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Weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz wins first-ever Olympic gold for Philippines

  • Weightlifting

Weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz became the first Olympic gold medallist for the Philippines when she made a dramatic final lift at the Tokyo International Forum.

kilogram category in sensational style, making her final attempt to defeat the Chinese favourite and world record

old 53kg weight class in Rio.She found the qualifying process extremely tough but Diaz knew, through all

her hard work, there was one target above all others."

attempt at 126kg, but Diaz outdid her with that last lift.She is the first Filipina athlete to win medals

hair to lose a few more grams before weighing in at the 2015 IWF World Championships.She struggled at times


Titmus stuns Ledecky as Peaty wins Britain's first gold at Tokyo 2020

  • Swimming

Australia’s Ariarne Titmus came from behind to snatch victory from five-time Olympic champion Katie Ledecky in an epic women’s 400 metres freestyle final, while Britain’s Adam Peaty retained his men’s 100m breaststroke title on a thrilling morning of swimming finals at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics here today.

Gold medals were also won by Canada’s Maggie MacNeil in the women’s 100m butterfly and the United States

freestyle with Titmus recording the second fastest time in history with 3min 56.69sec to edge out world record

gold medal at Tokyo 2020 ©Getty ImagesComing into the event, Peaty had already produced the best five times

©Getty ImagesThe day was capped off by the US, who produced the third fastest men’s 4x100m relay of all-time

had to settle for silver in 3.10.11, with Australia finishing third in 3.10.22.Tomorrow is set to see medals


India aiming for six javelin medals at Tokyo 2020 Paralympics

  • Athletics News

the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics - and is in fine form following his recent improvement on his own world record

the gold medal at Athens 2004 and Rio 2016, the 40-year-old is a key player in India's target of six medals

Jhajharia threw a new best of 65.71 metres in New Delhi, bettering his previous record from Rio 2016

 "Over the past years, they have been winning many medals in international events; broke world and

personal records several times and brought laurels to the nation."

 "Good luck to all the athletes as they go into their final preparations."


Second weightlifting gold for China - and heartbreak for Saudi Arabian - at Tokyo 2020

  • Weightlifting

China continued its superb start to weightlifting at Tokyo 2020 by taking gold in the first men’s event.

Zhihui’s win in the opening contest of Tokyo 2020, the women’s 49kg, on Saturday.The silver and bronze medals

distraught on the platform after failing with his last chance.The result means that every single medal, all

on one leg, kicking out sideways with 166kg above his head – considerably more than two and a half times

his bodyweight.He finished 11kg clear of Irawan, whose Olympic Games record now reads bronze, bronze

his snatch attempts and was 15kg behind the leaders going into the clean and jerk, where he missed all


United States names its second largest Olympic team to compete at Tokyo 2020

  • Tokyo 2020

The United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC) has announced it will send a 613-member team to compete at the rescheduled Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games here.

table with 121 overall.This included 46 gold, 37 silver and 38 bronze.The US team has headed the medals

Our roster includes 613 remarkable athletes, one of our biggest teams ever, all who qualified to participate

In these extraordinary times -- these athletes have shown perseverance, dedication and focus and have

inspired us all."

out after receiving a one-month ban after testing positive for cannabis.Shelby Houlihan, the American record


Volleyball player and swimmer to carry South Korean flag at Tokyo 2020 Opening Ceremony

  • Tokyo 2020

Volleyball player Kim Yeon-koung and teenage swimming star Hwang Sun-woo have been chosen as South Korea's flagbearers for the Opening Ceremony of the delayed Olympic Games here.

 "A lot of people have been experiencing challenging times during the pandemic.

set to represent their country at the delayed Olympics in Tokyo ©Getty ImagesHwang, the world junior record

the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.The KSOC has set the squad a target of winning six to seven gold medals

at Tokyo 2020.The South Korean team at Rio 2016 featured 205 athletes and returned with a haul of 21 medals

I hope you will all give your best effort and honour the spirit of fair play to accomplish your goals


Italy carry 100 per cent record into Women’s European Softball Championship final

  • Baseball and Softball

Defending champions Italy, seeking a record 12th title at the Women's European Softball Championship

in Venezia, maintained their 100 per cent record today and have set up a gold-medal match against The

Spain 11-0 and then registered a 5-4 win over the Czech Republic - a country a distant third on the all-time

medals list at the Women's European Softball Championship behind the Italians and Dutch.So Italy will

meet The Netherlands, who have won this event 10 times since it began in 1979, in the final match


Brian Oliver: Why weightlifting will spurn golden chance to turn scandal to its advantage at Tokyo 2020

  • Inside the Blogs

Imagine the scene at the Tokyo International Forum on Saturday, July 31.

but worldwide, because he has just become the first weightlifter from Asia to win three Olympic gold medals

know the sport watched in disbelief as Nijat Rahimov of Kazakhstan smashed Lu's clean and jerk world record

managed to improve his personal best by so much that he came back to win a world title, break the world record

in the ITA report published yesterday.Rahimov was then allegedly involved in sample swapping three times

would that be than the seemingly endless process that other athletes endured in the reallocation of medals


Weightlifting doping bans bring bad news for Kazakhstan and Venezuela

  • Weightlifting

A Kazakhstan weightlifter who was moved up from fourth to second place at the Olympic Games because of doping disqualifications by rival athletes will not be awarded a medal - because she is herself suspended for doping.

Fortunately, no matter how many years have passed, justice has been done and the medals have gone to

tested positive for stanozolol.She was suspended for three years by the Kazakh authorities, although no record

had been disqualified from the women’s 69kg event in London but explained: "As the reallocation of medals

Valoyes, who will be 39 next month, competed at the Olympic Games four times between Athens 2004 and

to drop one of Yusleidy Figueroa at 59kg, Naryury Perez at 87kg and Yaniuska Espinosa at over-87kg, all


Mike Rowbottom: No obvious return to Osaka’s defensive shot at Roland Garros

  • Inside the Blogs

The knee-jerk reaction, as media, to Naomi Osaka’s current unwillingness to commune with the press at the French Open tennis tournament is to say: "Typical diva."

We're often sat there and asked questions that we've been asked multiple times before or asked questions

At every press conference she’s told she’s has a bad record on clay.

 For athletes who win medals there will be one required, but not obligatory, appearance at a post-event

“I appreciate that, and there were certainly times when I didn’t want to go there, and that people I

But you have to feel it might be the best all-round solution…


Fernando Aguerre: Extra-special World Surfing Games can bring hope and happiness

  • Inside the Blogs

can’t wait to watch the world’s best surfers chasing Olympic dreams and competing for coveted gold medals

Thanks also to the people of El Salvador for their warm welcome after difficult times - we hope the WSG

It has been a challenging time for all, but as we emerge from the pandemic it is great to be able to

canvasses for the world’s best to showcase their talents.More than 250 surfers from 51 nations across all

continents of the globe will be competing at the WSG, and they will all be battling it out for the last

grabs - seven for women and five for men.It is going to be an extra-special World Surfing Games: a record


South Africa to vaccinate Tokyo-bound athletes to ensure "safe" Games

  • ANOCA

Vaccinations against COVID-19 are to be offered to all South African athletes due to head to Tokyo for

well as SASCOC staff, are working together to contact the athletes and arrange vaccination dates and times

inoculation scheme after the British Olympic Association on Friday (May 21) vowed to fully vaccinate all

athletes and support staff before departing for Tokyo.Olympic champion and 400m world record-holder

participating, as well as the general public in Japan.At Rio 2016, South Africa collected 10 Olympic medals


Death of Evans and Gemili defiance re-focus sporting gaze on IOC's Rule 50 ban on podium protests

  • The Big Read

The announcement last week of the death of Lee Evans, the 1968 Olympic 400 metres gold medallist, re-focused attention on the athlete protests - by him and several United States team mates - that marked those Games in Mexico.

 Evans stood atop an all-American podium with Larry James and Ron Freeman, and all three wore black

anthem, knowing they had to still run the relay later in the Games.Bob Beamon, who broke the world record

was not sent home.As a postscript, the US women's 4x100m relay team publicly dedicated their own gold medals

wore black running shorts in that relay final, where she ran the anchor leg as the US won in a world record

and always.”The complexity of the issue was clear this week from the reaction of Marnie McBean, three times


LeBron James card sells for record $5.2 million

  • Collecting and Heritage News

medallist LeBron James has sold for $5.2 million (£3.6 million/€4.2 million) at auction, breaking the record

It also equalled the record for any sports trading card, matching the amount paid in January for a 1952

becoming available and demand increasing by the day, this card is quickly becoming the crown jewel of all

Cavaliers and Los Angeles Lakers, his current club.He has also earned NBA most valuable player honours four times

and is 17-time All-Star.James was also a member of the United States squad that won the Olympic gold

medals at Beijing 2008 and London 2012, as well as winning a bronze medal at Beijing 2008.View this


Philip Barker: Japan's first Olympic champion

  • Inside the Blogs

The Olympic Torch will not now visit the hometown of Mikio Oda, Japan’s first Olympic champion, after a decision to "change the format of the Relay given the current status of COVID-19" in Hiroshima Prefecture.

Amsterdam were 1920 champion Ville Tuulos of Finland and Australian Nick Winter who had set a world record

The all round standard was higher than in 1924, although the first two competitors did not do so well

," Abrahams wrote.In those days, medals were not presented until the final day, by which time Oda had

"Oda is the greatest all-round athlete developed in Japan," said reports.At the 1936 Berlin Olympics,

runner raced through the stadium carrying the Torch," said reports.Robert Trumbull of the New York Times