Bradly Sinden competes for taekwondo silver on the second day of the Tokyo Olympics after Chelsie Giles won the first Team GB of the Games in judo bronze. In the men’s event at 68kg, 2019 world champion Sinden was beaten in the grand final by Uzbekistan’s Uzbek qualifier Ulugbek Rashitov.
Chelsie Giles won bronze medal
Giles, who competed in his first Olympics, finished third in the 52kg event, beating Swiss Fabienne Kocher by winning bronze. Earlier, Sinden’s teammate and two-time Olympic champion Jade Jones were shocked by the first round of the 57kg taekwondo women’s women’s tournament.
- Jones, who had won gold medals in London and Rio, surprised Kamia Alizadeh of the refugee group.
- That came after Andy Murray, a two-time Olympic champion, pulled out his sharpened shield with small thighs.
- He will continue the men’s repetition, along with Joe Salisbury, after winning their first game on Saturday.
- Alternatively, Adam Peaty won the 100m breaststroke semi-final in 57.63 seconds as he looked to win his second consecutive gold medal at the event on Monday.
- Meanwhile, Olympic organizers have canceled a two-day rowing in bad weather expected to strike in the Japanese capital.
The news comes on the day of the worst weather policy in the tennis tournament, with temperatures reaching 32C in Tokyo on Sunday, prompting the International Tennis Federation (ITF) to launch measures to protect rivals for further protection.
Here is a summary of some of the stories on the second day.
- Austria’s Anna Kiesenhofer has shocked the world of cycling by winning gold in the women’s street race.
- Japan’s Yuto Horigome won the first skateboarding Olympic gold by winning the men’s street event.
- Team GB’s women’s hockey team, defending their Olympic title in Rio 2016, lost 2-1 to Germany in their first match.
- GB rowers have reached the men’s and two finals and the quadruple sculls finals, with Vicky Thornley advancing to the women’s semi-finals.
Australia’s Ashleigh Barty, the newly crowned Wimbledon champion, was eliminated in the first round of a single women’s tennis match, but Naomi Osaka of Japan passed.
Eighteen-year-old Tunisian swimmer Ahmed Hafnaoui has made a huge gold rush in the 400m freestyle. American golfers Bryson DeChambeau and Spain’s Jon Rahm have been ruled out of the tournament after being found to have a Covid-19.
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- Cinden silver after reaching the Taekwondo finals
- Sinden is close to becoming Britain’s first male Olympic taekwondo champion but lost 39-24 in the topsy-turvy final.
“I’ve been unlucky with a few things, but he’s a great fighter. It was my gold medal to give away – it was there to take it,” said the 22-year-old Doncaster.
- He found himself facing a semi-final defeat, falling 16-9 back in the same category as China’s Zhao Shuai before fighting for a 33-25 victory.
- Sinden added strength in the semi-finals with a 20-point margin that defeated Hakan Recber and then dug in with Zhao, the Rio Olympic champion in the lightweight category of 58kg.
Giles wins Britain’s first medal
Giles had just won his first Grand Slam award in Israel earlier this year but can now add Olympic bronze to his collection.
- He won Kocher’s honor by ippon, who got the wazari to give him a chance before he showed great calmness to hold on.
- The 24-year-old was defeated by Uta Abe of Japan in the quarter finals, but beat Charline van Snick of Belgium in the first round of revenge to give himself a chance to win the medal.
His bronze medal means that the British judo team has won three Olympic medals in the past, following the bronze won by Sally Conway in Rio 2016 and the silver and bronze taken by Gemma Gibbons and Karina Bryant in London 2012.
Jones was beaten in the first battle
Wales’ Jones entered Tokyo 2020 as one of GB’s favorites to bring home the Olympic title. By doing so, she would become the first British woman to win Olympic gold in three consecutive Games and the first taekwondo fighter to win three times as much gold.
- Named Headhunter, because he prefers to score points in his opponent’s head rather than in their body, Jones is a world-class champion in his category and had entered the game as the first seed.
- But she met her match in Alizadeh, five years ago in Rio, which became the first Iranian woman to win an Olympic medal with 57 kg of bronze.
- His defeat by Jones 16-12 in Tokyo was Alizadeh’s first fight since 2018. He fled Iran in 2020 and the Iran Taekwondo Association refused to allow him to represent another nation.
What’s coming on Monday?
There are 21 gold medal events as the Olympics enter the top gear, with Adam Peaty looking to be the first British swimmer to retain the Olympic title.
- Swimming: Peaty world record holder 26, who is the most qualified and will run in the final at 03:12 BST on Monday.
- Triathlon: Prior to Peaty’s historic nomination, GB Jonny Brownlee and Alex Yee faced the triathlon, which is expected to end just before 1 p.m.
- Diving: Do you remember young Tom Daley? Now, he is now 27 years old and is starting his fourth Olympics – paired with first Olympic athlete Matty Lee in a 10m synchro event (07: 00-08: 00).
- Gymnastics: Japanese executives will hopefully successfully defend their team’s title (11: 00-14: 10).