Hansle Parchment of Jamaica wins gold in 110m hurdles

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Hansle Parchment won against Grant Holloway, the American who was the event’s favorite, in the 110m hurdles. Ronald Levy, also from Jamaica, took the bronze. In the open swimming, Florian Willbrook presented Germany with a new gold medal in the 10 km. Canadian Damian Warner continues to lead the decathlon and is the favorite to be the next Olympic champion in the discipline. While in the heptathlon, the competition has not yet been decided.

The thirteenth day of the Olympic Games began with open water swimming and several sporting events, among them the second day of the decathlon; Final 110m hurdles for men and triple jump for men.

The finals of skateboarding, paddleboarding, wrestling or the track will follow all night. As well as the semi-finals of team sports basketball, handball and volleyball for men.

Here are the highlights of the August 5 Olympics:

  • Jamaican Hansley Parchman makes a surprise by winning the 110m hurdles

American Grant Holloway, the current world champion in the 110m hurdles, was expected to win. In this final, Grant Holloway led the race from start to last meters when Slavery beat him with a time of 13’04. Holloway took the silver in 13’09, while Ronald Levy, another Jamaican runner, completed the podium in 13’10.

Two more medals for the tiny Caribbean island that now has seven medals, all earned in sprint events for athletics.

American Devon Alli came fourth and France’s Pascal Martinot Lagarde ranked fifth.

Hansley Parchman of Jamaica (centre) poses with his country’s flag after winning the gold medal in the 110m hurdles. Next to him is US silver medalist Grant Holloway and bronze medalist Ronald Levy. © Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters
  • Germany’s Florian Willbrook dominates the 10km open water race
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The first test of the day took place in Tokyo at Odaiba Marine Park with a 10km swim in open water.

Upon entering the water, Florian Willbrook immediately took the lead in the singles race ahead of a group of 24 other riders. A tactical choice that might sound risky in such a long test, but it led the world champion to Olympic gold.

Among the pursuit group are Dutchman Ferry Wertmann, 2016 champion at the Rio Games, and French Marc-Antoine Olivier (bronze in Rio). The Frenchman was the first to try to get out of the pack behind the German.

Other figures at the event include Italian Gregorio Paltrinieri, American Jordan Williamowski and Tunisian Oussama Mellouli, 37, the Olympic champion in London in 2012.

Germany's Florian Willbrook swims against other competitors during the 10km open water swimming final.  Odaiba Marine Park, Tokyo, Japan on August 5, 2021.
Germany’s Florian Willbrook swims against other competitors during the 10km open water swimming final. Odaiba Marine Park, Tokyo, Japan on August 5, 2021. Reuters – Leonard Fogger

After the first lap 1.4 kilometres, Willbrook was 6.4 seconds ahead of Frenchman Olivier and 13 seconds ahead of Hungarian Christoph Rasovsky. The group was still more than 20 seconds behind the leader at this time.

In the middle of the race, the Hungarian swimmer took the lead in the race, ahead of Willbrook and Olivier, while Italian Paltrinieri followed up, gradually approaching the leading trio. After 7 kilometers of competition, Wellbrock was still setting the pace, followed by Rasovsky and Olivier.

Meanwhile, the Italian Paltrinieri, the Greek Atanasio Kynigakis and the Israeli Matan Roditi, wanted to be included in the battle on the podium. At the start of the last kilometer, Willbrook scrambled to beat all his rivals and took the gold with a time of 1 hour, 48 and 33 seconds. Hungary’s Rasovsky and Italy’s Baltrinieri came in second and third, 25 seconds behind the winner. Olivier finished sixth in the 49th minute behind Willbrook.

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The Latin American representative was 21-year-old Ecuadorean David Farinango and Mexican Daniel Delgadillo, who finished 15th and 17th, respectively.

  • After 7 tests, Warner was very close to conquering gold in decathlon

Damien Warner continues to lead the decathlon as Frenchman Kevin Mayer, who announced back pain yesterday, battles to climb to the podium. After the seventh round, discus throw, the Canadian tops the decathlon with 6,610 points. They are followed by Australian Ashley Moloney (6,359 points) and Pierce Lepage, another athlete from Canada with 6,265 points. Frenchman Kevin Mayer is fourth with 6,157 points.

In the 110m hurdles, Warner set a new Olympic record in the decathlon with a time of 13’46. If he continues at that level in the last three events, the Canadian could take gold and record the Olympic decathlon, which currently stands at 8,893 points.

There are three missing tests in this competition that will take place in the next few hours: the javelin throw, the pole vault and the 1500m.

  • An indecisive heptathlon test with four athletes in less than 200 points

After five of the seven events, Dutchman Anouk Vetter leads the heptathlon competition with 4,965 points, only 4 points ahead of Belgian Navissatu Thiam. They are followed by the other Belgian Noor Wiedets with 4,890 points, American Annie Koons (4,819) and Kendall Williams with 4,806 points. The podium will be determined in the last two tests: the javelin throw and the 800m.

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