Olympics: Dane Axelsen beats Chen to gold in men's singles badminton

Monday, 2021-08-02 22:18:32
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Gold medallist Viktor Axelsen of Denmark poses on the podium during the medal ceremony for the men’s singles badminton event at the Tokyo Olympics. (Photo: Getty Images)
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Viktor Axelsen of Denmark took the gold medal in the men’s singles badminton at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, denying a repeat title to China's Chen Long in certain fashion (2-0) on August 2.

Axelsen, who won bronze at the 2016 Rio Games, was aggressive from the start and he took the first game 21-15 and overwhelmed Chen in the second (21-12).

Both players are tall and powerful and they routinely mixed precision smashes along the edges of the court with delicate touch shots near the net. Some of the entertaining rallies approached a minute in length.

Earlier in the day, Indonesia’s Anthony Sinisuka Ginting won the bronze medal, ending the surprise run of Kevin Cordon of Guatemala.

Valarie Allman wins gold in discus

Valarie Allman of the United States opening throw of 68.98m was enough for her to hold onto Olympic gold in the women's discus at the Olympic Stadium.

The Team USA athlete had failed her second and third attempts but her fifth attempt recorded 66.87m, which became the third longest throw of the evening.

Kristin Pudenz of Germany won silver (66.86m) and Cuba's Yaime Perez came away with the bronze (65.72m).

Rotter-Focken wins women’s 76kg free wrestling final; Cuban pair bags men’s 130 and 70kg Greco Roman gold

Aline Rotter-Focken of Germany beat Team USA’s Adeline Gray (silver) 7-3 in the 76kg wrestling final on August 2 on Mat A at the Makuhari Messe Hall.

Rotter-Focken, who came into the final as the number-two seed, started out strong and built and early 7-0 lead. Gray fought back and made a match of it, but it wasn't enough in the end and she was unable to join Helen Maroulis with a gold medal in women's wrestling for the United States.

A pair of Cuban wins completed the day’s wrestling medals as 38-year-old Mijain Lopez became the first man to win four Olympic gold medals in wrestling by defeating Georgia’s Iakobi Kajaia (silver) 5-0 in the Greco-Roman 130kg final.

Luis Orta Sanchez, also of Cuba, defeated Japan’s Kenichiro Fumita (silver) 5-1 in the 60kg Greco Roman final. Bronze medalists in the event were the ROC’s Sergey Emelin and China’s Sailike Walihan.

China's Li Wenwen wins gold and breaks records in women's weightlifting +87kg

China’s Li Wenwen showed the world she is a super-heavyweight powerhouse after collecting gold and three Olympic records in women’s +87kg weightlifting at Tokyo 2020.

The 21-year-old appeared to lift with ease 140kg in the snatch and 180kg in the clean and jerk, setting records in both. She claimed a third with her amassed score of 320 points, which was just outside her world record of 335.

Sifan Hassan of the Netherlands wins women's 5,000m

Sifan Hassan ticked the first box in her audacious golden treble bid winning the women's 5,000m title, becoming the first Dutch woman to win an Olympic medal in a long-distance event, winning in a time of 14:36.79.

Kenya's Hellen Obiri had to be content with her second consecutive silver medal in the event finishing in 14:38.36 with Gudaf Tsegay of Ethiopia bagging bronze with 14:38.87.

Hassan is now on target to become only the second female athlete after Tirunesh Dibaba in Beijing 2008 to win the 5,000m/10,000m double at the same Olympic Games.

Julia Krajewski creates history with individual eventing Olympic title at Tokyo 2020

Germany's Julia Krajewski has become the first individual female athlete to win Olympic gold in individual eventing with a near flawless final jump with her Amande de B'Neville.

While individual eventing became a mixed event at Tokyo 1964 and won three of the past four titles at the World Equestrian Games, no woman had ever won Olympic gold in this event until now.

After competing in the dressage and cross country over the past three-days, it all came down to the jumping section of the eventing competition.

Krajewski had a managed a 25.20 in the dressage portion of competition - putting her fourth overall before her the cross-country run pushed her into second behind Oliver Townend of Great Britain.

Morroco's Soufiane El Bakkali makes history winning men's 3,000m steeplechase gold

El Bakkali became the first non-Kenyan to win the Olympic gold event since Poland's Bronisław Malinowski won the title in Moscow in 1980.

The 25-year-old made his move at the final water jump, moving past the Ethiopian duo of Lamecha Girma and Getnet Wale to claim the title in a time of eight minutes, 08.90 seconds (8:08.90). Girma finished second with a time of 8:10.38, with Kenya's Benjamin Kigen rounding off the podium in third with 8:11.45.

Cuba’s Mijain Lopez Nunez wins historic fourth gold in 130kg Greco-Roman wrestling

Cuba’s Mijain Lopez Nunez couldn’t contain his elation at the end of his 130kg Greco-Roman wrestling bout: he had just achieved what no man had ever done before. The world’s greatest super heavyweight wrestler had just won his fourth consecutive gold medal at his fourth Olympic games.

The blood, sweat and tears of decades of training and competing had come down to this moment at the Makuhari Messe Hall at Tokyo 2020 on August 2, and the 38-year-old punched the air with joy.

There was just one man who could have possibly stopped him, and he was standing right next to him, Iakobi Kajaia, 27, a European Games champion and a quarterfinalist at Rio 2016. But Lopez Nunez was determined not to give up the Olympic crown that he had worn for the past 13 years: he won it in 2008 and again in 2012 and 2016.

And he did so in style without conceding a point, just like he had done throughout the whole tournament. It was a master class in Greco-Roman wrestling. The arena erupted with cheers as the final bell went and the score stood at 5-0. Lopez Nunez grabbed the Cuban flag and held it aloft before he picked up his elated coach.

Luis Alberto Orta Sanchez captures gold in men's Greco-Roman 60kg

Luis Alberto Orta Sanchez of Cuba beat two-time world champion Fumita Kenichiro of Japan with a 5-1 victory by points win to become the new Olympic champion in the men's Greco-Roman 60kg.

Orta Sanchez took an early advantage in the first period with a 4-0 lead before Fumita was able to score a point.

As the clock ticked down, Fumita was unable to find the points needed to clinch the gold from the Cuban wrestler.

Jade Carey wins floor exercise gold

Team USA's Jade Carey scored redemption Monday evening (2 August) winning the gold the medal in the women's floor exercise final inside Tokyo 2020's Ariake Gymnastics Centre. Four-time Olympian Vanessa Ferrari of Italy won her first medal at the Games, taking silver. Japan's Murakami Mai and ROC's Angelina Melnikova shared the bronze medal.

Carey posted a 14.366 for the win. Ferrari was the silver medallist at 14.200, with Murakami and Melnikova tied at 14.166.

Shin Jeahwan wins men's vault gold at Tokyo 2020

The Republic of Korea's SHIN Jeahwan claimed the men's vault Olympic title Monday (2 August) after winning a tie-break against ROC's Denis Abliazin. Armenia's Artur Davtyan took the bronze.

Shin and Abliazin posted matching average scores of 14.783. The tie was broken by the gymnast with the highest score of the two vaults before the average for the final score, giving the gold to Shin. Davtyan, who earned an average of 14.733, was also the winner of a tie-break with the Philippines' Carlos Yulo.

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