Ahmed Hafnaoui, an 18-year-old Tunisian swimmer, delivered one of the biggest shocks in Olympic aquatic history on Sunday morning by winning gold in the men’s 400m freestyle just three years after he had finished eighth in the Youth Olympics. Swimming from lane eight in the final, Hafnaoui had set a personal best to qualify for the final and then improved again by more than two seconds to beat the Australian Jack McLoughlin and American Kieran Smith into second and third place. Hafnaoui, who bec
Austrian Anna Kiesenhofer caused one of the biggest shocks in Olympic road racing history with an audacious victory in the women's race as the Dutch favourites paid for a tactical meltdown on Sunday. The 30-year-old Kiesenhofer was allowed to build up a lead of around 10 minutes in a five-rider group that escaped right at the start of the 137km route into the hills west of Tokyo. She then went solo on the approaches to the Fuji International Speedway circuit with around 40km remaining as the favourites, including reigning world and Olympic champion Anna Van der Breggen, failed to organise a proper chase.
Osaka ended an eight-week break from tennis with a 6-1 6-4 win two days after lighting the Olympic flame.
Australia won the 4x100 women's freestyle relay Olympic gold for the third time in a row, beating their own world record by three seconds and helping take the sting out of a disappointing first day of finals in the pool. The quartet of sisters Bronte and Cate Campbell, Meg Harris and Emma McKeon took 0.36 seconds off their previous best of 3:30.05 set in April 2018, with a world record of 3:29.69. Ecstatic with their performance, team members made a show of presenting their gold medals to each other after the ceremony.