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Big day for Dressel, Chinese in pool

Jul. 29, 2021 04:35 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Caeleb Dressel got his first individual gold medal and the Chinese women put together a record-setting relay. The biggest action of the day session on Day 6 of the Tokyo Olympics on Thursday came in the pool where America's successor to Michael Phelps won...

Australia's Jessica Fox wins first women's canoe slalom gold

Jul. 29, 2021 04:06 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Australia’s Jessica Fox made Olympic history Thursday as the first gold medalist in women’s canoe slalom at the Tokyo Games. Fox made the last run of the final and crushed it, beating rival and silver medalist Mallory Franklin of Britain with a winning...

Olympics Latest: Fox wins women's canoe slalom gold

Jul. 29, 2021 04:04 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The Latest on the Tokyo Olympics, which are taking place under heavy restrictions after a year’s delay because of the coronavirus pandemic: ___ MEDAL ALERT Australia’s Jessica Fox has made Olympic history at the...

US pole vaulter's positive test sends Aussies into isolation

Jul. 29, 2021 03:47 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The fragile nature of an Olympics during the pandemic came into sharp focus Thursday when the entire Australian track team spent time in a brief quarantine after American pole vaulter Sam Kendricks pulled out of the Tokyo Games because of a positive COVID-19 test. ...

Living up to the hype: Dressel wins 1st individual gold

Jul. 29, 2021 01:41 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Caeleb Dressel climbed atop the lane rope, a look of wonder in his eyes. He gazed all around the Tokyo Aquatics Centre, eager to soak up every last moment of something he’s never done before. Win an individual gold medal at the Olympics. ...

COVID-hit Fiji celebrates Olympic rugby sevens gold

Jul. 28, 2021 20:34 PM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Emerging gingerly from their homes in a nation under curfew, Fijians cheered, sang hymns and danced in the streets Wednesday to celebrate the victory of their rugby sevens team at the Tokyo Olympics. Fiji is battling a severe COVID-19...

US rowers looks to extend Olympic dynasty in women's eight

Jul. 28, 2021 20:19 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — For more than a decade and across three Olympics, there was no greater force in women's rowing than the American eight boat. Three consecutive Olympic gold medals. Eleven years undefeated at major international meets. But all dynasties...

Macron: France owes 'debt' to Polynesians over nuclear tests

Jul. 28, 2021 14:48 PM EDT

PAPEETE, French Polynesia (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron has reasserted his nation's presence in the Pacific on a visit to French Polynesia, a trip aimed at countering growing Chinese dominance in the region. The trip was also designed to underline the French...

Olympics Latest: Latvia wins gold in men's 3-on-3

Jul. 28, 2021 10:04 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The Latest on the Tokyo Olympics, which are taking place under heavy restrictions after a year’s delay because of the coronavirus pandemic: ___ MEDAL ALERT Latvia’s Karlis Lasmanis drained a shot from behind the...

Asia Today: Sydney lockdown extended, record cases in SKorea

Jul. 28, 2021 09:33 AM EDT

SYDNEY (AP) — Australia’s largest city Sydney will remain in lockdown for another month. The New South Wales state government announced that the lockdown of the city of 5 million would last at least until Aug. 28, after reporting on Wednesday 177 new infections in...