands and Belgium were all in contention for podium places after 100 laps with just five points between them.

The seasoned Danish pair moved to the top of the pile in what developed into a three-horse race with France and Great Britain in the fold.

Frenchmen Benjamin Thomas and Donavan Grondin briefly moved into the lead thanks to a surge in the 11th, 12th and 13th sprint laps, earning maximum points.

While Denmark only won three of the sprints, they were tactically astute throughout the race, consistently picking up points.

Denmark looked comfortable in the lead as the race wound down, with France behind them and Great Britain sitting in third.

Great Britain moved into the silver position after winning the final sprint, earning them the maximum 10 points.

Linoy Ashram wins gold in Rhythmic gymnastics individual all-around

Israel’s Linoy Ashram stunned pre-event favourites ROC’s Dina and Arina Averina to win gold in rhythmic gymnastics individual all-around finals today with an overall score 107.800.

The 22-year-old athlete came out firing with three beautifully executed routines in ball, hoops and clubs to gain an early lead. While she dropped the ribbon during her last routine, she still scored 23.000 enough to keep her on top to win Israel’s first Olympic medal in rhythmic gymnastics.

However, Dina wasn’t about to make it easy for the Israeli athlete and performed a stunning ball routine to equal Ashram’s ball score. She gave it her all in the clubs and ribbon but came up .150 points short behind Ashram’s score at 107.650, eventually leading to her silver medal.

ROC’s Dina Averina settles for silver and Alina Harnasko from Belarus clinches bronze.

Otoguro makes host history with men’s 65kg wrestling gold 

Otoguro Takuto became the first men’s wrestler in 25 years to win gold for his host nation. The young Japanese star overcame Haji Aliyev of Azerbaijan in the men’s 65kg freestyle final to win at the Makuhari Messe Hall A on the last day of the week-long Olympic wrestling competition here at the Tokyo 2020 (in 2021) Olympic Games.

The 22-year-old Otoguro, who won 12 of 12 matches in his first senior season in 2018, took the early edge in the contest only for Rio 2016 bronze winner Aliyev to haul himself back into proceedings and level up at 2-2. But the Japanese competitor was stronger in the end, with a late charge that sealed the contest (5-4) and saw him become only the second Japanese athlete to win a men’s wrestling medal in the past 32 years.

Gadzhimurad Rashidov of the ROC Team was all over Iszmail Muszukajev of Hungary early to take the edge in the first of the bronze-medal matches in the 65kg class. In the end, his 5-0 win on the points was enough for one of the two bronze medals on offer.

Rashidov adds the bronze to his podium finishes in the last three world championships – including the gold in 2019.

The other Olympic bronze medal awarded on the day went to Bajrang Punia of India, who shutout Daulet Niyazbekov of Kazakhstan (8-0) in the second of the two undercard matches leading up to the showpiece final.

Netherlands’ Hassan wins second gold — in women’s 10,000m final

Sifan Hassan has won gold in the women’s 10,000m in a time of 29:55.32, after a gruelling race saw all but three runners dropped from the front group in the sweltering heat of the Olympic Stadium.

Hassan, who also won gold in the 5000m and bronze in the 1500m, stormed to victory after beating off the challenge of world-record holder Letesenbet Gidey of Ethiopia, who led the race until the final 200 metres. Hassan was followed home by Bahrain’s Kalkidan Gezahegne who won silver (29:56.18), while an exhausted Gidey took bronze (30:01.72).

ROC continue dominance in artistic swimming with gold in team

ROC have been crowned Olympic champions in the artistic swimming team event with a score of 196.0979 at Tokyo 2020.

Performing “Parade of the Planets”, ROC came out in a space-themed costume with their free routine featuring plenty of incredible and interesting sections.

Their score of 98.8000 was the top mark of the day and came after a strong technical routine score (97.2310) on Friday, where they also topped the standings.

People’s Republic of China, who performed last, clinched silver (193.5310) and Ukraine picked up their second bronze medal in artistic swimming – Marta Fiedina and Anastasiya Savchuk won bronze in the duet earlier in the week.

The result is exactly the same finishing at the duet event as ROC came away with gold with China taking silver and Ukraine with the bronze.

Ingebrigtsen breaks Olympic record to seal gold in the men’s 1500m

Norway’s Jakob Ingebrigtsen has had a dream start to his Olympic career by beating world champion Timothy Cheruiyot and setting a new record to win the men’s 1500m at Tokyo 2020.

At just 20, the European Champion is now the second youngest winner of the event. He had set a blistering pace from the start and held on to the lead for the first lap before Kenya’s Cheruiyot overtook him at the Olympic Stadium. But he stayed close on his heels and on the third bend of the closing lap he made his move and overtook the 25-year-old and crossed the line in 3:28.32 to set a new Olympic record. Cheruiyot took silver in 3:29.01.

Great Britain’s Josh Kerr set a personal best of 3:29.05 to finish in silver. He overtook Kenya’s Abel Kipsang on the final stretch and also finished in a PB of 3:29.5 as did Spain’s Adel Mechaal who finished in fifth in 3:20.77.

Japan beat Team USA for historic first baseball gold

The Japanese hosts won their first Olympic gold medal in baseball as they beat the United States 2-0 in the gold-medal match from the Yokohama Baseball Stadium on August 7 to wrap up the competition.

It was a tense contest between two countries where baseball enjoys massive support and both starting pitchers (Morishita Masato for Japan and Nick Martinez for the U.S.) were sharp through the early innings.

Earlier in the day, and also in Yokohama, the Dominican Republic won their first Olympic baseball medal when they beat Republic of Korea to the bronze 10-6 with a late hitting rally after trailing for most of the game.

US win seventh straight Olympic 4x400m relay gold medal

The US tightened their grip on the women’s 4x400m, winning their seventh straight Olympic gold medal in the event at the Tokyo Olympic Stadium.

A star-studded quartet made up of U.S. track icon Allyson Felix, world 400m hurdles record holder Sydney McClaughlin, Athing Mu, and Dalilah Muhammad blazed to victory in a season’s best 3:16.85.

The US women were head and shoulders above the rest of the field, with 800m champion Mu leading them home more than three seconds clear of Poland in second place. Jamaica rounded off the podium finishing third in 3:21.24.

Golden double for GB as Choong joins French in claiming modern pentathlon title

Before Saturday, GB men had not made the podium in the individual event at the modern pentathlon – they have now. Joe Choong went into the final laser-run combined discipline in the lead after completing the swimming, fencing and riding rounds to lead the field on 859 points. Republic of Korea’s JUNG Jinhwa (847), Czech Republic’s Jan Kuf (838) and Jung’s compatriot JUN Woongate (831) lined up behind him in the staggered laser-run, which is based on the points scored on the first three rounds. Choong’s teammate and former world champion Jamie Cooke was ninth overall still with a chance of making the podium in the combined laser-run event.

Elgendy claimed silver, the first modern pentathlon medal won by an African athlete at an Olympic Games. World number one Choong, meanwhile, laid to rest the ghost of Rio 2016 when he started the event in the silver medal position but ended up off the podium.

Jun finished in bronze medal position for Republic of Korea with Jung just out of the medals in fourth. Jung finished fifth, Kuf was eighth, with Cooke staying in ninth.

Jepchirchir leads Kenya one-two to win Olympic women’s marathon gold

Peres Jepchirchir led a Kenyan one-two finish in the women’s marathon, ahead of world record holder Brigid Kosgei,

Jepchirchir crossed the line in two hours, 27 minutes and 20 seconds, her season’s best time, to finish a physically exhausting race in a hot and humid Sapporo.

The two-time world half marathon champion was 16 seconds ahead of Kosgei. Team US’ Molly Seidel, a relative newcomer to the marathon, took home the bronze in two hours 27 minutes 46 seconds.

ROC’s Sadulaev beats American Kyle Snyder to 97kg freestyle gold

The ROC’s Abdulrashid Sadulaev defeated American Kyle Snyder 6-3 in the men’s freestyle 97-kilogram final.

Snyder was the Olympic gold medallist at 97kg in 2016 and is a two-time world champion. Sadulaev was the Olympic gold medallist at 86kg in 2016 and is a four-time world champion.

Cuba’s Reineris Salas defeated Azerbaijan’s Sharif Sharifov for bronze. Salas, 34, had never won a world title or an Olympic medal before, whereas Sharifov, 32, won Olympic gold in the 84kg category at the 2012 London Olympics and earned bronze at 86kg in 2016.

In the other bronze medal match, Italy’s Abraham Canyedo Ruano defeated Turkey’s Suleyman Karadeniz 6-2.

Abdelaziz becomes first Egyptian woman to win Olympic gold

Feryal Abdelaziz victory in the women’s kumite +61kg has seen her become the first ever woman from Egypt to win an Olympic gold medal at the Nippon Budokan.

Bronze went to People’s Republic of China’s GONG Li and Kazakhstan’s Sofya Berultseva.

Ganjzadeh wins men’s karate kumite +75kg after being knocked out in final

Islamic Republic of Iran’s Sajan Ganjzadeh has won the men’s karate kumite +75kg in dramatic fashion after being knocked out by Saudia Arabia’s Tareg Hamedi.

The 29-year-old, who had been trailing 4-1 in the bout, fell to ground after being knocked out with a kick from Hamedi. Medics rushed on to the mat to treat him and he was stretchered off at the Nippon Budokan, which is the spiritual home to the Japanese martial art, which is making its debut at Tokyo 2020.

On his way to the final Ganjzadeh, who was making his Olympic debut, beat Turkey’s Ugur Aktas 2-2 in the semifinal, who went on to take on of the two bronze medals. In the earlier rounds he also beat Canada’s Daniel Gaysinksy 2-1, USA’s Brian Irr 6-0, Croatia’s Ivan Kvesic 3-1 and his preliminary bout with Hamedi ended in a nil-all draw. The second bronze medal was awarded to Japan’s ARAGA Ryutaro who Hamedi had beaten 2-0 in the semifinal.

ROC’s Lasitskene rises above the cut to win women’s high jump gold

ROC’s Mariya Lasitskene has won the women’s high jump gold medal after producing a huge jump of 2.04m in the Olympic final. Lasitskene was the only athlete to clear the mark, with Nicola McDermott of Australia jumping 2.02m to claim silver and Ukraine’s Yaroslava Mahuchikh taking the third spot on the podium with 2.00m.

Yui wins Japan’s fourth women’s wrestling gold medal in freestyle 50kg

Susaki Yui has won the host nation’s fourth gold medal in women’s wrestling at Tokyo 2020 after defeating China’s Sun Yanan 10-0. The victory equals the gold medal haul won by the host nation’s women wrestlers at Rio 2016.

The 22-year-old Asian champion and two-time world champion won the bout without conceding a point to the Rio 2016 bronze medallist, just like she had done throughout the tournament. In the semifinal she brushed off Rio 2016 silver medallist, Azerbaijan’s Mariya Stadnik 11-0, and in the earlier rounds Ecuador’s Lucia Yepez Guzman 10-0 and Mongolia’s Namuuntsetseg Tsogt Ochir 10-0.

The first of the two bronze medal matches was won by Azerbaijan’s Mariya Stadnik, who goes into the record books as the first athlete representing her country to collect more than three Olympic medals. Her 10-0 win against Tsogt Ochir was her fourth podium finish in four Olympics: silver at Rio 2016 and London 2012, and bronze at Beijing 2008. The second bronze was awarded to US’ Sarah Hildebrandt who beat Ukraine’s Oksana Livach 12-1.

US wins gold in men’s 4x400m relay for a record 18th time

The US closed out the track athletic events at Tokyo 2020 with a spectacular 18th win in the men’s 4x400m relay at an Olympic Games.

The team raced home 100m ahead of nearest rivals the Netherlands to record a season’s best time of 2:55.70. It was a dream end for the American team at Tokyo 2020.

Trinidad and Tobago’s Deon Lendore had set a blistering pace from the start of the race and led for much of the first leg with the USA’s Michael Cherry and Botswana’s Isaac Makwala close behind.

By the handover US’ Michael Norman took over at the front and the team stayed there for the rest of the race with third leg Bryce Deadmon extending the lead before teammate Rai Benjamin brought them home with a 100m gap between nearest rivals the Netherlands, who took silver and a national record in 2:57.18. They just beat Botswana on the line but they will take home bronze and an area record after finishing in 2:57.88.

Brazil beat Spain in extra-time for back-to-back men’s football gold

It took a goal deep in extra-time from super-sub Malcom to see Brazil beat Spain 2-1 and claim their second (and second-straight) gold medal in men’s Olympic football at the International Stadium Yokohama.

The deciding strike, scored from a tight angle, settled the heavyweight contest after regular time ended tangled at 1-1 thanks to earlier goals from Spain’s Mikel Oyarzabal and Brazilian star Matheus Cunha.

Mexico, who beat hosts Japan 3-1 on 6 August to scoop bronze – a second Olympic medal for the North Americans after their shock gold in London in 2012.

France wins record third Olympic gold medal in men’s handball

France held off a spirited fightback from Denmark to claim a 25-23 victory and, with that, a record third Olympic gold medal in the men’s handball in Tokyo 2020.

Sweden win dramatic jump off against USA to win showjumping gold

To the musical notes of Mamma Mia, Sweden’s trio of riders and horses – Henrik von Exckermann on King Edward, Malin Baryard-Johnsson on Indiana and Peder Fredricson on All In – celebrated winning a dramatic jump off in the team showjumping final at the Equestrian Park.

They beat the United States threesome of Laura Kraut on Baloutinue, Jessica Springsteen on Don Juan van de Donkhoeve and McLain Ward on Contagious by just 1.3 seconds in the jump off after all six riders went clear.

European champions Belgium won bronze. Team GB pulled out after recognising they would be unable to challenge for a medal.

France win first Olympic Volleyball medal in thriller

France have created history by winning their first ever medal Olympic Volleyball and it was gold as they down ROC 3-2 at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.

Prior to tonight, France best finish in men’s volleyball at the Olympic Games had been an eighth-place finish at Seoul 1988.

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