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USWNT to play Netherlands, Team GB to face Australia in Olympics women’s soccer quarter-finals

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Two of the pre-tournament favourites have learned their opponents for the last eight after playing their final respective group games

The USWNT will meet the Netherlands in the Olympics soccer quarter-finals, while Great Britain are set to face Australia for a place in the last four.

The group stage of the women’s tournament is now complete, with Chile, Zambia, China and New Zealand all sent packing after the latest round of matches.

Team GB have advanced as Group E winners, while the USWNT have finished second in Group G behind Sweden as they continue to chase down another gold medal.

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USWNT to play Netherlands, Team GB to face Australia in Olympics women’s soccer quarter-finals

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Two of the pre-tournament favourites have learned their opponents for the last eight after playing their final respective group games

The USWNT will meet the Netherlands in the Olympics soccer quarter-finals, while Great Britain are set to face Australia for a place in the last four.

The group stage of the women’s tournament is now complete, with Chile, Zambia, China and New Zealand all sent packing after the latest round of matches.

Team GB have advanced as Group E winners, while the USWNT have finished second in Group G behind Sweden as they continue to chase down another gold medal.

The USWNT’s journey so far

The United States were initially billed as heavy favourites to win the tournament due to their status as the reigning world champions, but suffered a surprise 3-0 defeat to Sweden in their opening fixture last Wednesday.

Vlatko Andonovski’s side bounced back from that disappointment to thrash New Zealand 6-1 at the weekend, and that result left them needing just a point from their final pool outing against Australia.

The USWNT drew 0-0 with the Matildas on Tuesday to book their place in the last eight, but will likely have to raise their game in order to get any further after another unconvincing display in Tokyo.

The game against the Netherlands will be a repeat of the 2019 World Cup final, which the USWNT won 2-0 in France.

Team GB’s journey so far

Team GB opened their Olympics campaign with an impressive 2-0 victory over Chile, with Ellen White grabbing both the goals for Hege Riise’s team.

White was the matchwinner again on matchday two as Team GB beat Japan 1-0 to make sure of their spot in the quarter-finals.

They then wrapped up their group-stage schedule with a 1-1 draw against Canada, with a late Caroline Weir effort cancelling out Adriana Leon’s opener and securing top spot in the group.

Who else has made the quarter-finals?

Sweden will be protecting their 100 per cent record when they take on Japan, and Canada are due to come up against Brazil, with all four of the quarter-final ties scheduled to take place on Friday, July 30.

Quarter-final draw in full:

Canada vs Brazil

Great Britain vs Australia

Sweden vs Japan

Netherlands vs United States

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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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