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Tokyo Games: What A Runner!

By Rediff Sports
August 08, 2021 17:34 IST
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IMAGE: Team Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge, the defending Olympic Champion and World Record holder, leads Marathon runners on the final day of the Tokyo Olympics.
The heat was so unbearable that 30 runners didn't finish the race.
Photograph: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

IMAGE: Team China's Jiali Liu and Team New Zealand's Holly Edmondston compete as Clara Copponi of Team France, Laura Kenny of Team Great Britain, Emily Kay of Team Ireland, Daria Pikulik of Team Poland and Elisa Balsamo of Team Italy crash during the Women's Omnium scratch race, 1 round of 4, of the track cycling event.
Photograph: Justin Setterfield/Getty Images

IMAGE: Team Montenegro and Team Italy contest the 7th-8th classification water polo match.
Photograph: Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

IMAGE: Left to right: Yuta Wakimoto of Team Japan sprints ahead of Mohd Azizulhasni Awang of Team Malaysia during the Keirin Quarterfinals heat 3 of the track cycling event.
Photograph: Justin Setterfield/Getty Images

IMAGE: Team Japan's Rui Machida (#13) drives to the basket against Team United States's A'Ja Wilson (#9) during the women's Basketball Final.
Photograph: Bryan Snyder - Pool/Getty Images

IMAGE: Team United States Head Coach Dejan Udovicic reacts during the 5th-6th classification water polo match against Team Croatia.
Photograph: Tom Pennington/Getty Images

IMAGE: Team Ireland's Kellie Anne Harrington and Team Brazil's Beatriz Ferreira exchange punches during the women's Light (57-60kg) Final bout.
Photograph: Buda Mendes/Getty Images

IMAGE: Team United States's Keyshawn Davis dodges a punch from Team Cuba's Andy Cruz.
Photograph: Buda Mendes/Getty Images

IMAGE: Team United States's Foluke Akinradewo (#16) competes against Team Brazil's Ana Carolina da Silva (#15) during the Gold medal match.
Photograph: Phil Walter/Getty Images

IMAGE: Team Israel in action with balls during the gymnastics - Rhythmic - Group All-Around - Final.
Photograph: Lindsey Wasson/Reuters

IMAGE: Team Sweden's Carin Stromberg scores a goal in the handball Bronze medal match against Team Norway.
Photograph: Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters

IMAGE: Gold medallist Eliud Kipchoge (2776) -- who became only the third runner to win the Marathon in consecutive Olympics after the legendary Ethopian Abebe Bikila in 1960 and 1964 and East German Waldemar Cierpinski in the 1972 and 1976 Olympics -- congratulates Silver medallist Abdi Nageeye of Team Netherlands.
The Kenyan confirmed his status as the Greatest Marathoner of the 21st Century, a fitting end to the track and field events at a most memorable Olympics!
Photograph: Feline Lim/REUTERS

Photographs curated by Manisha Kotian/Rediff.com
Feature Presentation: Mahipal Soni/Rediff.com

 

 
 
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