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The world’s biggest games are here…7 min read

July 28, 2021 5 min read

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The world’s biggest games are here…7 min read

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Adithya G

Yang Qian wins first gold medal of Tokyo 2020 Olympics

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China’s Yang Qian, 21, won the 10m women’s air rifle final with an Olympic record score of 251.8, ahead of Russian Anastasiia Galashina on 251.1 and Switzerland’s Nina Christen on 230.6.

COVID Protocols mean that the medals were passed on to the winners on a tray as opposed to a dignitary putting the medals.

American fencer wins gold

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Lee Kiefer became the first American woman to earn the No. 1 world ranking in foil fencing in 2017.  

In 2021, she became the first American woman to win an Olympic medal in individual foil.  A gold medal, at that.

The 27-year-old fencer beat Inna Deriglazova of Russia in the gold medal match, 15-13.

Fencing gold for Hong Kong

Fencer Cheung Ka Long won Hong Kong’s second gold medal in Games history. Cheung beat defending champion Daniele Garozzo 15-11 in the men’s foil fencing final at the Tokyo Olympics. Hong Kong’s only previous Olympic win was gold for Lee Lai Shan in women’s windsurfing in 1996.

A 97-year-wait for gold ends for Philippines

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Hidilyn Diaz triumphed in the women’s 55kg weightlifting at Tokyo 2020 to get her country Philippines’ first ever gold medal. The 30-year-old cleared 127kg in her last attempt at clean and jerk for a total of 224kg, edging out world record holder Liao Qiuyun (223kg total) of China. Diaz had previously won silver in the 53kg category during the Rio Olympics in 2016.  

Mirabai Creates History
Weightlifter Mirabai Chanu won the silver medal and became the first Indian to win an Olympic medal at the 2020 Tokyo Games in the Women’s 49 kg category. China’s Hou Zhihui clinched the gold medal.

26-year-old Mirabai hails from Nongpok Kakching in Imphal. She is the sixth female athlete to win a medal for India in the 21st century. Of the 14 Olympic medals India has won in the last two decades, women have bagged 6 of them.

Ariarne Titmus Beats Katie Ledecky
Australian swimmer Ariarne Titmus upset American great Katie Ledecky to clinch the 400m freestyle gold medal. Titmus had earlier ousted Ledecky as world champion in 2019.

The Australian prevailed in Tokyo as well, hitting the wall in 3mins 56.69secs, the second fastest time ever. Ledecky had to settle for silver finishing the race in 3:57.36 with China’s Li Bingjie a distant third.

Titmus’ coach was over the moon with her performance and  didn’t hold back with his celebration.

Great Britain’s Adam Peaty powered his way to a second Olympic gold medal in the men’s 100m breaststroke in Tokyo. The reigning World and Olympic champion and also the world record holder in the event, had no trouble during the event and secured his country’s first gold of the Games.

Right from the outset he was in the lead and went on to win in 57.37, way off his world record of 56.88.

Ashleigh Barty Crashes Out

World number one Ashleigh Barty crashed out in the first round in Tokyo. It was an error-prone match for the top seed in a 6-4, 6-3 loss to Spain’s 48th-ranked Sara Sorribes Tormo.

Naomi Osaka defeated China’s Zheng Saisai 6-1, 6-4 in her first match since taking an eight-week break for mental health reasons.  

Defending champion Andy Murray withdrew from the men’s singles tournament due to a quad muscle strain just hours before his match against Felix Auger-Aliassime.

Novak Djokovic and Daniil Medvedev cruised into the third round after beating German Jan-Lennard Struff and Indian Sumit Nagal respectively. The World No. 1 will continue his quest for a first Olympic singles gold medal against Alejandro Davidovich Fokina  while the Russian Medvedev will play his next game against Italian super star Fabio Fognini.

South Korea hits bull’s eye
A contingent led by An San captured South Korea’s ninth straight women’s archery team gold medal at the Tokyo Games. The country hasn’t lost since this team event was added to the Olympics in 1988.

Math Lecturer Shocks the world

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Anna Kiesenhofer, a 30-year-old Austrian mathematics lecturer shocked veterans in her first Olympics to claim the gold medal in cycling.

Dutch three-times world champion Annemiek Van Vleuten, reigning champion Anna Van der Breggen and Marianne Vos had been tipped to dominate the race.

Kiesenhofer is the first Austrian to win a cycling gold since Adool Schmal’s victory on the track at the 1896 Athens Games.

It was also Austria’s first gold in any sport since 2004.

Cricket

India beats Sri Lanka in first of three-match T20I series

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India 164/5 in 20 overs (Suryakumar Yadav 50, Shikhar Dhawan 46; Wanindu Hasaranga 2/28, Dushmantha Chameera 2/24).

Sri Lanka 126 all out in 18.3 overs (Charith Asalanka 44; Yuzvendra Chahal 1/19; Deepak Chahar 2/24, Bhuvneshwar Kumar 4/22).

India beat Sri Lanka by 38 runs in the first of the three-match T20I series. Suryakumar Yadav top-scored for India with a splendid half-century and helped India to a total of 164/5.

Charith Asalanka kept Sri Lanka in the game with a brisk knock even as wickets kept tumbling at the other end. Once he departed, India quickly dismissed the lower order to claim a victory with nine deliveries to spare. Their pacers were excellent at the death, picking up six wickets.

The Hundred begins
The England Cricket Board’s (ECB) brainchild, ‘The Hundred’ finally got underway following a 12-month delay due to the coronavirus pandemic with a standalone women’s match.

The Oval Invincibles defeated the Manchester Originals, thanks to an unbeaten fifty from  Dane van Niekerk. Her knock of 56 (42) saw the hosts finish on 139-5 as they chased down a target of 136 at  Oval.

The men’s team of the Oval Invincibles emulated their women’s team in their opening fixture as they scrapped to victory by nine runs against Manchester Originals. Sam Billings was named Hero of the Match for his knock of 49(30).


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Author’s note: Adithya G is a freelance writer and sports enthusiast.

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