Great Britain hits gold, Russian gymnasts retake teams crown
Tokyo, Jul 26 (EFE).- Team GB went from nought to three gold medals during day 3 of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, in a remarkable run into the top 4 nations on the overall leaderboard, behind the United States, China, and Japan.
Great Britain’s “gold rush,” as dubbed by British media, came by the hands of Adam Peaty in men’s 100m breaststroke, Thomas Pidcock in men’s cross-country race, and Tom Daley and Matty Lee in men’s synchronized 10m platform diving.
Russia overturned a 25 year drought of Olympic gold in men’s gymnastics artistic team, by seizing first place in the team all-around competition with 262.500 points, overcoming Japan and China both of which had dominated the discipline since Atlanta ‘96.
Elsewhere, Hidilyn Diaz won the Philippines’ first-ever Olympic gold medal in the 55kg weightlifting.
In a day full of teenagers snatching prizes, including a podium full of 13-16 year-olds in women’s street skateboarding, South Korea’s 17-year-old Kim Je-deok led the men’s archery team in a successful defence of the gold title in the discipline in a final bout against Taiwan.
Sudanese judoka Mohamed Abdalrasool abandoned the Tokyo 2020 Olympics shortly before facing Israel’s Tohar Butbul in the 73kg division. No reasons were given for the withdrawal.
Over the weekend, Algeria’s Feith Nourine refused to fight Butbul, saying his decision was in solidarity with Palestine.
Kosovo’s Nora Gjakova earned her country’s third ever gold medal, dominating the women’s judo -57kg, while Jessica Klimkait became the first Canadian woman to earn an Olympic medal in judo with the bronze. EFE