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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.

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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