The Latest: Thiam wins gold, beats Ennis-Hill in heptathlon

Olympic rowing team practices at the Lagoon Stadium

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):

11:40 p.m.

Nafissatou Thiam of Belgium has beaten defending champion Jessica Ennis-Hill of Britain to win an Olympic heptathlon competition that went down to a matter of seconds in the last event.

Ennis-Hill won the 800 in a season-best time of 2 minutes, 9.07 seconds, but it wasn’t by quite enough to overhaul Thiam, who had a 142-point lead going into the last of seven disciplines and finished in 2:16.54.

The 21-year-old Thiam tallied 6,810 points, 35 ahead of second-place Ennis-Hill to claim her first major title. Brianne Theisen-Eaton of Canada took bronze with 6,653 points.


11:30 p.m.

MEDAL ALERT: Nafissatou Thiam of Belgium has beaten defending champion Jessica Ennis-Hill of Britain to win an Olympic heptathlon competition that went down to fractions of a second in the last event. Ennis-Hill won the 800 in a season-best time, but by not quite enough to overhaul Thiam.


11:15 p.m.

MEDAL ALERT: Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian in history, earns 23rd career gold with US win in 4×100 medley relay.


11:10 p.m.

The U.S. women’s 4×100-meter medley relay team won gold — and reached a milestone for the United States.

Kathleen Baker, Lilly King, Dana Vollmer and Simone Manuel teaming up to prevail at the Rio Games on Saturday night is being recognized by the U.S. Olympic Committee as the nation’s 1,000th gold medal in Summer Olympics history.

Manuel swam the last leg, and when she hit the wall her three teammates hugged on the pool deck. Their winning time was 3 minutes, 53.13 seconds.

The U.S. is the first nation to win 1,000 summer golds, the first of those coming in 1896. No other nation comes close — the Soviet Union stopped at 473 golds, and no other country is on pace to reach the milestone until 2100.

The USOC is planning to recognize the 1,000th gold in the coming days, though exact plans on that front remain unclear.


11 p.m.

MEDAL ALERT: The United States has claimed gold in the women’s 4×100-meter medley relay. Australia takes silver, while the bronze goes to Denmark.


11 p.m.

All eyes were on double defending champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce. But it was her fellow-Jamaican Elaine Thompson who ran away with gold in the 100 meters.

Though Fraser-Pryce may have been first out of the blocks Saturday, Thompson powered through for the title in 10.71 seconds. American Tori Bowie lunged at the line for 10.83 and beat Fraser-Pryce by 0.03 seconds.

European champion Dafne Schippers had a bad start and finished fifth with 10.90.

Fraser-Pryce was seeking to become the first women in track to win three Olympic gold medals in a row.


10:40 p.m.

MEDAL ALERT: Elaine Thompson has won the women’s 100-meter title in 10.71 seconds, ending fellow Jamaican Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce’s bid to win the event for a third straight Olympics. American Tori Bowie took silver in 10.83 and Fraser-Pryce was third in 10.86.


10:40 p.m.

Italy’s Gregorio Paltrinieri has taken gold in pool swimming’s most grueling race, winning the 1,500-meter freestyle at the Rio Olympics.

Paltrinieri pulled away from the field and was under world-record pace much of the race before fading a bit at the end. Still, he won comfortably Saturday night, touching in 14 minutes, 34.57 seconds.

Connor Jaeger of the United States took the silver in 14:39.48, while the bronze went to another Italian, Gabriele Detti, in 14:40.86.

Detti rallied over the final laps to pass American Jordan Wilimovksy, who settled for fourth.

Wilimovksy will get another shot at a medal in an even more demanding event — the 10-kilometer open water race at Fort Copacabana on Tuesday.


10:30 p.m.

MEDAL ALERT: Gregorio Paltrinieri of Italy has won gold in the men’s 1,500-meter freestyle at the Rio Olympics. Connor Jaeger of the United States claims silver and Italy’s Gabriele Detti takes bronze.


10:25 p.m.

MEDAL ALERT: Jeff Henderson of the United States overtook Luvo Manyonga of South Africa on his last jump to win the Olympic long jump gold medal.

Manyonga took the lead on his penultimate jump with a mark of 8.37 meters and during a tense sixth and final round, Henderson bettered it by 1 centimeter.

Defending champion Greg Rutherford of Britain took bronze on Saturday.


10:15 p.m.

Not even a tumble could stop Mo Farah from defending his Olympic 10,000-meter title in a dramatic final where he worked his way back through the field, then lost and regained the lead on the last lap.

Just like he did four years ago in London, the Somali-born Farah draped the British flag over his shoulders for his victory lap.

The Olympic and world champion in the 5,000 and 10,000 tripped and fell to the track after tangling with another runner with 15 laps to go.

He worked his way back up to third with 11 laps to go and was first going into the bell lap, but Paul Tanui of Kenya made a charge with 300 to go and led until Farah surged again and sprinted away to win in 27 minutes, 5.17 seconds. Tanui held on for silver in 27:05.64 and Tamirat Tola of Ethiopia took bronze.


10:15 p.m.

Pernille Blume of Denmark held off Simone Manuel to capture gold in the 50-meter freestyle at the Rio Olympics.

After posting the top time in both the preliminaries and the semifinals, Blume came through again in the final Saturday on the final night of swimming. She touched in 24.07 seconds.

Manuel, the American co-gold medalist in the 100 free, settled for silver in 24.09. Aliaksandra Herasimenia of Belarus earned the bronze in 24.11.

It was another huge disappointment for sisters Cate and Bronte Campbell of Australia.

They were shut out of an individual medal again, with Cate finishing fifth and Bronte seventh.


10:05 p.m.

MEDAL ALERT: Pernille Blume of Denmark wins gold in women’s 50-meter freestyle. Simone Manuel of the United States takes silver. Aliaksandra Herasimenia of Belarus earns bronze.


10 p.m.

The heptathlon is going to the wire, with the clash for gold set up in the concluding 800 meters between defending champion Jessica Ennis-Hill of Britain and Belgium’s Nafissatou Thiam.

Despite a sore elbow, Thiam set a personal best of 53.13 meters to extend her lead of Enis-Hill. Thiam has 5,939 points for an edge of 142 over Ennis-Hill.

Ennis-Hill is a much better 800 runner, where she has a 10-second edge in personal bests, setting up a thrilling finish in the last event of the evening. The edge translates to 8.87 seconds between the two.

Brianne Theisen-Eaton is in bronze medal position with 5,681 points.


9:57 p.m.

MEDAL ALERT: Mo Farah of Britain recovers from fall to defend Olympic 10,000-meter title in Rio Games.


9:45 p.m.

Britain’s Mo Farah was tripped by American training partner Galen Rupp on the 10th lap in the men’s 10,000-meters.

Farah quickly got up and signaled all is OK with a thumbs up on Saturday.

Farah is the favorite to repeat in the 10,000 meters.

He has not lost a major race since taking silver in the 10,000 at the 2011 worlds. But Ethiopia’s Yigrem Demelash is hoping to renew his nation’s ownership of the race.


9:45 p.m.

Captain John Obi Mikel scored one and set up another as Nigeria beat Denmark 2-0 to set up a men’s Olympic soccer semifinal with Germany.

Mikel met Ezekiel’s cross to side-foot Nigeria’s opener into the net from close range in the 19th minute on Saturday. Aminu Umar connected with Mikel’s corner to double the lead in the 59th.

Nigeria’s players, who are chasing their first Olympic gold since the 1996 Atlanta Games, have extended their stay in Brazil after arriving late in the country. They will play Germany on Wednesday.


9:30 p.m.

Defending champion Kirani James set the tone for the 400-meter final by leading the semifinals in his season-best 44.02 seconds.

James, who won the Olympic gold as a 19-year-old at London in 2012, held off 2008 champion LaShawn Merritt in 44.21 in the first of three semifinal heats.

Michel Cedenio of Trinidad and Tobago won the second heat in 44.39, holding off world champion Wayde van Niekerk, who finished in 44.45.

Bralon Taplin of Grenada had the fourth-fastest qualifying time, winning the third heat in 44.44. The final is scheduled for Sunday night.


9:30 p.m

Honduras continued its surprising run at the Olympics by defeating South Korea 1-0 and reaching the semifinals of the men’s soccer tournament.

Forward Alberth Elis took advantage of a fast counterattack in the 59th minute on Saturday to score the winner and send Honduras to the final four for the first time.

South Korea played well and created many scoring chances at the Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte, but it couldn’t get past a solid performance by Honduras goalkeeper Luis Lopez, who made key saves throughout the match.

South Korea was trying to replicate its unprecedented performance from London, when it eliminated host Great Britain in the quarterfinals and eventually finished with the bronze medal.

Honduras will play against either Brazil or Colombia, which meet later Saturday in Sao Paulo.


9:30 p.m.

Double defending champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce ran a season’s best of 10.88 seconds to reach the final of the 100 meters.

Only her compatriot Elaine Thompson matched the time in the third heat of the semifinals on Saturday.

In a direct confrontation with European champion Dafne Schippers, the Jamaican dominated from the start and even had time to let up a bit at the line. Schippers was late out of the blocks and the Dutchwoman struggled all the way to finish second in 10.90, hardly a race to impress her rivals.

Tori Bowie of the United States won the first semifinal. Compatriot English Gardner also made it into Saturday’s final.

Among those who did not make it were American Tianna Bartoletta and Murielle Ahoure of Ivory Coast and Blessing Okagbare of Nigeria.


8:50 p.m.

Iran won its second gold medal in two days as Sohrab Moradi was victorious in the men’s 94-kilogram weightlifting.

Moradi’s first lift in the clean and jerk was enough for gold, hoisting 221 kilograms, which combined with his 182 in the snatch for a total of 403 on Saturday.

There was silver for Belarusian Vadzim Straltsou on 395 and bronze for Lithuania’s Aurimas Didzbailis on 392.

It was a depleted field after Polish brothers Adrian and Tomasz Zielinski both failed drug tests in the days before the event. Adrian Zielinski was 2012 gold medalist in the 85kg class.

Also missing was Ilya Ilyin, reigning Olympic champion and world record holder at 94kg, who failed retests of his samples from his 2008 and 2012 Olympic wins.


8:50 p.m.

Paralympic leadership says crucial payments to fund the travel of teams to Brazil have not been transferred, threatening the participation of some countries.

The International Paralympic Committee said the payments, which are vital for funding travel and logistics, must be sent to its members next week.

The IPC is expecting around 160 countries to participate in the Paralympics but fears withdrawals if the cash isn’t received.

The late payments are one of the problems threatening the successful delivery of the Sept. 7-18 Paralympics by the financially-challenged Rio organizers.


8:50 p.m.

Countries are starting to turn against each other at the Copacabana beach volleyball venue.

Twice in the round of 16, two teams from the same country faced each other, with the Italian men and the Canadian women both sending their compatriots home.

Now there’s an all-Dutch quarterfinal after Alexander Brouwer and Robert Meeuwsen advanced to a matchup with Reinder Nummerdor and Christiaan Varenhorst.

Meeuwsen and Brouwer went unbeaten in the preliminary round. Nummerdor and Varenhorst lost a match in pool play, dropping them to a No. 2 seed, and they wound up in their countrymen’s bracket in the blind draw.

Brouwer says” That’s the way it is in beach volleyball. Sometimes you beat each other.”

8:10 p.m.

Leave it to the super heavyweights to bring knockouts back to Olympic boxing.

Three straight fighters in the sport’s most hulking division finished their opponents by stoppage Saturday night, a rare occurrence in the three-round world of the amateur sport.

Britain’s Joe Joyce, Uzbekistan’s Bakhodir Jalolov and Nigeria’s Efe Ajagba all ended their fights early with punishing knockouts. Ajagba’s first-round stoppage of Trinidad and Tobago’s Nigel Paul was particularly brutal, leaving Paul facedown and motionless on the canvas for a few moments.

The fourth heavyweight fight of the evening session also ended quickly, but it was because Azerbaijan’s Muhammadrasul Majidov injured his eye in an exchange with Kazakhstan’s Ivan Dychko, ruining a highly anticipated rematch.

The sweeter aspects of the sweet science were on display moments before the knockout array. Kazakhstan’s Vassiliy Levit reached the heavyweight final with a decision over Cuba’s Erislandy Savon, the nephew of three-time Olympic champion Felix Savon.


8:10 p.m.

Floyd Mayweather Jr. dropped in to see the next generation of Olympic boxers in Rio.

The U.S. bronze medalist at the 1996 Atlanta Games stood on a platform to watch Saturday evening’s fights, starting with the welterweight quarterfinals.

He stuck around through a major heavyweight semifinal and a first-round knockout by Britain super heavyweight Joe Joyce.

Mayweather was besieged by a stream of autograph-seekers and photo-takers even with most of the U.S. men’s basketball team sitting a few rows behind him, but Mayweather kept one eye on the ring.

Mayweather retired last year after a 49-0 career. The International Boxing Association changed its rules this year to allow professionals to fight at the Olympics, but Mayweather had no interest.


7:50 p.m.

MEDAL ALERT: Monica Puig won Puerto Rico’s first gold medal in any sport in Olympic history, upsetting Angelique Kerber in the women’s tennis singles final at the Rio Games.

Even before Saturday’s victory, Puig already was assured of being the first woman representing Puerto Rico to earn a medal of any color at any Olympics.

Puig is ranked 34th and is the first unseeded women’s singles gold medalist since tennis returned to the Olympics in 1988.

Kerber was seeded No. 2, won the Australian Open in January, and was the runner-up at Wimbledon last month. She was trying to give Germany its first singles gold since Steffi Graf in 1988, but instead goes home with a silver.

Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic won the bronze.


7:50 p.m.

Seemingly down and out in these Olympics only a few days ago, the U.S. men’s volleyball team is suddenly right back in the mix of the Rio de Janeiro Games.

Fresh off Thursday night’s stunning four-set victory against host Brazil, the Americans rallied from way down in the first set Saturday to beat France 25-22, 25-22, 24-25, 25-22 and improve their position in Pool A.

Next up is Mexico on Monday in the final preliminary match before the knockout quarterfinals.

After being swept in their Olympic opener by Canada and then losing to Italy, the Americans found their groove against Brazil and carried that into Saturday. This young group, with eight first-time Olympians and a trio of veterans leading the charge, has shined during this four-year cycle leading up to Rio when under the most pressure.


7:50 p.m.

Great Britain scored two goals in the fourth period to defeat the United States 2-1 and win Pool B in women’s field hockey Saturday night.

Britain evened the score when Sophie Bray redirected a shot into the goal midway through the final, then Alex Danson barely got the stick on a long shot three minutes later for the clincher.

The matchup of unbeaten teams was critical because the winner would top the pool and avoid the No. 1-ranked Netherlands, the Group A winner, until the final. The Netherlands, the two-time defending Olympic champion, has allowed just one goal at the Games.

The Americans, who haven’t medaled since 1984, still qualified for the quarterfinals.

Britain outshot the United States 6-1 in the first half, but the match was scoreless at the break. Britain failed to score on four penalty corners, and U.S. goalkeeper Jackie Briggs had three saves in the first half.

Michelle Vittese scored for the United States at the 38:23 mark.


7:50 p.m.

Russia has won its fourth fencing gold medal of the Rio Games, trouncing Ukraine 45-30 in the women’s team sabre event.

It was the seventh overall medal in fencing for the Russians, by far the most of any nation.

The top-ranked Russians on Saturday won their first four bouts and seven of nine — and top-ranked fencer Sofya Velikaya went undefeated to lead the way.

The U.S. took bronze, its fourth medal in the sport in Rio.


6:45 p.m.

An American crew has finally won a race in the Rio Olympic regatta, Brazilian star Robert Scheidt sailed himself out of a chance for a gold medal and Belgium’s Evi Van Acker recovered from her illness to have a shot at medaling.

The U.S. 49erFX crew of Paris Henken of Coronado, California, and Helena Scutt of Kirkland, Washington, won the fifth race of their series. Coupled with two other top-five finishes in their four races Saturday, they’re ninth overall. Henken and Scutt had capsized earlier.

The 49erFX is making its Olympic debut at Rio.

Scheidt, 43, is trying to become the first sailor and first Brazilian to win six Olympic medals. He finished 28th and 11th overall to drop to fifth with 87 points, meaning he can only win a bronze if things fall his way in the medals race on Monday.

Van Acker, the first competitor to report falling ill during the games from sailing on polluted Guanabara Bay, had finishes of first and fifth to jump into fourth in the Laser Radial. She’s nine points out of podium position going into the medals race. She said she feels better after “a lot of rest, a lot of food and a lot of smiling, I guess.”


6:10 p.m.

Venus Williams will leave the Rio Olympics with a medal after all.

Williams is guaranteed to tie the Olympic tennis record with her fifth medal after she and teammate Rajeev Ram rallied to win their mixed doubles semifinal on Saturday.

Williams owns three women’s doubles golds with sister Serena and a singles championship from 2000. But she was upset in the first round in both draws in Rio de Janeiro.

Initially not expected to enter mixed doubles, Williams wound up teaming with Ram. On Saturday, they beat India’s Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna 2-6, 6-2, 10-3 tiebreak.

Williams couldn’t stop jumping up and down afterward.

Kathleen McKane won five medals — one gold — in the 1920s.


6 p.m.

U.S. fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad came to the Rio Games determined to show the world that sports is a place where Muslim-American women can excel.

Muhammad will return to New Jersey with proof that she was right.

Muhammad, who became the first U.S. Olympian to wear a hijab during competition, won a bronze medal Saturday along with her teammates in the women’s team sabre event.

The U.S. beat Italy 45-30 to clinch third place and the first women’s medal in fencing for the Americans in Rio.


6 p.m.

China is 1-2 in women’s 3-meter springboard diving after the semifinals.

Shi Tingmao totaled 385.00 points to lead the way Saturday. Her teammate, He Zi, is second at 364.50.

Jennifer Abel of Canada is third at 343.45. American Abby Johnston also made Sunday’s final in fifth at 324.75.

American Kassidy Cook, a first-time Olympian, failed to advance. She missed the 12th and last qualifying spot by four points.


6 p.m.

MEDAL WATCH: Elis Ligtlee of the Netherlands held off charging Becky James and Anna Meares to win the women’s keirin at the Olympic velodrome.

Ligtlee led the six-rider sprint entering the last lap. James was last at that point but charged hard on the outside, passing most of the field along the back stretch as the crowd roared.

The extra distance caused by her route was just a bit too much and she was unable to overcome Ligtlee. Meares was flanked by both of them as she finished in third.


5:35 p.m.

MEDAL ALERT: Britain beat the world champion United States in the finals of the women’s team pursuit at the Rio Olympics, the exact same result from four years ago at the London Games.

The team of Katie Archibald, Laura Trott, Elinor Barker and Joanna Rowsell-Shand finishing in 4 minutes, 10.236 seconds, breaking its own world record of 4:12.152 set in the previous round.

The U.S. team of Sarah Hammer, Kelly Catlin, Chloe Dygert and Sarah Hammer finished in 4:12.454.

Britain also defeated the U.S. in the finals at the London Games.

Canada beat New Zealand to win the bronze medal.


5:35 p.m.

Facundo Campazzo made two 3-pointers to open the second overtime and three free throws in the final minute, leading Argentina to a thrilling 111-107 win against rival Brazil in men’s basketball before a raucous crowd that sang, danced and chanted the entire game.

The matchup between the South American neighbors on Saturdaydidn’t disappoint as the teams went back and forth, trading leads, baskets and big moments.

The 5-foot-11 Campazzo was all over the floor, finishing with 33 points and 11 assists. Andres Nocioni finished with 37 points for Argentina, 3-1 in the brutal Group B.

Nene scored 24 for Brazil, which fell to 1-3 and may not get out of the preliminary round.

Nocioni, who played five NBA seasons with Chicago, forced the first OT with a 3-pointer from the corner that bounced three times on the rim and off the backboard before dropping in with 3.8 seconds left.


5:35 p.m.

Russian long jumper Darya Klishina says she has proven she’s a clean athlete many times and feels betrayed after a decision by track and field’s governing body to ban her from the Rio Games.

She’s appealing the decision by the IAAF to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, which expects a ruling before the Olympic long jump competition starts Tuesday.

The federation didn’t say why Klishina was banned but Klishina acknowledged that it’s related to Russia’s widespread doping scandal. Klishina was previously the only Russian allowed to compete in track and field.

Klishina says she’s “been almost exclusively tested outside of the anti-doping system in question,” adding a reference to the Russian anti-doping agency, which remains suspended over doping cover-ups.

She says she’s a victim of people who are using the sport for political purposes. She says she feels betrayed by a system “that is not focused on keeping the sport clean and supporting rank-and-file athletes, but rather seeking victories outside sport arenas.”


5:20 p.m.

Rafael Nadal’s bid for an unprecedented second Olympic singles gold medal ended with a thrill-a-minute semifinal loss to Juan Martin del Potro.

Del Potro, who earned a bronze for Argentina four years ago, will add a silver or gold to that after advancing to the Rio Games final by coming back to stun the third-seeded Nadal 5-7, 6-4, 7-6 (5) on Saturday.

Using the same ferocious forehands that carried him past No. 1 Novak Djokovic in the first round a week ago, del Potro now will try to pull off a third surprise on Sunday, when he meets defending champion Andy Murray in the final.

The No. 2-seeded Murray earned a gold in singles and a silver in mixed doubles for Britain at London in 2012.


4:30 p.m.

MEDAL ALERT: Uladzislau Hancharou of Belarus has won the Olympic gold medal in the men’s trampoline, topping defending Olympic champion Dong Dong of China during an entertaining final.

Hancharou posted a score of 61.745 during his final set on Saturday, the 20-year-old pumping his fist in triumph before finishing his dismount.

Reigning world champion Gao Lei of China topped qualifying but went slightly off line during his series of 10 jumps, flips and twists that send the gymnasts three stories into the air. Gao shook his head on his dismount and was forced to settle for bronze.

American Logan Dooley came in 11th, the highest ever finish in the Olympics for a U.S. male trampoline gymnast.


4:30 p.m.

Practice for the open water swimming competition at Fort Copacabana has been canceled after the starting platform sank.

The platform was wrecked on Saturday because of weather conditions, two days before the 10-kilometer women’s race. According to Mario Andrada, spokesman for Rio 2016, it broke into three pieces .

Officials are working to recover the structure on Copacabana beach, where it was found.

There was no immediate word if the starting point for the race would be changed.


4:30 p.m.

Justin Rose of Britain is one round away from winning golf’s first gold medal in 112 years.

Rose made two eagles in the opening five holes and shot a 6-under 66 on Saturday to build a one-shot lead over British Open champion Henrik Stenson, who had a 68.

For all the talk about the number of top players who chose not to play in golf’s return to the Olympics, the sport couldn’t have asked for a better final round. Stenson is the highest-ranked player (No. 5) at Olympic Golf Course. Rose is a former U.S. Open champion at No. 12 in the world.

Rose was at 12-under 201.

Marcus Fraser of Australia, who led after the opening two rounds, shot 72 and was three shots out of the lead. Bubba Watson got back into the mix with a 67, including a bizarre moment when a piece of mud fell off the bottom of his putter. He tried to stop his stroke and couldn’t, hitting the 30-foot putt about 6 feet. He was six shots behind.

George Lyon of Canada won the last gold medal in 1904.


4:30 p.m.

Lucie Safarova and Barbora Strycova have won the Olympic bronze medal in women’s doubles.

A last-minute pairing before the Rio Games, they beat fellow Czechs Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka 7-5, 6-1 on Saturday.

Safarova was supposed to play with Karolina Pliskova at the Olympics, but when Pliskova withdrew from the tournament, Strycova was the late replacement. Strycova and Safarova were 0-1 as a team before coming to Rio de Janeiro, then they went out and stunned three-time Olympic doubles gold medalists Venus and Serena Williams in the first round.

The sixth-seeded Hlavackova and Hradecka won silver in 2012, losing to the Williams sisters in the final.

Switzerland’s Timea Bacsinszky and Martina Hingis face Russia’s Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina for gold Sunday.


4:10 p.m.

The president of cycling’s world governing body is defending the nature of the road course at the Rio Olympics, calling it a fair test and suggesting those who crashed pushed past their limits.

Brian Cookson addressed a number of issues during a wide-ranging news conference on Saturday in the midst of the cycling programming, including doping, the track cycling program and several road racing issues.

But perhaps the biggest hot-button issue through a week of competition was a road course that some had labeled too dangerous after a series of crashes involving some of the sport’s top riders.

Cookson said he visited Dutch rider Annemiek van Vleuten, who had the most serious wreck, in the hospital “and in her case, it was an error in judgment there” of going too fast on a descent.


4:10 p.m.

Italy’s Gabriel Rossetti has earned skeet gold. The Mustache won over the crowd to go with the bronze.

Rossetti hit all 16 targets in the gold medal match and earned his first gold medal after Sweden’s Marcus Svensson missed his final shot.

Kuwait’s Abdullah Al-Rashidi, competing for the independent team, was the fan favorite on his way to bronze.

The capacity crowd, many of them Brazilian, cheered wildly for the mustachioed Al-Rashidi during introductions and with every target he hit.

Al-Rashidi raised his arms in the air after defeating Ukraine’s Mikola Milchev in the bronze medal match, then dropped to his knees and kissed the ground.

Al-Rashidi rose and threw his hat in the air as the crowd chanted “Ole, ole, ole, mustache!” in Portuguese.


4:10 p.m.

Paris Henken of Coronado, California, and Helena Scutt of Kirkland, Washington, have become the first sailors from the United States to win a race at the Rio Games sailing regatta.

Sailing their 49erFX skiff, the duo led the entire way to win Race 5 of the series. They jumped into 11th place overall.

Henken and Scutt had capsized earlier but were OK.

The United States failed to win a sailing medal at the London Olympics, the first time that happened since 1936.

The 49erFX is making its Olympic debut at Rio.


3:40 p.m.

Rio Games officials say they will drain the green-tinged water from one of the Olympic pools and refill it in time for the start of synchronized swimming on Sunday.

The director of venue management, Gustavo Nascimento, said Saturday that clean water from a nearby practice pool will be transferred to the main pool, which has been used for water polo and will be used for synchronized swimming when it begins on Sunday.

Nascimento says the move is necessary to ensure clear water for both judges and competitors during synchronized swimming, which requires the competitors to spend much of their time underwater.

The water in the adjacent diving well turned a dark shade of green on Tuesday, and the main pool began to turn the same color the following day.

The diving pool at the Maria Lenk Aquatics Center will remain in use.

Officials say there’s no health risk for the athletes, and some divers have said it actually helps them during competition by giving them a contrast with the blue sky when they’re spinning through the air.


3:20 p.m.

The IAAF says it has banned the only Russian in Olympic track and field from competition and that she is appealing the ruling.

IAAF spokesman Yannis Nikolaou tells The Associated Press that the governing body revoked eligibility for long jumper Darya Klishina based on new information it received last week. Nikolaou would not specify what the new information was.

Klishina, a former European indoor champion, was previously the only one of 68 Russians allowed to compete in the sport amid a massive doping scandal. The IAAF had accepted her application because she is based in the United States. The rest of the Russian team was banned over allegations of a widespread, state-sponsored doping program.

Nikolaou says Klishina has appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport and a decision is expected either Sunday or Monday, before the long jump competition begins Tuesday.


3:10 p.m.

The International Olympic Committee says it is disappointed that United States goalkeeper Hope Solo called the victorious Sweden team “a bunch of cowards” after their quarterfinal in the women’s soccer.

Solo was angered by Sweden’s defensive style as the United States was held 1-1 through extra time before being ousted in a penalty shootout on Friday.

IOC spokesman Mark Adams described Solo’s outburst as “disappointing.”

However, at an IOC briefing in Rio de Janeiro on Saturday Adams stressed that “people are free to say those things. We wouldn’t stop their right to express themselves, within boundaries, obviously.”


3 p.m.

Matthias Ginter scored a second-half goal and Germany went on to defeat Portugal 4-0 to advance to the Olympic semifinals.

Ginter was the youngest player on the German team that won the World Cup in Brazil in 2014. Davie Selke and substitute Philipp Max also added second-half goals on Saturday for the Germans.

Germany led 1-0 after Portugal Bruna Varela couldn’t reach goalkeeper Serge Gnabry’s shot into the far corner in stoppage time following the opening half. It was his sixth goal of the Olympics.

The Germans will play the winner of the late match between hosts Brazil and Colombia on Wednesday.


3 p.m.

Rio Games organizers say a theft of a “significant sum of money” has taken place at the Olympic athletes village.

Rio 2016 spokesman Mario Andrada said Saturday that “the money has been returned to its rightful owner.”

He did not disclose the name of the victim or the perpetrator or the amount of money stolen.

Andrada says security has been “upgraded” and urges “athletes and staff to be vigilant” in a compound that has the capacity to house 18,000 staff and athletes during the games.


2:40 p.m.

The captains for Brazil and Argentina are asking fans to behave when the two South American nations take to the court in Olympic basketball.

Moments before player introductions on Saturday, Brazilian guard Marcelinho Huertes and Luis Scola walked to mid-court to address the sellout crowd in Carioca Arena. Brazil and Argentina are longtime rivals.

Huertas, a two-time Olympian who plays for the Los Angeles Lakers, said: “We’re Latin-American brothers and we are counting on you to have a celebration within the Olympic spirit.”

He then handed the microphone to Scola, who was greeted with some jeers from Brazil’s fans.

Huertas waved his hand to quiet the crowd so Scola could speak.

Scola, who signed with the Brooklyn Nets this summer, said: “On behalf of my team, I want to ask you to cheer for your team, to have fun in a civilized manner and with a lot of respect.”

Olympic officials planned to have extra security on hand to curb any clashes between the fans.


2:40 p.m.

The World Anti-Doping Agency says Russia whistleblower Yuliya Stepanova’s account for the database which tracks athletes for drug testing has been hacked.

The agency says Stepanova’s password was “illegally obtained which allowed a perpetrator to access her account on ADAMS” — the name for the database.

In a statement, WADA said “immediately locked Ms. Stepanova’s account to prevent further access” and “no other athlete accounts on ADAMS have been accessed.”

Stepanova, an 800-meter runner, and her husband provided evidence of widespread doping in Russian track and field.


2:20 p.m.

Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova has won the Olympic bronze medal in women’s tennis.

Kvitova beat American Madison Keys 7-5, 2-6, 6-2 on Saturday, running away with the third set after dropping the last four games of the second.

Since winning her second Wimbledon title in 2014, the Czech lefty hasn’t been beyond the quarterfinals at a major. In the first three of this year, she didn’t even make it past the third round, her ranking falling to 14th.

Keys is a career-best No. 9 in the world, but for the second straight match, the 21-year-old couldn’t capitalize on her opportunities against a more experienced opponent. She failed to convert two set points in the first.

Australian Open champ Angelique Kerber, who beat Keys in the semis, plays Puerto Rico’s Monica Puig for gold later Saturday.


2:15 a.m.

The International Cycling Union says a Brazilian rider has failed a doping test.

The UCI says Kleber da Silva Ramos tested positive for a banned substance during a pre-Olympic test on July 31. He has been suspended until a ruling is made on his case.

Da Silva Ramos competed in the men’s Olympic road race on Aug. 6 but failed to finish. He is not due to compete in any other events.

On Friday, the Court of Arbitration for Sport said three athletes had failed doping tests — a Chinese swimmer, a Polish weightlifter and a Bulgarian runner. None of them won medals in Rio de Janeiro.


1 a.m.

The host country is in the Olympic women’s soccer semifinals.

Brazilian goalkeeper Barbara stopped Alanna Kennedy’s attempt to give Brazil a 7-6 win on penalties after a scoreless draw against Australia on Friday night.

Brazil will face Sweden on Tuesday in Rio de Janeiro. Sweden won 4-3 on penalties after a 1-1 draw with the three-time defending champion United States earlier in the day.

The Aussies and Brazilians met at the Women’s World Cup last year, and it was Australia that advanced by winning 1-0 in the round of 16.

The Brazilians are ranked No. 8 in the world and went 2-0-1 to finish at the top of their group. The fifth-ranked Australians went 1-1-1 to finish third in their group but still managed to make it into the quarterfinals.


12:50 a.m.

Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross advanced to the quarterfinals of the Olympic beach volleyball tournament.

The Italians led in each set, but the Americans rallied to put them away 21-10, 21-16 in just 35 minutes. That made it an early night — of sorts — for the fans who came out to watch the three-time gold medalist play at midnight.

It was the third time in four Olympic matches that Walsh Jennings and Ross were slotted for the midnight match — the better to showcase them on American television. While previous matches had pockets of empty seats — this one was packed.

Among those in the stands: U.S. comedian and “Ghostbusters” star Leslie Jones, who draped an American flag around her shoulders and led her section in cheering.


12:20 a.m.

Paolo Nicolai and Daniele Lupo have won an all-Italian battle for a spot in the beach volleyball quarterfinals.

The two Italians wearing white beat Adrian Carambula and Alex Ranghieri, in blue, 21-12, 23-21 on Friday night.

Carambula wowed the crowd with his high, spinning Skyball serve. Trailing 20-18 with the match on the line, though, he delivered three straight regular jump serves for winners.

Nicolai and Lupo then came back to take a 22-21 lead and won it after a challenge determined a spike went out of bounds without being touched. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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