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Tokyo Olympics: Simone Biles returns with bronze, Karsten Warholm breaks record

Simone Biles took bronze, while Guan Chenchen celebrated gold
Simone Biles took bronze, while Guan Chenchen celebrated gold
dates: July 23-August 8 Time in Tokyo: BST +8
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Simone Biles took bronze on an emotional return to Olympic competition the day canoeist Lisa Carrington earned double gold and hurdler Karsten Warholm broke a world record.

American gymnast Biles, a four-time Olympic champion, had withdrawn from four events in Tokyo 2020 to prioritize her mental health.

She finished third in the women’s beam final when 16-year-old Guan Chenchen from China won gold.

Norway’s Warholm won gold in the men’s 400m hurdles in an extraordinary 45.94 seconds.

His performance won a final that British former hurdler Colin Jackson described as “truly incredible”.

New Zealand’s Carrington showed her class with two fast gold medals in the canoe sprint.

The 32-year-old from Auckland claimed her third consecutive Olympic title in the 200m sprint at K1 and then went on to win the K2 500m alongside Caitlin Regal.

German world champion Malaika Mihambo made a huge final jump of 7.00 meters to win the gold in the women’s long jump.

Biles is back

When Biles announced last Tuesday that she was taking a time-out from competition, it was unclear whether she would return to action at Tokyo 2020.

She made her decision during the women’s team final, exiting the arena — and returning to support her teammates — after a struggle during the jump.

After suffering from the “twisties,” which gymnasts describe as a kind of mental block, Biles withdrew from the all-around, jump, floor and uneven bars.

But the 24-year-old felt able to return for her final event, jumping up and down and hugging her rivals after scoring 14,000 with a solid routine that ended with a double back flip and double pike on the mat.

China took the gold and silver, with teenage Guan, the national champion, scoring 14,633, beating compatriot Tang Xijing, who scored 14,233.

Warholm is Superman

Karsten Warholm
Karsten Warholm broke his own world record – after setting a previous best time of 46.70 seconds in Oslo in July

Norwegian Warholm ran a stunning race in the men’s 400m hurdles to break more than 0.7 seconds off his old world record – and it was celebrated by ripping his shirt open.

Steve Cram, former Olympic silver medalist in the 1500m, while watching Warholm’s celebration, said: “No wonder he’s ripping his shirt – he’s Superman in this event!”

Warholm, who now holds the European, World and Olympic titles, told BBC Sport: “You know the cliché that it hasn’t sunk in yet? I don’t think it has, but I feel ecstatic.”

In the women’s long jump, Germany’s Mihambo followed American Brittney Reese for much of the event.

But with her final jump, the reigning world champion reached the 7.00 meters and left Reese, the 2012 Olympic champion, a silver — the same medal she won in Rio 2016. Nigerian Ese Brume came in third.

Carrington dominates on the water

New Zealand sprint canoeist Carrington maintained her beautiful Olympic record by winning two golds on Tuesday.

She continued to dominate the K1 200m sprint and set a new Olympic record by beating Spain’s Teresa Portela by 0.763 seconds before joining Regal to take K2 500m gold.

Carrington will begin her bid for another gold in the K1 500m on Wednesday.

China’s Xie Siyi won his second Tokyo 2020 diving gold by taking the 3m springboard title – seven years after being told by a doctor that he would never dive again due to a broken ankle.

World champion Xie, 25, took gold with a final score of 558.75, finishing ahead of compatriot Wang Zongyuan, with whom he won the 3m synchro gold last Wednesday.

Elsewhere, boxer Sena Irie made history by becoming the first Japanese woman to win Olympic boxing gold, beating Nesthy Petecio, the 2019 world champion, of the Philippines.

The US remains on track for success in men’s basketball, although they had to fall 11 points behind to beat Spain 95-81 in their quarterfinals.

But India’s hopes of reaching its first hockey final since 1980 were dashed when their men were defeated 5-2 by Belgium in their semi-final.

What else is coming on day 11?

  • Athletics: Jamaican Elaine Thompson-Herah is trying to retain her women’s 200m title despite intense competition from defending 400m champion Shaunae Miller-Uibo, two-time 100m champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and American sprinter Gabby Thomas – the fastest woman in the 200 meters this year (13:50 BST).
  • Athletics: British trio Keely Hodgkinson, Jemma Reekie and Alex Bell will start together in the women’s 800m final (13:25 BST).
  • Athletics: Polish Anita Wlodarczyk wants to become Olympic champion in the women’s hammer (12:35 BST) for the third time.
  • American football: It’s time for the men’s semi-finals, with host nation Japan taking on a strong side from Spain (12:00 BST).

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