TOKYO (AP) — The Newest on the Tokyo Olympics, that are happening beneath heavy restrictions after a yr’s delay due to the coronavirus pandemic:
Qatar has gained the bronze medal in males’s seashore volleyball, the primary medal within the sport for the nation — or any nation within the Center East.
Cherif Samba and Ahmed Tijan beat Latvia 21-12, 21-18 within the third-place match on Saturday morning on the Shiokaze Park venue. Samba knuckled the successful level over Edgar Tocs’ block try, then ran towards the stands pointing on the few followers who had been there to cheer him on.
Then he dropped to his knees and planted his brow within the sand.
Martins Plavins was making an attempt to earn his second bronze medal, to go along with the one he gained in London. As an alternative, he and Tocs end fourth — simply because the Latvian ladies did a day earlier.
Peres Jepchirchir led a 1-2 Kenyan end within the ladies’s marathon, withstanding the warmth and humidity whereas working by way of the streets of Sapporo.
Jepchirchir completed in a time of two hours, 27 minutes, 20 seconds in a race moved up an hour to keep away from the warmth. A smattering of followers lining the course applauded because the Tokyo Video games moved north for the marathons and race walks. Her teammate Brigid Kosgei was second and American Molly Seidel, a relative newcomer to the marathon stage, took residence the bronze.
A race that was moved to Sapporo to keep away from the acute warmth in Tokyo discovered little aid on a winding course by way of town. The starter’s gun went off a minute after 6 a.m. native time beneath sunny skies and with a temperature studying of 77 levels Fahrenheit (25 Celsius). It climbed to almost 86 levels (30) close to the end, with a humidity of round 65%.
There have been 88 runners entered within the subject, with greater than a dozen recording a didn’t end. That included world champion Ruth Chepngetich of Kenya.
The ladies’s marathon began alongside the streets of the northern metropolis of Sapporo simply after 6 a.m. native time beneath sunny skies and with a temperature studying of 77 Fahrenheit (25 Celsius).
There have been round 90 runners embarking on what was anticipated to be a scorching journey by way of the streets of Sapporo. The time of the beginning was moved up an hour to keep away from among the warmth. Spectators had been requested to not attend, however some confirmed as much as sneak a glimpse of the motion.
Athletes had been anticipated to remain cool any manner doable. Earlier than the race, they might use cooling ice vests. On the course, there have been loads of water stations and crushed ice, together with towels soaked in chilly water.
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