First modification: 07/24/2021 – 16:08
The Ecuadorian had his unforgettable day when he was crowned in the road category, thus obtaining the second gold medal in the history of his country. After finishing third in the French Tour, Mount Fuji was his scene of glory. In addition, the first athlete to climb to the top of the podium was Chinese Yang Qian in a 10-meter shot of compressed air; the mixed Mexican archery team won bronze; and the Argentine judoka Paula Pareto closed her career by falling in the playoffs.
The sports festival that involves some JJ. OO. It officially started in Tokyo and the great emotions were already felt on its first day. The contest that brings together the best high-performance athletes from around the world is underway, already with first medals.
This event, which combines sport and culture, takes place under the shadow of Covid-19, the reason why it was postponed for 16 more months than stipulated, forcing unprecedented health measures to be taken. Even in venues without an audience and with casualties due to positive cases, the multicultural sports competition motivates the planet with its days full of stories.
Next, the most outstanding news of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, this Saturday, July 24:
- Richard Carapaz had his dream day and hung the gold medal
The Ecuadorian cyclist climbed to the top of the podium in the road category in an intense test that had a journey of 234 kilometers, starting at the Musashinonomori park and finishing at the mythical Mount Fuji.
‘La Locomotora’ closed a time of 6:05:26, leaving on the road two heavy candidates such as the Belgian Wout Van Aert and the Slovenian Tadej Pogacar, brand new winner in the Tour de France.
It was precisely there, in the Gallic country, where Carapaz obtained a very good third place. Now, in Tokyo he managed to be the first. The Carchi native crossed the finish line at the Fuji international circuit, thanks to a good tactical descent that allowed him to detach himself from the peloton and thus arrive alone.
With this triumph, Carapaz gives Ecuador its second gold medal in an Olympic Game. The previous one was in Atlanta ’96, when the marcher Jefferson Pérez awarded it. In addition, it is the third medal overall for the Latin American country, after Pérez himself was silver in Beijing ’08.
- Chinese Yang Qian won the first gold in these Olympics
The athlete from the Asian giant premiered the gold medal awarded by the XXXII edition in the discipline of compressed air shooting in 10 meters, breaking the Olympic record. The marksman mark was 251.8 points.
In the competition held at Tokyo’s Asaka Hall, she narrowly edged Anastasia Galashina, an athlete competing under the flag of the Russian Olympic Committee, who rounded 251.1 points and placed second. The podium was closed by the Swiss Nina Christen with a mark of 230.6 points.
The discipline also had the presence of two Latin Americans: the Cuban Eglys Yahima de la Cruz, 41 years old and bronze in Beijing ’08, who finished 37th; and the young Argentine Fernanda Russo (21) who finished 40th.
- The mixed Mexican archery team gave its first medal to Latin America
Luis Álvarez and Alejandra Valencia won 6-2 against the Turkish duo made up of Yasemin Anagoz and Mete Gazoz in the corresponding duel that delivered the bronze medal.
The Mexican archers battled under intense heat that exceeded 30 degrees, but managed to beat their opponents in the fourth quarter. The first set closed 36-34, but in the second the Turks tied thanks to 36-27.
However, the third match was 39-36 and the final 36-27 to sentence the contest against their rivals and give Mexico its first medal in this edition of the Olympic Games. They are the Latin American pioneers to get on a podium at Tokyo 2020.
In the dispute for the gold medal, South Koreans An San and Kim Je Deok beat Steve Wijler and Gabriela Schloesser-Bayardo from the Netherlands 5-3 (35-38, 37-36, 36-33 and 39-39) . The latter has Mexican origins: although it represents the Dutch nation, it was born in Tijuana.