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Reigning world champion Nesthy Petecio of the Philippines took a first step towards maiden Olympic gold in women's featherweight boxing on Saturday, with a unanimous decision over Marcelat Sakobi Matshu of the Democratic Republic of Congo. The 29-year-old Petecio is tipped as a strong contender for the first gold in the women's featherweight class, which along with women's welterweight, is making its debut at the Tokyo Olympics.
Russian gymnast Artur Dalaloyan prevailed over a recent Achilles injury to clinch an unlikely spot in the all-around final at the Tokyo Olympics on Saturday, competing on the vault and floor despite having planned to sit out the events to spare his leg. Dalaloyan finished fourth all-around in the first subdivision of qualifications, behind compatriot Nikita Nagornyy and China's Xiao Ruoteng and Sun Wei. Dalaloyan, who hadn't been sure he would compete at all given his health, was in tears on the sidelines, bending over on a chair after the floor exercise.
Madagascan police have arrested two former French military members suspected in a plot to kill the nation's president, officials told Reuters on Friday.Police have also tightened the security of president Andry Rajoelina in the wake of the arrests, which follow a months-long investigation.Among the suspects, one is a French citizen, two others have dual French and Malagasy nationalities, while the remaining three are Malagasy.On Friday state TV showed images of a bag full of cash, weapons and documents, allegedly discovered during a raid on one of the suspects' homes.The country's public security minister earlier alleged the suspects entered the country as economic operators to, quote, “hide their evil plans.”A spokesperson for the French armed forces told Reuters he had no comment. The former French colony of 26 million people has been embattled by political violence, instability and poverty for years.In 2019, Rajoelina was sworn in as president after a hard-fought election where his rival challenged him in court over fraud allegations.Officials said Friday that the investigation into the murder plot was ongoing.
KUALA LUMPUR, July 24 ― Hospital Selayang will get an additional 450 beds for Covid-19 patients, the Health Ministry said. The addition, dubbed Operasi Selayang, is part of the efforts carried out...
After 21 years of raising the bar, the first woman ever to compete in weightlifting at the Olympics is still going. Loa Dika Toua of Papua New Guinea was the first athlete to step on stage when women's weightlifting made its debut at the 2000 Sydney Games. You know, when you think about the Olympic Games, your dream is to go to one and maybe the second one.
Dutch favourite Annemiek Van Vleuten says winning the Olympic road race at the Tokyo Games on Sunday would rank below her three world titles because she is facing a lower-quality field. "The level of such an Olympic competition is qualitatively the lowest level of all races during four years," Van Vleuten told reporters in the build-up to Sunday's contest. Equality in women's cycling has been a running battle in the sport and a women's Tour de France will finally return next year after year's of campaigning by the likes of Van Vleuten's Dutch team mate and former Olympic champion Marianne Vos.
South Korean fencer Oh Sang-uk cruised to victory in the round of 32 for the men's individual sabre fencing at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games on Saturday, laying to rest any doubt that his bout of COVID-19 this year would impact his performance. Although Oh, who is ranked No. 1, lost his lead early in the game, he kept his calm, quickly winning back points and rounding off his bout with Andrew Mackiewicz of the United States at 15-7. Oh was hospitalized for COVID-19 in March after winning gold at the 2021 World Cup event for individual sabre in Budapest.
A puss-filled horse tooth has spelled the end of Victoria Max-Theurer’s Olympic dressage dreams. The Austrian's 11-year-old horse, Abegglen NRW, had been behaving strangely in training and, while the Olympic opening ceremony was underway on Friday night, a health check revealed a tooth infection.
Vietnam locked down eight million people in Hanoi on Saturday, the latest attempt to curb a serious coronavirus outbreak that has already forced a third of the country to stay home.
United States paddlers Liu Juan and Nikhil Kumar won their opening singles matches at the 2020 Olympics on Saturday while Japan's mixed doubles duo Jun Mizutani and Mima Ito did not have it all their own way early on but came back strong to advance. Liu, 36, scored a 4-1 win over Nigeria's Olufunke Oshonaike, who is competing at her seventh Olympics, and compatriot Kumar beat Mongolia's Lkhagvasuren Enkhbat by the same scoreline at Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium.
Luis Scola starts each day with the same wish. Argentina’s captain is about to play in the Olympics for a fifth time, those appearances spanning three different decades. There are athletes at the Tokyo Games who were not even born — one was five years from being born — when Scola won a gold medal in Athens 17 years ago.
Tyrone Taylor hit his first career grand slam during Milwaukee's six-run seventh inning, and the Brewers opened a three-game series against the visiting Chicago White Sox with a 7-1 victory on Friday night. Rowdy Tellez had two hits, two RBIs and reached base three times for Milwaukee, which snapped a five-game home losing streak. Andrew Vaughn had three hits, including a home run off Hunter Strickland in the eighth inning for Chicago's lone run.
The drama never ends in Green Bay.
Skateboarding legend Tony Hawk tested out the new Olympic skate park in Tokyo's waterfront, calling the sport's adoption into the Games "surreal". Hawk, now 53 and father of four, said the Olympics would further help grow skateboarding's profile and expose the sport to audiences that are new to it or refused to embrace it in the past. "As a kid that was mostly lambasted for my interest in skateboarding, I never imagined it would be part of the Olympic Games," Hawk wrote below an Instagram video he posted shredding the new bowl at the Tokyo Olympic venue.
This Vida children's mask has five layers of protection, and it's even recyclable.
Hairdressers across Britain are being urged to do their bit for the environment by recycling snipped-off hair to help clean up oil spills, make compost or generate energy.
The Brazilian men's and women's beach volleyball teams earned satisfying wins in their opening pool encounters at the Tokyo Olympics on Saturday, beating their Argentine rivals in straight sets at Shiokaze Park. Brazil's Alvaro Filho and 2016 gold medallist Alison Cerutti beat the Argentine duo of Nicolas Capogrosso and Julian Azaad 21-16 21-17 to kick things off. Cerutti, who also won silver in 2012, scored the bulk of the attacking points and also won five points at the net with blocks while his team mate was able to successfully dig the ball out five times.
Emili Omuro was thrilled by Naomi Osaka's star turn at the Tokyo Olympics opening ceremony, but the biracial teenager says Japan must do more to accept people of mixed heritage.
After a bruising first-round victory against China, where he came off a painful ankle twist to hit the game-winning shot, Bulut reflected on the long road that's led him and his sport to an Olympic debut https://www.reuters.com/lifestyle/sports/on-3x3-basketball-tokyo-olympics-2021-06-21 in Tokyo. "We've been waiting for this moment for like five years now and without any support," Bulut, 35, said, sweat dripping in the searing Tokyo heat. Bulut has helped Serbia claim four of the six FIBA 3x3 World Cups that have been held so far.
Tonga's Pita Taufatofua was feeling the love on Saturday after oiling up to cause an online sensation at a third straight Olympic opening ceremony, but this time he was challenged by an equally ripped rower from Vanuatu.