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Colombia’s Figueroa wins nation’s second-ever weightlifting gold

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Colombia won its first medal of the Rio Olympics Monday night, and it’s also the nation’s second-ever gold medal in weightlifting.

Oscar Figueroa won 62 kg weightlifting competition, lifting a combined 318 kilograms in the snatch and clean and jerk lifts. Figueroa is Colombia’s first-ever men’s weightlifting gold medalist, and he joins Maria Isabel Urrutia (Sydney, 2000) as Colombians who have won an Olympic weightlifting gold medal. Figueroa, who established a new Olympic record in the clean and jerk with a lift of 177 kilograms, won a silver medal in this event in London.

WATCH (in Spanish): Figueroa wins gold in 62 kg weight class

Joining Figueroa on the medal stand were Eko Yuli Irawan of Indonesia and Farkhad Kharki of Kazakhstan, with Irawan improving upon his bronze medal finish in London. Kharki became the first Kazakh to win an Olympic medal in this event, with Figueroa and Irawan becoming the first-ever two-time medalists in the 62 kg division.

After his final attempt, at 179 kg in the clean and jerk, a tearful Figueroa removed his shoes and fell to his knees in prayer on the platform. Having achieved his goal of an Olympic gold medal, Figueroa announced his retirement from the sport.

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
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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)

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

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