Today at the Olympics: BMX history and more medals in the pool for Team GB

Britain’s medal tally was significantly boosted on Friday morning.

Pa Sport Staff
Friday 30 July 2021 11:34
Beth Shriever and Kye Whyte helped make history (Danny Lawson/PA)
Beth Shriever and Kye Whyte helped make history (Danny Lawson/PA)

Team GB enjoyed a medal-packed seventh day of action at the Tokyo Olympics.

Beth Shriever and Kye Whyte made BMX history for Great Britain as they delivered gold and silver at the Ariake Urban Sports Park.

There were more medals in the swimming pool, as Duncan Scott took silver in the men’s 200 metres individual medley final, while there was a bronze for Luke Greenbank’s in the men’s 200 metres backstroke.

Elsewhere, Bryony Page claimed her second Olympic medal on the bounce with bronze in the women’s trampoline event at the Ariake Arena, and the men’s eight rowing crew of Josh Bugajski, Jacob Dawson, Tom George, Mohamed Sbihi, Charles Elwes, Oliver Wynne-Griffith, James Rudkin and Tom Ford also won bronze.

What’s happened today so far

Bryony Page won trampoline bronze (Mike Egerton/PA)

Shriever led almost from start to finish to claim a superb gold in the women’s BMX race, and it came just moments after Whyte won Britain’s first medal in the event since its introduction to the Olympic programme 13 years ago. Scott added silver to his gold in the swimming pool, while there was also a podium finish for Greenbank and Page, who won a surprise silver in Rio in 2016 and this time scored 55.735 to finish behind Chinese pair Zhu Xueying and Liu Lingling. The men’s eight secured just Great Britain’s second medal of the rowing, while Dina Asher-Smith eased through to the women’s 100 metres semi-finals as the athletics programme got under way. Great Britain’s women’s rugby squad reached the semi-finals, like they did in Rio, with a 21-12 victory over the United States, and world number one Oliver Townend leads the eventing in the early stages of its dressage phase. Novak Djokovic’s dreams of a Golden Slam ended after a shock 1-6 6-3 6-1 defeat by Alexander Zverev in the men’s singles semi-finals.

Picture of the day

The men’s eight crew celebrate only a second rowing medal for Team GB in rowing at the Tokyo Olympics (Mike Egerton/PA)

What’s still to come

Laura Collett begins her quest in the eventing competition when she enters the dressage arena, while this afternoon Sam Atkin and Marc Scott race in the 10,000m – athletics’ first medal event of the games.

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