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Cristiano Ronaldo social media post raises questions over Juventus future

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Cristiano Ronaldo has raised questions about his immediate future at Juventus with an Instagram post in which he thanked fans for taking part in his excursion.

The forward, who has one year remaining on his contract, experienced harsh criticism in recent months for his performances, leading to speculation that he could leave.

Ronaldo, 36, was criticized after Juve were eliminated from the Champions League in the round of 16 and saw their Serie A nine-year strength reach a conclusion with Inter Milan winning the title.

Juve won the Coppa Italia while Ronaldo finished as Serie A’s top scorer with 29 goals, becoming the only player to win the scoring title in the Premier League, La Liga and Italy’s top flight.

Ronaldo was shockingly benched for Juve’s final game of the season, a 4-1 success at Bologna that ensured Juve finished fourth to meet all requirements for next season’s Champions League. After the game, Ronaldo appeared to send a message to critics by posting a photograph to Instagram where he is making the “shh” sign.

Hours later, Ronaldo reflected on the season and his time at Juventus.

“The life and career of any top player are made of ups and downs,” the Portugal captain wrote on Instagram. “This year we couldn’t win Serie A, congratulations to Inter for the well-deserved title. Notwithstanding, I have to esteem everything that we achieved this season at Juventus, both in collective and individual terms. The Italian Super Cup, the Italian Cup and the Serie A Top Scorer trophy fill me with happiness, for the most part because of the difficulty they convey with them, in a country where nothing is easy to win.

“With these achievements, I reached a goal that I had set myself since the first day I arrived in Italy: to win the Championship, the Cup and the Super Cup, and also to be Best Player and Top Scorer in this great football country filled with tremendous players, giant clubs and a very own football culture.”

Ronaldo is in his third season at Juve and has scored 81 Serie A goals in 97 appearances. He won back-to-back Serie A Footballer of the Year awards in 2019 and 2020.

“So, I’m very proud with this fact that has been widely replicated in recent days: Champion in England, Spain and Italy; Cup victor in England, Spain and Italy; Super Cup victor in England, Spain and Italy; Best Player in England, Spain and Italy; Best Scorer in England, Spain and Italy; Over 100 goals for a club in England, Spain and Italy,” he added.

“Nothing compares to the sensation of knowing that I’ve left my mark in the countries where I’ve played, and that I offered euphoria to the fans of the clubs I represented. This is what I work for, this is what moves me and this is what I’ll generally continue to pursue for until the last day… I have already said that I don’t pursue records, records pursue me.

“Thanks to everyone who took part in this excursion! We stand together!”

Juventus didn’t respond to a request for comment when asked about Ronaldo’s post by ESPN.

Ronaldo has been linked with a return to Sporting Lisbon, the club where he began his playing career. Sporting Lisbon president Frederico Varandas is hopeful Ronaldo will return to play one day at the club, but not until his contract at Juve ends.

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Here’s who won gold medals at the Olympics on Tuesday

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It was a day to remember in the track and field events, with Jamaica’s Elaine Thompson-Herah completing a historic sprint double-double and Norway’s Karsten Warholm smashing the 400m hurdles world record on his way to gold. 26 gold medals in all were won Tuesday at the Tokyo Olympics. Here are the latest winners who are taking home gold:

Artistic Gymnastics:

Men’s Parallel Bars: Zou Jingyuan, China

Women’s Balance Beam: Guan Chenchen, China

Men’s Horizontal Bar: Daiki Hashimoto, Japan

Track and Field:

Women’s Long Jump: Malaika Mihambo, Germany

Men’s 400m Hurdles: Karsten Warholm, Norway

Men’s Pole Vault: Armand Duplantis, Sweden

Women’s Hammer Throw: Anita Wlodarczyk, Poland

Women’s 800 meters: Athing Mu, United States

Women’s 200 meters: Elaine Thompson-Herah, Jamaica

Boxing:

Women’s Feather: Sena Irie, Japan

Men’s Welter: Roniel Iglesias, Cuba

Canoe Sprint

Women’s Kayak Single 200m: Lisa Carrington, New Zealand

Men’s Canoe Double 1000m: Cuba

Men’s Kayak Single 1000m: Balint Kopasz, Hungary

Women’s Kayak Double 500m: New Zealand

Cycling Track

Women’s Team Pursuit: Germany

Men’s Team Sprint: Netherlands

Diving

Men’s 3 meter Springboard: Xie Siyi, China

Sailing

Women’s Skiff-49er FX: Brazil

Men’s Skiff-49er: Great Britain

Men’s One Person Dinghy (Heavyweight): Giles Scott, Great Britain

Mixed Multihull-Nacra 17 Foiling: Italy

Weightlifting

Men’s 109kg: Akbar Djuraev, Uzbekistan

Wrestling

Men’s Greco-Roman 77kg: Tamas Lorincz, Hungary

Men’s Greco-Roman 97kg : Musa Evloev, Russian Olympic Committee

Women’s Freestyle 68kg: Tamyra Mensah Stock, United States

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Karsten Warholm smashes world record to win the men’s 400 meters hurdles

History was made on the track Tuesday morning in the men’s 400 meters hurdles final.

Norway’s Karsten Warholm took gold, establishing a worldwide best of 45.94 and breaking the 46-second imprint for the first run through.

American silver medalist Rai Benjamin pushed Warholm as far as possible, clocking in at 46.17 — effectively inside the previous world record of 46.70, set by the Norwegian on July 1. Before that, the 400 meters hurdles world record hadn’t been broken since 1992.

As per NBC, three of the four quickest occasions ever in the event were run in the Tokyo final.

Simone Biles is required to partake in the present equilibrium bar final

Group USA athlete Simone Biles will partake in Tuesday’s equilibrium bar final at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, USA Gymnastics has affirmed.

Biles — considered probably the greatest acrobat ever — participated in the Olympic gymnastic capabilities on July 25 and afterward in the US’ vault pivot in the women’s group final on July 27 before withdrawing from cutthroat activity, citing mental health concerns.

A tweet from USA Gymnastics on Monday read: “We are so eager to affirm that you will see two U.S. competitors yet to be determined bar final tomorrow — Suni Lee AND Simone Biles!! Can hardly wait to watch you both!”

The 24-year-old Biles, who won a silver award as part of the US group’s second spot finish in the group final, then, at that point withdrew from four individual finals at the Tokyo Games — the overall individual contest, the vault, the lopsided bars and floor.

Biles won four golds in the 2016 Rio Olympics and Tuesday’s equilibrium pillar will be her last chance to contend at the Tokyo 2020 Games.

Poland awards humanitarian visa to Belarusian runner Kristina Timanovskaya

Belarusian runner Kristina Timanovskaya received a humanitarian visa from Poland on Monday, hours after she refused to load onto a trip out of Japan saying she was being forced to return to her local country without wanting to and that she feared arrest.

He later revealed to Reuters that the 24-year-old Olympic competitor was anticipating traveling to Poland before long. “As indicated by her decision, that is the thing that our emissary heard in Tokyo, she’s intending to come to Poland in days to come to be here in Warsaw. What’s more, on the off chance that she might want… she is free to seek after her wearing career in Poland,” Przydacz said.

Prior Monday, Reuters reported that Timanovskaya had been seen entering the Polish embassy.

Timanovskaya was set to contend in the women’s 200 meters at the Tokyo Olympics on Monday however said representatives of the Belarus public group attempted to forcibly send her back to her home nation after she scrutinized public wearing experts for entering her into the 4×400 meter relay without her assent.

Group officials went to the Olympic Village on Sunday evening and requested that she “pack her assets as a decision had been made for her to return to Minsk,” said Anatol Kotau, of the Belarus Sports Solidarity Foundation, which represents competitors repressed by Belarusian specialists, and who is in direct contact with Timanovskaya.

The Belarus Embassy in Tokyo said in a statement on Monday that Belarusian diplomats showed up at the air terminal on Sunday to “explain the conditions” and provide “possible consular and legitimate help if important,” yet couldn’t acquire any information about Timanovskaya from Japanese representatives. The statement added that the competitor has not been in touch with the embassy.

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Sunday saw 26 gold medals awarded at the Tokyo Olympics

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Italy took home two gold medals in a thrilling day of track and field, with Gianmarco Tamberi winning in men’s high jump and Lamont Marcell Jacobs edging out the competition to earn the country’s first ever men’s 100m crown.

Here is a full list of the gold medal winners from Sunday:

Artistic Gymnastics

Men’s Floor Exercise: Artem Dolgopyat, Israel

Women’s Vault: Rebeca Andrade, Brazil

Men’s Pommel Horse: Max Whitlock, Great Britain

Women’s Uneven Bars: Nina Derwael, Belgium

Athletics

Women’s Shot Put: Gong Lijiao, China

Men’s High Jump: Mutaz Essa Barshim, Qatar and Gianmarco Tamberi, Italy

Women’s Triple Jump: Yulimar Rojas, Venezuela

Men’s 100m: Lamont Marcell Jacobs, Italy

Badminton

Women’s Singles: Chen Yufei, China

Cycling BMX Freestyle

Women’s Park: Charlotte Worthington, Great Britain

Men’s Park: Logan Martin, Australia

Diving

Women’s 3m Springboard: Shi Tingmao, China

Fencing

Men’s Foil Team: France

Golf

Men’s Individual Stroke Play: Xander Schauffele, United States

Sailing

Men’s One Person Dinghy-Laser: Matt Wearn, Australia

Women’s One Person Dinghy-Laser Radial: Anne-Marie Rindom, Denmark

Swimming

Men’s 50m Freestyle: Caeleb Dressel, United States

Women’s 50m Freestyle: Emma McKeon, Australia

Men’s 1500m Freestyle: Robert Finke, United States

Women’s 4 X 100m Medley Relay: Australia

Men’s 4 X 100m Medley Relay: United States

Tennis

Women’s Doubles: Barbora Krejcikova/Katerina Siniakova, Czech Republic

Men’s Singles: Alexander Zverev, Germany

Mixed Doubles: Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova/Andrey Rublev, Russian Olympic Committee

Weightlifting

Women’s 76kg: Neisi Patricia Dajomes Barrera, Ecuador

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