USA, Brazil react to US win and Olympic berth

USA players Khris Middleton and Joe Harris talk about the Americans clinching an Olympic berth and Brazil forward Anderson Varejao discusses his team’s loss to the USA in the World Cup. (Sept. 9)

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Today in History for September 4th

Highlights of this day in history: Crisis unfolds in Little Rock, Ark. over racial integration in schools; Ford rolls out its ill-fated Edsel; Attorney William Kunstler dies; Mark Spitz sets Olympic gold record; Singer Beyonce born. (Sept. 4)

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One leap at a time: the ‘Blade Jumper’ with Olympic dreams | AFP

Triple Paralympic champion Markus Rehm, known as the “Blade Jumper”, regularly outperforms able-bodied athletes in the long jump but dreams of beating them on the same stage.

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Kosovo, an unexpected world judo stronghold | AFP

The young and tiny nation of Kosovo has emerged as a world judo power, its unexpected success spearheaded by the diminutive Olympic champion Majlinda Kelmendi.

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Skateboarders squeezed out in fight for Shanghai streets | AFP

Skateboarding will make its Olympic debut in Tokyo next year, but many in the growing scene in China’s mega-city of Shanghai complain that they have few places to go and are looked down upon as trouble-makers.

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Weightlifting doping scandal hits medal-winning Thai team | AFP

Thai weightlifter Sarat Sumpradit carries the hopes of Thai weightlifting on his shoulders after nine teammates, including two Olympic champions, tested positive for steroids late last year.

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On This Day: 9 August 2012

Usain Bolt becomes first man in history to successfully defend both the 100 and 200 meter Olympic sprint titles. (Aug. 9)

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Sultans of spin: the Japanese breakdancers busting Olympic moves | AFP

For some Japanese breakdancers, the prospect of winning a gold medal at the 2024 Paris Olympics has become something of an obsession, after organisers in February proposed to include the street dance.

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Two dead in Korean nightclub balcony collapse at world swim meet | AFP

Two people died and 16 were injured, including an Olympic gold medallist taking part in swimming’s world championship, after a balcony collapsed under the weight of party-goers at a South Korean nightclub, local police said Saturday.

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Tokyo Olympic construction race raises worker safety questions | AFP

Construction works for the Tokyo 2020 Summer Games have made smooth progress and more than half of new venues are completed with a year to go, organisers say. But they are not worry-free — there are concerns over tough labour conditions at construction sites, and unions say it is effectively impossible for workers to complain due to fear of losing their jobs.

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