Teen track star Athing Mu wins historic gold

August 03, 2021

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Athing Mu, of United States, reacts after winning the final of the women's 800-meters at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2021, in Tokyo. 

Athing Mu, of United States, reacts after winning the final of the women's 800-meters at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Aug. 3, 2021, in Tokyo. 

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Athing Mu, 19, made history on the track in Tokyo by winning gold for the US in the 800-meter race. This was the first time the US has claimed the top spot since the 1968 Games in Mexico City. And, the hourglass-shaped dùndún, known as the “talking drum,” has been a part of West African music for hundreds of years. A musicologist found that the instrument replicates tones and patterns of the Yorùbá language. Also, the brutal murder of the youngest daughter of a former Pakistani diplomat has sparked outrage in Islamabad and beyond. One human rights activist says Pakistan’s government is backpedaling when it comes to protecting women from abuse.

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