Tokyo Olympics: Dina Asher-Smith exit but gold for Great Britain in mixed relay events
The British Olympic team are celebrating after Dina Asher-Smith was controversially disqualified from the women’s 400m final. Team GB’s men’s 4x400m relay team, however, were victorious in a thrilling race with Canada and Jamaica.
Dina Asher-Smith, a British track and field athlete, was forced to exit the Tokyo Olympics after suffering an injury. However, her country’s relay teams won gold in the mixed events.
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Great Britain began a brilliant Saturday by winning two of the new mixed relay events, but world champion sprinter Dina Asher-Smith was disappointed.
Asher-Smith failed to qualify for the 100m final and subsequently announced that she will withdraw from the 200m due to an injury.
GB, on the other hand, won the first Olympic mixed relay championship.
Following that, their swimmers won the 4x100m mixed medley relay in a world-record time.
After losing her semi-final against Japan’s Sena Irie, Emma Wilson added a sailing bronze medal in the women’s RS:X windsurfing, while boxer Karriss Artingstall took bronze in the featherweight division.
It brings Great Britain’s overall medal tally in Tokyo to 28, with eight golds, four of which came in swimming, the first time they have won that many in the pool in 113 years.
Asher-Smith, a two-time world champion, was eliminated from the 100m after placing third in the semi-final and 10th overall.
After sustaining a hamstring injury, the 25-year-old talked later about her lack of preparation for the Games and announced she will not participate in the 200m, an event in which she is the reigning world champion, in an emotional interview.
“Because I am a competitor, it shattered my heart. Although the Olympics are taking place, there are plenty of other competitions for me to compete in “she said to Sport.
Daryll Neita of the United Kingdom qualified for her first major individual final by a thousandth of a second, but finished eighth as Elaine Thompson-Herah of Jamaica won gold in a clean sweep.
For the first time, three British women will compete in an Olympic 800m final, as Keely Hodgkinson, Alex Bell, and Jemma Reekie all advanced to compete for a medal on Tuesday, while Zarnel Hughes, Chijindu Ujah, and Reece Prescod advanced to the men’s 100m semi-finals on Sunday.
Lauren Price secured a podium spot in the boxing ring after reaching the middleweight semi-finals.
The British women’s rugby sevens team, on the other hand, were denied a medal after losing 26-19 to France in the semi-finals and then 21-12 to Fiji in the bronze-medal match.
Simone Biles, a four-time Olympic champion, will not participate in the vault and uneven bars gymnastics finals on Sunday, according to US Gymnastics.
Earlier this week, the 24-year-old withdrew from the women’s team final and the individual all-around final, citing a desire to concentrate on her mental health.
The governing body expressed its admiration for Biles, who has yet to determine whether she will participate in the floor final on Monday or the balance beam final on Tuesday, adding that she “continues to manage this situation with bravery and elegance,” according to a statement.
‘An Olympic Games? ‘I’ve finished it.’
Jessica Learmonth, Jonny Brownlee, Georgia Taylor-Brown, and Alex Yee won the first-ever Olympic mixed triathlon relay early on Saturday.
To win Britain’s third triathlon medal of the week, Learmonth laid the groundwork, Brownlee surged away from the pack, and Taylor-Brown and Yee held on to their lead.
“What about the Olympics? I’ve finished it, “Brownlee, who won bronze in London 2012 and silver in Rio 2016, is 31 years old.
“It’s just fantastic. It’s my third Olympics, and I’m finally a gold medalist.”
The United Kingdom finished 14 seconds ahead of the United States, with France taking bronze.
“I can’t believe what I’m hearing. Being on a team of Olympic medalists made me a little anxious, but I’m pleased we ran a great race “Learmonth, 33, expressed his thoughts.
In the pool, there are history-makers.
More triumph followed in the pool, with Great Britain winning a dramatic 4x100m mixed medley relay in world-record time in another event created for the Tokyo Olympics.
It was Britain’s fourth gold medal in swimming at the Tokyo Olympics, their highest total since 1908.
In three minutes 37.58 seconds, a foursome of Kathleen Dawson, Adam Peaty, James Guy, and Anna Hopkin triumphed, with China earning silver and Australia bronze.
Peaty, who also won gold in the 100m breaststroke, stated, “One word has transformed the entire British squad – belief.”
“We think we have a chance to win and set world records. You can construct everything around your conviction, as we demonstrated here.”
Guy was also a member of the gold-winning 4x200m freestyle relay team earlier in the week, while Tom Dean won the men’s 200m freestyle.
Caeleb Dressel was part of a USA team that finished sixth in the 4x100m mixed medley relay, although he had already won gold and established a new world record in the 100m butterfly.
What are some of the latest mixed events?
The International Olympic Committee pledged to make these the “most gender equitable” Games, with IOC President Thomas Bach stating they would be “more young, more urban, and feature more women.” This has resulted in changes to the program in Tokyo.
It means that nine new mixed-gender categories have been introduced to seven existing Olympic sports, in addition to adding activities like skateboarding, sport climbing, and BMX freestyle.
In the final of the 4x400m mixed relay on the track, the British team was expecting to add to their gold medals in triathlon and swimming, but they only managed sixth place as Poland surged to victory in the first event. They finished ahead of the Dominican Republic, who came in second, and the United States, which came in third.
Other mixed-gender sports, including as archery, judo, table tennis, and shooting, were added, with San Marino winning its first-ever silver medal and Spain taking gold.
Similar events are expected in next year’s Beijing Winter Olympics, which will include mixed snowboarding, freestyle skiing, short track speed skating, and ski jumping.
Wilson decides to keep it in the family.
Wilson was assured a medal going into the final race of the women’s windsurfing event, and after a tight last leg, she won bronze in her Olympic debut.
“It’s incredible. In that race, I tried so hard – I just kept going and going “Penny, the 22-year-mother, old’s was a world windsurfing champion in 1986, 1990, and 1991, as well as a British Olympic representative in 1992 and 1996.
“I just want to win, but any medal would be fantastic. I’m overjoyed, and I’ve given it all I’ve got.”
Lu Yunxiu of China won the gold medal, while Charline Picon of France won the last race to take silver.
Djokovic, the top seed from Serbia, was denied a medal in tennis, allowing his anger to boil over when he lost the men’s singles bronze-medal match against Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain. 6-3, 6-4, 6-7 (6-8), 6-4.
Djokovic, 34, subsequently withdrew from his mixed doubles bronze-medal match due to injury, leaving Tokyo without a medal.
Belinda Bencic defeated Czech Marketa Vondrousova 7-5 2-6 6-3 later in the day to become Switzerland’s first female Olympic tennis winner.
Brazil’s men defeated Egypt 1-0 to come within two victories of back-to-back Olympic golds in football.
The reigning champions advanced to the semi-finals thanks to a first-half goal by Matheus Cunha, who will play Mexico on Tuesday.
In the second last-four encounter, Japan will face Spain.
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