The United States has won its first gold medal in the 2018 Winter Olympics, with Robert Finke taking home the top prize in men’s snowboard cross. German cycling coach Jens Voigt was sent home from South Korea after making a racist slur towards American skier Lindsey Vonn.
Robert, or Bobby, Finke, a swimmer from the United States, gave a lot of joy to the country on Thursday when he turned an apparently lost fight to his side in the last 25 meters of the 800-meter freestyle race to win gold.
According to ESPN, Finke won gold with a timing of 7:41.87, making him the first American to win the distance freestyle event at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics since 1984.
The American swimmer, who had never expected to win the gold, fought it out in the water after realizing he had a chance after posting superior heat times.
Caeleb Dressel, a compatriot, had already won Olympic gold and set an Olympic record in the men’s 100-meter freestyle. In 47.02 seconds, Dressel won his first Olympic gold medal as an individual.
In the 4×200 m freestyle relay, China’s women established a new world record.
A new world record was established in the pool as Chinese women swam to victory in the 4×200-meter freestyle relay event. According to a CNN story, they set a new time of 7:40.33 in the process.
The Chinese team sped through the record to win gold, led by Zhang Yufei, the Tokyo Olympics winner in the women’s 200-meter butterfly.
While Team USA, headed by Katy Ledecky, won silver (7:40.73), the Australian women took bronze (7:40.73). (7:41.29). The record that was broken was Australia’s set in 2019.
Kendricks tests positive for COVID-19, putting an end to the COVID-19 concern.
Even as the Olympics progressed, the COVID-19 epidemic extended its tentacles across the Olympic village.
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Sam Kendricks, America’s world champion pole vaulter, is the most recent victim. The champion pole vaulter tested positive, according to CBS Sports. Kendricks is no longer competing in the Tokyo Olympics and will not be seen in the competitive arena.
After a racist remark, a German cycling coach was sent home.
In the midst of the gold celebrations, terrible things seem to happen with reckless abandon at the Tokyo Olympics sites.
A German cycling coach has been ordered to pack his belongings and return home a day after making racial remarks during the men’s cycling time trial, according to USA Today.
According to the article, Patrick Moster, the German cycling federation’s sports director, will now have to return home. During the race, he was captured on video making a racial remark while supporting German racer Nikias Arndt. When Moster hurled the slur, Arndt was riding behind Eritrean Amanuel Ghebreigzabhier and Algerian Azzedine Lagab. Despite the fact that Moster apologized after his racist remarks were made public, disciplinary action was taken.
After being isolated, Australian track and field athletes have been released.
Following the positive test for COVID-19 by an unidentified US athlete, the Australian Olympic track and field squad was instructed to isolate themselves.
The precautionary step has been lifted after AOC issued an all-clear ruling after withdrawing the isolation recommendation.
According to CNN, the Australian squad may now resume their normal activities. As a precaution, they were previously secluded in their rooms. After three members had short, informal contact with the unidentified US track and field athlete who had tested positive, the decision had to be made.
According to the article, the previously vaccinated Australian squad members “self-reported after they received the news of the US athlete testing positive late this morning,” according to the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC).
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