Thursday, September 16

Today at the Olympics: Dutch teammates tie for cycling record

Harrie Lavreysen and her Dutch teammate Jeffrey Hoogland tied for the Olympic record in qualifying for the men’s sprint at the Izu Velodrome, setting the same time of 9.215 to one thousandth of a second.

In qualifying rounds, riders get what is called a quick start before more than 200 meters are timed.

That means the two Dutch drivers averaged 48.55 mph during their qualifying lap.

Hoogland will be seeded first and Lavreysen second for the knockout rounds. That’s when the riders face each other in a game of cat and mouse for three laps and the fastest at the finish line advances to the next round.

From karate to skateboarding, here’s a rundown of what’s happening in Tokyo today.


A Russian athlete competing in karate has been ruled out of the Tokyo Olympics after testing positive for coronavirus.

The Russian Karate Federation says on Instagram that Anna Chernysheva will not be able to compete and that her positive test was confirmed by a second test.

The 19-year-old was the only karate athlete on the Russian Olympic Committee team at the Olympics. She was scheduled to compete in the 55-kilogram women’s kumite event on the first day of Olympic karate competition on Thursday. It’s a new sport on the Tokyo show.

Olympic organizers also say that Algerian weightlifter Walid Bidani withdrew from the men’s event weighing more than 109 kilograms on Wednesday “due to a health situation that requires him to self-quarantine.” The statement does not mention the cause. Bidani won gold at the African championships in May.


Mat Belcher and Will Ryan from Australia have won the two-person boat event at the Tokyo Olympics.

Belcher won gold at the 2012 London Olympics in the 470 class and teamed up with Ryan to win the silver medal at Rio de Janeiro in 2016. Belcher and Ryan only had to finish the last race without penalty to clinch the title. gold medal.

Anton Dahlberg and Fredrik Bergstrom from Sweden won the silver medal and Spaniards Nicolás Rodríguez García-Paz and Jordi Xammar took bronze.

The women’s two-person boat, the final medal sailing race at the Tokyo Games, was scheduled for Wednesday afternoon.


Arlen López won his second Olympic boxing gold medal for Cuba, beating Britain’s Benjamin Whittaker in the light heavyweight final at the Kokugikan Arena.

Lopez outscored the defensive-minded Whittaker to win the fight on four of the five judges’ scorecards. Cuba had never won light heavyweight gold in its decorated history of Olympic boxing until Julio César La Cruz claimed the title in Rio de Janeiro.

Lopez is the second Cuban boxer in two days to win a second gold medal in a different weight class by beating a British fighter after Roniel Iglesias accomplished the same feat on Tuesday. López won the middleweight division in Rio.

Russian athlete Imam Khataev and Loren Alfonso of Azerbaijan, born in Cuba, won bronze medals at light heavyweight.


Japan’s Sakura Yosozumi won the inaugural event of the Women’s Olympic Skateboarding Park, solidifying Japan’s dominance in the sport by making her Olympic debut.

Silver went to Kokona Hiraki, who at age 12 became Japan’s youngest Olympic medalist.

Britain’s Sky Brown prevented a Japanese medal sweep, taking bronze.

Yosozumi won with a trick-filled first race that scored 60.09, the only score to break 60 points in the event at Ariake Urban Sports Park.

The pressure on the other seven finalists immediately mounted, and none were able to dislodge her. The Japanese skaters also won both golds in the men’s and women’s street events in the first week of the Tokyo Games.


American Sydney McLaughlin has broken her own world record by winning the women’s 400m hurdles in 51.46 seconds. She edged out Dalilah Muhammad, who won silver to finish 1-2 for the United States.

McLaughlin set the previous world record of 51.90 seconds in June. Muhammad, who set the world record twice in 2019 and won the world championship gold medal that year, finished in 51.58.

Femke Bol from the Netherlands took bronze in 52.03.

Marathon swimming

Ana Marcela Cunha from Brazil won the women’s 10-kilometer swimming marathon.

Cunha touched first in 1 hour, 59 minutes, 30.8 seconds on Wednesday morning, finishing nine tenths of a second ahead of Dutch champion Sharon van Rouwendaal.

Van Rouwendaal took silver in 1: 59.31.7.

Kareena Lee from Australia won bronze in 1: 59.32.5.

Cunha won her first medal at her third Olympics. She was tenth five years ago in Rio de Janeiro and fifth at the 2008 Beijing Games.

American Haley Anderson finished sixth and her teammate Ashley Twichell was seventh.

The seven-lap circuit in Tokyo Bay featured a backdrop of skyscrapers, the Rainbow Bridge and nearby floating Olympic rings.

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