American Sydney McLaughlin Sets New World Record in Women’s 400-Meter Hurdles

American Sydney McLaughlin set a new world record in the women’s 400-meter hurdles after winning the Olympic gold in the event on Aug. 4. McLaughlin finished the Olympic hurdles final with a time of 51.46 seconds, beating her previous world …

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International Olympic Committee Investigates Chinese Gold Medalists Over Mao Zedong Badges

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is investigating two Chinese gold medalists who wore badges featuring the image of the country’s former leader Mao Zedong during a medal ceremony on Aug. 2. Chinese cyclists Bao Shanju and Zhong Tianshi wore the …

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Germany Sets New World Record in Women’s Cycling Team Pursuit

Germany set a new world record after winning gold in the Olympic final of the women’s team pursuit in track cycling at the Izu Velodrome on Aug. 3. The German team of Franziska Brausse, Lisa Brennauer, Lisa Klein, and Mieke …

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Netherlands Sets New Olympic Record in Men’s Cycling Team Sprint

Netherlands set a new Olympic record after winning gold in the men’s cycling team sprint at the Izu Velodrome in Tokyo on Aug. 3. The Dutch team of Roy van den Berg, Harrie Lavreysen, and Jeffrey Hoogland — who won …

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Rebeca Andrade Wins Brazil’s First-Ever Olympic Gold in Women’s Artistic Gymnastics

Rebeca Andrade made history after becoming the first Brazilian woman to win an Olympic gold medal in artistic gymnastics on Aug. 1. Andrade won the vault finals with a score of 15.083, earning Brazil’s first-ever gold medal and the second …

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Venezuelan Yulimar Rojas Sets New World Record in Women’s Triple Jump

Venezuelan Yulimar Rojas set a new world record in women’s triple jump after winning gold in the Olympic event last Aug. 1. On her sixth and final jump, Rojas jumped 15.67 meters, breaking the world record set by Ukrainian Inessa …

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Jamaican Sprinter Elaine Thompson-Herah Breaks 33-Year-Old Olympic Record in Women’s 100 Meters

Jamaican sprinter Elaine Thompson-Herah broke the Olympic record in women’s 100 meters that American sprinter Florence Griffith Joyner set 33 years ago. Thompson-Herah finished the 100-meter final in 10.61 seconds last July 31, beating the Griffith Joyner’s, widely known as …

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New Zealand’s Dame Valerie Adams Makes History with Fourth Olympic Shot Put Medal

Dame Valerie Adams of New Zealand became the first woman to win medals at four Olympics in a single field event after taking the bronze in the women’s shot put final on Aug. 1. Adams won bronze in the final …

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Qatari, Italian High Jumpers Share Olympic Gold

Qatari Mutaz Essa Barshim and Italian Gianmarco Tamberi agreed to share the Olympic gold in the men’s high jump final on Aug. 1, marking the first joint Olympic podium in the athletics since 1912. Both Barshim and Tamberi finished the …

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American Bobby Finke Wins First-Ever Olympic Gold in 800-Meter Freestyle

American Bobby Finke won the first-ever gold in the Olympic debut of the 800-meter freestyle final on July 29. Finke, a first-time Olympian, finished the race at a time of seven minutes and 41.87 seconds, becoming the first American to …

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