China, Greece smash world records, Great Britain comes close

Tokyo, Jul 28 (EFE).- World records tumbled on Day 5 of the Tokyo Olympics Games, as China and Greece made history by smashing weight lifting and rowing ceilings, while Great Britain was only 0.03 seconds short of topping the boards in 4x200m freestyle swimming.

Chinese weightlifter Shi Zhiyong made history in the 73kg weightlifting discipline, as he broke his own world record by lifting overall a total of 364kg, winning him the gold medal.

Greek rowing athletes Maria Kyridou and Christina Bourmpou broke the women’s coxless pair world record during the Olympic semi-finals race with a 6:48.70 finish, moving on to the finals on Thursday hoping to claim Greece’s first Tokyo 2020 medal.

Team GB secured gold in the men’s 4×200 meter freestyle race with a 58.8 seconds mark, as British quartet Tom Dean, Duncan Scott, James Guy and Matthew Richards finished only 0.03 seconds behind the world record set by Michael Phelps’ US team in 2009.

Daiki Hashimoto won Japan’s third gold medal in the Games when the 19 year-old won the men’s gymnastics individual all-around. The young athlete won the title when he posted the highest horizontal bar score of the day with a 14.933.

Fiji won the rugby sevens title with a 27-12 win against New Zealand, making the Oceanian country the only holder of men’s rugby sevens gold since the Olympic discipline debuted in Rio 2016.

Dutch cyclist Annemiek van Vleuten won women’s time trials for her first gold medal, relieving her victory itch after she celebrated gold by mistake on Sunday only to discover she had finished second in the road race.


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