Koreans grab gold medal in mixed team archery, a new event. It features teams with one man and one woman.
The man, Je Deok Kim, is actually a 17-year-old high school student who beat all the other powerhouse male archers on the team to make this event. He has a habit of yelling very loudly before shooting his arrows, and sometimes after. It's pretty unnerving and very funny.
The female, San An, has been smashing records left and right. She set the Olympic record for highest qualifying score in individual, and did it again for team qualifying.
They started slowly, losing the first set to the Netherlands, but won the next two, then claimed the win with a virtually flawless final set.
NHK-G has Japan vs. USA in softball NOW ... just finished the national anthems. This could be interesting, both teams are 4-0 so far. They have five umpires, two are women. The players aren't in the dugouts ... instead, they put up temporary fences in front of the dugouts. The tall blonde pitching for the USA isn't wearing one of those wire gadgets around her head ... I guess she has fast enough reflexes to keep a batted ball from caving her face in. Japan scored on a passed ball, leads 1-0, USA coming to bat in the bottom of the first inning. I'll bet it's killing Shibuno that she is not playing in this game.
CORRECTION: They're using the dugouts, but a lot of players are standing behind the temp fences in front of them. The video feed is buffering too much and starting to get on my nerves. Japan leads 1-0 after two innings.
YOKOHAMA, JAPAN - JULY 26: Saki Yamazaki #2 of Team Japan slides into home plate to score on a passed ball in the first inning against Team United States during softball opening round on day three of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Yokohama Baseball Stadium on July 26, 2021 in Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan. (Photo by Yuichi Masuda/Getty Images)
Fuji TV was showing Japan clobbering the USA in men's pairs for badminton.
The Korean Women's Archery team, consisting of three Olympic rookies, continued the Korean domination of this event, easily capturing their 9th straight gold medal. They have won this event every time it has ever been played, going back to 1988. Mind boggling.
The team was An San, Jang Min Hee and Kang Chae Young. An, who won the gold in the mixed event a few days ago, continued to be the rock for the ROK. Interestingly, they beat ROC in the final (ROC being the name the Russians compete under, due to the fact that they cheated so blatantly in the last ten years that the entire country was banned from being officially represented in the entire Games. It stands for 'Russian Olympic Committee').
Fun fact: in the qualifying round, not only did An break the record for total score that had lasted since 1996, *all three* Korean archers broke the record:
1. An San of South Korea (680) 2. Jang Minhee (677) 3. Kang Chaeyoung (675)
Former record was 673 by Lina Herasimenko of Ukraine
Stories like this is what makes the Olympics so awesome.
An Austrian woman with a PhD in mathematics named Anna Kiesenhofer competed in the road race bicycle event. She has never won an important event. She manages herself and has no sponsorships or team.
Almost immediately, she decides to break away from the pack with a small group, eventually leaving them behind with 40 km to go. The well trained teams snicker to themselves. She'll certainly run out of steam, they'll catch her, and one of them will win the gold.
Only she doesn't run out of stream. She keeps increasing her lead, until she is so far ahead that the others literally forget about her. She blows away the field to capture the first Austrian biking medal since 1896. When the others finish, some of them thought THEY had won gold, until they saw her sitting there.
“Before the race, @annakiesenhofer had also been using her studies to prepare for the Games: earlier this month, she Tweeted a graph demonstrating her meticulous heat acclimation process in preparation for the temperatures in Tokyo."
"The Dutch team was blindsided by her win. “Van der Breggen didn't have the Austrian on her list of breakaway riders who could potentially pose a danger. "I don't think anyone had written her on the list. Neither had I—I don't really know her. We underestimated her."
A filipina weight lifter named Hidilyn Diaz made history yesterday. She won the weightlifting gold medal in her weight class, apparently the first gold ever for the Philippines in any sport, and set a new Olympics record to boot.
Korean archers are three for three. The men's team - teenager Kim Je Deok, Kim Woojin and veteran Oh Jin Hyek - got a tough battle from Japan in the semis and Taiwan in the finals, but were unbelievable in the finals, making ten after ten, including a perfect set of 60. The gold medal is theirs!
In softball, Team USA had to pull a last-minute win out of its azz against Japan on Sunday. The miracles ended when Japan took the gold again today, beating the USA 2-0. I saw the last couple of innings online. The USA had a threat, until they hit a line drive that bounced off the third baseman's glove, was caught by the shortstop, who then double off a runner that was three miles off second base. The USA left fielder robbed Japan off a homer to keep the score respectable. The next rematch is in seven years ... France is too cheap to set up a makeshift softball field on one of its futbol fields in 2024, I guess.
YOKOHAMA, JAPAN - JULY 27: Janette Reed #9 of Team United States makes a catch at the wall in the seventh inning against Team Japan during the Softball Gold Medal Game between Team Japan and Team United States on day four of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Yokohama Baseball Stadium on July 27, 2021 in Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan. (Photo by Koji Watanabe/Getty Images)
YOKOHAMA, JAPAN - JULY 27: Yukiko Ueno #17 of Team Japan reacts to the final out to defeat Team United States 2-0 in the Softball Gold Medal Game between Team Japan and Team United States on day four of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Yokohama Baseball Stadium on July 27, 2021 in Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan. (Photo by Yuichi Masuda/Getty Images)