Tokyo Olympics: China’s world record swim, unstoppable Djokovic, Sunisa Lee wins gymnastics gold

The Chinese girls put collectively a record-setting relay, Caeleb Dressel received his first particular person gold, Novak Djokovic continued his cost in direction of Olympic glory and Sunisa Lee received gold to provide US the highest prize in gymnastics regardless of the absence of Simone Biles on Wednesday at Tokyo 2020.

After the most important motion on Day 6 got here on the pool, Lee shined at evening in gymnastics with teammate Simone Biles watching from the stands.

Lee is the fifth straight American lady to assert the Olympic title within the girls’s all-around. She edged Rebeca Andrade of Brazil in an entertaining and hotly contested closing. Lee’s complete of 57.433 factors was simply sufficient to high Andrade. The Brazilian earned the primary gymnastics all-around medal by a Latin American athlete however missed out on gold when she stepped out of bounds twice throughout her flooring routine.

Dressel, extensively thought of America’s successor to Michael Phelps, received the 100-meter freestyle in an Olympic record of 47.02 seconds — a mere six-hundredths forward of defending champion Kyle Chalmers of Australia. That gave him a fourth profession gold medal, with three earlier ones coming in relays.

The most dramatic race of the day got here when China shocked the U.S. and Australia with a world-record efficiency within the girls’s 4×200-meter freestyle relay.

Katie Ledecky took the anchor leg for the Americans in third place, practically 2 seconds behind the Chinese and likewise trailing the Aussies. Ledecky handed Australia’s Leah Neale and closed the hole vital on China’s Li Bingjie, however couldn’t fairly catch her on the finish.

Li touched in a world-record 7 minutes, 40.33 seconds. She additionally set an Olympic record in profitable the 200-meter butterfly earlier than the relay.

The Americans claimed silver in 7:40.73, whereas Australia took the bronze in 7:41.29. All three medalists broke the earlier world record of seven:41.50 set by the Aussies on the 2019 world championships.

GOLDEN SLAM

Novak Djokovic is into the medal rounds of the Olympic tennis match. The top-ranked Serb rolled previous dwelling favourite Kei Nishikori of Japan 6-2, 6-0 to achieve the semifinals and prolong his bid for a Golden Slam.

Steffi Graf in 1988 is the one tennis participant to realize the Golden Slam by profitable all 4 Grand Slam tournaments and Olympic gold in the identical calendar yr.

In the ladies’s match, Twelfth-ranked Belinda Bencic of Switzerland and 2019 French Open finalist Marketa Vondrousova of the Czech Republic will meet within the gold-medal match.

KENDRICKS OUT

American world champion pole vaulter Sam Kendricks will miss the Olympics after testing constructive for COVID-19.

Kendricks’ dad posted on social media that his son had no signs however was knowledgeable whereas in Tokyo that he examined constructive and was out of the competitors.

The U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee confirmed the information and mentioned Kendricks has been positioned in isolation at a resort.

Kendricks received the bronze medal on the 2016 Olympics and took gold on the previous two world championships. He holds the American record at 19 toes, 10½ inches (6.06 meters).

Shortly after Kendricks’ constructive check was introduced, one other pole vaulter, Germán Chiaraviglio of Argentina, mentioned he, too, was out due to a constructive check.

TEEING OFF

Sepp Straka of Austria made 4 birdies in his final six holes for an 8-under 63 for a one-shot lead over Jazz Janewattananond of Thailand within the first spherical of males’s golf.

Thomas Pieters of Belgium, who completed one spot out of a bronze medal in Rio de Janeiro 5 years in the past, shot 30 on the again 9 for a 65.

Carlos Ortiz of Mexico additionally had a 65 in excellent scoring situations on a course so pristine it didn’t have a divot when gamers first started arriving as a result of it was closed for 2 months.

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