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Fans back at Emirates as Arsenal ease past Rapid Vienna in Europa League

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Fans back at Emirates as Arsenal ease past Rapid Vienna in Europa League. Fans returned to the Emirates as Arsenal raced past Rapid Vienna 4-1 in their penultimate Europa League Group B match on Thursday.

The Gunners, who qualified for the 32-team knockout stage the previous round, welcomed around 2,000 fans before goals from Alexandre Lacazette, Pablo Mari, Edward Nketiah and Emile Smith Rowe keyed a comfortable victory on the night. Koya Kitagawa scored the goal for the visitors.

Lacazette got Arsenal off to a stunning start after just 10 minutes when he unleashed an unstoppable blast from 30 yards away that left Vienna goalkeeper Richard Strebinger no possibility despite a desperate plunge.

Defender Mari followed up eight minutes later with his first for the club since joining from South American champs Flamengo – the ex-Man City man snapping a header just inside the far post from a Reiss Nelson corner kick.

Nketiah added a third just before the half when he nodded past Strebinger after his initial shot from close reach was well-saved by the Vienna keeper.

Kitagawa scored Vienna’s goal in the 47th minute, sweeping home from close reach after a pair of impressive Sead Kolasinac clearances denied what looked like sure goals.

Minutes after coming on, second-half substitute Smith Rowe restored the three-goal edge in the 66th with a basic completion of a well-spotted Ainsley Maitland-Niles cutback in the box.

After a three-month hiatus, English soccer cranked back into action in June, but the country’s glimmering Premier League stadiums have since been frightfully silent and sad places on match days, stripped of atmosphere.

With London placed in the government’s Tier 2 restrictions following the end of national lockdown, Arsenal were the first top-flight club to have the opportunity to open the turnstiles to a limited number of fans.

Normally no-stakes Europa League group game against such modest opposition, with Christmas approaching, might have been an excuse for a night on the sofa or at the local shopping center.

But it felt like a momentous occasion for the fortunate not many with tickets on a cold and damp north London night.

“I’ve been coming since the Emirates opened in 2006. It implies absolutely everything,” 25-year-old fan Josef told Reuters before kickoff.

“I felt quite emotional on the stroll over here – just the sort of buzz of seeing people back in scarves, back in hats, back in kits. It means everything to be here.”

Another fan, Stevan Rowan, added: “Since last year there’s been nothing to do. Going to games just makes everything a lot better than what it was.”

Once inside and socially distanced in neat lines, most wearing face coverings, it felt like business as usual.

Much-loved mascot Gunnersaurus, threatened with extinction a couple of months ago because of cost savings, plodded around the touchline, and it didn’t take long for the fans to get their lungs working with a rendition of “We Hate Tottenham”.

Arsenal’s players applauded the fans before kickoff, and when Lacazette smashed home his side’s opening goal, the entire team joined him on the touchline to milk the applause.

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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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