(Reuters) – New Olympic champions — one as young as 13 — were crowned in Tokyo on Monday as an exuberant coach became the fan meme of the Games when the world watched him madly cheer his swimmer’s victory in a spectator-free aquatic center. Here’s what youGames:
Australia’s Ariarne Titmus drew first blood https://ph.news.yahoo.com/olympics-swimming-titmus-times-perfectly-051123633.html in herswim secured a famous victory in the 400m freestyle at the Tokyo Games.
Britain’s Adam Peaty delivered another dominating swim https://www.reuters.com/lifestyle/sports/swimming-peaty-roars-relief-with-britains-first-gold-2021-07-26 to repeat his United States triumphed in the men’s 4x100m relay.success from Rio in the 100m breaststroke. At the same time, Canadian Maggie MacNeil stormed to victory in a close women’s 100m butterfly, and the
It was Titmus’ coach, however, who deserved thefor celebrating https://www.reuters.com/article/Olympics-2020-swm/Olympics-swimming-ecstatic-Aussie-coach-goes-viral-with-medal-worthy-celebrations-idUSL4N2P20VJ. Viewers were mesmerized by Dean Boxall as he leaped in the air, tore off his mask, and screamed ecstatically, headbanging with his surfer-like hair tumbling around him. “I just lost it in the moment,” he told Australia’s Seven Networks later.
Japan’s Momiji Nishiyahttps://www.reuters.com/lifestyle/sports/skateboarding-nishiya-japan-takes-gold-womens-street-2021-07-26 in the women’s skateboarding event, making her the country’s youngest gold medallist. In an unusually young field of contestants, the gold and silver went to 13-year-olds, with a 16-year-old Japanese skater clinching the bronze medal.
Meanwhile, the female gymnasts who would not have met age eligibility criteria if the Tokyo Games had been held in 2020 are relishing their unique Olympic experience. The International Gymnastics Federation, the sport’s , decided to allow those turning 16 in 2021 — instead of 2020 — to compete in Tokyo in light of the postponement, which has stirred debate within the sport.
DREAM TEAM DOWN
The U.S.team suffered a shock 83-76 defeat at the hands of France on Sunday night, losing at the Olympics for the first time since 2004 and for just the sixth time in the tournament’s history.
“It felt good,” France’s Evan Fournier, who powered the win with game-high 28 points, told Reuters. Star U.S. playerwas saddled with foul trouble early and found it hard to get into a rhythm. He fouled out of the game.
Recent form suggests thepath to the top of the podium might not be as easy as before. They also dropped two straight exhibition games this , including a surprise loss to the world’s 22nd-ranked Nigeria.
Britain’s Tom Pidcock blew the opposition apart toafter seizing control after four laps of the 4.1km Izu circuit and was never challenged. The Brits also won a stunning victory in the men’s 10 meters synchronized platform diving, ending China’s golden run.
China had won gold in the event in the last four Games. Still, costly errors in their fourth dive meant the lead slipped through the fingers of Cao Yuan and Chen Aisen, as four-time Olympian Tom Daley and new diving partner Matty Lee held their nerve at the Tokyo to top the podium. The decisive GB high on the medal tally with three golds and six medals in total.
JAPAN FANS AND DETRACTORS
Some Japanese sportsand gathered along the triathlon route, grabbing a rare opportunity to see live competition and Norwegian Kristian Blummenfelt win the gold.
“I think the risk of getting infected is shallow, almost equal to zero,” said Masao Kitada, a 35-year-old finance worker standing at the roadside. “The Tokyo Games are exceptional, so I can’t miss this chance.” Organizers, however, reported 16 new Olympics-related coronavirus cases on Monday, bringing the total number of points to 148.
Support for Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga slid nine points to 34%, its lowest since he took office, a survey showed on Monday, as worries about COVID-19 clouded his host nation is tied with six gold medals with China and the U.S. atop the tally.would boost his ratings ahead of an election this year. . The
POOL OF DREAMS
Swimming legend Michael Phelps hailed Ahmed Hafnaoui for his “unbelievable swim,” saying the 18-year-old Tunisian’s shock gold on Sunday was a great example of how swimming at the Tokyo Games was likely to have a series of wide-open races.
“The difference between these Olympics and the past, in my opinion, is that every single person in the final has a chance of winning gold – it doesn’t matter if you are in lane one, eight, or four, everyone is close,” said Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time. (Editing by Leela de Kretser/Peter Rutherford)