Mallory Franklin wins silver canoe slalom as shooter Matthew Coward-Holley wins brass trap. China holds the USA record last time to win the 4x200m freestyle relay for women in a seven-minute world record of 40.33 seconds.
Simon Gleave, head of sports analysis, Nielsen Gracenote: “After six days of competition, Great Britain has 18 medals including five gold medals. This surpasses the 16 (four gold) medals won in this category five years ago in Rio. London 2012, 15 found in the first five days including five gold.
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GB’s Emma Wilson is guaranteed at least a bronze medal in windsurfing. American Sunisa Lee has won gymnastics all around gold as defending champion Simone Biles watches the channels after retiring to put his mental health first. Rebeca Andrade’s silver was the first Brazilian woman to exercise and her GB twin sisters Jessica and Jennifer Gadirova were 10 and 13.
- Two-time Olympic swimming champion Adam Peaty helped Great Britain overcome their heat in the 4×100 medley relay where men and women competed, with Duncan Scott second only to reach the 200m medley final.
- Team GB riders Kye Whyte and Bethany Shriever reached the BMX men’s and women’s semi-finals.In women’s hockey, defending champions Great Britain lost 1-0 to runners from Rio 2016 in the Netherlands, while men played a 2-2 draw with the Dutch.
- The seven-year-old seven-a-side women’s rugby team won their opening match against Russia’s Olympic Committee 14-12, but lost 26-21 to New Zealand.
- British boxer Frazer Clarke has won his first heavyweight bout.
- Toby Penty pulled out of one-man badminton drums, ending the GB campaign.
Ireland won its first gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics as Paul O’Donovan and Fintan McCarthy won two men’s underweight titles. Three members of an Australian athletics team have separated after a close contact with US pole presenter Sam Kendricks, who found out he had a Covid-19.
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- Franklin rows with silver
Canoe slalom was first introduced at the 1972 Olympics, but it was the first time the C1 women’s competition had been won and Franklin became the fastest qualifier.
The 27-year-old Windsor-based athlete was on the verge of winning the gold medal until the final before Fox, the four-time C1 world champion, quickly out of 3.64sec became Australia’s first female Olympic champion.
Franklin is the second British woman to win a slalom boat medal at the Olympics, after Helen Reeves’ K1 bronze in Athens in 2004. “There was a lot of pressure to sit down at first, but I had a moment when I thought ‘I don’t want to be somewhere else’ – it’s really fun,” Franklin told BBC Sport.
Coward-Holley casts copper
Coward-Holley entered the Tokyo Olympics as the world’s leading ruler and traps champion of Europe but his Olympic gold medal momentum was quickly dashed after he lost his first ten goals.
- The 26-year-old, who once played rugby before breaking his back, recovered with 14 hits in a row to advance to the medals.
- His last points were to challenge for the title, with two Czechs Jiri Liptak and David Kostelecky taking part in the shooting to take the gold and silver respectively.
- “It’s just a little bit of emotion. I’m a little lost in words,” said Coward-Holley, from Chelmsford.
- “At my first Olympics to win a medal, it’s a great thing.”
GB rowers missed out on many medals
Glover and Swann only met the women earlier this year. Double Olympic champion Glover is back following a break from having three children and Swann is back after working as a doctor during the Covid-19 epidemic.
The European champions were unable to add another Olympic medal to their collection, finishing more than two seconds from bronze when New Zealand won gold.
- “In Rio I said it was my last. This time I said” no, that’s exactly right “, said Glover, 35.
Craig and Grant were tragically ousted by the Netherlands for bronze as Italy struck France with gold, and four workers were split in half a second.
So far Great Britain – the richest rowing country in the last three games – has won only one rowing medal, the silver four times in the men’s race on Wednesday.
Wilby misses the pool
Commonwealth Games champion Wilby was the second fastest in the 200m breaststroke semi-finals but ended up in the final on Thursday as Stubblety-Cook set a new Olympic record of 2: 06.38 to win the race.
- “It’s physically and mentally traumatic,” said the 27-year-old Britain after touching the wall for 1.06secs during a brass dance.
- “It’s hard, the way I swim has to be a good measure and if I go out a little bit then it’s really bad.”
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Britain’s Alys Thomas finished seventh in the 200m butterfly final but hit home 2: 07.90, knocking over a second in her semi-final time.
- Scott, who has won two medals so far in Tokyo, won the 200m relay and Luke Greenbank won the 200m backstroke final.
- Anna Hopkin entered the 100m freestyle final and Molly Renshaw and Abbie Wood both booked places in the 200m breaststroke final.
- American Dressel has won his second Games Games and is in contention for another four medals.
Only two Olympic swimmers have won more than six medals at the Games – Michael Phelps with eight in Beijing in 2008 and Mark Spitz with seven in Munich in 1972.
What’s coming on Friday?
Athletics continues on the seventh day in Tokyo and Team GB runner Dina Asher-Smith is in action, while rowing comes to an end with Great Britain demanding their first gold medal in the competition.
Athletics – The men’s high jump and discus in relation to the first rounds of the women’s 800m, men’s 400m hurdles, and women’s 100m – when Dina Asher-Smith won the silver medal in the world (02: 15-03: 03).
Rowing – Eight British men, the 2016 Rio champions, will be looking for a second gold medal, but must advance to the third at the 2019 World Championships. Events run from 00:45 to 02:55, including Vicky Thornley of GB on single women’s pins. The US can claim the fourth consecutive gold in eight women.
- Swimming: Home Hope Daiya Seto, the men’s 200m medley world champion, will be looking for gold a year after her personal life – and confession to love – made headlines. You will expect to face stiff opposition from Michael the American.
- Britain’s hopes include Luke Greenbank in the men’s 200m backstroke and Freya Anderson in the women’s 100m freestyle final.
Cycling: One of the biggest Sports spectacles comes with the BMX event . GB’s Kye Whyte was fifth in the 2019 world championships. The United States has defending champion Connor Fields, and Colombian Olympic gold medalist Mariana Pajon wants to block American Alise Willoughby from the women’s event.
- Football: GB put their team in and faced the Australian team led by Chelsea striker Sam Kerr in the women’s quarter-finals.