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Spanish teenager Alberto Gines Lopez clinched the first-ever gold medal in climbing on Thursday, in a gripping men's final that went down to the wire, as the sport made its Olympic debut this week. Nathaniel Coleman of the United States took home the silver medal, while Austria's Jakob Schubert overcame a huge deficit in the standings to emerge top in the competition's deciding event and bag the bronze. Making its first appearance in Tokyo, the Olympic climbing competition requires athletes to compete in three events with scores combined to find an overall winner.
With world records smashed and dozens of personal best times achieved on its speedy track, Tokyo's Olympic athletics programme is proving to be one of the most memorable for decades. With just one gold secured - courtesy of Ryan Crouser in the shot put - the American men's team face the dire prospect of missing the top of the track podium for the first time in the Games' 125-year history - barring their boycott year in 1980. "At this point in the 2019 World Championships, U.S. men had won seven of an eventual nine gold medals," former American sprint champion Michael Johnson wrote on Twitter.
German gymnast Kim Bui wore a unitard in the women's all-around final. "I just stood in front of my cupboard and there was a unitard and there was a traditional one," Bui, 32, said. "I just decided for the unitard because today I thought I felt more comfortable with a unitard."
The Tokyo Olympics was supposed to be a celebratory farewell for a 'golden generation' of U.S women's soccer players but it ended up with an unconvincing attempt to put a brave face on the disappointment of a bronze medal. The world champions beat Australia 4-3 in the bronze medal game on Thursday and fittingly Megan Rapinoe and Carli Lloyd, their two veterans, almost certainly playing in their last major tournament, scored two goals each. The Americans were stunned by their 1-0 semi-final defeat against Canada on Monday and held team meetings to try to find a way to at least end the Olympics in the right fashion by what Lloyd called refinding their mentality.
The United States will face Japan in baseball's first Olympic gold-medal game in 13 years after defeating defending champions South Korea 7-2 with a barrage of sixth-inning singles on Thursday. Three-time gold medalists Cuba have lost star power to other countries, failing to make the six-team Games tournament, while Japan have grown ever stronger and the United States found new hunger by adding veterans with nothing to lose to a roster of minor leaguers. Japan beat both South Korea and the United States on their road to the gold-medal contest, and the United States recorded two wins over the last gold medalists.
TOKYO (Reuters) -Steven Gardiner of the Bahamas won the 400 metres on Thursday, becoming the first athlete to win Olympic gold in an individual men's event in his country's history, after a carefully balanced race shut out the Americans over a distance they once dominated. Anthony Zambrano of Colombia took silver, becoming the first male athlete from the South American nation to win an Olympic medal in athletics. Kirani James of Grenada grabbed bronze, his third medal in the event and his country's first of the Games, after winning gold in 2012 and silver in 2016.
American David Taylor edged Iran's Hassan Yazdanicharati to win the Olympic freestyle middleweight gold medal on Thursday, turning the bout around in the dying seconds to clinch victory. The shocked Iranians in the stands were in tears while Yazdanicharati, a gold medallist in 2016, was inconsolable as his coaches held him up and carried him back to the dressing room. "I'm Olympic champion for the rest of my life," screamed Taylor, who was bleeding from a cut above his eye as he walked away from the arena with a torn singlet and the American flag draped around him.