The Latest: Brazil rally to win men’s beach volleyball gold
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):
Brazil’s Alison and Bruno won the men’s beach volleyball gold medal Thursday night, rallying from deficits in both sets to beat Italy in a steady rain.
The 21-19, 21-17 victory over Daniele Lupo and Paolo Nicolai gave the hometown fans a chance to celebrate. The night before, back-to-back losses in the women’s bronze- and gold-medal matches left the hosts with just two total medals in a sport they love and were expected to dominate.
The 6-foot-8 Alison, who is known as “Mammoth,” delivered six blocks, including the winner in the second set after the Brazilians rallied from an 11-8 deficit to take a 19-15 lead.
The Netherlands beat Russia earlier Thursday in the men’s bronze-medal match.
The difference between an Olympic medal and an also-ran was three thousands of a second Thursday.
While Usain Bolt made all the difference up front with another gold in the 200 meters, the trio behind the Jamaican and silver medalist Andre de Grasse of Canada crossed in one blur.
Organizers said Christophe Lemaitre of France, Adam Gemili of Britain and Churandy Martina of the Netherlands were separated by .006 seconds.
Lemaitre got to celebrate an unlikely medal but the ever so cheerful Gemili and Martina were briefly biting their lips.
While Lemaitre was timed in 20.116, Gemili fell outside the medals at 20.119 and Martina at 20.122.
MEDAL ALERT: Brazil wins men’s beach volleyball gold medal, beating Italy.
His three-peat complete, Usain Bolt is once again insisting this will be his final Olympics.
Bolt won the 200-meters for the third consecutive time on Thursday, a feat he says proves to the world he’s the greatest. The Jamaican sprinter says he has nothing left to prove in his career.
Swimmer Michael Phelps first said he was retiring after the 2012 Games, only to return for Rio. Bolt says he plans to run the 100-meters and the 4x100-meter relay at the world championships next year, but he won’t be duplicating the 23-time gold medalist. Phelps has said the Rio Games are his last.
Bolt turns 30 on Sunday and isn’t sure what he will do once fully retired from competition. He said the question itself “stresses me out.”
Canadian sprinter Andre De Grasse, who finished second in the 200-meters and won bronze in the 100, said he’s enjoyed racing against Bolt. But he also indicated he’s ready to take the spotlight, saying that if Bolt’s “time is up, I guess a new person has to come along.”
USA Swimming says “a lapse in judgment and conduct” are to blame for the robbery debacle surrounding four members of the American swim team.
Executive Director Chuck Wielgus says in a statement that the group will review the swimmers’ actions and consider penalties under its code of conduct.
The reports that Ryan Lochte lied and said he and his teammates were robbed after a late night of partying marred an otherwise stellar Olympics in the pool for the United States. Brazilian police said Thursday that the group vandalized a bathroom, but no robbery occurred.
USA Swimming says their actions are drawing attention away from other athletes, and calls it “upsetting.”
The United States Olympic Committee is apologizing for the “distracting ordeal” involving four Olympic swimmers.
Brazilian police have said Ryan Lochte and three of his teammates were not robbed, and instead vandalized a gas station bathroom. Lochte had said earlier this week they were held up at gunpoint after a night of partying.
U.S. officials said late Thursday that the behavior of the four is “not acceptable, nor does it represent the values of Team USA.”
It says it will review the matter, and possible punishments, when the games are over and the delegation returns home.
Olympic officials also say that the last swimmer left in the country, James Feigen, provided a revised statement to officials and hopes to get his passport back to return home soon.
Gunnar Bentz and Jack Conger left on a flight out of the country earlier this evening after testifying for authorities.
American Lashawn Merritt blamed on a slow start on his sixth-place finish in the in 200-meters.
Merritt, a three-time Olympic and bronze medalist in the 400-meters at these Games, never contended in what he thought was not a particularly fast race.
He knew winner Usain Bolt would have a better start, but Merritt was disappointed he didn’t have more “pop in his legs” down the stretch.
Bolt won the 200-meters to complete the sprint double Thursday at a third straight Olympics. Andre de Grasse of Canada took silver in 20.02 to go with his bronze in the 100, and Christophe Lemaitre of France was third in 20.12.
American Joe Kovacs says his silver in the shot put is bittersweet — but satisfying.
Growing up, the world champion didn’t have access to a shot put at his small Catholic school and practiced by throwing anything heavy he could find — including broken bar bells.
When he could get his hands on a shot put or discus, he had nowhere proper to throw them. Kovacs said Thursday after winning silver that and his teammates would throw outside but once the discus’ started skipping into the road, they had to sneak onto the fields of rival teams to practice.
Kovacs’ teammate Ryan Crouser won gold in Thursday’s competition, setting an Olympic record of 22.52 meters. Kovacs, who had the season-leading mark heading into the final, came in second with 21.78 in Thursday’s competition, and world indoor champion Tom Walsh of New Zealand won bronze at 21.36.
MEDAL ALERT: Taekwondo fighter Ahmad Abughaush has won gold and Jordan’s first-ever Olympic medal.
The 20-year-old wrapped up a surprising day of upsets at the Rio Games by defeating Russia’s Alexey Denisenko in a Thursday night 68-kilogram division final, during which Abughaush landed several jumping head shots that elicited gasps from the audience. Abughaush beat Denisenko 10-6.
Earlier in the day, the 10th-ranked Abughaush knocked out second-seeded Dae-Hoon Lee of South Korea before eliminating Olympic champion Joel Bonilla Gonzalez of Spain, who won the 58-kilogram division at the London Games.
Lee applauded Abughaush’s performance after being beaten by him, raising Abughaush’s arm in victory when he was announced the winner.
The men’s bronze medals were won by Spain’s Joel Bonilla Gonzalez and South Korea’s Lee Dae-hoon.
(This item corrects the spelling of South Korea’s Lee Dae-hoon.)
Alexander Brouwer and Robert Meeuwsen of the Netherlands have won the bronze medal in beach volleyball.
The Dutch pair beat Russia’s Viacheslav Krasilnikov and Konstantin Semenov 23-21, 22-20 on Thursday night in a light rain at the Copacabana venue. It’s the Netherlands’ first Olympic men’s or women’s beach volleyball medal.
After surviving two set points, Krasilnikov threw his hat aside in disgust when the winning point sailed off his hand and out of bounds. Brouwer screamed before embracing his teammate.
The rain soaked the warmups but stopped before the match. Still, the venue remained largely empty. That was expected to change for the midnight gold medal match featuring hometown favorites Alison and Bruno.
The Brazilians will play Italy for the championship.
Russia will play France for the gold medal in women’s handball after beating reigning Olympic champion Norway 38-37 in extra time.
Russia led for most of a thrilling game against Norway on Friday, which was aiming to win a third consecutive gold medal, but the Norwegians tied up the game with four seconds on the clock to take it to extra time.
The Russians took the win when Norway’s Camilla Herrem missed on a shot that would have tied the score late in extra time.
Vladlena Bobrovnikova scored eight goals in a strong team performance by Russia, with 11 different players scoring, while Nora Mork led Norway with 14 goals.
In Saturday’s final, Russia will face France, which beat the Netherlands 24-23 in the first semifinal earlier Thursday.
Usain Bolt won the 200 meters to complete the sprint double at a third straight Olympics, but seemed unimpressed with his performance.
Bolt wanted to lower his world record of 19.19 seconds but the light drizzle at Olympic Stadium contributed to a slightly slower winning time of 19.78 in the final. After he crossed the finish line he slapped his leg.
Andre de Grasse of Canada took silver in 20.02 to go with his bronze in the 100. Christophe Lemaitre of France was third in 20.12, holding off Adam Gemili of Britain in a photo finish.
Bolt has eight Olympic gold medals and the chance for a ninth as part of Jamaica’s 4x100-meter relay on Friday, when he’s aiming to complete a triple-triple of golds at the Summer Games.
MEDAL ALERT: Usain Bolt has won the 200 meters to complete the sprint double at a third straight Olympics.
Bolt wanted to lower his world record of 19.19 seconds but the light drizzle at Olympic Stadium on Thursday contributed to a slightly slower winning time of 19.78.
Andre de Grasse of Canada took silver in 20.02 to go with his bronze in the 100, and Christophe Lemaitre of France was third in 20.12.
MEDAL ALERT: Dalilah Muhammad of the United States went out hard and held on strong to win the women’s 400-meter hurdles gold medal in 53.13 seconds.
European champion Sara Slott Peterson of Denmark took silver in 53.55 on Thursday, and the United States picked up another bronze medal with Ashley Spencer storming home to finish third in personal best 53.72.
MEDAL ALERT: Britain’s defending Olympic taekwondo champion Jade Jones has hung onto her title after defeating Spain’s Eva Calvo Gomez in the final of the women’s 57-kilogram division at the Rio Olympics.
In an action-packed fight Thursday, the top-ranked Jones used an almost continual stream of aggressive attacks that Gomez was unable to counter. Jones won by a score of 16 to 7.
The top-ranked Jones took the gold medal at the London Games and also won the European championships in May. Jones dominated all of her opponents, often scoring first off her lightning-quick front leg, before hopping toward her opponent while throwing repeated head kicks.
The women’s bronze medals were won by Egypt’s Hedaya Wahba and Iran’s Kimia Zenoorin Alizadeh.
MEDAL ALERT: Croatian Sara Kolak won the javelin gold medal with 66.18 meters, holding off Sunette Viljoen of South Africa, who took silver with 64.92.
Barbora Spotakova of the Czech Republic, who sought to become the first woman to win three individual Olympic athletic titles in a row, took bronze with 64.80.
MEDAL ALERT: Ashton Eaton has defended his Olympic decathlon title, equaling the games record with a surge on the last lap of the 1,500 meters — the last event in the two-day competition.
The 28-year-old American finished with 8,893 points to match the Olympic mark set by Roman Sebrle of the Czech Republic in 2004.
Kevin Mayer of France was 59 points behind to take silver and Damian Warner of Canada took bronze with 8,666 points.
American swimmers Gunnar Bentz and Jack Conger have checked in for a flight leaving Brazil after testifying about claims they were robbed after a late night of partying.
Police have said the story was a lie and that they and two other U.S. swimmers, including Ryan Lochte, vandalized a gas station.
Associated Press journalists saw Bentz and Conger checking in late Thursday for a flight leaving the country. They were whisked through security and did not have to wait in line.
Gold-medal favorite Caster Semenya kept plenty in reserve in the semifinals of the women’s 800 meters and still posted the fastest of the qualifying times in 1 minute, 58.15 seconds.
The South African who was the silver medalist in London four years ago coasted through 500 meters in the middle of the pack before gradually picking up the pace and hitting the front rounding into the final straight.
Semenya has become the unwilling face of the controversial debate in track and field over women with very high levels of testosterone being allowed to compete. She is believed to be one of several female athletes at the Olympics with a condition called hyperandrogenism. The IAAF was last year forced to drop rules that regulated their testosterone levels.
She led the third and fastest heat, with Linsey Sharp of Britain and American Kate Grace advancing as well.
Margaret Wambui of Kenya won the first heat to advance along with Burundi’s Francine Niyonsaba, the world indoor winner.
Joanna Jozwik of Poland won the second heat and advanced along with Canada’s Melissa Bishop, the world championship silver medalist.
MEDAL ALERT: Ryan Crouser won the shot put gold medal with an Olympic record 22.52 meters, leading world champion Joe Kovacs in a 1-2 finish for the United States.
The 23-year-old Crouser recorded the three best throws of his career, starting with 22.22 on his second attempt to take an early lead and improving it to 22.26 before his biggest shot of the night on his fifth attempt.
Kovacs, who had the season-leading mark heading into the final, took silver at 21.78 and world indoor champion Tom Walsh of New Zealand won bronze at 21.36.
Tomasz Majewski, who won the Olympic gold for Poland in 2008 and 2012, was a distant sixth with a mark of 20.72 after opening with two fouls.
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