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South Korea’s Oh, Cote D’Ivoire’s Cisse take gold in welterweight taekwondo competitions

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The welterweight divisions of the men’s and women’s competitions were completed Friday night, and on the men’s side there was a historic first.

Cheick Sallah Junior Cisse took gold in the division, giving Cote D’Ivoire its first Olympic gold medal in any sport. Cisse won the gold medal bout against Lutalo Muhammad of Great Britain in exciting fashion as well, with a scoring kick to the head in the final seconds giving him the 8-6 victory. Muhammad, who took bronze in London four years ago, had to settle for the silver medal as a result.

WATCH: Cheick Sallah Cisse captures taekwondo 80 kg gold

Taking bronze was Oussama Oueslati of Tunisia and Milad Beigi Harchegani of Azerbaijan, with Oueslati defeating American Steven Lopez 14-5 in his bronze medal bout. Lopez was looking for his fourth Olympic medal, as he took gold in 2000 and 2004 and bronze in 2008.

In the women’s welterweight competition South Korea’s Oh Hye-Ri took gold, as she defeated France’s Haby Niare by the final score of 13-12. The gold medal bout was a matchup of past world champions, with Niare winning the 2013 world title at 67 kg and Oh winning gold at 73 kg last year.

WATCH: Oh Hye-Ri defeats Haby Niare to win gold in women’s 67 kg

Taking bronze was Ruth Marie Christelle Gbagbi of Cote D’Ivoire, winning her nation’s second medal of the night, and Nur Tatar of Turkey. American Paige McPherson was eliminated in the Round of 16 by Farida Azizova of Azerbaijan.

With the medals won by Cisse and Gbagbi, Cote D’Ivoire has now won three medals in its Olympic history.

U.S. Olympic 3×3 basketball qualifying teams named with former NBA player, WNBA stars

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Former NBA player Robbie Hummel and WNBA stars lead U.S. Olympic qualifying teams in the new Olympic event of 3×3 basketball.

The four-man and four-woman teams will compete in a global qualifier in India in March, each favored to grab one of three available Olympic berths per gender for the U.S.

Hummel, who unretired to become world champion in 3×3, is joined on the U.S. Olympic men’s qualifying team by Team Princeton teammates Canyon Barry and Kareem Maddox, plus Dominique Jones, who has played with Team Harlem. Team Princeton is guided by an investment firm CEO who once beat Michael Jordan one-on-one.

Last year, Hummel, Maddox and Barry (one of Rick Barry‘s sons) were part of a team that won the world title.

The U.S. women’s 3×3 qualifying roster is made up of WNBA stars Napheesa Collier, Stefanie DolsonAllisha Gray and Kelsey Plum. The U.S.’ top-ranked 3×3 player, as of last month, is Oregon star Sabrina Ionescu, who can’t play internationally this spring as she is in the thick of the NCAA season.

Olympic teams will not necessarily be made up of players from the qualifying tournament.

If the U.S. qualifies for Tokyo, it will then choose its roster(s) in a similar fashion to its traditional basketball teams — via selection committee. It’s unlikely active NBA players will be eligible.

Like with the qualifying tournament, two of the four Olympic players must be ranked in the top 10 among Americans in FIBA 3×3 rankings (as of a May 22 cutoff).

In 3×3, games last 10 minutes, or until one team reaches 21 points. Games are played on a half-court with a 12-second shot clock, and offense immediately turns to defense after a team scores.

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First U.S. sailors qualify for Olympics; gold medalist misses on tiebreak

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The first five members of the U.S. Olympic sailing team were finalized this past weekend. The last American sailor to win an Olympic title missed on a tiebreaker.

Stephanie Roble and Maggie Shea (49er FX), Anna Weis and Riley Gibbs (Nacra 17) and Charlie Buckingham (Laser) qualified after world championships competition concluded in Australia. The U.S. Olympic roster across all sports is now at 43 qualified athletes.

The closest race for a U.S. Olympic spot came in 49er FX. Roble and Shea edged Paris Henken and 2008 Olympic champion Anna Tobias on a tiebreak. Roble and Shea, both first-time Olympic qualifiers, won Saturday’s medal race and earned an overall bronze medal.

That put the two U.S. duos in a tie in Olympic qualifying — combining placements from the 2019 and 2020 Championships, according to TeamUSA.org. The tiebreak went to Roble and Shea for having the better finish at this year’s worlds.

Tobias, a 37-year-old who won the individual 2008 Olympic Laser Radial as Anna Tunnicliffe, came out of retirement in a bid for a third Olympics. She left competitive sailing in 2014, took up CrossFit competitions and returned to crew for Henken more than two years ago.

“We are very sad and upset,” was posted on Tobias’ Instagram, “but we wish them [Roble and Shea] the best of luck.”

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