The main Belgian results.
Basketball 3X3: A feat and a defeat
Belgium won against Latvia 21-20 for their first group match of the 3X3 basketball tournament (men) at the Tokyo Olympic Games on Saturday. An incredible performance from the Belgians since the Latvians are vice-world champions in the discipline!
In the evening (afternoon in Belgium), the Belgians were surprised by the Japanese 16 to 18, after having nevertheless led during part of the meeting.
Wout Van Aert gives his first medal to Belgium
Van Aert managed to win the sprint of the pursuers in the road race, just ahead of Tadej Pogacar, thus offering himself a silver medal which launches the Belgian harvest at these Olympics.
Nina Sterckx, 5th in weightlifting in -49kg with a Belgian record
Nina Sterckx placed 5th in the under 49kg weightlifting event at the Tokyo Olympics on Saturday in the Japanese capital, with a new Belgian record. La Gantoise, who will be 19 on Monday, lifted 81 kg (7th) in the snatch and 99kg in the clean and jerk for a total of 180 kg.
The Red Lions open their tournament with a 1-3 success against the Netherlands
The Red Lions, the national field hockey team, made their entry into their Olympic tournament on Saturday in Tokyo. Belgium won 1-3 for its first meeting in Group B. A hat-trick from Alexander Hendrickx (41st, 44th, 45th) allowed the Lions to meet the opening goal of Jeroen Hertzberger (35th).
Tim Brys and Niels Van Zandweghe advance to semi-finals in sculls
Tim Brys and Niels Van Zandweghe advanced to the semi-finals of the sculls in rowing at the Tokyo Olympics on Saturday. The Belgian duo finished second in their series, thus avoiding the repechage.
Brys and Van Zandweghe clocked 6: 26.51 and finished 0.77 seconds behind Norway who won the series in 6: 25.74. The first two in each heat advance to the semi-finals. The semi-finals are scheduled for Sunday at 5:40 am and 5:50 am Belgian time.
Elise Mertens and Alison Van Uytvanck eliminated in the first round in doubles
Elise Mertens and Alison Van Uytvanck, partners, were eliminated in the first round of the Olympic doubles tennis tournament on Saturday in Tokyo.
Elise Mertens, 25, world number 1 in doubles, and Alison Van Uytvanck, 27, 105th in the world in doubles, were indeed beaten from the start by Spaniards Garbine Muguruza (WTA doubles 352), 27, and Carla Suarez Navarro (WTA 1331 in doubles), 32 years old. In two sets, 6-3, 7-6 (7/4) and 1 hour 32 minutes of play.
Sander Gillé and Joran Vliegen take the door in the first round in doubles
Sander Gillé and Joran Vliegen were eliminated in the first round of the doubles at the Tokyo Olympic Games tennis tournament on Saturday. The Belgian pair lost 6-3, 7-6 (5) in 1h53 against the Dutch Wesley Koolhof and Jean-Julien Rojer, seeds N.8.
Elise Mertens and Alison van Uytvanck are also lined up in the women’s doubles on Saturday. In the third rotation on court N.9, the Belgian pair will face Spaniards Garbine Muguruza and Carla Suarez Navarro.
Jorre Verstraeten eliminated in the round of 16 in -60 kg
Jorre Verstraeten was eliminated in the round of 16 of the Tokyo Olympic Games judo tournament in -60 kg on Saturday.
After his victory against the German Moritz Plafky, 29th in the world, in the first round, Verstraeten faced the Japanese Naohisa Takato, No. 4 in the world, in the round of 16. The Louvaniste resisted well against the triple world champion but finally had to admit defeat 14 seconds from the end of regulation time on an ippon.
Jessie Kaps eliminated in 10-meter rifle qualifying
Jessie Kaps was knocked out in 10-meter air rifle shooting qualifying at the Tokyo Olympics on Saturday. The Westende shooter placed 27th in the qualifications, of which only the top 8 qualified for the final.
Kaps, 23, totaled 623.4 points after six sets of ten shots each. With an average of 10,390 points, the native of Tongeren failed to reach the final scheduled for Saturday at 3:45 a.m. Belgian time.
Larissa Pauluis does not qualify for the Freestyle GP
La Brabançonne sur Flambeau only finished 8th in her group during the GP Mixed dressage. Only the first two of each group qualified for the rest of the competition.