Norway’s Karsten Warholm set his own world record by winning the gold medal in the 400m hurdles on Tuesday at the Tokyo Olympics.
The two-time world champion ran 45.94 seconds to win a final where six of the first seven finalists set national or area records.
It is the second time in just over a month that Warholm has lowered the record. It set the previous mark of 46.70 in Oslo on July 1.
Runner-up Rai Benjamin of the United States finished in 46.17, also improving on the record of 46.7 that Warholm set last month.
“Sometimes in practice my coaches keep telling me that this could be possible with the perfect run,” Warholm said of the possibility of breaking 46 seconds. “But it was hard to imagine because it’s a huge barrier and it’s something you don’t even dream of.”
From kayaking to boxing, this is what’s happening in Tokyo today.
Germany secures first place in long jump
Germany’s Malaika Mihambo took first place in the women’s long jump with a 7-meter jump on her last attempt and beat veteran American Brittney Reese for the Olympic gold medal.
Mihambo won the world championship title in 2019 and finished right on the podium in fourth place at the 2016 Olympics.
Reese, 34, now has back-to-back Olympic silver medals at the Tokyo and Rio de Janeiro Games after winning the title in London in 2012.
Hungarian canoeists win 1000M gold and silver
Balint Kopasz dominated the final 250 meters to pull away and win the gold medal in the men’s 1,000 canoe speed kayak for a 1-2 result for Hungary at Sea Forest Waterway.
Hungarian Adam Varga edged Portuguese Fernando Pimenta by 0.047 seconds at the end for the silver medal.
Kopasz came in as the reigning world champion and engaged in a tough battle with Pimenta for the first 750 meters before his final push to victory.
British cyclist Clancy retires injured
British track cyclist Ed Clancy withdrew from the Tokyo Olympics and announced his retirement due to an ongoing back injury and sciatica, hours before his chase team was scheduled to compete in its first round.
Charlie Tanfield will replace him alongside Ethan Hayter, Ethan Vernon and Ollie Wood in the four-man lineup.
Clancy has been part of the gold medal-winning pursuit team for the past three Olympic cycles. He also holds a bronze medal in the multidisciplinary omnium while spending just over 20 years on the national team.
Clancy said he was “absolutely devastated that my Olympic career ended this way.”
But he said he wants the rest of the team to have the best chance of winning a medal.
Japan wins featherweight boxing
Sena Irie of Japan claimed the first women’s featherweight boxing gold medal with a unanimous decision over Filipino Nesthy Petecio.
Irie became the first female boxer to win a medal for Japan when she secured the first gold of the Tokyo boxing tournament by sweeping the third round on the five-judge scorecards at the Kokugikan Arena. Irie’s sharper punches beat the judges in a grippy fight.
Petecio settled for the Philippines’ first boxing medal of any kind since 1996, but Manny Pacquiao’s home nation is up for at least two more medals in Tokyo.
Featherweight was one of two women’s weight classes added to the Tokyo Olympics. The women’s field also expanded to 100 wrestlers out of 36 in their first two Olympics.
Irma Testa of Italy and Karriss Artingstall of Great Britain won the division’s inaugural bronze medals.
Cuba wins surprise gold medal in men’s canoe race
Cuba won a surprise gold medal in the men’s 1,000-meter canoe double, ahead of China and Germany.
Germany had won the event in five of the last seven Olympics and Sebastian Brendel had been on the German boat for gold medals in 2012 and 2016.
But the race turned into a battle between Cuba and China in the last 500 meters. Cubans Serguey Torres Madrigal and Fernando Dayan Jorge Enriquez crossed the line to win by 0.2 seconds.
The Cuban duo had won silver at the world championships in 2019, but Cuba had not won medals in this event at the Olympics since 2000.
Germany won bronze to win a medal in the events for the seventh consecutive Olympiad.
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