Sports Desk, Jul 31 (EFE).- Spain on Saturday claimed its maiden Tokyo 2020 gold medal while team GB kicked off the ninth day of the Games with a double gold and world record.
Spain’s Alberto Fernandez and Fatima Galvez won the Trap Mixed Team final, giving their country its fourth medal in Tokyo. The Spanish duo prevailed over Alessandra Perilli and Gian Marco Berti of San Marino, and Madelynn Ann Bernau and Brian Burrows of the US, who came second and third respectively.
The British quartet Kate Dawson, Adam Peaty, James Guy and Anna Hopkin recorded a world record of 3:37.58 as they grabbed the gold medal in the mixed 4x100m medley relay, ahead of China and Australia respectively.
The other gold medal for the team GB was won by Jess Learmouth, Jonny Brownlee, Georgia Taylor-Brown and Alex Yee who won the Triathlon Mixed Relay ahead of the United States and France respectively.
Saturday saw another world record broken with Jamaica’s Elaine Thompson-Herah, who became the second fastest women in history, on her way to defend her Women’s 100m title in 10.61s, ahead of her countrymen Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (10.74) and Shericka Jackson (10.76).
The Polish quartet of Karol Zalewski, Natalia Kaczmarek, Justyna Swiety-Ersetic and Kajetan Duszynski became the first ever Olympic 4x400m Mixed Relay champion, while Dominican team beat the US’ to the silver in the final stretch.
Nigerian sprinter Blessing Okagbare has been kicked out of the Olympics after being suspended for failing the drug test. The Athletics Integrity Unit said the 32 year old – who was due to race in the semi-finals after ??winning her 100m heat on Friday – tested positive for a human growth hormone.
“The AIU has provisionally suspended Blessing Okagbare of Nigeria, with immediate effect after an out-of-competition sample collected from the sprinter tested positive for Human Growth Hormone, a prohibited substance on the 2021 WADA Prohibited List,” it said in a statement on Twitter. EFE