Judo world champion Anna-Maria Wagner celebrates bronze
Photo: Annegret Hilse / REUTERS
On the fifth day of the competition, the German Olympians were without a gold medal.
Nevertheless, there was good news to report: German athletes were allowed to cheer three times for silver or bronze.
There were mixed feelings in tennis and table tennis: while Dimitrij Ovtcharov lost the most spectacular game of his career, Alexander Zverev made it to the semi-finals without any problems.
In the gymnastics all-around competition, under the eyes of Simone Biles, an American woman could be relied on.
And: The sports director of the Association of German Cyclists Patrick Moster is now sent home early after his racist derailment during the time trial.
Rommelmann and Osborne write German rowing history
Jonathan Rommelmann and Jason Osborne became the first German lightweight rowers to win an Olympic medal.
The duo from Krefeld and Mainz only had to admit defeat to the Irish rowing boat on the Sea Forest Waterway in Tokyo and won the silver medal.
Bronze went to Italy.
Since the Olympic premiere in Atlanta in 1996, no German double-two had managed to reach the medal ranks.
For women, however, there was silver in 2000 and 2004.
Now Rommelmann / Osborne lifted the men into the Olympic history books with a courageous race in difficult wind conditions.
Next medal in white water - Herzog continues running
Slalom canoeist Andrea Herzog won Olympic bronze in the Canadier.
The 21-year-old world champion only had to give way to the multiple world champions Jessica Fox from Australia and Mallory Franklin from Great Britain in the final.
For the German canoe slalom team, after gold from Ricarda Funk and bronze from Sideris Tasiadis, it is already the third medal at the Summer Games in Tokyo.
This was last achieved at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta.
The sports soldier was 6.09 seconds behind the Olympic champion on the demanding route in the 25-pole maze.
Like Franklin, Herzog made a mistake, but Fox made no mistakes in her run.
Read more about Jessica Fox, the best slalom canoeist in history, here: Ice cold in the bathing water
Wellbrock swims just past the first Olympic medal
Double world champion Florian Wellbrock just missed a medal at the Olympic Games in Tokyo in the 800 meter freestyle.
In 7: 42.68 minutes, the 23-year-old hit fourth.
Gold surprisingly went to the American Robert Finke, ahead of world champion Gregorio Paltrinieri and the Ukrainian Michailo Romantschuk.
“Fourth place is always bitter,” said Wellbrock. “It's annoying, in and of itself I made a sovereign race.
More was not possible today. "At the back it was" just not enough ".
Read more about Wellbrock's disappointing race course: Olympic champion over 750 meters
Ovchtarov is missing a few points for a sensation
Dimitrij Ovtcharov narrowly missed the finals and is now playing for bronze.
The last German remaining in the individual lost to the Chinese superstar Ma Long after a table tennis thriller 3: 4 (11:13, 8:11, 11: 9, 11: 9, 7:11, 11: 5, 9:11).
Thanks to his strong backhand, Ovtcharov made up a 2-0 set deficit and forced a decision through.
In the end, however, he had to accept the 19th defeat in the 19th duel with the world-class player, who could rely on winning strokes with his forehand.
Ma Long had already won gold at the Summer Games in Rio in 2016.
Ovtcharov can still fulfill his dream of his second Olympic medal in individual after bronze in 2012 in London.
The former world number one will meet Lin Yun-Ju from Taiwan on Friday (1 p.m. / CEST) in the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium.
European champion Timo Boll was eliminated in the round of 16 - for the fourth time in a row.
Why the Chinese still dominate this sport, read here: Empire of the cuts
Alexander Zverev on the trail of Tommy Haas
Alexander Zverev has moved closer to the longed-for medal - but there is still a very tough chunk in the way for gold. World number five, Zverev, made it into the semifinals with a 6: 4, 6: 1 against Frenchman Jeremy Chardy, which was never endangered, and only needs one win for precious metal with two chances.
It would be the second medal in the men's singles for the German Tennis Federation (DTB) since silver for Tommy Haas in 2000 in Sydney.
On Friday, the Grand Slam record champion Novak Djokovic, who gave the Japanese Kei Nishikori no chance at 6: 2, 6: 0, but the currently hardest possible task in tennis.
Djokovic kept his chance of the so-called Golden Slam with the success.
The 34-year-old has already won the Australian and French Open as well as Wimbledon this calendar year.
Now all that's missing is Olympic gold and victory at the US Open, which starts at the end of August.
Only Steffi Graf succeeded in this feat in 1988.
American Lee wins gymnastics all-around - in front of Biles
Sunisa Lee has chosen herself as the new Olympic gymnastics queen in Tokyo: Under the eyes of her predecessor and US teammate Simone Biles, who had not started because of mental problems, the 18-year-old won the all-around against the Brazilian Rebeca Andrade and team Olympic champion Angelina Melnikova (ROC).
Andrade also made history by the way: She was the first Brazilian ever to win a medal in gymnastics at the Olympic Games.
The German record champion Elisabeth Seitz came in ninth place, while her club colleague Kim Bui was 17th.
Wagner makes judo fans cheer
World champion Anna-Maria Wagner has secured the second medal in Japan for the German Judo Association (DJB).
The 25-year-old defeated former World Cup third-placed Kaliema Antomarchi from Cuba in the small final of the class up to 78 kilograms.
Eduard Trippel had won silver the day before.
»I am super happy.
Of course you came here to get gold.
But to win the last fight and to take the medal home with me makes me super happy, «said Wagner at Eurosport.
Previously, she had lost in the semifinals to the Japanese ex-world champion Shori Hamada.
Wagner (1.82 meters) could not find any means against the 15 centimeter shorter athlete and thus slipped into the small final.
DOSB sends cycling official Moster home
Patrick Moster, sports director of the Association of German Cyclists, is now sent home early after his racist derailment during the time trial.
This was announced by the German Olympic Sports Confederation (DOSB) one day after the incidents.
“We remain convinced that his public apology for the racist remarks he made yesterday is sincere.
With this derailment, however, Mr. Moster violated the Olympic values.
Fair play, respect and tolerance are not negotiable for Team D, «said DOSB President Alfons Hörmann.
Read here in the interview what the Algerian Azzedine Lagab says about the insults: "I have not yet received a personal apology"
Short and sweet
European champion Slovenia around NBA star Luka Doncic is in the quarterfinals of the basketball tournament. The team around the 22-year-old beat hosts Japan in the second group game in Saitama 116: 81 (53:41) and advanced ahead of schedule. Doncic, who scratched the Olympic record (55) with 48 points in the opening game against Argentina (118: 100), this time had 25 points, seven assists and seven rebounds. The former Ulm-based Zoran Dragic was also in a good mood (24 points).
History was made by shooting: after 14 participations without precious metal, San Marino celebrated the first medal in its Olympic history.
Alessandra Perilli shot herself bronze in the women's trap.
“I don't know what's going on at home now,” said the 32-year-old.
“Am I a heroine?
Now don't exaggerate! ”Added the most experienced female athlete of the only two female and three female athletes delegation from San Marino.
One day after her bronze medal in the 1500 meter freestyle, swimmer Sarah Köhler reached her second final.
The 27-year-old moved into fourth in the 800-meter race in the finals on Saturday morning.
Köhler missed her German record by just under a second after 8: 17.33 minutes.
"Now everything is just an encore," said Koehler.
Her Magdeburg team-mate Isabel Gose narrowly retired in ninth place despite her personal best time (8: 21.79).
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