The star of the legendary American swimmer, Caleb Dressel, shone by concluding the swimming competitions at the Tokyo Olympics with a fifth gold and a world record, while his compatriot Simone Biles faded again by withdrawing from another competition in gymnastics, while eyes will be on the identity of the successor to Jamaican legend Usain Bolt in the prestigious 100m race at Men.
They arrive in Tokyo and both have a common goal: to leave the Japanese capital with six gold medals, but the two outcomes they will bring back to Uncle Sam’s country will be contradictory. Dressel concluded the Olympics Sunday by winning the fourth and fifth gold, while Biles raised the number of competitions from which he withdrew to five, to be decided on the latter later.
Dressel won the gold in the fastest 50m freestyle, setting a new Olympic record, before breaking the world record with his country in the final race of the swimming competitions in the relay four times, surpassing the previous record held by the United States since 2009.
He added these two medals to the golds of 100 m freestyle, 100 m butterfly and the relay four times 100 m freestyle, while his team finished fifth in the mixed relay four times 100 medley, raising his total Olympic medals to seven golds.
And Australian Emma McKeown will leave Tokyo with four golds, after she also added two on the final day in the 50m freestyle and the relay four times, both with an Olympic number, to become the highest culmination in swimming in one session (7 medals, including 4 gold and 3 bronze).
She also became the second athlete to win seven medals in one session after Russian Maria Gorokhovskaya in artistic gymnastics in 1952, raising her tally to 11 Olympic medals, equaling the number of her former compatriot Ian Thorpe with five golds.
Robert Fink became the first American to win the 1500m since Michael O’Brien in 1984.
Biles continued her withdrawal, this time from the final of the floor exercise competition, which will be held on Monday, according to what her country’s sports federation announced, to “make a decision on the balance beam later this week”, bringing the number of competitions that withdrew from it to five.
Biles, 24, arrived in Tokyo, looking to raise the total number of her gold medals in the Games to nine and equal the record of the Soviet Larisa Latynina in women’s gymnastics, but she has so far withdrawn from the full competition in the teams, individual, floor movements and jumping horse, which won all her golds in The Rio Olympics, in addition to the two bars of different heights, will be seen if the world will see it on the balance beam, which it won bronze five years ago.
According to Bayles, these withdrawals follow due to problems with “mental health” and “sprains” (loss of balance and perception of space in the air).
She will determine her successor in the vaulting horse, where the women’s final takes place today, in addition to the two different height crossbars, versus the floor movements and the pommel horse for the men.
At 21:50 local time (12.50 GMT), the world will know Bolt’s successor in the 100 m after the latter imposed himself the best in history, winning the gold in this race and the 200 m in three Olympic Games in a row between 2008 and 2016.
American Trayvon Brommel, with the fastest time this year (9.77 seconds), seemed the most prominent to crown a new king, but he narrowly qualified for the semi-finals after finishing fourth in his qualifying, as one of the best three times outside the top three sprinters from each group.
So the 10 second race is breathtaking.
China’s Zhong Lijiao won her third Olympic medal, but her first gold in throwing iron ball on Sunday morning, with a throw of 20.58 m, is the best in five years, adding it to the bronze in 2008 in Beijing and silver in 2012 in London.
Today, the women’s triple jump final will be held.
After finishing the golden dream of Serbian Novak Djokovic, German Alexander Zverev hopes to complete what he started and crown the gold when he meets the Russian under a neutral flag Karen Khachanov in the men’s singles final.
The Swiss Belinda Bencic will hope to add the women’s doubles gold to her singles victory on Saturday, when she and her colleague Victoria Gulbek face the Czech duo Barboa Krajcikova and Katerina Sinyakova.
Russia secured gold-silver mixed doubles, as it meets Andrey Rublev and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova on the one hand, and Aslan Karatsev and Elena Vesnina on the other hand.