07/29 20:18 CDT Olympics Latest: Canada wins gold in women's rowing eight
Olympics Latest: Canada wins gold in women's rowing eight
TOKYO (AP) --- The Latest on the Tokyo Olympics, which are taking place under
heavy restrictions after a year's delay because of the coronavirus pandemic:
Canada has won the rowing women's eight gold medal. They stormed to an early
lead, then held off New Zealand over the final 200 meters to win.
The victory ended American dominance in the event. The U.S. had won three
consecutive Olympic gold medals but fell to fourth at the Sea Forest Waterway.
The Americans were dropped by the leaders early and were never in medal
position for the entire race.
China finished third for the bronze medal.
The start of the BMX racing semifinals and finals at the Tokyo Games is being
delayed by rain.
Storms moved through Tokyo Friday morning, leaving puddles on the track at
Ariake Urban Sports Park.
Racing was supposed to start at 10 a.m. local time with the men's semifinals,
but track officials said it will be at least 10:45 before riders get on the
Greece's Stefanos Ntouskos made a strong closing burst over the the final 250
meters to win the men's single sculls at the Sea Forest Waterway.
Ntouskas led early only to see Norway's Kjetil Borch begin to close the gap
with 500 meters to go. Ntouskas then found the late power to pull away and
build a lead as large as a boat length down the stretch.
Borch won silver. Croatia's Damir Martin rallied late to take the bronze.
Americans April Ross and Alix Klineman have moved on to the Olympic beach
volleyball knockout round after having just a little bit of trouble against the
Starting in a drizzle and finishing in a downpour, the No. 2 seeded Americans
lost the opening set of the match 22-20. It was the first set they have lost in
the Tokyo Games. They trailed 12-9 in the second before scoring four straight
points and seven of the next eight to take it 21-17.
In the tiebreaking set, they pulled away to beat the winless Dutch pair of
Sanne Keizer and Madelein Meppelink 15-5.
The victory gave the four U.S. beach volleyball teams --- two men's and two
women's --- a 9-1 record in these Olympics. Jake Gibb and Tri Bourne (2-0) play
their final match of the round robin on Friday night. Sarah Sponcil and Kelly
Claes (2-0) finish up against Brazil on Saturday morning. Phil Dalhausser and
Nick Lucena are good for at least one more match after finishing the
preliminary round 2-1.
New Zealand's Emma Twigg has won gold in the women's single sculls at the Tokyo
Games. She bolted to an early lead, then finished with a surge over the final
500 meters to dominate.
Twigg had finished fourth in the previous two Olympics but easily shrugged off
Russia's Hanna Prakatsen, who won silver at the Sea Forest Waterway.
Magdalena Lobnig of Austria won bronze.
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