Wrestling-Maroulis ousted by Kawai, Kumar wins by fall to reach final
Helen Maroulis’ quest for a second Olympic gold medal was ended by Risako Kawai of Japan in the semi-finals of the women’s freestyle lightweight competition in a battle of reigning Olympic champions on Wednesday.
Maroulis, the first female American wrestler to be crowned an Olympic champion when she won the bantamweight gold in Rio, has battled through multiple concussions and post-traumatic stress disorder in recent years before qualifying for the Tokyo Games.
Basketball-U.S. women roll over Australia into semis, Serbia edge China
Team USA rolled over Australia in Olympic women’s basketball on Wednesday, putting them on a semifinal collision course with a tough Serbian team that rallied to beat China.
Like the U.S. men’s team on Tuesday, the American women sailed into the next stage with a 76-55 win in the Saitama Super Arena, north of Tokyo. The U.S. were undefeated through the tournament stage, while Australia edged other third-place finishers to make it to the knockout stage.
Athletics-Canadian De Grasse wins 200m gold
Canada’s Andre De Grasse won the men’s 200 metres gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics on Wednesday with a scorching time of 19.62 seconds, a national record.
De Grasse, who claimed the 100m bronze and 200m silver at the 2016 Olympics and 2019 World Championships, came into the turn third but surged past his rivals in the last 40 metres to claim victory.
Volleyball-U.S. crush Dominican Republic to reach semi-finals, Turkey out
Top-ranked United States crushed the Dominican Republic in straight sets on Wednesday to reach the women’s Olympic volleyball semi-finals, while South Korea stunned Turkey in a thrilling full-set match, securing a spot in the top four.
U.S. opposite Andrea Drews scored 21 points to lead the team to a comprehensive quarter-final victory over the Caribbean side at Tokyo’s Ariake Arena, with the 2016 bronze medallists winning 25-11 25-20 25-19.
Athletics-Korir extends Kenya’s 800m dominance
Kenya’s Emmanuel Korir won the Olympic men’s 800 metres gold medal on Wednesday, extending the East African nation’s dominance of an event they have now won four times in a row.
His compatriot Ferguson Rotich took silver and Patryk Dobek of Poland claimed the bronze.
Kenya’s double Olympic gold medallist David Rudisha’s persistent injuries denied him the chance to defend his title, opening a path for a new champion to emerge and Korir powered his way to victory with a time of 1:45.06.
Equestrian-Britain’s Maher jumps to gold, Sweden win silver
Britain’s Ben Maher on his horse Explosion won individual show jumping gold at the Olympics on Wednesday in a hair-raising jump-off with three Swedes in the top five.
Sweden’s Peder Fredricson on All In retained his individual silver medal, and the Netherland’s Maikel van der Vleuten on Beauville Z won bronze in an all-male podium for the sport in which women and men compete on equal terms.
“He grew wings for me… He’s a real athlete, he’s not a normal horse,” Maher, who had a back operation last year, said of his gelding.
Cycling-Golden Ganna powers Italy to victory in team pursuit thriller
Filippo Ganna inpired Italy to a long-awaited gold medal in the men’s team pursuit as they produced an electrifying finish to stun favourites Denmark in a see-sawing final at the Izu Velodrome on Wednesday.
The Azzurri trailed in the closing stages of the 16-lap duel but lead engine Ganna turned up the power and they blasted across the line in a world record 3:42.032, with the Danes an agonising 0.166 slower.
Boxing-Lopez wins gold to put powerhouse Cuba in medals lead
Arlen Lopez won his second Olympic title on Wednesday to put powerhouse Cuba on top of the boxing medals table, after he out-witted Britain’s Ben Whittaker in an entertaining final of the men’s light-heavyweight contest.
Lopez, the middleweight champion in the Rio Olympics, kept his cool throughout and put on a skilful display of boxing, keeping the fast-punching and tenacious Whittaker at bay and making it two golds for Cuba.
Wrestling-Rio champ Maroulis leads US charge into semi-finals
Reigning Olympic champion Helen Maroulis of the United States sounded out a warning to her rivals on Wednesday after scoring convincing victories in her opening bouts of the women’s freestyle lightweight competition to reach the semi-finals.
Maroulis, the first female American wrestler to be crowned an Olympic champion when she won gold in Rio, has battled through multiple concussions and post-traumatic stress disorder in recent years before qualifying for the Tokyo Games.
Athletics-World champion Johnson-Thompson out injured, Vetter leads heptathlon
Heptathlon world champion Katarina Johnson-Thompson’s Olympic bid ended abruptly on Wednesday when she collapsed to the track during the 200 metres event, months after she suffered an Achilles tendon injury.
The Briton won her hurdles heat and cleared 1.86 metres in the high jump before pulling up in the fourth event, crumpling to the ground as volunteers offered her a wheelchair to take her off the track.
Olympics Synchronised swimming-Russian Romashina wins record sixth gold
With a spider-themed routine, fast moves and sharp coordination, Svetlana Romashina of the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) won a record sixth gold on Wednesday to become the most decorated Olympian in synchronised swimming.
Romashina, 31, and partner Svetlana Kolesnichenko won the duet competition on Wednesday, taking Romashina to the top of the podium for the event in a third straight Games.
Athletics-Chemutai secures steeplechase gold for Uganda
Peruth Chemutai became the first Ugandan woman to win an Olympic gold medal in any sport when she triumphed in the women’s 3,000m steeplechase on Wednesday.
The 22-year-old clocked a time of 9:01.45 to finish over three seconds ahead of American silver medallist Courtney Frerichs with Kenya’s Hyvin Kiyeng taking the bronze.