Olympics Live Updates: First Track Gold for Puerto Rico; U.S. and Canada Meet in Soccer Semifinal

Current time in Tokyo: Aug. 02, 3:39 p.m.

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TOKYO — Jasmine Camacho-Quinn of Puerto Rico gained the ladies’s 100-meter hurdles on Monday morning, beating Kendra Harrison of the United States, the world-record holder.

Camacho-Quinn, a University of Kentucky graduate, was the favourite coming in on the energy of an ideal season and an Olympic document of 12.26 seconds in the semifinal. But Harrison had the expertise and had gotten the perfect of her in their conferences through the years.

Camacho-Quinn broke quick, then powered away after midway to win comfortably in 12.37 seconds. Harrison was second in 12.52, three-hundredths of a second forward of Megan Tapper of Jamaica.

It was solely the second Olympic gold medal for Puerto Rico, following Monica Puig’s win in ladies’s tennis on the 2016 Games. It was Puerto Rico’s first gold in observe and its second medal in the game, after a bronze in the lads’s 400 hurdles for Javier Culson in 2012.

“I am pretty sure everybody is excited” in Puerto Rico, Camacho-Quinn stated. “For such a small country, it gives little people hope. I am just glad I am the person to do that.”

Camacho-Quinn had hit a hurdle and did not qualify from the semifinals of this occasion in 2016. Her brother, Robert Quinn, is a linebacker for the Chicago Bears.

Harrison had been a medal favourite in 2016 however did not qualify on the Olympic trials that July, earlier than setting the world document at 12.20 later that month. “I missed out in 2016, so to come here and get a medal for my country, I couldn’t be happier,” she stated Monday.

Megan Rapinoe, center, and other U.S. players celebrating after she scored the winning penalty kick to defeat the Netherlands. The United States plays Canada in a semifinal match on Monday.
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TOKYO — The U.S. women’s soccer team misplaced a sport, tied one other and wanted penalties to beat the Netherlands in the quarterfinals. But the workforce stays alive, with a semifinal sport in opposition to Canada on Monday at 5 p.m. Tokyo time, Four a.m. Eastern. (Follow live coverage.)

Three extra gymnastics occasion finals will even be contested at the moment, with the potential spotlight being Jade Carey of the United States in the ladies’s ground train.

A full plate of observe consists of the lengthy leap and steeplechase for males, and the discus, 100-meter hurdles and 5,000 meters for ladies. The lengthy leap and hurdles are Sunday evening, U.S. time, with the opposite occasions in the early hours on Monday.

The U.S. seashore volleyball workforce of April Ross and Alix Klineman, nonetheless undefeated in Tokyo, performs in a spherical of 16 match in opposition to Lidianny Echevarria Benitez and Leila Consuelo Martinez Ortega of Cuba on Sunday evening U.S. time.

And the U.S. males’s baseball workforce faces Japan at 6 a.m. Eastern; the loser gained’t be eradicated however could have a a lot shorter path to the gold medal.


Because of an modifying error, the headline on an earlier model of this text misstated the soccer workforce that the U.S. ladies will play. It is Canada, not the Netherlands.


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Kristina Timanovskaya, a Belarusian sprinter, stated she sought safety in Japan after the Belarus Olympic Committee tried and did not ship her house, following an Instagram submit in which she criticized her coaches for registering her for the unsuitable occasion.CreditCredit…Issei Kato/Reuters

A Belarusian sprinter stated on Sunday that she was underneath the safety of the Japanese police after her nation’s Olympic Committee tried and did not forcibly deport her after she criticized her coaches for registering her for the unsuitable occasion.

The sprinter, Kristina Timanovskaya, introduced on Sunday evening by way of Instagram that she had sought safety in Japan as a result of she feared for her security in Belarus, the place the nation’s strongman chief, Aleksandr G. Lukashenko, in energy for 27 years, has sought to stifle any dissent.

“I am afraid that in Belarus they might put me in jail,” Ms. Timanovskaya instructed the impartial Belarusian information portal Zerkalo.io. “I am not afraid that I will be fired or kicked out of the national team, I am worried about my safety. And I think that at the moment it is not safe for me in Belarus.”

The Belarusian National Olympic Committee, which is run by Mr. Lukashenko’s eldest son, Victor Lukashenko, stated on Sunday that it had withdrawn Ms. Timanovskaya from the Games due to her “emotional and psychological state” after consulting with a health care provider.

Ms. Timanovskaya denied being examined by any docs and stated she was in good bodily and psychological well being. She stated she had been forcibly faraway from her nation’s workforce as a result of “I spoke on my Instagram about the negligence of our coaches.”

In a video taken at Tokyo’s Haneda Airport, she requested the International Olympic Committee for assist. In an announcement, the I.O.C. stated it was researching the scenario.

“The I.O.C. has seen the reports in the media,” the assertion stated, and “is looking into it.”

Ms. Timanovskaya, 24, was to take part in the Olympic Games for the primary time this summer time in the 200-meter dash. But she stated was knowledgeable that she could be operating the 4×400-meter relay race as a result of some workforce members had not taken sufficient antidoping assessments to qualify for the occasion.

Raven Saunders, left, made a gesture “for oppressed people” after accepting her silver medal in the shot-put on Sunday.
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The standoff over free speech between the International Olympic Committee and U.S. Olympic officers continued on Tuesday, because the I.O.C. grappled with what to do if the Americans refused to penalize an athlete for violating guidelines limiting demonstrations on the medal podium.

On Sunday evening, Raven Saunders, a U.S. shot putter, delivered the primary political demonstration on the rostrum on the Tokyo Olympics when she raised her arms and crossed them in the form of an X shortly after receiving her silver medal.

She made the gesture because the ceremony concluded, throughout a session for photographers after the medals have been handed out and the Chinese nationwide anthem had been performed for the winner, Gong Lijiao.

As Saunders left, she instructed reporters that her act was “for oppressed people.”

Mark Adams, the chief spokesman for the I.O.C., stated on Monday that leaders of the 2 organizations and World Athletics, observe and subject’s worldwide governing physique, have been in talks.

“We want to fully understand what is going on with the matter and take it from there,” Adams stated.

Kate Hartman, the chief spokeswoman for the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee, stated the group’s leaders had identified to I.O.C. officers that Saunders didn’t carry out her demonstration throughout the awarding of the medals or the enjoying of the Chinese anthem.

“That is important to us,” Hartman stated.

The I.O.C. and the U.S. Olympic Committee have conflicting guidelines and views relating to the train of free speech throughout the Games, and even how penalties needs to be meted out.

The I.O.C., which prohibits demonstrations on the rostrum or throughout competitors, stated on Sunday evening that an athlete’s nationwide Olympic committee is required to problem any required punishment. U.S. officers have stated they won’t punish any athlete for exercising the suitable to free speech that doesn’t categorical hatred.

Sarah Hirshland, the chief government of the U.S. Olympic Committee, stated final week that worldwide Olympic leaders “have the authority and the jurisdiction and a unique set of sanctions. We sit in a different seat.”

If the I.O.C. orders the Americans to punish an athlete and they refuse to take action, they’d be in violation of the Olympic constitution.

Also on Sunday, Race Imboden, an American fencer, went to the rostrum at a distinct venue after the United States took the bronze medal in foil with a circled X written on his hand. But Hartman stated nobody had complained in regards to the episode.

Asked what would occur subsequent, Hartman stated, “Now we wait.”

By ready, although, the U.S. Olympic Committee is behaving far in another way that American Olympic leaders did in 1968 and 1972, once they moved rapidly to punish Black athletes who demonstrated on the rostrum or didn’t behave in line with the I.O.C.’s requirements, forcing them to depart the Games.

World Athletics can be extremely unlikely to self-discipline athletes as a result of the federation doesn’t have any guidelines in opposition to demonstrations on its books. Sebastian Coe, the federation’s president, stated this 12 months that he was “reluctant to discourage athletes from expressing their views, and I sense that the current generation is more willing to speak out than some previous generations were.”

U.S. officers try to eradicate the free speech problem earlier than the Summer Games come to Los Angeles in 2028.

A’ja Wilson of the United States goes to the basket in a women’s group game against France on Monday.
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TOKYO — The U.S. ladies’s basketball workforce, the heavy favourite for Olympic gold, accomplished group play at an ideal 3-Zero with a 93-82 victory over a cussed French workforce on Monday.

A’ja Wilson remained the American star with 22 factors on 9-of-12 capturing. Breanna Stewart had 17 factors, seven rebounds and seven assists.

The U.S. workforce, made up of a full complement of top-tier W.N.B.A. stars, took a while to drag away, trailing by Three after one quarter as France shot nicely from 3-points. The U.S. efforts to get the ball in to their greater gamers have been profitable, however thwarted on a number of events by missed layups. The U.S. led, 50-44, by the half.

But France clung on tenaciously, persevering with to maneuver the ball nicely and profit from some U.S. turnovers. The referees additionally appeared to indicate an occasional reluctance to name France for fouls in opposition to the U.S. submit gamers like Stewart and Brittney Griner.

France took the lead by some extent with 9 minutes to play earlier than a Jewell Loyd Three put the United States forward for good. For the remainder of the fourth quarter, the U.S. depth and expertise appeared to reassert itself, ensuing in the ultimate, moderately comfy 11-point margin.

France was led by 15 factors by Endy Miyem.

The U.S. ladies haven’t misplaced a sport on the Olympics since 1992, a run that stands at 52 video games.

They advance to a quarterfinal sport on Wednesday in opposition to an opponent to be decided.

Masahiro Tanaka of Japan in a training facility before his team’s game against the Dominican Republic last week.
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YOKOHAMA, Japan — The U.S. baseball workforce will face off in opposition to top-ranked Japan in a battle of unbeaten groups at Yokohama Baseball Stadium on Monday evening. On the mound shall be a face that may be very acquainted to followers from each international locations: Masahiro Tanaka.

After finishing his seven-year, $155 million contract with the Yankees in October, Tanaka returned to his former workforce, the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles. He wished to stay in New York and has stated he has unfinished enterprise in the United States (he by no means gained a World Series). But the Yankees opted, in General Manager Brian Cashman’s words, to accumulate two different pitchers — Corey Kluber and Jameson Taillon — for the value of 1.

So Tanaka, a two-time All-Star who posted a 3.74 earned run common with the Yankees, returned house. The right-hander signed a two-year deal with the Eagles. An additional advantage: Because the Nippon Professional Baseball league takes an Olympic break, Tanaka was allowed to pitch for his nation once more. Major League Baseball doesn’t pause its season for the Olympics, nor does it allow gamers from 40-man rosters to take part.

“I didn’t come home because I wanted to participate in the Olympics, but I thought I would have a chance to participate if I’m in Japan,” Tanaka stated in Japanese. “I wanted to be selected.”

He had many motivations. The 10th anniversary of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan — and particularly the Sendai space, the place the Eagles play — shouldn’t be misplaced on Tanaka. And the final time he was on Japan’s Olympic roster in 2008, he was 19, which was additionally the final time baseball was performed in the Summer Games. Japan did not win a medal then.

This time round, Tanaka, 32, stated the expertise has been very totally different. “I was the youngest, now I’m the oldest,” he stated. “I feel the different roles I play.”

To win its first two video games in opposition to the Dominican Republic and Mexico, Japan used two proficient younger pitchers — Yoshinobu Yamamoto, 22, and Masato Morishita, 23. Facing a harder task in opposition to the United States, Manager Atsunori Inaba tabbed Tanaka, who is aware of just a few of the opposing hitters, resembling Todd Frazier, a former Yankees teammate.

Back in New York, the place Tanaka was nicely favored in the clubhouse, teammates resembling Gerrit Cole had stored tabs on his efficiency. Tanaka, who has a 2.86 E.R.A. in 85 innings with the Eagles this season, has executed the identical with the Yankees and the M.L.B. standings, together with the play of Los Angeles two-way superstar Shohei Ohtani, a number one American League M.V.P. contender.

Asked what he considered Ohtani’s season, Tanaka answered in English earlier than departing for the workforce bus: “amazing.”

Makiko Inoue contributed reporting

The women’s synchronized 10-meter platform diving final at the Tokyo Aquatic Center on Tuesday.
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Here are some highlights of U.S. broadcast protection on Monday, together with seashore volleyball quarterfinals, key observe and subject occasions and knockout rounds in baseball knockout. All instances are Eastern.

BASEBALL The U.S. baseball workforce, that includes former M.L.B. gamers Todd Frazier and Edwin Jackson, will face Japan in the playoff spherical stay at 6 a.m. on Monday on NBC Sports.

WOMEN’S SOCCER Australia takes on Sweden in one semifinal at 7 a.m. on Universo (and streaming on Peacock or NBCOlympics.com). A replay of the opposite semifinal sport, a matchup between the United States and Canada, will air at 10 a.m. on NBC Sports.

WEIGHT LIFTING Finals in the ladies’s 87 kilogram weight class will start at 6:50 a.m., and could be streamed on Peacock or NBCOlympics.com. USA Network will air the occasion at 9 a.m., with replays at 2:30 p.m.

GYMNASTICS Coverage of the lads’s finals in vault and rings will air throughout NBC’s daytime protection, which begins at 12 p.m.

BEACH VOLLEYBALL Jake Gibb and Tri Bourne of the United States play a spherical of 16 match in opposition to Julius Thole and Clemens Wickler of Germany, streaming stay on Peacock at 9 a.m. and replayed on NBC Sports at 5 p.m.

TRACK AND FIELD The Americans Brittney Reese and Tara Davis contend for gold in the ladies’s lengthy leap remaining, which begins stay at 9:50 p.m. on NBC. In the lads’s 400-meter hurdles, at 11:20 p.m., Rai Benjamin of the United States appears to get forward of Karsten Warholm of Norway, the present world-record holder.

DIVING Qualifying in the lads’s 3-meter springboard will air throughout NBC’s daytime protection that begins at 12 p.m. The occasion’s semifinals will stream stay on Peacock at 9 p.m.

EQUESTRIAN A replay of the workforce and particular person leaping and eventing finals will air at 2 p.m. on NBC Sports.

Gianmarco Tamberi of Italy celebrated his win after agreeing to a tie with Mutaz Essa Barshim of Qatar in the men’s high jump.
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In the men’s high jump, Gianmarco Tamberi of Italy and Mutaz Essa Barshim of Qatar matched one another all night till each did not clear 7 toes 10 inches on three straight tries. They have been going through the equal of sudden-death additional time when one of many officers, citing an obscure rule, requested in the event that they wished to settle for a tie as a substitute.

“Can we have two golds?” Barshim requested him.

Assured that they might, Tamberi and Barshim embraced, their bromance on show.

“He’s one of my best friends,” Barshim stated. “We’re always together.”

Barshim was so excited, he broke his sun shades.

“It’s OK,” he stated. “I’ve got like 50 pairs.”

After lacking the 2016 Olympics due to a leg harm, Tamberi stored his solid and wrote “Road to Tokyo 2020” on it. When the Games have been postponed final 12 months, he scratched out “2020” and wrote “2021.” On Sunday, he took the solid with him to the stadium as a reminder of his exhausting work.

Tamberi secured his gold medal minutes earlier than his countryman Lamont Marcell Jacobs won gold in the lads’s 100-meter sprint. Jacobs stated he had felt impressed. Only then, he stated, did the objective of profitable his race appear believable.

“Olympic champions,” Jacobs stated, “for us and for Italy.”

Marcell Jacobs on Sunday after earning the unofficial title of fastest man in the world.
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TOKYO — There is a brand new quickest man in the world.

Lamont Marcell Jacobs of Italy sprinted to Olympic gold in the lads’s 100-meter sprint on Sunday, ending in 9.80 seconds. Jacobs, 26, was born in El Paso earlier than transferring to Italy together with his mom as a younger little one.

Fred Kerley of the United States completed second in 9.84 seconds, and Andre De Grasse of Canada was third (9.89).

The occasion had lengthy been dominated by Usain Bolt, who retired following the 2017 world championships after doubling because the 100- and 200-meter champion at three straight Olympics, from 2008 to 2016.

In a shock, the sector didn’t embody Trayvon Bromell of the United States, who had the quickest lifetime finest among the many semifinalists: 9.77 seconds, which he had run in June.

But after struggling to a fourth-place end in his opening-round warmth on Saturday, he completed third in the second of three semifinals on Sunday, lacking out on an automated spot in the ultimate by a thousandth of a second. The prime 4 runners in the third semifinal have been all quicker than Bromell, knocking him out of the ultimate.

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The subject was additionally absent one other notable American: Christian Coleman, the reigning world champion, who’s serving a suspension for a sequence of missed drug assessments.









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There was no clear-cut favourite, and none appeared in a position to fill the large void left by Bolt, a luminous and charismatic presence on the observe and an athlete who transcended the game. But there was loads of intrigue for the ultimate on Sunday, in giant half as a result of nobody had any concept who would win.

Lamont Marcell Jacobs, who was born in El Paso but moved to Italy as a baby, after winning the 100-meter dash with a time of 9.80 seconds.
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Before Sunday, an Italian man had by no means gained an Olympic medal in the 100-meter sprint in the Games’ 125-year historical past. Now, Lamont Marcell Jacobs is the primary from Italy to carry the title of world’s quickest man.

Jacobs set a European document in the lads’s 100-meter sprint on Sunday, ending in 9.80 seconds, to win the gold medal.

Jacobs, a 26-year-old sprinter and lengthy jumper, was born in El Paso to an Italian mom and an African American father. When his father, a soldier in the United States Army, was transferred to South Korea, he and his mother moved to Italy.

His dad and mom separated when he was an toddler, however Jacobs reconnected together with his father for the primary time a 12 months in the past, according to The Associated Press. After his 100-meter-dash victory on Sunday, he stated that discovering his father was a part of his psychological preparation for the Games.

“I never saw my dad from that time,” Jacobs stated. “But I started to speak with him one year ago for the first time. This helped me arrive here with a good mentality.”

Jacobs, whose Instagram deal with is @crazylongjumper, a moniker he has inked on his physique, together with the names of his three kids and his accomplice, started competing in athletics at 9 years outdated, gravitating to sprinting and lengthy leap, in accordance to the Tokyo Olympics website.

He made his first impression on the nationwide degree whereas competing in lengthy leap. In 2016, he gained the Italian Athletics Championships in lengthy leap with a distance of seven.89 meters.

In 2018, he claimed his first 100-meter-dash title and started closing in on the occasion’s troublesome 10-second barrier. And this 12 months, in May, he set the Italian document in the 100-meters with a time of 9.95 seconds and grew to become the 150th particular person in historical past to complete the race in underneath 10 seconds.

With the Italian document secured, Jacobs set his sights on the Olympics. From the primary time he stepped on the observe, he instructed Corriere Della Sera, he dreamed of turning into an Olympian.

“On my bedroom wall I had the newspaper page of the famous Carl Lewis commercial with him wearing stiletto heels in the starting blocks,” he stated. “But my idol as a child was Andrew Howe who, like me, is mixed race and half-American. I could identify with him.”

At least 27 Olympic athletes, including six from the United States, have tested positive for the coronavirus.
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Tokyo 2020 organizers on Monday reported 17 new infections amongst folks credentialed for the Games, bringing the whole variety of reported instances linked to the Olympics to 281, together with 27 athletes. None of the brand new instances on Monday have been athletes.

Athletes who’ve examined optimistic for the coronavirus

Scientists say that optimistic assessments are expected with daily testing programs, even among the many vaccinated. Little info on severity has been launched, although public experiences recommend that instances amongst athletes have usually been delicate or asymptomatic. Some athletes who’ve examined optimistic haven’t been publicly recognized.

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Tokyo and the remainder of Japan are experiencing the worst surge of the pandemic. On Saturday, officers in Tokyo reported greater than 4,000 new infections, the primary time the town’s each day depend had surpassed that determine.

Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga introduced on Friday that the federal government would develop a state of emergency to 4 areas moreover Tokyo, and that the restrictions in the capital could be prolonged till the tip of August — previous the conclusion of the Olympics and into the beginning of the Paralympic Games.

With only 28 percent of the inhabitants totally vaccinated, the highly contagious Delta variant of the virus has taken root in Japan. More than three-quarters of instances in Tokyo are actually being brought on by the variant, in line with the well being ministry.


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Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga of Japan introduced that the federal government would develop a state of emergency to different areas moreover Tokyo, and that the restrictions in the capital could be prolonged till the tip of August after the Olympics concludes.
Rebeca Andrade of Brazil won gold in the vault final.
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With two high-flying vaults that made difficult, gravity-defying strikes look easy, Rebeca Andrade gained the vault remaining on Sunday on the Tokyo Games, bringing Brazil its first gold medal ever in ladies’s gymnastics.

Her Olympics simply preserve getting higher.

Last week in the all-around remaining, Andrade, 22, gained the silver medal, ending simply behind the American Sunisa Lee. She devoted that silver medal, the primary Olympic medal of any shade for Brazil in ladies’s gymnastics, to her nation, her coaches and her medical employees, which had helped her get to those Games after one more critical harm to her proper knee.

Andrade gained with a rating of 15.083 factors. MyKayla Skinner of the United States, who’s retiring after these Olympics, completed second, for the silver medal. Yeo Seo-jeong gained bronze for South Korea, and is the primary medalist for South Korea in ladies’s gymnastics.





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In 2019, Andrade wanted her third surgical procedure in 4 years to restore a torn anterior cruciate ligament in her proper knee and missed the world championships due to it. Without her, her Brazilian workforce didn’t qualify for Tokyo. And she solely certified for these Games simply in June, as a person.

That last-minute effort to compete in Tokyo was price it: Andrade’s finest efficiency at her final Olympics, the 2016 Rio Games, was 11th in the all-around.

Her first of two vaults was a Cheng, which is a roundoff onto the springboard, a half twist onto the vault, and a entrance structure with 1½ twists. Her second was an Amanar, which is a roundoff onto the springboard, a again handspring onto the vault, and a again structure with 2½ twists. She didn’t stick both touchdown, however her execution and top helped her get excessive scores.

With Simone Biles out of the competitors with a psychological well being problem, Andrade’s hardest competitors going into the vault have been two Americans: Jade Carey and Skinner.

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Carey, who completed second in vault qualifying final week, appeared to regulate her run-up to her first vault — which was imagined to be a Cheng, however she ended up bailing out of it and accomplished solely a Yurchenko tuck, which is one somersault with no twists. Stunned and almost in tears, she stored her composure lengthy sufficient to carry out a second vault, however that touchdown had one large step to it. Her general rating, 12.416 factors, left her out of the medals.

Skinner was simply as shocked, however in a the other approach. Last week after qualifying, she thought her Olympics was over — and her profession was over — when she completed fourth in the vault. Because solely two gymnasts per nation advance to the finals in the all-around and every equipment, she was disregarded of the finals after Biles and Carey had completed forward of her in qualifying.

In an Instagram submit, Skinner, who’s 24 and was an alternate on the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games, stated she was heartbroken at how these Olympics turned out for her.

“This closes the book on my gymnastics career, and my only regrets were things outside of my control. So no regrets,” she wrote. “For now I will just try to fill the hole in my heart.”

But on Saturday, when Biles withdrew from the vault, Skinner gained the possibility to decorate in her competitors leotard one remaining time and see if she might win.

She posted on Instagram as soon as once more: “Doing this for us @Simone_Biles. … It’s go time baby!”

At final, Skinner — whom Lee called the team’s “grandma” as a result of she has a lot expertise on the nationwide workforce — will go house to Arizona with a long-awaited Olympic medal round her neck.

Maggie Astor contributed reporting.

Sunisa Lee of the United States won the bronze medal in the uneven bars, her specialty.
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Nina Derwael of Belgium took benefit of her rivals’ errors and nerves throughout the uneven bars remaining on Sunday to win the gold medal in her specialty.

Derwael, a two-time uneven bars world champion, didn’t carry out as nicely on bars as she had in qualifying final week, when she completed first, however her routine was adequate — and troublesome sufficient — for her to win. Looking as if she have been gliding in the wind, she soared above, underneath and between the bars and was given 15.2 factors for her efficiency. After the announcer referred to as her the winner, Derwael wrapped herself in the Belgian flag and flashed an enormous smile towards her small cheering part in the largely empty Ariake Gymnastics Center.

Anastasiia Iliankova of Russia was second on the uneven bars, with 14.833 factors, to win the silver medal. Sunisa Lee of the United States gained the bronze, with 14.5 factors.

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The Belgian winner was imagined to vie for the gold with Lee, who is also an uneven bars specialist. Lee normally has the toughest uneven bars routine in the world and is rewarded for it with a excessive rating.

On Sunday, although, three days after she won the gold medal in the all-around, Lee carried out a shaky routine and failed to attach a number of of her abilities, which lowered her issue rating. Her execution wasn’t as sharp as regular, both. Once she completed her routine, she started shaking her head with disappointment.

The day earlier than the occasion, Lee admitted that she had felt stress to win gold on the bars, notably after profitable the all-around title.

A silver first-place medal from the first modern Olympics held in Athens in 1896 (gold medals did not exist at the time) sold for a reported $180,111 in July.
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A silver medal in capturing from the 1900 Olympics in Paris lately bought for a mere $1,283.

Then there was a bronze medal from the 1956 Winter Games in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy, that fetched $3,750.

But it was a first-place silver medal from the primary fashionable Olympics in Athens in 1896 — there have been no gold medals then — that commanded six figures on the eve of this 12 months’s Games. It bought for $180,111, in line with RR Auction, the Boston-based public sale home that dealt with all three gross sales.

Even although their sentimental worth could also be priceless to the athletes who put on them round their necks, Olympic medals are discovering their method to pawn shops and public sale blocks from the rostrum, the place collectors are scooping them up like uncommon cash, comedian books and different sports activities artifacts like baseball playing cards.

“It’s a niche collectible,” Bobby Livingston, an government vice chairman of RR Auction, which brokered the sale of the three medals and 18 others on July 22, stated on Sunday. “The ones that have come to market in recent years, there isn’t a glut of them.”

One doesn’t should be Caeleb Dressel, the American swimmer who won five gold medals in Tokyo, to gather medals.

Dozens of former Olympians have resorted to promoting their medals through the years. Some have cited monetary hardships, whereas others have stated that they have been motivated by elevating cash for charity.

Bill Russell, the Boston Celtics legend, will put his gold medal from the 1956 Olympics, when he served as captain of the U.S. basketball workforce, on the public sale block this fall.

“I’ve decided to sell most of my collection,” Mr. Russell stated in a video on the web site of Hunt Auctions, the Exton, Pa., public sale home that can deal with the sale of his medal, a few of his N.B.A. championship rings, a warm-up jacket and different memorabilia.

Mr. Russell says that a few of the proceeds will go to MENTOR, a charity that he co-founded that promotes youth mentorship alternatives. A donation will even be made to a social justice initiative created by the Celtics.

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