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By Mitch Phillips, Simon Evans and Steve Keating
TOKYO (Reuters) – Jamaican sprinter Elaine Thompson-Herah blazed to 100 metres gold on Saturday, turning into the quickest girl alive as she denied compatriot Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce a 3rd Olympic title.
In retaining her title Thompson-Herah added a glowing flourish to a day which had seen U.S. gymnast Simone Biles withdraw from two extra finals https://www.reuters.com/way of life/sports activities/gymnastics-american-simone-biles-withdraws-event-finals-vault-uneven-bars-us-2021-07-31 in Tokyo, and a listless Novak Djokovic fail to take bronze in tennis after his dream of a “Golden Slam” was dashed.
Thompson-Herah led a Jamaican 100m podium sweep https://www.reuters.com/way of life/sports activities/athletics-thompson-herah-leads-jamaican-sweep-womens-100m-2021-07-31 with Shericka Jackson in third. The champion’s blistering 10.61 seconds time has solely ever been bettered by the late Florence Griffith-Joyner, who set a world report of 10.49 in 1988.
“I put all the pieces in there I gave it 100 and I might say that I am prepared, tremendous prepared, however I needed to simply maintain my composure to return out right here take it runs by runs,” she stated.
“It reveals tonight that Elaine is again. She wasn’t gone wherever.”
The day had begun with native followers defying a ban on spectators to get a glimpse of the triathlon. Huge crowds lined the streets on the Odaiba Marine Park on the Tokyo waterfront, defying Olympic employees who carried indicators and bullhorns asking them to not collect alongside the roadside to observe the occasion.
The setbacks for stars similar to Biles and Djokovic have been in a approach becoming for the inconceivable Video games, going down with out spectators amid a widening pandemic. Minutes after his singles defeat, Djokovic withdrew from the combined doubles bronze match.
New COVID-19 infections hit 4,058 in Tokyo, a brand new report and the primary time above 4,000. The federal government has prolonged a state of emergency https://www.reuters.com/enterprise/healthcare-pharmaceuticals/japan-proposes-adding-four-regions-covid-19-emergency-minister-2021-07-29 within the capital and expanded it to neighbouring prefectures.
Swimmers Katie Ledecky and Caeleb Dressel recovered some misplaced lustre https://www.reuters.com/way of life/sports activities/swimming-more-gold-dressel-mckeown-does-backstroke-double-2021-07-31 for America, whereas Lyu Xiaojun took gold in males’s weightlifting, bringing China’s haul within the medal tally https://graphics.reuters.com/OLYMPICS-2020/MEDALTALLY/rlgpdynkjvo/media-embed.html to 21. Japan have 17 golds and america are at 16.
Within the first situations of doping on the Video games, two sprinters, Kenya’s Mark Otieno and Nigeria’s Blessing Okagbare, had been provisionally suspended https://www.reuters.com/way of life/sports activities/athletics-nigerian-sprinter-okagbare-banned-after-failed-drugs-test-2021-07-31 after testing constructive for banned substances.
American BMX racer Connor Fields was moved out of intensive care after struggling a mind bleed https://www.reuters.com/way of life/sports activities/cycling-fields-suffered-brain-bleed-crash-out-icu-says-mother-2021-07-31 throughout his horrific crash a day earlier. Initially one of many massive favourites for gold, Fields went down exhausting in a first-corner crash through the semi-finals.
A lot of the main focus on the Video games has been on famous person Biles, who this week shocked the world when she dropped out of the workforce competitors after a poor opening vault after which declined to defend her all-around crown, citing concern for her psychological and bodily well-being.
“In the present day, after additional session with medical employees, Simone Biles has determined to withdraw from the occasion finals for vault and the uneven bars,” USA Gymnastics stated, including she would proceed to be evaluated day by day to see whether or not she would compete within the finals for the ground train and steadiness beam.
Her candour has pushed the difficulty of athlete psychological well being into the highlight and triggered an outpouring of worldwide help. She has spoken in regards to the “twisties”, incidents of disorientation https://www.reuters.com/way of life/sports activities/i-had-twisties-just-like-simone-2021-07-30, throughout a few of her gravity-defying abilities.
Djokovic, who received a singles bronze medal in Beijing in 2008 however has didn’t earn a spot on the rostrum at London, Rio and now Tokyo, withdrew from the combined doubles minutes after his defeat by Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta within the singles bronze match.
On Friday, the Serbian misplaced to Germany’s Alexander Zverev within the singles semi-finals, killing his hopes of profitable an Olympic gold plus all 4 Grand Slams this yr for a ‘Golden Slam’.
His withdrawal from the combined doubles means girls’s world primary Ash Barty and John Friends bag a bronze medal for Australia.
In swimming, Ledecky and Dressel added to their medal haul and took some sting off what has been a disappointing Video games to this point for the U.S. swim workforce, whose eight golds are simply half their tally from Rio.
Ledecky, who misplaced her 200 and 400 metres titles to Australia’s Ariarne Titmus earlier than beating her within the 1,500, on Saturday turned the primary feminine swimmer to win six particular person golds, cruising dwelling within the 800m.
“She made it robust and so it was lots of enjoyable to race,” Ledecky stated.
World champion Dressel stormed to the 100m butterfly title in world report time, choosing up his second particular person gold so as to add to the gold he received within the 4×100 freestyle relay.
Britain received the Olympics’ inaugural combined 4×100 medley relay for his or her fourth swimming gold delivering a world report time. Britain’s 4 golds within the pool marks their finest return within the swimming occasions for greater than a century.