October 4, 2022

Honorable Mentions

U.S. wrestler Gable Steveson gained an NCAA title earlier this 12 months, however he had by no means competed in a significant worldwide competitors on the senior stage earlier than the Tokyo Video games. He rapidly proved that he belonged on this stage, reaching the ultimate with out giving up a single level in his first three matches. Then he took down Georgia’s Geno Petriashvili, a three-time world champion, in an exciting last-second victory to assert the 125kg freestyle gold medal. WATCH

The U.S. earned the No. 2 seed for the Olympics’ first-ever combined workforce archery occasion, however Brady Ellison and Mackenzie Brown had been eradicated within the first spherical by Fifteenth-seeded Indonesia. WATCH

Russian athletes have swept the rhythmic gymnastics occasions on the final 5 Olympics and had been closely favored to take action once more in Tokyo. That streak got here to an finish when Israel’s Linoy Ashram gained the person competitors (WATCH) and Bulgaria gained the group competitors (WATCH) in upsets on back-to-back nights.

Nice Britain’s Jade Jones arrived in Tokyo with hopes of turning into taekwondo’s first three-time Olympic champion, however the world No. 1 was bounced in her opening spherical by Kimia Alizadeh, a refugee from Iran. Alizadeh, who gained bronze whereas competing for Iran in 2016, defected from her dwelling nation in 2020 and competed as a member of the IOC Refugee Olympic Crew in Tokyo. WATCH

Within the Olympic debut of combined doubles desk tennis, host nation Japan upset China’s top-seeded workforce to win the occasion’s first-ever gold medal. It marked the primary time since 2004 {that a} nation apart from China has gained an Olympic desk tennis occasion. WATCH

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