Tokyo Olympics: GB’s Bradly Sinden takes silver after Chelsie Giles wins bronze medal

The first day of the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro saw the first ever women’s cycling road race. The GB team didn’t have the best start in the race, with the team’s three riders battling for the front of the race. After losing the race’s lead, the team’s first female cyclist, Becky James, attacked and managed to take the race’s lead. The GB team also had a following athlete, Chelsie Giles, who was not in the final classification. Giles finished the race in the third place, coming to a silver medal. Bradly Sinden was the GB’s first male cyclist to finish the race. Sinden finished the race in the fifth place, coming to a silver medal.

After a thrilling duel, the United States’ Chloe Giles claimed the bronze medal in the women’s 400m race. Giles, the world record holder, fell behind in the final 200m, but managed to storm to the front and overtake teammate and defending champion Toya Carter. With the finish line in sight, Giles made a desperate final sprint to the line, where she was caught by Carter and teammate Jade Carey. Carey took the silver, while Giles collected the bronze.

Dates: July 23rd to August 8th, Tokyo time: BST +8
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Chelsie Giles earned Team GB’s first medal of the Games with judo bronze on day two of the Tokyo Olympics, while Bradly Sinden won taekwondo silver.

Giles, who was participating in her debut Olympics, placed third in the -52kg category, winning bronze over Switzerland’s Fabienne Kocher.

Sinden’s teammate and two-time Olympic champion Jade Jones had earlier lost 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.

In other events, Adam Peaty won his 100m breaststroke semi-final in 57.63 seconds, putting him in contention for a second consecutive gold on Monday.

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.

On the second day, here’s a roundup of additional news.

Sinden earned silver in the taekwondo final.

Sinden came within a whisker of being the first British male Olympic taekwondo champion, but fell short in a tumultuous final, losing 39-24.

“I got a couple things wrong, but he’s a great boxer. It was my gold medal to give away, and it was there in front of me “”I’m 22 years old and I’m from Doncaster,” the 22-year-old stated.

He had faced loss in his semi-final, going 16-9 down against Zhao Shuai of China at one point but rallying to win 33-25.

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.

Giles is the first British athlete to win a medal.

Giles is the first British athlete to win a medal.

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.

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.

Alizadeh’s 16-12 victory against Jones in Tokyo was her first international bout since 2018. She left Iran in 2020 and was denied permission to represent another country by the Iran Taekwondo Association.

What’s going to happen on Monday?

As the Olympics ramp up, there are 21 gold medal events, with Adam Peaty aiming to become the first British swimmer to retain an Olympic championship.

  • Peaty, the world record holder in swimming, qualified first and will compete in the final on Monday at 03:12 BST.
  • Jonny Brownlee and Alex Yee of the United Kingdom compete in the triathlon, which is scheduled to conclude shortly before 1:00 p.m., before Peaty’s attempt at history.
  • Remember Tom Daley when he was a kid? He’s currently 27 and competing in his fourth Olympics, in the 10m synchro event, alongside Olympic rookie Matty Lee (07:00-08:00).
  • Gymnastics: The hosts, Japan, will attempt to defend their team championship (11:00-14:10).

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