British sailor and sustainability advocate Hannah Mills retained her Olympic title in the women’s 470 class alongside Eilidh McIntyre.
Medals were awarded in women’s park skateboarding and another world record was shattered on the athletics track.
Four new members joined the IOC Athletes’ Commission after the results of the election were announced.
Hannah Mills has enjoyed a memorable Olympic Games. Having carried Great Britain’s flag at the Opening Ceremony, she won a second consecutive Olympic gold medal in the women’s 470 class alongside her new partner Eilidh McIntyre on the final day of sailing action in Enoshima.
As founder of the Big Plastic Pledge and an IOC Sustainability Ambassador, Hannah works tirelessly to engage people and communities in action for climate and the environment, but credits the thought of Tokyo 2020 with keeping her motivated to win medals on the water.
Grateful for the Games
“When you get older your priorities change a little bit, and there are other things in life apart from your sport,” she said afterwards. “That brings challenges, and it can be hard to find the enthusiasm to compete. But the Olympics is like nothing else to bring out that competitive edge.
“We are unbelievably grateful to be able to be in Japan and compete in the Games,” she added. “We can’t even imagine how complex it has been to host these Games, and we are humbled to be here.”
Now a two-time Olympic champion, Hannah is more determined than ever to use her platform to advocate around environmental issues.
“Wherever we sail the plastics issue is very evident,” said Hannah. “We are at a tipping point in climate change, and so I am also here to say to people: ‘do more, we must act now’.”
Day 12 wrap-up
Elsewhere on day 12, Japan continued their fine form in the new Olympic disciplines as Yosozumi Sakura – hair dyed pink as a homage to the cherry blossom she is named after – won gold in the women’s park skateboarding event. It was another extremely youthful podium, with her 12-year-old Japanese team-mate Hiraki Kokona winning silver and Great Britain’s 13-year-old sensation Sky Brown – who will be hosting a Tokyo Together Airbnb Experience after the Games – taking bronze.
At the Olympic Stadium there was another 400m hurdles race for the ages, as US rivals Sydney McLaughlin and Dalilah Muhammad both ran under the previous world record time, with Sydney coming out on top to take the gold. In the women’s 3,000m steeplechase, Peruth Chemutai became the first woman to win an Olympic gold medal for Uganda, while
Canada’s Andre de Grasse, already a four-time medallist, finally won an Olympic title after beating American pair Kenny Bednarek and Noah Lyles in a thrilling men’s 200m final.
We are unbelievably grateful to be able to be in Japan and compete in the Games. We can’t even imagine how complex it has been to host these Games, and we are humbled to be here.