Today at the Olympics: Europeans make a splash in rowing

Ancuta Bodnar and Simona Radis of Romania compete in the women's rowing double sculls final at the 2020 Summer Olympics, July 28, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan.
Ancuta Bodnar and Simona Radis of Romania compete in the women's rowing double sculls final at the 2020 Summer Olympics, July 28, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan. Copyright AP Photo/Lee Jin-man
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Today at the Olympics: Europeans make a splash in rowing


It's day five of the Tokyo Olympics and the morning kicked off with a lot of water action.

The rowing medal events finally started after being delayed a day because of bad weather.

Other events on Wednesday include swimming, diving, sailing, archery, badminton, tennis, judo, fencing, hockey, handball, sailing as well as weightlifting.

Here's a recap of the medals:


Romania’s Ancuta Bodnar and Simona Radis have won the first rowing gold medal of the Tokyo Games, in women’s double sculls. They bolted from the start and never let up in a dominating performance.

Silver went to New Zealand with the Netherlands' Roos de Jong and Lisa Scheenaard claiming bronze.

The men's double sculls went to France's Hugo Boucheron and Matthieu Androdias who held off a late charge from the Netherlands to win by 0.2 seconds and set a new Olympic record. China takes home the bronze medal.

Australian rowers broke Europeans' golden streak by securing gold medals in both the women's and men's coxless four. Europeans filled the rest of the podiums, with the Netherlands and Ireland claiming silver and bronze respectively on the women's side and Romania and Italy at the men's event.

Dutch athletes claimed the gold and set a new record in men's quadruple sculls with a sprint over the final 500 metres. Great Britain held off late charge by Australia to win silver.

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Dutch athletes pose with the gold medal following the men's rowing quadruple sculls final at the 2020 Summer Olympics, July 28, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan.AP Photo/Darron Cummings

The women's quadruple sculls event was however dominated by China, which smashed the world record by nearly two seconds. Poland won silver more than 6 seconds behind the Chinese. Australia won bronze for that country’s fourth medal of the day.


Australia's Ariarne Titmus won her second gold of the competition, this time at the women's 200m freestyle event.

Kristof Milak gave Hungary its second gold medal at the men's 200-meter butterfly event. Japan’s Tomoru Honda finished second and Italy's Federico Burdisso secured the bronze.

Victory at the women's individual medley was claimed by Japan's Yui Ohashi with Team USA filling the rest of the podium.

Katie Ledecky of Team USA has won the 1,500-meter freestyle, which made its Olympic debut for women this year. Her teammate Erica Sullivan takes home the silver medal while Germany's Sarah Kohler grabbed the bronze.

British men swam for gold in the 4x200m freestyle relay for the first time since the London Games...of 1908. The charge was led by 200m freestyle gold medalist Tom Dean with Duncan Scott, who grabbed silver in that event, swimming the anchor leg. Russia claimed silver and Australia the bronze.


The Netherlands are also a cycling powerhouse and they proved it once more with Annemiek van Vleuten roaring to victory in the women’s individual time trial, completing the 22.1- kilometre course in 30 minutes, 13.49 seconds.

Marlen Reusser of Switzerland finished more than 56 seconds back to earn the silver medal and van Vleuten’s teammate Anna van der Breggen earned bronze.

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Annemiek van Vleuten of The Netherlands competes during the women's cycling individual time trial at the 2020 Summer Olympics, July 28, 2021, in Oyama, Japan.AP Photo/Thibault Camus

The men's individual time trial was won by Slovenia's Primoz Roglic. He completed the 44.2 km course in 55 minutes and 04.19 seconds. The Netherlands's Tom Dumoulin and Australia's Dennis Rohan claimed the silver and bronze respectively.



Wang Zongyuan and Xie Siyi won the men’s 3-metre synchronised springboard, giving China its third gold medal in diving at the Tokyo Olympics.

Silver went to Team USA's Andrew Capobianco and Michael Hixon and bronze to Germany’s Patrick Hausding and Lars Rudiger.

Rugby Sevens

The Fiji men's team has beaten New Zealand 27-12 to successfully defend the title it won when rugby sevens made its Olympic debut at Rio de Janeiro in 2016.

The gold in Rio was Fiji’s first Olympic medal in any sport. Now the Pacific island nation has two.

Argentina claimed the bronze medal after inflicting a 17-12 defeat on Great Britain.



Chizuru Arai has won Japan’s sixth gold medal in judo at the Tokyo Olympics, beating Austria’s Michaela Polleres in the final of the women’s 70-kilogram middleweight division.

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Michaela Polleres of Austria, left, and Chizuru Arai of Japan compete in the women -70kg final of the judo match at the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics, Japan, July 28, 2021.AP Photo/Vincent Thian

Meanwhile, Georgia's Lasha Bekauri won the men's 90-kilogram middleweight event's gold medal by beating Germany's Eduard Trippel.


South Korea has beat Italy 45-26 to win the men’s team sabre fencing final. It's the South Koreans’ first gold of the Tokyo Olympics in a sport other than archery.

Hungary took the bronze with a 45-40 victory over Germany.

3x3 basketball

Latvia has won its first-ever Olympic medal – and it happens to be gold. They beat the Russian Olympic Committee team 21-18 in men’s 3x3 basketball. Serbia took bronze.


Introduced for the first time as an Olympic sport this year, the 3x3 format is a quicker version of the sport. The game is played on half court, with three players on each team, and with a smaller ball. Matches last 10 minutes or until a team scores 21 points before that.

Earlier in the day, the U.S Women’s team took gold in women’s 3x3 basketball, beating the Russian Olympic Committee team 18-15. China went home with the bronze medal.


China’s Shi Zhiyong won gold in men’s weightlifting, while setting two Olympic records along the way. He lifted 166kg in the snatch before lifting 198kg in the clean and jerk. With 364kg in total, Shi is the new world record holder. Venezuela’s Julio Ruben Mayora Pernia and Indonesia’s Rahmat Erwin Abdullah took silver and bronze respectively.


Germany's Jessica von Bredow-Werndl, riding the horse Tsf Dalera, won gold in dressage. Her compatriot Isabell Werth, on the horse Bella Rose 2, finished second. Britain’s Charlotte Dujardin, riding Gio, took the bronze medal.

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