The United States’ Sydney McLaughlin was the star of the day at the Tokyo Olympic Games on Wednesday as she smashed her own world record with a sensational run in the women’s 400m hurdles final. The new Olympic champion broke her own world-best mark of 51.90 seconds, storming past compatriot Dalilah Muhammad down the home stretch to win the gold medal in 51.46 seconds.
Canada’s Andre de Grasse became the new 200m king, blazing to Olympic glory by leading a new generation of speedsters across the line at Tokyo National Stadium. He finished in 19.62 seconds, setting a new Canadian national record.
Wojciech Nowicki of Poland won the men’s hammer throw competition.
Peruth Chemutai has become Uganda’s first female Olympic gold medalist after winning the 3,000m steeplechase.
It was Kenyan dominance in the men’s 800m final, with Emmanuel Korir and teammate Ferguson Rotich winning the gold and silver, respectively.
Georgia’s Lasha Talakhadze won weightlifting gold in the +109kg class with a world record.
ROC’s Romashina won a history-making sixth Olympic gold medal in artistic swimming’s duet event.
Italy secured gold in style by breaking their own world record in the team pursuit to stave off world champions Denmark.
Japan’s 12 year old Kokona Hiraki became the youngest Olympic medalist since French rowing cox Noel Vandernotte in 1936, when she won a silver medal in women’s skateboarding.
At the end of Day 13, China leads the medal tally with 32 gold, 22 silver and 16 bronze.
The United States is second with 25 gold, 30 silver and 22 bronze, while hosts Japan is third with 21 gold, 7 silver and 12 bronze.
Britain and Australia have 15 gold medals each.
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