Today’s Tokyo 2020 Olympics event program included a lot of mixed gender team events that were new for Tokyo. Were they successful? We were surprised our reactions to them!
Also on today’s docket:
- Archery – Competition closed with a must-watch event
- Athletics – Meet the Swedish Viking
- Badminton – Funky moves central
- Beach Volleyball – TKFLASTANI update!
- Cycling – BMX Freestyle
- Equestrian – TKFLASTANI update!
- Judo – How about that mixed team?
- Rugby – Women’s medal matches are a must-watch event!
- Sailing – TKFLASTANI update!
- Swimming – More mixed relay fun
- Tennis – No fans might be a good thing
- Trampoline Gymnastics
- Triathlon – Another mixed relay
- Water Polo
Plus, our popular segments:
- Where’s Marnie McBean?
- What Officiating/Volunteer Roles Would We Want?
- TKFLASTAN Watch
- Fantasy League/Brackets Update
- What’s Up with Mike and Maya?
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Jill: [00:00:00] Olympic fans and lovers of welcome to keep the flame alive with the podcast for fans of the Olympics and Paralympics. I am your host. Jill Jaris joined as always by my lovely co-host Alison brown, Alison Konnichiwa. I am a
Alison: Swedish Viking.
Jill: Somebody watched discuss
Jill: Swedish biking. All right. Uh, it’s been a hugely busy day, especially now that we have the crossover going on with swimming still happening and athletic starting.
And there’s a big, final happened on day two of competition, which is just mind blowing to me, but we will get to that in this. Followup file time. Our BMX racer Connor fields had a brain hemorrhage hemorrhage at the venue when he crashed and he sustained a brain bleed. He is out of the ICU. They have scanned him.
They found no other new injuries, but he’s still in the hospital. His father has said he is cognitively doing well. Like he knows names. He knows his birthday. He knows him. He knows some basic facts. So that is good. Connor, we’re still pulling for you to make a quick recovery on this. Uh, Simone Biles has withdrawn from the vault and uneven pars competitions on the women’s artistic gymnastics, individual metals, um, McKayla Skinner.
We’ll move into the vault competition and, uh, McKayla’s from the U S and Melanie to Hasis Del Santos from France. We’ll move into the uneven bars. Kiana news reported that Japan won its first Olympic fencing gold and set a record with 17 gold medals at a single Olympics by winning that at bay competition.
So they’ve set their record. Yes. And we’re only in week one. I know it’s so exciting. I did see a story in the Kyoto news that Merck is now selling very well in Japan, which is kind of a relief. It’s one of those now that the games were started and that Japan is doing so well, people are very excited about the games.
Now we got a text from listener, Nick, and he was talking, uh, referring to when we talked about the successes of team GB and that this could be the London legacy starting to manifest itself. So. Wanted to remind us that that remember the slogan of those games was inspire a generation.
Alison: And later on, I’ve got a little follow-up on that as well when we got to the competition.
Jill: excellent. So thank you so much, Nick. You know, you can text us too. And we are at 2 0 8 3 5 2 6 3 4 8. All right. Where is Marnie McBean today?
Alison: So Marnie has been to trampoline, track and field swimming triathlon, and she’s expressed her extreme frustration that she can’t figure out how to cheer at sailing with her drum.
Cause the boats won’t hear her.
Jill: It’s too bad. She needs like a megaphone attached to the drum broadcast itself. Colvin updates inside the games reported that there is a participant who has been stripped of their credentials after breaking COVID-19 rules because they went sightseeing. So somebody who is re game-related, the organizers are not saying who they were living in the village.
Don’t know if it’s an athlete, coach or team official. Tokyo 2020 also confirmed that, uh, judoka had visited Tokyo tower. So we don’t know if that’s the same person or not. COVID cases are rising, not great. The prime minister has said that there’s been no real link between the Olympics and the rising infection rates in Tokyo because of pretty much a bubble and no fans being anywhere so far.
We’ve got at least 246 people who have Olympic credentials who have tested positive for coronavirus while they were in Japan.
No. I was wondering when I’d get to start really using that, uh, the athletes integrity unit announced that blessing from Nigeria was pulled out of the semi-finals of the hundred meter. Sprint because she had tested positive for human growth hormone, but this is from an out of competition test that happened on July 19th.
So it’s before the games and thankfully they pulled her out of her race before the finals happened. Don’t know if this is the start or if this is going to be one isolated incident. I hope for the former. Alright. How is our fantasy league doing? Oh boy. Shola stone is still heads and tails above everyone else.
With 511 points. Uh, PSO Patrick from [00:05:00] green bay has moved into second place with 180 8 and Colibri is at 180 1. I have dropped onto fifth.
Alison: I’m in six.
Jill: Okay, well, Hey, we’re together. That’s good. Exactly. As it should be. And brackets shall Istan coming up. He is tied me for 100 and the Olympic fan Dan is right behind us at 90.
All right. Moving on to what officiating or volunteer job would we like to do? Do you have one for today?
Alison: I want to be the water girl at triathlon.
Jill: Oh, this is handing out the water at, during the, during the run or something. Yeah. So they,
Alison: you know, they stand there with their arms out with the water and then they cheer the people on I’m like useful and cheerleader.
I love it.
Jill: I found a job in sailing that I would like, and it is on the officials boat. So before the race, they have, uh, like a five-minute countdown. So they, they tell the boats, you have five minutes to race and then. There is a person who raises a flag with the minute number that they’re on so that the sailors can see the flag.
So it’ll be like five. And then when there are four minutes to race, they change the flag to four and then they change it to three. The pressure
Alison: you have, you got to get that thing up quick.
Jill: Yeah. Yeah. I have
Alison: begun to see a, a pattern forming with our job.
Jill: You want the cheering ones and the helping ones?
Alison: No, I definitely prefer the people contact ones and the taking care of people.
And you prefer pressure, but not with people safety. Hm, so you like a pressure job, but you want to like shoot the gun and raise the flag. And I want to take care of people,
Jill: some fashion. Hmm. Something to look for in week two onto our segment. What is up with Mike and Maya, Mike and Maya of the Toyota first date, add fame that we see approximately.
3000 times a day. So today, what is up with Mike and Maya?
Alison: Well, I’m a little concerned that Maya is taller than Mike. Oh, if you look at them, I mean, obviously it’s hard to tell since Mike is a robot, but Maya looks like she would be taller. So maybe him being on the crutches allowed Maya to say, yeah,
Jill: Oh, you think this is a pity?
Alison: No, I don’t think it’s a pity thing, but like, she didn’t want people to make fun of her, that she was going with somebody shorter than Shea, because she, you know, middle school girls who hit that growth spurt are really insecure about that.
Jill: Yes. Yes. I understand that one, but he’s on crutches. So
Alison: he’s going to look shorter regardless of whether he is shorter
Jill: or not.
Hmm. That’s interesting. I think he is a ways from his gross part, but he will. We’ve we’ve discussed this greatly because we talked about why, but Ben and I talked about why was Mike and what happened to his leg? And I said, oh, that is a tib fib spiral fracture from the soccer tournament where he pivoted on the grass and his, his.
Foot did not pivot well. And so he spiraled out and broke everything.
Alison: Well, I have another theory on his injury, but I’m going to hold that.
Jill: Okay. Okay. Cause Ben thought maybe basketball at first I said, no, no, no. He is a few years from his Grossberg then he will get into basketball. So if you have theories about Mike and Maya, please let us know.
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Your pet could be our masks. And there’s more and you got to hurry and jump on those mascots. There’s only two slots available. So check it out at kickstarter.com/profile/flame alive pod. [00:10:00] All right. What a day we have had in terms of competition, starting with archery. Oh, if you have not watched the men’s individual quarter-final semi-finals and metal matches, you need to go back and watch this.
This is the first time since 2012, that the Korean national Anthem has not been played for a, an archery metal. I know. Wow. And the other yesterday, I don’t even know when I watched this, but, uh, Kim who is, uh, Korea’s a big Archer on the men’s side. He had shot a perfect game. His heart rate was barely cracking a hundred.
And he lost in the quarter-finals.
Alison: Wow. Right.
Jill: It was so, so weird that that happened. And then, uh, U S A’s Brady Ellison, who was also a heavy, favorite to win lost in the semi-finals. And the announcer was talking how we talked about this the other day. How Brady really thrived on having fans in the stands.
And maybe that was something that was throwing him off a little bit, cause he just was off or holding onto arrows really long. So who knows how that affected him? The gold went to turkeys, met the Gonzo’s silver went to Italy’s Moronez poli and Japan’s for one bronze. This is Turkey’s first ever medal in archery.
Alison: I feel like we’ve been saying that a lot. This is this country’s first metal.
Jill: Yeah. And he shot so well. He was the one who actually took out birdie. Ellison.
Alison: Yeah. Brady Ellison. I remember you saying in the mixed event was off, so he’s just not feeling it for whatever reason, you know, you’re allowed to have a bad tournament.
It’s unfortunate when it happens at the Olympics.
Jill: Exactly. And remember, at the beginning of the tournament, people were shooting. Twos and fives and really weird numbers for that level of play. But it, as we’ve gone on, it’s been more consistently. Like if you get a seven that’s considered just out of the ordinary.
Um, so, um, we should be able to talk with our shipper. Sistani had official Hannah Brown who can hopefully tell them. What went on those first few days of competition and how that works? I think I saw her on the feed last night. Oh, well, I would
Alison: expect she would be in the front line. Not
Jill: sure she would because she’s the head official.
And usually when they shouldn’t, and I will say that OBS has been very good about showing every, all the officials for every match, but I thought I saw her and I was like, kind of, I think we ended on the big screen. So it was like, oh, you need to go back and look at that tomorrow. And then.
Alison: Now that you say that I remember she said, if we see her it’s because there’s a problem
Jill: moving on to athletics, qualifying rounds.
And then, uh, we had, the disc is final. We had the four by 400 mixed relay final and the women’s 100 meter final yesterday. So, uh, you’ve watched discuss, I
Alison: watched discuss.
Um, on the one hand, it was very ordinary tournament, people being awesome. But two
Alison: were on top of the podium and, you know, Daniel star starts yelling how he’s a Swedish Viking. They start singing some Swedish songs after they went. I don’t know where all the Swedes in the stands came from. Cause I don’t expect that the athletics team from Sweden is huge, but they were loud.
So all you need to do is watch the celebration. It was fun.
Jill: Yeah. Daniel stalls throw that, won him. The gold was the fourth furthest throw in Olympics. And then Lucas hiding gear from Austria one, the Browns. I only, too. I turned on athletics and they were on like the last two throws. So I didn’t see very much, but I got confirmation from somebody that, yes, the little autonomous cars are delivering the discus.
It might’ve been listener Don and I think it was an Ambien. For this one, because
Alison: there’s different little vehicles, as we’ve noticed, there’s the bus, there is, uh, something that looks like a minivan. So I did not see it on the feed. I was too busy watching the sweets.
Jill: I’m angry. Cause I know we should save this for rugby talk, but they stopped showing the ball delivery during the rugby games.
And that made me very. Come on OBS, don’t take away all the fun
Alison: Toyota paid good money to get
Jill: those little cars on the field. Right. Um, for the mixed four by 400 meter relay after we taped yesterday, uh, we had reported that the U S got [00:15:00] disqualified, but then they got re they appealed and got reinstated because apparently official, they lined up weird for the, the second handoff.
And so one. Out of the zone, basically, I believe. And that was because an official told them to be there. And so that’s it as an officiating error, the USA team got reinstated and in the finals, Poland surprised everyone and themselves by winning the gold Dominican Republic when silver and USA won the bronze and that silver bronze thing was a, just a lien at the finished.
One at four Dominican Republic and then the USA, the USA runner kind of patted him on the back. And I think it was what the announcers were saying. It looked like he was just saying congratulations a little bit, but it kind of, he was off balance. The Dominican runner was, and he just went flying, but that was something good job for Poland, man.
Alison: Again, a country you don’t expect. To be winning metals are winning metals and events that we don’t normally see, which is fantastic.
Jill: Exactly. Did you see the women’s 100 meters? I
Alison: watched it after I already knew the results.
Jill: Okay. So you did not see the whole run-up to it. So they had a big light show for this, and I want to see if they have it for other distances too.
So what the, the light shows. Lit up every, every, the whole track was in the dark except for the a hundred meter strip. And then they would have little light designs on it and it went on for a few minutes, but then it would be like the rings would show up and they’d kind of move around a little bit and different blocks would show up blocks of light would show up and they would move around.
It was some of the, well, like the announcer said, this is something I’ve never seen before at a track meet. So I think, you know, they’re trying to drum up the excitement. It would have been cool with fans in this. Like
Alison: look over here. There’s about to be a very important exactly.
Jill: Brought your attention. And so, and then, then the track went dark and then they put the spotlights on the runners.
Alison: Imagine if the track, you know, if the stadium goes to. In the middle of a throwing competition.
Jill: Yeah. I think they have this, this race when all the throwing was done,
Alison: because that could, that could end very badly. The Swedish Viking could just take that disc as in a harlot right. At someone’s head.
Jill: But you know what I think all the visually impaired para athletes would be like now, you know what?
Alison: it’d be interesting to see if they do similar things
Jill: at past. That would be interesting. So, yeah, I wondered if the, is this just a hundred meter dash because that’s, you know, a marquee event. Yes. So, uh, Jamaica, sweat. Elaine Thompson hair out one gold Shelley and Fraser Frazier price one silver N Sharika Jackson, one.
Alison: Can we just say Sally and Fraser price is like the Energizer bunny she’s been around forever and it’s just so good for so long. Momma coming back after baby. When in a silver.
Jill: Moving on to badminton. We’re down to, uh quarter-finals and semi-finals and various competitions, but the men’s doubles finished up gold, went to Lee yang and Wang, Sheila Lynn from Taipei.
China when the silver, that was Lee, June Howie and Lee, Leo, you Chen and bronze went to Malaysia’s Shia Aaron. And so wool will Yik who upset Indonesia. And I saw a chunk of this game. It was really good. One of the Malaysian players was like hitting the birdie between his. Like it was coming straight at him and he just whipped his butt, whipped his racket behind him and threw his legs and hit the birdie back over the net.
That’s. Unbelievable and baseball action, Japan beat Mexico seven, four, and the USB Korea for to, to, uh, both Japan and the U S are undefeated. Uh, Dominican Republican Korea are one-on-one Mexico and Israel both have an O and two record. The knockout stage starts. In basketball. We, the men did some group play and we are getting closer to the end of group playing qualifying.
So we will have more news on that tomorrow beach volleyball, E Kelly place and her partner, Sarah responsible, defeated, and a Patricia and Rebecca from Brazil, which was a higher ranked team. They beat them two to one. Clay since Sponsler undefeated right now. Right. And they look
Alison: good. They look good in this match.
It was, [00:20:00] they were playing much more confidently coming back from behind and not being as, uh, inconsistent as they were in their first match.
Jill: Yeah, they did look good. And, and thinking on the fly to put things in the right places on the court where Brazil could not get to. That was really good.
Alison: And Kelly has said that her braids are in fact sailor moon braids.
That is very intentional
Jill: and nice. Nice. The nice thing is that they have moved on to the round of 16. They will face Canadians Bensley and Wilkerson. And the good thing was that they’re beating Brazil, put them into a better place in the bracket so that they won’t have to face. Higher ranked teams for a while.
And probably a while. I mean, like maybe one game, but that is super exciting boxing. We started to get our first metals and they are bronzes. So this is another sport with two bronze medals. The women’s featherweight bronzes went to Nesty Patricio from Philippines and to Japan Erie center. Uh, moving on to cycling BMX freestyle, they had seating for the park tournament, uh, USA as Hannah Roberts is seated first and on the men’s side, Australia’s Logan Martin is got the top seat.
Alison: I’m a little concerned about all of this park and street style sport. We talked about it with skateboarding, and now we’re talking with BMX. Are we encouraging people to ride bicycles and skateboards where they shouldn’t be.
Jill: I don’t know because usually stuff like that has signage everywhere. At least in the
Alison: us, you know, we going to be taken out pedestrians, but I’m going to be an Olympian
Jill: don’t know in diving the women’s three meter springboard competition had its semi-final.
So going into the finals at the top three are China’s Xing T Mau China’s Wong Hahn, and Canada’s Jennifer Abel. And a question we did have another day of eventing dressage. So it was team an individual. Some of the people who are on teams also compete in the individual and some of the individuals do not compete in the team competition.
So they’re run at the same time. Phillip Dutton is sitting in 16th in the individual event and team USA is an eighth in the team event. Go shuffle. In fencing, the women’s saber team competition was held and ROC won gold, France won silver and Korea one. In men’s football action. It was the quarter finals.
So Spain to Japan and New Zealand had a zero, zero tie, but Japan, one in the penalty shootout four to two Brazil, beat Egypt, one, nothing and Mexico beat Korea. Six, three, the semi-finals will happen on Tuesday. It will be Mexico versus Brazil and Japan. Spain,
Alison: could you imagine what’s going to happen during that semifinal with Mexico and Brazil in Mexico in Brazil,
Jill: it will be
That’ll be fun. There’s a, uh, a Brazilian restaurant near me. I think I might go hang out and watch the came there. That’ll be fun
Jill: and golf. The men’s individual stroke play head around.
Moving on to handball. We are still ungrouped play. I want about a half of the women’s Norway versus Netherlands game, and then had to leave before it and to start taping the show. But, uh, Norway was. And they stayed up and beat Netherlands 29, 27. That was a really intense game back and forth with some really beautiful goals like bounced in or in the corners.
So that was really cool on the men’s side, moving on to the knockout rounds are France, Spain, Denmark, Egypt, Sweden, Norway, and Portugal are still there in position, but on the bubble on the women’s side, Norway, Netherlands, Sweden and ROC, or moving on Montenegro, Japan, Spain and Brazil are all in the mix.
And hockey again. I still have not gotten to watch hockey, but not to worry because moving on to the knockout stage, Australia will play Netherlands. Germany will play Argentina. Ha like in my brain, this is a rematch of 1948. India will play great Britain and Belgium will play Spain. Oh,
Alison: you’ve got to watch the India great Britain match.
Jill: And I will break out in song in random parts there. And I might have to open some champagne [00:25:00] with it, just as a nod to gold. The movie we watched a movie. Um, the women’s side, the knockout match-ups will be Netherlands versus New Zealand, Spain versus great Britain, Germany versus Argentina and Australia versus India.
Juno. We had the mixed team event, which is new for Tokyo 2020. We started watching the early stages of this. It’s a really interesting event. So it’s each country picks six people. And if there’s a tie, they pull a name out of a hat for the tiebreaker match out of a hat. And I didn’t get to see any of this.
I don’t know. I have to go back and look to see, to look at the scores, to see if that really came, had to happen, but we want Japan versus Germany. This is like the second round, the quarter finals. Uh, you thought that Japan would just walk all over Germany, but they were down in the first couple of matches and it, it took a few to get them back up and it was just, it was really exciting and the venue was actually pretty loud for so few people being in there.
And you had to imagine like the, the feed announcer says, imagine 11,000 people in here for this. And they all be cheering like crazy. Gold went to France. Silver went to Japan and the bronzes went to Israel in Germany. So I am definitely going back to try to find that gold medal match up because those are two really tough teams.
And I’m sure Japan losing was a point of disappointment. In rugby, the women’s tournament is over. We have a new champion in New Zealand. They’ve won their first metal, four Olympic rugby. So her Ray for them go silver ferns. They win the gold. France wins a silver and Fiji wins, uh, beat great Britain to win the Browns.
Alison: I watched both semi-finals in the final and the semifinal between. New Zealand and Fiji went to overtime. Yes. And that was just insane. And the Fijians were so heartbroken when they
Jill: lost, they were, and there was a missed pass. Right at the end. So Fiji was really close to their try line. And before, instead of getting tackled, one of the Fijian players toss the ball to someone who is very close to her and the ball went right through her hands and dropped.
And that went to a New Zealand turnover, which. Might’ve ended up in a try because that kind of tied it up and that I thought, oh boy, here we go. That’s going to be the end of Fiji. But they managed to. Make sure they were tied at the end at least, but that extra time,
Alison: and then the French, uh, British game also so intense and we all know how I love a good nickname.
Uh, Jasmine Joyce is the Welsh wizard and apparently she’s little by rugby standard. I don’t know what the heck those standards are, but she’s very fast and very so I’m sad that this is one of those matches or the semi-final finals, where I did not care who won and who got metals. Cause I was happy and sad with whoever every, how it panned up.
But again, when great Britain lost that match, they were devastated and they were devastated when they lost the bronze metal match. So. The, uh, ceremony at the end is beautiful because all three teams were so thrilled to be on the podium.
Jill: It was, it was really nice to watch.
Alison: What I did not say was w was there a hot.
Jill: I don’t think so. I didn’t think I didn’t see it on the men’s side either. And that, that disappointed me. And I wondered if they opted not to do one for COVID reasons, but that I really had hoped that there would be some Hokas. So
Alison: I, I hope when New Zealand comes home, they will be welcomed with a haka.
That sort of was my that’s my hope in my heart, that that New Zealand is able to do that.
Jill: That would be nice, but excellent rugby play. The rugby tournament was so much fun to
Alison: watch and I want to mention, so I was watching rugby and my daughter who is not a Baton ball, kind of sports fan came in and she said, you know, what are you watching?
What is this? I said, oh, it’s rugby. I’ve never seen rugby. And literally within two minutes she was glued, sat and watched all the rest of the matches with [00:30:00] me. And it’s true when we talked to Ben, Ryan, it is so fast. It is so absorbing and you don’t even need to totally know what’s going on to recognize how amazing in this case these women are and just what, what passion they put into the sport.
So I, I’m glad it’s continuing to grow and kind of scoop up new fans where you least expect it to be
Jill: moving on to. I did not realize the troubles that Stephanie Roble and Maggie Shay or shirtless Dani sailors got into. So there were the last races of their tournament kind of thing. And then the top 10 would go on to the metal race, which is yet to come.
So when race six, they were in seventh place, they capsize and finished 16. They filed for redress because they felt the capsize was due to their main sheet being wrapped around the onboard camera that was mounted on their boom during a JIP. And what happens is apparently cameras get put on board, different sailors, boats for different races.
So everybody gets a chance to have the camera on board and the, the redress was done. And that meant that their 16th place was their lowest. Score so far. And earlier we had mentioned that they had had another race where she, they had 14 place and they were hoping that was the score that they would get to drop.
But no, that’s a score. They had to keep because they had the 16th place. Now, then in the races that happened today, uh, it was the last three. They were in six place overall and 15 points from third place. So they are sitting pretty, they are in the top 10 for the metal race. And it was a really tough day on the water.
The wind was only five to nine knots strong, so weak wind, really strong current. So race 10. They started out strong and they finished 14th again because they got their first ever yellow flag for a, what it’s called a rule 42 breach. I mean, here’s another number rule that we have to understand, and this is improperly moving their bodies to propel the boat in very light conditions.
So when the wind is so light, You have to watch that the sailors don’t try to help their boat along physically. And they were told that they did this. That was an issue. So they had to serve some penalties there and race 11th. They also, or race 11, they also started strong. They were in seventh place. And then they touched the first mark that they have to sail around, touch it with their boat.
So there were a lot, there was a lot of tracks. So they got around the mark and then got out of the way so that they could do their big penalty spin. Because whenever you get a penalty, you have to like do a whole turn of the boat and then you can get back on course. So they did their penalty spin and got back on the course, the umpires flagged them again.
And so they thought, oh, that’s for, they’re flagging us for the penalty we already did. No, apparently it was for another penalty. So they finished that race in eighth place. But because of the second penalty, which was another rule 42, and they didn’t retire from the race at that point, they were listed as, did not a DNI, which might be a, do not, did not enter.
They can’t drop that DNA score. So that’s the lowest score you can earn. That’s the highest point value you can get. You can’t drop that. So the last race they had, it was do or die. They finished. Overall for their 12 races, 11th place.
Alison: Oh, that’s heartbreaking.
Jill: Yeah. It was really tough. Really tough. So I’m going to try to go back and watch it.
I did have sailing on a lot yesterday, just kind of random. So I don’t know what days it was because it all kind of blends together. And I don’t know necessarily, but I wanted to see different boats. So I watched a little bit of, uh, some foiling, the Nacra 17. That was really cool. And I th I think I watched a dinghy race, but it was a one-person.
Also on tap on the sailing competition from today, the RSX women’s race had their final run. Winning gold is China’s Lu yuzu. Silver went to Francis, Charlene Picone and bronze went to great Britain’s Emma Wilson on the men side, gold went to Netherlands, uh, Kieron Babo. S Francis Thomas schoolyard when the silver and China’s B Kuhn won the bronze in shooting.
We had the trap mixed team [00:35:00] event. Gold went to Spain. Silver went to San Marino. So again, like coming into Tokyo, zero metals, leaving Tokyo with at least two metals, San Marino, and then bronze went to USA, their team number. And then in the 50 meter rifle, three position, the women competed Goldwind to Nina Christian, uh, from Switzerland.
Silver went to ROC Yulia is a Cova and bronze went to ROC Yulia caramel. Swimming. I watched all of it. Alright. Alright. Uh, swimming where we had some more, still some semi-finals going on. So there were heats, there were finals in the men’s 100 meter butterfly. Caleb Dressel from the USA took gold Kristoff.
Mila from Hungary, took silver and NOI Ponti from Switzerland. Took bronze. I think you had found out that. Christoph Wheelock was the one in the 200 meter butterfly who is upset that he didn’t get a world record time because he was gunning for a personal best. And the personal best would have been a world record.
And he had said that his suit had gotten a hole in it. And so he was that kind of threw off his focus in the water because he had a certain warmup ritual and he had to go change out a suit. And that affected his warmup. To which I say, don’t be wedded to your warmup ritual, which we learned from a . And I can’t remember which one, what we’ve often
Alison: asked about good luck, charms and things like that.
And I remember, um, several people have told us I don’t have a good luck charm because I don’t want to be stuck with, if something happens to it that I can adjust.
Jill: Yes. And similar with a warmup routine, because I cannot remember who it was off the top of my head who said, yeah, you don’t know what the conditions are going to be like at every competition.
So you don’t know what you’ll be able to do for a warmup. And if you get wedded to, I have to do X, Y, and Z, and you don’t have time for that, then you’re mentally thrown off. So. I think Krista to be flexible, learning a lesson there in the women’s 200 meter backstroke Goldwind to Australia’s Kaylee McCune, silver went to Canada’s Kylie masse.
Bronze went to Australia’s. Emily Seebohm in the. And the mixed four by 100 meter medley relay, which is a new for Tokyo competition. Gold went to great Britain. Silver went to China and bronze went to Australia. U S was not a factor in this one. So I was
Alison: very excited about the mixed relays in general. I like the idea of the men and women competing together.
When I actually watched the mixed relay, I was very disappointed. And it wasn’t because you had men and women at the pool at the same time that I thought was actually very. Because each team chose four swimmers, two men, two women, one of each stroke. And you could have any combination thereof. So sometimes you had, men’s swimming the stroke and women’s trimming swimming the stroke.
It ended up looking like, do you remember from the 1970s battle of the network stars,
Jill: I loved battle of the networks. These
Alison: TV stars would do these sort of obstacle courses and funny. And that’s how it ended up looking. It didn’t end up looking like an Olympic race because there’d be such huge gaps between swimmer.
And then it would shrink in the next round. And it was very hard to, um, gauge what was happening.
Jill: The, what would have been an interesting element of it is the strategy of putting together your relay team who goes when and who or who’s, who goes when and what stroke. And so. Poor Lydia Jacoby was doing the breaststroke lake for the U S and pretty much every other swimmer on her leg was a man.
So she fell way behind and
Alison: poor thing dove into the pool. And her goggles ended up around her mouth.
Jill: Yes, that was tough. A tough, tough.
Alison: Yeah, but she actually, her split was quite good considering the, her youth, her inexperience and her goggles in her mouth the whole time. So nice job to Lydia at 17 hanging in there because that’s gotta be very disconcerting having men who, who do swim more quickly.
You end up in the wash. You know, they talked about that where she was, she’s not used to swimming probably with that kind of wash because the men do swim more aggressively than the. So she hung in there with the goggles in her mouth.
Jill: And finally, the final race of the evening was women’s 800 meter freestyle, which Katie Ladecky won handily, [00:40:00] uh, followed by Australia’s Arianne Titmus and bronze went to Simona Quadrophenia from Italy.
This gave Katie Ledecky six gold medals. Most of any female swimmer in Olympics. Also,
Alison: this was a three-peat
Jill: for her, right? Because she, she won it at, uh, London and Rio as well. So it was funny because again, with the media, just, she had mentioned, oh, it’s my last race. And they went to instantly, she might retire.
And then at the thing at the, uh, the end of. Uh, when she was in the mixed zone, she’s like, oh no, I’m coming. I’m going to Paris. I might go to LA too. It’s just like, don’t, you know, don’t go jump to conclusions there.
Alison: I think there was also, if she had to pick one metal to win, I think this might’ve been the one because it was the three-peat.
It was her first best event when she was 15 years old and in London. And so you could see when she won, there was just. Such joy. And the interview after was really funny because she said to the intro, I’m just in pain. She was trying to catch her breath. Clearly her legs are shot. I mean, this is the end of the, the meat.
And, but she was so happy, but so exhausted
Jill: exactly. One other note from the pool that I meant to mention with the men’s 100 meter butterfly in the finals for the first time ever swimmers from Bulgaria and. And do you know how I love first-time countries and events all over the
Alison: place in Tokyo?
Moving on to tennis in the singles bronze metal match. Spain’s uh, Pablo BoostA Corino beat Serbia’s Novec Djokovich 6 4 6 7 6 3. It was a long match with at two hours and 39 minutes. And Novak did not w he was not here.
Alison: There was some destruction of property. At the end of this match,
Jill: he had a little face smashed one racket, and then he threw another into the stance.
So thankfully one good reason why there are no fans around is that Novak Djokovich might have a temper tantrum and throw his racket at you. Then he drew from the mixed doubles bronze metal man. So he was competing with, uh, Nina stole Janowicz, and they were supposed to face Bharti Ashley and John peers from, uh, Australia.
And Novec withdrew. He cited that he’s dealing with various injuries, but given, you know, it’s hard to know. I mean, he’s probably tired. It’s been very hot. He he’s said it’s been really tough at, at tennis. They had to move the games back to accommodate the heat, but. You do have to wonder, like, why are you injured or, and your body’s really tired and exhausted or are you just upset from the other metal
Alison: or did he, is he so upset because he’s playing injured?
Jill: That could be too. He could be angry with himself. So then the women’s singles tournament ended, uh, Belinda Ben sitch from Switzerland won against a Marquette from Czech Republic. She 1 7 5 2 6 6, 3. So again, another long match and then bronze went to Ukraine’s Alaina’s Fidelina who defeated?
Kazakhstan’s Elena Robert kina 1 6 7 6, 6, 4. So again, Another long match. It’s been a, it’s been a tough, so, uh, Ben is in for the doubles women’s doubles tournament. And she’s in for, I think the gold medal match is she can win. She would be only the only, she would be only the fourth woman to win both singles and doubles at the same game, which was something that was last accomplished in London, 2012 by Serena Williams, over in trampoline.
This was supposed to be a replay of 2016, w cause all three medalists from the Rio games were also in the final or in this tournament as well. But, uh, the reigning world champion gal Lee from China got too far off center in his second qualifying routine and he fell off the mat. And then also fell out of the finals.
So no world champion there. Uh, this is the, I didn’t get a chance to see this yet, but I am definitely going back to watch what happened here. There were gymnast
Alison: flying all over the place. Those spotters were busy. Oh,
Jill: yikes. And you want that job? That’s all I have to say about that care of
Alison: them. And I’m small.
I wouldn’t get in the way I would just shove the Madden.
Jill: I actually, I wonder how tall the trampoline actually is. That’s a good [00:45:00] question. ’cause then I wonder if you could, would be allowed to spot to get to the tall, how tall, Hey Eva. Unlived fit NAWIC from Belarus. One in gold, dong dong from China when silver and Dylan Schmidt from New Zealand won a bronze New Zealand is doing very nicely.
I know I’m very excited for this it’s so silver ferns, you know, you get a plant, you have to take care of it. So they nurtured their assets. Over in triathlon. It was the mixed relay, which is new for Tokyo and great Britain won gold. Silver went to the U S and bronze went to France. I saw some of this. I came in on the end.
Did you watch,
Alison: I did watch this, and this is what I wanted to mention about the 2012 games. When we talked about the carry over, you know, do we see the legacy of that? And the announcer mentioned that the British. Triathlete Alex ye attended 2012 as a fan and saw the Brownlee brothers that he was already an athlete as a kid, but that inspired him.
So they were talking about it in the con in that connection.
Jill: Interesting. So starting to prove my theory now
Alison: I also have a question. Yes. So some of the. Women triathletes where the long suit with, with sort of the shorts attached, like the men and some women wear the bathing suit.
Jill: Okay. So
Alison: I realize they have no thigh rub that they have guy gaps, but I would think there would be a chafing issue.
Jill: Maybe not, I don’t know, like even
Alison: on the cycle. But I don’t bicycle. So I don’t know.
Jill: Um, I don’t know how that would work on the bike cause I would think so too, but maybe the gap there’s a gap. I don’t know. We will start to ask
Alison: maybe also watch them put their shoes on, you know, cause in the, and I’m, I’m thinking there’s no socks.
How are they not getting blisters? I was very concerned about a lot of blistering and chafing. I, the men unzipping their suits and it like falling off. I was very concerned about gear in this race.
Jill: I have wondered about no socks and the running as well, because I mean, obviously you do that to make sure your transition time is very short, but I do wonder, but maybe they have maybe the, the shoes are good enough and they are, they’re broken enough that they’re not going to get blisters.
I don’t know. We’ll have to find out, but there was a lot of fun. I saw a lot of mentioned on social media that, uh, people were liking this race in this race format a lot. It’s a says, we
Alison: talked about how much they liked being, you know, the triathlete mixed team, because I got the impression a lot of them train together.
Jill: Oh. So they could do it together now. On to indoor volleyball. The, we are still in preliminary play. Uh, the us, uh, women’s women happened today and the big note was in the U S versus ROC game. USA’s leading point score. Jordan Thompson sustained an ankle injury. In this, they lost ended up losing and it was tough because she kind of ran into she and, uh, a teammate were both jumping at the same time.
And Jordan just landed funny and turned her ankle. So now she’s got a, a heavy sprain going on and, uh, in. Looking at looking ahead to who’s moving on to the next round. In the men’s side. It’s Poland, Italy, Canada, ROC and Brazil, Japan, France, and the U S are on the bubble on the women’s side, Brazil, Serbia, Korea, Italy, ROC USA, and Turkey.
All advanced. There is one more slot open in their knockout stage, so it could be Dominican Republic. It could be Japan don’t know in water polo. Um, men still had preliminary rounds. I caught maybe a quarter or so of USA versus hungry. Cause that was what was on. I saw my first, but so sometimes in the water polo action they’ll they’ll do the underwater camera so you can see the underwear and you could see somebody got their suit pulled down and full, bought exposed.
We didn’t see the one underwater camera very much after that. But a hungry one that won 11, eight men’s quarterfinals. It looks like it’s going to be Italy, Greece, Hungary, USA, Spain, Croatia, Montenegro, and Serbia. We won’t know the matchups of those until. Group play is over. Then we’ll find out how everybody finishes in the rankings on the women’s quarterfinals.
It’s going to be Spain, Australia, Netherlands, Canada, USA, hungry, ROC in China and a team USA’s Maggie Stephens scored her [00:50:00] 49th goal. And now she is the all-time leading scorer at the Olympics for women’s water. And in weightlifting, it was the men’s 81 kilograms and the men’s 96 kilograms competitions on the 81 kilograms gold went to China’s.
silver went to Dominican Republic. Uh, Zacharia’s full name, Michelle and Italy’s Antonio Pitsa lotto won the bronze on the 96 kilogram side. It was Qatar’s for Reese, Abraham. Oh, Bach one, winning gold keto, Mar GM on of vanilla Sanchez from Venezuela. When the silver and Anton police NOI from Georgia won bronze.
Alison: You’ll be so happy. Next week is athletics. And it’s like games from Jamaica names from the us and Canada.
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Jill: a lot coming next week.
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