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Today at the Olympics: Dutch teammates tie for cycling record

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Harrie Lavreysen of Team Netherlands competes during the track cycling men's sprint at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2021
Harrie Lavreysen of Team Netherlands competes during the track cycling men's sprint at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2021   -   Copyright  AP Photo
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Harrie Lavreysen and Dutch teammate Jeffrey Hoogland tied for the Olympic record in qualifying for the men’s sprint at the Izu Velodrome, clocking the same time of 9.215 down to the thousandth of a second.

In the qualifying rounds, cyclists get what’s called a flying start before they are timed over 200 metres.

That means the two Dutch riders averaged 48.55 mph during their qualifying lap.

Hoogland will be seeded first and Lavreysen second for the knockout rounds. That’s when riders face off against each other in a cat-and-mouse game over three laps with the fastest to the finish line advancing to the next round.

From sailing to skateboarding, here is a roundup of what else is happening today in Tokyo.

Athletics

Peruth Chemutai of Uganda has won the gold medal in the women's 3,000m steeplechase. The rest of the podium is made up of Team USA Courtney Frerichs in silver and Kenya's Hyvin Kiyeng in bronze.

The men's 800m race was dominated by Kenya with a one-two finish led by Emmanuel Korir. Teammate Ferguson Rotich took silver while Poland's Patryk Dobek secured the bronze.

Kenya has claimed this title at every Olympics since Beijing 2008.

Poland got a gold medal shortly after when Wojciech Nowicki won the men's hammer throw event. His teammate Pawel Fajdek, a four-time world champion, claimed the bronze medal.

Eivind Henriksen of Norway is taking home the silver medal.

Canada's Andre de Grasse is the new 200m race Olympic champion, succeeding Usain Bolt, who beat him for the gold five years ago.

American athletes Kenneth Bednarek and Noah Lyles won the silver and bronze respectively.

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Andre De Grasse, of Canada, celebrates after winning the final of the men's 200-meters at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan, Aug. 4, 2021.Andrej Isakovic/Pool Photo via AP

American Sydney McLaughlin has broken her own world record to win the women’s 400-metre hurdles in 51.46 seconds. She edged out Dalilah Muhammad, who won silver to make it a U.S. 1-2 finish.

McLaughlin set the previous world record of 51.90 seconds in June. Muhammad, who set the world record twice in 2019 and won the world championship gold medal that year, finished in 51.58.

Femke Bol of the Netherlands took bronze in 52.03.

Cycling

Italy has broken its own world record to win the gold medal in men’s team pursuit cycling. The Italian team finished the 4000m race in 3:42.032, edging world champion Denmark. The Danes stopped the clock in 3:42.203.

Australia, the silver medalist in Rio, took the bronze. The Aussies were in a tight race with New Zealand before a touch of wheels sent one of the Kiwi riders to the ground and effectively eliminated them from contention.

Sailing

Mat Belcher and Will Ryan of Australia have won the men's two-person dinghy event at the Tokyo Olympics.

Belcher won gold at the London Olympics in 2012 in the 470 class and combined with Ryan to win the silver medal at Rio de Janeiro in 2016. Belcher and Ryan only had to finish the last race without penalty to clinch the gold medal.

Anton Dahlberg and Fredrik Bergstrom of Sweden won the silver medal and Spain’s Nicolas Rodriguez Garcia-Paz and Jordi Xammar took bronze.

Meanwhile, the women's two-person dinghy event was won by the British team.

Britain also won in Rio in 2016 and the latest victory means Hannah Mills becomes the first British woman to win at least three Olympic medals in sailing.

Agnieszka Skrzypulec and Jolanta Ogar of Poland won silver while Camille Lecointre and Aloise Retornaz of France won bronze.

Artistic swimming

Russia’s Svetlana Romashina claimed her record sixth Olympic gold medal in artistic swimming, teaming with Svetlana Kolesnichenko to win the duet.

The Russians were heavy favourites in a sport they have dominated for more than two decades.

The silver went to China’s Huang Xuechen and Sun Wenyan at 192.4499, while Ukraine’s Marta Fiedina and Anastasiya Savchuk beat out Japan for the bronze with 189.4620.

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Svetlana Kolesnichenko and Svetlana Romashina of Russian Olympic Committee compete in the duet free routine final at the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics, Aug. 4, 2021.AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino

Wrestling

Iran’s Mohammadreza Geraei beat Ukraine’s Parviz Nasibov 9-1 to win gold in the men’s Greco-Roman 67-kg class.

Germany’s Frank Staebler and Egypt's Mohamed Ibrahim Elsayed won the bronze medals.

The Greco-Roman 87-kg category was won by Ukraine’s Zhan Beleniuk who defeated Hungary’s Viktor Lorincz 5-1.

The bronze medals were claimed by Germany’s Denis Kudla and Serbia’s Zurabi Datunashvili.

The women's freestyle 62-kg final saw Japan’s Yukako Kawai defeat Kyrgyzstan’s Aisuluu Tynybekova 4-3 for the gold.

Ukraine’s Iryna Koliadenko and Bulgaria’s Taybe Mustafa Yusein secured the bronze medals.

Boxing

Arlen López has won his second Olympic boxing gold medal for Cuba, beating Britain’s Benjamin Whittaker in the light heavyweight final at the Kokugikan Arena.

López outclassed the defence-minded Whittaker to win the fight on four of the five judges’ scorecards. Cuba had never won gold at light heavyweight in its decorated Olympic boxing history until Julio Cesar La Cruz claimed the title in Rio de Janeiro.

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Arlen Lopez, of Cuba, left, punches Benjamin Whittaker, of Great Britain, during their light heavy weight 75-81kg finals boxing matchFrank Franklin II/AP

López is the second Cuban boxer in two days to win a second gold medal in a different weight class by beating a British fighter after Roniel Iglesias achieved the same feat Tuesday. López won the middleweight division in Rio.

Russian athlete Imam Khataev and Cuban-born Loren Alfonso of Azerbaijan won light heavyweight bronze medals.

Skateboarding

Sakura Yosozumi of Japan has won the inaugural Olympic women’s park event in skateboarding, solidifying Japan’s dominance of the sport making its Olympic debut.

The silver went to Kokona Hiraki, who at 12 became Japan’s youngest Olympic medalist.

Britain’s Sky Brown prevented a Japanese medal sweep, taking the bronze.

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Misugu Okamoto of Japan competes in the women's park skateboarding finals at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan.Ben Curtis/AP

Yosozumi won with a trick-filled first run that scored 60.09, the only score to break 60 points in the event at the Ariake Urban Sports Park.

It immediately piled on pressure on the seven other finalists, and none was able to dislodge her. Japanese skaters also took both golds in the men and women’s street events in the first week of the Tokyo Games.

Weightlifting

Lasha Talakhadze of Georgia has set three world records to retain his title in the heaviest men’s weightlifting category, while Syria earned its first medal since the country’s civil war began.

Talakhadze lifted a world-record 223 kilogrammes in the snatch and 265 in the clean and jerk for a total 488. All three figures broke his own world records in the over-109kg category.

That beat Iran’s Ali Davoudi into second place by the vast margin of 47kg.

Man Asaad of Syria took the bronze with a total 424kg. Syria’s last Olympic medal in any sport was a boxing bronze in 2004.

Marathon swimming

Ana Marcela Cunha of Brazil won the women’s 10-kilometre marathon swimming event.

Cunha touched first in 1 hour, 59 minutes, 30.8 seconds on Wednesday morning, finishing nine-tenths of a second ahead of defending champion Sharon van Rouwendaal of the Netherlands.

Van Rouwendaal took silver in 1:59.31.7.

Kareena Lee of Australia earned bronze in 1:59.32.5.

Cunha won her first medal in her third Olympics. She was 10th five years ago in Rio de Janeiro and fifth in the 2008 Beijing Games.

American Haley Anderson finished sixth and her teammate, Ashley Twichell, was seventh.

The seven-lap course in Tokyo Bay featured a backdrop of skyscrapers, the Rainbow Bridge and the nearby floating Olympic rings.