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Athing Mu of USA Wins Gold in Women’s 800m Finals | Athletics Tokyo 2020 Olympics

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(CBC) Athletics: Andre De Grasse wins Olympic gold in men's 200m final
Fellow Canadian Aaron Brown finishes 6th

(CBC) Athletics: Gabriela DeBues-Stafford to run for Olympic gold medal in 1,500 metres
Canadian record holder clocks 3:58.28, sister Lucia posts PB but won't advance

(The Telegraph) Athletics: Tokyo 2020 Olympics live: Katarina Johnson-Thompson pulls up with injury in heptathlon 200m heat

(The Guardian) Athleics: The greatest race ever part II: Sydney McLaughlin wins 400m hurdles gold in world record time
Dalilah Muhammad takes silver and Femke Bol bronze - McLaughlin’s time of 51.46sec crushes her own world record

(BBC) Athletics: Tokyo Olympics: Laura Muir secures place in Friday's 1500m final
Britain's Laura Muir was seventh fastest into Friday's 1500m final as the Scot continued her quest for a first major medal at Tokyo 2020

(Washington Times) Women in Sport: Semenya redux? Christine Mboma’s silver medal spurs testosterone debate

(Runner's World) Athletics: Athing Mu Wins the Women’s 800-Meter Olympic Title
The 19-year-old is the first American gold medalist since 1968; American Raevyn Rogers gets bronze

Athletics: Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run Will Host 2021 USATF 10 Mile Championships Presented by Toyota
Registration closes on August 15 for September 12th race; Metro to open at 5 a.m. on race day

(Footwear News) Athletics:How Deckers Is Stealing More Running Market Share as It Aims to Turn Hoka One One Into a Billion-Dollar Brand

(WA) Athletics: Wlodarczyk underlines legend status with third Olympic hammer title

(Eurosport UK) Athletics: Tokyo 2020 - Keely Hodgkinson a force to be reckoned with and a future champion, says Greg Rutherford after 800m silver
Eurosport's Greg Rutherford believes Keely Hodgkinson is a future world or Olympic champion after her stunning silver in the 800m. "She runs like somebody who's been doing the event professionally for the last 15 years," he told Tokyo Today.

(The Star) Women in Sport: Namibian sprinters resurrect 'paradox' of DSD rules
* A DSD or intersex athlete is broadly described as one who has XY sex chromosomes, has a blood testosterone level in the male range
* South African Semenya had been at the forefront of the battle since she blazed onto the scene by winning the 800m at 2009 world championships

(Daily Nation) Running: Kipkemoi Limo set for Salomon Summit to Summit race
Limo Kipkemoi will be running from Mt Kilimanjaro to Mt Kenya between August 14 and 21 in the Salomon Kenya Summit to Summit race

(Independent.IE) Athletics: Karsten Warholm achievement is one for the ages regardless of shoes technology

(The Guardian) Olympics: Keely Hodgkinson wins GB’s first track medal in day of thrills and drama
Team won eight medals including two sailing golds as Jason Kenny became GB’s most successful Olympian

(JoyOnline) Athletics: New ‘trampoline tracks’ at Tokyo 2020 explain why so many records being broken


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(Yahoo) Drugs in Sport: Italy Olympics chief blasts Jacobs doping suspicions

(CBC) Athletics: Moh Ahmed, Justyn Knight give Canada 2 track medal threats in Olympic 5,000m final
De Grasse, Brown explosive in 200 semis; Rogers held off podium in hammer throw

(Track-Stats) Athletics:Women’s 800m: negative splits all the way to gold, silver and bronze

(Runner's World) Athletics: It’s Finally Time for the U.S. Olympic Marathoners to Strut Their Stuff
They made the team 17 months ago. Are they rusty or ready to take on the world’s best?

(Globe and Mail) Drugs in Sport: Tokyo Olympic Georgian shot putter Benik Abrahamyan provisionally banned after failing doping test

(BBC) Athletics: Tokyo Olympics: GB's Keely Hodgkinson wins silver behind USA's Athing Mu
Nineteen-year-old Keely Hodgkinson won a sensational 800m silver medal at the Olympic Games in a new British record of one minute 55.88 seconds as US teenager Athing Mu took gold

(The Guardian) Athing Mu races to gold in women’s 800m as Keely Hodgkinson takes silver
Mu is first US winner since 1968, Raevyn Rogers takes bronze - Hodgkinson wins Team GB’s first athletics medal of Games
(BBC) Tokyo Olympics: Jemma Reekie expected 'a lot better' than fourth in 800m final
Frustrated Jemma Reekie vowed to "get better" after a personal best in the 800m was only good enough for fourth place in the Olympic 800m final

(WSJ*) Women in Sport: There Will Be a New 800-Meter Champion in Tokyo. Thank the Testosterone Rules.
Since the Rio Olympics, track and field’s governing body tightened its hormone restrictions. As a result, all three medalists from 2016 are ineligible to compete in the event

(CBC) Athletics: In pursuit of 5th Olympic medal, Andre De Grasse eases into 200m semifinals
Fellow Canadian Aaron Brown also advances after winning heat

(The Independent) Women in Sport: Tokyo 2020: What are the testosterone rules in women’s athletics?
The complex testosterone regulations in track and field have become an issue again at the Olympics after two teenagers from Namibia qualified for the women’s 200-meter final

(The Guardian) Athletics: Tokyo track designer reveals boost from new surface as records fall at Olympics
Andrea Vallauri says new surface enhances performance by 1-2% - Karsten Warholm shreds 400m hurdles world record on Tuesday

(The Telegraph) Athletics: 'Having a trampoline is b------t': Super shoes controversy reignited by world-record shattering star Karsten Warholm
Karsten Warholm admits super spikes are having impact on times, but says there's a difference between his shoes and Rai Benjamin's ones

(talkSport) Athletics: Norway’s Karsten Warholm rips shirt after ‘greatest Olympic race ever’ as USA’s Rai Benjamin smashes 400m hurdle world record but still only manages silver at Tokyo 2020

(NY Times) Athletics: Why Elite Female Athletes Are Turning Away From Major Sponsors
Smaller brands are working with athletes in different ways, like giving them equity or roles in developing products, and are paying more attention to their personal stories

(AW) Athletics: McLaughlin, Thompson-Herah, Mboma impress in qualifying
Highlights from the Olympic women’s 200m, 400m hurdles and pole vault plus men’s 400m semi-finals wet Monday night in Tokyo

(Globe anad Mail) Athletics: Record-holding Canadian sprinter, Olympic medallist Angela Bailey dies at 59

(Daily Mail) Athletics: IOC 'considering their next steps' as they investigate US shot putter Raven Saunders for making an 'X' gesture on the podium after receiving silver medal in most high-profile protest yet at the Tokyo Olympics
* Raven Saunders won silver on Sunday in shot put and protested on the podium
* Saunders, 25, explained the crossing of her wrists as 'the intersection of where all people who are oppressed meet'
* Officials are investigating her actions after she received her silver medal

(NY Times) Athletics: A Track Built for Speed Is Already Producing Records
The springy surface at Olympic Stadium in Tokyo has been compared to a trampoline. “You can feel the bounce,” one runner said

(The Guardian) Athltics: Peter Bol: ‘Get to know the person, instead of the assumptions’
The first Australian man in 53 years to make an Olympics 800m final is challenging stereotypes in Tokyo

(The Telegraph) Women in Sport: Sport's trans debate will be settled by compromise - not hard and fast rules
I do feel as if the IOC should have been better prepared, when you consider how furiously this debate has been raging since Rio

(Mirror) Olympics: Hope and heartbreak of Olympic defectors who used games to flee oppressive regimes
As Belarusian sprinter Krystsina Tsimanaouskaya is granted asylum in Poland after and refusing to fly home, we look at 1948 to today and the history of defectors’ hope and heartbreak at the Olympic Games

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  Book/Video/Movie of the Month - August 2021  
The Joy of Sweat: The Strange Science of Perspiration  The Joy of Sweat: The Strange Science of Perspiration
By Sarah Everts (Author)
A New York Times Most Anticipated Book of the Summer
A taboo-busting romp through the shame, stink, and strange science of sweating.
Sweating may be one of our weirdest biological functions, but it’s also one of our most vital and least understood. In The Joy of Sweat, Sarah Everts delves into its role in the body—and in human history.
Why is sweat salty? Why do we sweat when stressed? Why do some people produce colorful sweat? And should you worry about Big Brother tracking the hundreds of molecules that leak out in your sweat—not just the stinky ones or alleged pheromones—but the ones that reveal secrets about your health and vices?
Everts’s entertaining investigation takes readers around the world—from Moscow, where she participates in a dating event in which people sniff sweat in search of love, to New Jersey, where companies hire trained armpit sniffers to assess the efficacy of their anti-sweat products. In Finland, Everts explores the delights of the legendary smoke sauna and the purported health benefits of good sweat, while in the Netherlands she slips into the sauna theater scene, replete with costumes, special effects, and towel dancing.
Along the way, Everts traces humanity’s long quest to control sweat, culminating in the multibillion-dollar industry for deodorants and antiperspirants. And she shows that while sweating can be annoying, our sophisticated temperature control strategy is one of humanity’s most powerful biological traits.
Deeply researched and written with great zest, The Joy of Sweat is a fresh take on a gross but engrossing fact of human life.

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