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USA's Katie Nageotte celebrates after winning the women's pole vault final during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games on August 5, 2021. Photo: Andrej Isakovic/AFP via Getty Images

American Katie Nageotte won Olympic gold in the women's pole vault on Thursday.

The big picture: Russian Anzhelika Sidorova won the silver medal while Britain’s Holly Bradshaw took the bronze.

  • Nageotte, 30, won with a height of 4.90m.
  • She made her Olympic debut in Tokyo after failing to qualify for the 2016 Rio Games.

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American Oksana Masters races to another Paralympics gold medal

Team USA's Oksana Masters raced to gold in the Tokyo Paralympic Games' in the women’s time trial H4-5 hand-cycling event in Japan on Tuesday. Photo: Moto Yoshimura/Getty Images

American Oksana Masters rode her way to her second Tokyo Paralympic Games gold medal in as many days Wednesday — crossing the line in the women's H5 para-cycling road race in 2:23:39.

Why it matters: Masters' win marked her 10th career Paralympics medal. This is her first summer Paralympics. She won gold in the women's time trial H4-5 event Tuesday. Masters won the eight other Paralympic medals at the winter Games, mostly in Nordic skiing.

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Nor'easter slams East Coast with flooding rain and powerful winds

A residential area in Middlesex County as floodwater from the nor'easter covers streets in New Jersey on Tuesday. Photo: Tayfun Coskun/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

A monster storm was slamming the Northeast with record rainfall and powerful winds over Tuesday night — causing flash flooding that resulted in people having to be rescued in New Jersey and New York roads to close.

Threat level: All of southern New England westward to New York City and northern New Jersey was under the threat of flash flooding and coastal flooding from the nor'easter through Tuesday night into early Wednesday, per the National Weather Service.

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Blinken speaks with Sudan prime minister after his release

Sudan's Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok. Photo: Ebrahim Hamid/AFP via Getty Images

Secretary of State Tony Blinken spoke on the phone on Tuesday evening with Sudan’s Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok after the military released him from custody.

Why it matters: Hamdok’s release was a result of pressure on Sudan’s military leader General Abdul Fattah al-Burhan from the U.S. and other countries but also from the different political parties in Sudan and massive protests in the streets.