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Tokyo Olympics: Dina Asher-Smith eliminated, but gold for Great Britain in mixed relay competitions

Events: July 23rd – August 8th Time in Tokyo: BST +8
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Great Britain started a golden Saturday by winning two of the new mixed relay races, but sprint world champion Dina Asher-Smith was disappointed.

Asher-Smith failed to make it to the 100m final and later said she would be dropped out of the 200m final due to an injury.

But GB won the first Olympic triathlon mixed relay title.

And the British swimmers won the 4×100 meter mixed medley relay in a world record time.

Emma Wilson then added a bronze medal in the Sail Ladies RS: X windsurfing and boxer Karriss Artingstall took bronze at featherweight after losing her semifinals to Sena Irie from Japan.

GB has won a total of 28 medals in Tokyo, with eight gold medals, four of them in swimming – the first time in 113 years that they have won that many in the pool.

Double world medalist Asher-Smith won the 100m. eliminated after third place in the semifinals – and the tenth fastest in the overall standings.

The British athlete missed the chance to compete with the fastest women in the world in a highly anticipated final, including the Jamaican trio Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Elaine Thompson-Herah and Shericka Jackson.

The 25-year-old then spoke about her lack of preparation for the games after tearing a thigh torn and said in an emotional interview that she will not compete in the 200m, an event in which she is the reigning world champion.

“I wanted to come and be completely open with everyone about my shape and my life and what happened,” she told BBC Sport.

“In the British Trials final, I actually pulled my hamstring to 60 m. I tore it quite badly and was initially told it was a tear and that I would need an operation.

“It was a lot to deal with because honestly I just can’t go to Tokyo with that diagnosis. But then luckily I got a second opinion and it was a slight misdiagnosis. Although there was still a tear, it wasn’t Ripped, my hamstring was still attached. So we turned every stone over to make sure I could stand on the leash. “

There will be a British representation in the 100 meter final on Saturday at 1:50 p.m. CEST when Daryll Neita prevailed by a thousandth of a second in her first big individual final.

Lauren Price in the boxing ring has secured a place on the podium by reaching the semi-finals in the middleweight division.

But Britain’s women’s rugby sevens team missed a medal, losing to France in the semifinals and later 26:19 Beaten 21-12 by Fiji in the bronze medal game.

US Gymnastics has since announced the four-time Olympic champion Simone Biles will not run jumping and uneven bars on Sunday.

The 24-year-old pulled out of the team finals and the individual all-around finals earlier this week, saying she needs to focus on her mental health.

A governing body statement said she was “awesome” of Biles, who has yet to decide whether to compete in the floor finals on Monday and the balance beam finals on Tuesday, and that she “continues to be courageous about this situation”. and grace “.

‘The Olympic games? I have completed it ‘

The first gold came early Saturday as Jessica Learmonth, Jonny Brownlee, Georgia Taylor-Brown and Alex Yee won the very first mixed Olympic triathlon relay.

Learmonth introduced the platform, Brownlee broke away from the pack, and Taylor-Brown and Yee kept the lead to secure Britain’s third triathlon medal of the week.

“The Olympics? I finished them,” said 31-year-old Brownlee, who took bronze in London in 2012 and silver in Rio in 2016.

“It feels absolutely great. It’s my third Olympics and I’m finally going away with gold.”

Great Britain finished 14 seconds ahead of the United States while France took the bronze medal.

“I can’t believe it. I was a little nervous when I was on a team of Olympic medalists and I’m so glad we drove a brilliant race,” said 33-year-old Learmonth.

Historian in the pool

Further successes followed in the pool in another event launched for the Tokyo Olympics, with GB being an exciting one 4x100m mixed-location relay victory in world record time.

It was Britain’s fourth swimming gold in Tokyo – the best sum since 1908.

A quartet of Kathleen Dawson, Adam Peaty, James Guy and Anna Hopkin won 37.58 seconds in three minutes, with China taking silver and Australia taking bronze.

“One word changed the entire British team – belief,” said Peaty, who also won gold in the 100m breaststroke.

“We believe we can win, we believe we can make world records. If you believe in it, you can build anything on it and that’s what we showed here.”

Guy was also in the 4 x 200m freestyle relay, which won gold earlier this week, and Tom Dean took the other in the men’s 200m freestyle.

Caeleb Dressel was part of a US team that finished fifth in the 4x100m mixed medley relay, but previously won his third gold at the games and won a new one 100m butterfly world record in process.

What are the new mixed events?

The Tokyo schedule changes are a result of the International Olympic Committee’s pledge to make the Games the “most equitable” Games, and its President Thomas Bach said they would “involve more youthful, urban and more women.”

In addition to the introduction of events such as skateboarding, sport climbing and BMX freestyle, nine new mixed-gender disciplines have been added to seven current Olympic sports.

After gold medals in triathlon and swimming, the British team will also compete in the final of the 4×400 meter mixed relay on the track on Saturday (1:35 p.m.).

Other mixed-sex events were introduced in archery, judo, table tennis and shooting, where San Marino won a silver medal for the first time and Spain won gold.

You can expect something similar at the Beijing Winter Olympics next year, with mixed snowboarding, freestyle skiing, short track speed skating and ski jumping.

Wilson keeps it in the family

Wilson was guaranteed a medal before the final race of the women’s windsurfing race and took bronze on her Olympic debut after an exciting final stage.

“It’s unbelievable. I tried so hard in this race – I just kept going,” said the 22-year-old, whose mother Penny was world champion windsurfing in 1986, 1990 and 1991 and represented Great Britain at the 1992 and 1996 Olympics.

“I just want to win, but every medal is great. I’m super happy and just gave everything I had.”

The Chinese Lu Yunxiu won the gold medal and the Rio 2016 winner Charline Picon from France won the last race for silver.

What’s up on Saturday?

  • Athletics: Daryll Neita will run in the women’s 100 meter final at 1:50 p.m. There is also the 4 x 400 m mixed relay (13:35), in which the USA are world champions and Great Britain finished fourth in 2019.
  • Tennis: Belinda Bencic will face Marketa Vondrousova in the women’s final (time to be confirmed).

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