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Olympic Latest: Iran refugee falls short in gold medal bid

Jul. 25, 2021 04:16 AM EDT

The Latest on the Tokyo Olympics, which are taking place under heavy restrictions after a year’s delay because of the coronavirus pandemic: ___ Iranian refugee Kimia Alizadeh has fallen short in her bid for a historic taekwondo gold medal, losing in...

Rugby sevens stars on a mission to elevate Fiji, again

Jul. 25, 2021 04:10 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Jerry Tuwai and his Fiji teammates turned up on a Monday in May ready for a five-day training camp to prepare to defend their Olympic rugby sevens title. By Friday of that week, it was clear they weren’t going to be seeing their families up close for several months. ...

US beats Australia, sets up gold medal rematch with Japan

Jul. 25, 2021 03:59 AM EDT

YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) — The United States had just given up its first run and was two outs away from losing for the first time in the Olympic softball tournament. Amanda Chidester stepped up to the plate with two runners on and slapped the ball into left field. ...

Nerves, joy, and modest waves at surfing's Olympic debut

Jul. 25, 2021 03:56 AM EDT

ICHINOMIYA, Japan (AP) — It was surf’s up Sunday for the sport’s century-in-the-making Olympic debut as competitors were consumed emotionally by the momentous occasion and exuded the pure joy of finally making it. For many spectators, this was the first glimpse of a...

'Out of my body': Naomi Osaka wins in Tokyo Olympics debut

Jul. 25, 2021 03:53 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Naomi Osaka is back playing, still winning, and also talking to the media again. The Japanese superstar who lit the Olympic cauldron defeated 52nd-ranked Zheng Saisai of China 6-1, 6-4 on Sunday in her first match in nearly two months. ...

Positive virus tests knock Rahm, DeChambeau out of Olympics

Jul. 25, 2021 03:51 AM EDT

KAWAGOE, Japan (AP) — Jon Rahm tested positive for COVID-19 for the second time in two months Sunday, knocking the Spaniard out of the Olympics only a few hours after American golfer Bryson DeChambeau met the same fate. Rahm's positive test was announced by the Spanish...

US women favorite to win 7th consecutive gold medal in Japan

Jul. 25, 2021 03:48 AM EDT

SAITAMA, Japan (AP) — It's been nearly 30 years since the U.S. women's basketball team lost a game in the Olympics, yet the Americans showed they may be a little bit vulnerable in Tokyo after dropping a pair of exhibition contests last week in Las Vegas. Despite losses...

Chinese duo easily win 1st diving gold of Tokyo Olympics

Jul. 25, 2021 03:44 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — China got off to a winning start in diving at the Tokyo Olympics, claiming gold in women’s 3-meter synchronized springboard to start what the Chinese hope is a sweep of the eight events. Shi Tingmao and Wang Han totaled 326.40 points on Sunday, easily...

Tunisian teen wins surprise Olympic swimming gold

Jul. 25, 2021 03:41 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Nobody was watching Ahmed Hafnaoui in lane eight of the Olympic pool. All eyes were on the Tunisian teenager at the finish. Hafnaoui was the stunning winner of the 400-meter freestyle at the Tokyo Games on Sunday, beating a field of...

Spanish Olympic committee says U.S. Open champion Jon Rahm is positive for COVID-19 and will miss Tokyo Games

Jul. 25, 2021 03:36 AM EDT
TOKYO (AP) — Spanish Olympic committee says U.S. Open champion Jon Rahm is positive for COVID-19 and will miss Tokyo Games.