After the sensational defeat against France in the first match of the basketball tournament in Tokyo 2021, Gregg Popovich, coach of team USA, said he was disappointed, but not surprised at the performance of his players. In the press conference he said: "There are a lot of competitive teams around the world, full of NBA players.
It is evident that the gap is narrowing every year. I am more disappointed than surprised. I don't understand who uses the term surprised. Using it means taking away the merits and underestimating the value of the French team, as if we expected our comfortable victory with a 30 point difference.
Here what happened in the last races of Tokyo 2021 Olympic Games on 25/7/2021
Soccer: On the second day of the group stage of the soccer tournament in Tokyo 2021, France, thanks to a hat-trick by André-Pierre Gignac, beat South Africa 4-3, after their debut defeat against Mexico.
Thanks to Facundo Medina's goal, Argentina beat Egypt 1-0. At the Nissan Stadium, Brazil - Ivory Coast ends 0-0. Women's cycling: In the road test, Anna Kiesenhofer, on the run from the start, wins the gold medal, while the silver went to the Dutch Annemiek van Vleuten.
Italian Elisa Longo Borghini got the bronze medal. Swimming women's 100 m breaststroke: sensational elimination for one of the most anticipated swimmers of the Olympics. The 16-year-old Italian Benedetta Pilato, who had set an unexciting 5th time in the 100 breaststroke battery, was disqualified for irregular stance in the underwater phase of the start.
Swimming men's 400 m freestyle swimming: gold medal to the Tunisian outsider Ahmed Hafnaoui in 3'43 '' 36, preceding the Australian Jack McLoughlin in 3'43 '' 52 and the American Kieran Smith in 3'43 '' 94.
Swimming men's 400 m mixed: gold medal for the American Chase Kalisz, already silver in Rio in 2016, in 4'09''42. With him on the podium his teammate Jay Litherland in 4'10 '' 28 and the Australian Brendon Smith Swimming women's 400 m mixed: the Japanese Yui Ohashi wins the gold medal in 4'32''00.
Silver and bronze medal respectively for the Americans Emma Weyant and Hali Flickinger. Skateboard: Japan's first Skateboard gold in the history of the Olympics. It was won in the Street by Yuto Horigome who finished with a score of 37.18, silver for the Brazilian Kelvin Hoefler (36.15), bronze for the American Jagger Eaton (35.35).
Tennis: Surprise in women's singles, where Australian world number one Ashleigh Barty, Wimbledon winner, was eliminated in the first round by Spanish Sorribes Tormo 6-3, 6-4. Instead, Naomi Osaka wins, who defeats Saisai Zheng in Chinese straight sets.
In the men's singles defending champion Andy Murray retires, while Alexanser Zverev qualifies for the second round. Murray said: "I am really disappointed that I have to give up the singles tournament, but our medical staff advised me not to play in both specialties, because it could make my situation worse.
So I took a lot of difficulty. decision to give up the singular and concentrate on the double. All this after several consultations with the doctors." Golf: The American golfer Bryson DeChambeau, positive for Covid 19, was forced to retire, according to what was announced by the PGA Tour.
The American, 6th in the world rankings, is the first big name in world sport to have to give up the Tokyo Games for positivity to the virus. There is another case of Covid positivity in golf, after that of the American Bryson DeChambeau.
This time, according to what the Spanish Olympic Committee has announced, it is Jon Rahm, number one in the world, who due to the result of this test will no longer be able to take part in the Games. Basketball: with a score of 92-82 Italy beats Germany thanks to an amazing 4th set, with Pontecchio, Gallinari and Tonut 18 as protagonists.
Gymnastic: Vanessa Ferrari in the free body qualifications of the artistic gymnastics competition was the best, even ahead of the super champion Simone Biles. The Italian gymnast performed a perfect free body exercise on the notes of Con te partirò, obtaining a score of 14.166.
The American, one of the great stars of these Games, made too many mistakes, leaving the platform with both feet on the third diagonal. In execution she left some small errors. The Rio 2016 World and Olympic Champion at the square stops at 14,133.
Behind the other American Jade Carey (14,100), the British Jessica Gadirova (14,033), the Russians Angelina Melnikova and Viktoriia Listunova (14,000) and the Japanese Mai Murakami (13,933). Vanessa Ferrari said: "On the vault I made a good jump, imprecise on arrival also because on hard I tried to preserve my feet, in this sense I am also happy that my companions have avoided the parallels and the beam, considering that I was only at the fourth race in five years, that's okay.
Then my free body: I did everything I wanted and could. The finishes, the artistic jumps, the lap: more than that! The score is good, considering also that we were in the first rotation. In the last round of the World Cup, in Doha, I took a tenth and a half more, but the jury was different.
I think the final is worth it. It shouldn't, I have nothing to blame myself. At the end, with everyone the problems I had, I was also excited, I am happy. With these notes I can also have an adequate facial expression: acrobatics, artistic part, interpretation and choreography are of a level.
In the final I will also be able to consider adding some further elements of difficulty After du and fourth places, quite wrong and I finish eighth. "