Bethany Shriever wins Gold in women’s Bmx on Olympic debut
Day eight of Tokyo 2020 is underway as the day starts with an early morning start to the triathlon and mixed triathlon relay finals.
Caeleb Dressel and Katie Ledecky added to the tally of United States’ gold medals at the games on Saturday while Australia’s winning streak continued with Kaylee McKeown winning the 200m backstroke for their seventh gold in the pool.
Team GB took bronze in women’s windsurfing as Emma Wilson came in third after China’s Lu Yunxiu, who took the gold.
Simone Biles pulled out of gymnastics finals for the vault and the uneven bars. It was announced that the Team USA superstar, who has not performed since pulling out of the team all-around event to deal with her mental health, withdrew from the events “after further consultation with medical staff.”
Britain claimed swimming gold in the new 4x100m mixed medley relay with a world record of 3 minutes, 37.58 seconds.
On the track, Great Britain’s Dina Asher-Smith will compete later on Saturday in the women’s 100m semi-finals, just one day after she qualified to move to the next stage of the competition.
Great Britain’s Beth Shriever and Kye Whyte made BMX history on Friday as they delivered gold and silver at the Ariake Urban Sports Park. Moments after Whyte won Britain’s first medal in the event since its introduction to the Olympic programme in 2008, taking silver, Shriever led almost from start to finish to claim a superb gold in the women’s race.
Follow all the latest news, results and medals below:
Highlights from day eight of Tokyo Olympics so far
Shweta Sharma31 July 2021 07:27
Blessing Okagbare ruled out of Tokyo Olympics
Nigerian sprinter Blessing Okagbare is out of the Tokyo Olympics after being handed a provisional doping ban on the day of her 100m semi-final.
The Athletics Integrity Unit announced that Okagbare had “tested positive for human growth hormone” in an out-of-competition test on 19 July.
That resulted in a mandatory suspension, coming on the day that Okagbare was due to race against Great Britain’s Dina Asher-Smith in their semi-final in Tokyo.
Lawrence Ostlere31 July 2021 07:16
Tokyo Olympics: Britain’s Jessie Knight hopes for redemptive performance after cruel fall at hurdle
Jessie Knight was in tears the night after she fell just seconds into the 400m hurdles. But there is still hope of a redemptive performance in the 4x400m relay.
Writes Vithushan Ehantharajah from Tokyo
Shweta Sharma31 July 2021 07:15
Tokyo Olympics: Team GB takes bronze in Women's windsurfing
Emma Wilson came in third after China’s Lu Yunxiu, who took the gold medal.
France’s Chareline Picon finished just in time to grab a silver as the contestants sailed through rough conditions in the waters.
Shweta Sharma31 July 2021 07:10
Tokyo Olympics: Spain gets gold defeating San Marino and Team USA in shooting
Spain grabbed a gold in mixed team trap shooting, edging over San Marino.
But San Marino still have a lot to celebrate with their fourth-ever medal at Tokyo Olympics.
The USA settled for bronze in the event
Shweta Sharma31 July 2021 06:45
Tokyo Olympics: Michael Phelps talks about mental health over Biles’s exit
America’s most decorated Olympian in history with 28 medals, including 13 individual golds, Michael Phelps said “don’t be afraid to dream as big as you possibly can.”
“I think it’s important to have a dream because that’s what’s going to drive you. That’s what’s going to help you. It’s going to motivate you to get out of bed every single day,” Phelps said on Saturday in a virtual event sponsored by Panasonic.
“I had these dreams of being an Olympic swimmer, a world record holder.”
Supporting Simone Biles in her decision to withdraw from Olympic events to focus on mental health, Phelps said people thought he was crazy when he was growing up for doing something no has ever achieved.“
I can go back to 2004 and say that was when I first experienced it [depression],” Phelps said. “That was the first time I came across depression coming back from the 2004 Olympic Games. I suffered from post-Olympic depression pretty bad.” He said he hopes sharing his struggles help others to overcome the problems he faced.
“Hopefully, I can save a life. I can help somebody else because I know that the feelings that I have, I had, what I go through every single day, every single week, every single month. I know I’m not alone and I understand that for me it’s OK to not be OK,” he said.
(AFP via Getty Images)
Shweta Sharma31 July 2021 06:36
Tokyo Olympics: Simone Biles shares video of her bout with ‘twisties
Four-time gold medalist Simone Biles shared a video on her Instagram feed, showing the “dangerous twisties” she has been experiencing.
The gymnast is seen practicing a twisting dismount on the uneven parallel bars in the clip.
“I don’t think you realise how dangerous this is on hard, competitive surface,” she said.
“Sometimes I can’t even fathom twisting. I seriously cannot comprehend how to twist. Strangest and weirdest thing.”
On Saturday, she pulled out of two more events, including vault and uneven bars gymnastics finals.
Shweta Sharma31 July 2021 06:13
Tokyo Olympics: Boxer Lauren Price guarantees Olympic medal to Team GB
Team GB’s Lauren Price took down Atheyna Bylon, securing a seat in the semi-finals.
Price will take at least a bronze medal as she stormed into the semi-finals with an easy victory.
Bylon looked frustrated as she tried to punch her way through but Price made it with 5-0.
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Shweta Sharma31 July 2021 05:56
Tokyo Olympics: Connor Fields out of ICU a day after horror crash
In a positive update on American BMX racer Connor Fields, his mother has said he has been moved out of intensive care.
Fields, one of the big favourites for gold in Tokyo, suffered a brain bleed during a horror crash in Friday’s Olympic event and had to be stretchered away.
“Latest CT scan shows no additional brain injury and no additional bleeding so he has been transferred from ICU critical care to high level care and does not require surgery at this time,” his mother Lisa wrote on Facebook.
USA Cycling said on Saturday that the 28-year-old sustained a “brain haemorrhage at the venue.”
“Cognitively, he’s doing well. He knows where he is. He knows his birthday. He recognises people,” his father told USA Today.
Shweta Sharma31 July 2021 05:28
Tokyo Olympics: India’s Kamalpreet Kaur secures berth in finals
National record holder Kamalpreet Kaur has qualified for the women’s discus throw final.
Kaur, India’s medal hope amid its disappointing run at the Olympics, finished second in Group B with a best of 64m.
Another medal hope was lost for India when promising archer Atanu Das’s exited from the Round of 16, in the Round 16, bringing his Tokyo Olympics run to an end.
India has secured just one silver so far. It also assured at least a bronze with boxer Lovlina Borgohain win yesterday which led her to the semi-finals.
Shweta Sharma31 July 2021 05:15