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Fiji, GB advance to men’s rugby’s gold medal game; USA finish 9th

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Fiji and Great Britain will contend the first ever gold medal game in men’s rugby sevens.

Fiji led 10-5 at halftime of its semifinal with Japan on tries from Vatemo Ravouvou and Josua Tuisova and matched that offense in the second half while blanking Japan to scoop a 20-5 win and move onto the final.

South Africa drew first blood in its semifinal against Great Britain through Kyle Brown, but Dan Norton’s lightning run early in the second half led to a try and a point-blank conversion from Tom Mitchell to make it 7-5. The score held up.

Japan and South Africa will go for bronze. Fifth through eighth will be determined before the medal matches. WATCH HERE beginning at 4:30 p.m. EDT.


The United States beat Spain 24-12 to clinch ninth spot in Olympics men’s rugby sevens, and finish the tourney with a respectable 3-3 record.

A lightning-quick move from Spain’s Pablo Fontes put them up 5-0, but Danny Barrett executed another clever, shifting run to level things. Madison Hughes’ conversion put the Yanks up 7-5.

They added to the lead through Carlin Isles, and the teams traded tries from Angel Lopez and Maka Unufe to leave it 19-12 with 90 seconds to play. Isles added another try late.

Kenya beat Brazil 24-0 to finish 11th. The fifth through eight games are played before the bronze and gold medal matches later this afternoon.

David Rudisha escapes car crash ‘well and unhurt’

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David Rudisha, a two-time Olympic champion and world record holder at 800m, is “well and unhurt” after a car accident in his native Kenya, according to his Facebook account.

Kenyan media reported that one of Rudisha’s tires burst on Saturday night, leading his car to collide with a bus, and he was treated for minor injuries at a hospital.

Rudisha, 30, last raced July 4, 2017, missing extended time with a quad muscle strain and back problems. His manager said last week that Rudisha will miss next month’s world championships.

Rudisha owns the three fastest times in history, including the world record 1:40.91 set in an epic 2012 Olympic final.

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Tokyo Paralympic medals unveiled with historic Braille design, indentations

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The Tokyo Paralympic medals, which like the Olympic medals are created in part with metals from recycled cell phones and other small electronics, were unveiled on Sunday, one year out from the Opening Ceremony.

In a first for the Paralympics, each medal has one to three indentation(s) on its side to distinguish its color by touch — one for gold, two silver and three for bronze. Braille letters also spell out “Tokyo 2020” on each medal’s face.

For Rio, different amounts of tiny steel balls were put inside the medals based on their color, so that when shaken they would make distinct sounds. Visually impaired athletes could shake the medals next to their ears to determine the color.

More on the design from Tokyo 2020:

The design is centered around the motif of a traditional Japanese fan, depicting the Paralympic Games as the source of a fresh new wind refreshing the world as well as a shared experience connecting diverse hearts and minds. The kaname, or pivot point, holds all parts of the fan together; here it represents Para athletes bringing people together regardless of nationality or ethnicity. Motifs on the leaves of the fan depict the vitality of people’s hearts and symbolize Japan’s captivating and life-giving natural environment in the form of rocks, flowers, wood, leaves, and water. These are applied with a variety of techniques, producing a textured surface that makes the medals compelling to touch.

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