Tokyo Olympics

Indian men’s relay team finishes 4th in Heat 2, misses qualifying for finals

Tokyo [Japan]: Indian men’s 4x400m relay team finished fourth in Heat 2 registering a time of 3.00.25 in the ongoing Tokyo Olympics on Friday.The Indian team comprising Amoj Jacob, Arokia Rajiv, Naganathan Pandi, Nirmal Tom Noah, and Anas Muhamad Yahiya broke the Asian record but failed to qualify for the finals. The Indian side finished ninth overall out of 16 teams as they missed out on qualifying for the final by a whisker.Earlier in the day, India’s Gurpreet Singh dropped out of the men’s 50km race walk event after competing for around 35Km as he was cramping due to the gruelling heat and humidity.At halfway point of 25km, Gurpreet was in the 49th position with the time of 2:01:54.Earlier on Thursday, India’s KT Irfan, Sandeep Kumar, and Rahul had a disappointing show in the men’s 20m race walk as they were not able to…

Tokyo Olympics

Dutee Chand bows out of Tokyo Olympics after finishing last in her heat

Tokyo, Aug 2: Ace Indian sprinter Dutee Chand crashed out of the Tokyo Olympics after her early exit in the women’s 200m event at the Olympic Stadium on Monday. Competing in the heats, Dutee clocked 23.85 seconds to finish seventh and last in what was her first run over the distance for the season. The 25-year-old Chand’s personal best in the 200m is 23.00s, set at the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta. Namibia’s Christine Mboma won the heats with a timing of 22.11 seconds, a new national record, while Gabrielle Thomas of the US was second in 22.20 seconds. Niger’s Aminatou Seyni came in third with a timing of 22.72 seconds to secure the three automatic qualifying slots for the semi-finals. The top three finishers from each heat along with the three fastest timings across the seven races make the semi-finals. Earlier, Dutee bowed…

International

Death Toll From Northwest Heat Wave Expected To Keep Rising

Each day, more deaths are being linked to the heat wave that struck the Pacific Northwest this past week, with medical staff who treated people overwhelmed by temperatures well above 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 Celsius) saying the toll from the extreme weather will keep creeping up. Hundreds of deaths were being investigated as heat related in Oregon, Washington state and British Columbia. The dangerous heat began June 25 and only began to subside in some areas on Tuesday. The death toll in Oregon alone has reached at least 95, the state medical examiner said on Friday, with most occurring in Multnomah County, which encompasses Portland. The deaths include an Guatemalan immigrant who collapsed as he worked at a plant nursery in a rural Oregon town during the soaring heat. In Canada, British Columbia’s chief coroner, Lisa Lapointe, said her office received reports of at…

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California Firefighters Battle Big Wildfires In High Heat

Hundreds of firefighters worked Thursday in high heat to beat back three large wildfires in the forests of far Northern California, where the flames destroyed several homes and forced some communities to evacuate. Mount Shasta, the volcano that towers over the region, was shrouded in a haze from smoke plumes that could be seen in images from weather satellites in space. The scene was ominously reminiscent of last year’s California wildfire season, which scorched more than 6,562 square miles (17,000 square kilometers) of land, the most in the state’s recorded history. An extraordinary Pacific Northwest heat wave that extended into the upper reaches of California was slowly receding, but it was only expected to cool off slightly before temperatures trend back up heading into the Fourth of July weekend, forecasters said. “It is very hot and dry,” said Suzi Johnson, a Shasta-Trinity National Forest…

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Historic Northwest Heatwave May Have Killed Hundreds

Hundreds of deaths in Canada, Oregon and Washington may have been caused by the historic heat wave that baked the Pacific Northwest and shattered all-time temperature records in usually temperate cities. Oregon health officials said late Wednesday more than 60 deaths have been tied to the heat, with the state’s largest county, Multnomah, blaming the weather for 45 deaths since the heat wave began Friday. British Columbia’s chief coroner, Lisa Lapointe, said her office received reports of at least 486 “sudden and unexpected deaths” between Friday and 1 p.m. Wednesday. Normally, she said about 165 people would die in the province over a five-day period. “While it is too early to say with certainty how many of these deaths are heat related, it is believed likely that the significant increase in deaths reported is attributable to the extreme weather,” LaPointe said in a statement.…