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Fil- Canadian drowns after rescuing son from strong currents

A Filipino Canadian died after saving his son from strong currents on Lake Chehalis in Canada. Arnulf Salazar, 53, immediately dove into the lake when he noticed that his 10-year old son Zach, who has autism, was drowning. Bystanders who heard the cries helped Salazar and reached out to grab the child after he pushed his son towards them, according to a report from ABS-CBN News. The strong currents, however, started pulling and dragging Salazar down the lake. “It was just too far for me to get him. It’s a big shock to us because it happened so fast and we never expected such a thing to happen on that day,” Zsalve Salazar, his daughter, told ABS CBN News. She described Salazar as a kind and hardworking father who had always supported her dreams. “He always wanted me to always do my best.. He was always my number one supporter,” the younger Salazar added. The family has set up a GoFundMe campaign to help cover Arnulf’s funeral expenses. Those who also want to help may go to this link: https://ca.gofundme.com/f/in-loving-memory-of-arnulf-salazar

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Japan rallies in 9th to beat DR 4-3 in Olympic opener

Hayato Sakamoto hit a game-ending, bases-loaded single in the ninth inning to rally host Japan for a 4-3 victory over the Dominican Republic in the Olympic baseball opener

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Dressage times today at Tokyo Olympics: Team final schedule, TV channel and more

The dressage team final takes place at the Tokyo Olympics on Tuesday followed by the individual freestyle final on Wednesday. Team GB made it through the weekend’s grand prix events to join Germany, the US, the Netherlands, Sweden, Portugal and Spain in Tuesday’s final. Follow Tokyo Olympics 2021: Latest medals and updates Twenty-four riders take part in the grand prix special, split into three groups: the first two in each team will ride in reverse order of merit (based on their grand prix scores), while the final group will ride in reverse order of the team standings after the first two groups have been completed, promising a tense finale. As for when we can expect to see Team GB in action, Carl Hester riding En Vogue is up first at approximately 10am GMT, followed by Charlotte Fry on Everdale at 11.35am GMT and then Charlotte Dujardin on Gio, whose start time will be determined by the outcome of the first two groups. Germany went through to the team final on Sunday with the best score and are undoubtedly the favourites on Tuesday, with world number one Isabell Werth and top scorer Jessica von Bredow-Werndl in their side. Team GB have serious pedigree too, however, with Dujardin, 36, having won gold in both team and individual events at London 2012 and individual gold and team silver in Rio five years ago. Hester, 56, meanwhile has plenty of experience and is competing in his sixth Olympics and was part of the same team with Dujardin that picked up medals at the last two Games. Speaking after making her Olympic debut at the weekend, Team GB’s Charlotte Fry, 25, said: “I was really happy with it. It couldn’t have gone much better, to be honest. Of her mount, Everdale, Fry said: “He definitely knew it was a big occasion. He was so concentrated today. It was such a great feeling. We have really kind of grown up together and built a really good partnership. I enjoyed every second of it, and he felt like he was enjoying it as well. “You never know how it is going to feel when you go into the arena, and every arena is different, but I really trust him and he really trusts me, so that kind of situation we don’t worry about too much.” The Dressage Grand Prix Special team final will be shown on TV on Eurosport Player, discovery+ and on BBC 2, BBC iPlayer and BBC Red Button. Read More Olympics 2021 schedule: A day-by-day guide to the Tokyo Games Why is Russia banned from the Olympics and what is ROC? Olympics skateboarding schedule: When will Sky Brown perform?

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LEADING OFF: Turner, Yelich out with COVID-19, Judge returns

COVID-19 continues to impact major league rosters more than 16 months after spring training was shut down in 2020 because of the coronavirus

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PEZA buildings to benefit from IT-BPM growth

The local information technology and business process management (IT-BPM) sector has been fuelling the growth of the Phillippine office market amid the pandemic and is seen to continue expanding as the global economy recovers. The outsourcing sector had a 37 percent share in total office transactions across the Philippines (515,000 square meters) as of March 2020. Colliers has recorded a 38 percent (28,000 sqm) growth in the IT-BPM office transactions across the Philippines from the second half of 2020 to the first half of 2021. According to its report, the trend will become stronger as vaccination picks up and confidence in returning to the office increases. During first half of 2021, Colliers has observed that 85 percent (87,600sqm) of the total IT-BPM office transactions across the Philippines are in PEZA ecozones. With the trend showing that outsourcing locators are still likely to register with PEZA and thus take spaces in PEZA-registered buildings, Robinsons Land Corporation said its Cybergate Galleria in Cebu is a likely choice for BPOs who are on a lookout for viable sites in the province of Cebu. “We anticipate that locating in PEZA ecozones will still be a top consideration for the IT-BPM sector due to the agency’s professionalism and one-stop shop nature,” said RLC Senior Vice President and Office Buildings General Manager Jericho Go, Robinsons Land Corporation (RLC). IT-BPM companies looking for new and PEZA-registered office spaces in Cebu may now sign-up to lease spaces in Cybergate Galleria. The building, which was recently declared as an IT building, is now ready to be turned over to tenants for their fit-out activities. More importantly, pursuant to a Presidential Proclamation issued last April 8, 2021, Cybergate Galleria in Cebu is now a PEZA-certified special economic zone. “Locating in a new building like Cybergate Galleria in Cebu ensures that huge investments being made by tenants on fit-out and IT infrastructure may be recovered. Companies could sign-up long-term leases and/or have multiple lease renewals in newer buildings,” said Go. He added that, “you worry less on equipment breakdown and enjoy a fresh look for your leased premises and common areas.” Strategically located within the Robinsons Galleria Cebu mixed-use complex, the 13-storey Cybergate Galleria Cebu has 9 office floors, which are now ready for occupancy. It covers a total gross leasable area of 19,500 square meters. The building has large and efficient floor plates of about 2,100 square meters, which will provide tenants with increased flexibility in designing their workspaces. Future occupants of the building need not go far since Cybergate Galleria in Cebu will house food and service operators, and is right next to the world-class Robinsons Galleria Cebu mall. Aside from this, it also offers numerous indoor parking spaces and ample space for a recruitment center. The building is designed to operate 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. It is equipped with 100 percent back-up power and has multiple telecom providers. Go also stressed that tenants can be assured of their safety and security inside the office building because “Cybergate Galleria Cebu has round-the-clock CCTV surveillance and security, supported by fire alarm detection system (FDAS), fire sprinklers, and smoke detectors.” It likewise features four (4) high-speed elevators for ease of vertical transport, and a Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) air-conditioning system that allows tenants to save on electricity costs. As part of the sustainability thrust of Robinsons Land, Cybergate Galleria Cebu is designed with green and sustainable building features, such as LED lighting and water-efficient fixtures. Go highlighted that Cybergate Galleria Cebu is strategically situated in close proximity to residential communities, schools, hospitals, hotels, commercial and lifestyle centers, and is easily accessible to public transportation. It is also just 12 kilometers away from the Mactan International Airport. Within the mixed-use complex is the 66,000-square meter Robinsons Galleria Cebu, a lifestyle center offering a world of convenience and leisure outlets. It hosts a wide selection of retail, service, entertainment, and dining options including Robinsons Selections, Robinsons Department Store, Robinsons Movieworld, Robinsons Appliances, True Value and a food hall. In addition, right beside Cybergate Galleria Cebu is the 220-room Summit Hotel and the upcoming 3-tower Galleria Residences Cebu. For those wishing to reside within the complex, the adjacent Galleria Residences Cebu will give future employees the ultimate in convenience and comfort. Future employees can become residents at Galleria Residences Cebu, saving them commute time and effort on a daily basis. All of these are within the 5-hectare mixed-use complex along General Maxilom Avenue, Cebu City. “Robinsons Land is passionate about creating mixed-use complexes in the provinces. We believe that doing so gives our countrymen equal opportunities to be employed where they live,” said Go. He added that, “We envision that the good paying jobs coming from IT-BPM companies will help keep families together as job opportunities are created in their cities. Cebuanos will no longer have to leave their families behind to look for jobs in Metro Manila or in another country. They now have a viable employment alternative here.”

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Basavaraj Bommai Sworn in as Karnataka CM After Yediyurappa's Exit

On Yediyurappa, PM Modi tweeted saying, 'No words will ever do justice to his monumental contribution'.

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Joey Jordison death: Slipknot fans and music world pay tribute

Joey Jordison, Slipknot’s founding drummer and co-writer of hits including “Wait and Bleed”, has died at the age of 46. A representative for his family confirmed that he died peacefully in his sleep. No cause of death has yet been specified. In a statement, Jordison’s family said: “Joey’s death has left us with empty hearts and feelings of indescribable sorrow. To those that knew Joey, understood his quick wit, his gentle personality, giant heart, and his love for all things family and music. The family of Joey have asked that friends, fans, and media understandably respect our need for privacy and peace at this incredibly difficult time.” Fans have been paying tribute to the drummer on social media, as have figures from the music world. Trivium’s Alex Ben said: “I don’t have words, to call him an inspiration would be an understatement. Countless hours studying every move behind the kit . I owe so much to Joey Jordison and could never imagine being where I am today without his influence. RIP.” Writing on Facebook, Metallica added: “RIP brother”. Skin, of Skunk Anansie, added: “RIP @thejoeyjordison. One of the most ferocious and entertaining bands we ever played with. What a drummer! Rock has lost another legend.” Dave Lomardo, drummer with Dead Cross, wrote: “I am shocked and saddened to hear of the passing of Joey Jordison. An incredible musician and songwriter, gone way too soon. My deepest condolences to his family, friends, and all who he touched with his talent. RIP Joey.” Papa Roach said: “S***. RIP to the brother Joey Jordison. Love you brother” while Frank Turner tweeted: “Very sad to hear about Joey Jordison. Never crossed paths but he was an incredible musician. 46 is no age. RIP.” Jordison was originally part of an Iowa-based metal group called the Pale Ones and later Meld, before he suggested that the band change their name to Slipknot in 1995. In 1999, their self-titled debut album went double-platinum. Jordison’s furious rhythms were considered crucial to the band’s success. He was also a central part of the group’s songwriting team, along with late bassist Paul Gray. Shawn “Clown” Crahan is now the only remaining original member of the group. Jordison left Slipknot in 2013, citing “personal reasons”. Speaking to the audience at the Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards in 2016, Jordison revealed that he was suffering from a neurological disease.

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Tokyo COVID-19 cases top 3,000, record high for second straight day - media

By Linda Sieg and Takaya Yamaguchi TOKYO (Reuters) - Daily COVID-19 cases in Olympic host city Tokyo hit a record

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'We're Humans Too,' Simone Biles Speaks Out After Pulling Out of Team Final

"Put your mental health first" Simone Biles highlights the importance of mental health at the Olympics

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Completed clinical trials data for Covid-19 vaccines to be unblinded

So far, Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin has completed its phase III large clinical trials that found it to be 78% effective in preventing symptomatic infection. SII’s Covishield has completed its immunogenicity bridging trial to show that it produces a similar immune response as seen elsewhere

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Olympics-Sailing-Winds picking up as sailing gets serious

By Philip O'Connor ENOSHIMA, Japan (Reuters) - Like the winds at the Enoshima Yacht Harbour, the sailing competitions at the

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Toro HR hours after trading sides, but Astros beat Mariners

Abraham Toro homered for Seattle against the team that traded him across the diamond during batting practice, but the Houston Astros held off a ninth-inning rally to beat the Mariners 8-6

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Robredo to give way to Lacson?; 'No way' says Trillanes, Magdalo

Former Senator Antonio Trillanes IV on Wednesday, July 28, warned that he and his Magdalo Party group will leave the alliance formed with the opposition if Vice President Leni Robredo gives way for Senator Panfilo Lacson in her possible presidential bid next year. The former senator said this after Lacson and Robredo’s spokesman Barry Gutierrez confirmed the meeting held last week between the two officials. “VP Leni, I hope this is not true. Pero kung totoo ito, pasensya na po pero (But if this is true, we’re sorry but) the Magdalo Group would not join you and LP (Liberal Party) kung mag give way kayo para kay(if you will give way for) Sen. Lacson,” Trillanes posted on his social media accounts. He also posted a screenshot of the report wherein Lacson said he and Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III met with Robredo , the LP’s chairman, and former Senator Bam Aquino. Lacson did not divulge what they spoke about during the meeting. Trillanes, however, did not take this meeting in stride. “May I remind you also na si Sen. Lacson ay isa sa nagtulak sa (that Sen. Lacson was one of those who pushed for the) unjust imprisonment of your partymate, Sen. De Lima.” READ: United opposition in 2022? Trillanes, LP spar over presidential bets De Lima, Robredo’s partymate at the Liberal Party, is detained at the Camp Crame for allegedly trumped-up drug charges. She is a staunch critic of President Duterte and at one point, investigated his supposed crimes in Davao City where he was mayor for decades before becoming Chief Executive. In 2016, both Lacson and Sotto supported the charges against De Lima with the former saying that the House probe into the proliferation of illegal drugs in the national penitentiary during her time as Justice secretary brought credible evidence enough to issue a warrant of arrest. Robredo has been supportive of De Lima while she is in detention. De Lima recently announced she will seek reelection as a senator. But Gutierrez said that Trillanes’ remarks on Robredo giving way to Lacson were “extremely premature” because “VP Leni has not yet made a definitive announcement regarding her candidacy for President.” “What she has said before stands: she remains open to running for President, and will announce her decision at the appropriate time,” he added. Earlier, Gutierrez said that the meeting with Lacson and Sotto was part of the vice president’s “commitment to forge the broadest possible unity among groups and individuals seeking change in 2022.” READ: Robredo, Lacson discuss ‘broadest possible unity’ for 2022 polls Despite not having made her decision yet to run as president in 2022, Robredo said she wants to be instrumental in uniting the opposition because they believe it is the best way to win against the administration’s candidates next year. Trillanes has repeatedly said that he will only forego his plan to run as president if Robredo will seek the country’s highest post.

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Barclays announces dividends, buybacks as first-half profits beat expectations

By Lawrence White and Iain Withers LONDON (Reuters) -Barclays will resume shareholder payouts after beating first-half profit expectations on bumper

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Foton gives Hidilyn Diaz brand new 13-seater Transvan

A new ride for Team HD The Philippines’ first Olympic gold medalist continues to be lauded and recognized by the country and various businesses for her latest achievement. Government officials and the country’s top business executives are slated to give more than P35 million to Diaz in recognition and appreciation for giving the country its first Olympic gold medal since it joined the games in 1924. The rewards are expected to rise up to P50 million as Malacañang and other patrons promised to give more in appreciation of her unprecedented feat. These prizes include a house and lot, condominium unit, unlimited miles on airlines, a lifetime supply of fuel, and even free meals for life at various restaurants. The latest to pledge a prize is Foton Motor Philippines. Foton is one of the leading commercial vehicle manufacturers in the country, and one of the few that assembles vehicles in the Philippines. Foton announced that it has gifted a brand new TransVan 13-seater to the Philippines’ first Olympic gold medalist, Hidilyn Diaz, for bringing home a historic triumph in the Women’s Weightlifting 55-kg class held in Tokyo. “Filipino pride stands high in front of an international audience with the triumph of our Filipino athlete, Hidilyn Diaz. As she drives home glory, we are honored to prize her utmost dedication with the top-rated mobility of our Foton TransVan 13-seater” said Foton Motor Philippines Inc. (FMPI) President, Rommel Sytin. The TransVan 13-seater is ideal for a variety of uses, from family trips to business related tours. The four-door van will easily accommodate the entire Team HD or Diaz’s entire family to any destination.

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Tokyo COVID-19 cases top 3,000, record high for second straight day - media

By Linda Sieg and Takaya Yamaguchi TOKYO (Reuters) -Daily COVID-19 cases in Olympic host city Tokyo hit a record high

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Pub group Marston's CEO calls for permanent cut in taxes to aid recovery

(Reuters) -Pub operator Marston's boss on Wednesday called on the British government to permanently cut the value-added tax (VAT) to

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Army, NPA clash in Misamis Occidental

The Philippine Army (PA) figured in a fresh armed encounter with suspected New People’s Army (NPA) rebels in Calamba, Misamis Occidental on Tuesday morning, July 27, the second incident in a little over two weeks. Major Gen. Generoso Ponio, commander of the 1st Infantry “Tabak” Division (1ID), said a platoon of Alpha Company belonging to the 10th Infantry Battalion (10IB) was engaged in a firefight by an undetermined number of “Guerilla Front Sendong” warriors in Barangay Singalat around 8:30 a.m. Ponio said the troops were conducting combat operations when they were fired upon by the communist rebels. The firefight lasted for 30 minutes until the enemies were compelled to withdraw after being overpowered, he noted. No one died from the side of the military while there were “undetermined” number of casualties on the enemies’ part. During clearing operations, the troops recovered several “personal belongings” of the rebels, the military commander said. The clash occured over two weeks after the battalion encountered the same group of communist rebels, who are operating under the Communist Party of the Philippines’ (CPP) Western Mindanao Regional Party Committee, last July 11. During the said encounter, the military seized an AK-47 rifle, various magazines and ammunition, gadgets, medical supplies, and flags of the CPP. The 10IB has conducted blocking operations to deny enemies’ access to the neighboring barangays, Ponio said. “The Tabak troopers stand ready to respond and addressaby attempt by the threat groups in endangering the safety and welfare of the people,” he stressed.

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Blinken in veiled warning on rights, democracy in India

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken issued a veiled warning Wednesday about Indian democracy backsliding in his first official visit

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A Canadian swimmer's success is forcing China to reexamine the legacy of its one-child policy

A gold medal-winning Canadian swimmer has made waves in China for her Chinese heritage, sparking heated discussions over the country's decades-long one-child policy and gender discrimination.

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Simone Biles withdraws from final individual all-around gymnastics to focus on mental health

Simone Biles has withdrawn from the final individual all-around gymnastics at the Tokyo Olympics to focus on her mental health. The 24-year-old, widely considered the greatest gymnast of all time, pulled out of the women’s gymnastics team final on Tuesday, citing mental health concerns, with Team USA going on to win silver behind the ROC. A statement from USA gymnastics read: “After further medical evaluation, Simone Biles has withdrawn from the final individual all-around competition at the Tokyo Olympic Games, in order to focus on her mental health. “Simone will continue to be evaluated daily to determine whether or not to participate in next week’s individual event finals. “Jade Carey, who had the ninth highest score in qualifications, will participate in her place in the all-around. “We wholeheartedly support Simone’s decision and applaud her bravery in prioritizing her well-being. Her courage shows, yet again, why she is a role model for so many.” More to follow... Read More Olympics 2021 schedule: A day-by-day guide to the Tokyo Games Why is Russia banned from the Olympics and what is ROC? Olympics skateboarding schedule: When will Sky Brown perform?

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China’s Escalating Property Curbs Point to Xi’s New Priority

(Bloomberg) -- After a years-long campaign to tame property prices, China is upping the ante to break a stubborn cycle

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Sunday Igboho: Wetin dey stop Benin extradition of Nigerian separatist leader?

Nigeria plan to extradite Sunday Igboho dey fade as im dey face criminal accusations for Benin.

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Astra Shot Brings No Increased Blood-Clot Risk After Two Doses

(Bloomberg) -- AstraZeneca Plc’s Covid-19 vaccine doesn’t raise the risk of a rare blood clotting disorder after a second dose,

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‘I feel dead inside’: GB’s Bianca Walkden devastated to miss out on taekwondo gold at Tokyo Olympics

By the end of the fourth day in the Olympic taekwondo arena, the only possible explanation left was that the Makuhari Messe Hall was cursed. Time and again British fighters had one hand on a medal only for it to change colour in their grasp. “I’m gutted,” said Bradly Sinden having led his 68kg final with eight seconds to go. “I had her,” said a mystified Lauren Williams after giving up gold with three seconds left. On Tuesday night in Tokyo it was the turn of Liverpudlian Bianca Walkden. The three-time world champion and world No 1 suffered an agonising defeat in the last second of her semi-final, leaving her face down on the floor in disbelief. Just as in Rio five years ago she still roused herself to win bronze in the repechage a few hours later, but the 29-year-old knew this was a glorious opportunity missed to become an Olympic champion. Follow Tokyo Olympics 2021: Latest medals and updates “Obviously I’m glad I came away with an Olympic medal, but it’s not the colour I trained for,” Walkden said, smiling through tears. “I did not want to come out at all [for the repechage] but I wanted to stand there with my head held high. I feel a little bit dead inside but I would never have given it away, I fought to the end even though it’s killing me inside. Tonight I can cry, I can let it all out, but I had to still be professional. “I got another Olympic medal. I might paint it when I get home, no one has to know.” The semi-final was in her hands. The fight was paused with three seconds left on the clock, and Walkden had a two-point lead over the Korean fifth seed Lee Da-bin. There are various ways to earn points in taekwondo, but in the dying embers of a contest when someone is trailing by only two points, it usually boils down to a body kick to draw or a head kick to win. The referee, Jamaica’s highly poised Conrad Jenkins, dropped his arm to resume. Lee leapt forward and Walkden kicked out to cancel the move. Two seconds left. As they landed back on their feet, Walkden kicked to the body as Lee threw her left leg as high as she could. One second. Walkden was off balance and couldn’t evade Lee’s foot, which connected with the side of her head guard with enough force to awaken its electronic sensor. A blue light flashed registering the three-point hit. It was over. Walkden lay face down on the arena floor for an eternity, eyes closed, breathing heavily. Just off stage her coach Michael Harvey thrashed his arms and convulsed his body in exasperated rage, launching an imaginary throw of his water bottle high into the empty stands before collecting himself to congratulate Lee; taekwondo is physically and emotionally punishing but it is played with Ye Ui – courtesy. His reaction was understandable – it had happened again. It is easy with hindsight but could Walkden have retreated in those final moments, backed off and preserved her lead? “I wanted to attack because I’d have more regret going back than attacking. I got grabbed and I got crescented [a high arcing kick] at the end and it was over. Shoulda, coulda, woulda. I would rather live with myself attacking knowing that’s who I am.” Of course there is no curse over Team GB, just bad luck and good opponents in a sport designed to see-saw, to encourage aggressive instincts and reward calculated risk. Even so, there is a nagging sense of what might have been. Two silver medals and one bronze is a respectable haul from five athletes including a couple of Olympic debutants, yet they were so close to so much more. Double Olympic champion Jade Jones fell to a shock defeat in her opening contest and Britain never fully regained their footing. Jones watched Walkden’s agony unfold from the stands. The pair live together in Manchester near the National Taekwondo Centre and spent the darkest months of lockdown training and fighting in their makeshift gym in the garage. Their hard work was rewarded with a medal, but the semi-final defeat was a reminder of the brutal agony and pure ecstasy of sport, Olympic sport in particular when such rare opportunities present themselves, and that five years of careful preparation can come down to a single moment. “We were so close, that’s what’s so hard,” said Walkden. “Bradly, eight seconds. Lauren, three seconds. I had one second. It just shows how good taekwondo is as the sport. Anything can happen.” Does winning a medal at least ease the pain? “I’ll look back with pride once I get a gold. I’m not that far off, am I? I’m a three-time world champion, world No 1, with two Olympic bronze medals and I should be proud of that. Anyone else would die for that. Three years [until Paris 2024] isn’t that long away.” Read More Olympics 2021 schedule: A day-by-day guide to the Tokyo Games Why is Russia banned from the Olympics and what is ROC? Olympics skateboarding schedule: When will Sky Brown perform?

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