Day Five Olympics Round-Up: Mallory Franklin Takes Silver In The Canoe Slalom

Here are the biggest stories from another thrilling day at the Tokyo Olympic Games
16:19, 29 Jul 2021

Day six of Tokyo 2020 brought more excitement and Great Britain managed to pick up a few more medals along the way, while Covid-19 caused more problems for a few Olympians. Here is a round-up of the day’s highlight...

Team GB silver in canoe slalom

Great Britain’s Mallory Franklin claimed the silver medal after a disappointing final run denied her the gold, which was won by Australia’s Jessica Fox. Former world and European champion Franklin recorded a time of 1:08:68 seconds as she was penalised with a two-second penalty for touching the 15th gate.

Matthew Coward-Holley takes bronze in shooting

The world and European champion, 26, was one of Team GB’s brightest gold medal hopes ahead of the Games but his slow start resulted in the bronze. He has provided Great Britain with their first shooting medal of the Games, as last week Amber Hill was forced to pull out of the Games due to a positive Covid test.

Simone Biles cheers Sunisa Lee on to gold

American gymnast Lee took the Olympic gymnastics all-round gold as defending champion Biles watched from the stands after her withdrawal for mental health reasons earlier in the week. The Olympic debutant, 18, who assisted the USA win team silver on Tuesday, finished with a score of 57.433.

Great Britain’s 16-year-old twin sisters Jessica and Jennifer Gadirova finished 10th and 13th respectively.

Sunisa Lee
Sunisa Lee

San Marino’s Alessandra Perilli wins nation's first Olympic medal 

San Marino shooter Alessandra Perilli shooter claimed bronze in the women’s trap shooting event on Wednesday, winning their first ever Olympic medal in 24 appearances.

It was a momentous occasion for the 33-year-old after nearly reaching the same feat nine years ago. At London 2012, she finished in a three-way tie for second place then took part in a shoot-off. She missed first, resulting in her missing out on the podium and she would then miss the finals again in Rio four years later.

Rowing legend Helen Glover says this is her last Olympics

Great Britain’s two-time gold medallist Helen Glover has ruled out another Olympics rowing bid after her hopes of a fairytale finish at Tokyo 2020 were ruined. She finished fourth with Polly Swann in the women’s pair. 

Five years ago, the 35-year-old said the 2016 Games would be her last but she has confirmed Tokyo was definitely her last.

Emily Craig and Imogen Grant fell short of winning a medal by 0.01 seconds in a thrilling lightweight women’s double sculls. Those two narrow misses added further frustration for Britain as they have now finished fourth in five events at the Sea Forest Waterway.

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