Sunday, October 17

Today at the Olympics: France takes both handball gold medals


It’s the last day of the Tokyo Olympics and it’s another strong day for team sports and on the cycling tracks.

After 17 days in which the 11,000 best athletes in the world battle it out, the closing ceremony will end the games at 1:00 p.m. CEST.

Here’s a rundown of who won what on the final day.

Handball

The French women’s team secured their first Olympic title, beating the Russian team 30-25.

Scores were tied at 16-16 midway through the second half before six consecutive goals for France and a series of saves by goalkeeper Cleopatre Darleux put the game out of reach for the Russians.

France’s Pauletta Foppa and Allison Pineau scored seven goals each, as did Russian player Polina Vedekhina.

France also won the men’s tournament in Saturday’s final against Denmark and becomes the first country to win both handball events at the same Olympics since Yugoslavia in 1984.

Norway equaled the 2016 women’s bronze with a landslide 36-19 victory over Sweden.

Men’s marathon

Eliud Kipchoge withdrew late and no one could get close to catching him as the 36-year-old Kenyan defended his Olympic marathon title.

Kipchoge finished in 2 hours, 8 minutes, 38 seconds on a wet and windy Sunday through the streets of Sapporo. He was more than 80 seconds ahead of runner-up Abdi Nageeye from the Netherlands. Belgium’s Bashir Abdi won bronze to close out the track and field portion of the Tokyo Games.

Kipchoge smiled on the way and even punched a fellow runner. Kipchoge becomes the third athlete to win multiple gold medals in the men’s marathon, joining Abebe Bikila (1960, ’64) and Waldemar Cierpinski (’76, ’80).

Boxing

Andy Cruz won Cuba’s fourth boxing gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics, beating the US. light Keyshawn Davis 4: 1 in the final.

Cruz beat Davis for the fourth time in a row in their amateur careers, but had to come back with an impressive third round after Davis swept the second on the five-judge scorecards.

Hovhannes Bachkov from Armenia and Harry Garside from Australia won the bronze medals.

Kellie Anne Harrington of Ireland has won gold at the light weight women division, beating Beatriz Ferreira of Brazil 5: 0 in a close fight.

Harrington is a 31-year-old career fan who spent the last half decade waiting for her chance to follow in the footsteps of Katie Taylor, who won gold for Ireland at the inaugural Women’s Olympic boxing tournament in London.

Mira Potkonen from Finland and Sudaporn Seesondee from Thailand won bronze.

Lauren Price of Great Britain has won gold in the women’s middleweight division, defeating Chinese Li Qian 5: 0 in a one-sided fight.

Price claimed Britain’s second gold medal and sixth overall in Tokyo with a solid performance against Li. Price is the first woman to win middleweight gold after Claressa Shields, the two-time American champion.

Nouchka Fontijn from the Netherlands and Zemfira Magomedalieva won bronze.

Bakhodir Jalolov of Uzbekistan won gold in super heavy in the last boxing match of the Tokyo Olympics, dominating a 5: 0 victory over Richard Torrez Jr. of the United States.

Torrez claimed third silver for the United States, which had its most successful Olympics since 2000 in terms of total medals. Britain’s Frazer Clarke and Kazakh Kamshybek Kunkabayev won bronze.

Volleyball

The United States won its first Olympic gold medal in women’s volleyball by beating Brazil in straight sets.

The United States had won silver three times and bronze twice previously for the most medals of any country that had not won gold. But the Americans finally completed that quest by beating the country that denied them gold in the final match in both 2008 and 2012.

Serbia beat South Korea for the bronze medal.

water polo

Hungary has won the bronze medal in men’s water polo, beating Spain 9-5.

Hungary is the top-winning men’s water polo program with nine golds, but the bronze in Tokyo was his first medal since his streak of three consecutive Olympic titles between 2000 and 2008. He finished fifth in London and Rio de Janeiro.

Serbia plays Greece for gold later on Sunday.

Basketball

The United States won its seventh consecutive gold medal in women’s basketball, beating Japan 90-75.

A’ja Wilson added 19 points and Breanna Stewart scored 14 for the Americans to once again dominate the interior. The United States extended its Olympic winning streak to 55 consecutive games dating back to the 1992 bronze medal game.

Japan finished with silver in the host nation’s first appearance in the medal round. Japan finished eighth at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games.

Track cycling

Jason Kenny has become Britain’s most decorated Olympian by defending his gold medal in keirin. That gave Kenny seven golds to break a tie with rider Chris Hoy and nine overall to break a tie with Bradley Wiggins.

Malaysia’s Azizulhasni Awang edged out Dutch driver Harrie Lavreysen for the silver medal.

Kelsey Mitchell of Canada won gold at the female sprint Track cycling event, passing Olena Starikova from Ukraine at the Izu Velodrome.

Mitchell surprised reigning world champion Emma Hinze of Germany in the semi-finals before facing Starikova, who had also defeated 2019 world champion Lee Wai Sze of Hong Kong in her semi-final match.

Lee easily beat Hinze to win the bronze medal.

Jennifer Valente got up from a crash in the All the women– Finish the race for the points to hold on to the gold medal, culminating what had been a frustrating and disappointing Olympics for American cycling.

Valente won the opening scratch race, got three sprints in the points race and performed well in the elimination race to take an eight point lead in the points race, where points are awarded for sprints every 10 laps.

Yumi Kajihara took the silver for Japan. Kirsten Wild won bronze for the Netherlands.

Gymnastics

The Russian rhythmic gymnastics giant collapsed in Tokyo, and the country’s team lost the gold medal to Bulgaria a day after losing the individual competition to Israel.

Russia claimed silver medals in both.

Russia has been dominant in the sport for decades. He has won gold medals in both group and individual competitions at every Olympics since 2000, but the winning streak ended this year.

Israel’s Linoy Ashram won gold in the singles competition on Saturday, beating a pair of identical Russian twins who were favorites heading into Tokyo.

On Sunday, the five-woman team from Bulgaria won gold by beating the Russians in the group final, a two-part competition that begins with routines in which performers dance with balls, followed by a series of hoops and sticks. . Italy ranked third.


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