Marcos Freitas and Fu Yu shine in table tennis, Yolanda Sequeira advances in surf


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The Portuguese Marcos Freitas.

From table tennis to surfing, the Portuguese armada in Tokyo has been highlighted. Marcos Freitas, Fu Yu and Yolanda Sequeira progressed in their respective competitions.

The Portuguese Marcos Freitas he qualified today for the round of 16 of the table tennis singles tournament at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, beating Austrian Daniel Habesohn, by 4-3.

At the Metropolitan Gym in Tokyo, Marcos Freitas, 24th in the Olympic ranking, made his debut in the competition against the 48th in the same classification, winning by partials of 11-7, 3-11, 11-7, 11-6, 11-13, 2-11 and 11-3, in 54 minutes.

Bronze medalist at the 2021 European Championship, Marcos Freitas completes his fourth Olympic participation, having the best result in fifth place at Rio2016, after 17th in Beijing2008 and Londres2012.

In turn, the Portuguese table tennis player Fu Yu she qualified for the third round of the singles tournament, beating Indian Sutirtha Mukherjee 4-0.

Fu Yu, 55th in the world ranking, won the 100th of the same classification by partial 11-3, 11-3, 11-5 and 11-5.

Fu Yu, 42, who entered the second round directly in Tokyo2020, was 33rd at Rio2016. Shao Jieni, the other Portuguese competitor in Tokyo2020, passed the first round, but ended up missing in the second.

the table tennis player James Apollonia was eliminated after losing, in the second round, against the Indian Kamal Achanta by 4-2.

Apolónia, 57th in the Olympic ranking, gave way to 29th in the same classification by the partials of 11-2, 8-11, 5-11, 11-9, 6-11 and 9-11.

Tiago Apolónia had defeated the African champion, the Nigerian Olajide Omotayo, 93rd, in the first round, with a final 4-0. In four Olympic appearances, Tiago Apolónia has three in singulars, with 17th place in Rio2016.

Yolanda Sequeira moves to the surf ‘rooms’

The Portuguese Yolanda Sequeira today qualified for the quarter finals of the Tokyo2020 Olympic Games surfing event, by beating the French Johanne Defay, currently ranked second on the world circuit, in the third round.

The 23-year-old Algarvian girl won 10.84 points (6.17 and 4.67) in the second heat of the tie, on Tsurigasaki beach, in Chiba, against 9.4 (5.83 and 3, 57) by Defay, assuring, from now on, an Olympic diploma in the sport’s debut in the Olympic Games.

In the quarter-finals, Yolanda Sequeira will compete in the first heat, against South African Bianca Buitendag, on Tuesday, at 9:24 local time (01:24 in Lisbon).

The Portuguese Teresa Bonvalot was eliminated in the third round, after losing to the Brazilian Silvana Lima, ending the competition in ninth place.

The 21-year-old surfer from Cascais scored 7.5 points (4.33 and 3.17) in the sixth heat of the qualifying round, on Tsurigasaki beach, in Chiba, against 12.17 (56.67 and 5.5) from the Brazilian, runner-up in the world in 2008 and 2009, 36 years old.

The heats for the quarter-finals and semi-finals of the women’s surfing competition are scheduled for Tuesday, at 9:24 (01:24) and at 13:36 (05:36), respectively, while the final is scheduled for Wednesday at 9:30 am (1:30 am).

Surf competitions are scheduled until August 1st, at Tsurigasaki beach, in Chiba, about 100 kilometers from Tokyo.

The Portuguese representation in the modality was lacking with the absence of Frederico Morais, because he was infected with the new coronavirus.

João Silva 23rd and João Pereira 27th in triathlon

The Portuguese João Silva (23.º) e João Pereira (27th) finished today in the ‘top 30’ the triathlon event of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, won by the Norwegian Kristian Blummenfelt, in 1:45.04 hours.

At Odaiba Marine Park, 32-year-old João Silva completed the 1,500 meters swimming, 40 kilometers cycling and 20 kilometers running 2.26 minutes from the new Olympic champion, after being ninth in London2012 and 35th in Rio2016.

João Pereira, 33 years old, who had been fifth in the last Olympic Games, finished the race in 27th place, 2.29 minutes from the winner.

Blummenfelt, who succeeded Briton Alistair Brownlee, isolated himself on the final lap of the race and finished the race in 11 seconds less than Briton Alex Yee, second placed, and 20 less than New Zealander Hayden Wilde, third.