Tokyo 2020: A look at the Olympic Games, Accomplishments, Disappointments and new World and Olympic Records

For those who watched the Tokyo 2020 Olympic games know that it was held under unprecedented conditions.

With Covid-19 raging in Japan, the population of Japan urged the government to cancel the games.

With that call ignored, the opening ceremony commenced on July 23, 2021 with the legendary tennis player, Naomi Osaka, lighting the Olympic cauldron.

On Saturday, July 24, 2021, Yang Qian of China won the games first gold medal after winning the 10m air rifle final. Yang’s final shot was worth 9.8 points which pushed her overall score to 251.8 points creating a new Olympic record.

Most decorated American Female in Athletics

Allyson Felix who is known for her incredible performance in the 200m sprint and who later in her career shifted to running 400m, achieved the title ‘most decorated U.S track athlete ever.’

According to Harpersbazaar, Allyson won both her 10thand 11th Olympic medal after running the 400m and 4x400m relay. This accomplishment means she has passed the American Carl Lewis who has a total of 10 Olympic medals.

Most decorated British Athlete

Jason Kenny won his 7thgold medal at the Olympics in Tokyo, making him Great Britain’s most decorated Olympian with 9 medals in total. This is one more medal than Sir Bradley Wiggins who has a total of 8 medals.

Disappointments

Naomi Osaka, the current world number 2 in tennis, left the Olympics without a medal after losing in the 3rdround to Marketa Vondrousova.

Novak Djokovic who was aiming for the Golden Slam, which involves winning all 4 Grand Slam titles and the Olympic title, will not be able to achieve that goal this time around after losing to Alexander Zverev.

Furthermore, Djokovic failed to walk away with a bronze medal after succumbing a defeat to Pablo Carreno Busta, 6-4, 6-7 (6-8), 6-3.

The Jamaican Shereka Jackson who ran brilliantly in the 100m to secure the clean sweep for Jamaica in the 100m finals, lost her 200m heat qualification which prevented Jamaica from dominating the podium in a second event.

Major Accomplishments

Karsten Warholm 

Karsten Warholm set a new world record in the 400m hurdles. He ran 45.94s. This is the first time anyone has ever ran below 46 seconds in the event. He held the previous record of 46.70 seconds.

The Jamaican Trio

The Jamaicans Elaine Thompson-Hera, Shelly Ann-Fraser Pryce and Shereka Jackson stunned the world by placing 1st, 2ndand 3rdin the women’s 100m. Elaine Thompson- Hera ran 10.61s crushing Florence Griffith Joyner’s (Flo Jo) Olympic record of 10.62s. 

Not only did Elaine Thompson-Hera claim the fastest woman alive title in the 100m, but she also defended her 200m Olympic title making her the only woman to ever accomplish winning gold at consecutive Olympic games.

200m – Andre de Grasse

Andre de Grasse outperformed the Americans to place 1stin the 200m sprint. This came after 5 years of trying to secure a gold medal in the event. He ran a national record of 19.62 seconds, but he also became the first Canadian in nearly a century to win a gold medal in the event.

Shot Put- Ryan Crouser

Ryan Crouser the current World record and Olympic record holder came determined to make sure no one can challenge his records in the near future. Ryan, during the competition, broke his Olympic record 3 times.

According to USA Today, he is the first American to win consecutive Olympic gold medals in the event since 1952, when Parry O’Brien achieved same in 1952 and 1956.

Medal Count

Overall, the United States of America walked away with 113 medals in total. The Chinese took home 88 medals and Great Britain won 65 medals in total.

In terms of gold medals, United States won 39, China took home 38 and the host nation Japan a whopping 27 gold medals.

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