USOPC calls Saunders’ gesture ‘respectful’

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The U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee says shot putter Raven Saunders’ gesture throughout her medals ceremony “was respectful of her opponents and didn’t violate our guidelines associated to demonstration.“

After receiving her silver medal on the Olympics on Sunday, and after the Chinese nationwide anthem performed for winner Gong Lijiao, Saunders lifted her arms above her head and shaped an “X” together with her wrists.

Asked by The Associated Press what that meant, she defined: ”It’s the intersection of the place all people who find themselves oppressed meet.”

During the International Olympic Committee’s press briefing Monday morning, spokesman Mark Adams mentioned the IOC was involved with the USOPC relating to the episode.

The USOPC confirmed that it was “in dialogue” with the IOC and World Athletics, which governs the game. World Athletics President Seb Coe has beforehand mentioned he didn’t anticipate sanctioning demonstrations if the choice had been left as much as the federation.

The USOPC has said it won’t sanction athletes who show on the rostrum. The IOC reviewed its long-standing coverage however stored the rule in place that bars demonstrations on the medals stand.


The U.S. girls’s soccer crew was damage early in its semifinal sport towards Canada when goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher got here down awkwardly making an attempt to go up for the ball.

Naeher was attended to by trainers for some 5 minutes whereas backup Adrianna Franch warmed up.

Naeher tried to remain within the sport however struggled. She was changed by Franch, making her Olympic debut, within the 30th minute.

Naeher was key for the U.S. towards the Netherands within the quarterfinals, with a penalty save throughout regulation and two extra in a shootout. The U.S. superior 4-2 on penalties after a 2-2 draw.

The sport was scoreless on the half in Kashima.


China has taken the highest two spots within the preliminaries of the boys’s 3-meter springboard diving.

Wang Zongyuan totaled the best rating over six dives with 531.30 factors. Teammate Xie Siyi ranked second at 520.90. The pair already teamed as much as win the 3-meter synchro title in Tokyo.

The Chinese have gained 4 of the primary 5 Olympic diving occasions. They took silver in males’s 10-meter platform synchro.

Rommel Pacheco Marrufo of Mexico was third at 479.25.

Japan’s Ken Terauchi certified in 10th. He’s competing in his sixth Olympics at age 40 and is making an attempt to win the host nation’s first diving medal.

Andrew Capobianco of the United States superior in 17th. The different American, Tyler Downs, completed 23rd. Only the highest 18 moved on to the semifinals on Tuesday.

Germany’s Patrick Hausing, a three-time Olympic medalist, was in competition after two dives, however fell out over his final 4 and completed 21st. He and associate Lars Rudiger had already earned bronze in 3-meter synchro.



Liu Yang of China edged teammate You Hao to seize gold in males’s nonetheless rings.

The 26-year-old put collectively a spectacular routine to publish a rating of 15.500, simply forward of You’s 15.300. Liu’s 9.Zero execution rating from the judges was the best of the eight males in a decent occasion remaining.

The win was an upset of types for Liu, who completed fourth in Rio de Janeiro 5 years in the past. He captured gold within the occasion on the 2014 world championships however had by no means completed larger than third at any main competitors till Monday.

Defending Olympic champion Elftherios Petrounias of Greece took bronze. The 30-year-old Petrounias, a five-time world champion, didn’t even safe a spot in Tokyo till profitable a World Cup occasion in June.

Samir Ait Said of France, who broke his left leg whereas competing on the vault on the 2016 Olympics, completed fourth.



Wang Zhouyu has gained China’s sixth weightlifting gold medal of the Tokyo Olympics with a commanding victory within the 87-kilogram class.

Wang lifted 120 kilograms within the snatch and 150kg within the clear and jerk for a complete 270kg.

Tamara Salazar gained the silver for Ecuador with a complete 263kg. She is Ecuador’s second ever feminine medalist, someday after teammate Neisi Dajomes grew to become the primary with a gold within the 76kg occasion.

Crismery Santana took the bronze with 256kg for the Dominican Republic.


Simone Biles is returning to competitors in Tokyo.

The 2016 Olympic champion will compete within the steadiness beam finals on Tuesday, a bit of over per week after stepping away from the meet to give attention to her psychological well being.

“We are so excited to substantiate that you will note two U.S. athletes within the steadiness beam remaining tomorrow — Suni Lee AND Simone Biles!! Can’t wait to observe you each!” USA Gymnastics mentioned in an announcement.

The 24-year-old Biles gained bronze on beam in Rio de Janeiro 5 years in the past and certified for the eight-woman remaining on the Ariake Gymnastics Centre on the primary weekend of the Games.

She eliminated herself from the crew remaining on July 27 after a shaky efficiency on vault throughout the first rotation. She watched from the sidelines as her three American teammates accomplished the meet with out her; the U.S. took silver behind the crew often called the Russian Olympic Committee.

Biles later mentioned she was coping with points surrounding air consciousness, known as “the twisties” in her sport.

Biles certified for all 5 particular person occasion finals however took herself out of 4 of them: the all-around, vault, ground train and uneven bars. Lee earned the gold within the all-around, turning into the fifth straight American to say the game’s marquee title.


China’s Zhong Tianshi and Bao Shanju broke the world report within the girls’s crew dash with a time of 31.804 seconds to advance to the medal match on the Tokyo Olympics.

Zhong and Bao practically bettered the mark of 31.928 seconds set by China on the Rio Games throughout qualifying. But they merely needed to wait about an hour earlier than getting one other crack at it within the first spherical.

China may have been going for 3 straight Olympic golds, however its crew was relegated to the silver medal on the 2012 Summer Games in London.

Germany additionally set a report earlier within the day within the girls’s crew pursuit on a quick monitor within the Izu Velodrome.


Germany certified first within the girls’s crew pursuit on the Tokyo Olympics, shattering Britain’s five-year-old report with a time of 4:07.307 on the primary day of monitor biking on the Izu Velodrome.

Britain certified second in 4:09.022, which additionally bettered its mark of 4:10.236 set on the Rio Games. The two-time and reigning Olympic champions had been adopted by the U.S. in 4:10.118 and Italy in 4:11.666.

That means the Germans will face Italy and Britain will face the U.S. within the medal rounds Tuesday. The profitable groups will race for gold.


The four-woman crew from Germany has shattered the world report in qualifying on the Tokyo Olympics, stopping the clock in 4:07.307 on the primary day of the monitor biking program on the Izu Velodrome.

The crew of Franziska Brausse, Lisa Brennauer, Lisa Klein and Mieke Koreger was the third to publish a time within the crew pursuit, the place riders race towards the clock over Four kilometers. Four girls begin however solely the primary three that cross the end line rely for the time.

The Germans, who didn’t even make the medal stand on the Rio Games, beat the report of 4:10.236 that the reigning gold medalists from Britain set in Brazil. But the British and the reigning world champion Americans had been nonetheless to go of their qualifying rides Monday.

The prime 4 groups will race Tuesday for the medals.



Jean Quiquampoix of France has earned the gold medal that eluded him 5 years in the past in Rio, matching an Olympic report to win males’s 25-meter rapid-fire pistol on the Tokyo Games.

Quiquampoix took silver on the 2016 Rio Olympics after Germany’s Christian Reitz hit his remaining 5 photographs to say gold.

Quiquampoix left little doubt at Asaka Shooting Range, hitting 34 of 40 photographs to beat Cuba’s Leuris Pupo by 5 photographs. The 25-year-old member of the French armed forces matches the Olympic report Pupo set whereas profitable gold on the 2012 London Games.

Pupo earned his second medal in his sixth Olympics.

China’s Lie Yuehong gained bronze for the second straight Olympics.



Greysia Polii and Apriyani Rahayu of Indonesia have upset China’s Chen Qing Chen and Jia Yi Fan, 2-0, for gold in girls’s doubles badminton.

The unseeded Indonesians gained the primary sport 21-19 and the second 21-15 towards an overwhelmingly favored Chinese crew.

Emotions ran excessive within the match, with each groups screaming after gained factors and several other instances disputing their opponent’s requests to alter shuttles. At one level, Polii ran off the courtroom after breaking her racket, bought a brand new one, and joined the purpose in progress. Indonesia gained the purpose.

The match extends Chinese struggles in girls’s doubles, after years of domination. The Chinese crew misplaced on the 2016 Rio Games to a Japanese pair. Before that, China had gained a outstanding 5 straight golds.

Earlier Monday, Kim So-yeong and Kong Hee-yong gained the bronze medal in girls’s doubles, beating countrywomen Lee So-hee and Shin Seung-chan, 2-0.


The U.S. girls’s volleyball crew has misplaced a second participant to a rolled proper ankle after setter Jordyn Poulter landed on a teammate’s foot.

Poulter went down within the third set of a pool-play match towards Italy and is being handled by trainers on the sideline. The damage comes two days after star Jordan Thompson went down with the identical damage towards the Russian Olympic Committee.

Thompson is watching the Italy sport from the stands however is hopeful of returning earlier than the top of the Olympics.



Jasmine Camacho-Quinn of Puerto Rico has gained gold within the girls’s 100-meter hurdles, powering forward of American Keni Harrison.

That stored the United States out of the win column on the Olympic monitor meet for one more session.

Camacho-Quinn completed in 12.37 seconds for a .15 second win over the world-record holder, Harrison. Jamaica’s Megan Tapper completed third.

Puerto Rico, a U.S. territory that competes underneath its personal flag on the Olympics, has another monitor gold medal than the deepest crew on the Games, because the meet approaches its midway level.



Miltiadis Tentoglou of Greece has edged Cuba’s Juan Miguel Echevarria for the boys’s lengthy leap gold medal with a profitable leap on the final try.

Tentoglou’s 8.41 meters within the final spherical equaled Echevarria’s greatest mark however he gained on a countback as a result of he had the higher of the next-best jumps.

Echevarria, leaping final, misplaced rhythm in his run-up and stopped earlier than the board, kneeled on the bottom and hit the runway together with his palms.


U.S. girls’s volleyball star Jordan Thompson is sitting out the ultimate pool play match towards Italy after rolling her proper ankle earlier within the event.

Thompson left Saturday’s match towards Russia early after stepping on a teammate’s foot. She missed observe on Sunday to get remedy however USA Volleyball says she is anticipated to have the ability to return earlier than the top of the Olympics.

The U.S. is already assured of a spot within the quarterfinals and the match towards Italy is to find out seeding solely.

Thompson got here into the day tied for the third most factors within the event with 66. Annie Drews began in her place.


World champion Sifan Hassan has made an unimaginable restoration from a fall on the remaining bell to win her 1,500-meter warmth on the Olympics on Monday.

Hassan picked herself up after getting in a tangle with Kenyan runner Edinah Jebitok in the beginning of the final lap. She sped across the outdoors of the pack on the again straight and ended up crossing the road first in Four minutes, 5.17 seconds to qualify for the semifinals.

It stored alive the Dutch runner’s bid for a uncommon distance-running treble on the Tokyo Games.

Hassan has certified to run within the 5,000-meter remaining later Monday on the Olympic Stadium, when the power she expended on that last-lap scramble within the 1,500 heats would possibly meet up with her.

She’s anticipated to battle with two-time world champion Hellen Obiri of Kenya for the 5,000 gold.


April Ross and Alix Klineman have superior to the quarterfinals of the Olympic seaside volleyball event.

The American “A-Team” beat Cuba 21-17, 21-15 on Monday. The win got here a day after two different U.S. groups had been ousted within the first knockout spherical.

After taking the primary set, Ross and Klineman misplaced the primary 4 factors within the second. Cuba’s Lidy Echeverria and Leila Martinez led 9-7 when Echeverria was sluggish to rise up after a collision on the web. The Americans took the purpose, and went on to win the second set as properly.


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