The Latest: Refugee team on verge of 1st Olympic medal

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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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An Iranian defector who competes successful taekwondo is 1 triumph distant from winning the Refugee Olympic Team’s archetypal ever medal.

Kimia Alizadeh rallied successful the last infinitesimal for a 9-8 quarterfinal triumph implicit Zhou Lijun of China successful the 57-kilogram women’s division, putting her into her archetypal Olympic semifinal.

Alizadeh, who won her bronze astatine the Rio Games done repechage, was the archetypal pistillate to triumph an Olympic medal for Iran. She subsequently near Iran for Germany past year, citing organization sexism and vexation with being utilized for propaganda purposes.

Alizadeh reached the quarterfinals by pulling disconnected the biggest upset of the Tokyo tournament, beating two-time Olympic champion Jade Jones of Britain 16-12. In her opening bout, Alizadeh comfortably bushed Nahid Kiyani Chandeh, her person and chap Iranian.

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Olympic rowing faces much delays and docket changes arsenic upwind forecasts foretell precocious winds and beardown gusts astatine the Sea Forest Waterway.

Officials accidental the expected upwind could make unrowable conditions and person rescheduled respective events to Wednesday oregon later. A akin forecast for Monday had forced the Games to determination that day’s events to Sunday.

Delayed events see the finals for the men’s and women’s four. They volition present contention connected Wednesday. The semifinals for men’s and women’s azygous sculls person been moved from Wednesday to Thursday.

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Naomi Osaka made speedy enactment of her archetypal lucifer successful astir 2 months.

The Japanese superstar who lit the Olympic cauldron eased past 52nd-ranked Zheng Saisai of China 6-1, 6-4 successful the archetypal circular of the tennis tourney astatine the Tokyo Games.

It was Osaka’s archetypal lucifer since she withdrew from the French Open and sat retired Wimbledon to instrumentality a intelligence wellness interruption portion revealing she has dealt with depression.

Osaka’s lucifer was primitively scheduled to unfastened the tourney connected Saturday but past was moved to Sunday earlier her starring relation successful Friday’s opening ceremony.

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Japan’s Yuto Horigome has won the archetypal ever skateboarding contention astatine the Olympic Games, taking golden successful men’s thoroughfare successful the metropolis wherever helium learned to skate arsenic a kid and wherever his athletics is often frowned upon.

The archetypal ever skateboarding metallic went to Brazilian Kelvin Hoefler, who utilized to slumber with his committee erstwhile helium fell successful emotion with skating arsenic a kid.

American skater Jagger Eaton took bronze, the Arizonan adapting champion among the Americans to the vigor astatine the Ariake Urban Sports Park successful Tokyo.

One of skateboarding’s biggest stars, Nyjah Huston from the U.S., fell repeatedly trying to onshore tricks and placed 7th successful the eight-man final.

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MORE ON THE TOKYO GAMES:

— Powerhouse U.S. aquatics squad shines with 6 medals

— Simone Biles makes her archetypal quality for Team USA

— Surfing and skateboarding, 2 of 4 caller Olympic sports, get underway

— An Iranian defector beat an Iranian hostile successful taekwondo, past upset a two-time golden medalist

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The International Tennis Federation is giving Olympics players other clip during breaks successful play aft facing disapproval for staging matches during the highest vigor of the day.

The federation says alteration of ends and acceptable breaks person been extended by an other 30 seconds and volition present beryllium 1 minute, 30 seconds.

Temperatures person risen supra 86 degrees F (30 degrees C) for a 2nd consecutive time astatine Ariake Tennis Park.

Second-seeded Daniil Medvedev had asked for longer breaks to bring the Olympics into enactment with regular circuit events.

The federation says it volition see suspending play if temperatures support rising.

Top-seeded Novak Djokovic and Medvedev some questioned wherefore matches Saturday were not moved into an evening session.

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Iranian defector Kimia Alizadeh has shocked two-time Olympic golden medalist Jade Jones astatine the Tokyo Games, beating the British champion 16-12 successful the circular of 16.

Alizadeh, a bronze medalist successful Rio de Janeiro, won doubly for the Refugee Olympic Team to beforehand to the Tokyo quarterfinals.

She bushed Iranian hostile Nahid Kiyani Chandeh successful her opening bout earlier her monolithic upset of Jones, who was attempting to go the archetypal three-time Olympic taekwondo golden medalist.

Alizadeh is competing for the Refugee Team aft defecting to Germany soon aft becoming the archetypal Iranian women to triumph an Olympic medal successful 2016.

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UPSET ALERT

Top-ranked Ash Barty has been upset by 48th-ranked Spanish hostile Sara Sorribes Tormo 6-4, 6-3 successful the archetypal circular of the Tokyo tennis tournament.

It was Barty’s Olympic singles debut. She won a doubles lucifer with Australian teammate Storm Sanders connected Saturday.

The decision comes 15 days aft Barty won Wimbledon for her 2nd Grand Slam title.

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The U.S. women’s volleyball team’s quest for its archetypal golden medal ever is disconnected to a accelerated start.

The Americans swept Argentina successful their opening match, winning 25-20, 25-19, 25-20.

The U.S. won metallic medals successful 2008 and 2012 and past bronze 5 years agone successful Rio de Janeiro.

But they are inactive aiming for that elusive archetypal golden medal successful the athletics and fig to beryllium 1 of the apical contenders successful Tokyo on with China.

Jordan Thompson led the mode successful the opener with 20 points arsenic she dominated astatine the net.

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Two-time defending champion Andy Murray has withdrawn from the singles tennis tourney successful Tokyo.

Organizers did not instantly accidental wherefore the British subordinate pulled retired soon up of his scheduled opener against ninth-seeded Felix Auger-Aliassime of Canada connected Center Court.

Max Purcell of Australia volition play Auger-Aliassime instead.

Organizers said Murray remained successful the doubles tourney with spouse Joe Salisbury. Murray and Salisbury bushed the second-seeded French squad of Pierre-Hughes Herbert and Nicolas Mahut 6-3, 6-2 connected Saturday.

Murray has a full of 3 Olympic medals. He besides won a metallic successful mixed doubles astatine the 2012 London Games with Laura Robson.

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Australia has acceptable the archetypal swimming satellite grounds of the Tokyo Games successful the women’s 4x-100-meter freestyle relay.

The Aussies touched successful 3 minutes, 29.69 seconds, breaking the people 3:30.05 that they acceptable successful 2018.

The winning squad included sisters Bronte and Cate Campbell, who took the pb and anchor legs.

They were joined by Meg Harris and Emma McKeon.

Canada was 2nd successful 3:32.78, portion the American took their sixth medal of the nighttime with a bronze successful 3:32.81. Simone Manuel swam the anchor limb for the U.S.

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Russian shooter Vitalina Batsarashkina has won gold successful women’s 10-meter aerial pistol astatine the Tokyo Olympics, 5 years aft taking metallic astatine the Rio Games

Batsarashkina changeable an Olympic-record 240.3 points, finishing 0.9 up of Bulgaria’s Antoaneta Kostadinova.

China’s Jian Ranxin took bronze aft matching Greece’s Anna Korakaki’s three-year-old grounds of 587 points to pb qualifying.

Georgia’s Nina Salukvadze made past by becoming the archetypal jock to vie successful 9 Olympics and announced her status to Russian media aft failing to suffice for the finals.

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Bryson DeChambeau has tested affirmative for COVID-19 earlier leaving the United States for Tokyo and volition miss the Olympics. He’ll beryllium replaced by Patrick Reed.

DeChambeau, past year’s U.S. Open champion, becomes the highest-profile jock to trial affirmative for the virus. He says helium is “deeply disappointed not to beryllium capable to vie successful the Olympics for Team USA.”

Reed was scheduled to acquisition investigating Sunday and Monday to wide himself to vie successful Tokyo. The the archetypal circular astatine the Kasumigaseki Country Club is acceptable for Thursday. Reed, the 2018 Masters champion, is present the lone two-time Olympian successful the sport, which was reintroduced to the programme successful 2016.

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Yui Ohashi has fixed Japan its archetypal swimming golden medal astatine the Tokyo Aquatics Centre.

With a dazzling breaststroke leg, Ohashi romped to triumph successful the women’s 400-meter idiosyncratic medley, touching archetypal successful 4 minutes, 32.08 seconds.

Her show made up for the disappointment of the erstwhile night, erstwhile golden medal favourite Daiya Seto didn’t beforehand to the last of the men’s 400 idiosyncratic medley.

The United States continued to heap up medals, with Emma Weyant taking metallic and Hali Flickinger the bronze. The Americans person earned 5 of a imaginable 9 medals from the archetypal 3 swimming finals, including a golden by Chase Kalisz successful the men’s 400 idiosyncratic medley.

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Swimmer Ahmed Hafnaoui of Tunisia was the astonishment victor successful the men’s 400-meter freestyle astatine the Tokyo Games.

Australia’s Jack McLoughlin settled for metallic aft starring overmuch of the race, and Kieran Smith grabbed different Olympic medal for the Americans.

It is the 3rd swimming medal for the U.S. aft Chase Kalisz won the archetypal American medal of the Tokyo Games, taking golden Sunday successful the men’s 400-meter idiosyncratic medley.

Jay Litherland won the metallic connected the aforesaid race, rallying connected the freestyle limb to instrumentality the silver.

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Chase Kalisz has won the archetypal American medal of the Tokyo Games, taking golden Sunday successful the men’s 400-meter idiosyncratic medley.

Jay Litherland made it a 1-2 decorativeness for the powerhouse U.S. team, rallying connected the freestyle limb to instrumentality the silver. Brendon Smith of Australia claimed the bronze.

Kalisz, a protege and erstwhile grooming spouse of Olympic large Michael Phelps, touched archetypal successful 4 minutes, 9.42 seconds.

Litherland was adjacent successful 4:10.28, conscionable up of Smith (4:10.38).

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Americans April Ross and Alix Klineman person cruised to a straight-set triumph implicit China successful their Olympic formation volleyball opener.

Ross is making her 3rd quality successful the Summer Games with her 3rd antithetic partner. She’s already won a metallic medal and a bronze. Klineman is making her Olympic debut. They’re among the favorites for the golden medal successful Tokyo.

The Americans won the archetypal acceptable 21-17 and past took the 2nd 21-19 implicit Xue Chen and Wang Xinxin.

Ross and Klineman play Spain connected Tuesday.

The American men’s squad of Jake Gibb and Tri Bourne play their archetypal lucifer connected Sunday night. Bourne was a precocious substitute aft Gibb’s archetypal partner, Taylor Crabb, tested affirmative for COVID-19 erstwhile helium arrived successful Japan. They’ll look Italy.

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