First of all, in triathlon, our mixed relay, made up of Claire Michel, Valerie Barthelemy, Marten Van Riel and Jelle Geens, took 5th place in this new Olympic discipline. The title went to Great Britain ahead of the United States and France. A good result when we know the misadventures of Jelle Geens with his double positive test for covid and the elongation of Claire Michel during the individual event.
In athletics, a few hours after the qualification of our Belgian relay for the mixed 4x400m final (final this Saturday at 2:35 pm), the results of the night are generally good for our compatriots. If Hanne Claes did not cross the course of the first lap in the 400m hurdles, this is the case of Paulien Couckuyt, who qualified instead by taking 3rd place in the 2nd series. For his Olympic debut, Couckuyt even offered himself a new Belgian record.
Qualification also for Eliott Crestan over 800m. The Namurois was solid in the playoffs, taking 2nd place allowing him to qualify for the semi-finals. Over the 100m hurdles, Anne Zagré also qualified for the semi-finals by taking 3rd place in her series after setting her best time of the season in the series.
Ben Broeders did not cross the qualification mark in pole vault failing to cross the bar of 5m75 when it was necessary to jump 5m80 to reach the final.
Lara de Liedekerke withdrew from the rest of the eventing due to the injury of her horse, Alpaga d’Arville. She occupied the 48th position in the general classification after dressage.
Our two golfers, Thomas Pieters and Thomas Detry currently share 14th place in the general classification after three days.
Finally, Isaura Maenhaut and Anouk Geurts clinched 9th place in the 12th and last 49er FX regatta of the Tokyo Olympic Games sailing competitions. In the general classification, the Belgian pair finished in 14th place.
At the end of the day, our Belgian torchbearers took their places on the track in athletics, for the final of the mixed 4x400m relay. For this final, it was Dylan Borlée, Imke Vervaet – who replaced after the warm-up Cynthia Bolingo who was still feeling her muscle injury -, Camille Laus and Kevin Borlée who were aligned. Our compatriots finished 5th (with a national record!), Preceded by very strong opponents, including the Poles, who pocketed the first Olympic title in the mixed 4x400m relay, ahead of the Dominican Republic and the United States.
After giving up the finals of the team competition and the individual competition, Simone Biles will not participate in the apparatus finals this Sunday in gymnastics.
In swimming, the British mixed relay won gold and a new world record in the 4x100m medley. The relay, composed of Kathleen Dawson, Adam Peaty, James Guy and Anna Hopkin clocked 3’37 “58. The world record also for Caeleb Dressel in the 100m butterfly. The American won his third gold medal in the Tokyo Olympics.
In the 800m, the American Katie Ledecky won the 7th Olympic title of her career, while the Australian Kylie McKeown won her 2nd gold in Tokyo in the 200m backstroke.
After losing to Alexander Zverev in the semifinals, Novak Djokovic failed to win the bronze medal against Pablo Carreno-Busta on Saturday.
Finally, New Zealand won the medal in women’s Sevens rugby. The New Zealanders beat France in the 26-12 final.
In badminton, it was the Taiwanese who won the gold medal, ahead of the Chinese and Malaysians.
At the end of the day (local time), the Swede Daniel Stahl pocketed his first Olympic title, in the discus throw, with a throw from 68.90 meters. His compatriot Simon Petter wins the silver medal and the Austrian Lukas Weisshaidinger leaves with the bronze.
Also in athletics, the women’s 100m had a Jamaican treble (and an Olympic record), with, in order of arrival, Elaine Thompson, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Shericka Jackson. The winner achieves the double, five years after her coronation in Rio.
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