Olympics Latest: Djokovic wins; Golden Slam pursuit alive

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TOKYO (AP) — The Latest connected the Tokyo Olympics, which are taking spot nether dense restrictions aft a year’s hold due to the fact that of the coronavirus pandemic:

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Novak Djokovic’s bid for a Golden Slam is live and good pursuing a regular 6-2, 6-2 triumph implicit 139th-ranked Hugo Dellien of Bolivia successful the opening circular of the Tokyo tennis tournament.

The top-ranked Serb is attempting to go the archetypal antheral to triumph each 4 large tennis tournaments and an Olympic singles golden medal successful the aforesaid year.

Steffi Graf was the lone tennis subordinate to execute the Golden Slam successful 1988.

Djokovic’s adjacent hostile volition beryllium 48th-ranked Jan-Lennard Struff of Germany.

Struff eliminated Thiago Monteiro of Brazil 6-3, 6-4.

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The youngest array tennis subordinate successful Olympics past is retired of the Tokyo Games.

Hend Zaza of Syria mislaid successful consecutive sets to Liu Jia, a 39-year-old from Austria, successful a preliminary lucifer Saturday.

The 12-year-old told Olympics.com that she was pleased with her show and learned from the nonaccomplishment — and she’s hoping for different changeable astatine the adjacent Olympics, successful Paris.

Zaza is from Hama, which has been heavy damaged by war.

She is the youngest jock astatine the Tokyo Games.

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Javad Foroughi has go the oldest Iranian jock to triumph an Olympic medal, earning golden successful men’s 10-meter aerial pistol.

Foroughi acceptable an Olympic grounds with 244.8 points, finishing 6.9 up of metallic medalist Damir Mikec of Serbia. China’s Pang Wei, the 2008 golden medalist, took bronze.

The 41-year-old Foroughi surpasses Iranian weightlifter Mahmoud Namdjou, who was 38 erstwhile helium took bronze astatine the 1956 Melbourne Games.

Foroughi, ranked 4th successful the world, qualified 5th and instantly jumped to the pb successful the finals with a bid of shots successful the 10-ring. He led Mikec by 4.2 points entering the last 2 shots and celebrated by waving his towel earlier kneeling connected it to pray.

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MEDAL ALERT

Hou Zhihui has won China’s 2nd golden medal of the Tokyo Olympics with a commanding showing successful the women’s 49-kilogram weightlifting category.

Hou lifted a full 210kg, 3kg abbreviated of her satellite record, to instrumentality golden up of Indian lifter Chanu Saikhom Mirabai connected 202. It was India’s archetypal Olympic metallic successful weightlifting.

Indonesia took bronze arsenic Windy Cantika Aisah lifted a full of 194kg.

Jourdan Delacruz of the United States was 3rd aft the snatch information of the contention but failed connected each 3 oregon her lifts successful the cleanable and jerk.

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Two-time Olympic champion Kohei Uchimura’s Olympic vocation is over.

The 32-year-old Japanese gymnast, considered by galore the top of each time, fell during qualifying connected precocious barroom and volition not beforehand to the lawsuit finals.

Uchimura, the 2012 and 2016 all-around golden medalist, was midway done his acceptable erstwhile helium peeled disconnected portion doing a analyzable connection. He picked himself up and finished his routine, drilling his dismount.

His people of 13.866 placed him extracurricular of the apical eight, meaning helium volition not marque the finals. Uchimura competed arsenic an individual, meaning helium volition not beryllium portion of the squad last connected Monday.

Uchimura waved to the judges and received a circular of applause wrong the mostly bare Ariake Gymnastics Centre earlier rapidly exiting the contention floor.

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Tokyo organizers accidental the full of Olympics-related COVID-19 cases successful Japan is present 127, with 1 jock added to the tally.

German cyclist Simon Geschke’s affirmative trial was announced Friday, 1 time up earlier the men’s roadworthy race. That’s a signature lawsuit connected the archetypal afloat time of contention astatine immoderate Summer Games.

Athletes relationship for 14 of the 127 cases successful Japan since July 1. Among the caller affirmative tests are 14 games contractors who unrecorded successful Japan.

Dutch squad officials said Saturday that rower Finn Florijn tested affirmative for COVID-19 and is retired of the Games. Two different Dutch athletes antecedently tested positive. Florijn’s affirmative trial won’t amusement up successful the authoritative tally of cases until Sunday.

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China has sprinted to the lead successful men’s gymnastics qualifying, putting connected a session wrong the astir bare Ariake Gymnastics Centre arsenic it aims to instrumentality to the apical of the sport.

China full of 262.061 — fueled by 4 superb sets connected parallel bars — edged retired Russia’s 261.945 successful the archetypal of 3 qualifying subdivisions.

China is attempting to bounce backmost aft slipping to bronze successful Rio de Janeiro 5 years agone and coming successful 2nd to the Russians astatine the 2019 satellite championships.

Reigning satellite champion Nikita Nagornyy of Russia has grabbed the aboriginal pb successful all-around qualifying, putting unneurotic a dependable 87.897, conscionable up of China’s Xiao Ruoteng and Sun Wei.

Russian Artur Dalaloyan besides assured himself of a spot successful adjacent week’s all-around finals with a full of 85.597, singular considering that Dalaloyan is competing connected a surgically repaired near Achilles torn astatine the European championships successful April.

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The French Olympic Committee says immoderate of the aesculapian and enactment unit for its men’s hoops squad person been forced into quarantine astatine the Tokyo Games due to the fact that a rider aboard their formation to Japan tested affirmative for the coronavirus.

The committee didn’t accidental however galore unit members are affected arsenic imaginable interaction cases. It said they person been successful isolation since July 19, incapable to enactment with the athletes. It said each of the unit members’ tests truthful acold person been negative.

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Dutch squad officials accidental rower Finn Florijn has tested affirmative for COVID-19 and is retired of the Games. The different members of the squad who are considered adjacent contacts tin stay, but volition request to set to abstracted proscription and eating and sleeping arrangements.

The 21-year-old lad of erstwhile Olympic golden medalist rower Ronald Florijn was competing successful azygous sculls and had finished 4th successful his vigor connected Friday. He was scheduled to enactment again Saturday successful the repechage earlier affirmative trial results precocious Friday ended his Games.

“I was hopeful to amended successful the rematch. Now it’s implicit successful an instant. I can’t truly accidental overmuch much astir it,” Florijn said.

Florijn is the 4th subordinate of the Dutch squad oregon unit to trial affirmative for COVID-19. The squad said earlier this week that taekwondo jock Reshmie Oogink and a rowing squad unit subordinate tested affirmative and skateboarder Candy Jacobs announced connected Instagram that she had tested positive.

Chef de Mission of TeamNL Pieter van den Hoogenband says the squad is doing everything it tin to curb much affirmative tests.

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The prohibition connected fans for the Summer Olympics does not widen past Tokyo, and that means thousands of cycling fans person turned up astatine Fuji International Speedway to await the decorativeness of the men’s roadworthy race.

The installation built successful the 1960s but extensively renovated implicit the years has a grandstand capableness of 22,000 people. And with 50 percent capableness limitations owed to COVID-19, that means up to 11,000 volition beryllium capable to spot the finish.

Their eagerness to spot the Olympics aft a twelvemonth hold was wide by the mode fans turned retired aboriginal Saturday. They showed up astir 7 hours earlier riders were expected to scope the finishing circuits, and the layout of the speedway meant they would beryllium spending each that clip successful the prima connected a steamy time 2 hours southwest of Tokyo.

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MEDAL ALERT

China’s Yang Qian has won the archetypal golden medal of the Tokyo Olympics successful women’s 10-meter aerial rifle.

Yang overtook Anastasiia Galashina erstwhile the Russian missed the halfway 2 rings for an 8.9 connected her last shot.

Yang had a 9.8 connected her last changeable and finished with an Olympic grounds 251.8. Galashina finished astatine 251.1.

Switzerland’s Nina Christen took bronze.

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An Algerian judo jock volition beryllium sent location from the Tokyo Olympics aft helium withdrew from the competition to debar perchance facing an Israeli opponent.

Fethi Nourine and his coach, Amar Benikhlef, told Algerian media they were withdrawing to debar a imaginable second-round matchup with Israel’s Tohar Butbul successful the men’s 73 kg part connected Monday. Nourine was to look Sudan’s Mohamed Abdalrasool successful the opening round, with the victor facing Butbul, the 5th seed.

The International Judo Federation’s enforcement committee has temporarily suspended Nourine and Benikhlef, who are apt to look sanctions beyond the Olympics, which began Saturday. The Algerian Olympic committee past withdrew some men’s accreditation and made plans to nonstop them home.

The IJF said Nourine’s presumption was “in full absorption to the doctrine of the International Judo Federation. The IJF has a strict non-discrimination policy, promoting solidarity arsenic a cardinal principle, reinforced by the values of judo.”

Nourine and Benikhlef property their stance to their governmental enactment for Palestinians.

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Two Georgian tennis players person been barred from the Tokyo Olympics aft officials successful their location state told them they were entered for the Games but ne'er really sent the paperwork.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled that it had to crook distant doubles players Oksana Kalashnikova and Ekaterine Gorgodze due to the fact that they were ne'er formally entered for the games, adjacent though Georgia’s Olympic committee “informed the applicants that their exertion had been submitted.”

Without a ceremonial introduction for the Olympics, the tribunal ruled that the “consequence, nevertheless unfortunate for the 2 athletes, tin lone beryllium the dismissal of their petition.”

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Australia is without cyclist Rohan Dennis for the men’s Olympic roadworthy race, though it’s not due to the fact that of a affirmative trial for COVID-19.

Dennis chose to skip the race, which is taking spot connected a brutal people done searing vigor that hardly suits his skillset, truthful that helium tin absorption alternatively connected adjacent week’s clip trial.

Dennis, who has won stages successful each of the 3 Grand Tours, is besides 1 of the champion successful the satellite successful the contention against the clock. He’s a two-time clip proceedings satellite champion, helped Australia triumph squad pursuit metallic astatine the 2012 London Games and is simply a erstwhile satellite hour-record holder.

He was successful medal contention astatine the Rio Games successful the clip trial, but helium had a mechanical contented that required a motorcycle alteration and took him retired of the running.

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The full Spanish cycling squad has been cleared for the men’s roadworthy contention hours earlier the start, ending a stressful play of limbo pursuing a affirmative COVID-19 trial involving a squad masseuse.

Alejandro Valverde, Gorka Izagirre, Ion Izagirre, Omar Fraile and Jesus Herrada were considered adjacent contacts of the masseuse, but each returned antagonistic trial results that allowed them to marque the commencement astatine Musashinonomori Park connected Saturday.

Spain has 1 of the strongest teams successful the men’s roadworthy race, which volition decorativeness astatine Fuji International Speedway. Valverde, Fraile and Ion Izagirre successful peculiar person skillsets that are perfectly suited for the mountainous course.

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The precise archetypal lucifer of the Olympic beach volleyball tourney has been canceled due to the fact that a Czech subordinate tested affirmative for COVID-19.

Markéta Sluková tested affirmative earlier this week, knocking her and spouse Barbora Hermannova retired of the Tokyo Games.

The Czechs were expected to beryllium playing a squad from the big state that would person been making its Olympic debut. Instead, the Japanese brace of Megumi Murakami and Miki Ishii earned the triumph by default.

Sluková is 1 of astatine slightest 3 members of the Czech squad who person tested affirmative since their accomplishment successful Japan, including men’s formation volleyball subordinate Ondřej Perušič.

The squad has said it’s investigating if the outbreak of COVID-19 is linked to its charter formation to Tokyo.

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German cyclist Simon Geschke has been ruled retired of the men’s roadworthy contention aft investigating affirmative for the coronavirus.

The German squad says Geschke initially tested affirmative Friday and his effect was confirmed by different trial aboriginal successful the day.

Germany says chap riders Nikias Arndt and Maximilian Schachmann are cleared to contention Saturday. The 4th rider connected the team, Emanuel Buchmann, was Geschke’s roommate and was waiting overnight connected the effect of different PCR trial for the virus. Team unit tested negative.

Geschke was a signifier victor connected the Tour de France successful 2015.

The German roadworthy contention squad is surviving successful a edifice and not successful the Olympic Village.

Geschke says helium followed the hygiene rules astatine the Olympics. He adds that “I consciousness good physically but emotionally it’s a truly unspeakable time for me.”

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