IAAF World Junior Championships - Day 3

American Sabrina Massialas wins fencing gold at Youth Olympics

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Sabrina Massialas won Team USA’s first gold medal of the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games with a dramatic golden-touch victory in the women’s foil final.

The 17-year-old outlasted Japan’s Karin Miyawaki, making her the second member of the Massialas family to win a Youth Olympic medal – her brother, Alex, won silver in men’s foil at the Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games, according to Team USA.

After a slow start to the competition in Nanjing, Sabrina reversed her trajectory by taking to heart her father’s advice to refocus.

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“I dropped a few bouts, but afterwards my Dad sat me down and told me, ‘You have to fight, you have to be aggressive.’ And that’s exactly what I did,” she said, according to Team USA. “I played some pump-up music, I got myself in the zone and I just went all out, fighting with fire.”

The first silver of the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games also went to an American 17-year-old triathlete Stephanie Jenks, who finished the sprint-distance course in 1 hour, 33 seconds. The race included a 750m swim, 20km bike and a 5km run.

“I’m really happy with it,” Jenks said, according to Team USA. “I went out and gave it my all. I raced with no regrets and I couldn’t have done any better.”

Australia’s Brittany Dutton bested Jenks with a time of 59:56 to win the first gold of the 2014 Youth Olympics.

Team USA’s medal haul on Day 1 of the Games was completed by 16-year-old Meghan Small, who swam her way to bronze in the 200m individual medley.

Tommie Smith, John Carlos set to join Team USA at White House

FILe - In this Oct. 16, 1968, file photo, U.S. athletes Tommie Smith, center, and John Carlos stare downward while extending gloved hands skyward during the playing of the Star Spangled Banner after Smith received the gold and Carlos the bronze for the 200 meter run at the Summer Olympic Games in Mexico City. Australian silver medalist Peter Norman is at left. Smith and Carlos, the American sprinters whose raised-fist salutes at the 1968 Olympics are an ageless sign of race-inspired protest, will join the U.S. Olympic team at the White House next week for its meeting with President Barack Obama. Smith and Carlos were sent home from the Olympics after raising their black-gloved fists in a symbolic protest during the U.S. national anthem. They called it a ``human rights salute.''
The USOC asked them to serve as ambassadors as it tries to make its own leadership more diverse. (AP Photo/File)
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Tommie Smith and John Carlos, the American sprinters whose raised-fist salutes at the 1968 Olympics are an ageless sign of race-inspired protest, will join the U.S. Olympic team at the White House next week for its meeting with President Barack Obama.

Smith and Carlos were sent home from the Olympics after raising their black-gloved fists in a symbolic protest during the U.S. national anthem. They called it a “human rights salute.”

USOC CEO Scott Blackmun asked them to serve as ambassadors as the federation tries to bring more diversity to its own ranks. They will join the team at the White House next Wednesday, then later that evening at an awards celebration in Washington.

The sprinters have been referenced frequently in the recent protests, spurred by Colin Kaepernick, during national anthems at NFL games. One player, Marcus Peters of the Chiefs, raised his own black-gloved fist before Kansas City’s season opener.

“I think Tommie and John have played an important and positive role in the evolution of our attitudes about diversity and inclusion, not only in the United States but around the world,” Blackmun said Friday night at a dinner to celebrate the U.S. performance in Brazil this summer.

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Wilson Kipsang: I am very focused on the marathon world record

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The men’s marathon world record has been broken five of the last nine years at the Berlin Marathon.

Kenya’s Wilson Kipsang, who broke the world record at the 2013 Berlin Marathon, believes that he can do it again on Sunday, when the race will stream live on the NBC Sports app beginning at 2:30 a.m. ET.

“I’ve trained well and, three years down the line from my world record here, I feel good and believe I have the potential to attempt the world record once more,” he said at today’s press conference, according to the IAAF. “Running at the top level, there is a lot of wear and tear on the body, especially when you are running for a time, but I am very focused on the world record.”

Kipsang clocked 2 hours, 3 minutes, 23 seconds when he broke the world record in 2013. A year later, fellow Kenyan Dennis Kimetto lowered it to 2:02:57 on the same course. Kimetto will not race in Berlin this year.

Kipsang will be challenged by Kenyan compatriot Emmanuel Mutai, who has the fastest time (2:03:13) in the field, and Ethiopia’s Kenenisa Bekele.

Bekele is a three-time Olympic track champion and the 5000m and 10,000m world-record holder, but acknowledged that his marathon personal best of 2:05:04 places him a distant fourth in the field.

“I consider my personal best of 2:05 to be slow compared to the best runners,” he said. “I want to run as fast as I can on Sunday and beat my best.”

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