That brings the Olympic Tuesday: Curtain up for the day of the air shows


That brings the Olympic Tuesday
Curtain up for the day of the air shows

Tuesday in Tokyo brings the chance of two air shows in athletics – one of them with a prominent German chance for gold. You can also find them on the water, and even several times in canoeing and sailing. On the track, the question is what will follow from the German quartet’s world record for cycling.

Athletics: Malaika Mihambo shivered in the glowing furnace of Tokyo – and had a good laugh after the long jump qualification. And for two reasons. At 6.98 meters, the world champion flew as far as never before in this Olympic year. And: “It’s always good to get to know the facility – with three jumps you have enough time”, she said with a smile. In 39 degrees heat, Mihambo had first put down 6.64 meters, then 6.56 meters – two weak jumps. But all the good things have been three times for Germany’s Sportswoman of the Year – and now Mihambo showed again in the third attempt that the dream of gold lives for her more than ever despite a mixed season. “That was what I’ve been saying all season: If I meet someone on the board, it fits in from the distance,” said Mihambo. That has now worked, further than she flew only the Serbian Ivana Spanovic – just under two centimeters. From 03:50 a.m. it will show whether Mihambo can improve further.

The men’s pole vault will take place with two Germans: The two Olympic debutants Bo Kanda Lita Baehre and Oleg Zernikel will probably watch when the big air show is about to take place. They won’t be able to keep up with the top candidates for world record holder Armand “Mondo” Duplantis. For the competition starting at 12:20 pm, Zernikel has set himself the following: “I don’t worry because I’ve already achieved a lot. And anything can happen in the pole vault: you can make a zero or you can jump six meters.”

Canoe: The three-time Canadian Olympic champion Sebastian Brendel confidently cleared the first hurdle on the way to a medal at the Olympic Games in Tokyo. With his two-man partner Tim Hecker, the 33-year-old won the pre-run over 1000 meters and made it straight to the semi-finals (02:44 am). “We are happy that we got off to a good start. We didn’t play with the opponents, but we were able to use our tactics a bit,” said Brendel and added: “That gives us confirmation. We have to show that in the next races as well – and maybe add a shovel. ” That would be particularly welcome in the final from 04:54 a.m. Jacob Schopf also started successfully in the kayak single over the same distance. The 22-year-old won the first Olympic race of his career and qualified for the semi-finals, which is due at 3 a.m. The final follows at 5:21 am.

Sail: It is not easy for sailors. The wind is too strong in Japan, the competitions in the 49er-FX and 49er had to be canceled on Monday. Today it should be that time again – and with several medal chances for Germany. Tina Lutz and Susann Beucke go into the medal race with gold chances. The athletes start at 05:33 as third overall in the 49er FX class, just three points behind the leaders from Brazil in the final, which counts twice. “Before today we were 20 points behind the medal ranks. We worked out a medal chance in the three races and that makes us very happy,” said Lutz / Beucke on Saturday.

As the best of the day with the individual ranks seven and twice three, Lutz / Beucke made up a lot of ground in front of Enoshima. And the top with Grael / Kunze from Brazil (70 points) and the Dutch women Bekkering / Duetz (71) moved closer together. The duel in the front could play the Germans in the cards, who have five points on the fourth-placed Spaniards. There is also a chance for precious metal in the 49er: Erik Heil / Thomas Plößel in the 49er want to move up from fourth place and win their second medal after bronze in Rio 2016. They are scheduled to start at 6:33 a.m. The third decision of the sailors falls with the Nacra 17 (catamaran) mixed. Alica Stuhlemmer and Paul Kohlhoff are scheduled to start their last trip at 8:33 a.m. The Kielers start in third place in the final race and can also hope for bronze. Hardly more will be possible. The gap to gold is impossible to catch, and the gap to silver also appears too great.

Water jumping: It wasn’t planned like this: The final in the artificial jumping from the three-meter board will take place without Patrick Hausding. The flag bearer of the Germans at the opening ceremony failed in the qualification. Five days after bronze in synchronized jumping with Lars Rüdiger, he was almost unable to achieve anything in the individual. Good for the team that Martin Wolfram delivered a very confident qualification. He now wants to “hold up the German flag” in the semifinals from 3 o’clock – and best recommend himself for the final from 8 o’clock.

Do gymnastics: One thing is clear: it gets really tight on the bars. In the qualification there were just 0.4 points between second and eighth place. And Lukas Dauser right in the middle. From 10 a.m. everything can happen for the Wahl-Halle resident. “There is not much to hone in on my exercise. Actually, the work is done. The rest is then decided in my head,” he says. What makes the device so great? “The bar has so many element options, it’s fascinating.” But he does not forgive mistakes, as the sports soldier had to experience two years ago at the home World Cup in Stuttgart. Back then, too, he had shaken up the competition quite a bit in qualifying and even got the highest preliminary mark. A fall threw Dauser back to eighth place. That shouldn’t happen to him at the Ariake Gymnastics Center, which is why Dauser begins each of his ordinary days in Japan with a fixed ritual: he gets out of bed with both feet at the same time “so I can’t get up on the wrong leg”.

Cycling track: The favorite role of the German track four-wheeler can not be discussed away. Why? Because the German quartet Lisa Klein, Mieke Kröger, Lisa Brennauer and Franziska Brauße improved the old world record over the 4000 meters by almost three seconds 4: 07.307 on the way to the final. The competition, which was actually considered to be stronger, was slower and so the four of them go into the final at 10:26 as world record holders.

At 10:44 am there is the next decision for gold, silver and bronze – in which Timo Bichler, Stefan Bötticher and Maximilian Levy would like to have a say. To do this, however, they first have to convince in the heats, which are held at 9:50 a.m. German time. Eight teams compete, three medals are to be awarded, so the requirement is clear. How it works, Lea-Sophie Friedrich and Emma Hinze showed yesterday, Monday, who raced for silver in the women’s competition.

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