Osaka Crashes Out Of Olympics As Bermuda Celebrate Historic Gold

Osaka Crashes Out Of Olympics As Bermuda Celebrate Historic Gold 2
Japan’s Naomi Osaka leaves the courtroom after being overwhelmed by Czech Republic’s Marketa Vondrousova throughout their Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games girls’s singles third spherical tennis match on the Ariake Tennis Park in Tokyo on July 27, 2021. (Photo by Giuseppe CACACE / AFP)



Japanese star Naomi Osaka crashed out of the Olympics tennis competitors on Tuesday after Flora Duffy delivered gold for  Bermuda for the primary time within the tiny island’s historical past.

Osaka, who lit the Olympic cauldron in final week’s opening ceremony, produced an error-strewn efficiency in dropping 6-1, 6-4 to Marketa Vondrousova, ending her cherished dream of successful on dwelling soil.

The 23-year-old — one of many faces of the Tokyo Games — had not performed since May, when she walked out of the French Open saying media commitments had been harming her psychological well being.

The second seed, who was damaged 5 instances within the match, will probably be bitterly upset at lacking out on an opportunity of Olympic gold, particularly as world primary Ashleigh Barty misplaced within the first spherical.

Triathlete Duffy gained the primary gold of the day within the girls’s occasion, making Bermuda the smallest territory or nation when it comes to inhabitants to win a gold medal at a Summer Games.

The 33-year-old timed 1hr 55min 36sec to come back dwelling greater than a minute forward of Britain’s Georgia Taylor-Brown, with American Katie Zaferes taking the bronze.

For Duffy it was a welcome reward after persistent accidents and a analysis of anaemia in 2013.

“I have achieved my dream of winning a gold medal, but also winning Bermuda’s first gold medal,” she stated.

“It’s bigger than me and that’s a really cool moment. That was the longest kilometre of my life (the final one of the run).”

– Pool duel –
Elsewhere, swimming powerhouses Australia and the United States gained one gold medal every within the morning pool session and are on three golds apiece.

Australian world-record holder Kaylee McKeown upstaged American arch-rival Regan Smith to assert the ladies’s 100m Olympic backstroke crown as Russia and Britain additionally gained golds.

McKeown, who shattered Smith’s world document final month, flew via the water on the Tokyo Aquatic Center to the touch in 57.47 seconds, a brand new Olympic document and solely fractionally exterior her personal world finest.

Smith needed to accept third behind Rio Olympic bronze medallist Kylie Masse of Canada.

McKeown, who misplaced her father final yr to mind most cancers, stated: “It’s not necessarily what I’ve been through. Everyone has a journey of their own and it just so happens that mine’s been a really tough one.”

On a day of upsets, American girls’s 100m breaststroke world-record holder and defending champion Lilly King was overwhelmed, and teammate and 100m backstroke champion Ryan Murphy additionally tasted defeat.

King was surprised by 17-year-old compatriot Lydia Jacoby, who swam a scintillating last 50m to the touch in 1: 04.95 and edge her into bronze, with South Africa’s Tatjana Schoenmaker taking silver.

Russian swimmers Evgeny Rylov and Kliment Kolesnikov took gold and silver within the 100m backstroke, pushing Murphy into third place.

Britain’s Tom Dean got here again from two bouts of coronavirus to edge out team-mate Duncan Scott and win the 200m freestyle.

“I contracted Covid twice in the last 12 months,” he stated. “It’s unheard of. When I was sitting in my flat in isolation, an Olympic gold seem a million miles off, but here we are.”

– Biles stress –
Later, all eyes will probably be on US gymnastics star Simone Biles within the girls’s workforce last because the 24-year-old four-time Olympic champion seeks to erase the reminiscence of an uncharacteristically error-strewn qualifying competitors.

Biles made errors on flooring and vault  on Sunday and the opposite Americans adopted swimsuit as they did not put up the highest rating of the day for the primary time at a world championships or Olympics since 2010.

The US girls got here to Tokyo as agency favourites however Biles admitted to feeling the stress in an Instagram put up on Monday, saying “I truly do feel like I have the weight of the world on my shoulders at times.”

With spectators banned from the gymnastics and most occasions on the Games to guard the Japanese public from coronavirus, Biles doesn’t have a crowd to encourage her.

But it could be an enormous shock if she did not win a fifth gold to kick off her try to equal or surpass Soviet nice Larisa Latynina’s document of 9 gymnastics titles.

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Osaka Crashes Out Of Olympics As Bermuda Celebrate Historic Gold

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