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Russian men win backstroke gold, silver; Aussie McKeown takes women's gold

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despite all the barriers that they had to face

Barriers? Oh, like dodging doping tests and protocols, I guess.

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Iron Lad:

Japan winning table tennis, breaking chinese streak.

Russian winning swimming, breaking american streak.

This Olympics is awesome.

You forgot something.

Russian winning gymnastics, breaking japanese streak.

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These Olympics are "awesome" here just for the ultra nationalists.

Good on Russia btw.

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Is it just me? When it comes to wording regarding the places these athletes took, say they "settled" for a bronze or any medal at all, is like saying they could have done better!

It's condescending to the winner!

All these athletes are busting their butts to WIN a medal and saying they settled for something less than gold is wrong!

 while former world record-holder Regan Smith of the United States settled for the bronze at 58.05.

I guarantee she didnt "settle" for a bronze!

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Swimming is an interesting sport. The athletes train very hard.

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Jacoby was the first swimmer from the Arctic state ever to make the U.S. Olympic swimming team.

All of Alaska has but one Olympic-size pool

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All of those times are unbelievable... Hurray for all!

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Wonderful news!

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Pukey2

That's cool too.

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I don't understand the vitriol levelled at the athletes from the Russian-federation-whatever-they're-calling-themselves-now.

The Olympics haven't been about fair competition since...well, at least since 1988 when Ben Johnson doped his way to the 100m title...for a while.

Maybe the Russian-federation-whatever (etc) do it on a larger scale, but scratch any country which wins a lot of medals and you'll find something shady.

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Japan winning table tennis, breaking chinese streak.

Russian winning swimming, breaking american streak.

This Olympics is awesome.

-4 ( +6 / -10 )

For the first time since 1992, the American men have lost a backstroke race at the Olympic pool.

Spoiler alert, China will win these games..

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I am always thrilled to see Russians winning gold medals at this year's Olympics! They are the nicest people I know and I am so happy for their success, despite all the barriers that they had to face before competing in Tokyo.

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