First modification: 08/05/2021 – 05:29
Hansle Parchment prevailed in front of Grant Holloway, the American who was the great favorite of this event, in the 110m hurdles event. Ronald Levy, also from Jamaica, takes bronze. In open water swimming, Florian Welbrock offered Germany a new gold medal in the 10 km. Canadian Damian Warner continues to lead the decathlon and is a favorite to be the next Olympic champion in the discipline. While in heptathlon the competition is yet to be defined.
The thirteenth day of the Olympic Games began with open water swimming and several athletics events, among which the second day of the decathlon; the final of the men’s 110m hurdles and the men’s triple jump.
Skateboarding, canoeing, wrestling or track cycling finals will follow throughout the night. Also the semifinals of the collective sports basketball, handball and men’s volleyball.
These are the most outstanding news of the Olympic Games of this August 5:
- Jamaican Hansle Parchment creates surprise by winning the 110m hurdles
A victory was expected from the American Grant Holloway, the current world champion in the 110m hurdles. In this final, Grant Holloway led the race from the start to the last meters when Parchment overtook him with a time of 13’04. Holloway takes the silver medal with 13’09 and Ronald Levy, another runner from Jamaica completes the podium in 13’10.
Two more medals for the tiny Caribbean island that now has seven medals, all obtained in athletics speed events.
American Devon Alley is fourth and Frenchman Pascal Martinot-Lagarde finishes fifth.
- German Florian Wellbrock dominated the 10km open water event
The first test of the day in Tokyo took place at the Odaiba Marine Park with the 10 kilometers of open water swimming.
Upon entering the water, Florian Wellbrock immediately took the lead of the solo race ahead of the lot of the other 24 competitors. A tactical option that could seem very risky in such a long test, but that led the world champion to Olympic gold.
Among the chasing group were the Dutch Ferry Weertman, champion in 2016 at the Rio Games, and the French Marc-Antoine Olivier (bronze in Rio). The Frenchman was the first to try to get out of the pack behind the German.
The other figures in this event were the Italian Gregorio Paltrinieri, the American Jordan Wilimovsky and the Tunisian Oussama Mellouli, 37, Olympic champion in London in 2012.
After the 1.4km first lap, Wellbrock had a 6.4-second lead over Frenchman Olivier and a 13-second lead over Hungarian Kristof Rasovsky. The lot was still more than 20 seconds behind the leader at this time.
Midway through the race, the Hungarian swimmer took the lead in the race, ahead of Wellbrock and Olivier, while the Italian Paltrinieri pursued them, gradually approaching the leading trio. After 7 kilometers of competition, Wellbrock was still setting the pace, followed by Rasovsky and Olivier.
Meanwhile, the Italian Paltrinieri, the Greek Atanasio Kynigakis and the Israeli Matan Roditi wanted to be included in the fight for the podium. At the beginning of the last kilometer, Wellbrock accelerated to take down all his rivals and take the gold with a time of 1h48 and 33 seconds. The Hungarian, Rasovsky, and the Italian, Paltrinieri, took second and third places 25 seconds behind the winner. Olivier finished sixth at 1min49 behind Wellbrock.
Representing Latin America were the 21-year-old Ecuadorian David Farinango and the Mexican Daniel Delgadillo, who finished fifteenth and seventeenth respectively.
- After 7 tests, Warner is very close to conquering gold in the decathlon
Damian Warner continues to lead the decathlon while Frenchman Kevin Mayer, who announced back pain yesterday, is fighting to get on the podium. After the seventh round, the discus throw, the Canadian leads the decathlon with 6610 points. They are followed by Australian Ashley Moloney (6359 points) and Pierce Lepage, another athlete from Canada with 6265 points. Frenchman Kévin Mayer is fourth with 6157 points.
In the 110m hurdles event Warner set a new Olympic record in the decathlon with a time of 13’46. If he continues at this level in the last three events, the Canadian could take gold and the Olympic decathlon record, which currently stands at 8,893 points.
Three tests are missing in this competition that will take place in the next few hours: the javelin throw, the pole vault and the 1,500 meters.
- Indecisive heptathlon test with four athletes in less than 200 points
After five of the seven events, the Dutch Anouk Vetter leads the heptathlon competition with 4,965 points, just 4 points more than the Belgian Nafissatou Thiam. They are followed by another Belgian, Noor Vidts, with 4890 points and the Americans Annie Kunz (4819) and Kendell Williams with 4806 points. The podium will be defined in the last two tests: the javelin throw and the 800 meters.