The British flag was flying high in Tokyo as Team GB secured seven medals, including a gold for Jason Kenny.
Simone Biles is a champion gymnast who won a bronze medal at the Rio Olympics. She has been dominating the competition and has been praised by many for her incredible skills.
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On Tuesday, Great Britain’s most decorated Olympian, Jason Kenny, earned his eighth cycling medal to become the country’s most decorated Olympian.
In sailing, Giles Scott added to the success of Dylan Fletcher and Stuart Bithell.
After four silvers in sailing, cycling, and boxing, as well as a bronze in diving, Great Britain is in fifth place in the medal standings.
Simone Biles of the United States won bronze after withdrawing from four previous finals to preserve her mental health.
“I was proud of myself just to walk out there after everything,” the 24-year-old said after finishing third behind China’s Guan Chenchen and Tang Xijing.
Karsten Warholm of Norway won gold in the men’s 400m hurdles with a new world record.
Warholm, 25, raced 45.94 seconds to break his personal record and win a final that veteran British hurdler Colin Jackson characterized as “absolutely amazing.”
In the women’s 200m final (13:50 BST), defending champion Elaine Thompson-Herah of Jamaica will attempt to capture a historic women’s sprint double-double.
She will compete against fellow Jamaican Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, US sprinter Gabby Thomas – the fastest woman over 200m this year – and Bahamas’ Shaunae Miller-Uibo, who has already won the 100m gold.
In the women’s 800m final, British trio Keely Hodgkinson, Jemma Reekie, and Alex Bell will line up together (13:25).
Team GB had a fantastic Tuesday.
Only China, the United States, Japan, and Australia have more gold medals at Tokyo 2020 than Scott, who successfully defended his men’s Finn championship.
However, a 14th place finish was ruled out when British riders were defeated in the finals of the women’s team pursuit and men’s team sprint.
An excellent German effort in the team pursuit final stopped Laura Kenny from being the first British woman to win gold at three Olympics – at least for the time being, with opportunities to come later this week in the omnium and madison races.
Laura’s husband, Jason Kenny, won silver in the team sprint, equaling Sir Bradley Wiggins’ total of eight medals. Kenny has one more gold and silver medal than his teammate.
Riders from Denmark and the United Kingdom collided in the men’s team pursuit, resulting in a dramatic day at the velodrome.
The cycling gold came after Britain’s third sailing medal of the day was won by John Gimson and Anna Burnet in the mixed Nacra 17, and diver Jack Laugher won bronze in the men’s 3m springboard.
Pat McCormack was defeated in the men’s welterweight final by Cuba’s Roniel Iglesias, earning another silver.
Another gold contender, British sprinter Adam Gemili, had his hopes dashed earlier in the day in the men’s 200m.
Pulling up out of the blocks with a hamstring strain was “the worst sensation in the world,” a sobbing Gemili said.
How the sailors kicked off Team GB’s gold push
There were many chances for Team GB to add to their total on Tuesday, with 26 gold medal events taking place, with the goal of catching up to their record-breaking statistics from Rio 2016.
Brazil won 67 medals five years ago, with 27 of them being gold.
Scott earned Great Britain’s 13th gold of the Games in Tokyo, little over an hour after Fletcher and Bithell claimed the 12th.
To top off a fantastic day on the waves for Britain at the Enoshima Yacht Harbour, Gimson and Burnet added another medal.
The duo were assured a podium result going into the last race, and they finished fifth to remain in second place behind Italians Ruggero Tita and Caterina Banti.
With a nine-point advantage heading into his last race, Scott, 34, was already guaranteed of a medal, but he had to recover after a bad start to finish fourth, enough to retain Hungary’s Zsombor Berecz in silver.
In the men’s 49er, Fletcher and Bithell ended the domination of New Zealand’s Peter Burling and Blair Tuke, edging out Germany by millimetres in a tight finish.
“It was a tough race, but it’s incredible to be sitting here as Olympic winners,” Fletcher said.
‘Worst sensation in the world,’ says Gemili, who was hurt in a 200m race.
After hurting his hamstring in the last block start of his warm-up before heading out for the heats, Gemili’s chances of winning a medal were shattered.
He had hoped to improve on his fourth-place finish in Rio 2016, when he was three thousandths of a second short of bronze.
“My hamstring gave way. I’m in excruciating agony. I said that all I wanted to do was try. You must make an effort “During his trackside interview, Gemili, who was fighting back tears, remarked.
“That’s hard for me to believe it occurred. I believed I had a decent shot. It’s the worst sensation in the planet.”
On day 11, Team GB will compete somewhere else.
Because of a chronic back ailment, Ed Clancy, the most successful team pursuit rider in Olympic history, withdrew from the rest of Tokyo 2020 and declared his retirement.
Deborah Kerr, a 23-year-old canoeist, finished eighth in the women’s kayak single 200m, missing out on a medal in her debut Olympics, while Lisa Carrington, 31, of New Zealand, maintained her domination by earning her third straight gold.
Jazmin Sawyers, 27, and Abigail Irozuru, 31, were both failed to earn a medal in the long jump, with Malaika Mihambo of Germany taking gold.
Caroline Dubois, a 20-year-old boxer from France, barely lost on points to Sudaporn Seesondee of Thailand in the women’s lightweight quarter-final, losing out on at least a bronze medal.
James Heatly, 24, placed ninth in his first Games in the men’s 3m springboard final.
In the parallel bars, Joe Fraser was considered a medal contender, but he placed eighth in the final as the artistic gymnastics competition drew to a close.
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