Sky Brown’s skateboard bronze was followed by silver and bronze medals for Team GB’s Ben Whittaker and Frazer Clarke in the boxing.
Sky Brown, 13, has won a bronze medal in the women’s skateboard event – making her Great Britain’s youngest ever medallist – as Team GB secured further medals in boxing.
The teenage skateboarder had qualified in second place for the final at the Ariake Urban Park, with a best score of 57.40.
After falling in her first two runs of the final, she nailed her last attempt with a score of 56.47 to finish behind Japanese pair Sakura Yosozumi, 19, and Kokona Hiraki, 12.
Yosozumi topped the podium with a score of 60.09, while Hiraki’s 59.04 proved enough for her to claim silver – eclipsing Brown to become the youngest Olympic medallist in 85 years.
It comes as Team GB’s Ben Whittaker won a boxing silver medal in the light heavyweight final.Advertisement
The 24-year-old from Wolverhampton lost to Cuba’s Arlen Lopez in the gold medal 81kg final at Tokyo 2020.
He spoke of his disappointment, telling the BBC: “You don’t win silver, you lose gold. I’m very disappointed with myself, I didn’t perform well. Of course, [Lopez] is a class operator – two-time Olympic gold medallist now but I’m very disappointed. I feel like a failure.
“You’re in this game to win gold, not win silver. I’m very upset, but this feeling will stick with me now. I don’t want to feel like this again.”
Nevertheless, Whittaker has been hailed as a hero at home in Wolverhampton with the mayor Greg Brackenridge promising the boxer “a day with the mayoral chains”.
It follows an interview with the boxer in which he revealed a desire to become mayor of the city.
Mr Brackenridge said his phone has not stopped ringing since Whittaker’s comment after his quarter-final fight.
He added: “I think he has earned a day with the mayoral chains.”
And earlier this morning, fellow Briton Frazer Clarke, 29, secured a bronze medal after losing to Bakhodir Jalolov of Uzbekistan in the semi-finals of the men’s super heavyweight boxing.
Sky Brown replaces Sarah Hardcastle as Britain’s youngest summer Games medallist. The swimmer was aged 15 years and 113 days when she won silver and bronze in Los Angeles.
She also overtakes silver medal-winning figure skater Cecilia Colledge, who turned 15 just a couple of months before the 1936 Garmisch-Partenkirchen Games.
After her heats, Brown told the BBC: “That was insane. It is crazy. It is crazy to be here, and skating with all the girls has been really fun.
“Everyone has been ripping. It is awesome to be here. I didn’t think about the scores. But I am really stoked on that score – very stoked.
Brown’s achievement is all the more remarkable for the fractured skull and broken bones she suffered during a horrific fall in training last year.
The teenager posted a video clip of the fall on her Instagram account, which has approaching one million followers, along with the message: “I’m excited to come back even stronger and even tougher. My heart wants to go so hard right now.”
CEO of Skateboard GB James Hope-Gill told Sky’s Kay Burley: “One of the messages Sky wants to give is it doesn’t matter how old you are, how big or small, girl or boy, go for your dreams. If you work hard and are committed you can achieve anything.”2020 Summer Olympics MedalsBY COUNTRYBY SPORT
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Brown, who was born in Miyazaki, Japan, to a Japanese mother and British father, competed at the US Open in 2016 at the age of eight, and first chose to compete for Great Britain in 2018.
She warmed up for the Games by winning gold in the prestigious X Games last month, although neither of her key Olympic challengers, Okamoto and Hiraki, were present.
Hiraki was first up of the major contenders in qualifying amid the hottest day of the Games so far, with the temperature tipping 32C with 90% humidity.
Elsewhere, Great Britain failed to retain their Olympic women’s hockey title following defeat by the Netherlands in the semi-finals.
Reigning world champions the Netherlands secured a 5-1 victory and will go for gold on Friday, while GB will go for bronze.
Italy broke its own world record in beating Denmark to win the gold medal in men’s team pursuit at the Tokyo Olympics.
And in athletics, the USA’s Sydney McLaughlin broke her own world record to take gold in the women’s 400m hurdles.
Britain’s Katarina Johnson-Thompson sits fifth overall after three events in the heptathlon.
Polish Olympian auctions medal to pay for a baby’s heart surgery
An Olympic silver medalist from Poland put her medal up for auction to help pay for an 8-month-old baby’s heart surgery, but the winning bidder turned the tables and let her keep it.Javelin thrower Maria Andrejczyk won one of her country’s 14 medals in Tokyo, and she was determined to help a stranger in some way, according to her Facebook page.
Andrejczyk, 25, discovered a fundraiser for little Miloszek Malysa, who suffers from a rare heart condition and will need surgery to survive. She decided to auction the medal and donate the money to Miloszek’s family.
Polish convenience store chain Zabka Polska ponied up 125,000 dollars as the winning bid, and then said in a Facebook post that it would let Andrejczyk keep the medal.
The fundraiser for Miloszek on a Polish GoFundMe-type site was more than 90-per-cent complete as of Tuesday night.
Andrejczyk finished fourth in the javelin competition at the Rio 2016 Olympics. In 2018, she was diagnosed with cancer, but battled back to win silver in Tokyo.
Ghana secure 4x100m relay final spot with National Record
Ghana’s men’s 4x100m relay team booked their spot in the finals of the men’s 4x100m relays with a blistering run in their heat that secured the quartet a new national record in the event.
The quartet of Sean Safo-Antwi, Benjamin Azamati, Emmanuel Yeboah and Joseph Paul Amoah, finished 5th in a very fast heat with a time of 38.08s.
But despite their 5th place finish, their time was fast enough to secure them a place in Friday’s final.
The Olympic debutants slashed 0.04s off the previous record which stood at 38.12s, set at the 1997 World Championships in Greece by the quartet of Abu Duah, Eric Nkansah, Aziz Zakari and Emmanuel Tuffour.
Safo-Antwi got off the blocks quickly before Azamati’s blistering run on the back straight set up Emmanuel Yeboah for a smooth bend.
When he handed off to Joseph Paul Amoah, Ghana looked in the mix of a very competitive field that included the United States, Canada, China and Italy but the Coppin State University student held on to finish ahead of the Americans who were fast closing in on him.
China won Heat 2; Italy, with the individual 100m champion Marcell Jacobs finished 2nd; and 200m champion Andre De Grasse powered Canada to a 3rd place finish to secure the automatic places.
Germany, who finished 4th, also booked their ticket along with 5th placed Ghana.
The men’s 4x100m final is slated for 13:50GMT on Friday.
Tokyo 2020: Elaine Thompson-Herah completes sprint double after winning 200m final
Elaine Thompson-Herah confirmed her place among the pantheon of sprint greats as she secured an unprecedented women’s 100m-200m double-double with a sensational victory over the longer distance in Tokyo.
The 29-year-old Jamaican surged home in 21.53 seconds, just .19 seconds off Florence Griffith Joyner’s long-standing world record, to back up her individual golds from Rio 2016.
It is the second-fastest time in history.
Trailing in her draft, Namibian teenager Christine Mboma, who was barred from her favoured 400m two weeks before the Games on account of her naturally high testosterone levels, took silver in 21.81.
Gabrielle Thomas, the American champion, took bronze in 21.87.
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