‘Tragic’ family heartbreak behind golden golf star; men’s 100m final looms – LIVE


27-year-old American Xander Schauffele claimed the biggest victory of his life when he won gold in the men’s golf in Tokyo. But there’s a tragic story behind Schauffele’s success.And the countdown is on to the men’s 100m final.James Magnussen and Yvonne Sampson bring you the latest after Australia’s most successful day in Olympics history. ‘DREAM WAS SWIPED’: OLYMPIC JOURNEY COMES FULL CIRCLEXander Schauffele’s father, Stefan, had his own Olympics dream ripped away from him four decades ago.“He wants to always make sure this is written correctly he was a decathlete hopeful,” Xander said last week in Japan.But on the way to training with the German national team in his hometown of Stuttgart, a 20-year-old Stefan was in a horrific car crash caused by a drunk driver. Stefan’s windshield shattered, sending glass into his left eye.He was in and out of hospital for nearly two years, with his vision unable to be saved. He turned to alcohol to cope with depression.“His dream was swiped from him,” Xander said last week. “As a young golfer, I could relate to a situation where something you’ve worked at for so many years is taken away. It was tragic.”Stefan’s grandparents were both successful professional footballers. One went on to be a superstar javelin and discus thrower, winning over 40 titles in Germany.Stefan introduced Xander to golf as a nine-year-old, and has been his son’s swing coach throughout his entire golfing career. He was in Tokyo to watch his son win a medal.Even reaching the Olympics was, Stefan said last week: “Sort of like a full circle of my own dream.”100M SEMIS: Aussie star misses final despite sizzling semi run100M FINAL SET TO BE BLOCKBUSTERAussie Rohan Browning sadly missed out on being the first Aussie into the Olympic 100m final in 65 years.But it’s still set to be an epic – and the field is open to say the least.The race is missing the world champion (Christian Coleman), Olympic champion (Usain Bolt) and world leader (Trayvon Bromell). The second-fastest man in history, Jamaica’s Yohan Blake, also failed to make it out of his semi-final.In the first semi-final, Great Britain’s Reece Prescod was disqualified for a false start, after left the blocks 0.006 seconds before the starter’s gun fired. Prescod had received a reprieve in the heats for jumping early, but this time the offence was far more obvious.The race was then delayed a full five minutes, leaving commentators scratching their heads as to the reason for the extended pause.Fred Kerley of the USA topped the first semi-final with 9.96s, while Canada’s Andre De Grasse was second with 9.98s. Both automatically qualified as top-two finishers. Ferdinand Omurwa claimed the Kenyan national record with 10.00s in third, which was not enough to qualify.In the second semi-final (which featured Browning), Zharnel Hughes of Great Britain won the race with a 9.98s, ahead of Enoch Adegoke of Nigeria with a 10.00s. China’s Bingtian Su won the third semi-final with a stunning 9.83s, ahead of Ronnie Baker of the USA (also 9.83s). Lamont Marcell Jacobs of Italy was third (9.84s) ahead of Akani Simbine of South Africa in fourth with a 9.90s. But Jacobs and Simbine qualified for the final as the two fastest non-top-two-finishers across all three heats.The final will take place at 10.50pm AEST.100M FINAL LINE-UP1. Akani Simbine – South Africa2. Marcell Jacobs – Italy3. Zharnel Hughes – Great Britain4. Fred Kerley – United States5. Su Bingtian – China6. Ronnie Baker- United States7. Enoch Olaoluwa Adegoke – Nigeria8. Andre De Grasse – CanadaFRENCH BOXER’S CRAZY HEADBUTT DQFrench boxer Mourad Aliev threw away his shot at a medal after being disqualified for a series of headbutts that left opponent Frazer Clarke bloodied.Aliev had already delivered a cut to Clarke when he was officially DQd during the second round of the men’s super heavyweight quarter-final, with the winner guaranteed a medal.He then sat on the ring apron protesting the decision.“He was running the risk,” one of the commentators said.“It’s not particularly … there’s certainly contact in the collision there. It’s not like he’s trying to do damage with the head, it’s nowhere near that significantly accrued, but he’d already done some damage with the head.“That cut was confirmed by a head clash, the referee confirmed that clearly. We also saw a warning for the use of the head; so if he’s going to take that chance, and just bore the head in there like that, he’s running the risk.”French boxer Mourad Aliev was disqualified for a headbutt.Source: FOX SPORTSBILES OUT OF ANOTHER EVENTGymnastics great Simone Biles has withdrawn from the Olympic floor final, leaving the American with just one more chance of competition at the Tokyo Games, USA Gymnastics said Sunday.“Simone has withdrawn from the event final for floor and will make a decision on beam later this week. Either way, we’re all behind you, Simone,” USAG tweeted.Biles, the four-time Olympic champion widely considered to have pushed the sport to new limits, has said she is struggling with the “twisties”, a condition where gymnasts lose the ability to orientate themselves in mid-air.The 24-year-old came to Tokyo seeking five gold medals to equal the Olympic all-time gymnastics career record of nine, but dramatically withdrew during her first event, the women’s team competition.Biles then skipped her all-around title defence and on Saturday it was announced she was dropping the vault and uneven bars. She has documented her struggles with mental health during the Games in regular posts on her social media accounts.Aussie upstages stars in historic night | 00:52NOVAK’S ‘PATHETIC’ TANTRUMNovak Djokovic hurled his racquet into the empty stands and smashed another on a net post as he lost to Pablo Carreno Busta in the men’s bronze medal match and left Tokyo with nothing.The 20-time Grand Slam champion was beaten 6-4, 6-7 (6/8), 6-3 as Carreno Busta won on his sixth match point. Djokovic then pulled out of his mixed doubles third-place playoff alongside Nina Stojanovic with a left shoulder injury, giving Australians Ashleigh Barty and John Peers the bronze.The Serbian star brought back memories of his infamous default against Carreno Busta last year at the US Open, when he inadvertently struck a ball at a line judge.This time he threw his racquet high into the empty stands as he saw a break point come and go in the opening game of the third set, and continued to cut an angry figure, destroying another racquet by smashing it against a net post.“I don’t like doing these things,” said Djokovic. “I’m sorry for sending this kind of message, but we’re all human beings and sometimes it’s hard to control.”The reaction to Djokovic‘s behaviour was fierce, particularly after his controversial comments regarding Simone Biles and the mentality required to withstand pressure at the highest level.Outspoken commentator Piers Morgan tweeted: “Pathetic spoiled brat behaviour by Novak Djokovic at the Olympics today – smashing racquets, ranting & raving, & pulling out of the doubles thus costing his partner a medal. He let his teammates down, his fans down, & his country down. Shameful antics from a supposed champion.”ROC MOCKS ‘WEAKER’ OLYMPIC FOESThe Russian Olympic Committee did not take kindly to insinuations of doping among their athletes.American swimmer Ryan Murphy sounded off after his second loss to Evgeny Rylov this week at the 2021 Olympics, calling it a “huge mental drain” to be in a race “that’s probably not clean.”The ROC tweeted out a mocking response that seemed aimed at Murphy and other competitors who have bemoaned the Russian athletes’ presence in Tokyo.“English propaganda is oozing verbal sweat onto the Tokyo Games. Through the mouths of athletes offended by defeats,” the ROC tweeted.“We will not console you. We’ll forgive those who are weaker. God is their judge. He is our helper.”Murphy finished the race in 1:54:15 in the 200-meter backstroke, just .88 of a second behind Rylov’s Olympic-record finish – days after finishing third in the 100m backstroke behind Rylov and his Russian teammate Kliment Kolesnikov.Murphy swept the events in 2016, with Rylov’s win ending the US streak of 12 straight individual backstroke golds.Ryan Murphy of Team United States, gold medallist Evgeny Rylov of Team ROC and bronze medallist Luke Greenbank of Team Great Britain.Source: Getty Images“I’ve got about 15 thoughts,” Murphy said. “Thirteen of them would get me in a lot of trouble. It is what it is. I try not to get caught up in that. It is a huge mental drain on me to go throughout the yet that I’m swimming in a race that’s probably not clean, and that is what it is.“The people that know a lot more about the situation made the decision they did. It frustrates me, but I have to swim the field that’s next to me. I don’t have the bandwidth to train for the Olympics at a very high level and try to lobby the people who are making the decisions that they’re making the wrong decisions.”Russian athletes are still banned from competing under the Russian flag after their massive doping campaign was exposed in 2014, and will be until the 2022 Games. Instead, they compete as the Russian Olympic Committee, which cannot use the country’s national anthems or traditional uniforms.Via New York PostSTAR‘S BRUTAL RELAY SNUBGerman track star Alica Schmidt has broken her silence after being benched for the mixed 4x400m relay on Saturday night.The 22-year-old watched on from the stands as Germany was disqualified for making contact with Jamaica in the final.Schmidt posted a story to her 2.2 million Instagram followers revealing how happy she was to be able to watch her teammates with fans locked out of the Covid-hit Tokyo Games.Alica Schmidt posts on her Instagram Story.Source: InstagramMORE OLYMPICS NEWS‘Pretty obvious’: Jamaicans aren’t exactly mates; Boomers avoid USA disaster: Wrap‘Pathetic’ Djoker meltdown exposes shocking double standard; NFL star’s priceless reaction: LIVEMcKeon double, BMX, sailing AND golf: Australia on the brink of golden history — LIVEATHLETES BOOTED FOR ‘SIGHTSEEING’A pair of Georgian athletes have had their accreditation revoked from the Tokyo Olympics after they left the Olympic Village to sightsee and meet “one of their good acquaintances,” violating COVID-19 protocol. The athletes — judo silver medallists Vazha Margvelashvili and Lasha Shavdatuashvili — did not intend to violate protocol, a Georgian official told AFP news agency. “No one stopped them at the exit, so they thought that they could go outside,” the official said. “They wanted just to have a bit of open air, to relax after a tough day of competition, after a tough lockdown period.” As a part of stringent protocol related to concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic and, in particular, the Delta variant, athletes are not prohibited to leave the Olympic Village during their stay in Tokyo. Currently, Japan is battling record numbers of infections and is under a state of emergency. Prior to Margvelashvili and Shavdatuashvili, no athlete had left the Village boundaries without permission. – NY PostNFL QB’s AWESOME REACTIONNFL quarterback David Blough‘s awesome reaction to watching his wife at the Games is the kind of content we all need.Blough, a backup to Jared Goff at the Lions, was in the film room of the club‘s Detroit facility watching his wife Melissa Gonzales compete in the women’s 400m hurdles.Surrounded by teammates and coaches and clearly riding every moment with nervous energy, Blough went nuts as Gonzales qualified for the semi-finals.His reaction was just awesome.


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