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Olympia 2021 today: Those were the decisions on day twelve in Tokyo


Frank Stäbler wins his first medal in the last fight of his career. Germany’s table tennis men have silver for sure. And decathlete Niklas Kaul leaves the track in a wheelchair. The Olympic overview.

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In the last fight of his career, wrestler Frank Stäbler secured his first Olympic medal

Photo: Swen Pförtner / dpa

After two very successful days, Germany's Olympic team had to be content with two medals made from electronic waste on the twelfth day of the Olympic Games in Tokyo. The wrestlers

Frank Stäbler


Dennis Kudla

each won bronze. While it was the first Olympic medal for Stäbler after Covid illness at the end of the career, Kudla was able to repeat his success from Rio 2016.

Gesa Krause

missed the hoped-for medal over the 3000 meter obstacle with fifth place, as did the beach volleyball players

Julius Thole


Clemens Wickler



table tennis men

, however, have silver for sure.

A sensation would be necessary for gold, because in the final they will meet the overpowering Chinese.

Decathlon world champion

Niklas Kaul

had to abandon the 400 meter race injured and is out of the competition.

Of course, there were also world records on the twelfth day.

The American Sydney McLaughlin improved her own over the 400 meter hurdles, and Italy's four-man track bike set a new record.

The best comes last

The three-time world champion

Frank Stäbler

won the longed-for Olympic medal at the end of his wrestling career. Stäbler defeated the Georgian Ramas Soidse 5: 4 in the weight class up to 67 kilograms and thus secured bronze. It was his last competition before the announced end of his career. Stäbler's preparation for the games in Japan was anything but optimal. He has been struggling with the consequences of an ankle joint dislocation for a long time. Last autumn he was infected with the corona virus. He also had to lose eight kilograms for the event in Tokyo.

After Stäbler, team mate

Denis Kudla also

won bronze.

The 26-year-old in the weight class up to 87 kilograms met the Egyptian Mohamed Metwally.

Kudla had already achieved third place at the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Injured in the high jump - decathlon world champion Kaul gives up

Despite a suboptimal start to the competition, he still had a good chance of winning bronze, but then decathlon world champion

Niklas Kaul had

to break off the 400 meter run.

Because of an injury that the German sustained during the high jump, in which he set a personal best, the pain was too severe.

The 23-year-old was driven off the tartan track in a wheelchair.

A strong final round is not enough for Krause to win a medal

The months-long training camp

did not pay off as hoped


Gesa Krause


Over the 3000 meter obstacle, the German reached fifth place thanks to a strong final lap, but she has to wait at least three more years for the hoped-for Olympic medal.

"It's going up again in winter," said Krause after the race.

Until Paris 2024, Krause will probably have many more months of altitude training camp.

Table tennis men beat the hosts in the semi-finals in the decision-making singles

Germany's table tennis players snip for Olympic gold.

The team around the bronze winner in the singles,

Dimitrij Ovtcharov

, prevailed in the semifinals 3-2 against Japan.

Ovtcharov won the fifth and decisive game 3-0 against Koki Niwa.


Patrick Franziska lost

2: 3 to the 18-year-old Japanese Tomokazu Harimoto, despite a 2-0 lead in the set, when Germany was 2: 1.

In the final, the German team will meet the highly-favored Chinese.

Muhammad runs a world record, but so does McLaughlin

Just a few weeks ago she was the first woman to stay under 52 seconds, now

Sydney McLaughlin

has once again improved her world record over the 400 meter hurdles with 51.46 seconds.

In the duel with the old world record holder and compatriot Dalilah Muhammad, the American got the upper hand.

The 21-year-old McLaughlin got closer to the ten-year-old Muhammad curve by curve and then pulled past at the last moment.

"The race doesn't start until the seventh hurdle," McLaughlin said later.

"At the ninth hurdle I thought I would win," said Muhammad.

In the end, Muhammad's time (51.58) seconds would have been enough for a new world record - if it hadn't been for Sydney McLaughlin.

Short and sweet

The German women's table tennis team missed the final, but with China also had the top favorite as an opponent.

In the end, Germany had no chance at 0-3.

But they still have the chance to win bronze.

They play for third place against Hong Kong on Thursday.

Also eliminated are the beach volleyball vice world champions

Julius Thole and Clemens Wickler.

In the new edition of the 2019 World Cup final, Hamburg lost to the Russian duo Krasilnikov / Stoyanovskiy 16:21, 19:21 in the round of the last eight.

There was also a new world record for the men's track four-wheeler.

Italy drove the 4000 meters in 3: 42: 032 minutes and thus secured the gold medal in the final against Denmark.

There was no world record in the men's 200 meters on the tartan track, but for the first time since 2012 there was a new Olympic champion.

After three gold medals in a row for Usain Bolt,

Andre De Grasse

from Canada won his first gold at the Olympic Games.

Gold favorite

Johannes Vetter

struggled for the final of the javelin thrower


Only in the third and last attempt did the German balance the spear to 85.64 meters, which was enough for the final.

He will have to improve in the final battle.

Leonie Beck

achieved a strong fifth place over the 10 kilometers in open water swimming.

You can read here why that was perhaps also because your alarm clock rang at 2.43 a.m. instead of 2.47 a.m.


Japanese Sakura Yosozumi

won gold on the skateboard in the park discipline.

Sky Brown

, the only 13-year-old American with Japanese roots, took bronze.

The competition itself was pretty friendly.

svs / dpa / sid

Source: spiegel

All sports articles on 2021-08-04

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