Recapping the first week of the Tokyo Olympics

It has been an epic first week at the Tokyo Olympics! From Tunisian swimmer Ahmed Hafnaoui’s shocking win, to the Philippines earning their first-ever Olympic gold medal in the women’s weightlifting – we’ve had our fair share of iconic moments. We can’t wait to see what’s to come next week!

Here are some stand-out results in swimming and gymnastics this week.

Women’s 1500m Freestyle: Katie Ledecky wins Gold

24-year-old Katie Ledecky bagged a Gold medal in the 1500m women’s freestyle in swimming. The event joined the women’s Olympic program for the first time ever, though the men have competed in it since 1904. 

As impressive as her win was, it wasn’t just the fact that she had won Gold. What stood out was how she managed to do it after an exhausting 48-hour period in which she swam 4,000 meters over six races!

Men’s Artistic Gymnastics: Japan comes out on top

Daiki Hashimoto did not disappoint in the Artistic Gymnastics All-Around event this week. The 19-year-old won a total of 88.465 to push China’s Xiao Ruotend, the 2017 all-around champion, into second place by just 0.400 of a point. 

Men’s Freestyle Relay: Great Britain for the win

While USA may have been the favourites to win the 4x200m relay, it was Great Britain that came out on top. The GB men’s team not only won Gold, but they also set a new European record of 6:58.58. The victory has been a long-time coming, considering they have always been consistent podium finishers but never a gold medal winner in the event.

Women’s 200m Individual Medley: Yui Ohashi wins it for Japan

Japan’s Yui Ohashi won Gold in the women’s 200m individual medley on Wednesday, making a double win after her earlier triumph in the 400m medley. Ohashi finished strong with a time of 2:08:52, ahead of Americans Alex Walsh and Kate Douglass.

Keep up-to-date with our Olympics highlights in the Sprongo blog.

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