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Tokyo Olympics highlights day 6: More gold for Australia, China sets new world record, South Africa upsets Germany in hockey

By abc.net.au , in News Australia , at July 30, 2021 Tags: , , ,


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It’s been another huge day for Australia in the pool, while China has set a new world record in the women’s 4x200m freestyle relay.

Meanwhile, South Africa has caused one of the biggest upsets of the men’s hockey competition, knocking off powerhouse Germany in their pool B match today.

Here are the key moments so far from day 6.

Zac Stubblety-Cook storms home for gold

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Australia’s brilliant week in the Olympic pool continued on day 6 with Izaac Stubblety-Cook’s 200m breaststroke win. (

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Australian Izaac Stubblety-Cook came from behind to take out gold in the men’s 200m breaststroke final.

In third position at the 50m turn, Stubblety-Cook stormed home to set a new Olympic record time of 2:06.38.

Silver went to Dutch swimmer Arno Kamminga and bronze went to Finland’s Matti Mattsson.

The 22-year-old, who trains in Brisbane, swam a blistering back half of the race, recovering from a sluggish start that saw him in sixth at the first turn.

It is Australia’s seventh gold medal of the Games and its fifth victory in the pool.

Kyle Chalmers embraces Caeleb Dressel after epic 100m freestyle final

Kyle Chalmers finished second in an epic men’s 100m freestyle final, just pipped on the wall by American Caeleb Dressel.

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Australia’s Kyle Chalmers hugs Caeleb Dressel.(

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The pair shared a hug immediately after the race, further showcasing the respect held between rival athletes at the Olympic Games.

Chalmers recorded a time of 47.08 seconds, finishing just 0.06s behind the American, while the ROC’s Kliment Kolesnikov finished in third with a time of 47:44.

Chalmers told Channel Seven he did everything he could to defend his title.

“I gave everything I could. But you know, to win gold in 2016, come back and win silver, you know, it is great.”

China breaks world record in women’s 4x200m freestyle relay

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China wins the women’s 4x200m freestyle relay final and sets a new world record at the Tokyo Olympics.(

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China has set a new world record time in the women’s 4x200m freestyle relay final, holding off a fast-finishing USA to claim gold in the last final of the day in the pool.

Junxuan Yang, Yufei Zhang, Bingjie Li and Muhan Tang led from the start and although Australia took the lead midway through the race, Bingjie Li held on to win the gold in a record time of 7:40.33.

American Katie Ledecky closed the margin late with a strong final 200m to push the US team into second place for silver.

Australia claimed the bronze medal with Ariarne Titmus explaining to Channel Seven just how quick the race was.

“We were under our previous world record, so it was still a good swim from us,” she said.

“I mean, I would’ve liked to have done a bit more for the team. I feel like I should’ve been better. But it’s what you can do on the day and it’s been a big couple of days, so I’m happy to come away on the podium.”

Emma McKeon, Cate Campbell into 100m freestyle final

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Australia’s Emma McKeon is through to the women’s 100m freestyle final at the Tokyo Olympics.(

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Both our Aussie representatives will swim in the final for the women’s 100m freestyle after convincing swims in the semis.

Cate Campbell came in a close second in the first semi behind Siobhan Haughey from Hong Kong, and Emma McKeon asserted her dominance to come in first in the second semi.

They’ll line up in tomorrow’s final at about 11:59am.

Huge win for Australia in opening rugby sevens game

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Maddison Levi scored two tries against Japan in Australias opening match of rugby sevens at the Tokyo Olympics.(

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The Australian women’s rugby seven’s team have made the perfect start to their Olympics campaign, beating Japan 48-0 in their first pool match.

Emma Tonegato led the way for Australia with three tries, while Demi Hayes and Maddison Levi added two each.

Canada, who’s also tipped to go far in the competition, notched a big win earlier, defeating Brazil 33-0, while two-time reigning world champions New Zealand smashed Kenya 29-7.

Australia is back in action again against China at 6:30pm.

Saya Sakakibara and Lauren Reynolds qualify for BMX semi-finals

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Australia’s Saya Sakakibara is through to the semi-finals of the women’s BMX racing.(

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Two Australians will compete in tomorrow’s BMX racing semi-finals.

The quarter-final rounds began today in both the men’s and women’s events, with Aussie pair Lauren Reynolds and Saya Sakakibara both making it through to the final 16 of the women’s competition.

Both riders needed a good result in their third and final heat to progress, with a first place for Sakakibara and fourth for Reynolds enough to get both through.

In the men’s competition, Anthony Dean missed out on a semi-final place.

Hockeyroos remain undefeated after beating New Zealand

Australian hockey players celebrate after scoring a goal at the Tokyo Olympics.Australian hockey players celebrate after scoring a goal at the Tokyo Olympics.
The Hockeyroos had their fourth straight win in Tokyo over New Zealand one nil.(

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The Australian women’s hockey team have had their best start on record to an Olympic campaign.

The Hockeyroos continued their winning streak after beating New Zealand 1-0 in their Group B clash.

The deadlock was broken when Emily Chalker scored in the third quarter, delivering Australia its fourth consecutive win at an Olympics for the first time.

The Hockeyroos have ensured they’ll be in the final eight already claiming wins over Spain, China and Japan.

South Africa upsets Germany in men’s hockey

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South Africa’s men’s hockey team cause the upset of the competition so far with a win over Germany at the Tokyo Olympics.(

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South Africa has caused one of the upsets of the men’s hockey competition so far, defeating powerhouse Germany 4-3.

The 14th ranked side in the world came from behind to get the better of Germany — the sixth-ranked side in the world — in their pool B match earlier today.

Mustaphaa Cassiem scored in the 48th minute for South Africa, with the other three goals coming from Matthew Guise-Brown, Craig Keenan, Nic Spooner.

The win means the South African side still has a chance to reach the competition quarter-finals. 

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