Tokyo 2020 Day Six Highlights: A silver and bronze for Team GB while Olympic records tumble in the pool


Medals for Mallory Franklin, Caeleb Dressel and Sunisa Lee on Thursday in Tokyo (Picture: Getty/Rex/Shutterstock)

Team GB had to go a day without any gold to shout about on Thursday, but there were still medals won thanks to Mallory Franklin and Matthew Coward-Holley.

The stars of the day came in the pool as Olympic records were broken by Australian and American powerhouses who we will likely see a lot more of on medal podiums.

Team GB pick up another silver and bronze

Mallory Franklin celebrates her silver medal (Picture: PA)

The success for Great Britain on Thursday came in canoeing and shooting as they stayed sixth in the medal table.

Mallory Franklin claimed silver in the canoe slalom women’s C1, losing out to Jessica Fox of Australia.

In trap shooting, Matthew Coward-Holley picked up a bronze, with 33 of 40 shot in the final.

‘It’s a little bit of a mix of emotions. I’m a little bit lost for words,’ he said. ‘It’s my first Olympics so to come away with a medal, it’s phenomenal.’

There were narrow misses for the rowers, with two GB pairs finishing fourth, one by the barest of margins.

Helen Glover and Polly Swann finished fourth in the women’s coxless pairs, but it was even more heart-breaking for Emily Craig and Imogen Grant in the lightweight women’s double sculls, who missed out on bronze by 0.01 seconds.

There was memorable Irish gold in rowing, though, as Paul O’Donovan and Fintan McCarthy won the lightweight men’s double sculls, powering to victory in style.

Olympic records broken in the pool

Caeleb Dressel is the new swimming star of Team USA (Picture: Getty Images)

Australia’s Izaac Stubblety-Cook surged home to win gold in the 200m breaststroke, setting a new Olympic record of 2:06.38, with Team GB’s James Wilby finishing sixth.

Caeleb Dressel, representing America, won his second gold of the Games in the 100m freestyle, also setting an Olympic record of 47.02 seconds.

He remains in contention to win more golds in the 50m freestyle, 100m butterfly and two more relay events.

Simone Biles cheers on Sunisa Lee to gymastics gold

Sunisa Lee claimed gold for the US (Picture: Getty Images)

Simone Biles withdrew from the all-around final as she looks to ease her mental health issues, but she cheered on her fellow American Sunisa Lee to gold.

The 18-year-old won her first Olympic gold with Team GB’s twin sisters Jessica and Jennifer Gadirova finishing 10th and 13th.

More Brits progress

Elsewhere, Britain’s super-heavyweight boxing hope Frazer Clarke comfortably won his Round of 16 contest against Ukrainian Tsotne Rogava.

Frazer Clarke is into the last eight in Tokyo (Picture: Getty Images)

Adam Peaty was back in the pool after winning gold earlier in the week, helping Team GB win their 4x100m mixed medley relay heat.

Duncan Scott also impressed again, making the final of the 200m indivdual medley.

Kye Whyte and Bethany Shriever are into the women’s BMX semi-finals.


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