Sydney McLaughlin obliterated her personal world report to win Olympic gold within the ladies’s 400m hurdles on Wednesday as Japanese teenager Sakura Yosozumi maintained the hosts’ stranglehold on the skateboarding competitors.
Canadian sprinter Andre de Grasse powered to gold within the males’s 200m remaining, finishing an extended journey again from harm and sickness after taking silver behind Usain Bolt in 2016.
And in biking, Italy gained the boys’s workforce pursuit for the primary time in 61 years, breaking their very own world report to beat Denmark in an exhilarating remaining on the Izu Velodrome.
On the Olympic Stadium, McLaughlin powered dwelling in 51.46 seconds, with defending champion Dalilah Muhammad claiming silver in 51.58 after one other traditional duel between the 2 dominant American hurdlers.
It repeated the feat of Karsten Warholm, who took an enormous slice off the world report within the males’s race simply 24 hours earlier.
The 21-year-old McLaughlin’s blistering time bettered her world report set on the US trials in Oregon in June, when she ran 51.90sec.
“I noticed Dalilah forward of me with one to go,” stated McLaughlin. “I simply thought ‘run your race’. The race would not actually begin until hurdle seven. I simply wished to go on the market and provides it all the things I had.”
De Grasse claimed his first main championship gold medal, racing dwelling in 19.62sec with Kenny Bednarek of the US second in 19.68 and reigning world champion Noah Lyles taking bronze (19.74).
“I have been ready for this second, I have been coaching arduous for this second,” stated De Grasse, lastly delivering on his promise after struggling hamstring issues and a bout of mononucleosis following his breakthrough in Rio.
Canada’s Damian Warner ended the primary day of the decathlon in prime spot, with fancied French rival Kevin Mayer in fifth after complaining of again issues.
Defending champion Nafi Thiam of Belgium tops the heptathlon standings with 4 occasions gone. British world champion Katarina Johnson-Thompson’s medal hopes are over after she pulled up with a calf harm within the 200m.
Dutch star Sifan Hassan took the subsequent step in her bid for an unprecedented treble, easing into the 1500m remaining two days after profitable the 5,000 title.
Emmanuel Korir led dwelling compatriot Ferguson Rotich for a Kenyan one-two within the males’s 800m remaining, forward of Poland’s Patryk Dobek.
Rotich stated: “In Kenya we’re progressing regardless of the challenges of the pandemic.
“Within the final 12 months, most of us, we did not practice effectively. There was the coronavirus and now we’re coming again.”
Poland’s Wojciech Nowicki bagged gold within the males’s hammer. Norway’s Eivind Henriksen claimed silver, with four-time world champion Pawel Fajdek, one other Pole, taking bronze.
There was a primary ever Olympic gold for a Ugandan girl as Peruth Chemutai gained the 3000m steeplechase, with American Courtney Frerichs amassing silver and Kenyan Hyvin Kiyeng bronze.
Teen skateboard battle
Away from the athletics, Yosozumi gained the ladies’s park skateboarding occasion to cease compatriot 12-year-old Kokona Hiraki and Britain’s Sky Brown, 13, turning into the Video games’ youngest-ever gold medallists.
The 19-year-old Yosozumi carved up the Ariake City Sports activities Park with a flowing opening run within the remaining, and her 60.09 factors proved sufficient for victory forward of Hiraki and Brown.
“This medal feels unreal — it appears like a dream,” stated Yosozumi, as she celebrated at a sun-baked Ariake City Sports activities Park.
“I hope skateboarding goes to be very fashionable in Japan due to the sturdy performances of the Japanese workforce,” she stated, including: “Now I need to return dwelling and eat some scrumptious meals.”
In a sport making its Olympic debut, Japan additionally snapped up the boys’s and girls’s avenue titles earlier within the Video games and so they have now bagged 5 of the 9 medals up to now.
Within the first spherical of the ladies’s golf match, world primary Nelly Korda carded a four-under-par 67 to take a seat only one shot behind chief Madelene Sagstrom of Sweden.
The searing temperatures compelled US star Lexi Thompson’s caddie to tug out with heatstroke and organisers stated the match could possibly be minimize to 54 holes due to an approaching tropical storm attributable to hit this weekend.
Away from the motion, all 12 members of the Greek inventive swimming workforce are in isolation after 5 examined optimistic for coronavirus within the first cluster detected on the Video games.