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South Africa's Tatjana Schoenmaker snagged gold on Thursday night ET in the 200m breaststroke, edging out two-time Olympic medalist Lilly King to break the world record from 2013.

Driving the news: Though Schoenmaker had faltered in the semifinals, she exploded on Thursday, shooting across the pool and back to clock in at 2:18.95. Her win is South Africa's first Olympic gold at Tokyo 2020.

  • Schoenmaker erupted in tears after setting a stunning world record time. She'd already smashed multiple records heading into the Olympics.

The big picture: Schoenmaker, 24, earned her first Olympic medal, a silver, in the 100m breaststroke earlier this week. It was the first Olympic medal for a South African woman in swimming since 2000.

  • Americans King and Annie Lazor took home the silver and bronze, respectively.

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American Jennifer Valente wins final women's cycling gold of Tokyo Games

Team USA's Jennifer Valente with a U.S. flag after winning the women's track cycling omnium points race during the Tokyo Olympic Games at Izu Velodrome in Izu, Japan, on Sunday. It was cycling's final gold medal available. Photo: Peter Parks/AFP via Getty Images

Team USA's Jennifer Valente won the Olympic gold medal in the women's cycling omnium event on Sunday.

The big picture: Japan's Yumi Kajihara won silver and the Netherlands' Kirsten Wild took bronze. It was Valente's second Tokyo Games medal, after winning bronze Tuesday in the team pursuit.

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Winners and losers of the Summer Games

Photo illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios. Photo: Naomi Baker/Getty Images

The Tokyo Games were a wake-up call for the mental health of Olympic athletes and a groundbreaking event for the LGBTQ community β€” but a big loss for NBC and anyone who wanted Russia to actually get punished for the doping scandal.

Updated Aug 8, 2021 - Sports

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Team USA's players celebrate their victory in their women's gold medal volleyball match against Brazil during the Olympic Games at Ariake Arena in Tokyo on Sunday. Photo: Yuri Cortez/AFP via Getty Images

πŸ₯‡: U.S. clinches top Olympic gold spot after women's indoor volleyball team win

πŸ€: U.S. women's basketball scores 7th straight Olympic gold medal

πŸš΄β€β™€οΈ: American Jennifer Valente wins final women's cycling gold of Tokyo Games

πŸ€ΈπŸΏβ€β™€οΈ: Biden lauds Biles for mental health "courage," praises Team USA in virtual meeting β€” Poll: Americans care about Olympians' mental health

🐎: Germany's modern pentathlon coach disqualified from Games for punching horse

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