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Thanks to Simone Biles' withdrawal, the 24-year-old Skinner finally had a shot at Olympic glory. She didn't waste it.
A dramatic day of action before the gold medal bouts start taking place featured a disqualification that led to a furious Frenchman refusing to budge from the ring, while Samuel Takyi secured Ghana's first Olympic boxing medal in almost 50 years. In the last match of the early session at Tokyo's Kokugikan arena on Sunday, French super heavyweight Mourad Aliev was disqualified for what the referee deemed an intentional headbutt - a call he protested with an hour-long ring-side sit-in https://www.reuters.com/lifestyle/sports/boxing-frances-aliev-disqualified-protests-with-sit-in-ringside-2021-08-01. "It's totally unfair - I was winning the match," Aliev told a throng of reporters after finally abandoning his ring-side spot.
Cleanup operations were underway in Miami, Arizona, on July 30, after the town was hit by flash flooding.The National Weather Service issued a Flash Flood Emergency on July 29 for Miami, Midland City and Claypool.The NWS warned the flooding was a “life-threatening situation” and urged people to seek higher ground immediately.Local media reported homes were flooded and vehicles damaged in the flooding. Credit: Carol Abbott via Storyful
Six months after seizing power from the elected government, Myanmar’s military leader on Sunday repeated his pledge to hold fresh elections in two years and cooperate with Southeast Asian nations on finding a political solution for his country. “We must create conditions to hold a free and fair multiparty general election," Senior Gen. Min Aung Hlaing said during a recorded televised address. The military authorities would “accomplish the provisions of the state of emergency by August 2023,” he said.
Israeli gymnast Artem Dolgopyat won the men's individual floor exercise by a whisker on Sunday, edging Spain's Rayderley Zapata after both posted the same score to win his country's first gold medal at Tokyo 2020. Dolgopyat, twice a world silver medallist in the same event, posted a score of 14.933, the same as Zapata. China's Xiao Ruoteng took the bronze for his third medal of the Tokyo Games.
Matt Wearns's decision as a promising young athlete to choose sailing over Australian Rules football paid off handsomely at the Enoshima Yachting Harbour on Sunday when he was crowned Olympic champion in the men's Laser class. Wearns started the competition poorly but bounced back with a superb stretch of results in the 10 opening-series races, meaning he just had to start and finish Sunday's medal race to win gold -- by far a bigger prize than a winner's medal in "footy", as it is known in Australia. "For as long as I can remember, this is all I wanted to do -- to come to the Olympics first and foremost, but to bring home a gold medal as well, so I'm super-stoked to have that dream finally come true; it's all starting to sink in now," he told reporters.
Things get interesting when there's a third-place tie in Olympic golf.
Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta claimed the bronze medal at the Tokyo Olympics on Saturday after posting a 6-4, 6-7 (6), 6-3 victory over top-seeded Serbian Novak Djokovic. The sixth-seeded Carreno Busta fended off three break points to win the first set. Djokovic showed his displeasure by tossing his racket into the stands.
As a boy in Guatemala, Kevin Cordon had one ambition -- to make it to the Olympics. When he qualified for the 2008 Beijing Games, he got the five Olympic Rings tattooed on to his left biceps. Initially, Cordon did not even care what sport he played, saying once that he chose badminton because it was not popular in his soccer-crazy country and so he would have a better chance of standing out.
Defending Olympic champions Brazil edged France in a marathon five-set battle at the Ariake Arena on Sunday to finish second in Pool B in the men's volleyball preliminary round in Tokyo. World number one Brazil, who also needed five sets to beat Argentina, took the opening set but the second was a see-saw battle that lasted nearly an hour, the teams sharing 15 set points between them before France eventually came through. In the deciding set Brazil saved four match points before winning 25-22 37-39 25-17 21-25 20-18 to give themselves a boost ahead of the quarter-finals.
The 2012 version had goals, controversy and lasting impact. "Are you guys hoping it's like that again?" Alex Morgan asks. You bet we are.
Sweden's Sarah Sjostrom savoured an Olympic 50m freestyle silver medal on Sunday after a fightback from injury that she said had been the challenge of her life. The 27-year-old world record holder broke her elbow when she fell on ice in February, a slip that threw her Tokyo participation into doubt. "This is one of my biggest achievements in my career," declared Sjostrom, who was unable to put a swimming cap on without help a few months ago.
DUBAI (Reuters) -Iran said on Sunday it was not involved in an attack on an Israeli-managed petroleum product tanker off the coast of Oman, referring to an incident last week that killed two and which Israel blamed on the Islamic Republic. Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett accused Tehran of "trying to shirk responsibility" for Thursday's incident, and called its denial "cowardly". Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh told a weekly news conference that the "Zionist regime (Israel) has created insecurity, terror and violence...These accusations about Iran's involvement are condemned by Tehran."
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Czech Republic's Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova beat Switzerland's Belinda Bencic and Viktorija Golubic 7-5 6-1 in the women's doubles tennis final in Tokyo on Sunday to clinch their country's first Olympic gold in the sport. The victory for the top-seeded Czech team and three-time Grand Slam champions put an end to Bencic's dream of making it a Swiss double golden success, after she triumphed in the women's singles final a day earlier over Krejcikova and Siniakova's compatriot Marketa Vondrousova.
Wander Franco hit a tiebreaking RBI triple in the sixth inning, Ji-Man Choi and Francisco Mejia each had two-run homers and the Tampa Bay Rays held off the visiting Boston Red Sox for a 9-5 win on Saturday night. Mejia (2-for-4) drove in four runs and Franco (2-for-4) had two RBIs for Tampa Bay, which moved a half-game ahead of Boston atop the American League East standings. Rays reliever Andrew Kittredge (7-1) earned the win, striking out three in a scoreless sixth inning.
Israel's prime minister on Sunday directly blamed Iran for a drone attack on an oil tanker off the coast of Oman that killed two people as Tehran denied being involved in the assault. The comments by Premier Naftali Bennett and Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh come after the strike Thursday night on the oil tanker Mercer Street, which marked the first-known fatal attack after years of assaults on commercial shipping in the region linked to tensions with Iran over its tattered nuclear deal.
In a televised speech on Sunday, Myanmar's military ruler Min Aung Hlaing pledged to cooperate with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, or ASEAN, to bring an end to the country's violence.He further promised to hold multi-party elections, but did not say when exactly that would happen."Myanmar is ready to work on ASEAN cooperation within the ASEAN framework including the dialogue with the ASEAN Special Envoy in Myanmar."In February, Myanmar's army seized power from a civilian government, lead by Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi after her ruling party won in disputed elections.The military called the vote fraudulent and branded members of Suu Kyi's party 'extremists,' but the country's electoral commission dismissed the allegation.Military authorities have faced near daily protests since the coup and a resurgence of armed conflicts in the borderlands.One local activist group estimated that armed forces have so far killed more than 900 people, with nearly 7,000 military opponents arrested.ASEAN foreign ministers will meet on Monday, as diplomats aim to appoint a special envoy tasked with promoting dialogue between Myanmar's junta and its opponents.
Cambodia began a roll out of Covid-19 vaccinations for teenagers in its capital Phnom Penh and three provinces Sunday, with Premier Hun Sen's grandchildren among the first to get the jab.
Australia's COVID-19 battle in the states of New South Wales and Queensland worsened on Sunday.That's despite millions being kept under strict lockdown for five weeks in its largest city Sydney. The country on Sunday reported 239 new cases of the highly infectious Delta variant, matching the record set on Thursday. New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian urged residents once again to get vaccinated."Today is the first of August and I'm calling upon the people of Greater Sydney, of Greater New South Wales to come forward and get vaccinated. To get to the 70 per cent target we need 9.2 million jabs, to get to the 80 percent target we need 10 million jabs and we've been talking about this in New South Wales for some time."Australia's vaccination drive has been sluggish, with only 18 percent of adults fully vaccinated so far.That's owing to a vaccine supply shortage and changing medical advice.The current outbreak, which began in June, has seen cases climb to more than 3,400. Sydney's 5 million residents are now expected to remain under lockdown until at least August 28.