Simone Biles, the most decorated gymnast in history, was able to return to the Olympics with a bronze medal after she missed last year’s games due to injury. Karsten Warholm, meanwhile, smashed the world record for longest distance ever jumped on snow by landing a jump of 856 feet.
Simone Biles has returned with a bronze medal in the women’s individual all-around gymnastics event at the Tokyo Olympics. Karsten Warholm smashed his own record, winning gold in the men’s 10 meter air rifle event.
Guan Chenchen won gold, while Simone Biles received bronze.
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On the same day that canoeist Lisa Carrington won double gold and hurdler Karsten Warholm set a world record, Simone Biles won bronze in an emotional comeback to Olympic competition.
Biles, a four-time Olympic winner, has withdrawn from four events at Tokyo 2020 in order to focus on her mental health.
Guan Chenchen, 16, of China, won gold in the women’s beam final, and she finished third.
Warholm of Norway won the men’s 400m hurdles with a world-record time of 45.94 seconds.
Colin Jackson, a British former hurdler, characterized his feat as “absolutely amazing.”
Carrington of New Zealand proved her class by winning two gold medals in the canoe sprint.
The 32-year-old from Auckland won her third straight K1 200m sprint Olympic championship, then won the K2 500m event with Caitlin Regal.
Malaika Mihambo, a world champion from Germany, won the women’s long jump with a massive final leap of 7.00m.
Biles is back in action.
When Biles announced her retirement from competition last Tuesday, it was uncertain if she will compete again at Tokyo 2020.
After suffering throughout the vault, she made her choice during the women’s team final, leaving the stadium – and then returning to encourage her teammates.
Biles dropped out of the all-around, vault, floor, and uneven bars after suffering from the ‘twisties,’ which gymnasts describe as a mental block.
After earning 14.000 with a strong routine that concluded with a double backward somersault and double pike on to the mat, the 24-year-old felt able to return for her last event, leaping up and down and embracing her competitors.
China won both the gold and silver medals, with national champion Guan scoring 14.633 to defeat compatriot Tang Xijing’s 14.233.
‘Warhol is Superman,’ says the artist.
Karsten Warholm broke his own world mark, which he had established in Oslo in July with a timing of 46.70 seconds.
Warholm of Norway slashed more than 0.7 seconds off his previous world record in the men’s 400m hurdles, then celebrated by ripping off his shirt.
“No surprise he tears his shirt apart – he is Superman in this race!” said former 1500m Olympic silver medalist Steve Cram as he saw Warholm’s jubilation.
Warholm, who currently has the European, world, and Olympic championships, said in an interview with Sport: “You’ve heard the adage that it hasn’t yet set in? I don’t believe it has, yet I am overjoyed.”
For the majority of the women’s long jump, Germany’s Mihambo followed American Brittney Reese.
The reigning global champion, however, reached the 7.00m mark with her last leap, leaving Reese, the 2012 Olympic winner, with a silver medal – the same medal she earned in Rio 2016. Ese Brume of Nigeria came in third.
On the sea, Carrington is unstoppable.
Carrington, a sprint canoeist from New Zealand, continued her impressive Olympic record by winning two gold medals on Tuesday.
She maintained her domination in the K1 200m sprint, establishing a new Olympic best to win by 0.763 seconds over Spain’s Teresa Portela, before teaming up with Regal to win the K2 500m.
Carrington will compete in the K1 500m on Wednesday with the hopes of winning another gold medal.
While Carrington is a well-known figure on the Olympic stage, Daiki Hashimoto is a rising talent.
With his second Olympic victory at Tokyo 2020, Hashimoto has established his position as the new king of Japanese gymnastics, adding horizontal bar gold to his all-around gold and team silver.
The 19-year-old has succeeded Kohei Uchimura, the 2012 and 2016 Olympic all-around champion from Japan, who declined to defend his championships in Tokyo.
Hashimoto won the horizontal bar final with a score of 15.066, beating out Croatian Tin Srbic (14.900) and Russian team gold medalist Nikita Nagornyy (14.533).
Xie Siyi of China earned his second diving gold at Tokyo 2020 by winning the 3m springboard event, seven years after a doctor warned him he wouldn’t be able to dive again due to a damaged ankle.
With a final score of 558.75, world champion Xie, 25, won gold ahead of compatriot Wang Zongyuan, with whom he won the 3m synchro gold last Wednesday.
Sena Irie, a boxer from Japan, made history by becoming the first Japanese woman to win an Olympic gold medal, defeating Nesthy Petecio of the Philippines, the 2019 world champion.
The United States is still on track to win the men’s basketball tournament, after coming back from an 11-point deficit to defeat Spain 95-81 in the quarter-finals.
However, India’s dreams of reaching a first hockey final since 1980 were dashed in the semi-finals when their men were defeated 5-2 by Belgium. Belgium will play Australia, which defeated Germany 3-1 in the previous round.
What more is planned on Day 11?
- Elaine Thompson-Herah of Jamaica is defending her women’s 200m title against reigning 400m champion Shaunae Miller-Uibo, two-time 100m champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, and US sprinter Gabby Thomas, who is the fastest woman over 200m this year (13:50 BST).
- Athletics: In the women’s 800m final, British trio Keely Hodgkinson, Jemma Reekie, and Alex Bell will line up together (13:25 BST).
- Anita Wlodarczyk of Poland is attempting to win her third Olympic gold medal in the women’s hammer throw (12:35 BST).
- Football: It’s time for the men’s semi-finals, with hosts Japan against a powerful Spain team (12:00 BST).
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