Tokyo Olympics 2020 live: Emma Wilson wins windsurfing bronze while Novak Djokovic in action

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Tokyo Olympics 2020 live: Emma Wilson wins windsurfing bronze while Novak Djokovic in action - Reuters
Tokyo Olympics 2020 live: Emma Wilson wins windsurfing bronze while Novak Djokovic in action - Reuters

By Tom Cary, Senior Sports Correspondent in Enoshima

Emma Wilson, the youngest member of the British sailing team at Tokyo 2020, has won a battling bronze medal in the RS:X windsurfing class.

In doing so, she achieved something her mother, former world champion windsurfer Penny Way, never did. Way represented Britain at the 1992 and 1996 Games, finishing sixth and seventh.

Wilson, 22, can feel slightly hard done by that she did not win the silver, or even the gold medal.

She went into her medal race in second position overall on 34 points, four behind China’s Lu Yunxiu and two ahead of France’s Chareline Picon.

With points counting double in the medal race, that effectively meant she had to beat her Chinese rival by two clear places (4pts) and simply finish ahead of her French rival to secure the gold. But in light, tricky conditions - so light the fleet racing earlier in the day had had to be postponed - the cards did not fall in her favour.

06:21 AM

Like London buses...

Two days after winning San Marino's first ever Olympic medal by claiming the bronze in women's trap, Alessandra Perilli assured herself of a second one at the Tokyo Games on Saturday, and this time it could even be a gold.

Perilli partnered Gian Marco Berti to shoot 148 of the 150 targets and book their place in the gold medal match of the new trap mixed team event at the Asaka Shooting Range.

They will take on Spaniards Fatima Galvez and Alberto Fernandez who also shot 148 and finished first via shoot-off.

Women trap gold medallist Zuzana Rehak-Stefecekova will chase a second success in Tokyo after she and fellow Slovak Erik Varga reached the bronze medal match by finishing third.

Their American opponents Madelynn Bernau and Brian Burrows also shot 146 but came fourth following a shoot-off.

Alessandra Perilli of San Marino in action  - Reuters
Alessandra Perilli of San Marino in action - Reuters

A second American team, which contained women's trap silver medallist Kayle Browning, failed to reach the medal rounds.

Australian world champions Laetisha Scanlan and James Willet were also eliminated in the qualification round after shooting 145.

"I think we're both disappointed with our qualification score, we've shot better before. But I guess that's the Olympics and that's the pressure that it brings," Scanlan said.

Reuters

06:14 AM

Guatemala have a badminton medal contender

By Pippa Field, in Tokyo

Things you don't normally hear. Guatemala has a badminton player in the hunt for a medal...

Kevin Cordon is the shock first semi-finalist in men's singles badminton after beating Heo Kwanghee of South Korea 21-13, 21-18 in straight games. The two-time Pan American Games champion is the first Latin American to reach such a stage, and will next take on Viktor Axelsen, the Danish world No 2.

Appearing at his fourth Games, Cordon's previous best performance was reaching the last 16 in 2012.

Guatemala's Kevin Cordon celebrates after beating South Korea's Heo Kwang-hee in their men's singles - AFP
Guatemala's Kevin Cordon celebrates after beating South Korea's Heo Kwang-hee in their men's singles - AFP

The 34-year-old has always wanted to compete at the Olympics so he picked a less popular sport in his country to better his chances, moving to Guatemala City to play badminton at age 14.

His parents have never seen him play before - they might need to find a way of tuning in now their son, the world number 59, is one win away from his country's second-ever Olympic medal. The country's first? Erick Barrondo, silver medallist in the men's 20km walk at London 2012, 60 years after Guatemala's first Olympic appearance.

06:11 AM

Tommy Fleetwood flying in the golf

It's been a good day for GB at Kasumigaseki Country Club with Fleetwood and Paul Casey pushing themselves into contention. Fleetwood, whose powerful ball-striking is serving him well in soft conditions, is seven-under for his third round and now just three shots behind leader Xander Schauffele. Casey is one shot closer on 11-under for the tournament, while home favourite and Masters champion Hideki Matsuyama is nestled in second. It is set up for a brilliant final round tomorrow.

Tommy Fleetwood of Britain in action - Reuters
Tommy Fleetwood of Britain in action - Reuters

06:03 AM

Bronze for Emma Wilson

The windsurfer was guaranteed bronze when she took to the water this morning, but it is nevertheless a real breakthrough moment for her on the biggest stage. Wilson could not quite reel Lu Yunxiu of China who took the gold medal.

05:47 AM

Novak Djokovic looking to bounce back

Novak Djokovic still has the chance to return from Tokyo with a bronze medal despite the bitter disappointment of losing to Alexander Zverev.

Djokovic's bid to become the first man to complete the Golden Slam lay in tatters on Friday after he was toppled by Germany's Zverev in the singles semi-finals at the Tokyo Games.

Zverev fought back from a set and a break down to pull off a staggering 1-6 6-3 6-1 win over the Serbian world number one to set up a final showdown with Karen Khachanov of the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC).

Fifth-ranked Zverev is the first German man to make an Olympic final since Tommy Haas won silver at the Sydney Games in 2000.

Djokovic had arrived in Tokyo gunning for the Golden Slam -- winning all four majors and Olympic gold in the same year -- after triumphing at the Australian Open, Roland Garros and Wimbledon in 2021. The U.S. Open begins next month.

Victory in Tokyo would also have secured the 34-year-old Djokovic the only major honour still missing from his collection -- an Olympic gold medal.

But the 2008 Beijing Games bronze medallist lost that chance after Zverev secured the win with a crushing backhand down the line winner.

A later defeat in the mixed doubles semi-final with partner Nina Stojanovic rubbed salt in the wound, as the Serbian pair fell 7-6(4) 7-5 to the ROC's Elena Vesnina and Aslan Karatsev.

"Tough day man, really tough day," a visibly upset Djokovic told reporters.

"I feel so terrible right now, can't be positive right now."

Djokovic could still go home with two bronze medals on Saturday, with the Serbian set to meet Spain's Pablo Carreno Busta in the men's singles and Australian pair Ash Barty and John Peers in the mixed doubles partnering Stojanovic.

Elsewhere this morning, Emma Wilson and Tom Squires compete for Team GB RS:X windsurfing medal races, Team GB women face Fiji in women's sevens bronze medal match and Dina Asher-Smith looks to reach women's 100m final.

Reuters

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