The United States women's team won the Olympics bronze medal with Megan Rapinoe and Carli Lloyd scoring two goals each in a 4-3 win over Australia in Kashima on Thursday. Rapinoe fired the U.S. ahead in the eighth minute direct from a corner and then doubled the advantage with a fine volley after a woeful attempted clearance from Alanna Kennedy. Sam Kerr pulled one back for Australia in the 17th minute, her 48th for the Matildas making her their all-time top scorer.
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Jason Kenny's hold on the Olympic sprint title is over after the British track cycling great was eliminated in the quarter-finals by Dutch flier Harrie Lavreysen on Thursday. The 33-year-old Kenny had battled his way through to the last eight after he needed a repechage win in the previous round, but was no match for world champion Lavreysen who powered past him for comfortable wins in both races. Kenny, who won three gold medals in Rio, became Britain's most decorated Olympian when he took a silver behind the Dutch in the team sprint earlier this week.
The combined age of teenagers Sky Brown, Sakura Yosozumi and Kokona Hiraki topping the podium at the women’s park skateboarding final on Wednesday was a mind boggling 44. But while most of us must have looked at that statistic in awe at the incredible athletic ability of these youngest of competitors, for those in the men’s version of the same event it must have been a chastening bit of maths.
Brazil's hopes of retaining their Olympic men's volleyball title were crushed on Thursday after they lost a thrilling four-set semi-final to the Russian team at the Tokyo Games. The Russians had beaten Brazil in straight sets in the preliminary round and advanced to the final after a 18-25 25-21 26-24 25-23 victory over the world's top ranked team. Maxim Mikhaylov led the way for the Russians with 22 points and two blocks while Egor Kliuka added 15 points and Ivan Iakovlev 12.
Dutch medal contender Laurine van Riessen was carried off on a stretcher after a high-speed crash involving Britain's Katy Marchant in the women's Olympic keirin event at the Izu Velodrome on Thursday. The crash occurred during a quarter-final heat when Van Riessen lost control of her front wheel and slid across into the path of Marchant, before both riders fell. Van Riessen received medical treatment for several minutes on the track before she was put on a stretcher and taken down the tunnel for further assessment.
The United States will play for a third consecutive women's water polo Olympic gold medal after edging a determined Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) team 15-11 on Thursday to set up a possible revenge match against Hungary. After demolishing the ROC 18-5 in group play, the U.S. were expected to waltz into Saturday's final but the Russians gave the reigning champions a fright before fading at the end. Deadlocked at 11-11 late in the final quarter, the U.S. showed their gold medal pedigree down the closing stretch by scoring four unanswered goals, including two from Madeline Musselman.
U.S. men continued to sputter on the athletics track at the Tokyo Olympics on Thursday, while kayaker Lisa Carrington became New Zealand's most decorated https://www.reuters.com/lifestyle/sports/canoe-sprint-hungarys-csizmadia-briton-heath-ease-into-final-2021-08-05 Olympian and American Ryan Crouser broke https://www.reuters.com/lifestyle/sports/athletics-crouser-united-states-wins-gold-mens-shot-put-2021-08-05 his own shot put world record. Jamaica's Hansle Parchment stunned https://www.reuters.com/lifestyle/sports/athletics-jamaican-parchment-wins-mens-110m-hurdles-gold-tokyo-2021-08-05 viewers and himself with an upset win over the overwhelming favourite, Grant Holloway from the United States, in the 110 metres hurdles.
Ferhat Arican, who took Turkey's first ever medal in gymnastics with a bronze at Tokyo 2020, says his sport is a bit like clearing landmines when it comes to the concentration, dedication and balance required. The two-time Olympian, who has taken part in the United Nations Development Programme's social media campaigns on mine clearance, hopes his success will bring more attention to social issues. Arican was drawn to the issue out of his own interest, and not because of any personal loss or family issue, according to an official at Turkey's Olympic committee.