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Tokyo 2020 Day 13 Highlights: Steven Gardiner triumphs in 400m, Holly Bradshaw wins bronze, Team GB set 4x100m national record


Holly Bradshaw, Steven Gardiner and Nafi Thiam starred on day 13 at Tokyo 2020 (Picture: Getty)

Team GB took their medal haul to 51 on what was a compelling day of action at the Tokyo Olympics.

Though Britain dropped two places to sixth in the table as the action came to an end on day 13, there was plenty to cheer about across the board and Matt Walls’ mesmeric performance in the velodrome was arguably the pick of the bunch.

The Oldham-born cyclist could have been forgiven for showing nerves on his Games debut but produced a dominant display to seal Team GB’s first ever omnium gold, notching up a total score of 153 points.

There was non-stop drama throughout the day but it was disappointment from a British perspective in the 10km marathon swim after Hector Pardoe was forced to retire with a nasty facial injury.

Thankfully for Pardoe, he emerged with both eyes still firmly in their sockets after fearing one had sunk to the bottom of the water following an elbow to the face at Odaiba Marine Park.

Below are the other standout moments you may have missed across a frantic last few hours in Japan’s capital.

Gardiner clinched gold in the men’s 400m (Picture: Getty)

Steven Gardiner powers to 400m gold

The Bahamas picked up their opening medal of this summer’s Games on day 13 and it was gold for Steven Gardiner, who galloped to glory in a thrilling 400m final at the Olympic Stadium.

Kirani James appeared to have the advantage heading into the home straight but Gardiner pulled away to win with a time of 43.85 seconds.

James – who picked up gold in London and silver in Rio – tired and had to settle for bronze on this occasion as Colombia sensation Anthony Zambrano finished strongly to pip the Grenadian to second place.

Wayde van Niekerk, the current world-record holder, failed to make it out of the semi-finals.

Thiem defended her heptathlon title from Rio (Picture: Getty)

Nafi Thiam defends heptathlon after KJT exit

Nafi Thiam was crowned heptathlon champion five years ago in Rio and the Belgian triumphed again to secure her second successive Olympic gold medal in the event.

It was a miserable Games for Katarina Johnson-Thompson, with the Team GB star having to pull out through injury, but Thiam was the deserved winner and broke down in tears of joy as her victory was confirmed.

The 26-year-old finished with an imperious points tally of 6791 points, with Netherlands’ Anouk Vetter and Emma Oosterwegel taking silver and bronze respectively.

Team GB’s Bradshaw secured bronze in the women’s pole vault (Picture: Getty)

Pole vault bronze for Team GB’s Holly Bradshaw

Britain picked up their second track and field medal as Holly Bradshaw successfully cleared 4.85m to secure third place in the pole vault.

USA’s Katie Nageotte held her nerve to clear 4.90m and come away with gold, while Russian sensation Anzhelika Sidorova claimed silver.

Bradshaw had cleared the gold medal height earlier this summer and there was a tinge of sadness on her face at missing such a huge opportunity.

But the 29-year-old soon realised the enormity of what she had achieved in winning bronze and the smile could not be wiped off her face as she reflected on her incredible journey to Tokyo.

Ahser-Smith starred as Team GB set a new 4x100m national record (Picture: Getty)

Team GB women set national record in 4x100m

There was major disappointment for Dina Asher-Smith in the individual 100m as she crashed out before the final, still struggling with a hamstring injury she sustained back in July.

But the 25-year-old made an impressive return on Thursday, flying around the bend to help Team GB set a new national record in a lightning-fast 4x100m heat.

Asha Philip, Imani-Lara Lansiquot and Daryll Neita also shone to record a time of 41.55 seconds, with USA and Jamaica finishing second and third respectively.

However, Jamaican superstars Elaine Thompson-Herah and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce were rested and are expected to return to the fold in the final which takes place on Friday.

Heath recovered from a poor start to win bronze (Picture: Getty)

Liam Heath wins bronze for Team GB in K1 200m canoe sprint

Reigning Olympic champion Liam Heath bounced back from a sluggish start in the men’s K1 200m canoe sprint final to claim a bronze medal for Team GB.

The Surrey-born ace just beat Hungary’s Kolos Csizmadia to third spot with a time of 35.202 seconds in what was a nail-biting finish.

However, Csizmadia’s fellow countryman Sandor Totka clinched gold with a supreme time of 35.035 seconds and Manfredi Rizza claimed the bronze medal for Italy.

Yafai will face Philippines’ Paalam for the gold medal (Picture: Getty)

Galal Yafai cruises into flyweight final with convincing victory

Britain’s Galal Yafai saw off Kazakhstani opponent Saken Bibossinov on a split decision to book his place in the flyweight final.

The judges scored the bout 30-27 28-29 29-28 28-29 29-28 in Yafai’s favour and the 28-year-old will hope to go further than Team GB’s other boxing medallists by securing gold.

Pat McCormack and Ben Whittaker both had to settle for silver medals and Frazer Clarke and Karis Artingstall secured bronze at this summer’s Games.

Yafai will take on Carlo Paalam of the Philippines for gold this Saturday.


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