RIO 2016 The Latest: Bolt wins 100m for 7th overall Olympic gold

RIO DE JANEIRO – The Latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):

11:25 p.m.

Yohan Blake failed to medal in the men’s 100-meters but paid tribute to Jamaican teammate Usain Bolt.

Blake finished fourth and called Bolt “an icon and true warrior of the sport.”

There was a time when Blake was considered one of the few sprinters who could dethrone Bolt and he took the silver in London four years ago.

He said injures have slowed him, but insisted “I’m not dead” and he’ll be back.

He praised Bolt for his long reign. When asked if Bolt is bigger in Jamaica than Bob Marley, Blake said “he’s getting there.”


11:20 p.m.

As Wayde van Niekerk sprinted to a world record in winning the men’s 400-meters, his competitors could only watch in awe.

Third-place finisher LaShawn Merritt said van Niekerk took off at the start and set a far faster pace than he thought would win the race.

Silver medalist Kirani James of Grenada marveled that van Niekerk never slowed. He was trying to use van Niekerk as a gauge, but the winner “just kept going.”


10:55 p.m.

Minutes after winning Olympic gold, Usain Bolt unlaced his now-famous gold spikes and took selfies with fans in the near-capacity stadium in Rio de Janeiro.

Then, he turned his yellow hat backward, kneeled down and gave the crowd what it really wanted: The arching “To the World Pose.”

The Jamaican superstar won the signature event in track and field on Sunday night added this race to his already gleaming resume as the first person to capture three straight 100-meter titles at the Olympics.

Bolt beat American Justin Gatlin, who was greeted by the fans with raucous boos, by .08 seconds. Andre de Grasse of Canada won the bronze.


10:35 p.m.

Usain Bolt became the first person to win three straight Olympic 100-meter titles, blowing down the straightaway in 9.81 seconds for his seventh overall Olympic gold.

American Justin Gatlin, Bolt’s closest pursuer over the past four years, finished second, .08 seconds behind. Andre de Grasse of Canada won the bronze.

Bolt came into the Olympics not having run a 100 since June 30, when he pulled out of Jamaican national championships with a bad left hamstring.

The rehab began immediately, and on a muggy Sunday night in Rio, the shining star of track and field showed no signs of distress.

After a typically clunky burst out of the starting block, he started pulling away from Gatlin with about 30 meters left.

He’s not done. Qualifying for the men’s 200, his favorite race, starts Tuesday, with the relay on Friday.


10:25 p.m.

MEDAL ALERT: Usain Bolt wins unprecedented third Olympic gold in 100 meters, defeating Justin Gatlin of the US by .08 seconds.


10:20 p.m.

Florian Fuchs scored with no time remaining on the clock, and two-time defending Olympic champion Germany scored twice in the final minute to beat New Zealand 3-2 Sunday in the men’s field hockey quarterfinals.

Germany trailed 2-0 before scoring all three of its goals in the final five minutes. Moritz Furste scored on a penalty corner at 55:29, then scored on another penalty corner with 41 seconds remaining.

New Zealand went ahead 1-0 on a goal by Hugo Inglis early in the second period, and increased its lead to 2-0 on a goal by Shea McAleese early in the fourth.

Germany advanced to play Argentina, which defeated Spain 2-1 earlier in the day.

10:15 p.m.

MEDAL ALERT: Caterine Ibarguen of Colombia has won the triple jump at the Rio Games, with a jump of 15.17 meters on her fourth attempt to win the gold. Yulimar Rochas of Venezuela took silver with 14.98 and defending champion Olga Rypakova of Kazakhstan settled for bronze with 14.74.


10:15 p.m.

Wayde van Niekerk has won the Olympic 400-meter title in a world-record 43.03 seconds, lowering the mark set by Michael Johnson in 1999.

And the South African did it from the outside lane. Van Niekerk stormed out of the blocks and kept going, holding off 2012 Olympic champion Kirani James and 2008 winner LaShawn Merritt, who both ran season-best times to finish with silver and bronze.

Johnson set the previous world record of 43.18 at Seville, Spain, in 1999.

Van Niekerk’s previous personal record was 43.48.

10:05 p.m.

MEDAL ALERT-WORLD RECORD: Wayde van Niekerk of South Africa has won the Olympic 400-meter title in a world record 43.03 seconds. Van Niekerk, running in the outside lane, stormed out of the blocks and held off of 2012 champion Kirani James and LaShawn Merritt. He lowered the mark of 43.18 that Michael Johnson set in Seville, Spain, in 1999.


10 p.m.

Andrew Fisher saw his chances at making the men’s 100-meter final dashed when he false started in the semifinals.

The sprinter representing Bahrain blamed a hovering helicopter.

Fisher said the helicopter approached Olympic Stadium as he was in the starting block and it distracted him. He knew instantly he was disqualified.

He said it’s the first false start of his international career.

Fisher said “it was the chopper,” and “that should never happen at a meet this big.”


9:55 p.m.

The coach of long jumper Darya Klishina, the only Russian entered in Olympic track and field, tells the Associated Press she is trying to block out the uncertainty over whether she can compete.

Klishina was at a Court of Arbitration for Sport hearing earlier Sunday as she fights to stay in the Olympics.

When the Russian team barred due to doping scandals, the IAAF gave Klishina an exemption it then withdrew citing “new information”. Klishina’s lawyer says that concerns possible tampering with doping samples by Russian authorities.

Coach Loren Seagrave says their plan is to “act as if” Klishina can compete and “we don’t yet know the outcome so we must look at the situation in the positive.”

Klishina trained at a warmup track near the Olympic Stadium on Sunday.

9:20 p.m.

Usain Bolt and Justin Gatlin set up the biggest clash on the Olympic track by both winning their 100 meters semifinals.

Bolt was slow out of the blocks again but powered through the midsection before easing across the line in a season’s best of 9.86. He had time to look left and right before turning the power off, showing off the smile the world has come to love. Andre de Grasse of Canada finished in 9.92 to go through.

Gatlin was all business, fast from the start and barely letting up at the finish for a time of 9.94. After being roundly booed by the crowd before the start, he immediately disappeared into the stadium tunnel after his win.

Jimmy Vicaut of France won the first heat in 9.95, turning around a disappointing season with a place in the final.

Jamaican Nickel Ashmeade was out, finishing fifth in the first heat with a time of 10.05.


9:10 p.m.

World champion Allyson Felix ran a season-best 49.67 to lead the qualifiers into the women’s 400-meter final.

Felix is running only in the 400 after missing a chance to defend her Olympic 200-meter title by failing to make the U.S. team. She went out hard and coasted to the finish ahead of Shaunae Miller, the world championship silver medalist of Bahamas.

There’ll be three Americans and two Jamaicans in Monday’s final.

Phyllis Francis of the United States won the first of the three semifinal heats in 50.31, holding off Stephenie Ann McPherson of Jamaica.

World championships bronze medalist Shericka Jackson set a personal best 49.83 to win the second heat, overhauling American Natasha Hastings on the line.

Christine Ohuruogu, the 2008 Olympic champion and silver medalist in London in 2012, was knocked out after finishing fifth in the first heat.


9:05 p.m.

MEDAL ALERT: Andy Murray of Britain beat Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina for his second consecutive Olympic singles gold medal.

Murray’s 7-5, 4-6, 6-2, 7-5 victory Sunday at the Rio Games makes him the first man or woman with two Olympic singles titles, let alone two in a row.

At London in 2012, Murray won a singles gold and mixed doubles silver.

The second-seeded Murray stretched his winning streak to a career-high 18 matches and stopped the resurgent run of the 141st-ranked del Potro, who knocked off No. 1 Novak Djokovic in the first round and No. 3 Rafael Nadal in the semifinals.

Del Potro’s silver goes alongside his bronze from four years ago.

Kei Nishikori defeated Nadal for the bronze earlier Sunday.


9:05 p.m.

Sarah Robles won the United States’ first weightlifting medal for 16 years Sunday with bronze in the women’s over-75-kilogram category.

China’s Meng Suping won gold with 130 kilograms in the snatch and 177 in the clean and jerk for a total of 307, one more than second-placed Kim Kuk Hyang of North Korea.

Robles lifted 286 total, with 126 in the snatch and 160 in the clean and jerk.

After making her final lift, Robles sank onto her knees and gave a roar of delight before blowing a kiss to the crowd.

The last U.S. medal winners in weightlifting were Tara Nott and Cheryl Haworth when the women’s events debuted in 2000. The last U.S. men’s medals were in 1984.


8:40 p.m.

Michael Phelps insists his swimming career is over. He’s got big plans for the next phase of his life, and it starts with being a father to 3-month-old son Boomer.

The most decorated athlete in Olympics history says he is looking forward to having the time to devote to his son after being so tied up with training for the Rio Games.

He said on Sunday that he ditched the athletes village to stay with Boomer and his fiancee, Nicole Johnson, on Saturday night. While other athletes celebrate their victories wildly, Phelps says he spent the night changing diapers. He says he wants to be there for Boomer “every step of the way.”

Phelps says he plans to keep swimming, but only for exercise. Phelps would routinely put on weight after performing in the Olympics, but he says he wants to avoid that in retirement.


8 p.m.

The Netherlands defeated Australia 4-0 in a men’s field hockey quarterfinal match between the world’s top two teams on Sunday night.

The second-ranked Dutch advanced to play neighbor Belgium in a Tuesday semifinal. Belgium defeated India 3-1 earlier in the day.

The top-ranked Australians had medaled in six consecutive Olympics, claiming gold in 2004 and bronze in 2008 and 2012.

Billy Bakker scored for the Netherlands 49 seconds into the match to set the tone.

Australia dominated possession in the second period, but the Netherlands consistently made good defensive plays in the circle. The Dutch then added to their lead when Bob de Voogd knocked one in late in the second.

Valentin Verga scored for the Dutch early in the third period, and Mink van der Weerden added another goal early in the fourth.

Goalie Jaap Stockmann registered the shutout for the Netherlands.


7:30 p.m.

MEDAL ALERT: France has won the gold medal in men’s team epee, easily defeating Italy 45-31 in a matchup between two of the sport’s traditional powers.

Until Sunday, France overall had won just one silver and one bronze in fencing in the Rio Olympics. They were left off the podium entirely in 2012 in London.

The team of Yannick Borel, Daniel Jarent and Jean-Michel Lucenay brought that golden shutout to an end on the last day of the fencing tournament.

Borel wrapped the match up with a quick touch of opponent Marco Fichera. Borel ripped off his mask and let out a scream to celebrate.

France was the favorite as the top-ranked squad in the world coming into the Summer Games.

Hungary won the bronze after beating Ukraine 39-37.,


7:10 p.m.

MEDAL ALERT: Russia wrestler Roman Vlasov won gold for the second Olympics in a row, taking first at 75 kilograms in the Greco-Roman event.

Vlasov beat Denmark’s Mark Madsen 5-1 on SundaY, his second straight win over the Dane in the world finals.

Madsen has now finished second in the world five times. Still, Madsen became Denmark’s first Olympic medalist in wrestling since 1948 by winning silver.

Vlasov’s win might be the first of many in Rio for the Russians, who typically dominate the Olympic tournament.


7:10 p.m.

Brazil’s men’s soccer team arrived in Rio de Janeiro for the first time during the Olympics and its first stop was at the athletes’ village.

Neymar and his teammates met with several other athletes Sunday in the nearly two hours that they stayed at the village.

Seeking its first gold medal in soccer, Brazil plays Honduras on Wednesday at the Maracana Stadium in the semifinals of the Olympic tournament. The team is staying at its training camp in Teresopolis, a city just outside Rio.

Brazil previously played in Brasilia, Salvador and Sao Paulo. Soccer is the only competition that is played outside of the Olympic host city.

Germany and Nigeria play in the other semifinal.


6:40 p.m.

American swimmer Nathan Adrian says he’s not concerned about his safety after four of his teammates were robbed by armed men in Rio de Janeiro.

The U.S. Olympic Committee says Ryan Lochte, Gunnar Bentz, Jack Conger and Jimmy Feigen were robbed at gunpoint early Sunday by thieves posing as police officers who stopped their taxi and took their money and belongings. The robbery was the latest security incident to hit the Rio Games.

USOC spokesman Patrick Sandusky says the four swimmers are safe.

Adrian said Sunday at a news conference that there will be “problems anywhere you go” and that the athletes have been briefed on how to mitigate those risks.

Adrian says now that swimming competition is over at the Olympics, athletes want to see the sights and sounds of Rio.


6:40 p.m.

Brazilians Larissa and Talita have advanced to the women’s beach volleyball semifinals, rallying after losing the first set and surviving a handful of match points in an epic second set.

The No. 1 seeds won 21-23, 27-25, 15-13.

Joana Heidrich buried her head in a towel on the Swiss bench afterward, while Larissa took the microphone to thank the crowd. Heidrich and Nadine Zumkehr were two points from victory in the second but couldn’t overcome the favorites and their supportive crowd.

The Brazilians will play Germany on Tuesday.


6:05 p.m.

Love is in the air at the Olympic diving pool.

After He Zi earned silver in women’s 3-meter springboard, the Chinese diver accepted a marriage proposal from her boyfriend and fellow diver Qin Kai as she stepped off the medal podium Sunday.

A serious-looking Qin opened a box with a ring inside, took it out and slipped it on He’s finger after she nodded yes. She clapped her right hand over her mouth and Qin gave her a red rose encased in glass.

The crowd roared in delight as the couple hugged.


6 p.m.

MEDAL ALERT: Jason Kenny defeated Callum Skinner in an all-Britain final to defend his individual sprint Olympic gold medal and win his second gold of the Rio Games.

Kenny and Skinner combined with Philip Hindes to win the team sprint Thursday night.

Kenny overtook Skinner on the final straightaway to win the first of their best-of-three race, then showed some veteran poise as he held off Skinner from the lead to make it a clean sweep.

It was Kenny’s fifth Olympic gold medal and sixth medal overall. The performance also gave the powerful British track cycling team four golds and six medals overall in Rio.

Denis Dmitriev of Russia swept past Matt Glaetzer of Australia to take bronze.


5:45 p.m.

MEDAL ALERT: Ismael Borrero Molina has won the gold medal in 59-kilogram Greco-Roman wrestling, giving Cuba at least one wrestling title in each of the last seven Olympics.

Borrero Molina beat Japan’s Shinobu Ota 8-0 Sunday in the first title match of the Olympics.

The Cuban dominated the 22-year-old Ota, pulling ahead with a dramatic throw and turn move and clinching on match superiority.

Uzbekistan’s Elmurat Tasmuradov and Andre-Stige Berge of Norway claimed bronze medals – with Berge giving the Norwegians their first wrestling medal since 1992.


5:40 p.m.

Germany has reached the women’s beach volleyball semifinals.

Laura Ludwig and Kira Walkenhorst beat Canada 21-14, 21-14 at the Copacabana venue on Sunday to advance. The German men have won two Olympic beach volleyball medals – including the gold in London – but the women have never reached the podium.

Ludwig is at the Olympics for the third time, previously finishing ninth and fifth with Sara Niedrig.

Canada sent the maximum of four beach volleyball teams to Rio – one of just four countries to hit the quota. But Heather Bansley and Sarah Pavan were their last hope for a medal.


5:30 p.m.

MEDAL ALERT: Giles Scott of Great Britain has clinched the gold medal in the Finn class in the Rio Olympics regatta with a race to spare.

Scott came in as the heavy favorite, yet still had to prove it in Rio’s tricky conditions.

He was also feeling the pressure of following in the enormous wake of countryman Ben Ainslie, who was knighted after winning the Finn gold at London in 2012. Ainslie finished his Olympics career as the most successful sailor ever, with four straight golds and a silver.

Scott also sails for Ainslie’s America’s Cup syndicate.

The other medals will be determined Tuesday. American Caleb Paine of San Diego is fourth, five points out of the bronze.


5:15 p.m.

MEDAL ALERT: Russia’s Aliya Mustafina has ended the U.S. women’s team dominance atop the podium in women’s gymnastics.

Mustafina defended her Olympic title in uneven bars on Sunday, edging American Madison Kocian in a tight final. Mustafina’s score of 15.900 was just a touch better than Kocian’s score of 15.833. The difference was the difficulty of Mustafina’s routine, which was one-tenth tougher than Kocian’s brilliant set.

The “Final Five” had won every gold medal available in Rio behind superstar Simone Biles. It ended when Mustafina nailed her dismount on her way to an eighth Olympic medal.

Sophie Scheder of German was third.

Gabby Douglas, the 2012 Olympic all-around champion, finished seventh.


5:15 p.m.

MEDAL ALERT: Shi Tingmao of China wins gold in women’s 3-meter springboard diving. He Zi of China takes silver and Tania Cagnotto of Italy earns bronze.


5:15 p.m.

Did you send American boxer Nico Hernandez a congratulatory text for winning an Olympics bronze medal?

He might not have read the message.

Hernandez, the first American to win a boxing medal since 2008, seemed to have some trouble with his mobile device on the way to the medal stand.

He tweeted to T-Mobile, “lost my phone in Rio before receiving my Medal, can you help me find it?”

T-Mobile tweeted back that it would if Hernandez sent the company a direct message, it would “do all we can to help!”

You can call Nico Hernandez an Olympic bronze medalist, just not on his phone.


4:50 p.m.

MEDAL ALERT: Kei Nishikori gave Japan its first Olympic tennis medal in 86 years, overcoming a mid-match lull to beat 2008 champion Rafael Nadal for the bronze in men’s singles at the Rio Games.

Nishikori won the third-place match 6-2, 6-7 (1), 6-3 on Sunday after blowing a 5-2 lead in the second set.

In 1920, Japan won its only previous Olympic tennis medals, a pair of silvers.

Tennis was one of the original sports at the modern Olympics in 1896, remaining on the schedule until 1924. Then it was dropped, before returning in 1988.

Nadal does leave Brazil with a gold medal from men’s doubles for Spain.

Andy Murray of Britain and Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina meet later Sunday in the men’s singles final.


4:30 p.m.

Americans Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Jack Sock have won the Olympic tennis title in mixed doubles, denying Venus Williams a record fifth gold medal.

Mattek-Sands and Sock beat Williams and Rajeev Ram 6-7 (3), 6-1, 10-7 tiebreak in an all-U.S. final Sunday.

It’s the second medal of the Rio Games for Sock, who won bronze in men’s doubles with Steve Johnson.

With the silver, Williams still tied the mark for most career tennis medals.

Mattek-Sands and Sock trailed 6-3 in the deciding super tiebreak then won six straight points. Mattek-Sands thought they had won on their first match point, throwing her racket in celebration, but Sock’s return landed just long. They closed it out on the next point.

Lucie Hradecka and Radek Stepanek of Czech Republic clinched bronze earlier Sunday.


4:25 p.m.

MEDAL ALERT: Great Britain’s Max Whitlock has picked up his second Olympic gold medal in the span of an hour.

The British gymnast edged teammate and rival Louis Smith for gold in men’s pommel horse on Sunday shortly after he topped Brazil’s Diego Hypolito for gold on floor exercise.

Whitlock’s total of 15.966 was just enough to nip Smith’s score of 15.833. Alexander Naddour of the U.S. was third, the first medal by an American on the event since 1984.


4:20 p.m.

MEDAL ALERT: Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Jack Sock have won the tennis gold medal in mixed doubles, beating fellow Americans Venus Williams and Rajeev Ram 6-7 (3), 6-1, 10-7 tiebreak.


4:20 p.m.

MEDAL ALERT: Charline Picon of France has won the gold medal in women’s windsurfing at the Rio Olympics.

Peina Chen of China won the silver and Stefaniya Elfutina of Russia the bronze.

Picon finished the medals race in second place to beat Chen by two points. As soon as she crossed the line, Picon let her sail go and knelt down on her board with her head in her hands. Lilian de Geus of Holland, who missed the bronze by one point, jumped the water, got on Picon’s board and gave her a hug.

In men’s windsurfing, Pierre le Coq of France won the bronze medal. Dorian van Rijsselberghe of the Netherlands already had clinched his second straight gold medal and Nick Dempsey of Britain had clinched his second straight silver. Rijsselberghe and Dempsey merely needed to finish the medals race to make it official. Van Rijsselberghe celebrated with the Dutch royal family on a nearby yacht shortly after the finish.


4:20 p.m.

The hearing for Russian long jumper Darya Klishina’s appeal over her ban from the Olympics has ended after more than four hours, with a decision expected later Sunday.

Klishina was the only one of 68 Russians allowed to compete in Olympic track and field by the IAAF, but it canceled her eligibility earlier this week after receiving what it called new information.

The former European indoor champion’s lawyer Paul Greene has said the case rests on signs that Klishina’s drug testing samples may have been tampered with.

Klishina attended the hearing of the Court of Arbitration for Sport, which was held in a beachfront luxury hotel in Rio de Janeiro.


3:50 p.m.

MEDAL ALERT: Justin Rose of Great Britain has won the gold medal in men’s golf, the first one awarded since 1904 in St. Louis.

Rose hit a pitch shot to 3 feet for birdie on the 18th hole for a 4-under 67 and a two-shot victory over British Open champion Henrik Stenson. It capped off a week of bustling crowds and the ideal finish for a sport trying to make a good impression.

Rose and Stenson were tied playing the final hole with thousands of fans lining sides of the fairway. Stenson’s pitch came up some 20 feet short. Knowing Rose was close, the Swede ran his putt by some 7 feet and three-putted for bogey to win the silver.

Matt Kuchar of the United States won the bronze medal by closing with a 63.


3:35 p.m.

MEDAL ALERT: American Simone Biles added a third gold medal to her haul in Rio, easily winning the women’s vault final Sunday afternoon.

The 19-year-old averaged 15.966 during her two vaults, well clear of silver medalist Maria Paseka of Russia and bronze medalist Giulia Steingruber of Switzerland.

Biles is the first American woman to win Olympic gold on vault. Her three gold medals in Rio also are the most by an American female gymnast in one Olympics. Biles will have a chance at more gold later this week when she competes in the event finals on balance beam and floor exercise.

India’s Dipa Karmakar finished fourth. Karmakar is the first Indian female gymnast to compete in the Olympics. Oksana Chusovitina of Uzebekistan came in seventh. The 41-year-old is competing in her seventh Olympics.


3:30 p.m.

Guard Tony Parker isn’t playing in France’s matchup with the United States in men’s basketball.

The San Antonio Spurs star sat on the bench during the first half, cheering on his teammates as they played the world’s top team and two-time defending gold medalists. Parker was not on bench for the start of the third quarter but re-joined his team before the period ended.

It is unclear whether the 36-year-old is injured or getting a day’s rest as the teams wrap up preliminary-round play. French coach Vincent Collet has limited Parker’s playing time in the tourney as he improves his conditioning.

The two-time Olympian and four-time NBA champion missed time with the French team so he could be with his wife for their birth of their second on July 29.


3:30 p.m.

Devon Allen will make his Olympic debut on Monday when he runs the opening heats of the 110-meter hurdles.

Almost 7,000 miles away the Oregon Ducks football team will break for a “team meeting” to watch their teammate compete.

Allen is a wide receiver for the Ducks and on hiatus from football so he can compete at Rio. His confidence soaring, Allen has got the next few weeks mapped out: Win a gold medal, return to Oregon on Aug. 23, regroup and then rejoin the football team. Maybe even in time for the Sept. 21 season-opener.

Allen is the first collegian to win the 110-meter hurdles at Olympic Trials since Renaldo Nehemiah of Maryland in 1980, the first to win both NCAA and trials titles in the same year since Lee Calhoun of N.C. Central in 1956 and his .18 margin of victory was the largest ever at the Olympic Trials.


3:10 p.m.

MEDAL ALERT: Hasanboy Dusmatov of Uzbekistan has won the Olympic boxing gold medal in the light flyweight division, defeating Yurberjen Martinez of Colombia by unanimous decision.

Dusmatov swept the scorecards, winning 30-27, 20-27 and 29-28.

American fighter Nico Hernandez and Cuba’s Joahnys Argilagos shared bronze. Hernandez is the first American boxer to medal since 2008.

Dusmatov joins Mahammatkodir Abdullev as the only boxing gold medal winners from Uzbekistan. Abdullev won in the Sydney Games.

Martinez is first boxer from Colombia to ever win silver or gold in the Olympics.

Dusmatov wrapped himself in his country’s flag and was paraded around the arena on someone’s shoulders in celebration.


3:10 p.m.

Russia’s top Olympic official has called U.S. swim star Lilly King a “little girl” in a sharp-tongued response to her criticism of the doping-ban past of her Russian rival Yulia Efimova.

King was sharply critical of Efimova’s 16-month ban for a positive test in 2013 before beating her to gold in the 100-meter breaststroke Monday, and also criticized U.S. sprint star Justin Gatlin for his doping past.

Russian Olympic Committee head Alexander Zhukov says “when athletes start looking like politicians, it’s funny, especially when it’s a 19-year-old little girl who hasn’t achieved anything yet,” adding that “when she grows up, she’ll understand she behaved wrongly,” in comments reported by R-Sport.

Zhukov combines sports and political roles as a senior member of Russia’s ruling party.


3 p.m.

Ryan Lochte says armed robbers posing as policemen put a gun to his head and took his money in Rio de Janeiro.

Lochte described the late-night encounter to NBC’s “Today” show.

The U.S. swimmer, who won gold in the 4×200 relay at the Rio Games, says armed men came out with a badge and pulled a taxi carrying him and three other American swimmers over.

Lochte says they were told to get down on the ground, but he didn’t and they put a gun to his forehead. He says the robbers took money and his wallet, but left his cell phone.


2:40 p.m.

MEDAL ALERT: Max Whitlock of Great Britain won the gold medal in men’s floor exercise Sunday.

Whitlock posted a score of 15.633, the first-ever Olympic gold medal for the British in men’s gymnastics. Brazil’s Diego Hypolito earned silver while teammate Arthur Mariano earned bronze.

Reigning world floor exercise champion Kenzo Shirai of Japan was fourth and two-time Olympic all-around champion Kohei Uchimura was fifth.

American Jake Dalton finished sixth and teammate Sam Mikulak – who posted the highest score during qualifying – was eighth.

2:40 p.m.

Max Whitlock of Great Britain won the gold medal in men’s floor exercise Sunday.

Whitlock posted a score of 15.633, the first-ever Olympic gold medal for the British in men’s gymnastics. Brazil’s Diego Hypolito earned silver while teammate Arthur Mariano earned bronze.

Reigning world floor exercise champion Kenzo Shirai of Japan was fourth and two-time Olympic all-around champion Kohei Uchimura was fifth.

American Jake Dalton finished sixth and teammate Sam Mikulak – who posted the highest score during qualifying – was eighth.


2:40 p.m.

Sebastien Dockier scored two goals to help Belgium defeat India 3-1 in the men’s field hockey quarterfinals.

India’s Akashdeep Singh opened the scoring late in the first period, and the 1-0 lead held up until halftime.

Dockier evened the score early in the third period, then scored again right before the end of the quarter to give Belgium the lead for good. Belgium fired seven shots in the third period after getting just five off in the first half.

Tom Boon’s goal four minutes into the fourth period added insurance for Belgium.

The Belgians’ only medal in men’s field hockey was a bronze in 1920. They didn’t qualify for the Games at all from 1980-2004, then finished ninth in 2008 and fifth in 2012.

India was trying to capture its first medal since 1980.


2:30 p.m.

A top IOC official acknowledges parts of the Rio de Janeiro Olympics still do “not have the look” that characterizes the games.

Olympic Games executive director Christophe Dubi says “it’s a very unfortunate situation where the look could not be delivered on time.”

Organizing committee officials acknowledged just days before the games opened that only 15 percent of the signage had been installed at Olympic venues. Signs give the Olympics unique branding and help fans get around.

Signage was absent along part of Sunday’s women’s marathon route, relying on famous backdrops like Sugar Loaf Mountain to remind television viewers that the race was being run in Rio de Janeiro.

Rio organizers have made deep budget cuts hitting all food service, transportation, and volunteers. The cuts were supposed to affect only “behind-the-scenes” aspects, but have crept into other areas.

Rio spokesman Mario Andrada says “we understand that the look of the games needs to be improved in some venues,” including the Olympic stadium where track and field is held.


2:10 p.m.

The U.S. Olympic Committee says Ryan Lochte and three other American swimmers were robbed by armed men who stopped their taxi in Rio.

USOC spokesman Patrick Sandusky says Lochte and the others left the French Olympic team’s hospitality house early Sunday in a taxi headed for the athletes village.

He says “the taxi was stopped by individuals posing as armed police officers who demanded the athletes’ money and other personal belongings.”

Sandusky says the four swimmers are “safe and cooperating with authorities.”


2:10 p.m.

MEDAL ALERT: Italy’s Niccolo Campriani has become the first shooter to win two gold medals at the Rio de Janeiro Games, passing Russia’s Sergey Kamensky on his final shot to repeat as Olympic champion in men’s 3-position rifle.

Campriani led after the kneeling and prone series, but Kamensky overtook him in the standing portion before eliminations started.

Campriani trailed by 0.6 points heading into his final shot and shook his head with a smile after hitting 9.2. But Kamensky could only muster 8.3 on his final shot, sending a roar across the crowd and Campriani to the top step of the podium for the second time after winning air rifle last Monday.

France’s Alexis Raynaud captured bronze his first Olympics.

American Matt Emmons, who earned bronze at the 2012 London Games, did not qualify for the final. He finished 19th after struggling in the standing portion of qualifying.


2 p.m.

Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina have won the Olympic tennis gold medal in women’s doubles.

The seventh-seeded Russians beat fifth-seeded Timea Bacsinszky and Martina Hingis of Switzerland 6-4, 6-4 in the final Sunday.

Bacsinszky and Hingis take silver, and Lucie Safarova and Barbora Strycova of Czech Republic had already clinched bronze.

Makarova and Vesnina have won two Grand Slam women’s doubles titles together. It’s the first Olympic medal for both.

Hingis wins her first medal at age 35, two decades after her last Olympics.


1:55 p.m.

MEDAL ALERT: Russia’s Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina have won the gold medal in women’s doubles, beating Switzerland’s Timea Bacsinszky and Martina Hingis 6-4, 6-4 in the final. Bacsinszky and Hingis take silver and Lucie Safarova and Barbora Strycova of Czech Republic had already clinched bronze.


1:45 p.m.

Lucie Hradecka and Radek Stepanek have won the bronze medal in Olympic tennis mixed doubles.

The Czechs beat fourth-seeded Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna of India 6-1, 7-5 on Sunday.

On Friday, Hradecka was one point from clinching a medal in women’s doubles when partner Andrea Hlavackova was struck in the face by a volley, and they went on to lose that semifinal and the bronze medal match.

The mixed doubles bronze is the second Olympic medal for Hradecka, who won silver with Hlavackova in 2012. It’s the first for the 37-year-old Stepanek, a two-time major champion in men’s doubles.

Czech Republic won three bronzes in Olympic tennis this year, with Petra Kvitova in women’s singles and Lucie Safarova and Barbora Strycova in women’s doubles also making the podium.


1:45 p.m.

Russia leads after the duet free preliminary in synchronized swimming, where athletes are competing in water that is blue again.

Natalia Ishchenko and Svetlana Romashina totaled 98.066 points on the first day of competition Sunday.

Close behind in second was China’s Huang Xuechen and Sun Wenyan at 96.066.

Japan’s Yukiko Inui and Risako Mitsui were third at 94.400.

The swimmers are competing in the pool that was used for water polo before that sport resumed its competition at the Olympic Aquatic Stadium as previously planned. The water appears slightly cloudy, but the swimmers are visible underwater, which is vital since they need to be able to see each other as do the judges.

Olympic officials worked through the night draining green-tinged water out of the water polo pool at Maria Lenk Aquatics Center, and pumping in nearly 1 million gallons of clean water for synchronized swimming.


1:35 p.m.

Only two of the Estonian triplets running in the women’s Olympic marathon completed the Rio de Janeiro race.

Lily Luik was the fastest of the 30-year-old sisters, clocking 2 hours, 48 minutes, 29 seconds to finish in 97th place Sunday. Luik says the race was hard on a hot and sunny morning and that “everybody suffered.”

Leila Luik crossed the finish line in 114th in 2 hours, 54 minutes, 38 seconds.

But Liina Luik didn’t finish, withdrawing before the 35-kilomter mark.


1:05 p.m.

American fighter Shakur Stevenson has won his first fight in the Olympic boxing tournament.

He remains the prime candidate to win the first men’s gold medal in 12 years from USA Boxing.

Stevenson defeated Brazilian fighter Robenilson de Jesus by unanimous decision 30-27, 29-28, 29-28. Stevenson was sharp in the bantamweight bout and busted de Jesus open above the right eye in the second round.

Stevenson attacked him with a series of body shots that forced de Jesus to grab and hold him through the rest of the round.

Stevenson delivered a flurry of uppercuts in the third that left de Jesus shaken against the ropes.

The Newark, New Jersey, native was soundly booed from the moment he was introduced through the final decision. He says he’s never been booed like that before.

Andre Ward won the last American boxing gold medal in 2004 in the Athens Games.


1 p.m.

Olympic organizers say security forces have detonated what they called a suspicious package outside the Rio Olympics sailing venue at Marina da Gloria.

No further details were immediately available early Sunday afternoon.

A loud bang could be heard from the marina.

The avenue outside the marina was part of the course for the women’s marathon earlier Sunday.


1 p.m.

Roman Vlasov is one win away from his second-straight Olympic title in Greco-Roman wrestling.

Vlasov advanced to the finals of the 75-kilogram division with a 6-3 win over Croatia’s Bozo Starcevic Sunday. Vlasov will face Denmark’s Mark Madsen, who is guaranteed of becoming his nation’s first Olympic medalist in wrestling since 1948.

Cuba’s Ismael Borrero Molina will face Shinobu Ota of Japan in the 59-kilogram class in hopes of extending Cuba’s streak of at least one gold medal to at least seven Olympics.

Americans Jesse Thielke and Andy Bisek, both of whom won their first match and lost their second, have been eliminated. Bisek was thought to be the U.S. best hope for a medal in Greco-Roman, a discipline that has long lagged behind freestyle in popularity in the States.


12:45 p.m.

Jelagat Sumgong needed to evade a protester Sunday on her way to becoming the first Kenyan to win the women’s Olympics marathon, delivering her country’s first gold of the Rio de Janeiro Games.

Sumgong completed the course in 2 hours, 24 minutes, 4 seconds. Kenyan-born Eunice Kirwa, who now runs for Bahrain, was nine seconds behind and world champion Mare Dibaba of Ethiopia took bronze.

Sumgong’s gold may have been saved by the swift intervention of security forces with a kilometer to go as she approached the Sambodromo parade area marking the end of the race.

When a man leapt over railings on the right of the road waving a sign, two police motor bikes immediately cut him off.

The protester then jumped over fencing on the left of the road and Sumgong continued unhindered. It was not immediately known if he was arrested. A man also tried to confront Sumgong during the London Marathon in April.

As then, the outcome was the same: Victory for the 31-year-old Sumgong.


11:30 a.m.

Juan Gilardi’s penalty stroke with 1:27 remaining in regulation gave Argentina a 2-1 victory over Spain in a men’s field hockey quarterfinal on Sunday.

The Argentines advanced to the semifinals for the first time.

Argentina’s Gonzalo Peillat opened the scoring with a penalty corner after time had expired in the first period. The Argentines outshot Spain 7-2 in the first half and led 1-0 at the break.

Spain fired a shot off the post on a penalty corner late in the third period. The Spaniards controlled the action for much of the fourth period, and finally got one past goalkeeper Juan Vivaldi when Pau Quemada scored on a penalty corner with four minutes left in regulation.


11:30 a.m.

Seven runners have broken clear of the rest of the field in the women’s Olympic marathon at the 30 kilometer mark.

The front-runners are Rose Chelimo and Eunice Jepkirui Kirwa of Bahrain, the Ethiopian duo of Mare Dibaba and Tirfi Tsegaye, Belarusian Volha Mazuronak, Jemima Jelagat Sumgong of Kenya and American Shalane Flanagan.

They’re around 40 seconds ahead of the rest of the pack in Rio de Janeiro in hot and sunny conditions.

Tigist Tufa, the 2015 London Marathon champion, pulled up after 18 kilometers.


10:50 a.m.

Darya Klishina, the only Russian athlete in Olympic track and field, has arrived for a hearing to determine whether she can compete.

Klishina’s lawyer Paul Greene tells The Associated Press that the Russian long jumper “plans to say the truth, which is that she’s a clean athlete” when she testifies before the Court of Arbitration for Sport after track’s world governing body, the IAAF, withdrew her eligibility for the Olympics.

Greene says the IAAF case against Klishina relies on confidential evidence and “we haven’t had the chance to look at it, to view it, have a science person analyze, nothing, and we believe for that reason we should prevail because I don’t think legally that can be upheld.”

If she wins, Klishina will compete in long jump qualifying Tuesday.


10:35 a.m.

The first match of the Olympic wrestling tournament produced one of the biggest upsets the Rio Games will likely see.

Unheralded Japanese wrestler Shinobu Ota stunned seven-time world champion Hamid Soryan of Iran 5-4 in the opening set of Greco-Roman bouts in Arena Carioca 2.

The loss was the second straight international flame-out for Soryan, who has won six world titles in addition to gold at the London Games in 2012.

At last year’s world championships in Las Vegas, Soryan was flagged for excessive brutality and ruled ineligible for a medal.

Iran is still expected to factor heavily in the medal chase in Rio. But Soryan’s first match wasn’t exactly how the wrestling-mad nation wanted to start the week.


9:50 a.m.

Goodbye, green. Hello again, blue. Hope you can stick around awhile.

Synchronized swimmers were greeted by clear blue water in the competition pool Sunday after officials worked through the night to replace murky green water that’s become a big embarrassment for Rio Games organizers.

Replacing the water in time for the early-morning training and competition at 11 a.m. local time was a significant challenge – the pool holds nearly 1 million gallons.

But divers were training as expected Sunday morning.

Organizers have insisted there are no health risks posed by the discolored water seen in the pool during and earlier water polo competition and in a different diving pool. Still, visibility underwater is a major issue in synchronized swimming, where competitors spend lots of time underwater and need to be able to see their teammates. 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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