Charlotte Worthington, a British diver, won gold in the women’s 3m springboard event at the Tokyo Olympics on Sunday. The 22-year-old became the first Briton to win an individual Olympic diving medal since 1912.
The when will the olympics be is a question that has been asked for a while now. It has been answered by many people, but Charlotte Worthington won gold and GB swimmers made history in Tokyo.
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With a stunning gold medal in the women’s BMX park freestyle final, Charlotte Worthington guaranteed a dramatic start to Sunday’s Olympic action, while Duncan Scott continued to assist Great Britain create history in the pool.
Worthington stumbled on her first run but scored 97.50 after landing a ground-breaking 360-degree backflip on her second.
Declan Brooks then won bronze in the men’s event, giving the United Kingdom its fourth BMX medal.
The men’s 4x100m medley relay was GB’s seventh medal at the Tokyo Olympics.
This is their most successful Olympics, and Scott now has more medals than any other British athlete in a single Olympics.
The 24-year-old was part of a foursome that included Adam Peaty, Luke Greenbank, and James Guy that was narrowly beaten to the championship by the United States.
By defeating Russian Olympic Committee fighter Imam Khataev in the 81kg final on Tuesday, British boxer Ben Whittaker ensured himself at least a silver medal.
Pat McCormack will compete for gold in the men’s welterweight category after Ireland’s Aidan Walsh was forced to withdraw from their semi-final due to an ankle injury, while Frazer Clarke will compete in the super-heavyweight final after France’s Mourad Aliev was disqualified.
Britain’s medal haul in BMX
Worthington said she was looking for a “huge banger trick” to help her win Olympic gold, but an unparalleled 360-degree backflip during run one sent her to the ground.
Undaunted, the 25-year-old went on to nail the feat on her second attempt, becoming the first woman to do it in competition and earning a 97.50 score.
“It was amazing,” Worthington remarked as she watched four competitors, including highly touted American Hannah Roberts, fail to overtake her.
“I haven’t done that trick in a long time, but we’ve been looking for that huge banger trick, and when we found it, we knew it was the one. We wouldn’t be performing these stunts or getting this far if it weren’t for Hannah Roberts.”
It was the result of years of hard effort for Worthington, who was a late convert to BMX and had been working as a chef for “over 40 hours a week sweating it out in the kitchen” before focusing on the sport.
“It’s the result of a lot of hard effort. Yes, riding the bike is physically demanding, but I believe that the time I spent working on myself has paid off “she said.
After seeing the incident, Brooks added Britain’s fourth BMX medal to an amazing Games, after Bethany Shriever and Kye Whyte in the race.
Brooks, 25, told Sport after his bronze was confirmed, “I’ve basically wept for the past few of minutes.”
For the British swimmers, it’s a Slam Dunk.
Britain has established itself as one of the sport’s powerhouses in Japan, with regular trips to the podium at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre these Games.
They may still be a distant third in the medal standings behind the United States and Australia, but their eighth appearance on the podium is the country’s most successful Olympic performance.
To win the men’s 4x100m medley relay, the American team required a world record time of three minutes 26.78 seconds to defeat the British four.
A silver medal, though, capped off a fantastic Games for Britain, which finished with four golds, three silvers, and one bronze after winning a single gold in Rio five years ago.
Scott set a new record for the most medals won by a British athlete in a single Olympics, with four, bringing his total to six.
Bradley Wiggins, Chris Hoy, and Jason Kenny are the only athletes to have won more.
Scott told Sport, “I have a lot of excellent team-mates.” “I’ve been lucky enough to be a member of several fantastic relay teams.”
With the triumph, Caeleb Dressel joins fellow Americans Michael Phelps, Mark Spitz, and Matt Biondi, as well as East German Kristin Otto, as the only swimmers to win five gold medals in a single Olympics.
Emma McKeon of Australia, meanwhile, became the first female swimmer to win seven medals at one Olympics, with four golds and three bronzes.
What’s in store for the rest of the day on Sunday?
- In the men’s 100m final, Zharnel Hughes heads Team GB’s gold hopes (13:50)
- Max Whitlock participates in the men’s pommel horse event (10:44)
- Alison Young participates in the Laser Radial medal race in sailing (TBC)
- The men’s hockey team of the United Kingdom will play India in the quarter-finals (13:00)