RIO DE JANEIRO – The Latest from the 2016 Summer Olympics at Rio de Janeiro (all times local):
They’ve really picked up the production value at the Copacabana beach volleyball venue for the midnight match with defending Olympic champion Kerri Walsh Jennings.
In addition to the usual rock and samba music that has been playing during the breaks since the Rio Games began on Saturday, organizers gave Walsh Jennings and her partner April Ross a professional wrestling-style introduction as Monday night turned into Tuesday morning.
With about 10 minutes before the start of the game against China, the stadium lights were darkened, replaced by searchlights that scanned the sand and the flashlights on fans’ mobile phones. When the lights came on, the crowd broke into a chant of “U-S-A!”
Walsh Jennings and Ross have been the marquee match in each of their first two scheduled appearances in Rio. The midnight local starting time is designed to maximize television viewership in the United States.
The gold medal matches will also be at midnight.
Michael Phelps advanced to the 200m butterfly final. Meanwhile, Clearwater’s Melanie Margalis advanced to the 200m individual medley final.
Lilly King of the United States won her showdown with Yulia Efimova after plenty of the bad blood between the two over the Russian’s doping record.
After staring down Efimova in the ready room and giving her a look of disdain on the deck, King led all the way to take the gold with a time of 1 minute, 4.93 seconds.
Efimova, who heard a round of boos and a few cheers during the introductions, settled for the silver in 1:05.50. The bronze went to another American, Katie Meili, at 1:05.69.
King was critical of Efimova being allowed to compete in the Rio Games after serving a previous 16-month suspension for doping and testing positive again this year for the now-banned substance meldonium. Possible sanctions over a second violation were put on hold while WADA does more research on the drug.
King didn’t acknowledge Efimova during a raucous victory celebration. Finally, as the two were picking up their credentials at the side of the deck, King gave her rival a quick pat on the shoulder.
The United States has extended its domination of the men’s 100-meter backstroke.
Ryan Murphy gave the Americans their sixth straight gold medal in the event, rallying on the return lap to win with a time of 51.97 seconds Monday night at the Rio Olympics.
Murphy was fourth at the turn, with Australia’s Mitch Larkin setting the early pace.
Larkin couldn’t hold on. China’s Xu Jiayu surged to the silver in 52.31, while another American, David Plummer, stretched for the bronze in 52.40 — just three-hundredths of a second ahead of a fading Larkin.
It was quite a moment for Plummer, who finally made his first Olympic team at age 30. Now, he’s got his first medal.
The Americans haven’t lost the men’s 100 back since the 1992 Barcelona Games.
Give another gold to the Iron Lady.
Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu won the 100-meter backstroke at the Rio Olympics on Monday, adding to her world-record victory in the 400 individual medley.
Hosszu didn’t set a world record in the back, but her time of 58.45 seconds was good enough for a second gold.
Kathleen Baker of the United States settled for the silver in 58.75, while Canada’s Kylie masse and China’s Yuanhui Fu tied for the bronze in 58.76.
Hosszu, whose nickname comes from her grueling schedule, sat up on the lane rope and made a heart sign in the direction of her coach and husband, Shane Tusup.
Sun Yang of China has defied those who complained about his doping past by winning gold in the men’s 200-meter freestyle at the Rio Olympics.
Yang rallied from his customarily slow start to pass South Africa’s Chas le Clos and hold off American Conor Dwyer, touching the wall in 1 minute, 44.65 seconds.
Le Clos, who recently announced that that both of his parents are battling cancer, went out with a totally different strategy. He built a body-length lead over the entire field and tried to hang on. It nearly worked.
But Yang surged to the front, and Le Clos took silver in 1:45.20.
Dwyer claimed the bronze in 1:45.23.
Lilly King of the United States won her showdown with Yulia Efimova after plenty of the bad blood between the two over the Russian’s doping record.
After staring down Efimova in the ready room and giving her a look of disdain on the deck, King led all the way to take the gold with a time of 1 minute, 4.93 seconds.
MEDAL ALERT: Lilly King of the United States has won gold in the women’s 100-meter breaststroke at the Rio Olympics. Russia’s Yulia Efimova took the silver, and Katie Meili of the United States claimed the bronze.
Novak Djokovic’s Rio Olympics are over.
The 12-time major champion lost in doubles Monday, a day after he was eliminated in the first round in singles by 2009 U.S. Open winner Juan Martin del Potro. After he and Serbian teammate Nenad Zimonjic fell 6-4, 6-4 to third-seeded Brazilians Marcelo Melo and Bruno Soares in the second round, Djokovic confirmed that he won’t play mixed doubles.
The world’s top-ranked player is still seeking his first Olympic gold. He’ll be 33 at the 2020 Games, and he said Monday that “I really hope I will have another shot at the medal.”
Djokovic left the court in tears Sunday night after losing to a resurgent del Potro, whose ranking has fallen to 145th after three left wrist surgeries.
Djokovic’s only Olympic medal is a bronze in 2008 in singles.
MEDAL ALERT: Ryan Murphy of the United States has won gold in the men’s 100-meter backstroke at the Rio Olympics.
MEDAL ALERT: Katinka Hosszu of Hungary has won the gold medal in the women’s 100-meter backstroke, her second gold medal of the Rio Olympics. Kathleen Baker of the United States took the silver, while Canada’s Kylie Masse and China’s Yuanhui Fu tied for the bronze.
MEDAL ALERT: Sun Yang of China has won gold in the men’s 200-meter freestyle at the Rio Olympics.
Missy Franklin was a swimming star at the 2012 Olympics.
She couldn’t even make the final of the 200-meter freestyle in Rio.
Franklin endured another stunning disappointment Monday night when she finished last in her semifinal heat with only the 13th-fastest time among 16 swimmers.
Franklin touched in 1 minute, 57.56 seconds, which was actually slower than her time in the afternoon preliminaries.
As a bubbly, 17-year-old high schooler, Franklin won four golds and a bronze at the London Games. But she’s endured a mystifying loss of form since turning pro last summer, struggling just to qualify for two individual events and a relay at the U.S. trials.
In 2012, Franklin competed in seven Olympic events. Now, all she’s got left is the 200 backstroke and a likely spot on the 4×200 free relay team.
FAILED TO QUALIFY: Missy Franklin has failed to qualify for the final of the women’s 200-meter freestyle at the Rio Olympics.
Australian cyclist Melissa Hoskins was released from the hospital hours after a terrifying crash in training, and she still hopes to compete in the team pursuit competition later this week.
The team of Hoskins, Ashlee Ankudinoff, Georgia Baker, Amy Cure and Annette Edmondson were at race speed of nearly 60 kph (37 mph) when they clipped wheels Monday at the end of the back straight. Edmondson stayed on her bike as the other riders fell hard behind her on the banked wooden surface.
Hoskins was put in a back brace as a precaution and taken to a Rio de Janeiro hospital for an examination. Tests revealed no broken bones and she was released several hours later.
Ankudinoff, Baker and Cure walked off the track and were treated for bruises and floor burns.
China shot the ball so well against Senegal nothing helped the African nation, as it attempted to bounce back from a 65-point opening loss in women’s basketball. Despite a small but enthusiastic section of stomping, clapping and singing fans, China rolled to 101-64 win.
Mengran Sun and Ting Shao scored 17 points each as China evened its record in group play.
China (1-1) scored the first 11 points of the game and looked ready to rout Senegal just like the Americans did Sunday. Senegal (0-2), still looking for its first Olympic victory, gave fans reason to cheer by pulling within 34-33 on a 3-pointer by Diodio Diouf with 4:41 left in the second quarter.
The Chinese went on a 9-0 run capped by a couple buckets by Nan Chen and led 47-38 at halftime. They led 73-53 at the end of the third and finished off the win after shooting 56 percent.
World record holder Chen Lijun pulled out of the men’s weightlifting 62-kilogram class because of leg cramps, which opened the class for Oscar Albeiro Figueroa Mosquera of Colombia to win gold at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.
Chen says he pulled out during the snatch round after he found treatment on the cramp to be “pretty useless.”
Mosquera lifted 142 kilograms in snatch, 176 in clean and jerk and won gold with a total score of 318 kilograms. He was the silver medalist four years ago at the London Games.
Eko Yuli Irawan of Indonesia won silver — one spot better than the bronze he won in London, and Farkhad Kharki of Kazakhstan won bronze in his Olympic debut.
The U.S. Olympic men’s basketball team surged after a slow start, beating Venezuela 113-69 on Monday night as Carmelo Anthony passed Michael Jordan for third place on the Americans’ career scoring list.
The game was tied at 18 after one quarter but the Americans soon took control and powered their way to a second straight win to start the tournament.
Paul George scored 20 points and Jimmy Butler had 17 for the Americans. Anthony finished with 14, passing Jordan’s total of 256 points late in the first half. Anthony now has 262 points and the four-time Olympian trails only LeBron James (273) and David Robinson (270).
The Americans play again Wednesday against Australia, which also is 2-0.
One destroyed racket – and one poor set – later, Serena Williams is safely into the third round of the Rio Olympics as she bids for a second consecutive singles gold medal.
The No. 1-seeded American struggled for quite a while Monday night before emerging with a 7-6 (5), 6-2 victory over France’s Alize Cornet.
Williams started off by taking the first three games, but then dropped five of the following six. During that troublesome stretch, Williams reacted to losing two games in a row by mangling her equipment, slamming it against the back of her sideline chair.
Later, she was forced to erase a pair of set points for Cornet, who had won four of their previous seven matchups.
But Williams claimed the last three points of the tiebreaker, raced to a 3-0 lead in the second set and was on her way.
No tennis player ever has won two Olympic singles golds – let alone two in a row.
There’s another Savon in the boxing tournament with the hope of fighting for Olympic gold.
Erislandy Savon, the nephew of three-time Olympic gold medalist Felix Savon, opened with a unanimous decision victory in a heavyweight bout.
Felix Savon won gold medals in 1992, 1996 and 2000, one of only three fighters to accomplish the feat. He’s one of the all-time great Cuban amateur fighters.
Erislandy Savon said he was proud to represent his family and Cuba in the Olympics.
There’s no gold around his neck yet, just in his mouth – he had gold-capped bottom teeth that weren’t hit very much by British fighter Lawrence Okolie. Savon won 30-27 on the scorecards.
He had knocked out Okolie three months ago in the World Series of Boxing final. Okolie was proud he went from a tough defeat to a competitive bout against the same fighter in just six weeks.
“I faced those demons and I knew millions of people were going to watch that,” he said.
The International Judo Federation says Kosovo’s first Olympic judo champion, Majlinda Kelmendi, may be facing sanctions in France for failing to comply with a drug test in June.
During her training ahead of the Rio Games, Kelmendi apparently refused to comply when asked by the French anti-doping agency to provide an out-of-competition sample.
The IJF says in a statement that the procedure is being contested by Kelmendi and her coach but “looks questionable at the level of the IJF.” In an email, judo’s governing body said that if there were to be sanctions leveled against Kelmendi – who won her country’s first ever Olympic medal on Sunday – they would only apply in France.
The Kosovo Olympic team could not immediately be reached for comment.
MEDAL ALERT: Australia has won the first gold medal for rugby sevens at the Olympics, beating archrival New Zealand 24-17 in the women’s final Monday night.
The women’s world series champions conceded an early try to Kayla McAlister but rallied with two tries before halftime and another two after the break to take a 24-5 lead.
Emma Tonegato’s early equalizer for Australia was contentious after she appeared to fumble as she crashed over in the corner but referee Alhambra Nievas awarded it after checking with both assistant referees.
Evania Pelite scored in the corner on the stroke of halftime, moments after New Zealand star Portia Woodman was sin-binned for a deliberate knock-on.
Ellia Green and Charlotte Caslick scored for the Australians before New Zealand cut the margin with late tries from McAlister and Woodman.
Ghislaine Landry led Canada to the bronze medal, scoring two tries and landing four conversions in a 33-10 win over Britain.
Japan is off to its best start in women’s basketball in 20 years after routing host Brazil 82-66 Monday night for a second straight victory.
The Japanese didn’t qualify in 2008 or 2012 and won only once in 2004. Now they are a win from matching their three victories in Atlanta when Japan went 3-5 and finished seventh.
Japan led 47-33 at halftime. The Japanese built that lead to as much as 27 in the third before Brazil went on a 12-4 run to get within 66-47, giving the home fans a reason to roar and stomp their feet. Mika Kurihara ended the run with her 3 with 1:15 left in the quarter.
Brazil never got closer than 16 the rest of the way, though fans stuck around and cheered to the final seconds.
Ramu Tokashiki, who plays for the WNBA’s Seattle Storm, led Japan with 23.
Beach volleyball has been one of the top tickets at the Olympics, but the venue at Copacabana beach has been sprinkled liberally with empty seats.
With four matches per session, fans are apparently coming to see their favorite team and then leaving. Never was that more clear than Monday, following Brazil’s three-set loss to Austria. With fans streaming out of the 12,000-seat venue, the public address announcer invited those staying behind to move down to better seats.
Another problem has been the late matches. Saturday’s match featuring defending champion Kerri Walsh Jennings and her partner April Ross began at 12:34 a.m. Sunday morning. The times are set to draw maximum viewership in the United States, but the empty white seats look bad on TV.
MEDAL ALERT: The Japanese men’s gymnastics team is back on top at the Olympics.
Led by defending Olympic champion Kohei Uchimura, Japan topped Russia for gold in the men’s team final on Monday afternoon. It’s Japan’s seventh Olympic title and first since 2004. The victory fills in on the one hole on Uchimura’s resume. The six-time world champion has said for years an Olympic gold for his homeland is the only medal that matters to him.
Uchimura finished Japan’s golden run with a supremely elegant set on floor exercise. He was visibly spent following his dismount, bending over and gasping for breath after saluting the crowd.
Russia edged two-time defending Olympic champion China for silver. Great Britain took fourth.
The U.S. team, which was second in qualifying, struggled early on floor exercise and a late rally wasn’t enough as the Americans finished fifth.
Russia’s Yana Egorian scored the final two points to stun teammate Sofya Velikaya 15-14 on Monday and win the gold medal in women’s sabre fencing, the first such meeting between two Russians in 20 years.
Egorian’s winning last touch left Velikaya, a two-time world champion, with back-to-back silver medals in the Olympics.
Ukraine’s Olga Kharlan took bronze.
Ana Paula Rodrigues just can’t stop scoring.
The star center-back for Brazil’s women’s handball team scored 12 goals in the opening win Saturday over Olympic champion Norway – something no women’s player had done at the Olympics since 2004 – and added eight more Monday as Brazil doubled up Romania 26-13.
The Brazilians are top of Group A with two wins after a game in which Romania was made to look nothing like the team which won bronze at last year’s world championship. After Brazil wrapped up the win, Rodrigues danced in front of the crowd at the Future Arena.
Earlier Monday, Norway bounced back from the opening loss to Brazil in a 27-24 win over Spain but struggled with discipline, giving up seven power-plays.
China is 2-for-2 in Olympic diving, winning the men’s 10-meter synchronized platform title.
Chen Aisen and Lin Yue dominated the event Monday, totaling 496.98 points.
Americans David Boudia and Steele Johnson earned silver with 457.11. Tom Daley and Daniel Goodfellow of Britain took bronze with 445.45, rallying from fifth place after the fourth of six rounds.
The Chinese have won 10-meter synchro in every Olympics since 2004 in Athens. Chen won gold in Beijing at age 17, but wasn’t selected for the event four years ago in London.
China won its first diving gold of these games a day earlier in women’s 3-meter synchro.
Americans Jake Gibb and Casey Patterson have lost to Austria 21-18, 21-18 in their second match of the Rio Olympics. Gibb is a two-time Olympian, finishing fifth at the last two Summer Games. The Americans fell to 1-1 in Rio with one match left in beach volleyball pool play.
In previous matches, the Austrian team of Clemens Doppler and Alexander Horst beat Brazil’s Alison and Bruno in three sets 23-21, 16-21, 15-13. The Qatari men beat Spain in three sets, Brazil’s Agatha and Barbara beat Argentina in straight sets, and the Swiss women beat Australia in three sets.
Japan’s Shohei Ono has won the judo gold medal in the men’s 73-kilogram division, defeating Azerbaijan’s Rustam Orujov.
Ono is a two-time world champion and threw Orujov twice during their tightly contested final, including a match-ending ippon throw that finished the fight with more than one minute left on the clock.
It is Japan’s first judo gold of the Rio Olympics after taking four bronze medals in the first two days of the competition.
Ono is a protege of 1984 Olympic champion Shinji Hosokawa and often favors a very traditional yet rarely seen style of judo, where he throws opponents from an upright standing position.
The two bronze medals were won by Belgium’s Dirk Van Tichelt and Georgia’s Lasha Shavdatuashvili, who was the Olympic champion in the 66-kilogram category before moving up a weight division.
Sukanya Srisurat and Pimsiri Sirikaew gave Thailand its first gold and silver medals in an Olympic event by going 1-2 on Monday in the women’s 58-kilogram class at the Rio de Janeiro Games.
Srisurat gave Thailand its second gold medal in women’s weightlifting of the games. Sopita Tanasan opened the games with a gold in the women’s 48-kilogram on Saturday, and Sinphet Kruaithong of Thailand became the first Thai male to win an Olympic weightlifting medal when he won bronze Sunday in the 53-kilogram.
Thailand has now won 11 medals in women’s weightlifting.
In taking silver, Sirikaew became the third lifter to take multiple medals in the 58-kg. She also won silver in London four years ago.
Kuo Hsing-Chun of Taiwan won bronze – giving Taiwan its first Olympic medal in this class.
Srisurat set an Olympic record of 110-kilograms in the snatch on her way to the win. She lifted 130 kilos in clean and jerk for a total score of 240 kilograms.
Russia’s biggest track and field star can’t add to her two Olympic gold medals, but Yelena Isinbayeva is still heading to Rio.
After her latest attempt to overturn Russia’s track and field doping ban was denied by a Swiss court Monday, the pole vaulter says she’s given up on competing and is switching her attention to a bid to get elected to the International Olympic Committee.
Isinbayeva says on Instagram her “last hope to perform at the Olympic Games has disappeared” following the Swiss ruling, but she plans to travel to Rio anyway on Sunday to stand as an athletes’ representative on the IOC.
If Isinbayeva fails to be elected by Olympic athletes, Russia would lose one of its three IOC spots, since current athletes’ representative Alexander Popov’s term ends in Rio.
Australian rider Melissa Hoskins was taken from the Rio Olympics velodrome on a stretcher after her pursuit team crashed hard while doing a training effort at race speed.
The team of Hoskins, Ashlee Ankudinoff, Georgia Baker, Amy Cure and Annette Edmondson were at the end of the back straight when the crash occurred. Edmondson stayed on her bike as the other three riders fell hard onto the banked wooden track.
Cycling Australia spokeswoman Gennie Sheer tells The Associated Press that Hoskins was put in a back brace as a precaution and taken to a Rio de Janeiro hospital for further examination.
Ankudinoff, Baker and Cure walked off the track and were being treated for bruises and burns.
The team pursuit competition begins with qualifying on Thursday.
No elevator ride for Juan Martin del Potro this time, understandably. Just another victory in Olympic tennis.
A day after getting stuck for 40 minutes in an athletes’ village elevator before upsetting No. 1 Novak Djokovic in the Rio de Janeiro Games tournament’s first round, del Potro was back on court Monday and produced a 6-3, 1-6, 6-3 victory over Portugal’s Joao Sousa with the help of 16 forehand winners.
That match started 15½ hours after del Potro finished beating Djokovic in straight sets Sunday night. Earlier that day, the 6-foot-6 Argentine found himself trapped while trying to get from one floor to another – until getting rescued by countrymen competing in handball in Brazil.
Asked if he took an elevator before facing Sousa, del Potro replied with a laugh: “Not today.”
Brazilian Robert Scheidt has won the second race in the Laser class on the opening day of the Olympic sailing regatta after finishing a disappointing 23rd in the opening race.
The 43-year-old Scheidt is trying to become the first Olympic sailor – and first Brazilian – to win six Olympic medals. He has two golds, two silvers and a bronze.
Scheidt is seventh overall. Charlie Buckingham of Newport Beach, California, is 12th after finishes of 20th and seventh.
Scheidt’s wife, Gintare, who represents Croatia, won the second race in the women’s Laser Radial and is 21st overall.
Paige Railey of Clearwater, Florida, is seventh after finishes of 15th and second.
Rafaela Silva has won Brazil’s first gold medal of the Rio Olympics.
In the final of the women’s 57-kilogram division, Silva delivered what her judo compatriots on the first two days of competition could not: victory.
Silva is the country’s first female world judo champion.
Fighting against Mongolia’s top-ranked Sumiya Dorjsuren, Silva flipped Dorjsuren just over a minute into the contest. It was ultimately enough to win.
Silva left the mat in tears as she embraced her coach.
Silva was in top form for much of the day, including a quick 46-second win over her first opponent in which she managed to throw her twice.
She is from Brazil’s largest slum, or favela, and trained at a judo dojo founded by former Olympic bronze medalist Flavio Canto.
Australia has improved to 2-0 in men’s basketball, beating Serbia 95-80 in another impressive performance.
Patty Mills scored 26 points and Matthew Dellavedova had 23 points and 13 assists for the Australians, who have opened the Olympics by beating France and Serbia, two of the top teams in the world.
Australia plays the top-ranked U.S. next on Wednesday.
Miroslav Raduljica scored 25 points and Milos Teodosic had 17 for Serbia, which fell to 1-1.
UConn Huskies women’s basketball players have shown they can deliver in the clutch and Kia Nurse stepped up Monday, scoring 25 points off Canada’s bench as the Canadians rallied to stun Serbia 71-67 after trailing by 18 in the third quarter.
Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe’s three-point play put Canada ahead to stay, 68-67 with 48.4 left, to finish off the amazing rally.
Against Serbia, the Canadians (2-0) needed Nurse, a guard who will be a junior at UConn this fall. She scored 10 in the first half and nine more in the third when Canada trailed 52-34.
Fans kept chanting “Ca-na-da” as the Canadians simply smothered and outscored Serbia 26-10 in the fourth quarter.
Serbia (0-2) will regret this missed opportunity in its Olympic debut. Jelena Milanovic scored 19 points, and Sonja Petrovic had 15.
World series champion Australia and longtime women’s rugby front-runner New Zealand will play off for the first rugby sevens gold ever awarded at the Olympics after convincing semifinal wins.
Australia beat Canada 17-5 on Monday before New Zealand scored five tries in a 25-7 win over Britain, with Portia Woodman crossing for her second hat-trick of the tournament and the British reduced to five players for two minutes.
Emilee Cherry scored twice in the first half for Australia and Chloe Dalton made it 17-0 when she dived over in the left corner before Charity Williams scored a consolation try for Canada.
New Zealand’s world series-leading tryscorer Woodman beat two defenders to score in the second minute. Britain hit back after a turnover to take the lead at 7-5 but then conceded a try and lost two players on consecutive penalties just before halftime.
Croatia’s Josip Glasnovic has captured gold in men’s trap at the Rio Olympics after defeating Italy’s Giovanni Pellielo in final match that went to a shoot-off.
Glasnovic and Pellielo each hit 13 of 15 targets in the gold medal match and were on the mark with their first three in the shoot-off.
Shooting first, Pellielo missed on his fourth shot. Glasnovic calmly hit his fourth and triumphantly raised his gun in the air as pink dust from the target still blew in the gusting wind.
The loss in the gold medal match adds to Pellielo’s near misses. The world record holder has a pair of silver medals and a bronze in trap, but no gold.
Great Britain’s Edward Ling hit 13 of 15 targets to beat David Kostelecky of Czech Republic in the bronze medal match for his first medal in three Olympics.
IOC President Thomas Bach says he will try again to prevent any athlete who has received a serious doping sanction from competing in future Olympics.
Bach tells The Associated Press that “I don’t give up” and the International Olympic Committee will attempt for a third time to enact a rule barring former drug cheats from the games.
Such a rule has been struck down twice by the Court of Arbitration for Sport on grounds that it punishes an athlete twice for the same offense.
The IOC decided not to ban the entire Russian team from the Rio de Janeiro Olympics. Instead, it sought to exclude all Russians with previous doping sanctions, but the measure was rejected by CAS.
Bach says he will push the issue again during a review of the global anti-doping system after the Rio Games.
He says: “I’ll make another try. We have lost twice. That encourages us to try a third time.”
NBC announcer Al Trautwig says he regrets tweeting that the adoptive mother and father of American gymnastics star Simone Biles were not her parents.
Trautwig had been scolded by a woman on Twitter Sunday for not referring to Ron and Nellie Biles as the 19-year-old gymnast’s parents. Ron Biles, her maternal grandfather and his wife Nellie adopted Simone and her sister after they spent time in foster care.
NBC ordered Trautwig to delete his tweet that said Ron and Nellie Biles “may be mom and dad but they are NOT her parents.”
The tweet angered advocates for adoption. Trautwig said on Monday, “to set the record straight, Ron and Nellie are Simone’s parents.”
Rio de Janeiro police say Namibia’s flag bearer has been arrested for sexual assault, four days after another Olympic boxer was accused of sexually attacking two housekeepers in the Olympic Village.
Authorities say a housekeeper told police she was assaulted by 22-year-old Jonas Junius, a boxer who competes in light-middleweight division. Junius was set to fight with French boxer Hassan Amzile on Thursday.
Calls and emails to Namibia’s embassy seeking comment were not answered.
Brazilian law classifies as rape any sexual-related assault. They are punished with 6 to 10 years of prison.
There are problems everywhere for Kenya at the Olympics and none of its big stars have set foot on an athletics track in Rio de Janeiro yet.
The Kenyan athletics federation turned on the Olympic committee on Monday, blaming it for the travel problems that left javelin world champion Julius Yego without a plane ticket to Rio and caused another world champion, runner Asbel Kiprop, to book his own flights.
Athletics Kenya said the travel issues were “solely a mistake” of the Olympic committee.
That followed news on Sunday that Kenya was sending track and field team manager Michael Rotich home to face a police investigation after allegations he told undercover reporters that he could give athletes advance warning about doping tests in exchange for money.
Olympic organizers are scrambling to get new Chinese flags manufactured after a design fault was spotted in the opening days of the Rio de Janeiro Games.
Only the eagle-eyed would spot the problem on the five-starred red Chinese flag.
The four smaller yellow stars are meant to be slightly tilted so they point toward the heart of the big star. On the Rio version, they are straight and orientated parallel with the big star.
Rio organizing committee spokesman Mario Andrada said the flag used at the Olympics was approved by China before being produced.
Andrada pointed out “you have to be very familiar with the Chinese flag to understand” the problem.
However, a Brazilian company is now making new flags and Andrada says “the first flags should be delivered here shortly … as quick as possible.”
No rest for the weary in Olympic tennis: A day after getting trapped in an elevator for 40 minutes – and only 15½ hours after stunning No. 1 Novak Djokovic in the Rio de Janeiro Games – Argentina’s Juan Martin del Potro is back on court.
The 2009 U.S. Open champion is facing Portugal’s Joao Sousa in a second-round singles match Monday.
It’s in the same stadium where the oft-injured del Potro shed tears after beating Djokovic in a pair of tiebreakers late Sunday night.
And later Monday, del Potro has more work to do. He’ll be playing a doubles match, too.
Katinka Hosszu is competing in her third swimming event in as many days at the Rio Olympics.
The Hungarian nicknamed “The Iron Lady” for her ambitious schedule topped the preliminary heats of the 200-meter individual medley on Monday. Her time of 2 minutes, 7.45 seconds led 15 other women into the semifinals later at night.
Hosszu opened the eight-day swimming competition by winning the 400 individual medley in a world-record time. On Day 2, she advanced in the 100 backstroke with the second-fastest time in the semifinals.
She will be busy Monday night, competing in the 100 back final at 10:30 p.m. and returning 66 minutes later for the 200 IM semifinals.
Michael Phelps has begun his first individual event of the Rio Olympics in the 200-meter butterfly.
The 19-time gold medalist wasn’t the fastest, though.
Phelps finished fifth in the heats on Monday, with a time of 1 minute, 55.73 seconds. He easily advanced to the semifinals at night, unlike teammate Tom Shields, who was 20th. Only the top 16 moved on.
Phelps drew the loudest cheers at the pool, with fans standing up to take photos of him when he appeared at the starting blocks.
A pair of Hungarians had the top two times. Tamas Kenderesi was fastest in 1:54.73 and Laszlo Cseh was second in 1:55.14.
Chad le Clos of South Africa was third in 1:55.57.
Brazilian fans were excited to see their two swimmers – Leonardo de Deus and Kaio Marcio – advance to the semifinals.
Brittney Griner used her size advantage inside scoring eight of the first 10 points for the United States, and the Americans turned in another perfunctory rout in beating Spain 103-63 on Monday.
The Americans, who are 2-0, came up short of another record-setting performance like they had in their group play opener. But they were still impressive.
Spain, the silver medalist at the 2014 World Championships, proved a tougher opponent, and the U.S. didn’t play quite as crisply as it did beating Senegal by 65.
With the 6-foot-8 Griner scoring quickly and easily near the bucket, the Americans finished the first quarter on a 23-6 run.
Diana Taurasi led the United States with 13 points, and Alba Torrens had 20 for Spain.
The biggest win may have come in the second half. Fans finally sustained some “USA” chants without being drowned out by others inside the arena.
Swimmer Katie Ledecky’s bid to sweep the longer freestyle events at the Rio Games is on track.
A night after winning the 400-meter free in world-record time, Ledecky has posted the top qualifying time in the 200 free preliminaries.
The American teenager won her four-lap heat in 1 minute, 55.01 seconds on Monday.
Emma McKeon of Australia was second quickest in 1:55.80.
Missy Franklin, the female swim star of the 2012 London Games, advanced to the late-night semifinals in 12th place with a time of 1:57.12. It was Franklin’s first race in the pool on the third day of swimming.
Also advancing was Italian star Federica Pellegrini.
Olympics organizers are urging competitors to cut the trash talk.
American swimmer Lilly King raised the specter of Russian rival Yuliya Efimova’s doping ban after racing at the Rio Games, saying: “I’m here to compete clean.”
It came after Efimova waved a No. 1 finger after her semifinal in the 100-meter breaststroke.
Efimova is being allowed to compete in Rio after a 16-month suspension was placed on hold while world anti-doping officials conduct further studies on the drug.
International Olympic Committee spokesman Mark Adams says “people should be free to compete in tranquility and not be addressed by others. We would encourage people to respect their fellow competitors.”
A smattering of boos greeted Efimova after she won her preliminary heat.
At an IOC briefing, Adams said: “Brazilian fans seem to be pretty egalitarian. They seem to boo athletes from many countries. It’s quite difficult to work out why they might be booing one athlete and not another.”
The Olympic sailing regatta is underway on Guanabara Bay, which made headlines in the months preceding the Olympics because of water fouled by raw sewage and trash.
Men’s and women’s windsurfers are sailing off Flamengo Beach while the men’s Lasers and women’s Laser Radials are off Niteroi, on the other side of the bay from downtown Rio. Sugarloaf Mountain forms an imposing backdrop. Christ the Redeemer is hidden by fog.
Robert Scheidt, 43, is trying to become the first Olympic sailor and first Brazilian to win six Olympic medals. He owns two golds, two silvers and a bronze.
An independent study by The Associated Press has shown high levels of viruses and sometimes bacte:1ria from human sewage in the bay.
Italy’s Niccolo Campriani has earned gold in men’s 10-meter air rifle at the Rio Olympics after taking silver in London four years ago.
Campriani, who also won gold in 3-position rifle in London, had 206.1 points to finish 1.5 ahead of silver medalist Serhiy Kulish of Ukraine.
Russia’s Vladimir Maslennikov just missed the final match, ending up 0.2 points behind Kulish. His bronze made Russia the 13th nation to have 400 overall Olympic medals.
Campriani took advantage after two of the world’s top shooters failed to make it out of qualifying.
World No. 1 Cao Yifei of China had a poor final shot of qualifying to miss the final eight by one spot. Romania’s Alin George Moldoveanu was nearly three points behind the lowest qualifying score and finished 19th.
Brazil may finally win a judo medal on Monday after two days of disappointing fights by its much-acclaimed martial arts team at the Rio Olympics.
Former judo world champion Rafaela Silva has advanced to the semifinals after winning her three fights in the morning, including a hard-fought victory over the second-seeded South Korean, Jandi Kim.
Silva won her first fight in just 46 seconds after throwing German Miryam Roper twice for an automatic ippon victory. In her quarter-final match, she was pitted against Hungary’s Hedwig Karakas. With just over two minutes left in the bout, Silva managed to throw Karakas and scored enough to win.
If Silva wins her semifinal, she will guarantee Brazil at least a silver medal in the final. If not, she will have the chance to fight for a bronze in the repechage competition later on Monday.
UPSET ALERT: Talk about a tournament changer. Top seed and world record holding archer Kim Woojin of South Korea has been beaten by a player ranked 29th in the world.
Indonesia archer Riau Ega Agatha beat Kim 6-2 in the round of 16 during the men’s event at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics. Kim was a heavy favorite, especially after setting a new world record in qualifying last week.
Both Kim and Ega Agatha seemed stunned after the match, with Kim quietly answering questions from reporters and at times gazing off as Ega Agatha was all but at a loss for words.
Two of Russia’s top track and field athletes have failed in a bid to have their ban from the Olympics put on hold by a Swiss court.
Sergei Shubenkov, the world 110-meter hurdles champion, tells Russian media he and two-time Olympic pole vault gold medalist Yelena Isinbayeva applied to Swiss federal court to freeze the implementation of a ruling last month from the Court of Arbitration for Sport which upheld Russia’s ban from the Olympic track meet.
Shubenkov tells Russia’s state Tass news agency that this refusal “is just the first step” and that it “doesn’t in any way stop us from further actions,” but doesn’t say what he might do next.
Russia was banned from international track and field, including the Olympics, in November over widespread doping.
The United States claimed its second straight win against a top-three team in women’s field hockey, beating No. 3 Australia 2-1 on Monday.
Michelle Vittese and Caitlin van Sickle scored for the Americans, who defeated No. 2 Argentina 2-1 in their Olympic opener on Saturday.
United States goalie Jackie Briggs had six saves and had four saves on the four penalty corners she faced. The crowd chanted, “Jackie! Jackie!” after the match.
The fifth-ranked Americans, who lead Pool B with six points, moved closer to qualifying for the quarterfinals. The top four teams in each six-team pool advance.
The Americans dealt a major blow to Australia. The Hockeyroos dropped their opener to Britain 2-1 on Saturday and now have no points with three pool play matches remaining.
Kenya has two wins in the first three days of the Olympic boxing tournament.
Peter Mungai won his light flyweight bout and celebrated by dancing in the ring. African nations are often outclassed in boxing because the traditional infrastructure isn’t there to groom young fighters.
Mungai said he learned to fight with his bare hands before he could find a pair of boxing gloves.
“When I found some gloves, it was amazing,” he said, smiling. “With bare hands, it was like an assault. It was just like a fight, not a sport.”
Rayton Okwiri won a bout for Kenya over the weekend and Benson Gicharu, the third member of the team, fights later Monday.
The 35-year-old Mungai, only 5-foot-5, defeated 21-year-old Chinese fighter LV Bin and beamed as his trainers danced on the ring apron in jubilation.
“I just wanted to be a winner,” Mungai said. “Now, I’m a winner.”
Robert Wangila was the last Kenyan to win Olympic gold in 1988 in Seoul, Korea