Frank Stabler, a three-time world champion in wrestling, is still fighting for an Olympic medal at the end of his career. Musberger reached the short final of the 67kg weight category via the hop round in Tokyo on Wednesday. In the evening (from 12.30 pm / CEST) he meets the Georgian Rams Soidze. “We had to win, live the dream,” said Stabler, “bronze is the new Olympic gold.” This will be Stabler’s farewell ceremony. The 32-year-old crashed out after losing to Mohammad Raza Gerai in the quarter-finals on Tuesday. As Irani reached the final, Stabler was again allowed to run in the Hope Round.
In this, he defeated Colombia’s Julian Steven Horta Acevedo with a clear 8-0. At the 2012 Games in London and 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Germany’s longtime leading wrestler missed out on medals. This would now be a deserved end to his impressive career.
Stabler’s Greco-Roman colleague Dennis Kudla is also reaching for Olympic bronze again. The 26-year-old from Schiferstad, who had already finished third five years ago, won the hopeful round 10:2 after falling 2-0 against Kyrgyz Atabek Asisbeko. His opponent in one of the shorter finals in the up to 87 kg category is Egypt’s Mohamed Metvli. Kudla had lost to Viktor Lorinz of Hungary the day before in the quarterfinals.
In Rio de Janeiro in 2016, the German Wrestling Federation (DRB) was only allowed to celebrate Kudla’s bronze medal. In Tokyo, Aline Rotter-Falken started on Monday with a gold in the 76kg category. Now two of the best Greco fighters in the country want to provide more precious metal.
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skateboard: 14-year-old skateboarder Lily Stofasius finished a good ninth in her Olympic premiere and missed the final only marginally. The Berliner scored 38.37 points in the park discipline on Wednesday and missed only 3.22 points from the eighth place he needed to take part in the final. Stofasius scored many of his points in the first three qualifying runs. The teen fell on the next two attempts. Each participant in the qualification had three runs of 45 seconds each. The maximum possible number of points is 100, only the best performance is counted.
Japan’s Sakura Yosozumi won the final, making the 19-year-old Park the first-ever Olympic champion in the discipline. The World Cup runner-up finished on Wednesday with 60.09 points in the final, ahead of her compatriot, only twelve-year-old Kokona Hiraki, who reached 59.04. Japan-born 13-year-old Briton Sky Brown won the bronze medal with a score of 56.47.
canoe ride: German kayak yachts Max Hof/Jacob Schöf and Juul Heck and Sabrina Herring-Pradler advance directly to the semi-finals. Canoeing specialist Lisa Jan, who finished second in the quarterfinals of canoe competitions at her Olympic premiere, also managed it in the roundabout.
The co-favorite in two-man kayaking over 1000 meters did well with a second-place finish in the preliminary run at Sea Forest Waterway on Wednesday. In the final sprint, both confidently overtook the Slovaks, but the victorious Australians could no longer be stopped. “Everything was checked, tomorrow it’s about sausage, we can add a little more,” said Hoff. Shof, who missed out on a medal in fourth place, was aggressive. “There’s still enough grain for both,” he said and was happy not to do an extra lap. “You really have to consume 5000 kilocalories every 1000 meters here. It’s a huge energy work here.”
In the women’s kayak over 500 metres, Lunen’s Jool Heck made it to the semi-finals as third place. Hanover’s Sabrina Herring-Pradler also made it directly to the semi-finals and finished second behind top New Zealand favorite Lisa Carrington. He was relieved after eighth place in one. “After crying all day, I can go to the village today with a smile,” she said. “I’m looking forward to the four and see what’s going on in one. And I want to present Germany well again here.”
Lisa Jan of Berlin and Sophie Koch of Karlsruhe had to make a detour in the Olympic premiere of their canoeing discipline over the 200 meters. As the fourth and fifth part of their initial run, both missed out on direct entry to the semi-finals. In the quarter-finals, Jahn moved up to second place. The end came for the coach. The semi-finals and final will be held on Thursday.
table tennis: As expected, the table tennis women of Germany clearly lost the semi-final against top favorite China and are now fighting for the bronze. Han Ying, Patrica Soulja and Shan Xiona stayed away from the sensation they had hoped for in a 3-0 win over the number one seeded Asians in Tokyo on Wednesday. On Thursday (4 a.m./CEST), the 2016 Olympic runners-up will play against a fourth-place pick from Hong Kong for third-place.
In the semi-finals, there was no chance for the number three German women to be selected by national coach G Schöpp. Soulja and Shan Xiona only managed to equalize the first set in a 0:3 (9:11, 2:11, 4:11) match against world number one and Tokyo Olympic champions Chen Meng and Wang Manyu. Han Ying also lost in the singles of the Summer Games against finalist, Sun Yingsha, 0:3 (6:11, 4:11, 9:11). At the end of the day Soulja put up a lot of resistance against Chen Meng and won the only set in 1:3 (11:5, 4:11, 9:11, 11:13).
China and hosts Japan will face the final on Thursday (12.30 pm / CEST). Since the introduction of team competition at the 2008 Summer Games, the Chinese have always won the gold medal. Five years earlier in Rio, the German selection with the same line-up surprised with silver, but lost without a single point in the final against China.
Basketball: American basketball players celebrate their 53rd consecutive win on the Olympic podium, paving the way for their ninth gold medal. The record winner beat Australia in the quarter-finals after a stellar performance with 79:55 (48:27), missing only two more victories for a seventh consecutive victory at the Summer Games. Brenna Stewart, who won all major basketball titles with UMMC Yekaterinburg at club and national team level after winning the EuroLeague this year, was the best American women’s thrower. The 26-year-old scored 23 points at the Saitama Super Arena.
The United States will face Serbia in the semi-finals on Friday (6.40 a.m.), which China defeated in round-of-eight 77:70 (35:33). Serbian players finished third at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. The Americans suffered their last defeat at the Olympic Games in 1992 in Barcelona in the semi-final (73:79 against CIS).
HockeyDutch women’s hockey advanced to the final after clearly defeating Olympic champions Great Britain in the semi-finals in Tokyo. The world champions registered a 5-1 (2-0) win on Wednesday. Friday’s final is against either India or Argentina, which the German team defeated in the quarter-finals (3-0). Dutch women are competing for their fourth gold medal after 1984, 2008 and 2012. In the event of further success, “Orange” would be the only record champion, with Australia also having three Olympic victories.
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