The exploits of Canadian athletes caught the attention of the spectators here, but several moments involving athletes from other countries captured the imagination during the Tokyo Games. Whether it’s masterful performances, big disappointments, newsworthy events or gestures that perfectly symbolize the Olympic spirit, the last two weeks have given indelible memories. Here are 10 Tokyo 2020 highlights.
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1. A comeback and a medal
American gymnast Simone Biles caused a stir around the world when she chose to temporarily retire from the all-round final, as well as from the vaulting and uneven parallel finals. The four-time champion explained that she had to preserve her sanity. After a wave of support from all sides, Biles returned triumphant by taking bronze on the beam.
2. Gold in shared safekeeping
They say there are no friends in sport when it comes to deciding winners from losers. This is not always the case in the Olympic spirit. After finishing tied in the final of the high jump, with identical jumps of 2.37 m, the Italian Gianmarco Tamberi and Qatar Mutaz Essa Barshim he had an alternative: going overtime or sharing the gold medal. Old friends, the two rivals have chosen to share the gold and hug each other.
3. Like the Cold War
It seems like a time when Eastern Bloc athletes risked their lives in hopes of making it to the West. Belarusian sprinter Krystsina Tsimanouskaya generated shockwaves by calling Tokyo police because he feared for his safety after criticizing the regime of its president, Alexander Lukashenko. She was welcomed at the Polish embassy in Japan before being transferred to Warsaw. The 24-year-old athlete fears returning to her country.
4. A fall … and a win!
The fall of the Dutch rider Sifan Hassan | it went viral because it then staged a dramatic comeback to win gold in the 5,000m. On the last lap, she hit a runner before she fell to the ground. She ended up in 11And position out of 13 participants after the crash, but only 35 seconds later she climbed to sixth position. Her amazing comeback ended brilliantly as she took the lead at the last corner.
5. The Chinese wonder
The whole world is no longer surprised by China’s dominance in diving. For the 4And Games in a row, China has won six gold medals. The most notable was the work of Quan Hongchan, Springboard of 10 m. She got perfect grades on her second and fourth dives. As if that feat wasn’t impressive enough, she’s only 14. With 466.2 points, the teenager finished 1is ranks in each of its five dives.
6. Young people dominate skateboarding
Skateboarding has established itself as an Olympic sport in Tokyo and it wasn’t just this great first that made history. The Japanese Kokona Hiraki, 12, along with Britain’s 13-year-old Sky Brown, became the youngest Olympic medalist since 1936. Hiraki’s stunts won her silver, while Brown, with bronze, became the youngest medal in British history
7. A frantic race
In athletics, one of the most astounding performances came in the 400m hurdles final. Norwegian Karsten Warholm, king of discipline, he not only won gold, but he also did so in 45.95 s. He thus broke his previous world record of 0.75s. The group was however extremely grown, with six national records having fallen. Warholm has therefore not lost a race in the 400m hurdles since 8 September 2018.
8. Nice rivalry
One of the most beautiful individual rivalries in the Olympics took place in the pool, between the American queen Katie Ledecky and the Australian Ariarne Titmus. And this rivalry is beautiful in every sense. After an extremely tight race in the 400 freestyle, the two fierce competitors burst into contagious laughter and hugged. Titmus also had the upper hand in the 200 meters. A future duel at the Paris Games (2024) is already tempting.
9. Harsh defeat for Osaka
For the Japanese there is no doubt that the face of the Tokyo Games was the great star of women’s tennis Noemi Osaka. The 23-year-old star became the first Asian player to be ranked No. 1 in the WTA and has seven circuit titles of her own to her name, including four Grand Slams. Carrying the weight of a country on his shoulders, Osaka saw his Olympic adventure come to an end at the age of 3And round, when Marketa Vondrousova, was ranked 42Andcaused one of the great surprises of the Games.
10. Humiliation and revenge
The American basketball team’s stay in Tokyo got off to a bad start. In fact, it suffered its first Olympic defeat since 2004 when it fell to France, 83 to 76. The Blues thus concluded a streak of 26 streak victories for mighty Americans at the Games. In the final the team recovered savoring the revenge on the same Frenchmen who won the gold for the fourth consecutive edition. Kevin Durant he was fuming with 29 points in the 87-82 win.