Day 6: Dressel sets Olympic record in men’s 100m freestyle
Tokyo, Jul 29 (EFE).- Caeleb Dressel of the United States won his second gold medal at Tokyo 2020 after setting a new Olympic record in the men’s 100m freestyle on Day 6 of the Olympic Games on Thursday.
Dressel, who won 4×100 meter relay and has won the last two World Championships, finished in 47.02 seconds, just 0.06 seconds ahead of runner up Dan Chambers of Australia, who won gold in Rio five years ago.
In the men’s singles tennis, world number one Novak Djokovic knocked out local favorite Kei Nishikori in straight sets on Thursday to book his place in the semi final.
Djokovic, who has won all three majors held this season and is heavily favored to take gold in Tokyo and go all the way at the US Open in Flushing Meadows, is still on track to win the so-called “Golden Slam”, the feat of winning four Grand Slams and the Olympic gold medal in the same year.
He will meet Alexander Zverev in the semi final after the German beat France’s Jeremy Chardy.
Pablo Carreño, the only Spanish player still in the fight for an Olympic medal in the tennis, qualified for the last four after defeating world number two, Russian Daniil Medvedev in straight sets.
The Spaniard will play in the semifinals against another Russian in Karen Khachanov, who defeated Frenchman Ugo Humbert in the last eight.
Meanwhile, the cycling events have been overshadowed by Patrick Moster, the German Cycling Federation’s sporting director, who was sent home by the German Olympic Committee after he was caught by television cameras on Wednesday using a racial slur.
The cycling coach later apologized, blaming the pressure and “heat of the moment” for his racist outburst.
“We remain convinced that his public apology for the racist remarks he made yesterday is sincere. With these comments, however, Mr Moster violated the Olympic values. Fair play, respect and tolerance are non-negotiable for Team Germany,” a statement from the team said.EFE