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Weightlifter Tanasan wins Thailand’s first gold medal of Rio Olympics

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The first medals of the weightlifting competitions at the Rio Olympics were handed out Saturday night, with the women’s 48kg division being contested at the Riocentro Pavilion 2. In the end it was Thailand’s Sopita Tanasan at the head of the class, with her combined weight of 200kg in snatch and clean and jerk lifts being enough to win the gold medal.

Tanasan became Thailand’s first gold medalist in the women’s 48kg competition, winning by eight kilograms. She also became the fourth Olympic gold medalist in weightlifting for Thailand, with all four holders being women.

Winning the silver medal was Indonesia’s Sri Wahyuni Agustiani, who missed on attempts of 115kg in the clean and jerk in her second and third attempts, with a total weight of 192kg. Japan’s Hiromi Miyake won the bronze medal with a total weight lifted of 188kg, beating out Beatriz Elizabeth Piron Candelaro by a single kilogram to get onto the medal stand.

Competing in her fourth Olympic Games, Miyake is the third member of her family to earn a medal in weightlifting. Her father Yoshiyuki Miyake won a bronze medal in the featherweight division in 1968, and her uncle Yoshinobu won gold medals in the featherweight division in 1964 and 1968 after winning a silver medal in 1960.

Morghan King Whitney of the United States finished sixth in the competition with a total weight lifted of 183 kilograms (83kg snatch, 100kg clean and jerk). King’s snatch of 83kg set a new American record in that particular lift. Sunday two more weight classes will be held, with the women’s 53kg and men’s 56kg weight class competitions being held.

IOC pledges €500,000 to help restore Notre Dame ahead of 2024 Olympics

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The International Olympic Committee plans to donate €500,000 ($562,000) to the restoration of Notre Dame Cathedral in the 2024 Olympic host city.

French President Emmanuel Macron said Tuesday that he wants to see Notre Dame restored within five years.

“The aim of completing the reconstruction in time for Paris 2024 will be an extra motivation for all of us,” IOC president Thomas Bach wrote in a Wednesday letter to Paris 2024 chief Tony Estanguet, according to a translation by Agence France-Presse, which reported Notre Dame is on the planned marathon and road cycling routes. “All the Olympic Movement and in particular the IOC have been extremely touched by the instantaneous connection the French have made between Notre Dame cathedral and the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.”

More than $500 million has been pledged overall from around the globe after a fire ravaged the 850-year-old cathedral on Monday.

NBC News has more on the Notre Dame fire here.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Patrick Kane joined by NHL All-Stars on world championship roster

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NHL All-Stars Jack EichelRyan Suter and Cory Schneider join previously named captain Patrick Kane to lead the U.S. at next month’s world hockey championship in Slovakia, seeking the nation’s first title at a standalone worlds since 1933.

Sixteen players were added to the roster in Thursday’s announcement with more to come before worlds open May 10 and more teams get eliminated from the Stanley Cup Playoffs, making more players available. The IIHF allows up to 25 players per nation.

Detroit Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill will be the U.S. head coach for a third straight worlds. The Americans lost in the quarterfinals in 2017 and earned bronze in 2018, sandwiching an Olympic quarterfinal exit in PyeongChang without NHL players.

Sweden is trying to become the first nation to three-peat at worlds since the Czech Republic in 2001.

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Preliminary IIHF World Championship Roster

Alex DeBrincat (Chicago Blackhawks)
Jack Eichel (Buffalo Sabres)
Luke Glendening (Detroit Red Wings)
Patrick Kane (Chicago Blackhawks)
Clayton Keller (Arizona Coyotes)
Chris Kreider (New York Rangers)
Dylan Larkin (Detroit Red Wings)
James van Riemsdyk (Philadelphia Flyers)
Frank Vatrano (Florida Panthers)
Colin White (Ottawa Senators)

Quinn Hughes (Vancouver Canucks)
Alec Martinez (Los Angeles Kings)
Brady Skjei (New York Rangers)
Ryan Suter (Minnesota Wild)

Thatcher Demko (Vancouver Canucks)
Cayden Primeau (Laval (AHL))
Cory Schneider (New Jersey Devils)