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Tokyo Olympics: Women’s hockey team in QFs, Kamalpreet in discus final; losses for Sindhu, Panghal | Tokyo Olympics News – Times of India

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TOKYO: The women’s hockey team’s perseverance was rewarded with a first Olympic quarterfinal berth in over four decades, while discus thrower Kamalpreet Singh rose from relative obscurity to be in contention for a medal but it was a bad day in office for the stars of Indian contingent on Saturday.
World number one flyweight boxer Amit Panghal and star shutter PV Sindhu were the big names to experience defeats even though the latter is still in the hunt for a medal when she competes in the bronze playoff on Sunday.
Success stories of the day were undoubtedly the women’s hockey team and Kamalpreet.

Outplayed in their first three games, Rani Rampal’s team hung in there by beating South Africa 4-3 in their final group engagement and their prayers for a favourable result in the other group match were answered when defending champions Great Britain defeated Ireland 2-0.
That result left India fourth in the group, and set them up for a clash against Australia on Monday. The Indian women last made the quarters of an Olympics in 1980 Moscow edition, where it finished fourth. In the 2016 Rio edition, the team finished 12th.

Earlier, Virender Sehwag fan Kamalpreet, who wants to play cricket someday, produced one of the best performances by an Indian track and field athlete in the Olympics.
The 25-year-old, competing in qualification B, sent the discus to a distance of 64m in her third and final attempt to be one of the only two automatic qualifiers for the final round, the other being American Valarie Allman (66.42m).

The final will be held on August 2.
The Indian finished ahead of defending gold-medallist Sandra Perkovic (63.75m) of Croatia and reigning world champion Yaime Perez (63.18) of Cuba. Perkovic qualified at third and Perez at seventh.
But barring this, it was a largely disappointing day with Panghal’s pre-quarterfinal exit being the biggest low point.
Panghal was handed a stunning 1-4 loss by Rio Games silver-medallist Yuberjen Martinez. He was beaten by the Colombian’s relentless attacks and pace in a draining pre-quarterfinal bout during which he looked exhausted after the opening round itself.

In fact, it was a thoroughly disappointing day for Indian boxing as Pooja Rani (75kg) joined Panghal (52kg) in exiting the Games after an underwhelming performance, going down 0-5 in her quarterfinal bout against China’s Li Qian.
Qian, who is a former world champion and a Rio Olympics bronze-medallist, thoroughly outpunched Rani in the quarterfinals, quite literally taking away her belief with a clinical performance.
No less a heartbreak was Sindhu’s loss.

Her hopes of securing India’s first ever Olympic gold in badminton came crashing down as she slumped to a straight-game defeat against world no.1 Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei in the women’s singles semifinals.
The 26-year-old silver-medallist from the Rio Games, will now compete against China’s He Bing Jiao in the third place play-off at Musashino Forest Plaza on Sunday.
One of the most consistent players, who has claimed medals in all big-ticket events in the last five years, Sindhu couldn’t counter Tai Tzu’s deception with her aggressive game and lost 18-21 12-21 in a 40-minute clash.

“I’m a bit sad because it’s the semifinals, but I tried my best, it’s just not my day. I fought until the end,” she said after the match.
Things continued to go from bad to worse at the shooting range as Anjum Moudgil and Tejaswini Sawant failed to make the finals of the women’s 50m rifle 3 positions event, settling for the 15th and 33rd position respectively.
World Championship silver-medallist Moudgil finished with 1167 and 54 inner 10s, while the veteran Sawant scored 1154 over the three series of standing kneeling and prone at the Asaka Shooting Range.
At the golf course, Anirban Lahiri salvaged his third round with a late birdie and an eagle to card a three-under 68 but it is unlikely to be enough for a podium finish going into the final round on Sunday.
Lahiri, who returned early this morning to complete his second round, had a bogey in one of the two remaining holes for a round of 1-over 72, which placed him T-24th at that stage. He ended Tied-28th after the third round with a total of 6-under 207.
Udayan Mane carded a 70 for a share of 55th place on 2-over 215 as the third round.
On Sunday, the men’s hockey team will take on Great Britain in the quarterfinals, hoping to make the semifinals and a step closer to a medal, which would be its first in over four decades.
In boxing, India’s first super heavyweight (+91kg) boxer at the Games, Satish Kumar will compete in the quarterfinals against reigning world champion Bakhodir Jalolov.





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Border dispute: Assam signs agreement with Nagaland to diffuse stand-off on eastern front | India News – Times of India

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GUWAHATI: Amid the hostile situation on its southern front on the border with Mizoram, Assam on Saturday signed an agreement with Nagaland to diffuse the stand-off on the eastern front by withdrawing each other’s police force and instead deploy UAVs and use satellite imageries to keep a watch on the disputed boundary.
The chief secretary level meeting of the two states between Nagaland chief secretary J Alam and his Assam counterpart Jishnu Barua was held at Dimapur in Nagaland, where both states, which for several decades are locked in a tussle over the common boundary, agreed to withdraw their respective police forces from their present locations on the border to their respective base camps “simultaneously” within 24 hours.
The agreement was signed by the two chief secretaries in presence of Nagaland deputy chief minister Y Patton and Assam education minister Ranoj Pegu.
“Nagaland and Assam shall monitor the area by surveillance using UAV and satellite imagery with a view to maintaining the status quo. The Superintendents of Police of the districts of Mokokchung (Nagaland) and Jorhat (Assam) shall ensure orderly withdrawal of their respective forces and shall be responsible for it in the instant case,” the minute of the meeting states.
Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma in a tweet said, “In a major breakthrough towards de-escalating tensions at Assam-Nagaland border, the two Chief Secretaries have arrived at an understanding to immediately withdraw states’ forces from border locations to their respective base camps. This is a historic step in our relations. My gratitude to HCM Sri @Neiphiu_Rio for working with #Assam in restoring peace on the border.”

Sarma added, “Assam is committed to ensuring peace along all its borders & strives for social & economic prosperity of #NorthEast region.”
An official spokesperson said that the meeting between the two chief secretaries was held “with a view to de-escalating the tense situation prevailing in two locations in the Dessoi Valley Reserved Forest and Tsurangkong valley due to stand-off between the armed police forces of Nagaland and Assam.”
“Both sides agreed that in order to maintain peace and tranquillity in the areas around Ao Senden village and Vikuto Village as they are known in Nagaland and known as Jankhona Nala / Nagajankha and Compartment No. 12 in Assam, urgent and effective steps are required for defusing the stand off between the security forces of Nagaland and Assam. In this regard, it is decided by both sides that the security personnel of both states shall simultaneously move back from their present locations to their respective base camps,” the minutes of the meeting states.
Assam and Nagaland share a 434 km-long border and border dispute between the two states is more than six decades old that is marked by frequent skirmishes and two major clash in in 1979 and in 1985, the last one being the worst that occurred at Merapani in which 41 people, including 28 Assam Police men were killed.
There have been several attempts by centre to resolve the issue between the states. Assam government in 1988 filed a civil suit in the Supreme Court and again in 1998 for identification of boundaries between the two states. In September 2006, a three-member local commission set up the apex court to identify the boundary submitted its report, but a final decision is yet to be made.





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Lewis Hamilton takes pole position for Hungarian Grand Prix | Racing News – Times of India

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Seven-time Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton put Mercedes on pole position for the Hungarian Grand Prix on Saturday with teammate Valtteri Bottas alongside on the front row.
Red Bull’s championship leader Max Verstappen qualified third on the grid.





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All should take part in J&K assembly election whenever it’s held; Congress must start preparing: Azad | India News – Times of India

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JAMMU: Everyone should take part in the Jammu and Kashmir assembly election whenever it is held and the Congress should start preparing for it, senior party leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said on Saturday.
In a brief interaction with reporters outside his residence here, Azad to a question about the possibility of assembly election in the Union Territory said that as of now, the delimitation exercise is on.
The former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister is in the city on a three-day visit and on his arrival at the airport, supporters demanded that Congress leaders, who burnt his effigy during a protest in March, be expelled.
When told during the interaction with reporters that the BJP had already started preparing for the assembly polls, Azad said that all parties, including the Congress, should make preparations. “All people should take part in the elections,” he said.
The Jammu and Kashmir assembly polls are likely to be held after the completion of the delimitation exercise in the Union Territory.
PDP president and former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti had announced that she will not contest elections until both the constitutions of India and the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir are made applicable to J&K.
On August 5, 2019, the Centre had abrogated the special status of the erstwhile stated of J&K and bifurcated into Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.
“Personally, it (abrogation of Article 370 and 35-A of the Constitution) is a very emotional for me. I contested the first election taking oath under the constitutions of India and the state. I took both flags in my hands. Until both constitutions will not be (existing) together (in J&K), I have said I will not personally contest elections,” Mehbooba had said.
On the Pegasus snooping row, Azad said the opposition has already raised the issue in Parliament and are demanding a discussion on it.
“I am on a three-day tour of Jammu and am available for every one across the Jammu division, including my own party workers and others who want to discuss their problems with me,” the Congress leader said.
He expressed grief over the loss of the lives and damage to property in the recent cloudbursts in Kishtwar, Kashmir, Ladakh, Himachal Pradesh and other hilly areas, and expressed hope that the government will take care of victims and their families.
Earlier, a large number of Congress workers assembled outside the Jammu airport to receive Azad and raised slogans in his support.
“We have assembled here to demand ouster of all those who took part in a protest against Azad and set ablaze his effigy,” Congress leader and JMC councillor Gaurav Chopra said.
He was referring to the protest staged by a group of Congress workers led by former general secretary and District Development Council (DDC) member Mohammad Shahnawaz Choudhary outside the press club here on March 2.
The first-of-its-kind protest against Azad by members of his own party came days after a rally addressed by ‘G-23’ leaders ostensibly to felicitate Azad on his retirement from Rajya Sabha. The rally was seen as a show of strength to convey a message to the party leadership.
The Group of 23 or ‘G-23’ leaders had demanded an overhaul of the Congress party organisation.
Chopra on the same day in March had led a counter-protest against Choudhary and said that “a person who fought the recently held DDC elections against the party mandate is not a Congressman and is working on the directions of the BJP and the RSS to weaken the Congress.”





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Himachal Pradesh police books Khalistani activist for sedition | India News – Times of India

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SHIMLA: A day after pre-recorded voice calls were made to many people in Himachal Pradesh allegedly by Gurpatwant Singh Pannu, a US-based self-styled chief of the banned pro-Khalistan outfit Sikhs for Justice (SFJ), Himachal Pradesh police has booked him under sedition charges.
A case has been registered vide FIR No 04/2021 on Saturday at State Cyber Crime Police Station, Shimla for offences punishable u/s 124 IPC (sedition against State), 153-A IPC (act prejudicial to maintenance of harmony), 506 IPC (intimidation), 120-B IPC (criminal conspiracy), 13 of The Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act 1967 (commission of unlawful activity) and 66-C of IT Act 2000.
On Friday morning, many journalists received the recorded call from different numbers in which a message was given to Himachal government that on August 15, they will not allow Jai Ram Thakur to hoist Indian tricolour.
It further said that once the organisation – which seeks a referendum on Punjab – liberates it, it will make sure to take over parts of Himachal Pradesh that used to be part of of Punjab.
Police said that preliminary investigation revealed that alleged Gurpatwant Singh Pannu is associated with pro-Khalistani outfit named “Sikhs for Justice” (SFJ which is banned by Government of India under Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act for anti-India activities on July 10, 2019. This Pro-Khalistani organization is based at overseas with their network in various places in USA and other foreign countries, it added.
The investigation in this regards is underway to identify the origination of caller. The voice spectrography of the alleged audio clip will be conducted in due course of time to fix criminality of accused.
This investigation has national and international ramifications. Therefore, Himachal Pradesh Police is seeking cooperation from various Central Agencies to crack down the case and to bring accused to justice, police said.





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Indian women’s hockey team reaches Olympic quarter-finals after 41 years | Tokyo Olympics News – Times of India

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TOKYO: Indian women’s hockey team qualified for the Olympic quarterfinals after 41 years after it beat South Africa 4-3 and later defending champions Great Britain blanked Ireland 2-0 to ensure its passage into the knockout stage on Saturday.
India finished their group A league proceedings in fourth place with six points, riding on back-to-back wins over Ireland and South Africa and will now face pool B toppers Australia in the quarter-final on Monday.
The top four teams from each pool made it to the knockout stage.
Indian women’s team’s best finish at the Olympics was in Moscow back in 1980 when they reached the semi-finals but ended fourth.

While Great Britain’s win was required, no one can take away credit from Vandana Kataria, who scored a hat-trick in India’s win in a pulsating morning clash against the South Africans.
Kataria (4th, 17th, 49th minutes) achieved a rare feat by becoming the first Indian woman hockey player to score a hat-trick in the Olympics.
Young Neha Goyal (32nd) was the other goal getter.
South Africa’s goals came from the sticks of Tarryn Glasby (15th), skipper Erin Hunter (30th) and Marizen Marais (39th).
“Today’s game was really tough, South Africa gave us a really good fight. They converted their chances in the circle. Defensively, we can be a lot better,” skipper Rani said.
India’s chief coach Sjoerd Marijne heaved a sigh of relief but was not happy with the number of goals his side conceded.
“We gave too many goals away, and I think we can score more goals, that is the main thing for today. We did what we had to do, we had to win this match, and we did,” he said.
“Playing in these circumstances, you feel it, the humidity and I think it’s more than 35 degrees on the pitch, it does not make it easy,” he added.
Needing a win to stay alive in the competition, the Indians meant business and pressed hard on the South African defence from the start.
In doing so, India secured two penalty corners in the first two minutes of the match but drag-flicker Gurjit Kaur’s poor execution continued in the tournament.
Still, it didn’t take India long to open their account and in the fourth minute, Kataria gave her side the lead, tapping in from close range after being set up by Navneet Kaur’s great run from the right flank.
India kept up the pressure and penetrated the South African circle many times without much success.
But seconds from the end of first quarter, a lapse in concentration from the defence cost India dearly as South Africa drew level through Tarryn Glasby, who deflected in a long shot from Taryn Mallett.
India had enough time to regain their lead through a penalty corner but wasted the opportunity.
Two minutes into the second quarter, Kataria restored India’s lead when he deflected in Deep Grace Ekka’s flick from their fourth penalty corner.
The Indians had three more chances to extend their lead in the second quarter but they couldn’t do so.
The Rani Rampal-led side got two more penalty corners which they wasted, and then, Goyal’s effort from open play was saved by the South Africa goalkeeper.
Just like in the first quarter, India gave away their lead seconds away from half time when Hunter found the net from her team’s first penalty corner.
Two minutes after the change of ends, Goyal restored the lead again, deflecting in a Rani hit from a penalty corner as the Indians executed a fine variation.
The fragile Indian defence wilted under pressure once again, when South Africa drew level for the third time in the match, through a Marais strike.
South Africa enjoyed a good run of play in the initial minutes of final quarter and, in the process, secured three penalty corners quickly, but this time the Indian defence did enough to thwart the danger.
In the 49th minute, a brilliant Kataria saved the day for India when she deflected in Gurjit Kaur’s flick from another penalty corner.
Thereafter, the Indians fell back and looked content to keep the possession as South Africa pressed hard.
Two minutes from the final hooter, the Indians successfully converted a penalty corner decision given against them.
“It is about consistency. Yesterday (Friday), we played a really good match. And now we have a back to back and your legs are heavier, things are not going as smoothly. So these things you just know. You saw our basics were not as good as yesterday, it is all about that,” Marijne said.
“It is important to play matches. I am not someone, I hope you see that, who ever finds excuses, but we just have not done it. I don’t blame anyone, it is just the way it is.”
Marijne feels the knockout stage would be different ball game from the group stage.
“The tournament starts again. If you play well, or not well in the pool matches it does not matter, it starts all over.
“It will be another type of game because it is high pressure, everything or nothing. The good thing is we had that in the last two matches, so we have already experienced that.”d





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NIA conducts raids in 15 locations, one terrorist arrested | India News – Times of India

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SRINAGAR: The National Investigating Agency (NIA) along with J&K police and CRPF on Saturday conducted raids at 15 locations in Shopian, Anantnag and Jammu district in connection with terrorism case.
In a statement, the agency spokesman said, “The case was initially registered as FIR No. 16/2021 of Gangyal Police Station, District Jammu relating to conspiracy by Lashker-e-Mustafa(LeM), working at the behest of Jaish-e- Muhammed, to carry out terror activities in J&K with an intention to threaten sovereignty, integrity and security of India.”
“NIA had re-registered the case as RC-01/2021/NIA/JMU dated 02.03.2021 and taken over the investigation,” the statement said.
The spokesman said that during the searches at various locations across J&K, many digital devices including mobile phones, hard disks, memory cards, pen drives, laptops and many booklets containing incriminating materials have been recovered from the premises of the arrested accused and the suspects in the case.
“Subsequent to searches, one accused person namely Irfan Ahmed Dar of Batingoo in Anantnag district was also arrested today in the case. Preliminary investigation has revealed that he was involved in the conspiracy of carrying out militant activities in collusion with other arrested accused persons,” the statement said.
The NIA men even raided many locations in Shopian district of south Kashmir. The spokesman of NIA further said agency sleuths, with assistance of J&K Police and CRPF, conducted searches at six locations in Jammu and Ramban.
“The case was initially registered as FIR No 0234/2021 dated 27.06.2021 of PS Bahu Fort District Jammu, J&K relating to recovery of 5kgs IED from a Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist in Bathindi, Jammu on 27.06.2021. It was a conspiracy by LeT to cause explosion in Jammu using the IED. NIA had re-registered the case as RC-04/2021/NIA/JMU dated 19.07.2021 and took over the investigation,” the NIA spokesman said.
The spokesman said, during the searches many digital devices including mobile phones, pen drives, shells of used bullets, CDs, plastic face masks were used during stone pelting in Shopian.
The NIA sleuth even recovered memory cards, hand written “Jihadi” material and other incriminating materials from the various locations, the statement said.





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Tokyo Olympics: India’s schedule on August 1 | Tokyo Olympics News – Times of India

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NEW DELHI: In a bid to become the first Indian female athlete to win two Olympic medals, PV Sindhu will lock horns against He Bing Jiao of China in the bronze medal match on Sunday. The Indian men’s hockey team will also look to seal semifinal berth after 41 years when they face Great Britain in the quarterfinal.
Following is the complete schedule of Indian action on Sunday:
GOLF
4:11 AM: Men’s Individual Stroke Play Round 4 (Udayan Mane)
EQUESTRIAN
4:15 AM: Eventing Cross Country Team and Individual (Fouaad Mirza)
GOLF
5:55 AM: Men’s Individual Stroke Play Round 4 (Anirban Lahiri)

BOXING
9:36 AM: Men’s Super Heavy (+91kg) Quarterfinal 1 (Satish Kumar vs Bakhodir Jalolov of Uzbekistan)
BADMINTON
5:00 PM: Women’s Singles Bronze Medal Match (PV Sindhu vs He Bing Jiao of China)
HOCKEY
5:30 PM: Men’s Quarter-final (India vs Great Britain)





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Jaish chief Masood Azhar’s kin killed in encounter with forces in Pulwama | India News – Times of India

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Srinagar: Security forces on Saturday said killed Adnan alias Lamboo, Jaish-e-Muhammed’s IED expert and mastermind of the Pulwama attack on CRPF convoy in 2019, in an encounter in Pulwama on Saturday.
Lamboo was killed along with another Jaish terrorist whose identity is yet to be ascertained.
Addressing media from Army’s Srinagar-based 15 Corps headquarter, GoC 15 Corps LT general D P Pandey, IGP Kashmir Vijay Kumar and GoC Victor Force termed the killing of Lamboo as a major success for security forces.
“Saifullah alias Adnan alias Lamboo was active for the past few years in South Kashmir. Based on an input generated by the police, boys from Victor Force launched an operation in the dense woods of Dachigam area of Pulwama on July 27. Given the fact that weather was inclement, so all cautions were taken,” Pandey said.
He said today morning in the ensuing encounter with the terrorrists, Jaish’s IED expert, a highly trained terrorist, was killed along with his associate.
“He was responsible for carrying out many attacks, recruiting young boys and brainwashing them. He would also give weapons and training to the new recruits,” GoC 15 Corps said.
Speaking on the occasion, IGP Kashmir Vijay Kumar said that Lamboo was a relative of Jaish chief Masood Azhar and had infiltrated into this side of Kashmir in 2017.
“There were 14 FIRs registered against him and he was the mastermind and main accused in the February 14, 2019 Lethpora fidayeen CRPF convoy attack,” the IGP said.
“In total, there are 19 accused. Seven have been arrested and with Lamboo, seven have been killed. Five are still absconding.” He said.
The IGP said that Lamboo was also involved in the killing of SPO Fayaz Ahmed, his wife and daughter in Tral recently.
Major general Rashim Bali GoC of south Kashmir based Victor Force said Lamboo had been fleeing from the cordons by taking advantage of civilians and in today’s operation too, he tried to take cover of two women.
“But boys from the Victor Force in a professional manner zeroed in on him and killed him and his associate in just three minutes without a scratch to any civilian,” he said.
He said that a M-4 carbine, a glock pistol, a Chinese pistol and an Ak-47 rifle has been recovered from the slain terrorist.





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Tokyo Olympics: Thompson-Herah leads Jamaican sweep of women’s 100m | Tokyo Olympics News – Times of India

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TOKYO: Defending champion Elaine Thompson-Herah led home a Jamaican clean sweep in the Olympic women’s 100 metres final on Saturday, posting an amazing 10.61 seconds to become the second-fastest woman in history.
Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, who had been seeking a third gold in the event, took silver in 10.74 with Shericka Jackson third in 10.76 at the Tokyo Olympic Stadium.

Thompson-Herah’s Olympic record time has been beaten only by Florence Griffith-Joyner’s 1988 world record of 10.49 – though the American also ran a 10.61.
Fraser-Pryce, 34, took time away from the sport to have a baby but arrived in Tokyo on the back of a sizzling 10.63 run – the fastest time this year.
She started the race strongly, nosing ahead of the field but Thompson-Herah caught up and after the pair raced neck and neck it was the latter who surged ahead with about 40 metres remaining.
Thompson-Herah, wearing a glittering headband, started celebrating before she crossed the line with her left hand raised and she continued her sprint for some distance before lying on the track in jubilation.
The organisers added to the mood of the evening by switching off the lights and lighting up the 100m stretch of the track before introducing the eight sprinters, and six of them finished in under 11 seconds in a blistering race.
Fraser-Pryce, who was looking to add to her 100m wins in 2008 and 2012, had clocked 10.73 to top the semi-final time lists but was unable to improve on that mark.
Jamaica also swept the women’s 100 metres medals at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.





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