33 min agoEliud Kipchoge wins gold in men’s marathonFrom CNN’s Jacob Lev
Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya has won gold in the men’s marathon, finishing with a time of 2:08:38 for his fourth career Olympic medal.
Kipchoge is one of the world’s most successful distance runners. He holds the world record for the marathon and won the race at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
“I think I have fulfilled the legacy by winning the marathon for the second time, back-to-back,” Kipchoge said after the race. “I hope now to help inspire the next generation.”
The Netherland’s Abdi Nageeye took silver with a time of 2:09:58, and Belgian Bashir Abdi won bronze with a time 2:10:00.
Kipchoge’s win gives Kenya its fourth gold medal of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and its 10th medal overall.
Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge competes in the marathon final on Sunday. (Yasuyuki Kiriake/AFP/Getty Images)2 hr 40 min agoBidens virtually meet with members of Team USAFrom CNN’s Alaa Elassar and DJ Judd
President Joe Biden speaks on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington on August 5. (Susan Walsh/AP)President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden virtually met with members of Team USA in a in a virtual teleconference Saturday, thanking the group of athletes for giving Americans “so much hope.”
“I know you have a sense of it, but I don’t think you’ll appreciate until you get home how proud you made America, not just the winning … You really represented America. You really represented the soul of the country,” Biden said.
“It wasn’t just your athletic ability. It was your moral courage,” he added.
Biden offered shout-outs to some of the athletes, including middle-distance runner Isaiah Jewett and swimmer Katie Ledecky who won the 1500-meter and 800-meter freestyle golds in Tokyo and silvers in the 400-meter freestyle and 4×200-meter freestyle relay.
“Katie, if you’re on here, I realize that you can probably swim a mile quicker than most people can run a mile,” he joked.
The president also offered high praise for gymnast Simone Biles, who withdrew from the team competition citing her health.
“Simone Biles, the courage you had to get back up on that beam at the very end and you still won the Bronze, you showed everything about who we are as a people,” Biden said. “You had the courage—no, I really mean it, I’m not, I’m not playing, you had the courage to say, ‘I need some help. I need some help, I need some time.’ And you gave an example to everybody — and guess what, you got back up on that damn beam, and by the way, the thing that frightens me the most is the beam.”
Biles won the bronze medal on the balance beam after withdrawing from four individual finals at the Tokyo Olympics. After her win, she revealed that her aunt “unexpectedly” died during the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
“These are the things people look at around the world, more than anything that I do as your President or other people do in public life,” Biden said. “They get the impression of who we are as Americans, who we are, and you handle yourself with such grace and such decency. You made me so damn proud,”
The President also took the opportunity to invite the athletes to visit him in the White House this fall.
“We’ll set a date, and I’d love to have you all come to the White House, if you’re willing to do that, so the nation can see, and I can brag more on you,” he said.
6 hr 13 min agoBidens to virtually meet with members of Team USAFrom CNN’s DJ Judd
President Joe Biden walks across the South Lawn of the White House on July 25, in Washington, DC. (Samuel Corum/Getty Images)The White House announced that President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden will virtually meet with members of Team USA on Saturday.
The Bidens will “congratulate them on their accomplishments, thank them for representing their country so proudly, and hear about their journeys to and competition in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games,” starting at 6 p.m. ET, according to the President’s schedule.
In a pre-recorded message posted Saturday, the President applauded the Olympic athletes for their work leading up to and throughout the Olympic games, acknowledging, “I know getting to the Olympics is a long journey, and the pandemic made it especially difficult and draining, it made the impossible even harder. But in you, a country saw itself, and saw what was possible.”
8 hr 25 min agoWhat’s next for Simone Biles after the Tokyo Olympics?From CNN’s Theresa Waldrop
Gymnastics superstar Simone Biles left Tokyo on Wednesday with her fame intact, but changed from the person she had been before the Games.
Suffering from the “twisties” — a mental condition in which gymnasts lose the sense of where their bodies are in midair — Biles stunned the world by withdrawing from some Olympics events.
“I had no idea where I was in the air,” Biles said in an interview on the “Today” show, speaking of her performance in a team event. “You can literally see it in my eyes in the pictures, like I was petrified.”
Biles, who won four gold medals and a bronze in the 2016 Olympics, went on to win bronze on the balance beam in Tokyo, a medal that meant “more than all the golds, because I’ve pushed through so much the last five years and the last week,” she said.
The experience, she said, allowed her to realize that she is “more than my medals in gymnastics. I’m a human being, and I’ve done some courageous things outside of this sport,” she said in the interview.
“I don’t think, if this situation didn’t happen, I would have never seen it that way,” she said.After four Olympic golds and 19 world championship titles, the 24-year-old has brought about a wider discussion on the mental health challenges facing top-performing athletes, an amazing feat in itself.
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