First modification: 08/06/2021 – 05:40
In one of the most physically demanding athletics events, the 50 km of athletic walk, the Polish Dawid Tomala took the gold in front of the German Jonathan Hilbert and the Canadian Evan Dunfee. An Olympic medal that Frenchman Yohann Diniz, who was competing in his last race at 43, will never win. Dropped out in the middle of the competition. In karate, Venezuelan Antonio Díaz failed to obtain a medal for the last competition of his long career.
The penultimate day of the Tokyo Olympic Games started early with the 50 km athletic walk event. For the rest of the day, seven more athletics finals are scheduled, including the women’s 400m, the women’s 20km walk, the men’s 5000m and the 4x100m relay finals.
Karate tryouts, soccer, volleyball and basketball matches are also on the program for this 14th day of competitions in Japan.
These are the most outstanding news of the Olympic Games of this new competition day:
- Dawid Tomala walked to gold in the 50 km athletic walking event
To reduce the effect of heat, this test was moved to Sapporo, on the island of Hokkaido, in the north of the Japanese archipelago. The Polish Dawid Tomala took the gold with a time of 3h50min and 8 seconds. Crossing the finish line 36 seconds later, the German Jonathan Hilbert won the silver medal, while the Canadian Evan Dunfee finished with the bronze. Spaniard Marc Tur finished the 50 kilometers in fourth position, at the foot of the podium.
The French Yohann Diniz, ‘record holder’ of the world of the distance, walked the last competition of his career at the age of 43. Despite his impressive record (world champion and three-time European champion) he has never won an Olympic medal. He left before kilometer 30.
The best Latin American marchers in this event were the Colombians José Montana (eleventh) and Jorge Ruiz (thirteenth) and the Mexican José Leyver.
- The karate fighter Antonio Díaz wants to say goodbye with a medal in the Kata test
At 41, Venezuelan Antonio Díaz qualified for the next phase finishing third in his group in the Kata qualifiers. The karate fighter who, disputed his last competition in Tokyo, obtained an average grade of 26.07.
He dreamed of retiring with a podium in the Olympic beginnings of his discipline. But he had to face very strong competition with rivals such as the Japanese Ryo Kiyuma, the Spanish Damian Quintero or the Turkish Ali Sofuoglu, who dominated the knockout phase and the qualifying phase.
Kiyuma and Quintero will contest the final for gold and silver. While Antonio Díaz will try to obtain the bronze in the course of the night.
We remember that Kata is an exercise in fighting sequences that each karate fighter must execute as neatly as possible, in a mixture of technique and strength.