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Tokyo Olympics comes to an end with colourful ceremony

A scintillating end to the Tokyo Olympics on August 8, 2021. Photo: IOC
Tokyo, Aug 8 (MNN) Tokyo Olympics came to an end on Day 16 of the start of the contests here on Sunday, with world athletes walking away with 340 gold medals in different sports events. 

Kenya’s Kipchoge delivers running masterclass, retains marathon title

Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge delivered a masterclass in running to retain the Olympic title in the men’s marathon.

The Kenyan runner, running in his fourth Olympics, crossed the finish line in Sapporo Odori Park in a time of two hours eight minutes and 38 seconds.

The time was faster than the one he ran to win Olympic gold in Rio in 2016.

With this win, Kipchoge joins a select group of runners who have successfully defended the Olympic marathon title. The others are Ethiopia’s Abebe Bikila (1960 and 1964) and East Germany’s Waldemar Cierpinski (1976 and 1980).
The race for the silver and bronze came down to a sprint finish.

Abdi Nageeye of the Netherlands outsprinted his training partner, Bashir Abdi of Belgium and Kenya’s Lawrence Cherono to claim the silver in a time of 2:09:58.

Bashir Abdi finished two seconds later in 2:10:00, for the bronze. Cherono, the winner of the Boston and Chicago marathons in 2019, was a further two seconds adrift in fourth.

Canada’s Kelsey Mitchell takes brilliant cycling gold in women’s sprint
Kelsey Mitchell belied her relative inexperience as she raced to gold in the women’s sprint final. The Canadian cyclist, who only took up the sport four years ago, finished the first race in 10.906 seconds and the second in 10.995.
Mitchell was racing against a seasoned competitor in Ukraine’s Olena Starikova, whose resume includes silver in the 500m time trial at the 2019 World Championships and the same colour from the sprint race at the 2019 European Championships, among others.

However, Mitchell, who set the world record in the 200m with a time of 10.154 in September 2020, dominated the final to win a spectacular gold and write her name in the annals of Olympic history.

Earlier in the day, Hong Kong, China’s LEE Wai Sze claimed the bronze medal, with a strong win against Emma Hinze of Germany.

Kenny first Briton to win seven Olympic gold with men’s keirin win
Jason Kenny has won a seventh Olympic gold medal, storming ahead to claim the win in the men’s keirin.

The legendary cyclist from Great Britain was in a league of his own in the final, moving early to win the race by 0.763 seconds. Kenny, whose wife Laura has also tasted gold at Tokyo 2020 to add to her four golds from previous Games, won his first-ever gold medal at Beijing 2008 with a victory in the team sprint. He has gone on to amass a further six more golds in a spectacular Olympic career.

Malaysia’s Mohd Azizulhasni Awang – bronze medallist in Rio – took an impressive silver, with Harrie Lavreysen of the Netherlands winning bronze.

Team USA’s Jennifer Valente wins women’s omnium
Team USA’s Jennifer Valente is the new Olympic champion in women’s omnium, winning two of the event’s four races at the Izu Velodrome to become the first-ever US woman to win a track cycling title at the Olympics.

Entering the fourth and final event, the points race, the 2019 world bronze medallist held a narrow, two-point lead over reigning world champion KAJIHARA Yumi of Japan.

However, the 26-year-old American finished with a score of 124, 14 points ahead of Kajihara, who took the silver.

Kirsten Wild of the Netherlands clinched the bronze with 108 points.

Bulgaria win gold in rhythmic gymnastics group all-around

Bulgaria are now new Olympic champions after giving two flawless performances in the rhythmic gymnastics group-all around finals today at Ariake Gymnastics Centre.

Their ball routine topped the scoreboard followed up by their stunning 3 Hoops + 2 Pairs Of Clubs exercise which earned them a combined score of 92.100.

ROC, who won five consecutive Olympic gold medals between 2000 to 2016, trailed the new champions by 1.4 points (90.700 final score), and now settle for silver.

Meanwhile, Italy have won bronze – their third Olympic medal in rhythmic gymnastics after clinching silver at Athens 2004, and bronze at London 2012.

US win seventh straight women’s basketball gold 
Team USA’s women’s basketball team have extended their gold-winning run to seven straight Olympic Games after a 90-75 win over Japan.

The USA dominated from the start, building a 23-14 lead in the first quarter that they never relinquished. To put their record at the Olympic Games into perspective, the team has not lost a game in Olympic competition since Barcelona 1992.

The game was the second time the US and Japan have met at Tokyo 2020, with the US beating their opponents by 17 points in the first game compared to 15 on Sunday.

For Japan, a silver on home soil represents an excellent achievement, with a fifth-place finish at Montreal 1976 their best until today. It is their second silver medal at an international tournament after they took second place at the Women’s Basketball World Cup, all the way back in 1975.
US win maiden gold at women’s indoor volleyball
World number ones the US won their first Olympic gold medal in women’s indoor volleyball by beating Brazil in three straight sets – 25-21 25-20 25-14. Brazil claimed silver after missing out on the podium at their home Games at Rio 2016.
Serbia, meanwhile, are going home with a medal in women’s volleyball for the second straight Olympics.

They beat Republic of Korea in straight sets on Sunday (8 August) to win the bronze medal in Tokyo. That comes five years after they won their first medal in the sport, a silver in Rio de Janeiro. They beat Republic of Korea 3-0.

Golden Lauren Price wins Great Britain’s sixth boxing medal
Lauren Price beat People’s Republic of China’s LI Qian in the women’s middleweight boxing final on the last day of the Tokyo Olympics on Sunday. The British boxer won with a unanimous decision from the judges.
Jalolov crowned Olympic super-heavyweight boxing champion
Uzbekistan boxer Bakhodir Jalolov lifted his arms at the end of the super-heavyweight 91kg bout after conquering his old rival, United States’ Richard Torrez Jr, to claim gold and his country’s first-ever Olympic title in the event.

It was the second time they had faced each other in the last two years ago, but this time the 27-year-old did not brutally knock-out the American. The 22-year-old, with more experience under his belt, fought hard in the bruising battle but was denied the victory, which the judges awarded to Jalolov 5-0.

On his way to the final Jalolov didn’t lose a point. He also defeated Great Britain’s Frazer Clarke, who collected bronze, and India’s Satish Kumar 5-0 and Azerbaijan’s Mahammad Abdullayev 5-0. The second bronze was awarded to Kazakhstan’s Kamshybek Kunkabayev, who Torrez overpowered in the semi-final.
Kellie Anne Harrington becomes women’s light Olympic champion
Kellie Anne Harrington of Ireland has become the new Olympic champion in the women’s light class overcoming Brazil’s Beatriz Ferreira in a 5-0 win on points at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.
The bronze medals went to Finland’s Mira Marjut Johanna Potkonen and Thailand’s Sudaporn Seesondee.
Serbia defend their men’s water polo Olympic title 

Serbia have defended their Rio 2016 Olympic title in the men’s water polo after defeating Greece 13-10 at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.

While Greece had to settle for the silver medal, it was still a history-making moment for the team as they the nation earnt their first medal in men’s water polo. Prior to Tokyo 2020, Greece best finish in the men’s tournament was fourth at Athens 2004.

Earlier in the day, Hungary beat Spain 9-5 to win the bronze medal.

Rebounding from a loss to Greece in the semi-final, Hungary secured their first Olympic medal since Beijing 2008 after back-to-back fifth place finishes at London 2012 and Rio 2016.

France win their first-ever Olympic gold in women’s handball 

France claimed their first Olympic gold medal in the women’s handball in Tokyo 2020 courtesy of a 30-25 victory over ROC.

The French have won both the men’s and women’s handball titles at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

Cruz lands Cuba’s fourth boxing title, wins men’s lightweight (57-63kg)

Andy Cruz has handed Cuba its fourth Olympic title at Tokyo 2020 by landing gold in the men’s lightweight final (57-63kg) after narrowly defeating USA’s Keyshawn Davis.

In a re-run of the 2019 World Championships, the 22-year-old American was forced to take silver after a split decision favoured Cruz, who is also the reigning Pan-American champion.

The bronze medals were awarded to Garside and Armenia’s Hoyhannes Bachkov, who Davis had beaten in the semifinal 5-0.
A few top rankings as per total medal tally vis-a-vis India
1. US – Gold 39 – Silver 41 – Bronze 33 – Total 113 – Rank 1
2. China – Gold 38 – Silver 32 – Bronze 18 – Total 88 – Rank  2
3. Russian Olympic Committee – Gold 20 – Silver 28 – Bronze 23 – Total 71 – Rank 3
4. Japan – Gold 27 – Silver 14 – Bronze 17 – Total 58 – Rank 5
5. India – Gold 1 – Silver 2 – Bronze 4 – Total 7 – Rank – 33

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