Group GB’s hopes of a biking medal on the primary full day of competitors on the Tokyo Olympics have been hit after one of many favourites within the males’s highway race, Geraint Thomas, pulled out following a crash.
Thomas and teammate Tao Geoghegan Hart fell round 70km (43 miles) into the 234km (145 mile) occasion which completed on the Fuji Worldwide Speedway on Saturday.
Hart misplaced his entrance wheel in a storm drain within the centre of the highway to carry down Thomas behind him.
Thomas, the 2018 Tour de France champion who crashed in the same means in final month’s competitors, managed to get again on the bike with a bloodied arm and shoulder.
However he rode into the pits and retired with 60km (37 miles) to go earlier than Ecuador’s Richard Carapaz took his nation’s second ever gold.
All good with me. Thanks for the messages!! Assume I should have completed one thing unhealthy in a earlier life🤦♂️ Freak crash, Tao misplaced his entrance wheel and decked it in entrance of me. I had nowhere to go, apart from the ground as effectively🤷♂️
— Geraint Thomas (@GeraintThomas86) July 24, 2021
One other Briton, Adam Yates, narrowly missed out on a medal in a dramatic sprint to the end line, as he got here ninth.
Yates’s twin brother Simon was seventeenth in a gaggle that additionally included Eire’s Dan Martin.
Thomas later tweeted: “All good with me. Thanks for the messages!! Assume I should have completed one thing unhealthy in a earlier life. Freak crash. Tao misplaced his entrance wheel and decked it in entrance of me. I had nowhere to go, apart from the ground as effectively.”
Thomas is now specializing in Wednesday’s time trial. Hart additionally later withdrew from the highway race after injuring his hand within the crash.
Followers defied orders to avoid the race, with a whole bunch lining the streets to point out their help.
Group GB additionally missed out on a medal within the capturing when Seonaid McIntosh did not safe a spot within the girls’s 10-metre air rifle closing.
The 25-year-old from Edinburgh completed twelfth in her qualification spherical, admitting she discovered the circumstances in Japan difficult.
“I struggled a bit with fatigue and the warmth,” she stated.
As a substitute Yang Qian took the primary medal of the Video games for China, however was pressured to place it on herself in a brand new COVID-secure measure for this yr’s Olympics.
McIntosh will shoot once more subsequent weekend within the 50-metre competitors.
Dwelling nation Japan received their first gold of the Video games within the males’s 60kg judo when Naohisa Takato went two podium positions up on his Rio bronze medal.
Within the tennis, Sir Andy Murray received his first doubles match with accomplice Joe Salisbury.
They beat French Open champions Pierre Hugues Herbet and Nicolas Mahut.
However Group GB’s solely feminine hope Heather Watson was knocked out by Germany’s Anna Lena Freidsam.
The 2016 Wimbledon champion within the combined doubles is making an attempt to compete in the identical occasion on the Olympics – however will solely achieve this if she will be able to discover a accomplice.
World primary and present Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic beat Bolivia’s Hugo Dellien within the first males’s singles match.
The ladies’s soccer crew received 1-0 towards house nation Japan, because of a purpose from Ellen White. They completed prime of their group to qualify for the knockout levels after beating Chile 2-0.
The lads’s hockey aspect additionally received 3-1 towards South Africa.
Within the rowing on the Sea Forest Waterway, Helen Glover and Polly Swann got here third, however nonetheless managed to qualify for the semi-finals.
Glover is hoping for gold at her third Olympics in a row after taking day out to have three youngsters for the reason that Rio Video games in 2016.
Gymnast Matt Whitlock dominated within the males’s pommel horse heats, breezing by means of to the ultimate.
Britain’s Adam Peaty and teammate James Wilby certified for the lads’s 100m breaststroke semi-final.
Peaty has damaged 5 data in 5 years and is chasing a second Olympic gold, with the following spherical on Sunday.
The primary gold medal for Japan got here after Naohisa Takato received the lads’s 60 kg judo after beating Taiwan’s Yang Yung-Wei.
Takato instructed reporters after his win: “That is heavy. It makes me really feel like dreaming.”
A complete of 130 coronavirus circumstances have been confirmed inside the Olympic camp to date.
Dutch rower Finn Florijn turned the primary athlete to check constructive for COVID-19 after participating in an occasion.
He completed fourth within the males’s single sculls on Friday and was resulting from race once more on Saturday.
However after his COVID take a look at got here again constructive he’ll stay in quarantine, unable to compete.