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Tokyo sizzles, tempers flare in boxing, Biles withdraws again

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TOKYO, Aug 1 (Reuters) – Tokyo sizzled on Sunday with temperatures soaring on the athletics track as the world waited to see who would fill Usain Bolt’s shoes in the most wide-open Olympic 100 metres final in years. After the threat of a typhoon and rain disrupted competition earlier in......

Diving-Dominant Shi doubles up again with 3m springboard gold

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TOKYO, Aug 1 (Reuters) – China’s Shi Tingmao claimed her second gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics with victory in the women’s 3 metre springboard diving on Sunday, becoming the second woman to retain both individual and synchronised titles at the Games. Shi’s victory enabled her to match compatriot Guo......

Sailing-Wearn strikes sailing gold for Australia

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ENOSHIMA, Japan, Aug 1 (Reuters) – Australia’s Matt Wearn cruised to an easy victory in the men’s Laser class at the Enoshima Yachting Harbour on Sunday, making the most of the big lead he built up in the opening races to take the gold. Croatia’s Tonci Stipanovic took the silver......

Swimming-McKeon gets record seventh medal, Dressel clinches sprint double

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TOKYO, Aug 1 (Reuters) – Australia’s Emma McKeon became the first female swimmer to win seven medals at a single Olympic Games on Sunday after completing the sprint double with victory in the 50m freestyle and then winning another gold in the women’s 4×100 medley relay. American Caeleb Dressel confirmed......

Athletics-China’s Gong Lijiao wins women’s shot put gold

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TOKYO, Aug 1 (Reuters) – China’s Gong Lijiao won the women’s shot put gold at Tokyo’s Olympic Stadium on Sunday. The United States’ Raven Saunders picked up silver and New Zealand’s Valerie Adams claimed bronze. Reporting by Amy Tennery in Tokyo; Editing by Himani Sarkar Our Standards: The Thomson Reuters......

Jamaica sweep 100m podium, Djokovic leaves with nothing

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Thompson-Herah blazes to 100m gold Biles could still compete in floor and beam Ledecky and Dressel surge in swimming Nigerian sprinter Okagbare fails drug test TOKYO, July 31 (Reuters) – Jamaican sprinter Elaine Thompson-Herah blazed to 100 metres gold on Saturday, becoming the fastest woman alive as she denied compatriot......

Basketball-Nigeria’s Metu blasts government for lack of support at Games

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Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Basketball – Men – Group B – Italy v Nigeria – Saitama Super Arena, Saitama, Japan – July 31, 2021. Chimezie Metu of Nigeria in action at the rim with Nicolo Mannion of Italy REUTERS/Brian Snyder SAITAMA, July 31 (Reuters) – Nigerian basketball player Chimezie Metu......

Swimming-More gold for Dressel, Ledecky and McKeown

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TOKYO, July 31 (Reuters) – Caeleb Dressel and Katie Ledecky added to the United States’ gold medal haul at the Tokyo Olympics on Saturday while Australia’s sensational run continued with Kaylee McKeown winning the 200m backstroke for their seventh gold in the pool. Dressel stormed to the men’s 100m butterfly......

Athletics-Ethiopia’s Lamecha tops steeplechase qualifying

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TOKYO, July 30 (Reuters) – Ethiopia’s Lamecha Girma cruised into the final of the Olympic men’s 3,000 metres steeplechase with the fastest time of 8:09.83 on Fridayas he bids to end Kenya’s long-held domination of the event. The 20-year-old 2019 world silver medallist boasts the world’s leading time this year......

American Kendricks out for COVID-19 as pandemic casts pall on Games

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TOKYO, July 29 (Reuters) – American double world champion pole vaulter Sam Kendricks and rival German Chiaraviglio of Argentina were ruled out of the Olympics on Thursday after testing positive for COVID-19, sending a chill through the Games as infections spiked again in the host city. U.S. officials confirmed that......

Biles out of next Tokyo event, sharpening focus on mental health at Games

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TOKYO, July 28 (Reuters) – Gymnast Simone Biles withdrew from the individual all-around competition at the Tokyo Olympics on Wednesday, a day after she shocked the world by pulling out of the team event and put a sharp focus on mental health at the Games. American Biles will be evaluated......

Hockey-Spain women’s coach Lock confined to hotel after positive COVID test

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TOKYO, July 28 (Reuters) – Spain’s women’s hockey coach Adrian Lock was expecting to be shouting instructions at his players from the sidelines at the Tokyo Olympics but has instead been watching their progress on a laptop in a quarantine hotel after a positive COVID-19 test. Briton Lock’s saliva test......

Rowing-Puspure leads stellar Irish cohort on hunt for Tokyo gold

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Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Rowing – Women’s Single Sculls – Quarterfinal 1 – Sea Forest Waterway, Tokyo, Japan – July 25, 2021. Sanita Puspure of Ireland in action REUTERS/Leah Millis TOKYO, July 25 (Reuters) – It’s beginning to look like third time is the charm for Sanita Puspure. The 39-year-old......

Beach Volleyball-Brazil double up over Argentina, Swiss women on top

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TOKYO, July 24 (Reuters) – The Brazilian men’s and women’s teams got their Olympic beach volleyball campaigns off to strong starts on Saturday by winning their opening pool encounters against South American rivals Argentina in straight sets at Tokyo’s Shiokaze Park. Olympic debutant Alvaro Filho overcame nerves before teaming up......

Table Tennis-Polish Paralympian Partyka cruises into second round

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TOKYO, July 24 (Reuters) – Polish Olympian and Paralympian Natalia Partyka cruised into the table tennis women’s singles second round at the 2020 Olympics on Saturday as she beat Australia’s Michelle Bromley 4-0. Partyka, a 31-year-old who was born without a right forearm, is representing Poland at her fourth Olympics......

Organisers thank medics at opening ceremony overshadowed by pandemic

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Giant wooden rings evoke Japanese tradition, link to 1964 Some athletes attend ceremony without masks, spark anger Ceremony held with only 950 spectators amid COVID-19 TOKYO, July 23 (Reuters) – At an Olympics opening ceremony overshadowed by the coronavirus, Tokyo 2020 organisers on Friday paid tribute to medical workers as......

Tennis-Japan’s Osaka returns to Games’ spotlight on Sunday

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KUALA LUMPUR, July 23 (Reuters) – Japan’s Naomi Osaka will return to the spotlight on Sunday, kicking off her Olympic campaign as a home crowd favourite after taking a mental health break two months ago. Osaka, a four-time Grand Slam champion and world number two, has not played a competitive......

Swimming-Australia’s McKeown to withdraw from 200 medley

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Swimming – 18th FINA World Swimming Championships – Women’s 200m Backstroke Semi-Finals – Nambu University Municipal Aquatics Center, Gwangju, South Korea – July 26, 2019. Kaylee McKeown of Australia competes. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji/File Photo TOKYO, July 22 (Reuters) – Australia’s world number one Kaylee McKeown will pull out of the women’s......

Japan win softball opener as Games ‘of hope’ begin

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Japanese women thrash Australia in opening softball match WHO head backs Games to demonstrate what can be achieved Spectators barred from events, including Friday opening ceremony Brisbane set to be approved as host for 2032 Games FUKUSHIMA/TOKYO, July 21 (Reuters) – Japan’s women’s softball team got the Tokyo 2020 Olympics......

Athletics-After world record, Warholm eyes final jewel in crown

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Athletics – Diamond League – Monaco – Stade Louis II, Monaco – July 9, 2021 Norway’s Karsten Warholm celebrates winning the men’s 400m hurdles REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes/File Photo July 17 (Reuters) – With World Championship titles and the 400-metre hurdles world record in his possession, there is only one jewel left......

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