Tokyo Olympics: Chelsie Giles wins GB’s first medal, Bradly Sinden guarantees at least silver

This year, the Summer Olympics begin in Japan, and the women’s triathlon will be part of the action. The competition is scheduled for Sunday, July 26th, at 7:00 EDT. The event is for individual athletes, with each one racing in a three-loop course. The athletes will swim, cycle, and run.

After a somber start to the Olympic Games, the GB team started to have a positive effect on the overall performance of the athletes. Chelsie Giles, the youngest member of the team, came 2nd in the women’s hammer throw. Giles, 19, was one of the few athletes from this age group to compete in the event. Giles came close to silver in the first round, but was ultimately beaten by the Belarusian athlete. In the final round, Giles finished with a throw of 66.03m, which was just one centimetre short of the Olympic record.

A familiar name at the track in Atlanta is the Agony of Defeat for Britain’s Bradley Sinden. The British sprinter has had a tough week, having been faced with back-to-back defeats at the Olympics and, on Friday, failing to put the disappointment of two days ago behind him as he narrowly missed out on a medal in the men’s 100 metres hurdles. However, he did at least give Britain something to cheer about by reaching the final of the hurdles, the only British athlete to make it through.

Dates: July 23rd to August 8th, Tokyo time: BST +8
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Chelsie Giles earned Team GB’s first medal of the Tokyo Olympics, a bronze in judo, after Bradly Sinden qualified for the taekwondo final on day two of the Games, ensuring at least a silver.

Giles, who was participating in her debut Olympics, placed third in the -52kg category, defeating Fabienne Kocher of Switzerland in the bronze medal repechage.

Sinden, the 2019 world champion in men’s -68kg taekwondo, will compete for Britain’s first gold medal later on Sunday.

Earlier, his teammate and two-time Olympic champion Jade Jones was knocked out in the first round of the women’s -57kg taekwondo competition.

Kimia Alizadeh of the refugee team shocked Jones, the gold medalist in both London and Rio.

That occurred only hours after Andy Murray, a two-time Olympic winner, withdrew from his singles championship defense due to a slight thigh injury.

After winning their first match on Saturday, he and Joe Salisbury will continue in the men’s doubles.

Adam Peaty won his 100m breaststroke semi-final in 57.63 seconds, putting him in contention for a second consecutive gold in the event.

Meanwhile, with bad weather predicted to strike Japan’s capital, the Olympics organizers have canceled two days of rowing.

That announcement comes on the same day that the International Tennis Federation (ITF) implemented an extreme weather policy in the tennis event, with temperatures hitting 32 degrees in Tokyo on Sunday, prompting the ITF to take steps to safeguard participants.

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Giles is the first British athlete to win a medal.

Giles had only just won her maiden Grand Slam gold medal in Israel, but now she can add Olympic bronze to her tally.

She won the repechage by ippon against Kocher, as an early scoring waza-ari gave her the lead before she showed more calm to hang on.

The 24-year-old had lost in the quarter-finals to Uta Abe of Japan, but defeated Charline van Snick of Belgium in the first repechage round to earn a medal chance.

With her bronze, Britain’s judo team has now won a medal at each of the last three Olympics, after Sally Conway’s bronze in Rio 2016 and Gemma Gibbons and Karina Bryant’s silver and bronze in London 2012.

Sinden has advanced to the finals of taekwondo.

Bradly Sinden was looking down the barrel of defeat in his semi-final, trailing Zhao Shuai of China 16-9 at one point before rallying to win 33-25.

In the final, he will play Ulugbek Rashitov of Uzbekistan, which begins at 13:45 BST.

Sinden advanced to the semi-finals with a 20-point win against Hakan Recber, and then faced Zhao, a Rio Olympic winner in the lighter -58kg division.

He seems to be a good chance to win Britain’s first gold medal of the Games, and if he does, he will become the country’s first male Olympic taekwondo champion.

Jones is defeated in the first round.

Jones of Wales was one of Great Britain’s favorites to win an Olympic medal in Tokyo 2020. She would have been the first British woman to win Olympic gold in three consecutive Games, as well as the first taekwondo athlete to win three gold medals.

Jones, who is known as the Headhunter because she likes to collect points from her opponent’s head rather than their body, is the reigning world champion in her category and was seeded first going into the Games.

But she found her equal in Alizadeh, who became the first Iranian woman to win an Olympic medal with a bronze in the -57kg weight class five years ago in Rio.

Jones’ 16-12 loss in Tokyo was not her first victory over the world number one; she previously defeated her on way to bronze at the 2015 World Championships.

Alizadeh’s first international fight since 2018 was very remarkable. She left Iran in 2020 and has been denied permission to represent another country by the Iran Taekwondo Association.

Murray has withdrawn from singles competition.

Murray, the former world number one, was scheduled to play Felix Auger-Aliassime of Canada in the first round of the men’s singles on Sunday, but he withdrew before the match.

“I’m sorry to have to withdraw,” he added, “but the medical team has recommended me against participating in both competitions.”

Max Purcell of Australia has taken his spot in the singles draw.

Murray would become the first man to earn four Olympic medals since tennis returned to the Olympic Games in 1988 if he wins a medal with Salisbury in the doubles.

In the second round, Murray and Salisbury will play Kevin Krawietz and Tim Puetz of Germany.

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