Milka Gehani Alone In Competition Today

IOC JOC XXX11 Summer Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 – 03rd Day

Milka Gehani De Silva was participating in Rhythmic Gymnastics at the Ariake Gymnastics Centre, situated 02 Kms from the Main Press Centre. She was competing in Women’s Qualification – Subdivision 2. There were 05 athletes in this segment.

In Rotation 01, Milka was on Balance Beam. She was the last to perform & collected 11.266 points to be 03rd. In Rotation 02 it was the Floor. She came in 04th, collected 10.300 points to be the last. Rotation 03 was the Vault. Milka received 13.366 points to be the best in that category as the 03rd to enter the arena. Rotation 04 was Uneven Bars. She was slotted into the 02nd position, fumbled in the beginning & end to muster only 10.866 points to be the last there in. Hon. Namal Rajapakse – Minister of Youth & Sports together with Suresh Subramaniam – President & Maxwell De Silva – Secretary General both of the NOC,Sri Lanka, also Chef de Mission – Gamini Jayasinghe & Press Attache – Wing Commander ( Retired ) Chandana Liyanage of Team Sri Lanka & Tokyo 2020 were present at the
location. Milka aggregated 45.798 points in the round to finish 78th out of 85 with 05 of them not finishing. She did not qualify for the next round. The story was that of 46 year old Oksana Chusovitina who is in her unenviable 08th Olympic Competition. She won Gold in 1992 representing the Soviet Union, then has also been in the attire of Germany & in Tokyo wearing the Uzbekistan colours. She received a farewell standing ovation from the competitors & officials in what may be her last outing at the world’s showpiece sporting extravaganza.

Takato Naohisa has the honour of being Japan’s first Gold medalist at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 after winning by ippon in the Judo Men’s -60 Kg contest.The Bronze medalist at Rio De Janeiro, Brazil in 2016, he is also the host country’s Gold medalist in this weight class since 2014. The 28 year old was to cherish his moment of glory at the Nippon Budokan Ring, 13 Kms from the Main Press Centre.

The first World Record at Tokyo 2020 was established by Team Australia. In the Women’s 4×100 M Freestyle Relay, Bronte Campbell who dived into the pool, Meg Harris, Emma McKeon – who was the fastest & Cate Campbell who touched in to finish, were timed at 03 minutes 29.69 seconds – shaving off 0.36 seconds from the previous best. Canada & USA were behind the them at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre situated 08 Kms from the Main Press Centre. The other host country swimmer to hit gold in the pool was Yui Ohashi in the Women’s 400 M Individual Medley event. She was in front of the USA duo who claimed Silver & Bronze, timed at 04 minutes 32.08 seconds. She had missed out on Rio due to injury.

Skateboarding was one of 05 new sports at these Olympic Games. The host country won a historic first ever Olympic Gold, with Yuto Horigome grabbing gold with an aggregate of 37.18 points in the Men’s Street event. He was placed 06th in Heat 01 with 33.75 points. 02 runs & 05 tricks were performed with Kelvin Hoefler ( Brasil ) – 36.15 points & Eaton Jagger ( USA ) – 35.35 points trailing the winner for the lesser medals. The event was held at the Ariake Urban Sports Park, just 02 Kms from the Main Press Centre.

Anastasija Zolotic became the first American woman to win Olympic Gold Taekwondo. The 18 year old beat Tatiana Minina of the Russian Olympic Committee 25 – 17 in the Final at the Makuhari Messe Hall A situated 30 Kms from the Main Press Centre.

Medal Tally :
  G S B Total
China 06 01 04 11
Japan 05 01 00 06
USA 04 02 04 10
South Korea 02 00 03 05
Russian Olympic Committee 01 04 02 07

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Report by Haritha Perera Photos by Gamini Jayasinghe & Thusith Wijedoru
All in Japan courtesy NOC Sri Lanka – Facilitator together with Hirdaramani & Brandix – Presenting Partners