Wednesday, September 22, 2021

First gold medal, first exit of Tokyo Games

TOKYO — Barely half a day passed before politics, the pandemic and the scorching heat, affected the events of the Tokyo Olympics.

At least China’s Yang Qian remained the target.

Yang overtook Russia’s Anastasia Galashina to win her first Tokyo Games gold medal in the women’s 10m air rifle on Saturday. His last shot was his worst in the final, but he still overtook Galashina with an Olympic-record score of 251.8. Nina Kristen of Switzerland won the bronze medal.

“It’s unbelievable that I can be here,” Yang said through an interpreter. “I was really nervous. The competition was really tough, but I’m so glad I could win.”

Galashina led Yang by 0.2 points when they fired almost simultaneously on their last shot. The limited crowd at the Asaka Shooting Range gasped as the score later posted a split.

Yang, 21, who qualified sixth out of eight medalists, missed the innermost circle on her final shot, a 9.8 that she thought would be worth her gold.

He noticed that Galashina had missed the two center rings. The Russian’s 8.9 meant IOC President Thomas Bach would award the gold medal to Yang on a tray – per pandemic protocol – instead of Galashina.

A volunteer creates a scoreboard for a beach volleyball match that was eventually canceled after a player, Marka Slukova of the Czech Republic, tested positive for COVID-19, in Shiokase Park, Tokyo, Japan July 24, 2021.

COVID-19 cancellation

The first event of the Olympic beach volleyball tournament was canceled after a Czech player tested positive for COVID-19. Marketa Slukova, who tested positive earlier this week, and partner Barbora Hermanova were ruled out of the tournament.

Already empty due to restrictions on fans, the venue of Shiokase Park was still quiet when the match was due to start at 9 a.m. on Saturday, the only sound coming from the incredibly loud cicadas in the nearby trees.

The Japanese team of Megumi Murakami and Miki Ishii won by default after qualifying for the tournament through a reserve entry for the host country. Officially, the Czechs were marked “Did Not Start” and their three round-robin opponents would be awarded the victory.

Palestinian Pass

An Algerian judo athlete will be sent home after withdrawing from competition to avoid potentially facing an Israeli opponent.

Fethi Noorin and her coach Amar Benikhlef told Algerian media they were holding back on Monday to avoid a possible second-round matchup with Israel’s Tohar Butbul in the men’s 73kg category. Naureen was to face Sudan’s Mohamed Abdallarsoul in the opening round, with the winner facing fifth seed Butbul.

The executive committee of the International Judo Federation has temporarily suspended Noorin and Benikhlef, who are likely to face sanctions beyond the Olympics. The Algerian Olympic Committee then withdrew recognition of both men and made plans to send them home.

Noorin and Benikhlef attributed their stance to their political support for the Palestinians.

Daniil Medvedev of the Russian Olympic Committee, calm during a change in a tennis match against Alexander Bublik...
Daniil Medvedev of the Russian Olympic Committee calms down during a change in a tennis match against Alexander Bublik of Kazakhstan, during the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, July 24, 2021.

speedy start

Tennis player Daniil Medvedev wants organizers to move the match to evening, when players reached 33 °C (91 °F) in their opening matches and a heat index that made it feel like 38 C (100 F).

Medvedev called it “some of the worst” summers after defeating Kazakhstan’s Alexander Bublik 6-4, 7-6(8).

“I’m not going to lie. But you have to play,” said the Russian. “That’s the Olympics—you go for the medals. You’re not here to cry about the heat.”

French Open finalist Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova caught for an air tube during a medical timeout and threw bags of ice at her skirt during a changeover as she beat Italy’s Sara Irani 6-0, 6-1.

“You’re not feeling well,” said Pavlyuchenkova. “So I wasn’t enjoying it at all.”

rode on

Naohisa Takato defeated Yang Yung-wei of Taiwan to win Japan’s first gold medal in the men’s 60 kg judo final.

The success of the charismatic Takato could provide a much-needed jolt of enthusiasm for a nation still feeling deeply ambivalent about these Olympics and discouraged by the scandals and the coronavirus shock surrounding them.

Takato, 28, had atone for his disappointing bronze-medal performance five years earlier in Rio de Janeiro after a child-winning race for the Tokyo final at the Nippon Budokan arena, the site of judo’s introduction to the Olympics in 1964. was with.

Kohei Uchimura of Japan competes on the horizontal bar during the men’s artistic gymnastics qualification at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan, July 24, 2021.

Already done

The youngest competitor at the Tokyo Games is eliminated, and therefore an Olympic great.

Syria’s Hend Zaza lost to Liu Jia in straight sets, ending the 12-year-old’s hopes of making a noise as the youngest table tennis player in Olympic history.

Zaza told Olympic.com that she was pleased with her performance and learned from the defeat – and is looking forward to another shot at the next Olympics in Paris.

Two-time Olympic champion Kohei Uchimura’s Olympic career came to an end when the 32-year-old Japanese gymnast collapsed while qualifying on the high bar.

Considered by many to be the greatest of all time, the 2012 and ’16 all-around gold medalists were in the middle of their set when they peeled off while making a complicated connection. He picked himself up and completed his routine, drilling his unloading.

His score of 13.866 dropped him out of the top eight, meaning he would not make it to the final.

First gold medal, first exit of Tokyo Games
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