US win two more golds as India bags its first | Sunday Observer

US win two more golds as India bags its first

8 August, 2021

TOKYO: The USA added two more athletic gold medals in 400m relays on the penultimate day of the 2020 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium under lights yesterday.

They won both the men’s and women’s 4x400m relays to show their class in superlative style.

The USA accounted for the women’s 4x400m gold medal in three minutes and 16.85 secs, a new national record. That gave veteran Allyson Felix her 11th medal in her fifth Olympics.

Poland took the silver in 3:20.53 while Jamaica settled for bronze in 3:21.24.

In the men’s 4x400m relay final, the USA clocked a season’s best two minutes and 55.70 seconds to take the gold medal.

In the second place was Netherlands with a national record of 2:57.18, followed by Botswana - a record of 2:57.27.

Neeraj Chopra became an instant hero for India as he became the first gold medallist for his country.

He beat Czech Republic’s Jakub Vadlejch (86.67) and Vitezslav Vesely (85.44) who won silver and bronze while Pakistani Arshad Nadeem threw a distance of 84.62 to finish fifth behind German Julian Weber who was placed fourth in 85.30.

The pre-competition favourite Johannes Vetter of Germany did not make the final round of throws, finishing 9th with only 82.52.

Jakob Ingebrigtsen of Norway had a dream start to his Olympic career by beating world champion Timothy Cheruiyot and setting a new record to win the men’s 1500m.

The European Champion, just at 20, is now the second youngest winner of the event. He had set a blistering pace from the start and held on to the lead for the first lap before Kenya’s Cheruiyot overtook him.

Nevertheless, he stayed close on his heels and on the third bend of the closing lap he made his move and overtook the 25-year-old and crossed the line in 3:28.32 to set a new Olympic record. Cheruiyot took silver in 3:29.01.

Josh Kerr of Great Britain set a personal best of 3:29.05 to finish with silver. He overtook Kenyan Abel Kipsang on the final stretch and also finished with a personal best 3:29.5 as did Adel Mechaal of Spain who finished in fifth in 3:20.77.

Sifan Hassan once again proved her class as a superb long distance runner when she won gold in the women’s 10,000m in a time of 29 minutes and 55.32 seconds.

The 5000m gold and bronze in the 1500m, Hassan stormed to victory after beating off the challenge of world-record holder Letesenbet Gidey of Ethiopia, who led the race until the final 200m.

Hassan was followed home by Bahrain’s Kalkidan Gezahegne who won silver (29:56.18), while an exhausted Gidey took bronze (30:01.72).

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