Latest Olympics: American men advance in beach volleyball

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Phil Dalhausser and Nick Lucena play in the Olympic beach volleyball tournament.

The Americans beat Argentines Julian Azaad and Nicolas Capogrosso 21-19, 18-21, 15-6 to move up to 2-1 in the round robin. It’s good for at least one more game in Tokyo.

Overall, the American teams are 8-1 at the preliminary stage. Three other teams still have one game to play.

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USA Climbing head coach Josh Larsen has returned to the United States due to the death of his father.

Meg Coyne, manager and assistant coach of the national teams, will temporarily assume the role of Larson.

Sport climbing made its Olympic debut at the Tokyo Games. The qualifying rounds will begin on August 3 with the men. The women qualified the next day.

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Defending BMX gold medalists Mariana Pajon of Columbia and Connor Fields of the United States advanced to the semi-finals of the Tokyo Olympics.

Pajon is the only BMX rider to have won two Olympic gold medals. She won her three qualifying rounds to finish with three points. Her best challenger, American Alise Willoughby, also won her three qualifying heats.

Former world champion Niek Kimmann of the Netherlands won two rounds to qualify after colliding with a race marshal who got lost on the course during training on Monday.

The top four riders from each of the two semi-finals will advance to the finals on Friday.

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Simone Biles has expressed her gratitude on social media for the support she has received since dropping out of the women’s team gymnastics final at the Tokyo Olympics.

She pulled out after the first spin, on the vault, because she said she was in the wrong space to compete.

A day later, she gave up her chance to defend her all-around title.

The most decorated gymnast of all time said in a tweet: “The overwhelming love and support I received made me realize that I am more than my accomplishments and my gymnastics that I never really had. believed before. “

Biles has yet to decide whether she will compete in the individual events.

The women’s all-around competition will take place Thursday evening, Tokyo time, while the individual events start on Sunday.

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Living up to the hype, American swimmer Caeleb Dressel won the first individual Olympic gold medal of his career.

Dressel held off defending Olympic champion Australia’s Kyle Chalmers with a furious sprint to the wall. The winning time was an Olympic record of 47.02 seconds.

Dressel beat Chalmers by just six hundredths of a second, leaving the 2016 winner with a silver this time around. The bronze was won by the Russian Kliment Kolesenikov.

The first three golds of Dressel’s career were all in the relays.

Now he has one that he won on his own.

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China won its first gold medal at the Olympic swimming pool.

Zhang Yufei delivered a dominant performance to win the women’s 200-meter butterfly in an Olympic record time of 2 minutes, 3.86 seconds. She was more than one step ahead of the pair of Americans, Regan Smith and Hali Flickinger.

The American swimmers dueled for the silver, with Smith taking the lead in the end for a touchdown clocking 2: 05.30. Flickinger won bronze in 2: 05.65.

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Italian tennis player Fabio Fognini has apologized for yelling at himself with a homophobic slur during a loss at the Tokyo Games.

Fognini used the Italian word offensive on several occasions during the three-set loss to Russian athlete Daniil Medvedev in the third round on Wednesday.

Fognini writes in an Instagram story that the extremely hot conditions “affected his head” and that he “used a really stupid expression towards myself”.

He adds that “obviously I didn’t want to offend anyone” and that “I love the LGBT community and I apologize for the nonsense I let out”.

Instagram’s story was written on a rainbow background.

The often volatile Fognini was kicked out of the US Open doubles tournament in 2017 for vulgarly insulting the chair umpire in his first-round singles loss.

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Izaac Stubblety-Cook of Australia won the 200-meter breaststroke at the Olympic swimming pool in Tokyo.

Stubblety-Cook rallied on the last lap to overtake Dutchman Arno Kamminga, who started fast and tried to hold on. The winning time was an Olympic record of 2 minutes 6.38 seconds as the Australians won their fifth gold in the swimming competition, equaling the powerful American team.

Kamminga was below the pace of the world record in the first 150 meters, but lost the silver in 2: 07.01. Bronze went to Finland’s Matti Mattsson in 2: 07.24.

American Nic Fink finished fifth.

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Bobby Finke of the United States won the gold medal in the debut of the men’s 800-meter freestyle event at the Tokyo Aquatics Center.

Italian Gregorio Paltrinieri clinched silver after leading most of the race, while bronze went to Ukrainian Mykhailo Romachuk.

It was an exciting ending. Germany’s Florian Wellbrock took the lead over Paltrinieri on the last flip, while Finke hid in fourth position. But the American threw in a blistering acceleration at the end of the 16-lap race, overtaking the three swimmers in front of him to win the gold medal.

Finke’s winning time was 7 minutes, 41.87 seconds, just 0.24 ahead of Paltrinieri. Romachuk finished in 7: 42.33, pulling Wellbrock down to fourth place.

The men’s 800 freestyle was added to the Olympic program for the Tokyo Games, marking the first time the approximate distance had been contested by the men since there was an 880 yard run at the 1904 St. Louis Games.

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Italians Valentina Rodini and Federica Cesarini jumped in the final 50 meters to snatch the gold in the women’s lightweight two-odds.

The Dutch team of Marieke Keizer and Ilse Paulis led most of the race but collapsed for the bronze medal in the final 20 meters as the French team of Laura Tarantola and Claire Bove took the silver.

The Dutch team almost completely escaped medals and only won the podium by 0.01 seconds ahead of Great Britain.

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American beach volleyball players Kelly Claes and Sarah Sponcil eliminated Kenya in just 25 minutes, the fastest women’s game since the Olympics adopted their current format.

The American pair beat Brackcides Khadambi and Gaudencia Makokha 21-8, 21-6 to move to 2-0 and almost certainly clinch a berth in the round of 16. They have one game left, against Brazil on Saturday.

The match was the fastest since the International Volleyball Federation adopted the rally scoring and best of three sets format in 2002.

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Irish duo Fintan McCarthy and Paul O’Donovan withstood a late charge from Germans Jonathan Rommelmann and Jason Osborne to win the gold in the lightweight two-pair.

The Irish boat seemed safe for the first 1,000 meters before the Germans closed the gap with 500 to go and threatened to catch up.

A late push over the final 200 meters sent the Irish to victory by 0.86 seconds.

Italians Stefano Oppo and Pietro Ruta won bronze.

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New Zealanders Grace Pendergrast and Kerri Gowler won gold in the women’s rowing duo.

The Kiwi duo won the world championship in 2019 and were favorites to claim victory in Tokyo. They are only the third non-European team to win the Olympic event and the first since 1996.

Russians Vasilisia Stepanova and Elena Oriabinskaia passed Canadians Caileigh Filmer and Hillary Janssens in the final 300 meters to win the silver medal. Canada won bronze.

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Croatian brothers Martin and Valent Sinkovic dominated the men’s duo in Olympic rowing, heading for victory in a race they led from the start.

The Croats were the big favorites. They won the couple’s doubles in 2016, then switched disciplines to boating and won two world championships before winning another Olympic gold medal. They are the first men to win the Olympic gold medal in the double sculls and the swept pairs.

Romanian duo Marius Cozmiuc and Ciprian Tudosas won silver. Danes Frederic Vystavel and Joachim Sutton won bronze.

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