Australian Skateboarder Stuns At Olympics As US Relay Team Crash Out
Muhammad Rameez 2 months ago Thu 05th August 2021 | 10:50 AM
Tokyo, Aug 5 (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 5th Aug, 2021 ) :Australia's Keegan Palmer flew to a stunning skateboarding gold medal on Thursday as the USA suffered track disappointment with a major flop in the 4x100 metres relay heats.
American shot putter Ryan Crouser hurled an Olympic-record 23.30 metres to retain his title, while Portugal's Pedro Pichardo leapt 17.98m to win the men's triple jump.
Jamaica's Hansle Parchment upset America's Grant Holloway to win the men's 110m hurdles in 13.04sec, charging through the closing stages as the world champion faltered.
"It's unbelievable that I caught that guy (Holloway)," said Parchment, 31. "My coach reminded me to run through the line -- and that's what I did." "I don't think a lot of people expected me to win," added the Jamaican.
Sprint legend Carl Lewis called it a "total embarrassment" as Trayvon Bromell, Fred Kerley, Ronnie Baker and Cravon Gillespie became the first US quartet to fail to make the final from a completed heat.
"We just didn't get the job done today," said Kerley. "No excuses." At the Ariake Urban sports Park, Palmer wrapped up the Olympics' inaugural skateboarding programme with a brilliant gold medal in the men's park event.
Pulling some huge airs, the 18-year-old scored a massive 94.04 points in his first run before bettering his score to 95.83, way ahead of silver medallist Pedro Barrios's 86.14 and American Cory Juneau, who claimed bronze with 84.13.
Also on Thursday, Kevin Durant's United States face a threat to their men's basketball crown in their semi-final against an Australia team stacked with NBA experience including Patty Mills and Joe Ingles.
However, Sapporo has been battling a heatwave of its own with temperatures climbing to 32 degrees Celsius (90 degrees Fahrenheit) on Thursday.
Also, the first Olympic medals will be handed out in sport climbing and karate, two new additions to the programme.