Tokyo Olympics – Highlights from week two….
The delayed 2020 Tokyo Olympics began on 23 July 2021 and already we are into week two, let’s look at this week’s highlights for Team GB:
From the unspeakable joy of surprise medal-winning performances to the interest generated by new sports like surfing and skateboarding, to the emotion and inspiration shown by Simone Biles as she put her mental health first, events in Japan have captured the attention of the world this week.
Great Britain boasts 51 medals so far – 16 gold, 18 silver and 17 bronze – and more could come on the track today.
Hannah Mills and Eilidh McIntyre clinched gold in the 470 class, making Mills the most successful female Olympic sailor of all time after her gold in Rio five years ago and silver at London 2012. Ben Maher then won gold in the individual show jumping event on Explosion W after a dramatic six-horse jump-off. Boxer Ben Whittaker secured a men’s light-heavyweight silver medal after Frazer Clarke took bronze in the men’s super-heavyweight division. With six medals guaranteed in Tokyo this is Britain’s most successful Olympics in the boxing ring since 1920, when just 12 nations took part.
The first of GB’s five medals on day 12 came from 13-year-old Sky Brown, born a month before the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. She fell on her first two runs in the women’s park skateboarding final before posting a score of 56.47, securing her a bronze. At 13 years and 28 days, Brown also breaks Margery Hinton’s 93-year-old record as the country’s youngest competitor and claims Team GB’s first skateboarding medal.
Sadly, it is coming to an end for now as the closing ceremony for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics will take place on Sunday 8 August after 339 gold medals have been awarded. However, we still have the 2020 Paralympics to look forward to which will begin on Tuesday 24th August.