The Tokyo Olympics began with the first day of competition and ended with a gold medal for Great Britain. British sailors won their first-ever Olympic gold in sailing, and Karsten Warholm became the youngest person to win an individual event at the Olympics. Simone Biles returned to gymnastics after winning four medals in Rio, but her performance was not as dominating as it once was.
Simone Biles, the American gymnast who won four gold medals in Rio last summer, has returned to win a fifth gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics. Karsten Warholm from Norway also created history by winning his first Olympic gold medal in sailing.
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On Tuesday, Giles Scott won Great Britain’s second Olympic sailing gold, kicking off what Team GB hopes will be a medal surge on day 11 of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
There’s also a potential for additional British sailing gold, as well as opportunities in cycling, boxing, and diving.
Karsten Warholm of Norway won gold in the men’s 400m hurdles, setting a new world record in the process.
Warholm, 25, raced 45.94 seconds to break his own world record and win a final that veteran British hurdler Colin Jackson characterized as “absolutely amazing.”
Scott’s victory gave the United Kingdom its 13th gold medal of the Games, behind only China, the United States, Japan, and Australia.
Another gold contender, British sprinter Adam Gemili, had his hopes dashed earlier in the day in the men’s 200m.
Pulling up out of the blocks with a hamstring strain was “the worst sensation in the world,” a sobbing Gemili said.
After withdrawing from four previous finals to preserve her mental health, American gymnast Simone Biles will participate in the women’s beam final (07:50 BST).
Elaine Thompson-Herah, a Jamaican sprinter, is going for a sprint double in the women’s 200m final (13:50).
She will compete against fellow Jamaican Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, US sprinter Gabby Thomas – the fastest woman over 200m this year – and Bahamas’ Shauna Miller-Uibo, who has already won the 100m gold.
What more is planned on Day 11?
- Athletics: In the women’s 800m final, British trio Keely Hodgkinson, Jemma Reekie, and Alex Bell will line up together (13:25).
- Boxing: In the men’s welterweight final (11:05), Britain’s Pat McCormack, the 2019 world silver medalist, takes against Cuba’s Roniel Iglesias, while flyweight Galal Yafai may secure a medal (09:30).
- Cycling: Could this be Britain’s greatest velodrome day ever? Laura and Jason Kenny will compete for gold in the women’s team pursuit (09:26) and men’s team sprint (09:44).
- Jack Laugher and James Heatly, both from the United Kingdom, will compete in the men’s individual 3m springboard final (07:00).
- Gymnastics: On the last day of artistic gymnastics, Joe Fraser is a medal contender for Great Britain on the parallel bars (09:00).
- Sailing: When John Gimson and Anna Burnet compete in the mixed Nacra 17 final on their Olympic debut, they are assured a medal (07:33)
‘Worst sensation in the world,’ says Gemili, who was hurt in a 200m race.
After hurting his hamstring in the last block start of his warm-up before heading out for the heats, Gemili’s chances of winning a medal were shattered.
He had hoped to improve on his fourth-place finish in Rio 2016, when he was three thousandths of a second short of bronze.
“My hamstring gave way. I’m in excruciating agony. I said that all I wanted to do was try. You must make an effort “During his trackside interview, Gemili, who was fighting back tears, remarked.
“That’s hard for me to believe it occurred. I believed I had a decent shot. It’s the worst sensation in the planet.”
On day 11, how has Team GB performed thus far?
Deborah Kerr, a 23-year-old canoeist, finished eighth in the women’s kayak single 200m, missing out on a medal in her debut Olympics, while Lisa Carrington, 31, of New Zealand, maintained her domination by earning her third straight gold.
“I thought it would be difficult since at least two females on each side might have won. I’m ecstatic to have made it thus far “Kerr said.
Jazmin Sawyers, 27, and Abigail Irozuru, 31, were both failed to earn a medal in the long jump, with Malaika Mihambo of Germany taking gold.
Caroline Dubois, a 20-year-old boxer from France, barely lost on points to Sudaporn Seesondee of Thailand in the women’s lightweight quarter-final, losing out on at least a bronze medal.
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