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Japan’s Uchimura wins men’s all-around gold, Mikulak 7th

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Already hailed by many as the greatest gymnast of all time, Japan’s Kohei Uchimura added to his impressive rèsumè Wednesday night. But that doesn’t mean Uchimura wasn’t challenged in the race for the all-around gold.

Uchimura won gold with a score of 92.365, just under one tenth of a point better than the score posted by Ukraine’s Oleg Verniaiev (92.266). Verniaiev went into the final rotation in the lead after putting forth an impressive routine on the parallel bars and receiving a score of 16.100 to Uchimura’s 15.600. With the high bar being the final remaining apparatus, Verniaiev appeared poised to win his nation’s first-ever men’s individual all-around gold medal.

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But Uchimura did what champions are expected to do, putting forth a quality routine and sticking the landing to post a score of 15.800 on the high bar. Verniaiev’s routine was good, but it didn’t receive the score required to pull off the upset. When the board revealed a score of 14.800 for Verniaiev’s routine, Uchimura had his second consecutive individual all-around Olympic gold medal to go along with six individual all-around world titles.

Taking the bronze was Great Britain’s Max Whitlock with a score of 90.641. Sam Mikulak and Christopher Brooks represented the United States in the individual all-around final, with Mikulak finishing seventh and Brooks 14th. Next up in men’s gymnastics are the individual apparatus finals, beginning with the floor exercise and pommel horse on August 14.

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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