Penev, Whittenburg finish 1-2 on floor exercise at World Challenge Cup

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Eddie Penev and Donnell Whittenburg put up a one-two finish for U.S. men’s gymnasts on the floor exercise at the 2017 World Challenge Cup in Koper, Slovenia on Saturday.

Penev tallied 14.400 points, outscoring Whittenburg by a tenth of a point. Later on Saturday, Whittenburg, the 2016 Olympic team alternate, finished fourth on still rings with his score of 14.200 points. Arthur Zanetti of Brazil won rings with 14.850 points.

No U.S. men competed in the pommel horse final, won by Slovenia’s Saso Bertoncelj with 14.900 points.

The third U.S. man competing in Slovenia, Donothan Bailey, finished 12th and 13th on the pommel horse and parallel bars, respectively. Only the top eight men on each apparatus advanced to the final.

Whittenburg and Penev will compete Sunday on the vault, and Whittenburg will also compete on parallel bars. Sunday’s event also features men’s high bar and women’s balance beam and floor exercise. Coverage begins Sunday at 8 a.m. ET on the NBC Sports App.  http://www.nbcsports.com/live

No American women competed in the field. Larisa Iordache, two-time world championship all-around medalist from Romania, won the uneven bars with 13.800 points. Brazil’s Rebeca Andrade won the floor exercise with 14.600 points.

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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.

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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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