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From tantrums to embarrassing gaffes

THEY could also be sport’s better of the very best – however Olympic athletes are nonetheless human.

The Tokyo video games ended yesterday after 17 action-packed days, with loads of moments to make us each chuckle and cry.


The Tokyo 2020 Olympics has been 17 days of catastrophe and triumphCredit: PA

Sure, it was unusual with out crowds due to Covid however ultimately the Video games supplied no much less drama.

From painful accidents to candy celebrations and tantrums to tears of pleasure, we bear in mind the agony and the ecstasy of the thirty second Olympiad.


EVEN these with superhuman prowess are liable to some very relatable gaffes.


Tokyo’s wet climate proved an excessive amount of for Danish athlete Sara Slott PetersenCredit: Reuters

US swimmer Lydia Jacoby’s goggles slipped down and ended up within the 17-year-old’s mouth throughout the 4x100m medley relay. It left her crew mate Caeleb Dressel livid on the crew’s putting. He mentioned: “Fifth place is unacceptable for USA Swimming, and we’re very conscious of that. Our normal is gold.”
Australia’s Nicholas Hough didn’t make the ultimate after hitting each hurdle within the 110m semi-final. The 27-year-old Olympic first-timer’s efficiency was right down to a calf damage and Nicholas says it hasn’t put him off Paris 2024. He mentioned: “I’m blissful I bought out on the observe.”
Canadian diver Pamela Ware put a foot unsuitable on the diving board and dropped ft first into the water. The 28-year-old newcomer was given a devastating 0.0 rating for her mis-step. Pamela mentioned: “I feel that if I’d have executed the dive, I might have probably harm myself.”
Norwegian double sculls pair Kristoffer Brun and Are Weierholt Strandli capsized within the light-weight semi last. The pair, who gained bronze at Rio 2016, had been towed to security.
Tokyo’s wet climate at instances proved difficult for each organisers and athletes. Whereas downpours deluged the ladies’s 400m hurdles, Danish athlete Sara Slott Petersen slipped and fell at a hurdle earlier than the house straight.

Video games for fun

THROUGHOUT the competitors, athletes have nonetheless managed to maintain us laughing – although normally not intentionally.


Ever the nice sport, Tom Daley stored us entertained along with his hand-knitted creationsCredit: PA

Swimmers Tom Dean and Matthew Richards stifled laughs after serving to the GB crew to gold within the 4x200m males’s freestyle when the BBC’s Clare Balding mentioned: “You’re 18 years previous, it’s your first Olympics, and also you swam – truthfully, your third leg was simply phenomenal.”
Gold winner Tom Daley watched the remainder of the diving whereas doing his knitting. And the diver posed in his hand-knitted Staff GB cardigan for a great trigger – to boost cash for the Mind Tumour Charity after his father Robert died from the illness.
The beds within the athlete’s village had been constituted of cardboard, allegedly designed to discourage intercourse between athletes on account of their fragile development. However Irish gymnast Rhys McClenaghan confirmed athletes might nonetheless rating, posting a video of himself leaping up and down on his mattress.
Aussie Jess Fox confirmed followers on TikTok how she repaired her kayak with a condom. After fixing harm with carbon fibre, the condom then held the restore in place – and Jess went on to win bronze on the canoe slalom K1 occasion.


IT wasn’t all plain crusing for rivals – there have been a couple of bumps within the highway too.


Simone Biles shocked followers when she momentarily stop the GamesCredit: Reuters

On day two, 21-year-old Peruvian skateboarder Angelo Caro Narvaez suffered an eye-watering fall from his board, skidding right into a bollard – crotch first.
Earlier than shedding within the tennis semi-finals, Novak Djokovic smashed his racquet on the courtroom and threw one other into the stands. Djokovic, who completed and not using a medal, mentioned: “It was an emotional outburst and it occurs.”
In a heated bout, Moroccan boxer Youness Baalla tried to chunk Kiwi David Nyika’s ear. Nyika mentioned afterwards: “He didn’t get a full mouthful. Fortunately he had his mouthguard in and I used to be a bit sweaty.”
US gymnast Simone Biles momentarily stop the Video games “to guard her psychological well being” after a harmful touchdown on the vault. However the 24-year-old returned and went on to win bronze on the steadiness beam.


IT was the primary time Freestyle BMX featured on the Video games – and Brit Charlotte Worthington took a wide ranging gold by performing the never-before-seen 360 backflip.

She had solely taken up the game significantly when she was 20. She had been working full-time as a restaurant chef for 3 years earlier than the occasion was added to the Video games in 2017 and she or he might apply for funding.


Kye Whyte and Bethany Shriever celebrated their wins togetherCredit: PA

In BMX racing – an Olympic occasion since 2008 – Kye Whyte gained silver, the primary Staff GB medal within the occasion. Moments later, Bethany Shriever took gold within the girls’s.

Good sports activities…and unhealthy sports activities

USUALLY there may be fierce competitors amongst athletes however after the Video games’ year-long delay, most had been simply blissful to be there – and blissful for his or her rivals too.


Good sports activities Mutaz-Essa Barshim and Gianmarco Tamberi determined to share their goldCredit: Getty

Excessive jumpers Mutaz-Essa Barshim and Gianmarco Tamberi tied at 2.37m. However as a substitute of getting a jump-off, the Qatari and the Italian agreed to share gold.
Skateboard bronze-winning Brit Sky Brown, simply 13, hugged her rivals after every run. Japanese gold and silver medallists Sakura Yosozumi, 19, and Kokona Hiraki, 12, returned the favour.
South African swimmer Tatjana Schoenmaker broke a world document to win gold within the girls’s 200m breaststroke. Her Staff USA rivals Lilly King and Annie Lazor then hugged her as she cried in shock.

The unhealthy…

GERMANY’S trendy pentathlon coach Kim Raisner was kicked out of the Video games for punching German competitor Annika Schleu’s horse, Saint Boy, after it refused to trot across the course within the showjumping spherical.
French runner Morhad Amdouni precipitated a stir throughout the males’s marathon when he knocked over a row of water bottles at a hydration station earlier than grabbing the final one for himself. Luckily for the others who missed out, there was one other water station simply forward.

Olympic scolds

AFTER a 12 months of ready to go to the Video games, athletes haven’t been holding again with their post-win feedback.


Keely Hodgkinson was caught swearing after profitable silver within the 800mCredit: Getty

British swimmer Adam Peaty had a couple of selection phrases after taking gold within the 100m. He mentioned: “It’s about who f***ing needs it extra. I’m simply so f***ing relieved!”
Runner Keely Hodgkinson, 19, mouthed: “What the f***?” after profitable silver within the 800m, Staff GB’s first medal on the observe.
Canadian swimmer Sydney Pickrem didn’t maintain again after taking bronze in her first ever race. She informed Canadian TV: “I used to be completely s**tting myself. I’m not going to try to sugarcoat it.”
Aussie swimmer Ariarne Titmus left spectators laughing after profitable gold within the 200m freestyle. The Tasmanian-born 20-year-old athlete mentioned merely: “S**t. I’m bloody exhausted.”

Cheer we go!

IT’S not simply the rivals who caught our consideration– a number of the coaches additionally had us speaking.


Dancing Dean Boxall had viewers in hysterics along with his movesCredit: Getty

German judo contender Martyna Trajdos was compelled to defend her coach Claudiu Pusa’s uncommon pre-match ritual – which consisted of shaking her, then slapping her cheeks earlier than her bout. She mentioned: “That is what I requested my coach to do, so please don’t blame him. I would like this earlier than my fights to be awake.”
Aussie swimmer Ariarne Titmus’s coach Dean Boxall had viewers laughing at his ecstatic hip-thrusting celebration after her 400m freestyle win. She mentioned: “That’s simply the way in which Dean is. He’s very keen about what he does – he actually turns into fairly animated.”
US gymnast Suni Lee celebrated profitable gold on the all-round gymnastics occasion by putting her medal round her paralysed father John’s neck.


TEAM GB introduced house an incredible haul of twenty-two gold, 21 silver and 22 bronze medals, placing us fourth within the last medal desk at Tokyo. Right here is the complete record of our Olympic champions.


Laura Kenny and Katie Archibald gained the ladies’s Madison eventCredit: PA


Jason Kenny: Jason landed his seventh Olympic gold within the males’s Keirin occasion, which means he has now overtaken Sir Chris Hoy as Britain’s most profitable Olympian. He additionally gained the silver within the Dash, taking his complete haul to 9 medals.

Laura Kenny and Katie Archibald: The Kenny family now has 12 gold medals between them after Laura and Katie gained the ladies’s Madison occasion.

Matt Partitions, 23, from Oldham, gained gold within the males’s Omnium occasion.

Charlotte Worthington, 25, took gold with the primary ever 360 backflip carried out within the girls’s BMX freestyle.

Beth Shriever, 22, took the gold in BMX racing. Tom Pidcock, 21, grew to become the lads’s cross nation mountain bike champ.


Max Whitlock: He gave an astonishing profitable efficiency on the pommel horse, incomes his sixth medal over three Olympics. The 28-year-old additionally gained gold in the identical occasion at Rio in 2016.


Galal Yafai gained gold on factors within the flyweight finalCredit: Getty


Lauren Value: The Welsh marvel added to her World, European and Commonwealth titles with gold within the girls’s middleweight after beating China’s Li Qian. Lauren, 27, beforehand performed worldwide soccer for Wales under-19s.

Galal Yafai: The Birmingham boxer, 28, gained gold on factors within the flyweight last in opposition to Filippino Carlo Paalam.

Trendy pentathlon

Kate French The sports activities efficiency graduate, 30, was fifth within the competitors in Rio and took gold in Tokyo.

Joe Choong Joe, who has a level in maths, grew to become the primary British man to win gold within the trendy pentathlon. He mentioned afterwards: “I couldn’t let Kate have all of the limelight!”


Adam Peaty made historical past by turning into the primary British swimmer to defend an Olympic title when he took gold for the 100m breaststroke.

Adam Peaty, Kathleen Dawson, James Man and Anna Hopkin The quartet completely smashed the primary ever blended 4x100m medley, powering to victory in a world document 3min, 37.58sec.

Tom Dean, Duncan Scott, James Man and Matthew Richards The 4 took gold within the males’s 200m relay, ending 0.03 seconds off a world document.

Tom Dean, 21, from Maidenhead, Berks, who suffered two bouts of Covid-19, additionally took gold within the 200m freestyle. Teammate Duncan Scott took silver, making it a historic one-two for the primary time in 110 years for TeamGB.


Jonny Brownlee, Jess Learmonth, Georgia Taylor-Brown and Alex Yee
Jonny gained bronze within the Olympic triathlon at London 2012, then silver at Rio in 2016 – and has now topped it off with gold within the first ever blended triathlon relay in Tokyo, along with his Staff GB crew mates.


Tom McEwen, Laura Collett and Oliver Townend gained the crew eventing for the primary time since 1972Credit: Getty


Ben Maher Ben, 38, took the title for particular person showjumping, turning into TeamGB’s second showjumping champion after Nick Skelton at Rio 2016.

Laura Collett, Tom McEwen and Oliver Townend: It was the trio’s first Olympic Video games – and so they smashed it, profitable the crew eventing for TeamGB for the primary time since 1972.


Tom Daley and Matty Lee: It was emotional for Tom as he lastly bought gold with Matty within the synchronised 10m platform on the age of 27 – and his fourth Video games. Then he adopted it up with a bronze within the 10m platform.


Hannah Mills and Eilidh McIntyre: The golden duo took victory within the girls’s 470 class, making Hannah – who carried the flag on the opening ceremony – Britain’s most profitable sailor.

Giles Scott: He got here out on prime within the males’s Finn class, defending his title from Rio and making it the sixth successive gold for Staff GB within the competitors.

Dylan Fletcher and Stuart Bithell: Ranked No1 on the planet, they gained gold within the males’s 49er class, in a decent race in opposition to New Zealand.


SKY Brown, 13, who took bronze in skateboarding, grew to become Britain’s youngest ever medallist, eclipsing swimmer Sarah Hardcastle, who gained silver and bronze in LA aged 15.

Olympics closing ceremony waves goodbye to an exhilarating video games in Tokyo

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