Tokyo Olympics: Matt Partitions wins omnium gold, Liam Heath takes kayak bronze & boxer Galal Yafai shines


Matt Partitions secured Nice Britain’s fiftieth medal of the Tokyo Olympics by taking gold within the males’s omnium race as Liam Heath additionally received a hard-earned bronze within the males’s kayak single 200m on Thursday.

The pair served up eye-catching moments for Crew GB on day 13 of the Video games, as did boxer Galal Yafai who won through a thrilling semi-final to achieve the gold-medal match within the 52kg flyweight division.

Dina Asher-Smith made a return to the monitor as Britain’s 4x100m relay crew secured a spot within the remaining, however the relay story was not so constructive for the US males’s 4x100m crew, who have been deemed an “embarrassment” by American dash legends Carl Lewis and Michael Johnson after being eradicated of their warmth.

Elsewhere, 18-year-old Keegan Palmer placed on a gripping show to win park skateboarding gold for Australia, who now sit fourth within the medal desk, with Nice Britain fifth.

Britain will look to enhance their medal tally when Holly Bradshaw competes within the ladies’s pole vault from 11:20 BST.

Surprise Partitions brings up 50

Partitions, 23, improved on the omnium outcomes of Ed Clancy who received bronze in 2012 and Mark Cavendish who took silver in 2016, to win Nice Britain’s first monitor biking gold of the Video games.

He ended the occasion on 153 factors, 24 greater than silver medallist Campbell Stewart of New Zealand, whereas Italy’s defending champion Elia Viviani took bronze.

BBC Sport’s 1992 Olympic gold medallist Chris Boardman mentioned: “It was a dominant efficiency from begin to end. He did not put a foot improper anyplace. Tactically and bodily he was class.”

Partitions, who examined constructive for Covid-19 in March, sealed Crew GB’s fiftieth medal in Tokyo and the sixteenth gold.

“I managed to get lead coming into the top. It has been a tough day however I got here into that factors race with a little bit of a lead and respiration room,” mentioned Partitions.

“Thanks to all my household and mates, I would not be right here with out them, particularly my mother and father.”

Heath recovers for bronze

Kayaker Heath – the Olympic champion in 2016 – initially seemed like he could come up quick after a poor begin to his remaining, solely to discover a surge that earned him a nail-biting photograph end for the bronze medal.

“I used to be possibly a bit hesitant off the beginning and did not attain my potential when it comes to peak velocity,” mentioned Heath, who clocked 35.20 seconds behind Hungarian winner Sandor Totka on 35.03.

“I’m nonetheless pleased with the efficiency.”

On successful one other medal, he mentioned: “It’s laborious to place into phrases. It’s what you’re employed in the direction of to be at your finest for these occasions.”

Heath, who has beforehand mentioned retirement after the Video games was possible, added: “It has been a curler coaster, over such an extended time period within the prolonged Olympic cycle. So many highs and lows, so many exams and classes. I’m feeling actually good, to be trustworthy.”

From manufacturing unit to combating for gold

Yafai additionally discovered himself misplaced for phrases after progressing to the Olympic final, the place he’ll stroll away with no less than a silver medal.

The Birmingham fighter began at tempo in opposition to Kazakhstan’s Saken Bibossinov, scoring a standing depend in spherical one earlier than the competition developed into an exhilarating back-and-forth affair.

Yafai hugged a visibly distraught Bibossinov as his narrowest of victories was learn. He’ll now face Carlo Paalam of the Philippines in Saturday’s 52kg flyweight remaining.

Yafai, 28, is a former automobile manufacturing unit employee, and mentioned: “I used to be doing the garbage, selecting up bins, delivering elements. Only a skivvy job actually. However now I am on the verge of turning into Olympic champion.

“I am unable to imagine it. It is ridiculous, it is a dream. It is the Olympic gold is not it, man? Olympic gold is loopy. Simply think about being the Olympic champion.”

And BBC Radio 5 Stay boxing analyst Steve Bunce remarked: “He simply would not be denied. We’ll get a gold from him on Saturday.”

Observe returns and ’embarrassment’

Elsewhere on Thursday, heptathlete Katarina Johnson-Thompson mentioned she can be taking time to “heal my physique and spirit” after harm pressured her out of the Video games.

Huge-name accidents have blighted Britain’s medal hunt on the monitor, together with Asher-Smith, who withdrew from the 200m due to a hamstring grievance however selected to compete within the 4x100m relay on Thursday.

Asher-Smith ran leg three and together with Asha Philip, Imani Lansiquot and Daryll Neita set a brand new British document of 41.55 seconds.

“There was by no means any doubt in my thoughts that I might be lining up right here right this moment as a result of the relay’s actually essential, we acquired a bronze medal in Rio,” Asher-Smith advised BBC Sport.

However Crew USA’s efforts within the males’s actually weren’t sufficient as they completed sixth in a warmth that includes some poor baton exchanges.

The US crew received the occasion on the 2019 World Championships however haven’t received a 4x100m Olympic gold since 2000.

“This is not rocket science,” four-time Olympic champion Michael Johnson tweeted.

“Attempting to get two individuals operating full velocity to change a baton inside a 20m zone requires observe! Particularly when you have not received this occasion since Sydney 2000 on account of drops and zone violations!Embarrassing and ridiculous.”

9-time Olympic gold medallist Carl Lewis added: “The USA crew did all the things improper within the males’s relay. The passing system is improper, athletes operating the improper legs, and it was clear that there was no management. It was a complete embarrassment, and fully unacceptable.”

What else occurred on day 13?

An out of doors medal probability disappeared for Crew GB when Andrew Pozzi positioned seventh within the males’s 110m hurdles remaining, clocking 13.3 seconds as Jamaica’s Hansle Parchment took gold in 13.04.

“It is one of many best emotions on this planet,” mentioned Parchment after clocking 13.04 seconds to see off fancied American Grant Holloway on 13.09.

Crew USA’s dominant shot put star Ryan Crouser beat his own Olympic record to win gold, launching 23.30m together with his remaining effort of the day.

The nation’s basketball crew have been buoyed by Kevin Durant and Devin Booker as they came from behind to beat Australia and arrange a remaining in opposition to France or Slovenia, whereas Nelly Korda shot an excellent nine-under 62 to take a four-stroke lead on the midway mark within the women’s golf.

A teenage battle performed out within the ladies’s 10m platform diving as China’s 14-year-old Quan Hongchan edged out team-mate Chen Yuxi, 15, to take gold.

What’s developing?

  • Hockey: The lads’s match concludes with Australia taking up Belgium for gold (11:00 BST)
  • Pole vault: GB’s Holly Bradshaw will function within the ladies’s occasion (from 11:20 BST)
  • 1500m: Nice Britain has Jake Wightman, Jake Heyward and Josh Kerr competing within the males’s semi-finals (12:00 BST)
  • 400m: Grenada’s Kirani James and American Michael Norman lead the gold-medal contenders within the males’s remaining.

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