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Olympia 2021: That was day 1 in Tokyo


The gymnastics "king" resigns early, but Japan is still happy about its first gold medal. Lukas Dauser does gymnastics in three finals and swimmer Henning Mühlleitner surprises with a best time. Here is the Olympics overview.

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The swimming arena in Tokyo: Henning Mühlleitner caused a stir


Mark Humphrey / AP

Host Japan has its first gold medal, professional cyclist Richard Carapaz rides to victory on Mount Fuji and Germany's handball players struggle after their opening defeat.

The first day of competition at the Olympic Games in Tokyo held the first medal decisions but also some disappointments.

After all, the bike goes with you


Richard Carapaz

was the first to reach the finish of the road bike race after 234 kilometers and about 5000 meters of altitude


, he hit his handlebars and then sat up to cheer. His courage to attack on the final climbs about 25 kilometers from the finish had paid off. With his attack, the Ecuadorian even beat Tour de France winner Tadej Pogačar, who finished third behind Wout van Aert.

The German professional

Simon Geschke

had to watch the race from the hotel because of his corona infection.

At least his bike was on the team car.

The positive test the day before had messed up the preparation of the German team.

Emanuel Buchmann only slept two hours, Maximilian Schachmann didn't even get a massage.

The 27-year-old, who at least had outsider chances, finished tenth - and struggled after the race.

Read more here.

Trouble at Yoyogi National Stadium

"These are things you don't want to see in handball": Germany's goalkeeper

Johannes Bitter

was after the 26:27 opening defeat against Spain because of supposed tricks not to speak well to the opponent.

With a win, the DHB team could have gained security in the preliminary round, after all, the goal is: gold medal.

The points now have to be played against other teams: The next German opponent in Group A is Argentina next Monday (4.00 a.m. CEST, TV: ZDF and Eurosport).

In addition, record world champions France, Norway and Brazil are in the group.

The best four teams reach the quarter-finals.

The first medals

While the handball players are still far away from the medal decisions in terms of timing, precious metal has already been distributed at other locations.


marksman Qian Yang

celebrated first.

She won the first gold medal of these games at the air rifle over the ten-meter distance, she narrowly prevailed against the Russian Anastasia Galaschina.

And Japan was allowed to celebrate too.

Naohisa Takato

won the first gold for the host at these Olympics.

The three-time judo world champion prevailed against the Taiwanese Yang Yung Wei in the final in the super lightweight (up to 60 kg).

There were no German medals yet.

Sports shooter

Christian Reitz

came closest to the podium as fifth in his second discipline with the air pistol over the ten-meter distance.

The king resigns


gymnastics superstar "King" Kohei Uchimura

, on the other hand, was disappointed


The "King", as he is called in his home country, surprisingly resigned in the qualification.

The all-around Olympic champion of 2012 and 2016 lost his footing during his horizontal bar exercise and fell to the ground.

As a result, the 32-year-old stopped playing on bars.

The Japanese had announced that he wanted to end his career in his home country after the Olympics.

Uchimura is one of the best gymnasts in history.

He won ten gold medals at world championships.

At the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro, he became the first man in 44 years to win the all-around at two consecutive Olympic Games.

The finale is calling


German gymnasts

reached the team finals.

The quartet Lukas Dauser, Andreas Toba, Nils Dunkel and Philipp Herder collected 249.929 points in the all-around qualification and were sixth in the team final on Monday.

The best of the squad was the German all-around champion Dauser, who also reached the finals in the individual six-way fight as well as on the parallel bars.

He can hope for a medal.

In general, the first competitions got off to a good start for many German athletes.


men's hockey team

won their opening game at 30 degrees against Canada 7-1.

Henning Mühlleitner

caused a stir in the

water of the swimming competitions


As the fastest German after world record holder Paul Biedermann, he swam the 400 meters freestyle and is in the final.

The European Championship third from 2018 improved his own best time by almost two seconds in 3: 43.67 minutes and left all favorites around the Australian Elijah Winnington behind as the leader.

So he has a chance of a podium.

Tennis pro

Alexander Zverev got off to

a successful start in the double competition.

The best German tennis player with

Jan-Lennard Struff won a

bit surprisingly against the fifth placed Polish pairing Hubert Hurcacz and Lukasz Kubot 6: 2, 7: 6 (7: 5).

Struff can also look forward to a duel with the currently best player in the world, Novak Djokovic.

Jessica von Bredow-Werndl

gave the German dressage team a brilliant start.

The 35-year-old showed the best ride of the day with her mare Dalera.

For the Grand Prix she received 84.379 percentage points.

The Grand Prix qualifies for the team competition on Tuesday and the individual on Wednesday.

One of the biggest disappointments from a German point of view was the performance of the saber fencers around athlete spokesman

Max Hartung.

They missed the individual medal they had hoped for.

Hartung lost in the round of 16 to Iranian Ali Pakdaman in Makuhari-Messehalle B. His team-mate Matyas Szabo lost in the round of 16 13:15 against Russian Kamil Ibragimow.


An Algerian judoka has been temporarily suspended by the international judo federation.

Fethi Nourine and his coach had previously told the Algerian media that he was withdrawing to avoid a possible second-round duel with the Israeli Tohar Butbul.

Nourine would have fought against the Sudanese Mohamed Abdalrasool in the first round of the class up to 73 kilograms on Monday.

Here you get more information.

Fight for dreams

"I had to fight for this, and this is my message to everyone who is in the same situation: fight for your dreams, stick with it no matter what your difficulties, then you will achieve your goal." That said the twelve years Syrian Hend Zaza after the Olympics ended for her after 24 minutes.

For Zaza, taking part in Tokyo was more than just a sports event - it was a glimmer of hope after years of war.

Read more here.

ptz / dpa / sid

Source: spiegel

All sports articles on 2021-07-24

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