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LIVE: Cycling gun caps off historic day for Aussies, teary boxer’s emotional apology

LIVE: Cycling gun caps off historic day for Aussies, teary boxer’s emotional apology

28/07/2021 12:16:00 PM

You don't need to say sorry, Skye 💚💛 Skye Nicolson went agonisingly close to our first Olympics boxing medal since 1988, and even apologised after the loss 😢 MORE: Tokyo 2020

LIVE: Cycling gun caps off historic day for Aussies, teary boxer’s emotional apology

AUSSIE HISTORY ON THE LINEAustralia’s Rohan Dennis has held on for a gutsy bronze medal in the men’s time trial to cap off a wonderful day for the Aussies in the medals.Dennis justified his decision to skip the road race on the weekend and focus his efforts on his preferred event, five years after a bike malfunction cost him a medal in Rio.

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The Aussie’s time was a brilliant 56:08.09 to take the third step on the podium, with Primoz Roglic of Slovenia and Tom Dumoulin of the Netherlands taking gold and silver respectively.Dennis held onto third spot by the skin of his teeth, with Switzerland’s Stefan Kueng just 0.4 seconds behind him.

Richie Porte was the other Australian in the race, but he struggled throughout and admitted afterwards he would retire after next year.“Probably the worst ride I have had if a long time,” he said afterwards. “Such a hard course. But anyhow. It is what it is. No excuses. This one’s on me. Just wasn’t up to it. headtopics.com

“It’s been a really strange Games. Bit of a shame that, you know, it’s during this epidemic. But, you know, it’s been a great experience. The Japanese have been fantastic.“You know, for me, it was - hasn’t been a great Games, but it’s still better than being in hospital like I was in Rio after the road race.

“Next year is it for me. 36 next year. I’m not getting younger. Great career. Definitely twilight for me.”Evenepoel was the man to beat, incidentally, having built up a significant lead ahead of the first two waves of riders, only for Colombia’s Rigberto Uran taking the lead by just 2.58 seconds.

Earlier, in the women’s time trial, Sarah Gigante and Grace Brown were flying the Australian flag.Brown ended up finishing fourth, just shy of the bronze medal, while Gigante finished 11th.Rohan Dennis took bronze while Skye Nicolson just missed a medal.

Source: FOX SPORTSTEARY BOXING STAR DOESN’T NEED TO SAY SORRYAn emotional Skye Nicolson just missed out on becoming Australia’s first female Olympic boxing medallist, and the first overall since Seoul 1988.It was as close as possible with Britain’s Karriss Artingstall winning it 3-2 on the judges’ cards after three tense rounds. headtopics.com

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She progresses into the semi-finals of the Women’s Featherweight tournament, where all four fighters are guaranteed a medal - the semi-final losers both receive bronze.The 2018 Commonwealth Games gold medallist Nicolson was left in tears after the loss.

“It’s disappointment. It’s pretty hard to put it into words right now,” Nicolson said on Seven post-fight.“It (getting this close) means nothing to me. I don’t care about that. I care about what I know I’m capable of, and not achieving that is really heartbreaking. I came here with one goal and that was the gold medal and I truly belived that I was going to win it, so to go out hard is really, really hard for me.

“It’s definitely not the end, but I’m going to take some time and see what happens next.“Sorry I didn’t get the job done. Thank you everyone, the support’s been absolutely unbelievable, my very close circle especially.”TWO GOLDS, TWO BRONZES IN STUNNING MORNING IN ROWING

Australia has claimed two gold medals in the men’s and women’s coxless foursto kick off a golden morning on the water for the country’s rowers, while the men’s quad won bronze.The quartet of Lucy Stephan, Rosie Popa, Jessica Morrison and Annabelle McIntyre held on amid huge pressure from the Dutch to make history as the first coxless women’s four gold medallists in nearly 30 years. headtopics.com

Their time of 6:15.37 is a new Olympic record having already broken the record in the heats a few days ago.The Netherlands came in second, while Ireland picked up the bronze medal.Australia made a strong start along with the Dutch in the early stages before beginning to pull ahead in the swirling conditions in Tokyo to race into a half a boat length lead by the 1000m mark.

They held the lead all the way until the 1500m mark, knowing the Netherlands are strong finishers in this event.And the Dutch did come back, and very strongly at that too, but the Australians held on by the thinnest of margins to win gold.Immediately after that drama, Australia’s latest iteration of the Oarsome Foursome followed its women’s team in claiming a brilliant gold medal in the men’s coxless fours in Tokyo.

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The team of Alex Purnell, Spencer Turrin, Jack Hargreaves and Alex Hill brought the gold medal home for the first time in two decades - set a new Olympic record to boot with a time of 5:42.76.GOLD! Aussies 'New Oarsome Foursome' x2! | 01:02Romania came in second, while Italy picked up the bronze medal.

Like the women, the Aussies led the way from the outset, pulling into a boat-length lead ahead of the British by the 1000m mark.Their lead was cut to three-quarters by the 1500m as the British and the Romanians looked to cut the Aussies’ big early lead.

to miss out on a medal altogether - the first time that has happened in 20 years in this event.But it wasn’t enough as Australians held on to win a second gold.Jack Cleary, Caleb Antill, Cameron Girdlestone and Luke Letcher were up next in the quad sculls and claimed a hard-fought bronze in a really tight race in the quad sculls.

The Netherlands were too strong and claimed the gold with a new world record as Great Britain stormed home with a very strong final 100m to pip the Aussies to the silver.And then, just as the men’s coxless four matched the women, the team Ria Thompson, Rowena Meredith, Harriet Hudson and Caitlin Cronin, matched the men’s quad sculls with a stunning late surge to win a bronze.

Australia looked to be out of the medals and in four until a huge error from Italy opened the door with around 200m to go.As those around them panicked, Australia stayed calm and powered home to nick the bronze medal, behind China and Poland.Confusion as Biles WITHDRAWS! | 00:29

TERMINATION 2.0! TITMUS GETS GOLD AGAINAussie ‘Terminator’ Ariane Titmus has claimed a second gold medal of the Tokyo Olympics, storming home with a stunning late burst to win the 200m freestyle final on Wednesday.Titmus came from well back to clock an Olympic record time of 1:53.50 and finish over the top of Hong Kong’s Siobhan Haughey (1:53.92) and Canadian Penny Oleksiak (1:54.70).

US legend Katie Ledecky was fifth as the match race between the star pair failed to eventuate.Titmus upstaged the legendary American six-time gold medallist in a thrilling 400m final on Monday, and was favourite to prevail again in Wednesday’s 200m final — though she had to pull out all stops to get it done.

“I could see I was trying to move Siobhan down on the third 50. I had no idea where she was on the last lap. I knew I had Katie covered but Siobhan was the person that was there,” Titmus said.“I felt a little bit ... my legs started to go a bit but I’m happy to get it done.”

Earlier Kyle Chalmers progressed to the 100m freestyle final, clocking 47.80 seconds in the semi-finals behind Russian Kliment Kolesnikov (47.11) — who clocked the fastest time this year — Caeleb Dressel who clocked 47.23 seconds.The other Aussie medal in the pool came in the men’s 4x200m relay final, as Alexander Graham, Kyle Chalmers, Zac Incerti and Tommy Neill battled back to win bronze thanks to a brilliant final leg.

Great Britain won gold in a stunning way, falling just short of the world record set by Michael Phelps’ all-conquering American team.MORE MISERY FOR BARTYJust days after a shock first-round exit in the women’s singles, Ash Barty has hit double disappointment after seeing her doubles hopes ended in the quarter finals.

Despite winning the first set 6-3, Barty and partner Storm Sanders lost the second 6-4 before going down 10-7 in the tie-break decider to the Czech duo of Katerina Siniakova and Barbora Krejcikova.That means Barty’s sole hope of winning a medal during the Games rests on her fortunes in the mixed doubles with John Peers.

She will be back on court with Peers later today for her final shot at Olympic glory in Tokyo.Australia’s other two representatives in the women’s doubles, Sam Stosur and Ellen Perez, will compete in their quarter final against Swiss duo Belinda Bencic and Viktorija Golubic later today.

FOX BOUNCES BACK IN C1Less than 24 hours after the disappointment of missing out on a gold medal in the K1 kayak following a late mistake that dropped her down to the bronze medal position, Jess Fox was back in the water.With the kayak back in the shed, this time she was in a canoe in the women’s C1 slalom.

Fox is again the red-hot favourite in this event and that was clear as even though she was pinged for two penalties, she still finished second quickest behind Great Britain’s Mollory Franklin in the first heat.She returned for the second heat later in the afternoon and posted a time of 110.93 in her second attempt - just shy of a second slower than her first attempt of 109.96.

That means she will go into the women’s semi-final as the fifth fastest, and will be back on the water from 3pm AEST tomorrow.Fox falls AGONISINGLY short! | 00:27BEATEN IN THE BOXINGAustralian boxer Caitlin Parker has suffered a unanimous points loss in her round of 16 middleweight fight against Atheyna Bylon of Panama.

Parker was undone by her opponent's significant reach advantage, with a series of jabs leaving her with a bloodied nose.And despite landed a couple of big hits herself, she was outpointed to miss out on a place in the quarter-finals.GOOD NEWS FOR DISTANCE RUNNER

Tasmanian Stewart McSweyn has emerged as a dark horse in the men‘s 1500m, and he’s just received some good news.Algerian star Taoufuk Makhloufi, who won gold in 2012 and silver ar Rio, has withdrawn from McSweyn‘s event through injury.McSweyn recently broke the Australian record for the 1500m but still faces a tough test in a field led by Kenyan Timothy Cheruiyot.

AUSSIES IN ACTION - DAY 5 HIGHLIGHTS (All times AEST)RowingWomen’s Four, Final A (10:50am)Men’s Four, Final A (11:10am)Men’s Quadruple Sculls, Final A (11:30am)Women’s Quadruple Sculls, Final A (11:50am)Swimming finalsMen’s 100m Freestyle semi-final - Kyle Chalmers (11:35am)

Women’s 200m Freestyle - Ariarne Titmus, Madison Wilson (11:41am)Women’s 200m Butterfly semi-final - Brianna Throssell (12:04pm)Men’s 200m Breaststroke semi-final - Matthew Wilson (12:21pm), Zac Stubblety-Cook (12:28pm)Women’s 1500m Freestyle - Maddy Gough, Kiah Melverton (12:54pm)

Men’s 4x200m Freestyle Relay - Australia (1:26pm)Cycling - RoadWomen’s Individual Time Trial - Sarah Gigante, Grace Brown (from 11:37am)Men’s Individual Time Trial - Richie Porte, Rohan Dennis (from 2:57pm)TennisWomen’s Doubles Quarter-final - Ash Barty and Storm Sanders [AUS] v Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova [CZE] (1:30pm)

Mixed Doubles - Ash Barty and John Peers [AUS] v Nadia Podoroska and Horacio Zeballos [ARG] (4:30pm)Women’s Doubles Quarter-final - Ellen Perez and Sam Stosur [AUS] v Belinda Bencic and Viktorija Golubic [SUI] (4:30pm)BoxingWomen’s Middleweight Last 16 - Caitlin Parker [AUS] v Atheyna Bylon [PAN] (12:48pm)

Women’s Featherweight Quarter-final - Skye Nicolson [AUS] v Karriss Artingstall [GBR] (6pm) Read more: FOX SPORTS Australia »

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She’s one tough unit. I for one won’t be “accepting” her apology- because none is needed. She tried her guts out, kudos for that. Others were better , so be it. No shame In her efforts- well done superstar. certainly no need to say sorry Skye - you did your best on the day and that is all that can be asked of you in these very trying times

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