PV Sindhu creates history, high-jumpers share gold and more…7 min readReading Time: 5 minutes
PV Sindhu creates history for India
PV Sindhu claimed a second consecutive Olympic medal, bagging the bronze with a straight games (21-13, 21-15) win over China’s He Bingjiao , becoming only the second Indian after wrestler Sushil Kumar to win more than one individual Olympic medal.
After a closely contested final, Chen Yu Fei won the Gold medal as she beat the World No.1 Tai Tzu-Ying, 21-18 19-21 21-18.
Yulimar Rojas breaks world record
In the triple jump event for women, Yulimar Rojas of Venezuela jumped 15.67 metres to smash the world record with her final attempt at the Tokyo Olympics.
The previous record of 15.50m was set by Ukraine’s Inessa Kravets in 1995 in Sweden.
Thus, Rojas Venezuela became Venezuela’s first woman Olympic champion. Patricia Mamona of Portugal won silver with 15.01m, a national record. The bronze went to Spain’s Ana Peleteiro, who also broke the national record with 14.87m.
Zverev Bags Gold
Alexander Zverev became the first German after Steffi Graf and the first male tennis player from his country to win a singles gold medal at the Olympics.
He secured the medal with a 6-3, 6-1 win over Russian Karen Khachanov.
Earlier, Zverev denied Novak Djokovic’s pursuit of a golden slam in the semi-final. The Serbian went on to lose the bronze medal match against Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta.
Israel win first ever medal at Olympics
Gymnast Artem Dolgopyat won Israel’s first-ever Olympic medal in men’s floor exercise. He narrowly beat Spain’s Rayderley Zapata in the tie break after both gymnasts posted a score of 14.933. The Israeli took the top spot on the podium because his routine had a higher degree of difficulty.
China’s Xiao Ruoteng took the bronze for his third medal.
Lamont Jacobs wins 100m Gold
Lamont Jacobs, a 26-year-old American-born Italian, claimed the gold in a European record time of 9.80s with American Fred Kerley (9.84) and Canadian Andre de Grasse (9.89) picking silver and bronze in the 100m race. Jacobs became the first Italian to take the 100m title, and it was a personal best for all three.
Watch him talk about his victory after the event.
Clean sweep for Jamaica in Women’s 100m dash
Jamaica bagged Gold, Silver, and bronze medals at the Women’s 100m finals earlier today. Elaine Thompson-Herah won the gold with a new Olympic record time of 10.61 seconds.
Elaine Thompson-Herah successfully defended her Olympic 100m crown, storming to victory with the second-fastest time in history. Thompson-Herah finished in 10.61sec, with two-time champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce taking the silver medal(10.74) and Shericka Jackson(10.7) completing the podium. Thompson-Herah’s Olympic record winning mark matched the second-fastest time in history set by the late Florence Griffith-Joyner.
Men’s high-jumpers share the gold medal
The men’s high jump final gave us a story to remember. Mutaz Essa Barshim (QAT) and Gianmarco Tamberi (ITA) were joint winners of the competition in Tokyo, with both athletes agreeing to share first place and doing away with the jump-off that is usually conducted in the event of a tie. After an exhausting two-hour competition, the duo couldn’t be split, having recorded best clearances of 2.37m.
USA suffer shock loss in soccer
A spirited Canadian women’s team ousted neighbours USA with a 1-0 victory in the semi final. Jessie Fleming calmly slotted spot-kick in the second half proved to be the winner as Canada defended deep and kept the famed American attack at bay.
Canada will face Sweden in the gold medal match.
Terrific Dane wins gold
Denmark’s Viktor Axelsen denied a repeat title to the defending Olympic champion, China’s Chen Long with 2-0 win to cliam the gold medal.
Axelsen, who won bronze at the 2016 Rio Games, took the first game 21-15, and then overpowered Chen in the second 21-12.
Indonesia’s Anthony Sinisuka Ginting won the bronze medal.
Indian hockey team qualifies for semi-finals
In the first-ever for India, both the men’s and the women’s teams qualified for the semi-finals of the Olympics. While the men’s team suffered just one loss in the group stages and finished second, the women’s team started slow and scraped through to finish fourth.
In the quarter-final the men’s team thumped Great Britain 3-1 but faltered in the semi-final, losing 5-2 to Belgium.
The Indian women produced the upset of the tournament, beating the mighty Australian team 1-0 in the quarterfinal. They face Argentina in the next match.
Esteban Ocon Wins Chaotic Hungarian GP
Twenty-four-year-old French driver Esteban Ocon marked a maiden win in his 78th Grand Prix at the Hungarian Grand Prix. Sebastian Vettel in the Aston Martin finished second but was later disqualified after his car did not have enough fuel to offer a sample to the FIA after the race.
The disqualification promoted Lewis Hamilton to second and Carlos Sainz to third for Ferrari. With that result, the Mercedes driver gained an eight-point lead over title rival Max Verstappen.
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Author’s Note: Adithya G is a freelance writer and sports enthusiast.