Action continues Wednesday in canoe/kayak, sailing and shooting, with medals being awarded in two of those sports.
One of the two in which medals will be handed out is canoe/kayak, with the men’s kayak single slalom competition coming to an end. Fifteen men are part of the semifinal round, with American Michal Smolen among those looking to win a medal. The semifinals begin at 12:30 p.m. Eastern, with the finals scheduled to start at 2:15 p.m. Eastern.
WATCH LIVE: Men’s kayak single slalom semifinals and finals — 12:30 p.m. Eastern
While no medals will be awarded in sailing Wednesday, it will be a busy day at the Marina da Gloria as races in the men’s Finn, men’s Laser, women’s Laser Radial, mixed Nacra 17, men’s 470 and women’s 470 will be held beginning at Noon Eastern. Among the athletes competing Wednesday are Brazil’s Robert Scheidt (men’s Laser) and Americans Stu McNay and Dave Hughes (men’s 470). Also competing are Americans Annie Haeger and Briana Provancha in the women’s 470, and after winning gold in the Rio test event they’re expected to contend for a medal this week.
WATCH LIVE: Sailing, Day Five — Noon Eastern
In shooting, medals will be awarded in the 50 meter air pistol and double trap, with reigning Olympic gold medalist Jin Jong-oh of South Korea and Hoang Xuan Vinh of Vietnam among the contender in the 50 meter air pistol. Vinh won gold in the 10 meter air pistol, an event won by Jin in London four years ago. The United States will be represented in the competition by Jay Shi and Will Brown, with both looking to perform better than they did in the 10 meter air pistol as neither qualified for the final round.
WATCH LIVE: Men’s 50 meter air pistol, men’s double trap finals — 11 a.m. Eastern
In the double trap competition American Glenn Eller will look to add to the Olympic gold medal he won in Beijing in 2008, and Joshua Richmond is also expected to be a medal contender.
Olympic champion Gregorio Paltrinieri swam the second-fastest 1500m freestyle in history, clocking 14:33.10 in his native Italy on Thursday.
Paltrinieri, 25, missed Chinese Sun Yang‘s world record from the 2012 Olympics by 2.08 seconds.
The Italian now owns the second- and third-fastest times in history, including his 14:34.10 from the 2016 European Championships, also held at the 2012 Olympic pool in London.
Paltrinieri is a versatile distance swimmer. At last year’s world championships, he finished sixth in the open-water 10km to qualify for the Olympics, then won the 800m free in the pool in a European record time and finished with 1500m bronze, just missing a third straight world title in that event.
German Florian Wellbrock won the 1500m in 14:36.54 at worlds, with Paltrinieri finishing 2.21 seconds back.
Sun, 28, was in February banned eight years stemming from destroying a drug-test sample with a hammer in September 2018. Sun, who focused more on the 200m and 400m frees in recent years, did not race the 1500m at the 2017 or 2019 Worlds.
Top-level swim meets in the U.S. are scheduled to resume in November with the Tyr Pro Series.
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Bianca Andreescu withdrew from the U.S. Open, citing “unforeseen challenges, including the Covid pandemic” compromising her ability to prepare to defend her Grand Slam title.
“I have taken this step in order to focus on my match fitness and ensure that I return ready to play at my highest level,” Andreescu, a 20-year-old Canadian, posted on social media. “The US Open victory last year has been the high point of my career thus far and I will miss not being there. However, I realize that the unforeseen challenges, including the Covid pandemic, have compromised my ability to prepare and compete to the degree necessary to play at my highest level.”
Andreescu’s absence means the U.S. Open, the first Grand Slam tournament since tennis resumed amid the coronavirus pandemic, will be without both 2019 male and female singles champions.
Rafael Nadal previously announced he would not defend his title, saying he would rather not travel given the global situation. Roger Federer is also out after knee surgery. Women’s No. 1 Ash Barty didn’t enter, either, citing travel concerns.
Last year, Andreescu made her U.S. Open title run as the 15th seed, sweeping Serena Williams in the final. Ranked 208th a year earlier, she became the first player born in the 2000s to win a Slam and the first teen Slam winner since Maria Sharapova at the 2006 U.S. Open.
Andreescu then missed the Australian Open in January due to rehab from a knee injury that forced her to retire during a match at the WTA Finals on Oct. 30. She also missed the French Open and Wimbledon in 2019 following a rotator cuff tear.
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