Biles returns and wins bronze medal
TOKYO – Simone Biles returned to competition in style at the Tokyo Olympics and will walk away with another medal.
What color it is is really not the question. That she delivered a tense, thrilling routine on the balance beam and nailed it with a smile meant it.
Biles looked calm as she moved, tossed and turned on the beam. It was everyone else watching who was holding their breath.
“I was nervous but felt pretty good,” she said.
Biles won the bronze medal when she performed a slightly modified routine in front of a crowd including IOC President Thomas Bach, a week after retiring from several competitions to focus on her sanity.
This gesture by the gymnast considered the greatest in history had heightened attention to the importance of mental health in sport in general, and among Olympians in particular.
“I was just happy to be able to play, regardless of the outcome,” said Biles. “I did it for myself, and I was just proud of myself that I got to compete once again.”
Biles changed his routine a bit while dealing with a mental block surrounding the twist. She used a double pike exit – no twists required – to score a 14,000, which was ultimately good enough for third place in the women’s eight final, behind Chinese Guan Chenchen and Tang Xijing.
Biles won her seventh career Olympic medal and tied Shannon Miller for most by an American in gymnastics.
Olympic all-around champion Sunisa Lee of the United States was fifth. Lee, 18, won three medals in Tokyo, including silver in the team final and bronze on uneven bars.
In track and field, Elaine Thompson-Herah of Jamaica completed her second consecutive Olympic sweep in the sprint, finishing the 200 meters in 21.53 seconds, the second fastest time in history.
Thompson-Herah edged Namibian Christine Mboma, second surprise, by 0.48, while American Gabby Thomas won bronze.
It was a star-packed final, defined as much by those who didn’t finish on the podium as those who did.
Thompson-Herah joins fellow Jamaican Veronica Campbell-Brown and former East Germany’s Barbel Wookel as the third consecutive 200 champions.
Sweden’s Armand Duplantis won the Olympic gold medal in the pole vault. The 21-year-old took the victory with a height of 6.02 meters, then raised the bar to 6.19 meters with the aim of breaking his own world record. Duplantis missed all three times when he attempted to improve the 6.18-meter world record he set in Glasgow last year.
USA advances in women’s water polo
Amanda Longan knows the case. She’s one of the best goalies in the world, sitting behind the world’s best goalie in women’s water polo.
So she waited patiently for the Olympic debut which she knew would never come. She appeared in two group matches in the United States, but did not participate. Coach Adam Krikorian put her back on the quarterfinal roster, and this time it worked.
Longan relieved Ashleigh Johnson and played the fourth quarter as the United States advanced to the semi-finals of the Tokyo Games with a convincing 16-5 victory over Canada. She finished with three saves on five shots and an experience she will never forget.
“Honestly, I thought when I had my chance I would be super, super nervous,” Longan said. “But honestly, today I was just happier and grateful to have this time than anything else.”
Maggie Steffens, Makenzie Fischer and Alys Williams each scored three goals as the United States remained chasing their third straight gold. The Americans have improved to 21-1 this year, with their only loss to Hungary last week.
The men’s teams of Great Britain (1908-1920) and Hungary (2000-2008) are the only countries to have won at least three consecutive water polo titles at the Olympics.
Spain, the Russian team and Hungary also won on Tuesday.
Ross keeps rolling
Three-time gold medalist Kerri Walsh Jennings missed her attempt to qualify for a sixth trip to the Summer Games. Quadruple Olympians in their forties Phil Dalhausser and Jake Gibb have both retired after being eliminated in Tokyo.
Reigning Olympic champion Laura Ludwig returns to Germany after losing to the United States in the quarterfinals on Tuesday.
April Ross continues to play.
The 2012 silver and 2016 bronze medalist joined with Alix Klineman to beat Ludwig and Maggie Kozuch 21-19, 21-19 on Tuesday, leaving Ross as the last woman with an Olympic medal still standing at the site of Shiokaze Park beach volleyball.
“It’s not like, ‘Oh, I have a medal. So you know, I know how to do it, ”Ross said. “We just have to fight really, really hard. … So we’re delighted to still be here, and to be in the semi-finals is incredible.
A semi-final victory against Switzerland would bring in a silver medal at worst; a loss would put them in the game for third place. In the other semi-final match, Tina Graudina and Anastasija Kravcenoka of Latvia will face Mariafe Artacho and Taliqua Clancy of Australia, after both beating Canadian teams in the quarter-finals.
Teen finishes first
Athing Mu won the 800-meter gold for the United States in her first Olympics after leading almost from start to finish.
Mu was never seriously challenged down the straight as she pulled away to win in 1 minute, 55.21 seconds.
Britain’s Keely Hodgkinson took the silver in 1: 55.88 and Raevyn Rogers came out of nowhere to clinch bronze at the finish line and give the Americans a double celebration at the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo.
The result confirms that 19-year-old Mu is the new star of the women’s 800.
American wrestler wins gold medal
Tamyra Mensah-Stock of the United States defeated Blessing Oborududu of Nigeria 4-1 in the women’s 68-kilogram freestyle final to win the second Olympic gold medal in American wrestling history.
Mensah-Stock defeated 2016 Olympic gold medalist Sara Dosho 10-0 in the first round and defeated China’s Feng Zhao 10-0 by technical superiority in the quarter-finals. She beat former world champion Alla Cherkasova of Ukraine 10-4 in the semifinals.
Mensah-Stock joins Helen Maroulis as American women to win gold. Maroulis won the 53 kg category in 2016.
Cherkasova defeated Dosho in a bronze medal match. The other bronze went to Meerim Zhumanazarova from Kyrgyzstan.
Swede wins pole vault
Sweden’s Armand Duplantis won the Olympic gold medal in the pole vault.
Duplantis, 21, won the Tokyo Games with a height of 6.02 meters, then raised the bar to 6.19 meters in an effort to break his own world record.
Duplantis missed all three times when he attempted to improve the 6.18-meter world record he set in Glasgow last year.
Christopher Nilsen of the United States won the silver medal with a personal best 5.97 meters. Thiago Braz of Brazil won bronze in 5.87 meters.
Jessica Springsteen hasn’t had a chance to go solo in Tokyo.
Maybe she will do better with a group.
The daughter of famous rocker Bruce Springsteen and his wife E Street Band, Patti Scialfa, failed to advance to the Olympic individual show jumping finals at Tokyo Equestrian Park on Tuesday night.
The 29-year-old’s Olympic debut got off to a good start on the 14-jump course before her horse felt uncomfortable around the 11th obstacle, and the pair were awarded four penalty points for knocking down a rail. This put her in the bubble of the 73-horsepower field for one of 30 places in the final. She was officially eliminated about an hour after riding.
She will ride again on Friday night as part of the registration of four American riders in the show jumping team event.
Men’s football final set
Brazil and Spain each won to advance to the men’s soccer final with victories. Brazil is the reigning Olympic champion. Spain haven’t won the tournament since 1992 and last reached the final in 2000.
Brazil and Mexico didn’t score any goals in regulation or overtime before Brazil advanced 4-1 on penalties. Mexico missed its first two attempts.
Spain and Japan were also scoreless thanks to regulation. Spaniard Marcos Asenio scored the game-winning goal in the 115th minute.
New Zealander Lisa Carrington started her canoe sprint gold medal walk with a pair of wins in the women’s 200 single kayak and the 500 double kayak.
Carrington has now won the 200 in three consecutive Olympics and has not lost any Olympic or world championships in that event for a decade.
She teamed up with Caitlin Regal to win the 500m within an hour of her fourth race. Carrington raced four times Tuesday in the heat and wind on the Sea Forest Waterway in the semi-finals and finals of both events.
She is also the favorite for medals in the 500 singles and four kayaking later this week.
Xie Siyi and Wang Zongyuan gave China another double in Olympic diving, winning gold and silver in the men’s 3-meter springboard. Xie broke down in tears when the scores for his last dive were released, a range of 9.0 and 9.5 which took the win with 558.75 points. Wang came over to give his teammate a hug.
The biggest drama was for the money, but Wang made his final dive to finish with 534.90 and hold Britain’s Jack Laugher.
Germany twice broke the world record by beating Great Britain for gold in the women’s team pursuit, while the Dutch beat the British to win the men’s team sprint at the velodrome. Izu.
American Simone Biles competes on the beam in Tokyo on Tuesday.