Nice Britain’s Liam Heath has received a bronze medal within the males’s K1 200m canoe dash on the Tokyo Olympics.
The 36-year-old defending Olympic champion clocked 35.202 seconds to complete third behind gold medallist Sandor Totka of Hungary, with Italian Manfredi Rizza taking silver.
It was Guildford-based Heath’s fourth Olympic medal after successes at London 2012 and Rio 4 years later.
Whereas he couldn’t make it successive golds, he mentioned he was comfortable along with his efficiency.
“It is laborious to place into phrases, it is what you are working in direction of, to be at your finest for these occasions and I’ve discovered a lot alongside my journey,” he informed the BBC.
“You study extra about your self, your opponents and the folks you’re employed with day in, time out. It is them working tirelessly behind the scenes which offers the assist for me to have the ability to obtain my desires.
“A large due to all people that is watching at dwelling. Not fairly the gold, however I am proud of my efficiency so I hope you guys may be comfortable too.”
He added he was but to resolve whether or not he’ll proceed his Olympic journey to Paris.
“It’s going to take me a few weeks to look again, consider and see how comfortable I’m to proceed in direction of a fourth Video games. We must wait and see,” he mentioned.
Elsewhere, Group GB boxer Galal Yafai assured himself at the very least a silver medal after making it by way of to the ultimate of the lads’s flyweight class.
The 28-year-old Birmingham fighter beat Kazakhstan’s Saken Bibossinov in Thursday’s semi-final following an explosive begin which helped him safe the win.
Bibossinov landed key punches on the finish of the third and remaining spherical – however Yafai saved going to the tip with the judges awarding him victory on three of the 5 scorecards.
“To be in an Olympic remaining is one thing I by no means thought I may do, and now I am in it. It simply goes to indicate, for those who put in laborious work, you reap the rewards,” he mentioned.
Yafai will tackle Carlo Paalam of the Philippines within the showpiece on Saturday.
In the meantime, Irish boxer Kellie Anne Harrington superior into the ladies’s light-weight remaining with a slender split-decision victory over Thailand’s Sudaporn Seesondee on the Kokugikan Area.
Seesondee had edged out Group GB’s Caroline Dubois in a good contest and this semi-final was one other bout the place the end result was on a knife-edge, with little to separate the pair.
Whereas Seesondee upped the tempo within the remaining spherical, Harrington was given the decision on three of the 5 judges’ scorecards and can tackle Brazil’s Beatriz Ferreira within the gold medal match.
“I am just a little bit misplaced for phrases… I am speechless,” Harrington mentioned afterwards.
There was drama on the Izu Velodrome the place Britain’s Katy Marchant’s hopes within the ladies’s keirin had been led to merciless style as she was caught in a crash by way of no fault of her personal within the quarter-finals.
Marchant was taken out when Dutch rider Lauren van Riessen appeared to clip a wheel in entrance and swung up the financial institution.
“I believe that is simply bike racing – incorrect place, incorrect time. I hope everybody’s alright that was within the crash. I believe I am alright, only a bit battered and bruised,” Marchant informed the BBC afterwards.
“I wanted to complete the race in case there was one thing that got here up on the outcomes, a relegation or something. I am not likely certain what occurred, incorrect place, incorrect time, I simply obtained caught up in it.
“I will be again tomorrow to start out the dash competitors.”
The Dutch rider acquired therapy on the observe facet earlier than being taken away on a stretcher.