TEAM GB star Bradly Sinden has been left heartbroken after losing his 68kg Taekwondo gold-medal match-up with Ulugbek Rashitov, settling for a silver instead.
Chelsie Giles, however, picked up a bronze medal for Team GB in her Judo contest with Fabienne Kocher.
Elsewhere, Andy Murray and Jade Jones’ gold medal defences have both come to an end on a dismal Day 2 of the Tokyo Olympics for the Brits.
Murray dropped a bombshell by withdrawing from his tennis singles title defence just hours before he was set to face Felix Auger Aliassime.
Jones meanwhile fell at the first hurdle to Kimia Alizadeh of the Refugee team.
And Team GB women’s hockey went down to Germany 2-1 in a close fought opening match of their title defence.
But Adam Peaty is safely through to the Men’s 100m breaststroke final after another commanding victory in the pool.
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The USA basketball team, coached by legend of the game Greg Popovich, react after their opening game defeat to France.
USA were branded the ‘worst team ever’ by fans after collapsing to their first Olympic basketball defeat in 17 years today.
Kevin Durant and his all-star teammates were stunned by France 83-76 in their opening match at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics earlier today.
It was the first time the USA men’s side have lost in 25 games – a win streak that dates back to the Athens 2004 bronze medal contest.
Simone Biles is the most decorated female gymnast of all time and will be looking to add to her medal tally in Tokyo.
Today’s performance wasn’t her best but she’s sure to improve for Thursday’s all-around final.
Speaking on Biles’ performance today, US performance director Tom Forster said:
“Simone took three big steps on the beam dismount, I’ve never seen her do that before.
“We’re going to be OK.
“This is not the finals, this is getting into the finals.
“This might be a great awakening for us.”
Day Two of the Tokyo 2020 Games saw the return of Gymnastics superstar Simone Biles.
The 24-year-old won four gold medals at Rio 2016 but didn’t look at her fluent best whilst in action today.
She was penalised on both her floor and vault efforts but still managed to qualify for all five individual finals.
The USA though failed to top the leaderboard in the Women’s gymnastics team qualifying stage, finishing on 170.526, compared to the Russian Olmypic Committee’s score of 171.629.
WORDS OF SUPPORT
After winning silver in the men’s -68kg Taekwondo event Doncaster born Bradly Sinden was disappointed that he couldn’t quite make it a gold medal at his debut Olympics.
His mum Sheryl Sinden was delighted for Bradly though, telling the BBC:
“We can’t believe he has got a silver medal, it’s a massive achievement but I know he went for gold so I know how disappointed he is going to be.
“We are so proud of what you have achieved, don’t be hard on yourself!”
Team GB’s Bradly Sinden and Chelsie Giles pose with their silver and bronze medals from their respective Taekwondo events.
It’s the first two medals Team GB have won at Tokyo 2020 as they look to match their remarkable second placed finish in the medal table at Rio 2016.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
Bryson DeChambeau and Jon Rahm are both out of the Olympic golf event at Tokyo after returning positive Covid tests.
The 27-year-old 2020 US Open Champion DeChambeau has been replaced by Patrick Reed for Team USA ahead of the first round in Japan on Thursday.
Meanwhile 2021 US Open Champion Rahm has had a second positive test in as many months after he failed a Covid-19 test at the Memorial when holding a six shot lead in June.
It means he will not be representing Spain at the Tokyo 2020 Games.
Team USA’s men basketball team have LOST their first game of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
They go down 83-76 to France who kick off their campaign with a win against the World Number One ranked team.
It’s not the end of the road for the USA though, they’re in Group A action again on Wednesday against Iran.
Bradly Sinden’s silver medal means Team GB jump from 30th to 19th in the live medal table.
China currently top the table ahead of hosts Japan who have started the Games impressively and the USA in third.
GOLD FOR CHINA
Chen Lijun wins gold for China in the men’s 67kg weightlifting event.
He sets a new Olympic record in the process, lifting an incredible 332kg to secure China’s sixth gold medal of the games so far.
They currently lead the medal table with six golds, ahead of hosts Japan in second who have won five golds so far.
EYES ON THE PRIZE
Here’s a close-up look of what the athletes in Tokyo will be competing for over the next two weeks.
Here’s a look at the moment Team GB’s Bradly Sinden secured a silver medal in the men’s -68kg Taekwondo event in Tokyo.
It’s Team GB’s second medal of the Games after Chelsie Giles won bronze earlier also in the Taekwondo.
The USA men’s team are stuttering in the fourth quarter against France.
Their superstar team trail the French by 63 points to 61 with seven minutes left to play in the match.
Gymnastics superstar Simone Biles is in action for the first time at the Tokyo 2020 Games.
She kicks things off with a double backflip with three twists but then bounces off the floor on her second-to-last run.
It’s still a score of 14.133 on the floor though!
Doncaster’s Bradly Sinden loses out to Uzbekistan’s Ulugbek Rashitov 32-29 in the final of the men’s Taekwondo -68kg event.
Speaking after the bout though Sinden vowed to be back in Paris in four years time to hopefully win gold for Team GB.
And this is what Bradly Sinden has to say on whether he’s proud of his silver medal:
“Maybe eventually but you’re here to get gold, anything else that comes isn’t what we’re here to celebrate.
“My coach always said silver is the first loser, the best loser.
“Maybe eventually I’ll get over it but for now it’s got me [thinking] that I didn’t win gold when I think it was there for me to take but I’ll take [things] away, improve on it and come back stronger.”
Here’s the reaction of Bradly Sinden to his silver medal in the men’s -68kg Taekwondo:
“I think it was my gold medal to give away.
“Obviously he’s a good fighter, he’s took out some good fighters throughout the day.
“I made a few mistakes, I think I was unlucky with a few things but that’s Taekwondo, you have to go on what score’s on the system.”
SINDEN WINS SILVER
What a gold medal match that was.
Ulugbek Rashitov beats Bradly Sinden 32-29 in the final of the men’s Taekwondo -68kg event.
Sinden is in tears after leading with ten seconds left of the clash but a head kick from Rashitov late on was enough to secure gold for the man from Uzbekistan.
It’s a great effort from Sinden but he falls just short at the final hurdle.
Team GB have their second medal of the games though with that silver.
THIRD AND FINAL ROUND
Bradly Sinden has two minutes left of his gold medal match.
It’s level with 1minute 30seconds left to play after a punch and a kick in quick succession to the chest of Ulugbek Rashitov.
END OF THE SECOND
Ulugbek Rashitov is still in control after two out of three rounds.
He’s having success with blows to Sinden’s trunks and leads 18-14 at the end of the second.
It was 18-11 until the final seconds but a kick to the head by Sinden means he reduces the deficit to four points with a round to go.
END OF THE FIRST
Ulugbek Rashitov comes out on top after round one.
He leads 13-8 after two quick head kicks and another kick around the corner in the closing seconds of the round.
A head kick equates to three points so two quick head quicks changed the complexion of that first round.
Six quick points from Ulugbek Rashitov with back-to-back kicks to the head means he now leads 8-6.
A very back-and-forth clash so far as the first round comes to an end.
Ulugbek Rashitov takes the first point with a punch to the chest protector, and then another.
Sinden follows with a two kicks to the trunk to lead 4-2 with one minute left of the first.
TEAM GB GOING FOR GOLD
Right here we go.
Team GB’s Bradly Sinden’s gold medal match in the men’s -68kg Taekwondo event is about to get underway.
Doncaster born Sinden takes on Ulugbek Rashitov of Uzbekistan for the right to be Olympic Champion!
USA WIN GOLD
Anastasija Zolotic of the USA wins gold at the age of just eighteen-years-old.
She defeats Tatiana Kudashova of the Russian Olympic Committee in the final of the women’s Taekwondo -57kg event.
It’s a relatively straightforward 25-17 victory that seals the USA’s fourth gold medal of the games.
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