Hey gang. Best regards also to Kool. David Nicholas is going around the velodrome right now looking for a bronze medal for Australia in the men’s C3 individual pursuit. Busy night ahead. What have we got on, I hear you ask?
I’m handing you over to the one and only Geoff Lemon now. He tells me he’s feeling the vibes and is ready to impart them onto you all.
We have a winner at the powerlifting and not one but two new world records. The Chinese lifter Guo Lingling completed a weight of 109kg in an extra powerlift round to seal gold in a dominant performance. Guo beat her second-placed rival, Ni Nengha Widiashi, by a clear 11kg, with Clara Sarahy Fuentes Monasterio finishing with a bronze medal after lifting 97kg. It was disappointment and fourth place for Britain’s Zoe Newsom who was twice unable to complete the press sequence at 97kg.
We’ve just finished the second round of lifting here at the Tokyo International Forum and there has been no shortage of tension. China’s Guo Lingling has already set a new Paralympic record of 105kg and just had a world record lift of 108kg denied by a perceived failure in the chest sequence of her lift.
Britain’s Zoe Newsom is clinging on for hopes of a bronze medal after she failed to complete the press on her second round lift of 97kg. She got a reprieve after her rival, Indonesia’s Ni Nenga Widiashi was adjudged to have a failing of technique on her 98kg lift. Newsom has opted to go again at 97 and Widiashi at 98 so a medal bid is out of her hands, but not yet over.
Venezuela’s Clara Sarahy Fuentes Monasterio looks set fair for a medal. She has successfully lifted 97kg and is lighter than Newsom, which would count in her favour in the event of a tie.
Thanks Luke and hello! Depending where you are in the world good afternoon, good morning, good some ungodly hour at night.
There are more track cycling finals coming up this afternoon. Australia have strong medal hopes in Nicholas David and Darren Hicks while Team GB is guaranteed a gold in the men’s C3 3,000m individual pursuit with Jaco van Gass and Finlay Graham facing each other in the final.
Until then, though, I’m heading to goalball and table tennis.
The countdown to the women’s -41kg category has begun (to a soundtrack of solid 80s hits, and a DJ who effectively mixed Huey Lewis’s Power of Love into Whitney’s I Wanna Dance With Somebody, respect). I’m here to follow the prospects of double bronze winning Brit Zoe Newsom, in what is likely to be her last games. It’s a bench press event and athletes are regularly lifting more than twice their own bodyweight. Leading contender for gold is world-record-holder China’s Lingling Guo, whose starting lift is at 103kg (she weighs 40.13kg). Newsom starts at 92kg.