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Team USA’s Rhode takes bronze in women’s skeet shooting

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American shooter Kim Rhode added to what has already been an incredibly successful career Friday, as she took bronze in the skeet shooting competition. Rhode, who has now won an Olympic medal in six consecutive Olympic Games, defeated China’s Weng Mei in the bronze medal match.

The match went into sudden death, with Rhode clinching the win in the fourth round. Rhode is the first Summer Olympian to win a medal in six consecutive Games, with Italian luger Armin Zoeggeler being the only other athlete to accomplish the feat. Rhode also became the first Olympic athlete to win an Olympic medal on five different continents, with German equestrian rider Isabell Werth joining her shortly thereafter.

The gold medal match was between Italians Diana Bacosi and Chiara Cainero, with Bacosi taking gold by the final score of 15-14. Caneiro hit all 16 targets in the semifinal round, with Bacosi hitting 15. But in the final it was Bacosi who was the more accurate shooter, and her first Olympic medal is gold as a result.

Rhode won her first Olympic medal in Atlanta in 1996, taking gold in the double trap. In Sydney four years later Rhode took bronze in the double trap, only to come back and take gold in Athens in 2004. At that point in her career she made the switch to skeet shooting, taking silver in Beijing and gold in London.

Remco Evenepoel fractures pelvis in crash over bridge wall into ravine

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Belgian cyclist Remco Evenepoel fractured his pelvis crashing his bike and flipping over a bridge wall into a ravine at the Tour of Lombardy in Italy on Saturday.

Video showed Evenepoel, the 20-year-old world time trial silver medalist, being put in an ambulance on a stretcher minutes after the crash.

His team, Deceuninck-QuickStep, reported he remained conscious while being put on a stretcher, into an ambulance and taken to a hospital. He also suffered a right lung contusion.

In 2019, Evenepoel became the youngest-ever male podium finisher in a senior world road cycling championships event, according to Gracenote. In 2018, he swept the junior road race and time trial world titles.

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Noah Lyles raises black-gloved fist, wins 200m in Monaco

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Noah Lyles said he had plans going forward to make statements, beyond his rapid sprint times. He did that in Monaco on Friday.

Lyles raised a black, fingerless-gloved right fist before getting into the blocks to win a 200m in his first international race of the season, conjuring memories of the famous 1968 Olympic podium gesture.

He clocked 19.76 seconds, leading a one-two with younger brother Josephus. Full results are here.

“As athletes it’s hard to show that you love your country and also say that change is needed,” was posted on Lyles’ Instagram, along with hashtags including #blacklivesmatter. “This is my way of saying this country is great but it can be better.”

Lyles, the world 200m champion, also paid respect to 1968 Olympic 200m gold and bronze medalists Tommie Smith and John Carlos three hours before the race.

He tweeted an iconic image of Smith and Carlos raising their single black-gloved fists on the medal stand at the Mexico City Games. Thirteen minutes earlier, Lyles posted an Instagram Story image of his socks for the meet — plain, dark colored.

Smith and Carlos wore black socks without shoes on the podium to signify endemic poverty back in the U.S. at the time.

Lyles is known for his socks, often posting images of colorful pairs he wears before races, themes including Speed Racer, R2-D2 and Sonic the Hedgehog.

“We are at the point where you can’t do nothing anymore,” Lyles said Wednesday. “There aren’t any rules set out. You’re kind of just pushing the boundary as far as you can go. Some people have said, even if there were rules, they’re willing to go farther than that.”

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