In Brief: Abughaush wins Jordan's first-ever Olympic medal with taekwondo gold

Abughaush wins Jordan's first-ever Olympic medal with taekwondo gold

Ahmad Abughaush claimed Jordan's first-ever Olympic medal when he beat Russian Alexey Denisenko to win the men's 68kg taekwondo gold.

Abughaush, who was seeded 10th and considered an outsider for a medal in Rio, used his quick footwork and effective kicks to score a 10-6 upset win over the 2012 London Games bronze medallist.


Kyrgyz weightlifter Artykov to appeal doping ban and forfeiture of medal

Kyrgyz weightlifter Izzat Artykov will appeal against the verdict that stripped him of his 69kg bronze medal over doping use, accusing a French competitor of putting a strychnine steroid in his drink. The French weightlifter Bernardin Kingue Matam had immediately cast doubt over the legitimacy of the 69kg contest after finishing eighth.


Independent probe to look into Hickey and allegations of illegal ticket sales

The Olympic Council of Ireland (OCI) will commission an independent investigation into accusations of illegal ticket sales that led to the arrest of its long-time president Patrick Hickey.

The OCI also said it would scrap a previously announced internal inquiry, in a complete U-turn only days after saying no independent monitoring of its investigation was needed.


Malaysia's badminton duo to receive prize money for reaching Olympic final

Malaysian shuttler Chan Peng Soon will receive RM100,000 (S$33,500) from the Penang government and another RM 50,000 from a shopping mall for having reached the Olympic badminton mixed doubles final.

Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said that Chan's partner Goh Liu Ying, from Malacca, will also be given RM25,000 by the state.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 20, 2016, with the headline 'In Brief'. Print Edition | Subscribe