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Jul. 24—Mirabai Chanu on Saturday won a silver medal in the women's 49 kg weightlifting competition to open India's counter at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. The Manipur athlete lifted a total weight of 202 kg to win the medal. The gold in the event was won by China's Hou Zhihui, who picked a combined weight total of 210 kg. Chanu picked a total of 87 kg in the snatch part of the event and ended ...

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Jul. 24—Mirabai Chanu's mother Saikhom Ongbi Tombi Leima and father Saikhom Kriti Meitei could not hold back their tears seeing their daughter give India their first medal in the Tokyo Olympics on Saturday. Mirabai won a silver medal — her first in the Games — in the weightlifting women's 49kg category. "I was in tears seeing it and also during the moment she won the medal. Her father (Saikhom ...

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TOKYO — Jourdan Delacruz dropped the barbell onto the mat and fell forward onto her knees. She looked ahead, her expression blank. The Wylie, Texas, native’s chances at medaling at these Tokyo Olympics had just vanished. Delacruz finished the snatch rounds, the first portion of the women’s 49kg weightlifting competition, in third place. But she failed to record a successful lift in the clean ...

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Jul. 24—Surfing's Olympic debut coincided with a welcomed swell arriving this weekend like a gift from the weather gods. After all the skepticism, pessimism and uncertainty that accompanied surfing's tube ride to the big stage, Duke Kahanamoku's dream will become a reality Saturday (Sunday morning in Japan). As the father of modern surfing, the famed Hawaiian Kahanamoku expressed a desire to ...

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Jul. 24—The U.S. quest for gold at the Summer Olympics is off to a slow start as the Americans came close to medaling in a few sports. Nevertheless, the U.S. made advances in team sports and swimming as the Summer Games continue in Tokyo. The highlight of the start has been the U.S. women's soccer team's rebound 6-1 win over New Zealand that keeps their medal hopes alive. Americans in ...

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Paris — French President Emmanuel Macron has called for the opening ceremony for the Olympic Games in 2024 to be held on the Seine in Paris.The ceremony should be "truly unique and revolutionary," Macron told French sports newspaper L'Equipe in Tokyo, after attending the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games on Friday.Many of the details still need to be finalized concerning the celebrations ...

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China isn’t happy with the “incomplete map” NBC Universal showed during the Tokyo Olympics opening ceremony Friday. The demonstration, which featured neither self-ruled Taiwan nor the South China Sea, “hurt the dignity and emotions of the Chinese people,” the Chinese consulate in New York said Saturday on the country’s social media platform Weibo, Reuters reports. NBC, which holds ...

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When it comes to Olympic gymnastics, perfection is a thing of the past. There was a time when a gymnast’s best score could be a 10.0, although the number was viewed as unattainable — especially on the Olympic stage. Who could achieve a perfect score under such pressure? The answer: Romania’s Nadia Comaneci at the Montreal Olympics in 1976. She not only earned the first perfect 10, but six ...

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TOKYO — On a media teleconference with U.S. swimmers before leaving for the Tokyo Olympics, Michael Andrew was asked if had been vaccinated against COVID-19. He paused before answering. He had not. “I knew the moment I answered that question this is going to blow up,” Andrew said. “I was definitely prepared for it. What’s more important for me is to speak truth and understand and stand up for ...

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TOKYO — This is not what Olivia Smoliga expected to be doing here. Swimming the first leg in the preliminary heat of the women’s 400-meter freestyle relay Saturday night, the Glenview, Ill., native helped the United States secure a spot in the final. The gold medal race will take place Sunday morning, which means it will be shown Saturday evening in the Midwest starting at 8:30 p.m. The U.S. ...