Tokyo Olympics: Sydney McLaughlin smashes record, Kokona Hiraki, 12, wins silver

The Tokyo Olympics is underway and the American swimmer Sydney McLaughlin has already broken two world records. What are some of the most memorable moments from this year’s games?

The sydney mclaughlin is a Canadian-born American track and field athlete. Sydney McLaughlin won the gold medal in the women’s 100 meters at the 2016 Summer Olympics.

Sydney McLaughlin and 12-year-old Kokona Hiraki

Dates: July 23rd to August 8th, Tokyo time: BST +8
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Sydney McLaughlin of the United States broke her own world mark in the women’s 400m hurdles at the Tokyo Olympics with a spectacular performance.

McLaughlin, 21, won in 51.46 seconds, surpassing her personal best of 51.90 seconds, to knock out fellow American Dalilah Muhammad.

“I’m still having trouble figuring it out in my mind. I’m sure I’ll be able to absorb it and rejoice later “McLaughlin said.

Meanwhile, Kokona Hiraki, a 12-year-old Japanese skateboarder, earned a silver medal.

Hiraki, the youngest Olympic medalist since French rowing cox Noel Vandernotte in 1936, placed second in the women’s park skateboarding final behind 19-year-old Sakura Yosozumi.

Andre de Grasse of Canada won the 200m gold in a time of 19:62, putting an end to his career after winning three medals in Rio.

After earning bronze in the 100m at the Tokyo Olympics, he now has two medals.

Ana Marcela Cunha of Brazil won gold in the women’s 10km marathon swimming event, while Australia’s Matthew Belcher and Will Ryan won gold in the men’s 470 sailing class.

After a decisive 5-1 victory against reigning champions Great Britain, the Netherlands will play in the women’s Olympic hockey final for the fifth time. Argentina, which defeated India 2-1, will be their opponent.

McLaughlin triumphs in a nail-biting final.

McLaughlin, dubbed ‘Syd the Kid,’ became sick on the plane to her first Olympics in Rio and failed to qualify for the final five years ago.

She won one of the most eagerly anticipated events of the athletics program in Tokyo on Wednesday, defeating 2016 Olympic champion Muhammad.

“Iron sharpens iron,” McLaughlin remarked of her rivalry with Muhammad before the final. People may call it anything they want; it’s two great athletes pushing one other to achieve greater heights.

“There is no hatred or resentment. It’s simply two individuals trying to be the best they can be. Dalilah is a formidable opponent.”

Coming down the final hurdle, McLaughlin was behind Muhammad, but he maintained his lead in the run to the finish line, crossing first.

Sydney McLaughlin celebrates winning the women's 400m hurdles at the Tokyo OlympicsSydney McLaughlin, who turns 22 this weekend, grew up in New Jersey.

Muhammad set a new world mark with a run of 51:58, while Femke Bol of the Netherlands took bronze with a time of 52:03.

“I’m really happy to be out here representing my nation and enjoying that incredible race,” McLaughlin remarked. “I saw Dalilah ahead of me, one step ahead of me. ‘Run your race,’ I simply thought.

“The race doesn’t truly begin until the seventh hurdle. I just wanted to go out there and give it my all.”

With a combined age of 44, a podium is formed.

Skateboarding is making its Olympic debut, and Japan has had a lot of success in the sport, winning three medals already in Tokyo before Wednesday.

After Yosozumi and Hiraki’s efforts, the total is now five.

Sky Brown, a 13-year-old from the United Kingdom, won bronze, bringing the total age of the podium to only 44.

“I believe skateboarding will become extremely popular in Japan as a result of the Japanese team’s excellent results,” Yosozumi, who landed two 540s to achieve the best score of 60.09, stated.

“I’m ready to go home and eat some great cuisine right now.”

Kokona Hiraki, Sakura Yosozumi and Sky Brown on the podiumThe medalists in the women’s park skateboarding final were just 44 years old on average.

Hiraki is accustomed to creating history at the age of twelve.

When she participated in the 2019 X Games at the age of ten, she made history as the youngest female participant ever.

Hiraki, who placed sixth in the world with a time of 58:05, is the world number six and won the Japanese national championship earlier this year – no small accomplishment considering Japan has four of the top seven athletes in the world.

Cuba wins gold in boxing.

Arlen Lopez of Cuba won his second Olympic championship after defeating Ben Whittaker of the United Kingdom in the light-heavyweight final.

Lopez, the Rio middleweight champion, came at his post-fight press conference with his phone in his hand and a smile on his face, in the midst of a phone conversation to his family back home.

“They were clearly overjoyed,” he added.

Turkey’s top seeds, Buse Naz Cakiroglu and Busenaz Surmeneli, won their semi-final fights to offer the country a chance to win its first Olympic gold in women’s boxing.

Peruth Chemutai of Uganda won the gold medal in the women’s 3,000m steeplechase. The 22-year-victory old’s was Uganda’s third Olympic gold medal in any event.

Emmanuel Korir won gold while compatriot Ferguson Rotich took silver in the men’s 800m final, giving Kenya a one-two finish.

In the men’s team pursuit cycling final, Filippo Ganna led Italy to victory. In the final moments of the 16-lap battle, the Azzurri trailed Denmark, but Ganna cranked on the heat, and they blasted over the line in a world record 3:42.032.

Wojciech Nowicki of Poland won the men’s hammer throw with a personal best of 82.52 meters, while Lasha Talakhadze of Georgia won the gold medal in the men’s +109 kg weightlifting by breaking his own world record.

Talakhadze, 27, lifted a total of 488 kg, breaking his previous best of 485 kilograms achieved earlier this year.

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