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Taliban fighters struck Kandahar airport in southern Afghanistan with at least three rockets overnight, the insurgent group's spokesman said on Sunday, adding that the aim was to thwart air strikes conducted by Afghan government forces. "Kandahar airport was targeted by us because the enemy were using it as a centre to conduct air strikes against us," Zabiullah Mujahid, a Taliban spokesperson, told Reuters. Afghan government officials said the rocket attacks forced authorities to suspend all flights and that the runway was partially damaged.
Olympic organisers were on Sunday investigating after a group of athletes was found drinking together at the Village, while Tokyo sizzled in scorching temperatures as Tokyo 2020 lurched into day nine. Australia's Emma McKeon painted the pool gold reuters.com/lifestyle/sports/swimming-dressel-mckeon-complete-sprint-gold-doubles-2021-08-01, becoming the first female swimmer to win seven medals at a single Olympic Games but the Simone Biles saga https://www.reuters.com/lifestyle/sports/simone-biles-withdraws-event-final-floor-exercise-tokyo-2020-usa-gymnastics-2021-08-01 took another sad twist as she pulled out of yet another event. With these Games being staged in a COVID-induced state of emergency, there has been much focus on the behaviour of those involved in the Olympics, and public anger at rule-breaking.
A French super heavyweight boxer sat on the Olympic ring apron in protest after he was disqualified from his quarterfinal bout because of an intentional head butt. Mourad Aliev reacted with outrage when referee Andy Mustacchio disqualified him with four seconds left in the second round Sunday. The referee determined Aliev had intentionally used his head to clash with British opponent Frazer Clarke, who had significant cuts near both of his eyes.
Afghan government forces struggled against Taliban assaults on several major cities Sunday as the insurgents stepped up a nationwide offensive that saw a key airport in the south come under rocket fire overnight.
At this year’s pandemic-stricken Summer Games, having a family member in attendance is a luxury most athletes can’t enjoy. For Tara, it pays to have her dad as a coach.
Little girls have been watching for decades as the boys in villages across Fiji's scattered islands endlessly honed the skills that would ultimately earn them a living by playing a game they love. The way Rusila Nagasau’s squad went about winning bronze at the Tokyo Olympics, going ever-so-close to upsetting eventual champion New Zealand, showed that their national sport isn't solely the domain of Fiji's men. After enduring four months isolated from their families in pre-Olympic camp, which started earlier than expected because of surging coronavirus cases in the Pacific island nation, Fiji’s women won a first Olympic medal.
Duncan Scott became Britain's most decorated athlete at a single Olympics with his fourth medal from the Tokyo pool on Sunday as the country's all-time most successful swim team piled on the superlatives in their best ever Games. The United States took the final 4x100 medley relay gold in world record time but runners-up Luke Greenbank, Adam Peaty, James Guy and Scott -- with James Wilby in the heats -- smashed a much older benchmark as well as the European record.
Twenty-five months after a freak accident nearly killed him, Elija Godwin is in Tokyo as an Olympian.
At less than four bucks each, stylishness and safety were never so affordable.
“Man, all my dreams are coming true,” McKee said after the victory that ran his record to 18-0, all of which have been in Bellator. “It’s amazing. But it’s just beginning.”
Australia's Emma McKeon experienced pride and disbelief in equal measures after winning two more golds at the Tokyo Games on Sunday as she became the first female swimmer to win seven medals at a single Olympics. The 27-year-old from Wollongong, New South Wales set an Olympic record to win the 50m freestyle in 23.81 seconds, completing the Tokyo sprint double after her victory in the 100. Half an hour later she was back in the pool to win gold again, this time as part of Australia's 4x100 medley relay team.
TOKYO (Reuters) -Tokyo Games organisers said they are investigating after a group of athletes were found drinking alcohol in the Olympic village this week, violating measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The athletes were caught drinking in a park in the athletes' village on Friday night, Tokyo 2020 CEO Toshiro Muto told a news conference, adding police were later present at the incident. Muto did not give details of the number of athletes involved or their nationalities.
China's Gong Lijiao won the women's shot put gold with a personal best effort on a blisteringly hot Tokyo morning on Sunday as the athletics world braced for the men's 100 metres, one of the pinnacles of the Games, later in the day. As trackside temperatures hit 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit) Gong, after 14 years of international competition, produced a throw of 20.58 metres. Double world champion Gong had previously finished fourth, third and second in the Olympics - on the back of some promotions following the doping disqualification of rivals.
Australian swimmer Emma McKeon made history on August 1 as she brought her medal tally to seven at the Tokyo Olympics – the most ever won by a female swimmer in a single Olympics.McKeon now has 11 Olympic medals, including four golds from this year’s games.Footage shared by Emma’s brother David McKeon, who is also an Olympian, shows the family reacting to her winning gold in the 100m freestyle final on Friday. Credit: David McKeon via Storyful
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Caeleb Dressel banked two more titles to end his Tokyo campaign with five golds Sunday, as Australia's Emma McKeon became the first female swimmer to win seven medals at a single Olympics.
It's not a sponsor thing. He's not skirting the rules. Rory McIlroy's head is just too small.
Outspoken hammer thrower Gwen Berry was as proud as any of the 600 American Olympians in Tokyo to be donning the red, white and blue uniform with the letters “USA” emblazoned across the chest. “I feel like I've earned the right to wear this uniform,” she said Sunday, after making it safely through her qualifying round in her first appearance at the Tokyo Games. If that happens, Berry promised she would do what she's been doing whenever the spotlight shines her way.
THE Gilas Pilipinas saw their title hopes in the King Abdullah Cup come to an end at the hands of the host team Jordan, 84-74, in the semifinals on Sunday morning, August 2, 2021, at the Prince Hamza Hall
Poland's Anita Wlodarczyk saved her energy in the stifling heat on Sunday as she threw the hammer past the qualification mark in one go, on course to potentially become the first woman to win an individual Olympic athletics event three times in a row. Wlodarczyk, who holds the world and Olympic record in the sport, has four world championship golds and in 2015 became the first woman to send the hammer past the 80-metre mark. The 35-year-old needed just one spin and haul, of the permitted three, to go past the automatic qualifying mark of 73.50 metres at the Tokyo Games.