Tokyo Olympics recap: Warholm makes history, Durant inspires USA in basketball semifinals
Warholm breaks own record in gold race
Norway’s Karsten Warholm broke the 4-man Olympic world record00-meter hurdles final, crossing the 46-second barrier on the way to gold medal glory.
Warholm finished in 45.94 seconds, well ahead of his own previous record of 46.70. American Rai Benjamin took silver in 46.17, also breaking the old world record, while Alison dos Santos took bronze in 46.72.
“It was by far the greatest time of my life,” said Warholm. “It defines everything, all the hours that I put into it, everything my coach has worked for.
“With all due respect to all athletes, there are athletes who were not good who will get an Olympic gold medal. Rai in 46.17 would deserve a gold medal. It’s crazy, it’s just an honor to be a part of it. I never thought in my wildest imagination that this would be possible. “
Asked about his momentum towards the line in the final few yards, Warholm added: “I couldn’t even feel my legs. I knew a mad American was trying to catch me, so I ran for my life.”
Germany wins gold in long jump
germany Malaika Mihambo admitted she couldn’t watch the women’s long jump final while she won gold.
Mihambo took the lead with a jump of 7.00m with her last attempt before American Brittney Reese and Nigerian Ese Brume made their final jumps.
Neither could improve on the lead mark, with Reese settling for the silver with 6.97 yards counting down to Brume.
“It was really hard to watch, so I tried to preview the screen and see how far it was,” Mihambo said.
“I really don’t like this position where you can’t do anything about it, and you just have to let the girls do what they can do. You have to wait, so it was a horrible time, but at least that was short.
“I feel overwhelmed. It was, I think, the most exciting women’s long jump competition in history. “
US hero Durant inspires US team in semi-finals
The United States did not do everything, but triumphed 95-81 over Spain to seal a spot in the men’s basketball semifinals.
Spain led by up to 10 points in the second quarter before the United States equalized at half time and accelerated in the second half. Spain again closed four points off the favorites for gold in the final quarter, inspired by Ricky Rubio’s 38 points.
Kevin Durant excelled for Team USA, with 29 points and four assists, while Jrue Holiday contributed 12 points and five assists capitalizing on a 17-9 turnover differential.
The United States lost to Australia and Nigeria in exhibition matches ahead of Tokyo 2020 before losing their Olympics opener to France, but has since leveled off.
the winner of Australia-Argentina will face the United States in the semi-finals on Thursday.
NBA duo Zoran Dragic (27 points, six rebounds and four assists) and Luka Doncic (20 points, eight rebounds and 11 assists) starred as Slovenia also advanced to the semi-finals with a victory 94-70 on Germany.
Carrington’s Golden Day
New Zealand’s Lisa Carrington had a golden day in kayaking, winning remarkably two gold medals in one hour.
Carrington won it third consecutive gold medal in women single kayak 200m with an olympic best time of 38.12 seconds, ahead of Spaniard Teresa Portela and Dane Emma Jorgensen.
The New Zealander supported alongside Caitlin regal win the feminine double kayak 500m final with a world best time of 1: 35.785.
Carrington joined fellow kayakers Ian Ferguson and Paul MacDonald and great equestrian Sir Mark Todd as the only New Zealanders to have won five Olympic medals.
The 32-year-old could also win more medals by competing in the K1 500 event which starts on Wednesday.
“Today it was all about taking one race at a time,” Carrington said. “There is a plan, and it was just about executing it. For me, it was just trying to stay in the moment and do my best. We worked really hard and we knew today ‘ it was going to be a great day.
Hendrickx leads Belgium in gold game
World champions Belgium qualified for gold medal match men’s hockey after an imposing last quarter sealed a 5-2 win on India.
Belgium crammed three goals in the fourth quarter to secure a medal in the decisive game where they face Australia or Germany.
Alexander Hendrickx scored a hat-trick including two of the Red Lions’ goals in the final quarter after India responded to an early deficit to lead 2-1 in the quarter.
Drag flick expert Hendrickx scored a 14 unmatched goals during Belgium Tokyo 2020 campaign, eight ahead of second best Australian Blake Govers.
Hendrickx said: “It’s really teamwork coming together. It’s my name on the scoresheet, but it’s a team effort. “
Australia, world number one, and Germany, sixth, will meet later Tuesday to determine the other finalist in the gold medal match.