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WATCH: Breakout stars of Tokyo Olympics


The Tokyo Olympics topped a variety of new champions who introduced themselves on the world stage.

Listed here are a few of the breakout stars:

Lamont Marcell Jacobs

Lamont Jacobs

Italy’s Lamont Marcell Jacobs celebrates as he wins the boys’s 100m last in the course of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Video games on the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo on August 1, 2021. (Photograph by Jewel SAMAD / AFP)

Italy’s Jacobs produced arguably the shock results of the Olympics – and one of many greatest shocks in Olympic historical past — when he claimed victory within the 100m, storming out of athletics obscurity to take gold in a time of 9.80sec.

A couple of days later the 26-year-old helped Italy win a 4x100m relay gold, capping a outstanding transformation for a sprinter who had by no means damaged the 10-second barrier this season and whose earlier profession spotlight was this yr’s European indoor 60m title.

Tatjana Schoenmaker

Tatjana Schoenmaker Tokyo Olympics

South Africa’s Tatjana Schoenmaker celebrates after she set a brand new World File to take gold within the last of the ladies’s 200m breaststroke swimming occasion in the course of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Video games on the Tokyo Aquatics Centre in Tokyo on July 30, 2021. (Photograph by Oli SCARFF / AFP)

Tatjana Schoenmaker introduced herself on the Olympic stage in model when she smashed the ladies’s 200m breaststroke world document to say South Africa’s first gold within the pool since 1996.

The 24-year-old had already gained silver within the 100m and threatened Denmark’s Rikke Moller Pedersen’s 200m world benchmark within the heats, joking she wished her fingernails had been only a bit longer.

However Schoenmaker wanted no assist from a manicurist to clock 2min 18.95sec within the last and clip 0.16s off Moller Pedersen’s document.

The South African gave a shocked scream when she noticed her time on the board, promptly bursting into tears and sharing a gaggle hug together with her opponents.

Daiki Hashimoto

Daiki Hashimoto Tokyo Olympics

Japan’s Daiki Hashimoto celebrates profitable the creative gymnastics males’s horizontal bar last of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Video games at Ariake Gymnastics Centre in Tokyo on August 3, 2021. (Photograph by Lionel BONAVENTURE / AFP)

The absence of 2012 and 2016 champion Kohei Uchimura – affected by shoulder issues — solid a protracted shadow over the boys’s all-around gymnastics competitors.

However 19-year-old Japanese Daiki Hashimoto greater than crammed his compatriot’s sizeable sneakers, turning into the youngest-ever champion.

Hashimoto edged out China’s Xiao Ruoteng and Russian world champion Nikita Nagornyy with an excellent last horizontal bars routine, then stayed dry-eyed on the rostrum regardless of the size of his achievement.

“Had I cried, I believed it might have been as if had been feeling happy with the place I’m now,” mentioned the nerveless teen.

“I believed the champion should not cry however solely look ahead.”

Momiji Nishiya

Momiji Nishiya tokyo Olympics

Japan’s Momiji Nishiya celebrates after performing a trick in the course of the skateboarding girls’s avenue last of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Video games at Ariake Sports activities Park in Tokyo on July 26, 2021. (Photograph by Jeff PACHOUD / AFP)

Japanese 13-year-old Momiji Nishiya captured hearts when she gained the primary Olympic girls’s skateboarding avenue gold — beating an excellent youthful rival into second place.

Nishiya turned one of many youngest particular person gold medalists in Olympic historical past when her beautiful sequence of tips put her forward of Brazil’s Rayssa Leal – 127 days her junior.

Her efficiency mirrored that of Japan teammate Yuto Horigome, who gained the boys’s title the day before today.

Nishiya, who was considered one of many teenage tyros ripping up the skate park as the game made its Olympic debut, mentioned she wished to rejoice by consuming at a barbecue beef restaurant.

She additionally turned the youngest athlete ever to win a gold medal for Japan.

“I’m so glad to turn out to be the youngest at my first Olympics,” she mentioned.

“Tears got here to my eyes.”

Athing Mu

Athing Mu Tokyo Olympics

First-placed USA’s Athing Mu celebrates on the rostrum with the gold medal after competing within the girls’s 800m occasion in the course of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Video games on the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo on August 4, 2021. (Photograph by Ina FASSBENDER / AFP)

At simply 19 years outdated, Mu introduced her arrival on the largest stage of all with a spectacular victory within the 800m, turning into the primary American winner of the occasion since 1968 with an assured wire-to-wire efficiency to take gold.

Mu, whose dad and mom moved to america from Sudan earlier than she was born, is anticipated so as to add the 400m to her repertoire, elevating the prospect of a 400m-800m double on the 2024 Paris Olympics.


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