Jepchirchir wins the marathon; Seidel of the United States 3rd

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TOKYO (AP) – The latest news on the Tokyo Olympics, which are being held under heavy restrictions after a year of delay due to the coronavirus pandemic:

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Nelly Korda gave the Americans a streak of gold in golf, hanging on to a one-stroke victory in a sensational final at the Olympic women’s golf competition.

Korda led up to three shots on the last nine. In the end, she needed two putts just under 30 feet on the 18th par for par and a 2 under 69.

Mone Inami of Japan bugged out a stuffy lie in the bunker on the 18th hole and faced Lydia Ko of New Zealand for the silver medal.

For 23-year-old Korda, it was another shining moment in his dream season. She won her first major championship six weeks ago and rose to No. 1 in the world for the first time. Now she has an Olympic gold medal and leaves no doubt who is the best in women’s golf.

Xander Sc Chaudele won gold in the men’s race last Sunday.

Aditi Ashok from India delivered one of the best putting performances to stay close at hand. She birdied 25 feet on the 18th shot that slipped through the hole and kept her from the podium all at once.

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The United States won their fourth consecutive Olympic gold medal in men’s basketball, beating France 87-82.

Kevin Durant scored 29 points for the Americans and joined Carmelo Anthony as the only three-time gold medalist in men’s basketball.

Durant has already become the top scorer in American men’s history in this tournament. He scored 30 points in gold medal games in 2012 and 2016, and almost came back this time around.

France beat the United States in the teams ‘opener at this tournament, ending the Americans’ 25-game winning streak at the Olympics.

The French almost beat them again on Saturday as they tried to win their first gold in men’s basketball. They had to settle for a third silver, having also finished second behind the United States in 1948 and 2000.

Slovenia and Australia will play later Saturday for the bronze medal.

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Germany won the men’s four 500-meter kayak, making Ronald Rauhe the first man to win a canoe sprint medal at five Olympics.

Rauhe, 39, is also the second-oldest gold medalist in men’s canoe sprinting. Only Swede Gert Fredriksson was older at 40 in 1960.

The German kayak followed Spain at the 250-meter mark before rallying to win by 0.226 seconds. Spain won silver and Slovakia won bronze.

The four 500 men’s kayak at the Tokyo Games replaced the four 1000 kayak, which ran from 1964 to 2016.

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Hungary won the gold medal in the women’s kayak over four 500 meters. New Zealander Lisa Carrington missed a fourth medal at the Tokyo Games when the Kiwi boat finished fourth.

Hungary finished 0.61 seconds ahead of silver medalists Belarus and Poland took bronze. The New Zealand kayak was in medal position halfway through the race before fading late.

Carrington had previously won three gold medals, in singles 200 and 500 and 500 pairs. She has five gold medals in her Olympic career and six in total.

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Christian Sorum and Anders Mol defeated Russia in the gold medal match in men’s beach volleyball, winning Norway’s first medal in the sport.

The Norwegian seeds beat the reigning world champions 21-17, 21-18 in intermittent rain at the site of Shiokaze Park overlooking Tokyo Bay. With Qatar beating Latvia for bronze earlier on Saturday, all three countries on the podium – and all six players – are medalists for the first time.

In fact, the only repeat medalist in either the men’s or women’s divisions was American April Ross, who won gold with Alix Klineman on Friday. Ross had also won silver in London and bronze in Brazil.

Viacheslav Krasilnikov and Oleg Stoyanovskiy led 8-4 before allowing six straight points, including one when Mol landed on Krasilnikov’s foot. The Russians called for a time-out and limped to their bench for treatment, but the game resumed and Norway extended their lead to 15-11.

The second set was tied 12-12 before Norway scored four points in a row and never lagged again.

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Brazilian Isaquias Queiroz dos Santos won the men’s 1000-meter canoe sprint and Moldovan Serghei Tarnovschi won the bronze medal five years after his similar result in Rio de Janeiro was called off due to a drug-enhancing violation the performance.

China’s Liu Hao, 2019 world champion, won the silver medal.

Queiroz dos Santos was an Olympic silver medalist in 2016.

Tarnovschi was suspended for four years after his anti-doping rule violation. He was able to return to the Tokyo Olympics due to the one-year delay caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

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China’s Cao Yuan is on track to become the second man to win Olympic medals in all four diving events.

Cao and his teammate Yang Jian led 12 men to the men’s 10-meter platform diving final on Saturday.

Cao totaled 513.70 points for six dives. Yang was second at 480.85. The Chinese experienced one of the highest levels of difficulty in the semi-finals.

Cao already has Olympic medals in synchro on a 10-meter platform, a 3-meter individual hill and a 3-meter synchro hill.

Russian Dimitriy Sautin was the first man to win medals in all four Olympic diving events.

Britain’s Tom Daley, bronze medalist in 2012, advanced to the final later on Saturday in fourth place.

American Jordan Windle was ninth and his teammate Brandon Loschiavo was 10th to reach the final at 12.

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China’s Mengya Sun and Shixiao Xu won the country’s first medal in the women’s canoe sprint by winning gold in the double 500 canoeing on the Sea Forest Waterway.

The 2019 world champions finished 2 seconds ahead of Ukrainian Anastasiia Chetverikova and Liudmyla Luzan. It was the second medal for Luzan, who won bronze in the 200 singles.

Canada’s Laurence Vincente Lapointe and Katie Vincent won the bronze medal in third. Vincent won the silver medal in the 200.

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Qatar won the bronze medal in men’s beach volleyball, the first medal in the sport for the country – or for any country in the Middle East.

Cherif Younousse Samba and Ahmed Tijan defeated Latvia 21-12, 21-18 in the third place match on Saturday morning at the Shiokaze Park venue. Younousse scored the winning point on Edgar Tocs’ blocking attempt, then ran to the stands showing the few fans who were there to cheer him on.

Then he fell to his knees and planted his forehead in the sand.

Martins Plavins was trying to win his second bronze medal, to accompany the one he won in London. Instead, he and Tocs finished fourth, just like the Latvian women had done a day earlier.

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Peres Jepchirchir led a Kenyan brace in the women’s marathon, resisting heat and humidity as he ran through the streets of Sapporo.

Jepchirchir finished in 2 hours 27 minutes 20 seconds in a one hour advance race to avoid the heat. A handful of fans lining the course cheered as the Tokyo Games moved north for the marathons and marches. Her teammate Brigid Kosgei finished second and American Molly Seidel, a newcomer to the marathon stage, took bronze.

A race that was moved to Sapporo to avoid the extreme heat in Tokyo found little relief on a twisty course through the city. The starter gun detonated one minute after 6 a.m. local time under sunny skies and with a temperature of 77 degrees Fahrenheit (25 Celsius). It climbed to almost 86 degrees (30) near the finish, with humidity around 65%.

There were 88 registered runners on the field, with over a dozen registrations that did not finish. This included world champion Ruth Chepngetich of Kenya.

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The women’s marathon began on the streets of northern Sapporo city just after 6 a.m. local time under sunny skies and a temperature of 77 degrees Fahrenheit (25 degrees Celsius).

There were around 90 runners who embarked on what must have been a hot trip through the streets of Sapporo. The departure time was brought forward by one hour to avoid some of the heat. Spectators were asked not to attend, but some showed up to get a glimpse of the action.

Athletes had to stay cool in every way possible. Before the race, they could use refrigerated cooling vests. On the course, there were plenty of water points and crushed ice, as well as towels soaked in cold water.

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