I really swam what the clock hit last night, with plenty of captivating finals. Tom Dean is the new Olympic champion in the men’s 200-meter freestyle. The 21-year-old Briton contracted coronavirus twice last year. Once in September and again around New Year’s sickness kept him out of the pool twice for three weeks. But in Tokyo, he raced for gold with a time of 1:44:22, four hundredths ahead of his compatriot Duncan Scott. Brazilian Fernando Scheffer (1:44.66) snatched the bronze medal against 16-year-old Romanian wonder player David Popovici (1:44.68).
Surprise Lydia Jacobi won the 100m breaststroke. Alaska’s 17-year-old trailed with a time of 1:04.95, 27 percent faster than South African Tatiana Schoenmaker. American Lily King, the defending champion and world record holder and unbeaten at the majors since 2015, finished third at 59 percent. Jacobi was indeed one of the surprise picks for the young American. She became the first Alaskan swimmer to qualify for the Olympics.
There were also Olympic titles in the Olympic record for 20-year-old Australian Kylie McKeon and 24-year-old Russian Evgeny Rylov in the 100-meter backstroke. It was the first time since 1984 that an American did not win an Olympic title in the 100m backstroke.
In the semi-finals of the women’s 200m freestyle, Australian phenomenon Ariarn Titmus set the fastest time again. Titmus clocked a distance of 1 minute 54.82 seconds and was half a second faster than his great rival Katie Ledecky. Titmos beat Ledecky in the 400m freestyle yesterday. 32-year-old Italian Federica Pellegrini qualified for the final for the seventh time. Penalty kick, because this 2008 Olympic champion is already her fifth Games.
How did the Belgians perform?
He was mainly looking forward to the first camps of Matthias Kass. The Belgian judo world champion and number one in the world in the weight category up to 81 kilograms is considered one of the most important candidates for medals in our country and is competing in his Olympic championship today.
After 20 seconds, the gold quest could have ended, as he was promptly knocked out by Puerto Rican Adrian Gandia (IJF-33). Fortunately, it was only waza-ari and Cass scored the same result a few seconds later. In overtime, our 28-year-old finished it off with Eppon. The same scenario in his eighth final, where Swede Robin Pasek (IJF-28) scored at a speed a waza-ari, but Cass equalized at the same speed and crossed the line in the gold score. In the quarter-finals, Kass settled in the gold score with Russian Alan Kubitsov (IJF-8), who received three penalties. Thus, our compatriot qualified for the semi-finals.
Remarkable: Matthias Kass is fighting in Tokyo with a shoulder injury sustained in training that has prevented him from training fully in recent days.
Louis Cronin failed to become the first Belgian man ever to qualify for back-to-back singles Olympic finals on the same track. In the semi-finals, 27-year-old Cronin finished eighth and last with a time of 1:56.67, well above his Belgian record (1:55.39). His time was the slowest among sixteen semi-finalists.
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A day after Martin van Riel’s fourth place among the men, 30-year-old Valerie Barthelemy was 10th in the women’s triathlon. Unlike Van Riel, Belgian-American athletes have never competed on the podium. Claire Michel, the second Belgian to start, suffered cramps and took 34th place. The gold went to Flora Duffy, who gave Bermunda her first-ever gold.
Tennis star Alison van Uytvanck’s match in the third round against Spanish player Garbine Muguruza suffered from the tropical storm currently sweeping Tokyo. The match started with a delay and was stopped by a 3-0 lead for Muguruza in the first set.
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The opening ceremony also became the only major event for Pita Taufatofua, Tonga’s well-oiled muscle pack. Taufatofua stole the show for the second Olympics in a row last Friday by appearing as a flag bearer in a naked bark, but was promptly knocked out on Tuesday in his first taekwondo camp by Russian Vladislav Larin.
This is still on the agenda today
7u00: Men’s Judo – 81kg, Quarter-finals with Matthias Kass
7u40: Men’s 3×3 Basketball Group Match, Nick Siles, Thierry Marin, Rafael Bogarts and Thibaut Verfort
8 st: Women on a mountain bike across the country, Getha Michaels
10u20: Basketball group Belgium women’s cats vs Australia match
11u25Men’s Hockey Group Match, Red Lions vs South Africa
12u45: Women’s Gymnastics Team Final, Nina Derwell, Jutta Verst, Lisa Faylin and Myles Brassart
14 st: Men’s 3×3 Basketball, Nick Siles, Thierry Marin, Rafael Bogarts and Thibaut Verfort