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Good third round for star golfer Anne Van Damme at the Games
07:31 AM: Anne Van Dam performed well in the third round of the Olympic golf tournament. She only needed 69 strokes, two short of the track average, and climbed to 55th overall.
Van Damme needed 74 strokes in the first round and went on 78 strokes per second. The Dutch haven’t had a good season yet. She ranks 123rd in the LPGA Women’s Golf Association annual rankings and has fallen to 155th in the world rankings. In her last tournament before the games started, two weeks ago at the Amondy Evian Championships in France, she finished at the bottom.
American Nelly Korda leads the standings after three rounds with 198 strokes.
American volleyball players convincingly for the final
07:30 am: American volleyball players convincingly qualified for the Olympic final. They settled with Serbia in the semi-finals: 3-0 (25-19 25-15 25-23)
The USA did not allow Tijana Boskovic, the star of Serbia, to get into her best matches, especially in the first two sets. The two teams will meet with Brazil or South Korea in the final on Sunday.
Serbia won the silver medal in the previous games in Rio. The United States had to accept the bronze.
American couple win gold in beach volleyball
5:39 am: Beach volleyball players from the United States April Ross and Alex Kleinman won the gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics. They defeated Australians Maria Artacio del Solar and Talico Clancy in the final: 21-15 21-16.
Bronze went to Anouk-Verge Debre and Joanna Heydrich of Switzerland. They won the third place match against Latvia.
The Americans, in second place, outperformed Tokyo. Madelein Meppelink and Sanne Keizer also lost to the duo in the group stage, but won at least another set.
Japanese Prime Minister does not rule out spectators at the Paralympics
05:15 am: At the moment, it is not excluded that the spectators will attend the Paralympic Games in Tokyo in a few weeks. Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said he would discuss options with the organizing committee.
Due to the risk of contamination with the coronavirus, a state of emergency is still in effect in parts of Japan, including the Olympic city of Tokyo. It is not permitted to attend the Olympic Games that are currently being held in the capital.
In Tokyo, 29 game-related injuries
4:21 am: Twenty-nine cases of coronavirus linked to the Olympics were reported in Tokyo on Friday. On Thursday there were 31 infections, and on Wednesday there were 29 cases. The total is now 382. Of the 31 coronavirus cases on Friday, not a single athlete was involved.
Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said he does not believe the Olympic Games will increase the number of coronavirus infections in Japan. On Thursday, the authorities declared a state of emergency in eight out of 47 regions in Japan due to the increasing pressure on health care. The state of emergency has already entered into force in six of Japan’s 47 regions and will remain in effect at least until the end of August.
Former Russian champion Isinbayeva wants to lead the Athletes Committee
03.28 am: Former Russian runner Yelena Isinbayeva wants to become the head of the International Olympic Committee’s Athletes Committee. According to insiders in Olympic circles, she has already officially submitted her candidacy. She will succeed retired Kirsty Coventry.
Isinbayeva, 39, was an Olympic champion and world-class pole vault champion in 2004 and 2008. She was elected to the Athletes’ Commission in 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, although she was not allowed to participate in the event herself due to her country’s suspension of doping .
Also in Tokyo, Russian athletes participate under a neutral flag.
Pool Dawid Tomala wins the 50 km race
3:26 am: Dawid Tomala won the 50km walk in Sapporo at the Olympics. The 31-year-old Pole took the lead after 30 kilometers and did not give up. Crossed the finish line after 3 hours, 50 minutes and 8 seconds.
The silver medal was won by German Jonathan Hilbert, 36 seconds ahead of the winner, ahead of Canadian Evan Dunphy. France’s Johan Deniz, the world record holder and world champion in 2017, was eliminated after about 30 km. It was his last race. “I ran one race too much,” he concluded.
Like the women’s and men’s marathon, the race rally will take place in Sapporo, because the organization hoped it would be less warm there than in Tokyo. It turns out that this is not the case.
Sapporo, the city of the 1972 Winter Games, is located about 1,000 kilometers north of the Japanese capital.
Tomala is the last Olympic winner in the 50km race walk. The part will be replaced in Paris 2024 by a mixed race walk.
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