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India captain Mithali Raj sets new international run-scoring record against England women in third ODI.

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India skipper Mithali Raj on Saturday scripted history when she overtook former England Charlotte Edwards to become the highest run-scorer across format in women’s cricket.

India skipper Mithali Raj on Saturday wrote history when she passed former England Charlotte Edwards to become the uppermost run-scorer across format in women’s cricket. The veteran cricketer achieved the feat during India women’s four-wicket win against England women in the third and final ODI in Worcester.

India, chasing 220 runs in a truncated 47-over match, secured victory with three balls to spare. Raj starred with an unbeaten knock of 75, off just 86 balls, and was declared the Player of the Match. The batter got to the milestone with a boundary down the ground off Nat Schiver in the 23rd over of the innings.

Mithali, who needed just 12 runs to go past the tally, became the world’s most prolific batter in women’s internationals by overtaking Edwards’ 10,273 runs. Third in this prolific list is New Zealand’s Suzie Bates, who has scored 7849 runs in 247 matches. She is followed by West Indies’ Stefanie Taylor, with 7834 runs in 256 matches. Capping off the top-five is Australia’s skipper Meg Lanning, with 7024 runs in 199 games.

Raj, 38, has several other accolades to her name, one of which is the most-capped player in the history of women’s cricket. She was also named in ICC’s ODI team of the decade in 2020. Moreover, she famously led the Indian side to the women’s World Cup final in 2017. Raj was in good nick throughout the series, emerging as the highest run-getter with 206 runs with three-back-to-back fifties.

Earlier in the day, Raj-led India put England into bat. After cruising at 151/3, England were eventually bowled out for 291, courtesy of a three-wicket haul from Deepti Sharma. Skipper Heather Knight (46) and Sciver (49) were the top scorers.

Furthermore, India kept losing wickets at regular intervals but Raj continued to hold one end and hence, taking India to a consolation victory. Smriti Mandhana was the second-highest contributor with the bat, scoring 49 off 57 balls.

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Serbia advances to the women’s basketball semifinals at Tokyo Olympics.

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Serbia defeated China 77-70 in the quarterfinals and advanced to the women’s basketball semifinals of the Tokyo Olympics at Saitama Super Arena on Wednesday.

Jelena Brooks scored 18 points, Sonja Vasic made 16 and Ana Dabovic added 13 for Serbia, which forced out 23 turnovers for the win. “I asked my players to be sensation, to do something exceptional to beat China. We did it in the fourth quarter when we won 28-12,” said Serbia coach Marina Maljkovic. Serbia, which won the bronze medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics, came all out from the very beginning and led for the most of the first half when Brooks contributed 14 points.

China only achieved a short lead with the score 29-28 towards the end of the second quarter, but Serbia, which beat China 80-72 five years ago in Brazil, maintained the slim lead on 35-33 before the break.

Ana Dabovic said, “China is much better than they were five years ago, and it’s definitely harder to beat them this time. We have to do more than we can for the win.” The tempo of the game never slowed down until a couple of minutes towards the end of third quarter as China used a 10-2 run to break out by 58-49.

China had to call up everyone on the bench when Serbia was so determined to topple down the No. 1 ranked team from the preliminary round that it regained the lead 60-58 with a 11-0 run featuring a series of steals and fast-breaks.

“We lost on the rebounds, turnovers and the execution of crucial points. But we still have an almost perfect Olympics as the No. 1 in the group stage. This is life, this is basketball, and we did better than we expected. We will be better in the future,” Chinese coach Xu Limin said.

Chinese center Han Xu made a lay-up 5:54 minutes left and captain Shao Ting’s 3-pointer tied it 66 to all. Leading 74-70 with 28.4 seconds to go, Serbia gave little chance to China with solid defence. Shao Ting led China with 17 points and Han added 15.

Source: Xinhua News Agency.

 

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New Zealand’s Carrington receives two additional gold medals in Olympic women’s kayak.

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Imposing victories in both the women’s kayak single 200m and double 500m were taken by Six-time world champion Lisa Carrington of New Zealand which got her third and fourth Olympic golds here on Tuesday.

Back-to-back London and Rio champion Carrington traversed the line in 38.120 seconds in the women’s kayak single 200m, ahead of Spain’s Teresa Portela in 38.883 and Denmark’s Emma Aastrand Jorgensen just 0.018 seconds further behind.

Only an hour later, 32-year-old Carrington featured in the kayak double 500m with Caitlin Regal. The duo finished the race in 1 minute and 35.785 seconds, setting a new Olympic record. World silver medalists Karolina Naja and Anna Pulawska of Poland took silver in 1:36.753, beating reigning European champions Danuta Kozak and Dora Bodonyi of Hungary to third by 0.114 seconds.

“It is just unbelievable that we could do that. In training, you are working hard and you think, you know, you might have a chance but to put it together on the day is a special thing so we are so proud that we could do that,” Carrington said after the kayak double 500m final.

Serguey Torres Madrigal and Fernando Dayan Jorge Enriquez of Cuba won the men’s canoe double 1,000m gold in 3:24.995, edging China’s Liu Hao and Zheng Pengfei by 0.203 seconds. The result also set a new Olympic best time, nearly two seconds faster than the record set by European champions Sebastian Brendel and Tim Hecker of Germany in the semifinals earlier on Tuesday. The German duo took the bronze in 3:25.615.

“I can’t explain. I have been working for this, the last 15 years, maybe more,” said an emotional Madrigal.

“The gold medal in the Olympic Games, it is amazing,” he added. “This is the first Olympic gold medal for Cuba [in canoe sprint], and I think for Latin America, so I am very proud.”

Liu and Zheng won China its third medal in canoe sprint after Meng Guanliang and Yang Wenjun snatched gold medals in the men’s canoe double 500m in 2004 and 2008. “We got second place, but actually, being athletes, we feel that everyone should get their own applause and their own flowers. We had a good result.” said Liu.

Balint Kopasz and Adam Varga led a one-two finish for Hungary in the men’s kayak single 1,000m final.

Reigning world champion Kopasz clocked 3:20.643 for the gold, lowering the Olympic best time set by Fernando Pimenta of Portugal in the semifinals. His compatriot Varga took silver in 3:22.431, edging Pimenta into third place by 0.047 seconds.

China’s Zhang Dong finished sixth in 3:28.103, a breakthrough result for China in the event at an Olympic Games.

Source: Xinhua News
 

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Cuba claims two more gold medals at Tokyo Games.

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Cuba received two gold medals at the Tokyo Olympics on Tuesday, taking its tally to four so far in the tournament.

Cuba claimed its first gold medal when Serguey Torres and Fernando Dayan took first place in the men’s canoe double 1000m final.

“We are proud of our performance and history,” Torres said. “It would have been impossible for us to be here without the older generations of canoeists.”

Also on Tuesday, Cuban boxer Roniel Iglesias won his second Olympic gold medal after having been training in a bubble on the outskirts of Havana during the COVID-19 pandemic. The 32-year-old said that this title confirmed that he was still ready to compete in international events for years to come.

“I have been training over the past few months,” he said. “I feel strong and confident in myself. I am still an elite athlete.”

Earlier on Monday, Cuba’s Greco-Roman wrestlers Mijain Lopez and Luis Orta had gained the first gold medals for the Cuban Olympic delegation. Meanwhile, Leurys Pupo placed second during the men’s 25-metre rapid fire pistol event, as Yaime Perez won the bronze medal in the women’s discus final.

Furthermore, Juan Miguel Echevarria took silver in the long jump, with his teammate Maykel Masso taking bronze.

Cuba has amassed 226 medals since its Olympic debut at the 1900 Paris Games, ranking first among Latin American and Caribbean countries in Olympic history. With a total five gold medals predicted to be won, the island expects to place among the top 20 in the overall medal count at the Tokyo Olympics.

Source: Xinhua News

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