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U.S. swimmers Adrian, Ervin qualify for men’s 50 free final

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The semifinal heats of the men’s 50 meter freestyle were completed Thursday night, with two Americans among the eight who qualified for Friday’s final.

Anthony Ervin finished tied for first with Ukraine’s Andrii Govorov in the second heat, with Nathan Adrian finishing second in the first semifinal heat. Ervin’s time of 21.46 seconds was one one-hundredth of a second faster than the time produced by Adrian, with France’s Florent Manaudou posting a heat-best time of 21.32 seconds.

Manaudou is the reigning Olympic champion in this event, and he’ll be the favorite heading into Friday’s final.

Game of Thrones turns to javelin throw (video)

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In the Olympics, the javelin has turned into one of the most diverse events.

Recently, Olympic and world medalists have come from not only the traditional European powers, but also China, Egypt, Kenya, South Africa and Trinidad and Tobago.

Now, Game of Thrones has entered the mix. In the HBO series’ sixth episode of its seventh season that debuted Sunday night — titled “Beyond the Wall” — a battle scene takes place on a frozen lake.

The full scene comes at about the 54-minute mark of the episode on HBO’s site here.

In it, a character named the “Night King” kills a dragon with what appears to be an icy spear, perfectly launched in javelin-throw fashion.

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Swimmer holds minute of silence for Barcelona as race goes on (video)

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Fernando Alvarez, a Spanish swimmer born in 1946, leaned over his starting block for his 200m breaststroke heat in the age 70-74 division at the FINA World Masters Championships on Saturday.

But as everybody else dived into the pool in Budapest, Alvarez stood up above lane 4.

There he remained, reportedly observing a full minute of silence for last week’s Barcelona terror attacks that killed at least 15 and injured more than 100.

Before his race, Alvarez reportedly petitioned FINA for an official minute of silence, but swimming’s international governing body said there was no time to fit it into that session’s schedule, according to Spanish media.

Alvarez did eventually dive into the pool but was given no time in official results.

FINA has not responded to a request for comment.

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