Tokyo 2020 Day 13 overnight recap: Asher-Smith back and Pardoe ‘lost eye’ fears

Nigerian-born middle-distance runner Veronica Batsho is safe and sound following her ordeal when she fell from the third tier of the stand at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Stadium on Tuesday. Asher-Smith back and Pardoe ‘lost eye’ fears.

Day 13 of the Track and Field World Championships saw a thrilling finish to the men’s 1500m final. The race was won by Ethiopian Hagos Gebrhiwet, who was able to hold off a late charge from Bahrain’s Ibrahim Jeilan, who came from behind to finish in second.

The Australian sprinting sensation Chris Pritchard is out of Tokyo 2020 after a failed appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) for a mandatory drug test recovery.

Dina Asher-Smith helped Team GB secure a British record while Hector Pardoe suffered a nasty eye injury at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

As a result of Pardoe’s injury, Asher-Smith led Team GB to a win (Picture: PA)

On day 13 of the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, the drama continued as Team GB established a national record, won their 49th medal, and endured pain.

Dina Asher-Smith makes her comeback from injuries to establish a new record.

Dina Asher-Smith overcame a hamstring injury to earn a place in the women’s 4x100m relay final.

She ran 41.55 seconds alongside Asha Philip, Imani-Lara Lansiquot, and Daryll Neita, breaking the British record.

‘There was never any question in my mind that I’d be lining up here today because the relay is so important; we won a bronze medal in Rio,’ said Asher-Smith, who withdrew from the solo 200m after failing to qualify for the finals in the 100m.

‘I knew I needed to relax and prepare for the team event since these women are in excellent condition and are very skilled.’ I’ve been working hard to prepare.’

After taking an elbow to the face, Hector Pardoe believed he’d lost an eye.

Hector Pardoe took a painful elbow to the eye as his hopes were dashed in the 10km marathon swim

Pardoe smacked his opponent in the face with his elbow (Picture: Hector Pardoe)

In the 10km marathon swim, British swimmer Hector Pardoe was elbowed in the face, ending his chances of winning a medal.

After a stray elbow grazed him in the eye, Pardoe was forced to withdraw from the race, believing the injury was much worse in the water.

‘I got an elbow to the face on the final lap and feared I’d lost an eye. After the race, my goggles totally fell off,’ Pardoe said.

‘I like to believe that if I get hurt, I’ll be able to finish the race, but my goggles came off entirely.’ 

‘And I wasn’t even able to acquire them.’ I couldn’t see anything either. My eye seemed to have slipped out into the sea.’

Liam Heath wins bronze in sprint canoe.

Bronze medalist Liam Heath of Team Great Britain celebrates at the medal ceremony following the Men's Kayak Single 200m Final A on day thirteen of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Sea Forest Waterway on August 05, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan.

Heath took home the bronze medal. (Photo courtesy of Getty)

Liam Heath won bronze in the 200m sprint canoe after overcoming a poor start.

Heath, 36, earned his fourth Olympic gold of his illustrious career in the process.

Sandor Totka of Hungary won gold with a time of 35.035, while Manfredi Rizza of Italy earned silver.

‘It’s difficult to put into words, but it’s what you’re striving for, to be at your best for these events, and I’ve learnt so much along the way,’ Heath added.

‘Day in and day out, you learn more about yourself, your competition, and the people you work with. They are the ones that work hard behind the scenes to ensure that I am able to accomplish my goals.’

Holloway is stunned by Parchment, while Pozzi is denied a medal.

Hansle Parchment of Jamaica celebrates after winning the gold medal in the Men's 110m Hurdles Final at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium in Tokyo, Japan on August 05, 2021.

Parchment won gold in the 110m hurdles (Picture: Anadolu Agency via Getty)

Hansle Parchment of Jamaica stunned the world by defeating strong favorite Grant Holloway of the United States in the 110m hurdles final.

Ronald Levy, a compatriot of Parchment, won bronze, while Andrew Pozzi, of the United Kingdom, finished eighth.

‘I came here hoping to win a medal since I wasn’t moving as well as I had hoped. Unfortunately, I attempted to fight it a little bit in that race. It’s disappointing not to have won a medal,’ Pozzi remarked.

‘It’s been a long road, and I’m thankful to everyone who’s helped me along the way over the past decade.’ It’s aggravating because I’m not exactly where I want to be.

‘I’m pleased of the progress I’ve made, and even if I’m not satisfied with today’s outcome, I’ll keep going. Thank you from the bottom of my heart to everyone at home.’

What else is going on at the Olympics on day 13?

Matthew Walls of United Kingdom and Team Bora - Hansgrohe during the 84th Tour de Suisse 2021, Stage 1 a 10,9km Individual Time Trial from Frauenfeld to Frauenfeld

Matt Walls is aiming for an Olympic medal. (Photo credit: Getty Images)

In the men’s omnium, Britain will be looking for some medals, with Matt Walls seeking to continue Team GB’s two-podium run after Ed Clancy and Mark Cavendish’s performances in London and Rio.

The 20km and 50km walks, the women’s pole vault, women’s heptathlon, men’s decathlon, and the 400m men’s race are among the athletics medals on offer.

There will be a men’s hockey gold medal match between Australia and Belgium, as well as numerous wrestling and karate medals, and a women’s table tennis gold medal match between China and Japan.

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