Olympics Live Updates: U.S. Women’s Basketball Wins 7th Straight Gold Medal

Current time in Tokyo: Aug. 8, 3:32 p.m.

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SAITAMA, Japan — The U.S. women’s basketball team continued its run of dominance on the Olympics, defeating Japan, 90-75, on Sunday afternoon at Saitama Super Arena to assert its seventh consecutive gold medal.

The workforce has now received 55 consecutive video games on the Olympics. The final time it misplaced a sport on this match was in 1992.

The veteran stars Diana Taurasi and Sue Bird every claimed a fifth gold medal, a brand new profession document for basketball gamers on the Games.

But amid a generational changeover, there have been loads of assurances that the long run for the workforce would stay equally vivid. The Americans’ sport plan, which by no means stopped working, was to get the ball inside to Brittney Griner. She led the workforce in scoring, with 30 factors, and hardly missed a shot.

Japan, undersized and overmatched, relied on its exterior capturing to maintain the rating shut within the early a part of the sport. But the Americans had been too medical across the basket, too robust on protection. Japan will accept a silver medal, its greatest end in Olympic basketball.

The U.S. women’s team won the gold medal in the 4x400-meter relay on Saturday night.
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The United States has received probably the most medals on the Tokyo Olympics and would be the solely nation to take house greater than 100. But on the final day of competitors, the race for probably the most gold medals was a decent contest between the United States and China.

That race is especially vital to China, which has tried to harness its youth for Olympic glory ever since rejoining the summer season Olympic motion in 1984.

With just some occasions left, the United States clinched the race on Sunday afternoon by reaching 39 golds.

As the day started in Tokyo, China had 38 gold medals to 36 for the United States. But American groups then received gold medals in girls’s basketball and ladies’s volleyball, and Jennifer Valente received the ladies’s omnium in monitor biking, placing the United States into the lead by one.




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China had two alternatives for golds, however completed fourth within the rhythmic gymnastics group all-around ultimate and with a silver in girls’s middleweight boxing.

By the time Richard Torrez Jr. of the United States was set to take the ring for a brilliant heavyweight ultimate, the Americans had already clinched probably the most golds.

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To set up itself as a sports activities superpower, China’s authorities a long time in the past developed an official “gold medal strategy” that trusted 1000’s of full-time sports activities colleges, with coaches scouting younger expertise in villages and cities alike. In addition to conventional strongholds like desk tennis and badminton, Chinese officers intentionally focused sports activities that had been underfunded within the West, equivalent to girls’s sports activities, or much less high-profile pursuits with many medals on supply from a number of weight divisions or occasion classes.

It mattered little whether or not there was deep public curiosity in these sports activities in China. Sports colleges began applications from scratch in girls’s weight lifting, taekwondo, canoeing and extra.

On house turf in 2008, China met its ambitions by topping the gold medal rely for the primary time. But the nation slipped in London in 2012 and Rio de Janeiro in 2016, amid public reservations about whether or not the sports activities system was price it. Few kids make it to the elite stage and even people who do are usually not assured good jobs after they retire.

Even as authorities officers careworn that they wished to encourage mass sports activities and general bodily health, the drive for gold continued.

It paid off in Tokyo. China scored golds within the sports activities it has dominated up to now, equivalent to weight lifting, diving, gymnastics and desk tennis. But it additionally claimed victories in canoeing, biking, rowing and athletics, and underscored its rising power in swimming. The majority of China’s gold medals got here from girls or from combined workforce occasions.

Eliud Kipchoge, 36, crossed the finish line to win gold in the men’s marathon on Sunday.
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Eliud Kipchoge, 36, of Kenya received his second consecutive Olympic marathon on Sunday in 2 hours Eight minutes 38 seconds, reaffirming his standing because the greatest runner in history over the gap of 26.2 miles.

He completed 80 seconds forward of the silver medalist, Abdi Nageeye of the Netherlands, who ran 2:09:58. Bashir Abdi of Belgium took bronze in 2:10:00.

The race was held in Sapporo, Japan, 500 miles north of Tokyo, in an try to supply the athletes some reprieve from the extreme warmth and humidity within the capital. Still, the circumstances had been oppressive, with a temperature of 78 levels Fahrenheit and the relative humidity at 86 p.c in the beginning.

Galen Rupp, 35, the American who received a bronze medal on the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, shadowed Kipchoge for the primary 17.5 miles. At that time, Kipchoge gestured for Rupp to help by working on the entrance. Rupp smiled however didn’t reply, and a seemingly aggravated Kipchoge started to tug away and took cost of the race, working alone for the ultimate eight-plus miles. Rupp drifted again to eighth place in 2:11:41.


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Kipchoge didn’t come near difficult his world document of two:01:39 on this brutal day, however he grew to become solely the third man to win the Olympic marathon twice in defending his Rio Olympics victory.

Abebe Bikila of Ethiopia took gold on the 1960 Rome Games whereas working barefoot, and once more in Tokyo in 1964, this time in sneakers, and famously carried out calisthenics within the infield.

Waldemar Cierpinski of the previous East Germany received the marathon on the 1976 Montreal Games and the 1980 Moscow Olympics. But his victories, achieved in a rustic that operated a well-documented and pervasive system of state-sponsored doping, have come underneath suspicion.

The dominant success of marathon runners from the East African nations of Kenya and Ethiopia has, in an unlucky manner, made them largely anonymous, their common triumphs usually considered as an identical, interchangeable. But Kipchoge has stood out for his pace and consistency, his pioneering achievement and his philosophical nature.

“All of us will be in the same frying pan,” he instructed reporters in regards to the warmth and humidity that had been anticipated in Sapporo.

Kipchoge appeared relaxed from the start, bouncing frivolously in sneakers containing Nike’s newest know-how, not bothering to put on a hat, sometimes rubbing small luggage of crushed ice throughout the again of his neck and underneath his arms and pouring water throughout his shoulders to stay as cool as potential.

At about 11.5 miles, he smiled and fist-bumped the Brazilian runner Daniel do Nascimento. Four miles later, do Nascimento started to battle and shortly stopped working, collapsing in exhaustion on the aspect of the street. Kipchoge ready to make his decisive transfer. Once he did, it shortly grew to become apparent that nobody may catch him.

After all, he had turn into the primary individual to run a marathon in underneath two hours, ending in 1:59:40 (typically reported as 1:59:41) at an exhibition in Vienna in 2019. It was a laboratory experiment as a lot as a race, occurring in managed circumstances with pace-setting strategies and the supply of fluids that didn’t meet the principles for the standard marathon. But Kipchoge nonetheless produced a way of wonderment {that a} man may run 26.2 miles whereas sustaining a tempo of Four minutes 34 seconds per mile.

He entered Sunday’s race having received 12 of the 14 official marathons he had entered, together with a outstanding 10 in a row over seven years. He set the official world document of two:01:39 on the 2018 Berlin Marathon and appeared unflappable when the surprising occurred. He received the 2015 Berlin Marathon though the soles had begun coming off his Nike sneakers.

Breanna Stewart of the U.S. during the second half of the women’s basketball gold medal game between Japan and the United States.
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TOKYO — The ultimate day of the Tokyo Olympics started early, with the lads’s marathon at 7 a.m. on Sunday, Tokyo time (Saturday at 6 p.m. Eastern time). The race was held within the northern metropolis of Sapporo in an effort to keep away from the worst of Tokyo’s summer season warmth.

The U.S. girls’s basketball workforce cruised to victory, routing Japan, 90-75, for its seventh consecutive gold medal.

In the afternoon, the U.S. women’s indoor volleyball team will play for gold in opposition to Brazil.

Two American boxers may also battle for gold: Keyshawn Davis at light-weight and Richard Torrez Jr. at tremendous heavyweight.

And when it’s all wrapped up, the closing ceremony, once more with out followers, begins at Eight p.m. in Tokyo, 7 a.m. Eastern time.

Neeraj Chopra won the men’s javelin on Saturday.
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India has ultimately received gold in monitor and subject on the Olympics.

Neeraj Chopra received the lads’s javelin on Saturday with a throw of 87.58 meters, almost a foot farther than the silver medalist, Jakub Vadlejch of the Czech Republic.

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“It feels unbelievable,” Chopra stated, in line with Reuters. “This is our first Olympic medal for a very long time, and in athletics it is the first time we have gold, so it’s a proud moment for me and my country.”

The gold medal is India’s first on the Tokyo Games and solely its second ever at a Summer Games. Abhinav Bindra, who received the 10-meter air rifle competitors in Beijing in 2008, was India’s solely different Olympic gold medalist in a person competitors.

In 2018, Chopra received gold on the Asian Games and the Commonwealth Games, however an elbow damage that required surgical procedure prompted him to overlook almost a yr of competitors. Then got here the coronavirus pandemic, which disrupted his comeback.

“Take a bow, young man! You have fulfilled a nation’s dream. Thank you!” Bindra wrote on Twitter. “Also, welcome to the club — a much needed addition!”

India, the world’s second-most-populous nation, has been making an attempt to enhance its underwhelming Olympic sport, and Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been eager to make use of sports activities to lift its world profile.

Modi has been tweeting congratulations to a number of Indian athletes throughout the Games, together with Chopra. “History has been scripted at Tokyo!” Modi wrote. “The young Neeraj has done exceptionally well. He played with remarkable passion and showed unparalleled grit.”

After India’s substandard efficiency on the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro — one silver and one bronze — the federal government started funneling cash to a sports activities forms that was underfunded for many years and stained by corruption. Private ventures stepped in, coaching elite athletes whose upward trajectory they may have the ability to harness. And state cash has began to trickle to grass-roots sports activities, too.

There has been some jubilation in India throughout these Games, the place it has received seven medals. It defeated Germany to win bronze in males’s subject hockey, the workforce’s first medal in that sport in additional than 40 years. The girls’s hockey workforce got here shut, falling to Britain for bronze.

The badminton star P.V. Sindhu received a bronze medal in girls’s singles badminton, turning into the primary Indian lady and solely the second Indian athlete to win two particular person Olympic medals after successful a silver in Rio.

Aditi Ashok narrowly missed a medal in girls’s golf, dropping out on a bronze by a single shot.

India’s other medals got here in weight lifting, wrestling and boxing.

Cory Juneau, who won a bronze in skateboarding. The Games this summer were often claustrophobic and cut off from society because of the pandemic.
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TOKYO — On Sunday evening in Tokyo, a stripped-down closing ceremony in Japan’s sprawling nationwide stadium will carry this summer’s extraordinary Games to an finish, concluding an Olympics that, in some sense, felt like an phantasm — at instances convincing and totally welcome, at others jarringly off-key.

Pushing forth in a pandemic, these Games had been meant to be, because the International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach stated final yr, “the light at the end of this dark tunnel the whole world is going through.” Yet they had been usually claustrophobic, reduce off from society, with capacious venues throughout Tokyo repurposed into cloistered secure homes.

They had been, on this manner, paradoxical, uncanny and exhausting to wholly comprehend. They had been a feat of organizational planning and execution, even amid arguments about whether they should be happening within the first place. They had been stubbornly known as Tokyo 2020, a retrograde identify that reminded everybody of the meandering path traveled thus far. They had been a made-for-television spectacle, stage-managed at instances to the purpose of absurdity.

For athletes, these had been an Olympics of survival, of resilience, of getting by and typically, in the long run, being OK with falling in need of a goal. Yet even amongst medalists, there have been emotions of ambivalence about being right here, about enduring the alienating circumstances of one of many oddest Olympics in historical past.

“I can’t wait to get home,” the American sprinter Allyson Felix stated after successful a bronze medal on Friday to turn into probably the most adorned feminine monitor athlete in Olympic historical past. “I’m counting the days, there are so few now.”

The coronavirus pandemic pressured athletes to journey and carry out right here with out the presence of mates or household, to say nothing of followers. They spent their time largely confined to their rooms, specifically organized buses and sports activities venues.

Though the lasting results of the Olympics on Japan shall be decided solely within the weeks to come back, early indicators confirmed that the well being protocols — the trouble to cut off thousands of visitors from Tokyo residents — appeared to work, no less than within the brief time period. At a information convention on Friday, Bach reported that 571,000 screening exams had been carried out on the Olympics, returning a positivity price of simply 0.02 p.c.

But the trail to that time, the means of building what an I.O.C. spokesman known as a “parallel world” inside the Games, has had an unmistakably estranging impact.

Some countries provide cash rewards to Olympians who earn medals.
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TOKYO — After successful a gold medal on the Summer Olympics, the U.S. wrestler Tamyra Mensah-Stock had huge plans for the bonus cash that comes with it: shopping for her mom a $30,000 meals truck.

Tamerlan Bashaev, 25, a Russian judoka who claimed a bronze medal, desires to make use of his cash to get married and go on a honeymoon. Andrea Proske, a rower who helped Canada win its first gold medal within the girls’s eight since 1992, can’t wait to take her mom on trip to London.

“I haven’t been able to see her,” stated Proske, 35, who will get $20,000 Canadian dollars, roughly $16,000 U.S. {dollars}. “We’ve all been really in our own bubble. So just to be able to hug my mom for the first time since we return post Covid is going to be special.”

Winning an Olympic medal is commonly the crowning achievement of an athlete’s profession. Most Olympians, although, aren’t multimillionaire athletes like Naomi Osaka, Rory McIlroy or Kevin Durant, so competing at this elite stage could be a monetary battle.

But many Olympic medalists are leaving Tokyo with extra than simply prizes dangling from their necks. They are given an additional behind-the-scenes increase within the type of bonuses. Winning pads the pockets properly in sure international locations — a indisputable fact that sparks some awe and even a bit of envy among the many medalists.

Some of the bonuses are substantial: Singapore’s $1 million in native foreign money (roughly $740,000 within the United States) for a gold medal is the biggest recognized reward. Some are extra modest: A United States medalist receives $37,500 for gold, $22,500 for silver and $15,000 for bronze. Other bonuses are nonexistent, equivalent to these for medalists from Britain, New Zealand and Norway.

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The first job for Tony Estanguet, the president of the Paris 2024 Olympic organizing committee, is to determine the way to plan an occasion for which preparations are prone to be affected by a pandemic now nicely into its second yr.

Estanguet introduced dozens of workers members to Japan to shadow organizers of the Tokyo Games — maybe probably the most difficult, strangest Olympics in historical past — and to discover ways to take a layered plan years within the making and rewrite it on the fly.

“Nobody knows what will happen with this pandemic,” stated Estanguet, a three-time Olympic champion in canoe slalom, “so we have to be ready for any kind of scenario.”

At the Tokyo Games, he and his colleagues have visited stadiums and arenas the place a number of the world’s best athletes have carried out with out spectators. He has met with some officers to debate the finer factors of biosecurity, after which sat down with others to be taught in regards to the successes — and failures — of bubble environments.

“The learnings of here is that it’s feasible to organize the Games even with this kind of situation,” Estanguet stated. “So we are here to learn.”

Estanguet stated the Paris officers would stay in Tokyo for additional talks after the Games finish on Sunday, after which do the identical form of shadowing program with organizers of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, the place restrictions on motion and well being protocols are prone to be much more stringent than they’ve been in Tokyo.

Yet Estanguet stays hopeful that the pandemic shall be one thing for the historical past books by the point the Summer Games arrive in France.

“We will look at all the measures they put in place here, but we are still working on our Plan A,” he stated. “I want my team first to be at the best level with Plan A.”

That plan is firmly underway. A sponsorship goal of 1 billion euros has simply handed the midway mark, and the eager curiosity of each France’s president, Emmanuel Macron, and the mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, has already helped clear administrative hurdles.

Estanguet identified that the federal government had adopted a technique — constructed across the Olympics — that for the primary time requires each main college in France to put aside 30 minutes a day for bodily exercise. That, Estanguet stated, was an instance of the advantages of the Games, already in place three years earlier than the opening ceremony.

Such legacies have been promised by hosts earlier than, in fact, solely to fizzle out. Instead, the Games have usually been adopted by recriminations over prices and tales of costly venues fallen into disuse. Estanguet refused to foretell whether or not Paris would meet its personal set of lofty guarantees, however stated the circumstances had been in place to take action.

“I will not guarantee you,” he stated, “but everything is put in place for this new model.”

TOKYO — The United States males’s basketball workforce misplaced to France within the group levels, however beat that workforce when it counted most, on Saturday in the gold medal game, 87-82. Kevin Durant had 29 factors.

A 3rd-inning solo shot by Munetaka Murakami of the Tokyo Yakult Swallows was all Japan ended up needing in its 2-Zero victory over the U.S. in the baseball gold medal game.

In monitor, the United States swept the 4×400-meter relays, with Allyson Felix winning medal No. 11, surpassing Carl Lewis for the American document within the sport.

The U.S. males adopted swimsuit by successful their 4×400-meter race, two days after they failed to make the final of the 4×100 relay due to a flubbed baton cross.

Sifan Hassan of the Netherlands added the 10,000 meters to her earlier victory within the 5,000. Jakob Ingebrigtsen of Norway received the lads’s 1,500.

Nelly Korda, contemporary off a win on the Women’s P.G.A. Championship, won the women’s golf event, finishing an American sweep of golf at these Games.

Peres Jepchirchir of Kenya won the women’s marathon, with Molly Seidel of the United States getting a bronze.

The U.S. women’s water polo workforce received its third straight gold medal, defeating Spain.

Gold medals went to Brazil in males’s soccer and to France in males’s handball and males’s volleyball.

Russia received the creative (previously synchronized) swimming group gold.

And Jessica Springsteen and the U.S. present leaping workforce won a silver medal.

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