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South Korea’s female archers wrap up ninth straight team gold

South Korea’s female archers wrap up ninth straight team gold

26/07/2021, Pakistan, Multi Sports, Pakistan Publications, Article # 30400613

TOKYO: The names on the South Korean women’s archery team may change, the domination with a bow sure doesn’t.

The powerhouse archery nation — with An San, Kang Chae Young and Jang Minhee now in the team — is now nine for nine in the women’s team event since it was added to the Olympic programme at the 1988 Seoul Games, tying the record for the longest gold medal streak in Olympic history.

The South Korean women beat the Russian Olympic Committee team 6-0 in a clean sweep, continuing the country’s gold medal run and matching the nine straight golds of the United States in the men’s swimming 4x100m medley relay and Kenya’s men in the 3000m steeplechase in athletics.

At the Ashaka Shooting Range on Sunday, Russian Vitalina Batsarashkina won the women’s 10-metre pistol event to claim the gold medal that narrowly eluded her five years ago in Rio.

Batsarashkina mounted a spectacular charge over the closing shots to win gold with an Olympic record of 240.3. Bulgarian Antoaneta Kostadinova won silver with 239.4, while the bronze went to Jiang Ranxin of China.

Later, American William Shaner won the men’s 10-metre rifle event with an Olympic record of 251.6, ahead of Sheng Lihao in a battle for the gold between the 20-year-old from Colorado and his teenaged Chinese opponent.

Published in Dawn, July 26th, 2021



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Japan edge towards knockouts as Gignac rescues France

Japan edge towards knockouts as Gignac rescues France

26/07/2021, Pakistan, Multi Sports, Pakistan Publications, Article # 30400612

TOKYO: Hosts Japan moved within touching distance of qualifying for the men’s football knockout stages with a 2-1 win over Mexico at Saitama Stadium on Sunday, while France staged a remarkable comeback to beat South Africa 4-3.

Real Madrid’s highly rated youngster Takefusa Kubo and playmaker Ritsu Doan found the net inside the opening 11 minutes as Japan notched up their second consecutive win to move top of Group ‘A’ with six points.

France, who were hammered 4-1 by Mexico in their Group ‘A’ opener, got their campaign back on track when Teji Savanier netted a stoppage-time winner in their 4-3 victory over South Africa.

Les Bleus trailed 3-2 with 10 minutes left but captain Andre-Pierre Gignac converted an 86th-minute penalty to complete his hat-trick before Savanier’s late goal.

Gignac, one of the three over-age players selected by France along with the under-24 group for the Olympics, now leads the scoring charts in Tokyo with four goals from two matches.

Back-to-back defeats also left South Africa’s hopes of qualifying hanging by a thread, a week after their camp reported multiple Covid-19 cases.

Defending champions Brazil banged in four goals in their opening victory over Germany in Group ‘D’ but their attack failed to fire in a goalless draw against a resolute Ivory Coast side.

The South American giants struggled to control the match after losing midfielder Douglas Luiz to a straight red card for denying Ivory Coast winger Max Gra­del a clear goalscoring opportunity in the 13th minute.

Brazil lead Group ‘D’ on goal difference ahead of their final game of the opening phase against Saudi Arabia, who lost 3-2 to Germany to be eliminated from the competition.

Felix Uduokhai’s 75th-minute goal gave Germany, who had Amos Pieper sent off midway through the second half, a crucial three points.

Spain moved to the top of Group ‘C’ as Mikel Oyarzabal’s late strike — their first goal of the tournament — downed Australia 1-0. Facundo Medina scored to help Argentina to their first three points in the group with a 1-0 win over Egypt.

In Group ‘B’, Honduras came from behind to beat New Zealand 3-2 and South Korea thrashed 10-man Roma­nia 4-0 to leave all four teams on three points.

Published in Dawn, July 26th, 2021



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Japan celebrate gold rush, Tunisian swimmer stuns superpowers

Japan celebrate gold rush, Tunisian swimmer stuns superpowers

26/07/2021, Pakistan, Multi Sports, Pakistan Publications, Article # 30400611

TOKYO: The Tokyo Olympics delivered a day of high drama on Sunday with a stunning surprise in the pool, one of the great David v Goliath cycling victories and double sibling judo gold as Japan continued their golden start.

The host nation bagged skateboarding’s first gold medal courtesy of Yuto Horigome, then saw Uta Abe and her brother Hifumi make history as the first siblings to win gold medals in different events on the same day in any sport. With swimmer Yui Ohashi also victorious, Japan’s overall gold medal tally rose to five, one behind China and one ahead of the United States.

Tunisia are unlikely to add to their solitary gold but no medal of the Games will be celebrated more wildly than that earned via the astounding achievement of 18-year-old Ahmed Haf­naoui, who stunned the swimming superpowers with victory from lane eight in the men’s 400m freestyle.

“It’s a dream and it became true — it was my best race ever,” Hafnaoui said in an Olympic-level understatement after he held off heavily-fancied Australian Jack McLou­ghlin and American Kieran Smith despite qualifying slowest for the final.

Hafnaoui received the ultimate validation as American medal machine Michael Phelps, the greatest swimmer in history, labelled his performance as an “unbelievable swim”.

Skateboarder Horigome, who grew up in the Tokyo ward where the event is being held, took gold at the Games debut of a sport once seen as a symbol of counter-culture and, ironically, still symbolised by the “no skateboarding” signs plastered on the outside walls of the venue.

“It felt significant to return to Koto ward, it meant so much more for me,” said Horigome, who moved to the United States after high school to follow his skateboarding ambitions.

The day the Abe family will never forget began when Uta triumphed in the women’s 52kg category. The 21-year-old had cruised through to the final but was then taken deep into Golden Score overtime before overcoming Amandine Buchard of France.

She then cheered on as her big brother Hifumi overpowered Georgian judoka Vazha Margve­lashvili in the under-66kg gold medal fight.

Ohashi had got things going for Japan with victory in the 400m women’s medley and the gold rush was a boost for organisers hoping to see a lift in enthusiasm for the delayed Olympics among the Japanese public, who are labouring under a state of emergency in the capital.

Ohashi powered to victory, toppling Hungary’s defending champion Kati­nka Hosszu.

“I swam believing in myself. I really did not think of winning the gold,” said Ohashi.

Five years ago in Rio, Annemiek van Vleuten suffered an horrific crash in the women’s cycling road race when she was on course to win and she contributed another memorable Olympic moment on Sunday — again for all the wrong reasons.

Little-known Austrian amateur Anna Kiesenhofer made an audacious solo breakaway and somehow stayed clear to cross the line looking absolutely incredulous. She was not alone, as the vastly-experienced four-woman Dutch team seeking a third successive title were somehow unaware she had escaped.

Cue an embarrassing air-punching celebration by Van Vleuten who crossed the line second but thinking she had won.

“Have I got that wrong?,” she asked the team masseur at the finish line. She had spectacularly — leaving full-time teacher Kiesen­hofer with something very special to tell come September.

TUNISIA’S Ahmed Hafnaoui celebrates after winning the final of the men’s 400m freestyle swimming event at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre on Sunday.—AFP
TUNISIA’S Ahmed Hafnaoui celebrates after winning the final of the men’s 400m freestyle swimming event at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre on Sunday.—AFP

“I am happy that I was not too scared and I just went for it,” said Kiesenhofer after winning Austria’s first cycling gold since the inaugural Games of 1896.

The first world record of the Games came in the pool as Australia’s women rom­ped home in the 4x100m final.

Chase Kalisz delivered Team USA its first gold in the men’s 400m medley.

GOLFERS TEST POSITIVE

A USA men’s basketball team lost at an Olympics for the first time since the 2004 Athens Games as a team led by 11-time NBA All-Star Kevin Durant were beaten 83-76 by France.

Durant was held to just 10 points in an upset that shows the Americans have a fight on their hands to retain their title.

NBA player Evan Fournier top-scored with 28 points for France, finding form from three-point range late in the game to help his team claw back a 10-point deficit to stun the Americans.

Australian world number one Ashleigh Barty crashed out in the first round of the women’s tennis singles. The reigning Wimbledon champion lost 6-4, 6-3 to Spain’s Sara Sorribes Tormo.

Japan’s Naomi Osaka won her first-round match — her first since withdrawing from the French Open in May and two days after lighting the Olympic flame — as she defeated 52nd-ranked Zheng Saisai of China 6-1, 6-4.

Elsewhere on Sunday, a century-long wait to see surfing at the Olympics came to an end at Tsurigasaki Surfing Beach.

It marked the culmination of efforts to get surfing added to the Olympic programme dating back more than 100 years.

The spectre of Covid-19 meanwhile continued to stalk the Olympics, with the men’s golf tournament upended by two high-profile withdrawals.

World number one Jon Rahm was ruled out after returning a positive test — his second Covid-19 positive in two months — while Bryson DeChambeau also saw his Olympic hopes end with a positive case.

The Dutch rowing coach also tested positive as Olympic organisers reported 10 new Covid-19 cases, bringing the total disclosed to 132.

In gymnastics, Simone Biles and the US women’s team trailed the Russians after qualifying in the team event, the first time in a decade they’ve failed to finish atop the standings during any portion of a major international event.

Biles led the field in a bid for her fifth gold medal, but the US team has work to do to repeat as Olympic champions. The ROC had a score of 171.629 through the first three subdivisions at the Ari­ake Gymnastics

Centre, ahead of the second-place Americans’ 170.562.

Medals Table

After Sunday’s events

(Tabulated under gold, silver, bronze, total):

China 6 1 4 11

Japan 5 1 0 6

United States 4 2 4 10

South Korea 2 0 3 5

Russian OC 1 4 2 7

Italy 1 1 3 5

Australia 1 1 1 3

France 1 1 1 3

Hungary 1 1 0 2

Tunisia 1 1 0 2

Austria 1 0 0 1

Ecuador 1 0 0 1

Iran 1 0 0 1

Kosovo 1 0 0 1

Thailand 1 0 0 1

Uzbekistan 1 0 0 1

Canada 0 2 0 2

Netherlands 0 2 0 2

Brazil 0 1 1 2

Taiwan 0 1 1 2

Britain 0 1 1 2

Indonesia 0 1 1 2

Serbia 0 1 1 2

Belgium 0 1 0 1

Bulgaria 0 1 0 1

Colombia 0 1 0 1

Georgia 0 1 0 1

India 0 1 0 1

Romania 0 1 0 1

Spain 0 1 0 1

Germany 0 0 2 2

Kazakhstan 0 0 2 2

Turkey 0 0 2 2

Ukraine 0 0 2 2

Estonia 0 0 1 1

Israel 0 0 1 1

Mexico 0 0 1 1

Mongolia 0 0 1 1

Slovenia 0 0 1 1

Switzerland 0 0 1 1

Published in Dawn, July 26th, 2021



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Japan celebrates gold rush on day of upsets

Japan celebrates gold rush on day of upsets

26/07/2021, Pakistan, Multi Sports, Pakistan Publications, Article # 30400458
TOKYO: A Japanese skateboarder claimed a piece of Olympic history as the host nation enjoyed a gold rush on a day of upsets at the Tokyo Games on Sunday.The second full day of competition saw 18 gold medals up for grabs, including the first ever in skateboarding, one of several new sports...

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Talha Talib misses bronze by a whisker

Talha Talib misses bronze by a whisker

26/07/2021, Pakistan, Multi Sports, Pakistan Publications, Article # 30400457
KARACHI: Pakistan’s premier weightlifter Talha Talib did a wonderful job but failed to finish at the victory podium in the 67 kilogramme competitions in connection with the Tokyo Olympics on Sunday.Talha pulled off his career-best in both snatch and clean and jerk to finish overall fifth in...

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Arshad begins training in Tokyo

Arshad begins training in Tokyo

26/07/2021, Pakistan, Multi Sports, Pakistan Publications, Article # 30400460
KARACHI: Pakistan’s sole medal hope and the country’s premier javelin thrower Arshad Nadeem on Sunday started his proper training to give final touches to his preparations ahead of his event of the Tokyo Olympics.“Today we did long running, worked on endurance and general fitness...

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Nishikori aims to 'bring better news' and lift Covid gloom

Nishikori aims to 'bring better news' and lift Covid gloom

26/07/2021, Pakistan, Multi Sports, Pakistan Publications, Article # 30400459
TOKYO: Japan’s Kei Nishikori pledged to win as many matches as possible at the Tokyo Olympics to brighten the sombre mood in a city under a state of emergency because of rising coronavirus infections.Nishikori, a 2016 bronze medallist in Rio de Janeiro, eliminated fifth seed Andrey Rublev...

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Japan out to defend men's team crown without their 'king'

Japan out to defend men's team crown without their 'king'

26/07/2021, Pakistan, Multi Sports, Pakistan Publications, Article # 30400461
TOKYO: Japan’s men’s gymnasts head into Monday’s team final happy to accept the mantle of favourites to prove there is life after the abdication of their leader, Kohei Uchimura.“King” Kohei led the Olympic Games’ hosts to team gold in Rio five years ago. But on...

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Shah's Japanese coach to enter Olympic Village today

Shah's Japanese coach to enter Olympic Village today

26/07/2021, Pakistan, Multi Sports, Pakistan Publications, Article # 30400463
KARACHI: The Japanse coach of Olympian judoka Shah Hussain will enter the Olympic Village on Monday , Pakistan’s contingent secretary and Admin Officer Col Nasir Tung told ‘The News’ from Tokyo on Sunday.“Yes, we have managed accreditation for his coach and he will come...

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