TOKYO (AP) — Whereas it was Nationwide Day again house in Switzerland on Sunday, the Tokyo Olympic champion in ladies’s tennis celebrated by profitable a silver medal in doubles.
Belinda Bencic gave the winter sports activities nation extra motive to have fun its greatest Summer season Video games in practically 70 years.
Again-to-back medals for Bencic, the latter with taking part in with associate Viktorija Golubic, added to the wave of ladies’s success carrying the Swiss crew to its greatest tally because the 1952 Helsinki Olympics.
Bencic’s title in singles late Saturday lifted the overall into surprising double figures. It elevated to 12 after she and Golubic earned silver, the ninth gained by ladies in Tokyo.
The general tally of 14 medals gained in Helsinki is in sight.
“It’s a shock for everyone,” Swiss crew chief Ralph Stöckli informed state broadcaster RTS. “I hope that each one Swiss individuals are actually happy with what we’ve already achieved.”
Girls at the moment are driving the success that beforehand got here from the crew’s star males — Roger Federer, Stan Wawrinka and Fabian Cancellara.
Federer, a two-time Olympic medalist, was a late withdrawal, so the Twelfth-ranked Bencic stepped as much as attain each her finals.
Cancellara, a two-time biking time trial champion, is now retired, so Marlen Reusser took silver within the ladies’s occasion.
Three-time mountain bike medalist Nino Schurter simply missed the rostrum this time, however Jolanda Neff led a Swiss medal sweep in ladies’s cross-country.
Switzerland’s eleventh medal — and eighth in ladies’s occasions — arrived Sunday morning in BMX freestyle when California-raised Nikita Ducarroz took bronze.
A nation of fewer than 9 million folks is much forward of Brazil and Spain within the medals desk. With three golds already, Switzerland has overwhelmed the 2 titles gained in 1952, each in males’s gymnastics.
Bencic’s medals matched shooter Nina Christen, who began the Swiss tally with bronze within the first accomplished occasion of the Tokyo Olympics. Christen later added a gold.
“The primary medal was very, superb for creating a really optimistic environment,” Stöckli stated.
Even when Swiss ladies didn’t attain the rostrum, they delivered performances barely imagined earlier than the Video games.
The ladies’s 100-meter last Saturday featured extra Swiss ladies than American. Ajla Del Ponte and Mujinga Kambundji, operating side-by-side within the outdoors lanes, each went underneath 11 seconds to position fifth and sixth in a race swept by Jamaicans.
The boys additionally made Swiss historical past amongst their three medals earned by means of Sunday, which is 730 years since the alliance that created the nationwide confederation in 1291.
The Alpine nation had just one swimming medalist in Olympic historical past — a bronze from the 1984 Los Angeles Video games — earlier than Tokyo. It has two extra now, because of Jérémy Desplanches within the 200-meter particular person medley and Noè Ponti within the 100 butterfly.
“It’s nearly the efficiency we usually have in Switzerland throughout the Winter Olympics,” Stöckli stated of a Swiss crew that gained 5 golds and 15 complete medals on the 2018 Pyeongchang Video games.
Possibly this success will assist reignite nationwide enthusiasm for internet hosting a Winter Olympics for the primary time since 1948. Public rejection on the poll field ended potential Swiss bids centered on St. Moritz and Sion for the 2022 and 2026 Olympics.
Requested Sunday a couple of attainable candidate for 2030, the IOC’s government director for the Olympic Video games, Christophe Dubi of Switzerland, stated: “Now we have not reached out to them.”
Dubi stated Swiss Olympic officers are engaged on a long-term technique that may very well be introduced earlier than the 2022 Winter Video games open in Beijing.
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