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


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

American gymnast Biles, a four-time Olympic champion, had pulled out of four events at Tokyo 2020 to prioritise her mental health.

She was third in the women’s beam final as China’s Guan Chenchen, 16, won gold.

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

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

New Zealand’s Carrington showed her class with two quick golds in the canoe sprint.

The 32-year-old from Auckland claimed her third consecutive K1 200m sprint Olympic title, then teamed up with Caitlin Regal to win the K2 500m event.

Germany’s world champion Malaika Mihambo produced a huge final jump of 7.00m to take women’s long jump gold.

Biles is back

When Biles announced last Tuesday that she was taking time out of competition, it was unclear whether she would be seen in action again at Tokyo 2020.

She made her decision during the women’s team final, leaving the arena – and then returning to support her team-mates – after struggling during the vault.

After suffering with the ‘twisties’, which gymnasts describe as a kind of mental block, Biles pulled out of the all-around, vault, 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 backward somersault and double pike on to the mat.

China took the gold and silver, with teenager Guan, the national champion, scoring 14.633 to beat compatriot Tang Xijing, who scored 14.233.

‘Warholm is Superman’

Karsten Warholm
Karsten Warholm beat his own world record – having set a prevous best time of 46.70 seconds in Oslo in July

Norway’s Warholm ran a stunning men’s 400m hurdles race to slash more than 0.7 seconds off his old world record – then celebrated by tearing open his shirt.

Former 1500m Olympic silver medallist Steve Cram, watching Warholm’s celebration, said: “No wonder he rips his shirt apart – he is Superman in this event!”

Warholm, who now holds the European, world and Olympic titles, told BBC Sport: “You know the cliche 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 trailed to American Brittney Reese for much of the event.

But with her final jump, the reigning world champion hit the 7.00m mark to leave Reese, the 2012 Olympic champion, with a silver – the same medal she won at Rio 2016. Nigeria’s Ese Brume was third.

Carrington dominates on water

New Zealand sprint canoeist Carrington maintained her fine Olympic record by claiming two golds on Tuesday.

She continued her dominance of the K1 200m sprint, setting a new Olympic best to beat Spain’s Teresa Portela by 0.763 seconds, before joining up with Regal to take K2 500m gold.

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

China’s Xie Siyi won his second diving gold of Tokyo 2020 by taking the 3m springboard title – seven years after being told by a doctor he would never dive again because of 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 created history by becoming the first Japanese woman to win Olympic boxing gold, beating Nesthy Petecio, the 2019 world champion, of the Philippines.

The USA remain on course for success in the men’s basketball, although they had to come from 11 points down to beat Spain 95-81 in their quarter-final.

But India’s hopes of reaching a first hockey final since 1980 were ended as their men were beaten 5-2 by Belgium in their semi-final.

What else is coming up on day 11?

  • Athletics: Jamaica’s Elaine Thompson-Herah bids to retain her women’s 200m title in the face of intense competition from defending 400m champion Shaunae Miller-Uibo, two-time 100m champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and US sprinter Gabby Thomas – the fastest woman over 200m this year (13:50 BST).
  • Athletics: British trio Keely Hodgkinson, Jemma Reekie and Alex Bell will be on the start line together in the women’s 800m final (13:25 BST).
  • Athletics: Poland’s Anita Wlodarczyk seeks to become Olympic champion in the women’s hammer for the third time (12:35 BST).
  • Football: It’s men’s semi-final time – with hosts Japan taking on a strong Spain side (12:00 BST).

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