The 2020 Tokyo Olympics so far….
Let’s take a look back at some of the big highlights of the week below, or grab a cup of coffee, tea or whatever you fancy and have a scroll down through some of the amazing stories from this week.
Team GB has made its most successful start to a modern-day Olympic games, having won 24 medals so far in Tokyo. An extraordinary “Magic Monday” laid down a marker for the rest of the Games, with Adam Peaty defending his 100m breaststroke title, Tom Daley and Matty Lee winning the men’s 10m platform diving and Tom Pidcock dominating the men’s cross-country mountain biking.
Great Britain now have six medals in the swimming pool, this includes three gold medals, which hasn’t happened since the 1908 Games in London. The men’s 4x200m freestyle team destroyed the field, almost breaking the world record in a dominant victory. Individual gold and silver medallists Tom Dean and Duncan Scott were joined by James Guy and 18-year-old Matt Richards as they took gold by more than three seconds, ahead of the Russian Olympic Committee and Australia.
A pair of 16-year-old twins had their “dream come true” after helping Great Britain’s women’s gymnastics team deliver an extraordinary bronze at the Tokyo Olympics.
The team of Alice Kinsella, Amelie Morgan and twins Jennifer and Jessica Gadirova claimed a first women’s team gymnastics medal since 1928.
When Simone Biles, four-time Olympic gold medallist, multiple world champion and arguably the greatest gymnast of all time, withdrew from the team and all-around events at the Tokyo Olympics, it was headline news across the world. She went on to speak about the importance of preserving her mental health and the need to “protect our minds and our bodies,” adding: “We are people, at the end of the day.” A decision which has drawn praise from across world, she is demonstrating just how important it is to prioritise your mental well-being. It is still unsure whether she will compete next week, USA gymnastics said: “Simone will continue to be evaluated daily to determine whether or not to participate in next week’s individual event finals.”
Charlotte Dujardin found herself fighting back the tears as she was crowned the most decorated British female Olympian of all time. Her bronze in the individual dressage is the sixth medal of her career, putting her on top of the British podium, just ahead of the rower Dame Katherine Grainger who has 5 Olympic medals.
Mallory Franklin won a silver medal in the women’s C1 canoe slalom on Wednesday, she is a former world champion and multiple medallist at all levels, but had been denied a shot at Olympic glory before as the category was not included before this year.
We are in for a weekend of more excitement though, as the athletics events begin today, with 10 days of action culminating with the men’s marathon, which ends on the final day in Tokyo, Sunday 8 August. The women’s 100m final is on Saturday 31 July (let’s all cheer on Dina Asher-Smith), and the men follow on Sunday 1 August.