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Olympic News: Rugby players cause scandal with riots in the Olympic Village
The Summer Olympics in Tokyo are in full swing. 206 nations, for 16 days, 33 sports. A firework of emotions and top performances.
But the games are also negatively in focus. Rising numbers of infections in Japan’s capital as well as various infections among athletes raised critical voices.
“Tokyo 2020” is nevertheless an international sporting event in which sporting excellence is once again called upon and, in the best case, records are broken. Or as the German diver Patrick Hausding put it: “No matter how you take the Olympic Games, they will be special games.” In the meantime, German athletes have already been able to win some medals.
Medal mirror of the German Olympic athletes
- Gold: 8
- Silver: 8
- Bronze: 14
10.50am: Australian rugby and football teams destroy hotel rooms in the Olympic Village
Rugby is arguably one of the most popular sports in Australia, which explains the frustration that the “Aussies” have been eliminated in the quarter-finals. But this is not an excuse for the misconduct in the Olympic Village. The team apparently rioted together with the footballers in their hotel rooms.
As the National Olympic Committee of Australia (AOC) announced, the athletes destroyed their beds in the Olympic Village. On the return flight on July 30, they are also said to have behaved “unacceptably”.
The team is said to have been noticed by excessive alcohol consumption. In addition, they are said to have ignored the instructions of the aircraft crew and did not wear masks. One of the players is even said to have vomited in an airplane toilet.
Matt Carroll, the general secretary of the AOC, condemned the misconduct: “This is extremely disappointing, but both the rugby and football departments have told me that such behaviour is certainly not acceptable in their sport and have credibly apologised to the Australian Olympic team.”
Australian delegation leader Ian Chesterman says: “Some young people have made a mistake”. However, there should be no disciplinary measures, as the athletes have apologized.
12.45 pm: Simone Biles wins bronze in Olympic gymnastics comeback
The American gymnast Simone Biles has impressively returned to the international stage and took 3rd place on the balance beam and thus the bronze medal. After her athletic break, which she took because of mental problems, this success is surprising. Only the Chinese Guan Chenchen and Tang Xijing were stronger than the record world champion from Texas.
A week ago (27 July), Biles cancelled the women’s team all-around in gymnastics and cancelled his participation in the following individual competitions. “The love and support have made me realize that I am more than my successes and gymnastics, which I never really believed before”, writes the 24-Year-old afterwards on Instagram.
In 2016, she won four gold medals in Rio de Janeiro. The international gymnastics world once again expected countless gold medals for the athlete. In the all-around, however, she lost her bearings during a jump and did not see herself able to bring the competition to an end. On the balance beam, she therefore dispensed with any kind of screws.
8.30 am: With the last attempt – long jump star Mihambo wins gold
The world champion Malaika Mihambo has achieved a golden precision landing in the long jump thriller of Tokyo. In the Olympic final, the 27-year-old from the LG Kurpfalz triumphed on Tuesday in the last attempt with 7.00 meters. Silver went to the leading four-time world champion and London Olympic champion Brittney Reese from the USA with 6.97 meters ahead of the world year’s best Ese Brume from Nigeria. It is the second medal for the German track and field athletes after silver of the Potsdam discus thrower Kristin Pudenz.
5.30 pm: Rotter-Focken crowns career with gold, Pudenz surprisingly wins silver
Two German athletes surprised with their performance on Monday. First, wrestler Aline Rotter-Focken crowned her career and won in the lastIn the fight of her career the Olympic final up to 76 kilograms with 7:3 against the favorite Adeline Gray (USA). The 30-year-old is the first German Olympic champion in women’s wrestling. “It doesn’t matter that they’re Corona games and it doesn’t matter that we have to wear masks. The emotions are the same”, she said after her historic victory.
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Discus thrower Kristin Pudenz surprisingly took silver and set her personal best with 66.86 meters. The competition had to be interrupted for an hour due to rain. For the German discus throwers, it was the first medal since the 1996 Games in Atlanta.
Lea-Sophie Friedrich and Emma Hinze also took silver in the team sprint. The duo was only 0.085 seconds short of the Chinese team.
Rider Julia Krajeweski expanded the gold series of eventing riders and won the fourth individual gold in a row for Germany.
11.10 a.m.: British gold winner knits calmly on Olympic grandstand
The diver Tom Daley won the Olympic gold medal in the jump from the 10-meter tower last Monday together with his dubbing partner. Afterwards, the 27-year-old was able to sit back and relax and watch the 3-metre diving from the stands. But instead of following the competition attentively, the Olympic champion opted for knitting – pictures of it were celebrated in social networks.
After his Olympic victory, he proudly presented his latest work of art on Instagram: a self-knitted mini bag – for his gold medal. “Now I can carry my medal around with me without it being scratched,” the 27-year-old explained in the video.
Tom Daley is known for his handicraft talent: The Olympic star has already mentioned his hobby in his book “Tom Daley’s Life”, which is about how to live healthy and relaxed. His love of knitting and crochet kept him “in his right mind” during the games, explains the 27-year-old.
11.50 a.m.: Alexander Zverev wins gold in Tokyo
Alexander Zverev is the first German Olympic champion in men’s singles. The tennis professional from Hamburg won the final against the Russian Karen Khachanov 6-3, 6-1 in Tokyo on Sunday and celebrated the greatest success of his career and at the same time writes history. Zverev was seeded fourth in his Olympic debut and was thus considered a medal candidate for Japan. But it was not to be expected that he would win gold.
Tommy Haas won the last German medal in the men’s singles 21 years ago in Sydney. In the women’s race, Angelique Kerber finished second at the 2016 Rio Olympics. Previously, Boris Becker/Michael Stich won gold in doubles in Barcelona in 1992 and Steffi Graf in 1988 in singles.
11.13 a.m.: Simon Geschke leaves quarantine hotel
Professional cyclist Simon Geschke was finally allowed to return home eight days after his positive corona test shortly before the start of the Olympic Games. Like every morning for the past eight days, the 35-year-old was woken up at 7 a.m. by the quarantine hotel’s loudspeakers to measure fever. Afterwards we finally went back to Germany, including a surprise at the airport. “And just when you think it’s getting better… you arrive at the airport and no beer is sold,” the 35-year-old joked via Twitter.
The 35-year-old described the trip to Tokyo as “the most useless trip of my career”. He even felt like he was in jail, Geschke said on Saturday. Furthermore, he criticized the handling and the conditions in the quarantine hotel, as well as no alternatives to the hotel. Unlike the footballers. Thomas Müller was flown to Germany in a private jet after his positive test in February. “Football is a different world. In Germany, too, you always feel like a second-class athlete if you don’t play football,” said Geschke. The professional cyclist tested positive shortly before his competition in Tokyo, although he is vaccinated.
10.22 a.m.: “Hulk” at the shot put: Raven Saunders with eye-catching mouthguard
Green skin, red gums, white biters: The mouth-nose protection of shot putter Raven Saunders has attracted attention in the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo. The 25-year-old American with the half green and half pink dyed short hair herself too. “The Hulk” is only called Saunders, who competed with this eye-catching mouth-nose protection. In contrast to the Comic figure, who is actually a normal citizen without a tantrum, the idiosyncratic athlete had no reason to annoy on Sunday. Saunders (19.79 meters) took silver behind China’s Gong Lijiao (20.58) and then posed flirtatiously with the U.S. flag.
13:46: After semi-final defeat against Zverev: Djokovic loses all medal chances
Novak Djokovic missed out on the bronze medal in singles at the Olympic tennis tournament. The world number one also lost to Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta 4-6, 7-6 (8-6), 3-6 a day after his semi-final defeat against Germany’s number one Alexander Zverev. A little later, the Serb cancelled his participation in the bronze match in mixed doubles due to a shoulder injury. “I very much regret that I didn’t win a medal for my country,” said the 34-year-old, who failed to defeat Zverev in his fight for the Golden Slam on Friday.
10.19 am: Olympic champion repairs canoe with condom
Australian slalom canoe Jessica Fox has won gold in the Canadian at the Olympic Games. Ahead of Britain’s Mallory Franklin and Germany’s Andrea Herzog, who won bronze. The Australian has a very special secret of success: condoms.
Fox showed her fans on Instagram how to repair her damaged canoes. In case of dents or minor problems on the boat, the leak is first stuffed with a carbon mixture. After that, the condom is pulled over the tip. So that no water runs in. She wrote, “I bet you didn’t know condoms can help with kayak repairs.”
08.29 a.m.: US swimmer raises doping allegations against double Olympic champions
The American backstroke swimmer Ryan Murphy has expressed doubts about the cleanliness of the race after Olympic silver over 200 meters. “When I am asked such a question, I have about 15 thoughts,” said the 26-year-old on the subject of doping concerns. “13 of them would get me into big trouble.” Murphy added: “I try not to get caught up in it. It’s a huge mental strain for me all year round to know that I’m swimming in a race that’s probably not clean, and it is.”
Murphy had finished second behind russian Yevgeny Rylov in Tokyo on Friday. At a press conference with the other medalists on Friday, Murphy said he did not want to make any accusations and congratulated Rylow. The winner did not want to comment on Murphy’s statements because he had not heard them. “I was always in favour of clean competitions. I’ve always been tested,” Rylow said. He is for “clean sport”.