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Today at the Olympics: Italy and Britain prominent on the podium

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By Euronews  with AP
Antonella Palmisano of Italy holds the Italian flag after crossing the finish line of the women's 20km race walk.
Antonella Palmisano of Italy holds the Italian flag after crossing the finish line of the women's 20km race walk.   -   Copyright  Eugene Hoshiko/Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved

It's Day 14 of the Tokyo Olympics and the medals are still flowing.

With just two days to go until the Olympics call time on Tokyo, there was plenty of action to be had on Friday including some athletics, track cycling, and golfing. Team sports also had a field day with several gold medal matches for women.

Here's a recap of what you need to know.

Men's 50km walk

Poland's Dawid Tomala powered ahead to secure the gold medal with a time of 3:50:08.

He finished 36 seconds ahead of Germany's Jonathan Hilbert and 51 seconds ahead of bronze medallist Evan Dunfee of Canada.

The 50km walk has been dropped from the schedule for the next Olympics in Paris in 2024 and may not return.

Beach Volleyball

Americans April Ross and Alix Klineman have won the women’s beach volleyball gold medal.

The U.S. pair beat Mariafe Artacho del Solar and Taliqua Clancy of Australia 21-15, 21-16 for the championship on Friday. It’s Ross’ third medal in as many Olympics, to go with the silver she won in London and a bronze from Brazil. Klineman is a first-time Olympian.

In the bronze medal match, Switzerland’s Joana Heidrich and Anouk Verge-Depre cruised to a straight-set victory over Latvia.

Boxing

Heavyweight Julio César La Cruz has won Cuba’s third gold medal in boxing at the Tokyo Olympics, with a 5:0 victory over Russian athlete Muslim Gadzhimagomedov.

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Brazil's Abner Teixeira, right, punches Cuba's Julio la Cruz during their men's lightweight 91-kg boxing match at the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics, Aug. 3, 2021.AP Photo/Frank Franklin II

La Cruz and teammates Roniel Iglesias and Arlen Lopez have all won their second career gold medals in Tokyo after moving up to a higher weight class. La Cruz was the light heavyweight gold medalist in Rio de Janeiro, and Lopez succeeded him to claim gold in that class in Tokyo.

David Nyika of New Zealand and Abner Teixeira of Brazil won heavyweight bronze.

Cycling

In the women’s Madison race, Great Britain dominated the track as Laura Kenny took gold. This was her fifth Olympic gold, making her the first British female athlete to win as many gold medals at the Olympics.

Denmark and the Russian Olympic Committee team took silver and bronze medals respectively.

In the men’s cycling, Holland’s Harrie Lavreysen won gold after edging out compatriot Jeffrey Hoogland. Jack Carlin of Great Britain finished third.

Race walk

Italy’s Antonella Palmisano won gold in the women’s 20km race walk after finishing ahead of Colombia’s Sandra Arenas and China’s Liu Hong.

Her gold makes it a double for Italy, after Massimo Stano finished top of the podium in the men’s category yesterday.

Football

Canada’s women won gold after beating Sweden in a game decided on a penalty shootout.

Mexico beat Japan 3–1 to win bronze in men’s football. Brazil and Spain will fight it out for gold and silver in the final.

Modern pentathlon

Great Britain’s Kate French won gold in the women’s modern pentathlon. Lithuania’s Laura Asadauskaite and Hungary’s Sarolta Kovacs took silver and bronze respectively.

Wrestling

Zaurbek Sidakov of the Russian Olympic Committee team beat Mahamedkhabib Kadzimahamedau of Belarus 7-0 to win gold in the men’s 74kg freestyle wrestling.

In the 125kg category for men, Gable Steveson of the United States beat the three-time world champion Geno Petriashvili Georgia. Turkey’s Taha Akgul and Iran’s Amir Hossein Zare shared the bronze medal.

In the women's 53kg category, Japan’s Mayu Mukaida came back from four points down to beat China’s Pang Qianyu 5-4. Bolortuya Bat Ochir of Mongolia shared bronze with Belarus’ Vanesa Kaladzinskaya.

Hockey

Holland won gold after its women’s team beat Argentina 3-1.

Great Britain beat India 4-3 to take bronze.

Karate

Making its first appearance as an Olympic sport, karate saw its first-ever Olympic men’s gold medalist as Japan’s Ryo Kiyuna defeated Damian Quintero of Spain.

Ali Sofuoglu of Turkey and the American Ariel Torres shared bronze.

In the women’s kumite 61kg category, Jovana Prekovic of Serbia took gold as she beat China’s Yin Xiaoyan. Merve Coban of Turkey and Egypt’s Giana Lotfy won bronze.

In the men’s kumite 75kg category, Luigi Busa of Italy won gold against the two-time world champion Rafael Aghayev of Azerbaijan. Stanislav Horuna of Ukraine and Hungary’s Karoly Gabor Harspataki took bronze.

Athletics

In the men’s 5000m race, Uganda’s Joshua Cheptegei finished first ahead of Canada’s Moh Ahmed and Paul Chelimo of the United States.

In the women’s 400m race, Shaunae Miller-Uibo of the Bahamas won her second Olympic gold in a row. Marileidy Paulino of the Dominica Republic took silver.

In women’s 1500m, Kenya’s Faith Kipyegon kept her title as she won gold ahead of Laura Muir of Great Britain and Sifan Hassan of Holland.

In the women’s 4x100m relay, the Jamaican team finished first ahead of teams United States and Great Britain.

In the men’s 4x100m, Italy edged out Great Britain by 0.01 seconds to win the gold. Canada finished third.

Table tennis

China’s Ma Long won his fifth Olympic gold medal after beating Germany’s Timo Boll. Long is now the most successful Olympic table tennis player of all time.

Japan won bronze after winning against South Korea 3-1.

Sport climbing

Slovenia’s Janja Garnbret won gold in women’s combined sport climbing, finishing well ahead of the Japanese duo Nonaka Miho and Noguchi Akiyo.

Javelin

In the women’s javelin throw, Liu Shiying of China won gold, with Poland’s Maria Andrejczyk taking silver and Australia’s Kelsey-Lee Barber finishing third.