Tokyo 2020: Whitlock reflects on ‘enormous shame’ for Japanese legend Kohei Uchimura
For years, Max Whitlock sought to emulate his idol Kohei Uchimura by becoming Olympic all-around champion, so much so that the Japanese tall admitted to tapping into Whitlock’s live workouts to keep tabs on his rising British rival.
The divergent paths the pair have followed since their respective successes in Rio in 2016 were highlighted in the Ariake Gymnastics Arena in Tokyo on Saturday, when Whitlock booked his spot in another pommel final and then watched Uchimura, on the other hand. side of the arena, endured an anti-climate final act.
32-year-old national hero Uchimura dreamed of winning a third straight all-around title in front of his home fans. Instead, a string of injuries forced him to focus solely on the high bar, where, in an inappropriate context of empty seats, a fall halfway through his routine ended his campaign, and almost certainly to his remarkable career.
“I’m not used to looking at other gymnasts but I couldn’t really fail to notice Kohei on high bar,” said Whitlock, who also competed on high bar and parallel bars to ensure that the four-man GB team – also including Joe Fraser, James Hall and Giarni Regini-Moran – made it safely to the men’s team final.
“It’s a real shame for him in his home country, especially because in the warm-up hall he looks amazing. It’s so hard to do just one piece, and I’m just starting to realize this over the years as I’ve become a specialist myself.
Karl MatchettJuly 24, 2021 3:55 PM
Tokyo 2020: the United States team fights to show that it remains the best in the world in basketball
The Brooklyn Nets superstar will lead an extremely talented American team in Tokyo, but their rivals are now producing their own superstars and can count on size to make life difficult for Gregg Popovich’s side.
In the past, the United States has always relied on its superior talent to make up for a lack of cohesion, but the rest of the world has caught up with the globalization of basketball.
Karl MatchettJuly 24, 2021 3:45 PM
Tokyo 2020: Team GB triathletes bring real gold medal hope
British triathletes will be looking to step out of Alistair Brownlee’s shadow at Odaiba Marine Park in Tokyo this week.
Brownlee had to admit defeat in his attempt to fight for a third straight gold medal, with an ankle injury preventing him from regaining the form that saw him dominate the London and Rio races. His younger brother Jonny, who has won silver and bronze medals in the last two Games, is on the squad with Rio bronze medalist Vicky Holland and rookies Jess Learmonth, Georgia Taylor-Brown and Alex Yee.
Those last three may not be known yet, but performance director Mike Cavendish is optimistic, telling the PA news agency: “I don’t think we’ve ever taken a team to Games before where really. every athlete who’s at the start line for Britain could be in it with a scream if the race goes like this.
“It puts us in a great position, and I don’t think there are many other countries, or other countries, that are in a similar location. “
The most exciting prospect is Yee, 23, who is the fastest triathlon racer ever. He secured his place in the squad by winning his first World Triathlon Series race in Leeds last month to present himself as a potential gold medal contender.
Cavendish said: “He was inspired by what Alistair and Jonny have done in the past. It’s so unfortunate that Alistair couldn’t be here because of his injury, but having Alex as a new generation is almost the best result.
“He’s super talented. For him, it is simply a matter of defining the type of performance he can. If it ends in a podium, so much the better. If not, he will just get all he can out of this experience and experience and we are absolutely convinced that his time will come.
Karl MatchettJuly 24, 2021 3:34 PM
Tokyo 2020: taekwondo medal matches begin as Jade Jones waits for her turn
But the -49 kg event saw Serbia take bronze, Spain silver and Thailand’s Panipak Wongpattanakit gold.
Karl MatchettJuly 24, 2021 3:12 PM
Tokyo 2020: Where is Russia and what is ROC?
Russia was banned from the Tokyo Olympics in December 2019 after the infamous doping scandal, which rocked the sports world.
The original four-year ban was reduced to two years in 2020, it still did not secure any official Russian team present at the Olympics in Japan or the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
Nevertheless, Russian athletes are still in Tokyo 2020 due to the creation of the ROC. All the details:
Karl MatchettJuly 24, 2021 2:50 PM
Tokyo 2020: Great Britain advance to football quarter-finals after Ellen White’s new goal
Two games, two wins, two clean sheets, six points – and that’s a guaranteed top two for Hege Riise’s team.
The GB team will definitely be in the round of 16, following their 1-0 victory over the hosts Japan – who themselves need a win in the final match to qualify as well.
Karl MatchettJuly 24, 2021 2:22 PM
Tokyo 2020: Max Whitlock negotiates path to pommel qualifications
Defending champion Max Whitlock safely negotiated the nerve-wracking qualifying process at Ariake Gymnastics Center on the day one of his sport’s biggest stars bowed out.
Karl MatchettJuly 24, 2021 1:50 PM
Tokyo 2020: eight international stars set to shine at the Olympic Games
We are only on the first day! Officially anyway – and there are so many athletes to look forward to in the coming weeks.
Naomi Osaka lit the cauldron during the opening ceremony, but we’ll see it on the pitch as well. Simona Biles is perhaps the best known and tallest gymnast in the world. It is their stadium, the pinnacle of their sport – and for many other athletes for that matter.
Karl MatchettJuly 24, 2021 1:37 PM
Tokyo 2020: Adam Peaty slips into Olympic 100m breaststroke semifinals with eighth fastest time in history
It all seemed so easy for Adam Peaty in his race – but there has rarely been a faster race in history. Is he ready for another gold? Laurent Ostler was on hand in Tokyo to watch his cruise to the semi-finals.
Karl MatchettJuly 24, 2021 1:29 PM
Tokyo 2020: Final score – Japan 0-1 Great Britain
The job is done for Great Britain as Ellen White’s header settles the game, earns all three points and sends the GB team to the round of 16.
There is still one game to go, but six points guarantees them a place in the top two and therefore a place in the quarter-finals – but Japan still have a lot of work to do to beat Chile in their last game and give themselves away. a chance to join Hege Riise et Cie.
Karl MatchettJuly 24, 2021 1:20 PM