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Team USA archery earns silver in men’s team competition

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Team USA picked up its second medal of the Rio Olympics Saturday evening, with men’s archery having to settle for silver after falling to South Korea in the gold medal match. South Korea won all three sets, grabbing two points in each to win by the final margin of 6-0. This is the second consecutive Olympics in which the United States has taken silver in the men’s team archery competition, and South Korea has now won gold in four of the last five Olympic Games.

Korea’s team of Woojin Kim, Seungyun Lee and Bonchan Lu won the first set 60-57, the second 58-57 and the third set 59-56, and they registered 15 scores of ten points on their 18 shots in the match. The American trio of Brady Ellison, Zach Garrett and Jake Kaminski nearly took the second set, but were unable to do enough to knock off the South Koreans. Winning bronze in the competition was Australia, which beat China in the bronze medal match.

After using cumulative scoring for the team competition four years ago in London, the change was made to use set scoring to determine the winners of the matches.

Chicago Marathon canceled; one major marathon left in 2020

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The Chicago Marathon, scheduled for Oct. 11, was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, becoming the fourth World Marathon Major called off this year.

Organizers cited the challenge of staging the 45,000-runner event “out of concern for the safety of event participants, volunteers, event staff and spectators.”

Previously, major marathons were canceled in Berlin (originally scheduled for Sept. 27), Boston (April 20, then Sept. 14) and New York City (Nov. 1). The London Marathon, originally scheduled for April 26 and postponed to Oct. 4, remains scheduled.

The other World Marathon Major, Tokyo, took place on its scheduled date of March 1 but with elite runners only.

Last year, Kenyan Brigid Kosgei won Chicago by taking 81 seconds off Paula Radcliffe‘s 16-year-old women’s marathon world record. Kosgei clocked 2:14:04.

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Figure skating Grand Prix events in China remain scheduled

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Figure skating Grand Prix events in China in November and December remain scheduled, the International Skating Union announced Monday, four days after reports about international sporting events in China being canceled through the end of 2020.

A notice about sports events, issued Thursday by the General Administration of Sport of China, made an exception for Beijing Winter Olympic test events and other preparations for the first Winter Games in China in February 2022.

The Grand Prix Final, the second-most prestigious annual figure skating competition, is still scheduled for December in Beijing because it is an Olympic test event.

Furthermore, the Cup of China, one of six events across the globe that determines Grand Prix Final qualifiers, remains scheduled for November in Chongqing because it is related to the Final.

“Like for all other five ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating events in the different countries, this is of course subject to finding the necessary logistical, medical and safety solutions to hold the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating events as planned,” according to the ISU.

The ISU previously announced it set a deadline to decide on possible event cancellations: 12 weeks before an event starts. For the first Grand Prix Series competition, Skate America in Las Vegas, the decision deadline is Aug. 1.

The ISU council will meet virtually on Aug. 3 to decide on further action for upcoming competitions.

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