- McLaughlin breaks own record in women’s 400m hurdles
- Belarusian sprinter walks out with “I RUN CLEAN” glasses
- IOC asks China about Mao badges
TOKYO, Aug.4 (Reuters) – Another athletics world record was erased at the Olympics on Wednesday, as athletes faced the heat of political and diplomatic controversy as well as the scorching summer weather in Tokyo .
American Sydney McLaughlin broke her own record in the 400-meter hurdles as a Belarusian athlete left for Poland three days after refusing an order to return home against her will and seeking diplomatic protection.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) was investigating the case of sprinter Krystsina Tsimanouskaya, while questioning China about athletes who wore Mao Zedong badges on the medal podium but suspended an investigation into US shot putter Raven Saunders after the death of his mother.
McLaughlin was behind teammate Dalilah Muhammad after the final hurdle but passed her in the sprint to win gold in 51.46 seconds in a thrilling finish that slashed her own June record by nearly half a second.
“I saw Dalilah in front of me with one to go. I was just like, ‘Do your race’,” McLaughlin said. “The race doesn’t really start until the seventh hurdle. I just wanted to go and give it my all.”
Muhammad was also ahead of McLaughlin’s previous record, recalling Tuesday’s stunning men’s final in the same event, when Norway’s Karsten Warholm and silver medalist Rai Benjamin both broke Warholm’s previous record. Read more
The women’s long-distance race continued to thrill, as new Olympic 5000-meter champion Sifan Hassan of the Netherlands advanced to the second of what she hopes will be three finals. However, she will have more work to do in the 1500m in the form of defending champion Faith Kipyegon of Kenya.
But despite the outstanding performances in competition, even the fastest woman in the world couldn’t outrun the Tokyo 2020 broadcast rights holders. Read More
Jamaican gold medalist sprinter Elaine Thompson-Herah said she was blocked on Instagram for posting videos of her victories in the 100 and 200 meters.
“I was blocked on Instagram for posting the Olympic races (sic) because I did not have the right. So see you in 2 days,” she wrote on Twitter. The IOC said the removal was automatic, as athletes cannot “natively” post content controlled by rights holders.
IOC TESTS BELARUS, MAO BADGES
Belarusian Tsimanouskaya, who had taken refuge in the Polish embassy, left in the morning, escorted by officials and wearing a mask, blue jeans, a blue blouse and sunglasses with the inscription “I RUN CLEAN “.
The IOC said it was investigating the case, which began after the sprinter publicly criticized her coaches during the Games, which end on Sunday.
The IOC also said it was awaiting a formal explanation from Chinese Olympic officials on why two gold medalists wore badges representing Mao, the founding leader of the People’s Republic of China, as Olympic rules prohibit statements. policies on the podium. Read more
At the same time, the IOC expressed its condolences to silver medalist Saunders after learning of her mother’s death.
“You will understand that given these circumstances, the process is for the moment totally suspended,” said spokesman Mark Adams.
Saunders had her arms crossed in an “X” above her head on the podium on Sunday, a gesture which she said represented “the intersection where all the oppressed meet.” She said she hopes to inspire other LGBT and black people, as well as those struggling with mental health issues. Read more
Away from politics, Italy set a second world record in as many days in the men’s pursuit, upsetting the Danish favorites at the Izu velodrome with an electrifying finish powered by Filippo Ganna who recovered nearly a second in the last laps. Read more
Cuba topped the boxing medal table as Arlen Lopez claimed his second Olympic title, taking gold in the men’s light heavyweight with a cool and skillful performance against the fast and tenacious Briton Ben Whittaker . Read more
In Enoshima, south of Tokyo, Matthew Belcher became the most successful Australian Olympic sailor of all time as he and his Aussie teammate Will Ryan won gold in the men’s sailing class 470, while the Britons Hannah Mills and Eilidh McIntyre won the women’s competition to close the regatta. Read more
At Odaiba Marine Park in Tokyo Bay, Brazilian Ana Marcela Cunha won gold in the women’s 10km swimming marathon, edging out the peloton, including Rio 2016 winner Sharon van Rouwendaal of the Netherlands . Read more
“I didn’t expect it to happen this way, but I’m extremely happy,” said Cunha, sporting a tuft of fluorescent green and yellow hair perfectly coordinated with her Brazilian uniform.
Athletes who weren’t in or inside the water continued to roast during the brutal Japanese summer.
As temperatures at the edge of the track at the athletics stadium reached 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit) and an archer collapsed, Sweden and Canada called on organizers to postpone the start of the game. women’s football for Friday’s gold medal, which is now scheduled for 11 a.m. (0200 GMT) read more
“It is first and foremost a question of the health of the players,” said Marika Domanski Lyfors, Sweden’s women’s team manager. “There’s a pretty big difference between playing in the afternoon or in the evening.”
Even cooler were the Japanese and British teenage skateboarders, who shredded and soared through the preliminaries in the heated Olympic debut of the women’s park competition. Read more
Reporting by Amy Tennery and Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber; Additional reporting by Antoni Slodkowski, Karolos Grohmann, Martyn Herman, Shiho Tanaka, Martin Petty, Philip O’Connor, Mari Saito, Sakura Murakami and Steve Keating in Tokyo and Alan Charlish in Warsaw; Writing by William Mallard; Editing by Ed Osmond and Christian Radnedge
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