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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.

Alysa Liu rallies to win Junior Grand Prix with another quadruple jump

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U.S. figure skating champion Alysa Liu landed a quadruple Lutz for a second straight Junior Grand Prix, rallying from fourth after the short program to win an event in Poland on Friday.

Liu, who in January became the youngest U.S. champion in history at age 13, won both of her starts in her first season on the Junior Grand Prix to become the first U.S. woman to qualify for the six-skater Junior Grand Prix Final since 2013 (Polina Edmunds and Karen Chen). The Final is held with the senior Grand Prix Final in Turin, Italy, in December.

She won Friday by 6.63 points by surpassing a pair of Russians, a rarity in this era. Her free skate is here.

Liu trailed by 4.03 points after doubling a planned triple loop in the short program. She was the lone skater in the field to attempt a triple Axel (landing three of them, including two in combination and one with a negative grade of execution) or a quad.

Liu tallied 138.99 points in the free skate and 203.10 overall. She ranks sixth in the world this season by best total scores among junior and senior skaters, though some top skaters have yet to compete.

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Rafaela Silva, first Brazilian gold medalist at Rio Olympics, claims innocence after positive drug test

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Rafaela Silva, the judoka who grew up in Rio’s most famously violent favela to become Brazil’s first gold medalist at the Rio Olympics, reportedly tested positive for a banned substance last month.

Silva tested positive for fenoterol, a substance that can be legal to treat asthma if an athlete has a therapeutic use exemption (TUE). Silva did not have a TUE before testing positive at the Pan American Games in August, according to Brazilian media.

A possible punishment has not been announced.

Silva claimed innocence at a news conference Friday afternoon, saying that a young child with whom she had bodily contact at her training location used the substance, and she plans to compete at a domestic event this weekend, according to O Globo.

Silva, 27, backed up her Rio Olympic 57kg title by taking bronze at the world championships later in August. If she is punished for the positive test, Silva could lose that bronze medal, though she said Friday that she had a clean drug test at worlds, according to O Globo.

Silva, from Rio’s Ciadade de Deus favela, has the Olympic rings tattooed on her right bicep with the inscription “God knows how much I’ve suffered and what I’ve done to get here.”

Brazil’s top female swimmer, Etiene Medeiros, reportedly tested positive for fenoterol in May 2016 but was cleared to compete at the Rio Olympics.

In PyeongChang, Slovenian hockey player Ziga Jeglic tested positive for fenoterol and was scratched before his nation’s last game before it was announced. Jeglic was suspended from the Games and, later, was suspended eight months.

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