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Tokyo 2020 Olympics Briefing: Melissa Wu Gets Diving Bronze

The veteran Olympian won her first individual medal at a Games with a bronze in the women’s 10-metre platform.

by | Aug 6, 2021

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They were a long time coming, but in no way has Tokyo 2020 failed to live up to the hype of an Olympic Games. Perhaps now more than ever, as many of us find ourselves in an extended lockdown, the Games provide a welcome distraction from the minutiae of everyday life. With a simple flick of the channel, we can find ourselves absorbed in the sport of canoe slalom or gymnastics, surfing and skateboarding, watching the world’s top athletes give nothing but their all as they look to be victorious and stand atop that medal podium.

With all eyes now on our track and field stars, Australia’s athletes are proving that they are a forced to be reckoned with. Our top athletes have taken to their events with steely-eyed focus and determination, and while not everyone walks away with a gold medal, the way they have conducted themselves is reason alone for celebration. It’s there in our Aussie athletes that we see just what it means to be compassionate, kind and loyal sportspeople. Of course, there are still the upsets that make sport the engaging theatre of triumph and loss that it is. With that in mind, here’s a round-up of the key Olympic moments for female athletes at Tokyo 2020 in the last 24 hours.

Australia beach volleyball team head into gold medal match

Aussie beach volleyball powerhouse stars Mariafe Artacho del Solar and Taliqua Clancy continue to prove their dominance in the competition. The pair have now secured a spot in the beach volleyball gold medal match, the first time an Australian duo has been in such a position for 21 years. The pair advanced into the final after beating the Latvian team of Tina Graudina and Anastasija Kravcenoka 23-21 and 21-13 in just 43 minutes. They’re now aiming to win Australia’s first gold in the event since the 2000 Sydney Games.

Melissa Wu wins first individual Olympic medal

If you’re an ardent fan of the Olympic Games, Melissa Wu is a familiar face. Although just 29-years-old, Wu is considered something of a veteran Olympian, with Tokyo serving as her fourth Olympic Games. Still, this Olympics marks the first time Wu has won a medal in the individual competition, taking bronze in the women’s 10-metre platform. Placed fourth after her first dive, Wu then moved into third with her next dive where she stayed for the remainder of the competition. Her final attempt secured her best score of the final, with an 81.60 delivering the bronze. 

Matildas medal hopes come to an end

The Matildas took on the USA for the bronze medal in the women’s football competition. Despite sharing seven goals between them, it was the USA who triumphed thanks to veteran stars Megan Rapinoe and Carli Lloyd. With two goals each, they ensured the US Women’s National Team went home with a medal after a 4-3 victory over the Matildas. While it was a heartbreaking loss for the Matildas, the team did Australia proud with impressive performances throughout the competition. 

Britain sets national record in women’s 4x100m relay

The relays are always a favourite event at the Olympics, showing the camaraderie of athletes as well as a healthy dose of competition between nations. But the women’s 4x100m relay was particularly riveting, as Britain’s relay team recorded the fastest ever heat at an Olympics, setting a national record in the process. They could now be in medal contention. 

Lisa Carrington becomes New Zealand’s greatest ever Olympian

After winning her third gold medal of the Olympic Games with a stunning victory in the women’s kayak single 500m, Lisa Carrington has now become New Zealand’s greatest ever Olympian. She has six medals to her name, taking her past the five won by fellow kayakers Ian Ferguson and Paul MacDonald, and equestrian star Sir Mark Todd. 

Coming Up

An early start for the men’s 50km race walk, while the women’s football final will kick off late. Team GB’s women go for bronze against India in the hockey, with Argentina then taking on the Netherlands for gold in the evening. There’s the climax of the women’s event in the sport climbing, while in athletics there are finals for women’s javelin, men’s 5,000m, women’s 400m, and women’s 1500m where Lisa Muir and Sifan Hassan will battle it out.

By Jessica Campbell

Jess is a storyteller committed to sharing the human stories that lie at the heart of sport.

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