Men's gymnasts finish fourth in team event as Team GB capture three golds on 'Magic Monday'
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In the end, not even Max Whitlock could not make the difference for Great Britain in the men’s team gymnastics final. The double Olympic champion was the last Briton to perform, and he was doing so on his speciality, the pommel horse, the sixth and final piece of equipment the team encountered across the evening. He set himself a level of difficulty no-one, from any of the other teams, had all attempted all evening. And he performed his routine, as he always does, with panache. His legs spinning like helicopter blades, his hands moving with the speed of a card shark, it was dazzling. He looked in magnificent form ahead of the individual pommel horse final on Sunday.
The trouble was, before he set out, he had to score 26 out of 20 to put the British team on the podium. And not even an athlete as accomplished as him could do that. On a day of golden British performances, here for the men’s gymnastics team was the ultimate frustration of finishing just off the medals.
Still, the team could reflect they had performed more than competently even to come fourth behind the Russians, Japanese and Chinese. None of the Britons - Whitlock, James Hall, Joe Fraser and Giarnni Regini-Moran - made any mistakes; they put on a show of grace and style. But they were up against teams on another level. It was some sight this final, with everything going on simultaneously and the hall filled with stacked blokes doing ridiculous things on pieces of equipment seemingly borrowed from Torquemada's torture chamber.
Though in truth nobody seemed to do quite as well as the US team sounded as they were doing. Every so often, the empty space would echo to whoops and chest thumps as an American finished a routine. The assumption from the noise was it must have been something remarkable. But generally they had posted an average score. Indeed they ended up behind the British team.
It was the Russians who were really worth watching. Particularly Nikita Nagornyy. With the title seeming to be heading to Japan after an astonishingly risky routine on the high bar by Daiki Hashinmoto, Nagornyy bounced across the floor, spinning and somersaulting, often backwards. His routine defied everything: physics, gravity, logic. And everyone - even the Americans - realised they had witnessed something special. His performance gleaned the Russian team the gold by just 0.103 of a point from the Japanese. To put that in context, the British team were six points behind the third placed Chinese. Still, one thing, they were 17 points ahead of Germany.
It proved a frustrating end to a 'Magic Monday' for team GB. London 2012 had Super Saturday, which was followed by Super Sunday at Rio 2016. Now Britain can celebrate a Manic Monday after a golden medal rush from British athletes on day three of the delayed Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
The action started off with a silver lining as Alex Yee, on his Olympic debut, showed that there is life post Brownlee brothers by taking an impressive second in a punishing men's triathlon.
Then it was the turn of Adam Peaty, as close to a bolter for British gold as you could get coming into the Games. His winning time of 57.37secs may not have bettered his world record but it was still six tenths clear of the rest of the field, and more significantly made him the first British swimmer to defend an Olympic title.
The golden glow coming from the Tokyo Aquatics Centre did not end there either, attention switching to the diving boards where Tom Daley, competing at his fourth Olympics, ended his long wait for an Olympic title by combining superbly with Matty Lee to narrowly triumph ahead of the Chinese pair in the men's synchronised 10m platform event.
Less than half an hour later, and British gold number three arrived after cyclist Tom Pidcock, who had surgery on a broken collarbone at the start of June, dominated the men's cross-country mountain biking.
And there is more silverware to come too. Welsh taekwondo fighter Lauren Williams secured silver on her Olympics debut in the women's -67kg final after losing to a late flurry from Croat Matea Jelić.
In 2012 Lauren Williams sat watching Jade Jones win Britain's first Olympic taekwondo gold while on a family caravan holiday in Burnham-on-Sea.
Nine years on and the Welsh fighter, cheered on in Tokyo by her compatriot and idol, came agonisingly close to creating her own picture-perfect moment.
The 22-year-old led her opponent, Matea Jelic, by three points with 10 seconds to go of the women's -67kg final. But in the sport of taekwondo, as team-mate Bradly Sinden also discovered 24 hours previously in his final, that time might as well be a minute given what can change. The Croatian, who beat Williams to gold at the European Championships in April, duly spun the contest on its head to triumph 25-22.
You can read Pippa Field's report in full from Tokyo here.
Karriss Artingstall moved into the quarter-finals of the women's featherweight category at Tokyo 2020 with a comprehensive unanimous decision win over third seed Jucielen Romeu.
The 26-year-old Briton, who overcame Botswana's Keamogetse Kenosi at the weekend, won all three rounds on four of the five judges' scorecards and two of the three on the other against her Brazilian opponent.
Victory saw the Macclesfield boxer, who won bronze at the 2019 world championship, set up a clash with 2018 Commonwealth champion Skye Nicolson of Australia.
Artingstall said: "Seeds mean absolutely nothing to me, it's a number. Ones, twos, threes whatever you want to call yourself until you get in that ring with me and beat me, I am not going to say you are better than me or you box better than me.
"I've not come across that girl who I just boxed there so for her to be the number three seed in my eyes, that meant absolutely nothing to me. I'm the bronze medallist in the Worlds so that makes me in my eyes number three."
It's been a tremendous day in Tokyo for Team GB, as they have won three golds and two silvers, taking their total medals for the Games to 7.
Hosts Japan are in front with 8 golds, 13 total, ahead of the USA and China, who both have more medals than Japan, but crucially, fewer golds.
Japan ended China's overwhelming dominance in table tennis by winning Olympic gold in mixed doubles in a major upset.
Jun Mizutani and Mima Ito beat a Chinese team that has often seemed unbeatable. China won all four gold medals at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games and the team of Xu Xin and Liu Shiwen was a heavy favorite this time.
Mizutani won bronze in singles in Rio and Ito is considered by some to be China's biggest threat in the female ranks.
China won the first two games 11-5 and 11-7 but Japan took the next three 11-8, 11-9 and 11-9. China then won the sixth game 11-6 to set up a deciding seventh game which Japan dominated. The host country took an 8-0 lead and held on for an 11-6 victory.
China's table tennis team is so strong that world champion Liu didn't even make the women's singles' team and is only playing team events.
Giarnni Regini-Moran: "I feel incredible. This is my last competition in Tokyo so I wanted to come today and enjoy every single moment while they last and I feel as though I've done that. I'm really proud."
James Hall: "We said from the beginning we're going for broke. There's no point just going through a routine, you've got to go with the best of your abilities and score the highest you can."
Max Whitlock: "Coming in we knew we were around the top 5 teams and we knew the potential was there to break into the medal positions, but Russia, China and Japan are all incredible. For us, we went high risk and wanted to go all out. We can look back on 4th place with pride, although it's hard to finish just outside the medals."
Joe Fraser: "We discussed beforehand going all in...We've trained as hard as we could, focussing on those details that might get us an extra tenth of a point. Now we're walking away 4th placed at the Olympic Games, which is a tremendous achievement."
Philippine's Hidily Diaz became her country's first ever Olympic gold medalist, winning the women's 55 kg category for weightlifting at Tokyo 2020.
In her fourth Olympics, the 30-year-old lifted a combined weight of 224 kg, an Olympic record.
After completing her final lift in a very close competition, Diaz held her hands to her face and burst into tears before embracing her coaches and clutching at the medallion around her neck.
China's Liao Qiuyun, who failed to match her own world record for a single lift, took silver with 223 kg and Kazakhstan's Zulfiya Chinshanlo won bronze with 213 kg.
Hidilyn Diaz has won the first ever gold medal for Philippines!#PHI #Gold #PHI #Gold #PHI #Gold pic.twitter.com/hrhavf2Iyp— Olympics (@Olympics) July 26, 2021
Russia's Olympics Committee claimed the first gold medal of the Tokyo gymnastics competition, seeing off a dramatic late Asian challenge to win the men's team event.
Competing in Tokyo as representatives of the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) because Russia was stripped of its flag and anthem for doping offences, the ROC posted a winning total of 262.500 over the six apparatus to land top the podium for the first time since the 1996 Atlanta Games.
Led by Nikita Nagornyy and Artur Dalaloyan, who have both won all-around titles at the world championships, the ROC finished 0.103 of a point clear of defending champions Japan.
China took the bronze for second consecutive Games.
Locked in quarantine, starved of human companionship, Japanese television is the last tenuous thread leading Thom Gibbs back to reality.
Journalists arriving in Japan for this Olympics must spend their first four days quarantining at their hotel. If that sounds like a charming Lost In Translation-style scenario let me manage your expectations. If I’m Bill Murray, then Scarlett Johansson is my suitcase.
Maybe I’m Scarlett and the dehumidifier is Bill? Never mind, a better analogue is Alan Partridge without the trouser press to disassemble and in a significantly smaller room than the Linton Travel Tavern’s.
Typically for Japan my temporary home is neat, fully functional, but tiny. After careful consideration I think you could just about swing a cat, but it would have to be a small one, and you’d need to be kneeling on the bottom-right corner of the bed.
During a (distanced, masked) chat in our corridor this morning one colleague reported anxiety dreams about having to log her temperature urgently. It’s been a long four days. But it has been elevated by experiencing the Games on Japanese TV.
You can read Thom's quarantine diary here.
"(The silver medal) is not enough, I know it's not enough. With ten seconds left I made mistakes so this is on me. I didn't go out there to lose and I tried my best, it just didn't happen on this occasion. I'm very happy with the way I performed all day, it's just a shame she (Jelic) got it in the last 10."
"For my first Olympics it's been insane, a massive thank you to the National Lottery for getting me here today and a huge thank you to everyone at home. A very good day."
A brave effort from the men's gymnastics team, but they slip just outside the medal spots and finish fourth.
Lauren Williams falls agonisingly short! After a truly engrossing encounter, played out at a frenetic pace, Williams makes her move with about 50 seconds left, landing back-to-back body kicks and a punch to give her a five point lead.
Jelic fights back with a body kick of her own. Despite trailling by three points with 15 seconds left, the Croat unleashes a whirlwind of kicks, landing one to the head and one to the trunk to completely turn things round late on.
Williams has to settle for silver after losing out 25-22 but she can hold her head up high, it's been an outstanding performance on her Olympic debut.
After trading body kicks early, it's a marginally better round for Jelic and we head into the final round with the scores at level pegging at 10-10. It will be a dramatic finish in the gold medal match
Two excellent scores from Team GB to finish up their evening of gymnastics. Max Whitlock MBE produced an astonishing display, with great momentum, scoring a mighty 14.966.
Meanwhile, James Hall produces a strong display as well, scoring 14.000. We'll find out if that's enough for bronze momentarily...
A great head kick late in the round scores her three points and gives her a narrow advantage after round one, the score is 5-4. Good start from the Brit.
Here we go, the -67kg women's taekwondo gold medal contest is about to begin...
Good display on the horse from Fraser, the youngest gymnast in Team GB has had an outstanding day, competing in every rotation. He kept momentum throughout and turns in a score of 14.666.
In past Games, Great Britain medals have been cheered on in real time – now we are more likely to wake up to a torrent of app notifications, says Thom Gibbs.
You can probably remember where you were for most of the Great big British Olympic moments.
The zenith of Super Saturday, the nadir of the Atlanta relay baton drop, Linford Christie’s 100m gold, the giddy women’s hockey surprise in Rio. Shared flat, family home, family home and office in that order, for me.
When we look back at this increasingly exciting Olympics the answer is more likely to be: in bed, in bed, on the train, in bed.
There was a time when large-scale live sporting events felt monumental. They seemingly held the power to unite the country. Their rarity has been eroded somewhat, as crackling phone line commentary has given way to audio so clear it could be coming from the other side of your garden fence.
While there is no change in the equation of Great Britain + winning = happy, this feels like a very modern Olympics compared to what has gone before. The nation woke up on Monday to a torrent of app notifications. In most previous summer Games we have willed on our team together in real time. This time British sports fans are reaching for their phones and social media apps as the priority, after checking Telegraph Sport’s peerless liveblog first, of course.
You can read Thom's thoughts in full here.
Joe Fraser with another good display on the floor, particularly with his tumbling. He missed one or two of his landings, but looks pleased nonetheless, 13.866 scored.
Giarnni Regini-Moran continues his imperious display this afternoon with another outstanding score of 14.533. He's been on fire! But will it be enough for Britain to claim a medal? We'll find out soon enough,a s we head tot he final rotation, which is the pommel horse. 5th currently...
Just about 20 minutes to go before Lauren Williams will compete in the women's -67kg taekwondo final. She's already guaranteed at least a silver medal, but will have her sights set firmly on gold.
She's up against the no.1 ranked fighter in the world, Croat Matea Jelić. We'll bring you all the updates right here, so stay tuned over your lunch break!
It's going to take an almighty finish for Team GB to claim a medal as they head down to the floor for the fifth rotation. They've slipped back to 5th spot while the ROC now lead the way.
James Hall competes first and some fantastic tumbling with great form mean he scores 14.033, beating his score from qualifying.
By keeping the commentators behind in the UK, viewers will miss out on vital texture that can only be picked up by boots on the ground, says our guest columnist Des Lynam.
As you read this, someone from the BBC's commentary team will have done his or her mugging up on the Kata version of Karate - one of 34 new events that will be taking place in the Olympic Games.
Not a lot of people know this, as the famous actor is misquoted as having said, but Kata Karate is a solo discipline where the competitors make their moves in choreographed offensive or defensive positions. No one gets hurt. There will also be the more familiar version where participants go at each other, Kumite Karate. That's when they can get hurt.
Once upon a time the well-respected BBC Rugby Union and cricket commentator Peter West used to describe himself as "the commentator for everything else" when it came to the Olympics. Rest assured, if something is worth seeing it will be available in the 350 hours of coverage in the next couple of weeks on the BBC. So some of our well-known broadcasters may be having to take crash courses on less familiar activities.
As the BBC continue to face mounting criticism for their coverage, you can read Des' thoughts in full here.
James Hall turns in a wonderful high bar display, including plenty of big release and catch elements, he didn't flicker on his dismount either, and he scores 14.200.
Joe Fraser rounds out a strong rotation on the high bars, getting big height on his release and catch elements, hardly a move on his dismount, and he looked pleased with it. He scores 14.333 as Team GB continue a push for a medal.
Onto rotation four and Max Whitlock sets the tone for Team GB with a good display on the high bar, his first time competing today. He was controlled throughout and is rewarded with a score of tidy score of 13.366.
At the halfway stage, Team GB sit in 4th place, just behind the extremely impressive Japan, China and Russian Olympic Committee
Team GB may be pushing for a medal, but their is an almighty fight brewing between Japan and China. The two old geopolitical foes are on the same rotation as each other and going tit-for-tat with some huge scores as they look to hold off the Russian Olympic Committee
Our Chief Sports Writer Oliver Brown has taken a look back on the diver's remarkable life, who has had his every growing pain played out in front of millions - now, he has his perfect ending, and nobody deserves it more.
There will, as sure as night follows day, be a film made about how Tom Daley brought his life to its ultimate fulfilment here at a deserted Tokyo diving pool. Given that his husband, Dustin Lance Black, is an Oscar-winning writer, he has a ready-made candidate to produce the screenplay. A Hollywood statuette and now an Olympic gold medal: the couple are not exactly devoid of distinctions with which to decorate their London flat. It was at Black’s instigation that Daley agreed to throw himself into one final tilt at Games story. Neither could have guessed that the plan would culminate as exquisitely as this.
Almost his entire life, Daley has grown up in the public eye. Many still picture him as a cherubic 12-year-old in train-track braces, talking about his love of Nintendo, about how much he missed his brothers due to his training commitments, about the ambition he still harboured of changing course and becoming a Blue Peter presenter. But when it came to his defining performance, there was only serene silence, eyes closed in concentration as he and Matty Lee produced the dive of their lives to take the title. They needed to be near-flawless to have any hope of vanquishing the Chinese pair – and they were.
You can read Oliver's history in full here.
He follows Joe Fraser's good display with an utterly outstanding performance, just when Team GB needed it most! Regini-Moran works well along the bars and didn't move on his double front half dismount for a massive score of 15.166 to keep them in the medal hunt.
Team GB's women hockey team have comfortably beaten South Africa by 4 goals to 1, their first win in Pool A at these Games. They're seeking to defend their crown from Rio five years ago
Joe Fraser has just shown why he's one of the world's best on the bars, keeping his composure well and producing a good display on an incredibly technically challenging display. He made a small error with his feet which caused him to arch his back, but kept his cool and stayed upright, scoring a respectable 14.666.
Golds in the pool for Adam Peaty, Tom Daley and Matty Lee and another for mountain biker Tom Pidcock! What a fantastic day for @TeamGB and British sport! #TeamGB— Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) July 26, 2021
The row continues to brew over whether this Olympic Games should have gone ahead, but golfer Tommy Fleetwood has planted his flag firmly in favour on what has been a magical Monday for Team GB...
Please excuse my language but I’d just like to say that I F*@%ING LOVE THE OLYMPICS!!!! #olympics #TeamGB— Tommy Fleetwood (@TommyFleetwood1) July 26, 2021
Team GB are in 5th place so far, scoring 84.865 to this point. That puts them 1.233 points behind China, who currently occupy the bronze medal spot.
The Russian Olympic Committee are ahead of the field with a score of 87.539.
Team GB have a comfortable lead in the women's hockey, they're currently beating South Africa 4-1 with about ten minutes left to play.
Ellie Rayer has a brace, including the fourth which was a lovely counter-attacking goal, while Laura Unsworth and Anna Toman are also on the score sheet. It looks as though they will get their first win in Pool A on a magical day for Team GB so far.
James Hall gets the first vault complete for Team GB and he executes brilliantly with a two and a half twist. He nails a tricky landing and things are looking good for Team GB in rotation two.
Joe Fraser also turned in a tidy display, though his legs were slightly loose in the air. That vault sees Team GB vault ahead of Team USA in the standings. We move on to the parallel bars.
Outstanding strength on the rings for Joe Fraser, who produced a technically difficult display and made it look easy. Good start to a busy evening for him, he's the only member of Team GB who will be participating in all six disciplines today.
Japan's Naomi Osaka is relishing her time at the Tokyo Games while other medal contenders have fallen away in the early rounds of the Olympic tournament.
The world number two, back on the court after pulling out of the French Open on mental health grounds and also missing Wimbledon, has been barely troubled in her first two matches at the event.
She brushed aside her opponents in straight sets and has been handling the outsized attention she is receiving on home soil with aplomb.
"I'm here for a good time," Osaka, who lit the Olympic flame at Friday's opening ceremony, tweeted on Monday after beating Swiss Viktorija Golubic 6-3 6-2 at Ariake Tennis Park.
I’m here for a good time. pic.twitter.com/P10GyUAJt5— NaomiOsaka大坂なおみ (@naomiosaka) July 26, 2021
The same could not be said of her closest rivals, with world number three Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus crashing out of the tournament on Monday after a tough, three-set encounter against an inspired Donna Vekic of Croatia.
Sabalenka's loss came a day after Australian number one Ash Barty was dumped out of the tournament in a stunning upset by Spain's Sara Sorribes Tormo.
Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova was also beaten on Monday, going out 5-7 6-3 6-0 to Belgian Alison van Uytvanck, while last year's French Open champion Iga Swiatek of Poland fell 6-3 7-6(4) to Spaniard Paula Badosa.
Two years ago, Russia were banned from all international sport — yet there are more Russians here than there were at Rio 2016, reports Thom Gibbs.
They play for teams like Zenit Saint Petersburg, Ural Ufa, and Gazprom-Ugra Surgut. Their journeys to Tokyo’s Ariake Arena began in Pyatigorsk, Moscow and Chelyabinsk. The emblem on their chest shows white red and blue in that order, matching the flag of the world’s largest country. Yes, the Russians are coming. But you can’t call them that.
Their volleyball team seem to be a likeable bunch. Determined, skilful and scrappy, some of the most strapping young lads at this Olympics. But why are they here at all?
In 2019 the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) banned Russia from all international sport for four years. Russian athletes not implicated in doping would still be allowed to compete as neutrals. Strictly speaking then, Russia aren’t here. You didn’t see them. Yet they have more athletes in Tokyo than they did in Rio five years ago. Some ban.
You can read more of Thom's thoughts on Russia's 'ban-in-name-only' here.
Australia's Ariarne Titmus lit up the pool with a stunning victory over Katie Ledecky, but when it comes to celebrations it was her wide-eyed, hip-thrusting coach Dean Boxall who deserved an Olympic gold.
As Titmus reached for the wall to dethrone her American rival in the 400m freestyle, Boxall burst into a frenzy of exuberant celebrations, punching the air and darting around the spectator gantry.
While the 20-year-old Titmus was being congratulated by her fellow swimmers, the crowd were mesmerised by Boxall as he leapt in the air, tore off his mask and screamed ecstatically, headbanging with his surfer-like hair tumbling around him.
"Yeah, I lost it," he told reporters. "I think I went outside of my body. I just lost it. I've been with this girl five years, you know, having a dream together."
Asked if anyone had objected to his exuberant display, Boxall said: "Americans might not like it, I don't know, but they jump around as much as me ... I can't help it. I just don't turn off and that's probably why I let it out."
He said Titmus executed the race perfectly.
"She's pretty grounded. She came up to me, I think I was more emotional than her. She's basically saying 'you need to settle down'. She's calm. She's unbelievable," he said. "She just the most humble girl, she's a beautiful kid."
SHOUT AHT DEAN BOXALL #Tokyo2020 #Olympics
pic.twitter.com/NyjgB0A3dz— Lord Zito (@VivalaZito) July 26, 2021
Boxall told Australia's Seven network he had taken the mask off by mistake and that his frantic shaking of the barrier was like his childhood hero, American wrestler 'The Ultimate Warrior', used to do to the ring.
Titmus had nothing but praise for her coach, whose antics played out on television globally and went viral on social media.
"He means everything to me," Titmus said. "We didn't discuss what I wanted to do in the pool. It was more of a 'have fun' moment. I love you. Have fun."
Nearby staff in the arena jumped to avoid Boxall as he lurched unpredictably and it took the embrace of a fellow Australian team member to calm him down.
"I have seen little snippets of it," Titmus said of Boxall's reaction. "That's just the way Dean is, he is just passionate about what he does, he becomes so animated. For him as much as it is for me. He puts 100% into being a swimming coach."
Five-times Olympic gold medallist Ledecky held a good lead in the early part of the race before Titmus began to reel her in and burst out of the final turn to power her way to victory.
Titmus said she became emotional during the medal ceremony knowing her coach was watching and what it meant to him.
"It was actually hard to contain it," Titmus said. "I could see Dean on the other side bawling his eyes out. You don't really see that often, so, that made me want to tear up."
The 23-year-old claimed Britain's third medal of the games, prior to this morning's gold rush, finishing second in the triathlon on his Olympic debut. Norwegian Kristian Blummenfelt claimed gold as he made a move with 1km left.
But it was heartbreak again for Jonny Brownlee, who could not claim gold at his third effort, finishing fifth in the end.
Olympic silver medalist Alex Yee has a message for anyone who has been trying to get ahold of him recently