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Tokyo Olympics: Andy Murray and Joe Salisbury beaten by Marin Cilic and Ivan Dodig

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Three-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray and Joe Salisbury lose 6-4 6-7 (2/7) 10-7 and are knocked out of Olympics tennis doubles at quarter-final stage; “My team think I should be OK to play the US Open, judging by how I felt in matches here,” says Murray

Andy Murray’s hopes of a fourth Olympic medal are over after he and partner Joe Salisbury lost 6-4 6-7 (2/7) 10-7 to Marin Cilic and Ivan Dodig in the men’s doubles quarter-finals in Tokyo.

Murray – bidding to become the first player to win four Olympic medals since the sport was re-introduced to the Games – had pulled out of the singles event to concentrate on his partnership with Salisbury and the pair looked on course for the last four when they took the first set against Croatia’s Cilic and Dodig.

However, their opponents dominated a second-set tie-break to force the deciding Champions Tie-Break in the third set where Cilic and Dodig prevailed 10-7 to book their semi-final spot.

Britain’s only remaining player left in singles competition was Liam Broady. The world No 143 had made a surprise run to the last 16 but he lost out to France’s Jeremy Chardy following a 6-7 6-4 1-6 defeat.

Murray and Salisbury had impressed on their way to the last eight, starting with victory over France’s second seeds Nicholas Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Herbert and following up with a second straight-sets victory over Germany’s Kevin Krawietz and Tim Puetz.

After winning the opener, an early break over Cilic paved the way for them to take the initiative in the second set, but the Croatians responded impressively, breaking the Murray serve and going to win the second set on a tie-break before bossing the first-to-10 Champions tie-break.

“It’s always tough when you lose matches but especially here, a chance of getting to the semi-finals and a chance of winning a medal.”And the situation we were in, we were a set and a break up and we were playing well, so it’s very tough.”

Joe Salisbury

Croatia raced into an early advantage and looked to be cruising when they led 8-3, but a spirited British pair fought back bravely and won four of the next five points to close to within two. However, Cilic and Dodig hung on to grab the point they need to reach the last four and stay in the hunt for a medal.

After the match, the pair were desperately disappointed, with Murray – now 34 and inching his way back to regular top-level tennis – admitted it may have been his last Olympics.

“I don’t know if I’ll get the opportunity to play again,” he said having won singles gold at London 2012 and Rio 2016 to go with his mixed doubles silver alongside Laura Robson in 2012

“I’ve loved every minute of playing in the Olympics. I wish that today could have gone differently.

“I had another chance with Joe to win a medal, we were so close, and that’s what’s disappointing. I would like to have done some stuff differently in the match to try to help out more.

Murray won gold in the singles at London 2012 and Rio 2016

“I’ll see how the injury heals. That’s what will dictate it. I’m not going to rush something if it’s not there.

“My team think I should be OK to play the US Open, judging by how I felt in matches here. It’s not as physical as singles but there’s a lot of explosive movements and my leg felt fine.”

Murray still sounded disconsolate when he took to Twitter several hours later, writing: “I feel crushed after today’s loss. Sport can be brutal.

“Thanks so much to Joe Salisbury for the opportunity to play. You were brilliant. I wish it could have gone a little better.

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Polish Olympian auctions medal to pay for a baby’s heart surgery

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An Olympic silver medalist from Poland put her medal up for auction to help pay for an 8-month-old baby’s heart surgery, but the winning bidder turned the tables and let her keep it.Javelin thrower Maria Andrejczyk won one of her country’s 14 medals in Tokyo, and she was determined to help a stranger in some way, according to her Facebook page.

Andrejczyk, 25, discovered a fundraiser for little Miloszek Malysa, who suffers from a rare heart condition and will need surgery to survive. She decided to auction the medal and donate the money to Miloszek’s family.

Polish convenience store chain Zabka Polska ponied up 125,000 dollars as the winning bid, and then said in a Facebook post that it would let Andrejczyk keep the medal.

The fundraiser for Miloszek on a Polish GoFundMe-type site was more than 90-per-cent complete as of Tuesday night.

Andrejczyk finished fourth in the javelin competition at the Rio 2016 Olympics. In 2018, she was diagnosed with cancer, but battled back to win silver in Tokyo.

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Ghana secure 4x100m relay final spot with National Record

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Ghana’s men’s 4x100m relay team booked their spot in the finals of the men’s 4x100m relays with a blistering run in their heat that secured the quartet a new national record in the event.

The quartet of Sean Safo-Antwi, Benjamin Azamati, Emmanuel Yeboah and Joseph Paul Amoah, finished 5th in a very fast heat with a time of 38.08s.

But despite their 5th place finish, their time was fast enough to secure them a place in Friday’s final.

The Olympic debutants slashed 0.04s off the previous record which stood at 38.12s, set at the 1997 World Championships in Greece by the quartet of Abu Duah, Eric Nkansah, Aziz Zakari and Emmanuel Tuffour.

Safo-Antwi got off the blocks quickly before Azamati’s blistering run on the back straight set up Emmanuel Yeboah for a smooth bend.

When he handed off to Joseph Paul Amoah, Ghana looked in the mix of a very competitive field that included the United States, Canada, China and Italy but the Coppin State University student held on to finish ahead of the Americans who were fast closing in on him.

China won Heat 2; Italy, with the individual 100m champion Marcell Jacobs finished 2nd; and 200m champion Andre De Grasse powered Canada to a 3rd place finish to secure the automatic places.

Germany, who finished 4th, also booked their ticket along with 5th placed Ghana.

The men’s 4x100m final is slated for 13:50GMT on Friday.

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Tokyo 2020: Elaine Thompson-Herah completes sprint double after winning 200m final

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Elaine Thompson-Herah confirmed her place among the pantheon of sprint greats as she secured an unprecedented women’s 100m-200m double-double with a sensational victory over the longer distance in Tokyo.

The 29-year-old Jamaican surged home in 21.53 seconds, just .19 seconds off Florence Griffith Joyner’s long-standing world record, to back up her individual golds from Rio 2016.

It is the second-fastest time in history.

Trailing in her draft, Namibian teenager Christine Mboma, who was barred from her favoured 400m two weeks before the Games on account of her naturally high testosterone levels, took silver in 21.81.

Gabrielle Thomas, the American champion, took bronze in 21.87.

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