I.n Sapporo, the German walker Jonathan Hilbert caused a surprise coup in the first decision of the Olympic day in second place. The German canoeists are on the road to success in Tokyo after their preliminary runs. Apart from the competitions at the Olympic Games, sports policy and Corona are in the spotlight with new cases.
Silver sensation: 50-kilometer walker Jonathan Hilbert caused a sensation with silver. The 26-year-old from LG Ohra Energie showed a tactically excellent performance as second in Sapporo. At the finish he was only 36 seconds short of Olympic champion Dawid Tomala from Poland (3:50:08 hours). After finishing fourth in Rio de Janeiro in 2016, Canadian Evan Dunfee (+51 seconds) won bronze. Carl Dohmann from Baden-Baden finished 33rd (+17: 10 minutes), Nathaniel Seiler from Bühlertal was 42nd (+25: 29).
Withdrawal of accreditation: In connection with the case of sprinter Kristina Timanovskaya, the International Olympic Committee withdrew their Olympic accreditation from two Belarusian athletics coaches. That was decided by a disciplinary commission set up on Wednesday. The provisional measure was taken in the interests of the well-being of the Belarusian athletes who are still in the Olympic city. The trainers Artur Schimak and Yuri Maisewitsch reportedly left the Olympic village immediately after being asked to do so.
Beach gold: The Americans April Ross and Alix Klineman won gold in beach volleyball. The team, against which Olympic champions Laura Ludwig and Margareta Kozuch were eliminated in the quarterfinals, defeated Mariafe Artacho del Solar and Taliqua Clancy from Australia 2-0 (21:15, 21:16). The 39-year-old Ross won her third Olympic medal after silver in London and bronze in Rio de Janeiro. The European champions Joana Heidrich and Anouk Vergé-Dépré from Switzerland secured bronze with a 2-0 (21:19, 21:15) against the Latvians Tina Graudina and Anastasija Kravcenoka.
Canoe qualification: The German kayak four with Max Rendschmidt, Ronald Rauhe, Tom Liebscher and Max Lemke paddled directly into the semifinals with an Olympic best time of over 500 meters. The German parade boat won the gold medal in Rio de Janeiro in 2016 on double the distance and is also considered a favorite in Tokyo. Before that, the women’s kayak foursome with Sabrina Hering-Pradler, Melanie Gebhardt, Jule Hake and Tina Dietze had made it directly to the semi-finals as runner-up. In the single canoe, Sebastian Brendel from Potsdam also advanced as the quarter-final winner – just like Conrad Scheibner.
Fall injury: The Dutch track cyclist Laurine van Riessen suffered a broken collarbone, broken ribs and a bruised lung in the fall on Thursday during the Olympic Keirin competition. The 33-year-old is in a hospital in Tokyo, as a Dutch spokesman said. Van Riessen hit the rear wheel of world champion Emma Hinze in the quarter-finals of the so-called fighting sprint and then collided with Brit Katy Marchant.
Corona: There were more corona cases before the final weekend. As the organizing committee announced in its daily information, 29 people tested positive for the Sars-CoV-2 virus. The previous day, with 31 cases, the highest level since the start of the test series on July 1 was reached. The total number of people infected with corona in connection with the Olympic Games increased to 382.