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Raven Saunders’ X podium protest: What it means and why the IOC is investigating

Raven Saunders’ X podium protest: What it means and why the IOC is investigating

US shot-putter Raven Saunders has explained what the gesture she made following her silver medal at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics meant. The 25-year-old raised her hands and crossed them in an X as she and her fellow medal winners posed for photos, telling NBC that it represented “the intersection of where all people who are…MORE

Katie Ledecky says she ‘never would have imagined’ her Olympic swimming success

Katie Ledecky says she ‘never would have imagined’ her Olympic swimming success

With her Tokyo Olympics drawn to a close, American swimmer Katie Ledecky can start to unwind. “I did have a hamburger after I was done — that tasted good,” she says about a celebratory meal that was more than deserved. Ledecky won 1500m and 800m freestyle golds in Tokyo and silvers in the 400m freestyle…MORE

Fearing arrest at home, Belarusian sprinter ‘safe’ after being forcibly removed from the Olympics

Fearing arrest at home, Belarusian sprinter ‘safe’ after being forcibly removed from the Olympics

Belarusian sprinter Kristina Timanovskaya is “safe” and now looks likely to claim asylum in a third country after she refused to board a flight out of Tokyo, saying she was being forced to return to her native country against her will where she feared arrest. Late Sunday, the 24-year-old Olympic athlete was moved from Tokyo’s…MORE

Gianmarco Tamberi and Mutaz Essa Barshim share Olympic gold in emotional high jump final

Gianmarco Tamberi and Mutaz Essa Barshim share Olympic gold in emotional high jump final

They both cleared the highest bar, but when it came to deciding a winner, two Olympic high jumpers opted not to take it to a tie-breaker. Instead, they asked to share the gold medal — prompting cheers beyond their home countries of Qatar and Italy. During the long competition, 30-year-old Mutaz Essa Barshim from Qatar…MORE

Belarusian sprinter says she is being forcibly removed from the Olympics and sent home
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Belarusian sprinter says she is being forcibly removed from the Olympics and sent home

A Belarusian sprinter competing at the Tokyo Olympics released a video on Sunday calling for the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to help her avoid being returned to her native country against her will. Athlete Kristina Timanovskaya said in the short video released on social media: “I was put under pressure and they are trying to…MORE

Caeleb Dressel, Bobby Finke are part of a winning Sunday for Team USA men’s swimming at the Olympics
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Caeleb Dressel, Bobby Finke are part of a winning Sunday for Team USA men’s swimming at the Olympics

American swimmers Caeleb Dressel and Robert Finke won gold again on Sunday, as part of an exemplary effort from Team USA at the Summer Olympics in Tokyo. Dressel, who finished his Olympics on Sunday with five gold medals in all, won the men’s 50-meter freestyle gold medal with an Olympic record time of 21.07 seconds.…MORE

How much are Olympic medals worth?

How much are Olympic medals worth?

Olympians taking part in Tokyo 2020 are competing for a chance to write a page in the history books — and hopefully bring home a medal. If you do win a medal — be it gold, silver or bronze — they’re pretty much priceless. Former British heptathlete Kelly Sotherton, who won a bronze in heptathlon…MORE

Elaine Thompson-Herah defends Olympic 100m title in all-Jamaican podium
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Elaine Thompson-Herah defends Olympic 100m title in all-Jamaican podium

The celebrations started even before she had crossed the line, gesturing with her left arm and shouting in delight. A month-and-a-half ago, Elaine Thompson-Herah thought she wouldn’t be able to compete at the Tokyo Olympics as she struggled to overcome a nagging Achilles injury. Now, she’s not only a gold medalist, but an Olympic record…MORE

‘My heart was totally broken’: The agony of the Olympics and how we measure athlete success
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‘My heart was totally broken’: The agony of the Olympics and how we measure athlete success

After years of dominance that equated to a glut of 20 medals across the past three Olympic Games, Great Britain’s rowers reached choppy waters in Tokyo. They leave these Games with two rowing medals — silver in the men’s quadruple sculls and bronze in the men’s eight — and, agonizingly, six fourth-place finishes. “Fourth is…MORE