Holly Bradshaw bronze medal in pole vault, Matt Walls WINS, Katy Marchant horror crash

TEAM GB struck gold on the cycling track on a dramatic Day 13 of the Olympics.

And we’ve also added two bronzes – and a guaranteed silver at least – on a thrilling day across the board.

Matt Walls dominated the Men’s Omnium to secure gold at the Izu Velodrome, while Liam Heath claimed bronze in the men’s canoe sprint and Holly Bradshaw finished third in the women’s pole vault.

It was Bradshaw’s first podium finish in a major championship as the Chorley star took an emotional bronze.

While flyweight Galal Yafai is through to Saturday’s gold medal match after beating Sake Bibossinov of Kazakhstan by split decision.

But elsewhere in the cycling there wasn’t such good news with Katy Marchant crashing out and Jason Kenny eliminated in the Men’s Sprint quarter-final.

However, it was better news for Jack Carlin, who has advanced to the semi-final of the same event.

Dina Asher-Smith has returned to the track in the 4x100m relay as the Brits BLITZED the field to set the fastest time in the heats.

The British women set a national record of 41.55sec and are the favourites going into the final and the men are also in the final after finishing second in their semi.

For Katarina Johnson-Thompson’s boyfriend Andrew Pozzi it was seventh in the 110m hurdles final.

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    Team GB star Holly Bradshaw looked back at her Olympic bronze medal-winning performance in the women’s pole vault event.

    Bradshaw said: “I don’t know what emotion I’m feeling: relief, pure enjoyment, excited, proud of myself for sticking with it. I knew I could get there one day.

    “It was a tricky competition, it was a constant headwind. My experience kicked in, I kept my nerve, had a bit of a wobble at 4.70 but cleared it and it was just that experience that played out today.

    “It’s still not really sunk in. I knew I could come in and deliver a medal-winning performance but I really felt like I was ranked fifth coming in.

    “I knew I had to dig something out and I really feel like I did, I earned that medal and I’m really proud of myself and all of my team for just sticking with me”


    Team GB remain sixth after the Olympic Games’ Day 13.

    China continue to lead the way with Team USA and Japan following in second and third place respectively


    Liam Heath claimed bronze in the first medal for Team GB on the Olympic Games’ Day 13.

    Heath registered a finish of 35.202 seconds to edge out Hungary’s Kolos Csizmadia for third place.

    Heath has now won medals at three consecutive Olympics


    Team GB’s Galal Yafai has made it to the final after beating Kazakhstan’s Saken Bibossinov.

    Yafai, who competes in the 52kg flyweight division, is over the moon as he is going after the gold.

    Yafai told the BBC: “I can’t believe it. It’s ridiculous, it’s a dream.

    “We’re a close-knit team and we support each other. We have six medals now. It shows what GB Boxing is”


    Canada’s Damian Warner won the gold medal in the men’s decathlon category.

    Warner topped the standings with an Olympic record of 9018 points.

    France’s Kevin Mayer took silver and Australia’s Ashley Moloney snatched the bronze.


    China’s Quan Hongchan claimed gold in the women’s 10m platform at the age of 14!

    Team GB’s Andrea Spendolini-Sirieix, who finished seventh, said: “She’s 14 and she’s doing stuff like that.

    “I don’t know what to add.

    “When we were warming up and we were waiting to be called out, she was dancing, she was laughing, it looked like she had no nerves. She’s amazing”


    Team GB’s omnium Olympic gold medallist Matt Walls is over the moon after becoming the first British track cyclist to win gold at Tokyo 2020.

    Walls said: “It means a lot.

    “It’s pretty cool to be the first one to get the gold.

    “It’s been carnage basically, these Olympics, in the team pursuit especially”


    Spain’s Alberto Gines Lopez has taken the first ever sport climbing Olympic gold.

    Lopez has won the historic honour at the age of 18.

    Austria’s Jakob Schubert made it to the top of the wall in the final round of lead climbing to take the bronze medal.

    Team USA’s Nathaniel Coleman got the silver


    Heptathlon gold medallist Nafi Thiam admitted there were a lot of ups and downs on her way to Olympic glory.

    Thiam told the BBC: “I’m still in shock, it’s been two difficult years with a lot of up and downs and physical problems and in my head I wasn’t always in the right place.

    “I’m happy, it’s paid off in the end and now I want to enjoy my holidays I think I need some time off – I’m just exhausted. A lot of up and downs and a lot of pressure from the outside and also that I put on myself. I don’t really have the words right now.

    “Five years ago in Rio it was a shock, I’m really proud I was able to do this it was difficult for me I had to provide some solid performances on day two and I was really focused this morning and my coach was positive.

    “But he couldn’t be with me which was a bit of a punch in the face – I didn’t think I could do it without him. I’m thankful for the team around me saying I could do this”


    Team GB star Holly Bradshaw’s quest for an Olympic medal in the pole vault category has come to a conclusion.

    Bradshaw told the BBC: “This is what I’ve worked for my whole career.

    “I’ve had so many ups and downs.

    “It’s something that I’ve just wanted, and wanted it so bad and it finally happened”


    France’s 90-89 men’s basketball semi-final victory over Slovenia went right down to the wire.

    Luka Doncic inspired Slovenia with a triple double, but it wasn’t quite enough as the French squeezed into the final against the USA.

    Here is the incredible, last-ditch block by LA Clippers star Nicolas Batum that sealed victory for France.


    It’s heartbreak for Luka Doncic and Slovenia, as they fall 90-89 to France in the men’s basketball semi-finals.

    The Dallas Mavericks superstar delivered an extraordinary performance, registering only the third triple double in Olympics history.

    But it will be France who play the USA in the final, after edging past the Doncic-inspired Slovenians.

    Luka and Co will play Australia for a bronze.


    What a moment for the Bahamas!

    Steven Gardiner is the men’s 400m sprint champion at Tokyo 2020.

  • ‘BRAVE’

    American superstar gymnast Simone Biles has admitted that she feels’ ‘brave’ after putting her mental wellbeing first by pulling out of five events at Tokyo 2020.

    She told the Today Show: “I thought that was brave of me, because if you would have asked me a couple of years ago, I would have kept pushing through.

    “But I’m at the age now where I kind of control my mental and wellbeing and I knew that it was the best decision for the team and myself.”

    Biles suffered from 'twisties' at Tokyo 2020
    Biles suffered from ‘twisties’ at Tokyo 2020Credit: Alamy

    And it’s a third time failure for Bradshaw at 4.90m in the women’s pole vault final!

    But it’s not all bad here, she’s bagged herself a bronze medal


    Second attempt here for Bradshaw.

    Can she go into the lead…

    And Bradshaw hits the bar! Still in second for the Brit.


    The Brit – in second – has got two more attempts though.

    Thrilling final here!


    We’re up to 4.90m!


    Simone Biles believes that the abuse she suffered at the hands of Larry Nassar ‘probably’ contributed to her mental health struggles at Tokyo 2020.

    The American superstar suffered from ‘twisties’ at the Games, as she lost faith in her ability to execute her incredible routines.

    Growing up, Biles was one of hundreds of gymnasts to be abused by serial paedophile and former US team doctor Larry Nassar.

    And speaking to Hoda Kotb on the Today Show, she admitted that the harrowing abuse ‘probably’ affected her in Tokyo.

    She said: “Now that I think of it, maybe in the back of my head, probably, yes, because there are certain triggers that you don’t even know.

    “And I think [the abuse] could have [affected me].”

    Simone Biles finished her Games by returning to win bronze in the barrel beam
    Simone Biles finished her Games by returning to win bronze in the barrel beam

    What a jump from Bradshaw!

    She’s up to second.


    Holly Bradshaw is currently in bronze medal position in a thrilling pole vault final.

    Who will fall next?


    But Bradshaw can’t clear her first attempt at 4.80.

    Second attempt up next…


    There are just four athletes left in the pole vault final..and Great Britain’s Holly Bradshaw is one of them.

    4.80m next up. Can she do it?


    After Great Britain’s 4x400m Women’s relay team qualified for the final of the event after a third place finish in their heat, Emily Diamond told the BBC:

    “We had a really tough heat, all three medallists from Rio were in our heat so we had to put a strong team out there.

    “It felt tough but we got the automatic qualification and that’s all we needed.”

    Emily Diamond


    Holly Bradshaw fails to clear the bar on her first attempt at 4.70m in the Women’s pole vault final.

    She’s got two more chances at that.

    Pre-Olympics Bradshaw had said 4.90m was her target.

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