LIVE BLOG: Olympics Day 13

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LIVE BLOG: Olympics Day 13
Posted at 1:22 PM, Aug 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-19 00:16:54-04

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

  1:05 a.m.

   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.


   12:55 a.m.

   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.


   12:50 a.m.

   MEDAL ALERT: Brazil wins men's beach volleyball gold medal, beating Italy.


   12:35 a.m.

   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."


   12:05 a.m.

   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."


   11:35 p.m.

   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.


   11:35 p.m.

   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.


   11:35 p.m.

   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.


   11:10 p.m.

   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.)


   11:05 p.m.

   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.


   11:05 p.m.

   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.


   10:50 p.m.

   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.


   10:35 p.m.

   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.


   10:20 p.m.

   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.


   10:20 p.m.

   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.


10:10 p.m.

   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.


   10:05 p.m.

   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.


   9:55 p.m.

   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.


 9:40 p.m.

   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.


   9:10 p.m.

   Three-time world champion and 2008 Olympic gold medalist Asbel Kiprop progressed smoothly in the last heat of the 1,500 meters, coming in ahead of defending champion Taoufik Makhloufi of Algeria.

   Kiprop initially hung back in the pack, then surged to the front with 250 meters to go and finished in 3 minutes 39.73 seconds. Makhloufi, who already won silver in the 800 meters, did not push the Kenyan, happy to advance in second place.

   Kiprop's teammate Ronald Kwemoi took the second heat in 3:39.42. Ayanleh Souleiman of Djibouti and Matthew Centrowitz of the United States also were among the automatic qualifiers.


8:55 p.m.

   The U.S. will be playing for a sixth consecutive gold medal in women's basketball after beating France 86-67, the closest contest of the Rio Games for the Americans.

   Diana Taurasi scored 18 points as the U.S. won Thursday night without the services of Sue Bird. The U.S. turned up its defense to make up for not being as crisp offensively after routing opponents by an average of 41.7 points.

   The Americans, who won their 48th straight game, will play Spain in the final Saturday.

   Bird, the Americans' starting point guard and team captain, was sidelined with a sprained right knee. The U.S. led only 40-36 at halftime but outscored France 25-8 in the decisive third quarter to finally get some separation from the team that they beat in the 2012 gold medal game.

   France will play Serbia for bronze.

   Reserve Marine Johannes led France with 13 points.


   8:35 p.m.

   Kevin Mayer of France is creeping up on decathlon leader Ashton Eaton with only the closing 1,500 meters left to go.

   Mayer threw 65.04 meters with the javelin Thursday while defending champion Eaton did not do better than 59.77, a poor performance by his standards. It meant that the American goes into the closing 1,500 meters with a lead of only 44 points.

   Eaton has 8,104 points compared to Mayer's 8,060. Eaton has a personal best time in the 1,500 that is about 4 seconds better than the Frenchman.

   Damian Warner of Canada is in third place with 7,888.


   8:30 p.m.

   Brazil's acting president visited the Olympic Park Thursday to give an upbeat assessment of Rio's Olympics.

   Michel Temer told reporters there would be "worldwide recognition of the Brazilian capacity for organization." He also said a "large number of tourists have had no incidents and are enjoying the games."

   His comments over about three minutes glossed over some organizational and security problems faced by the games, including a smattering of muggings, stray bullets flying at venues and an Olympic security officer fatally shot in a favela.

   Temer also promised to attend the Paralympic Games, which are receiving a government bailout to guarantee they can take place. Rio organizers are expected to receive 150 million Brazilian reals ($46.5 million) in government money to help pull off the Paralympics, which open Sept. 7.

   Taking government money breaks a pledge by organizers who have said they would use only private money in running their 7.4 billion real ($2.3 billion) operating budget.

   Temer took over for President Dilma Rousseff, who faces an upcoming impeachment trial in the federal senate and is expected to be removed permanently from office.


   8:25 p.m.

   The Court of Arbitration for Sport's anti-doping agency has removed Indian wrestler Narsingh Yadav from the Rio Olympics and given him a four-year suspension.

   Yadav had originally escaped a ban over two positive tests earlier this year for the banned substance methandienone after India's national anti-doping agency accepted his explanation that his food or drink had been tampered with.

   However, the World Anti-Doping Agency disagreed and filed an appeal to CAS, which ruled that there was "no evidence" to support Yadav's claim of sabotage.

   Yadav had been due to compete Friday in the men's 74-kilogram freestyle class.


   7:45 p.m.

   American soccer player Megan Rapinoe is criticizing teammate Hope Solo's comments after the U.S. team lost to Sweden in the Rio Games.

   Solo called the Swedes "a bunch of cowards" for focusing on defense rather than attacking the three-time defending champion U.S. team.

   Rapinoe told NBC Sports on Thursday she was "really disappointed" about Solo's comments.

   She said the team should be competitive but also gracious and humble whether losing or winning.  Rapinoe said: "We've been on the winning side quite a bit, and when we find ourselves on the other side, we need to handle that graciously, and unfortunately that wasn't the case."

   Sweden ousted the U.S. 4-3 on penalty kicks following a 1-1 draw in a quarterfinal match.


7:30 p.m.

 Kerron Clement picked up Thursday where the United States left off the evening before at the Olympic Stadium -- with more gold.

   Even when things could have gone really bad for the U.S., with the women's 4x100-meter relay team failing to get the baton around, there was a second chance at yet more hardware.

   The defending Olympic champions successfully protested that Allyson Felix was bumped by a Brazilian runner in her handover and the Americans got another go at qualifying.

   Running on their own hours later, in the same lane as their failed qualifying race and with the same team, the U.S. women held on to the baton this time and finished in 41.77 seconds to knock slowest-qualifier China out of the final.

   Just to make sure, it was the second-fastest time of the year.

   Highlighting how the U.S. team feeds off each other, Ashton Eaton briefly took time off his decathlon -- which he was leading on near world-record pace -- to congratulate Clement as his teammate lay exhausted in the midday sun after the 400-meter hurdles final.

   "I felt somebody ... I didn't know who it was. I was on the ground, exhausted," Clement said. "I'm sure when I get back to the village, I'll thank him."

   With three full days of competition to come after Thursday, the United States has 20 medals in track and field, including 6 gold. In one burst Wednesday night, dubbed the "awesome hour" by long jumper Tianna Bartoletta, the U.S. team added six medals in around 60 minutes.


7 p.m.

   Two American swimmers have given testimony to Brazilian authorities after Ryan Lochte and some of the athletes claimed they were victims of an armed robbery.

   Upon leaving a police station in the upscale neighborhood of Leblon on Thursday, Gunnar Bentz and Jack Conger walked through a crowd of dozens of journalists and onlookers.

   The swimmers did not answer questions. A few people in the crowd shouted at them, calling them "liars" and "shameful." 

     It was not immediately clear if Jimmy Feigen, who spoke to police on Sunday, was going to provide give another statement. Lochte's father has said Lochte is back in the United States.

   Police have said the teammates were not robbed after a night of partying in Rio de Janeiro as they had claimed.


   6:35 p.m.

   Sue Bird won't play for the U.S. women's basketball team against France.

   The American point guard sprained her right knee capsule in the win over Japan in the quarterfinals. The fact that it was only a sprain and not a tear was a relief to Bird, who told The Associated Press she heard a "pop" when the injury occurred. She had 30 assists and just three turnovers in the first six games.

   Of the four Olympics Bird has competed in, this was only the second game she has not played in. She also didn't compete in the semifinal matchup of the 2004 Athens Games when the U.S. beat Russia 66-62. That wasn't because of injury.

   She's started every game at the point for the U.S. over the past three Olympics. She was wearing a blue sweatsuit while the team warmed up.

   Seimone Augustus took her place in the starting lineup as the Americans tried to reach a sixth consecutive gold medal game. The U.S. has won 47 consecutive games at the Olympics.


   6:35 p.m.

   MEDAL ALERT: Argentina won its first field hockey gold medal when Belgium was beaten 4r-2 in a gripping men's final.

   Argentine fans, more used to their women's success after four straight Olympic medals, came in droves to make the Olympic Hockey Stadium seem like it was in Buenos Aires. Los Leones, the Lions, made their trip and support worthwhile.

   Belgium scored first and quickly through Tanguy Cosyns but Argentina was 2-1 up before the end of the first quarter thanks to captain Pedro Ibarra and Ignacio Ortiz. Gonzalo Peillat's 11th penalty corner goal of the competition made it 3-1 into halftime.

   Belgium brought the tension back with a Gauthier Boccard goal, and a quarter left. The Belgians peppered the Argentine goal but goalie Juan Vivaldi was supreme, and Agustin Mazzilli scored into an empty net in the last seconds to cap the men's team's greatest achievement.

   Belgium, also in its first final, earned silver for its first medal since a bronze on debut at its 1920 Antwerp Games.


   6:20 p.m.

   Ryan Lochte's old reality show is returning to television for a marathon airing after the swimmer's troubles in Rio.

   Esquire Network plans to re-air all eight episodes of "What Would Ryan Lochte Do?" on Friday night. The show originally aired on Esquire's sister network E! Entertainment in April 2013 after Lochte's stellar performance at the 2012 London Olympics.

   The short-lived series covered Lochte's daily life, including training sessions, dating and his interest in fashion design.


   6:20 p.m.

   Serbia is headed to the Olympic men's water polo final for the first time.

   Filip Filipovic, Andrija Prlainovic and Slobodan Nikic scored two goals apiece, and Serbia shut down Italy for a 10-8 victory in the Rio semifinals on Thursday. The world champions scored the first six goals of the game, and Italy never recovered from its early scoring drought.

   It was sweet revenge for Serbia after it lost to Italy in the semifinals of the 2012 London Games.

   Next up for Serbia is Croatia, which advanced with a 12-8 victory against Montenegro. The countries also met in the world championship final last year, with Serbia winning 11-4 in Russia.

   Serbia won bronze in each of the last two Olympics.


   6:20 p.m.

   Britain's defending Olympic taekwondo champion Jade Jones has made it to the finals of the women's 57-kilogram competition at the Rio Olympics and will fight for another gold medal on Thursday evening.

   Jones defeated Sweden's Nikita Glasnovic in the semifinal after scoring first and then landing some head kicks to keep her in front. Jones bowed to the crowd afterward, acknowledging the pockets of British fans in the crowd. Jones will face her longtime rival, second-seeded Eva Calvo Gomez of Spain in the final.

   In the men's 68-kilogram division, Russia's Alexey Denisenko and Jordan's Ahmad Abughaush will fight for the gold medal after both pulled off upsets of some of the category's favored fighters.

   Denisenko took out defending champion Servet Tazegul of Turkey while Abughaush defeated second-seeded Dae-Hoon Lee of South Korea and Olympic champion Joel Bonilla Gonzalez, who won the men's 58-kilogram category in London before moving up a division.


   5:55 p.m.

   Brazilian swimmer Thiago Pereira says the claim by American swimmer Ryan Lochte that he was robbed in Rio, which police dispute, hurt Brazil's image.

   Pereira told Brazilian news outlet Globo on Thursday that the story had "worldwide repercussions" and characterized the situation as "sad." He says the claims "denigrated the image of our country, of the Olympics in our house."

     Police say claims that Lochte and three other swimmers were robbed early Sunday were not true. Police say the men, after a night of partying, broke a bathroom door, a soap dispenser and a mirror at a gas station and were confronted by armed security guards.

   Police say the Americans were not harmed and were allowed to leave the gas station before police could arrive.


   5:50 p.m.

   Two Australian swimmers have been disciplined by their country's Olympic committee for failing to return to the athletes village or tell team officials where they were during a night out in Copacabana.

   Emma McKeon and Josh Palmer won't be allowed to participate in the closing ceremony Sunday and must remain in the athletes village between 8 p.m. and 8 a.m. They also can only travel to events in official Olympic transport.

   The punishment was handed out by Australian Olympic Committee Chef de Mission Kitty Chiller.

   Swimming Australia said Thursday it supports the AOC's decision. Australian head coach Jacco Verhaeren says McKeon and Palmer conducted themselves professionally during the games and the punishment relates to the athletes' safety.

   McKeon won four medals in Rio -- gold, two silvers and bronze. Palmer finished 30th in the 100-meter breaststroke.


   5:45 p.m.

   MEDAL ALERT: Helen Maroulis of the United States defeated Japan's Saori Yoshida 4-1 in the 53-kilogram freestyle final to win the first-ever gold medal for an American women's wrestler.

   Maroulis celebrated Thursday's win by running around the mat in a circle and holding the United States flag with both hands while it was draped over her back.

   Yoshida was a 16-time world champion who was going for her fourth gold. She hadn't lost in a major tournament in years, but she had been less dominant in recent tournaments. Maroulis was on a two-year win streak of her own.

   Yoshida was trying to become the second woman to ever win four Olympic gold medals in a single event across four Summer Games, and the second wrestler to win four Olympic golds. Yoshida's teammate, Kaori Icho, accomplished the feats Wednesday by winning the 58 kilogram gold.


   5:35 p.m.

   A Chinese swimmer and Brazilian road cyclist have been disqualified from the Olympics after failing doping tests.

   The Court of Arbitration for Sport issued final verdicts Thursday in the cases of swimmer Chen Xinyi and cyclist Kleber Ramos.

   The 18-year-old Chen, who finished fourth in the 100-meter butterfly, had previously accepted a "provisional suspension" after testing positive for a diuretic. She pulled out of her final event, the 50-meter freestyle.

   After a hearing was held in the case, the court said she had been formally disqualified and her fourth-place result annulled. The international swimming federation, FINA, was asked to consider any further sanctions.

   Ramos, meanwhile, tested positive for the blood-booster EPO in a pre-games test on July 31. He had accepted a provisional suspension "on a voluntary basis" and did not request a hearing.

   The court said he has now been disqualified and kicked out of the games. His case was referred to the international cycling body, which could impose a two-year ban.

   Ramos competed in the men's Olympic road race on Aug. 6 but failed to finish.


   5:30 p.m.

   MEDAL ALERT: Fifteen-year-old Ren Qian has captured another diving gold medal for China at the Rio Olympics.

   The youngster turned in five brilliant dives in the women's 10-meter platform to hold off her 17-year-old teammate, Si Yajie. Ren finished with 439.25 points, while Si was next at 419.40.

   Canada's Meaghan Benfeito grabbed the bronze at 389.20.

   China has now won six of seven diving events, with only the men's platform remaining.


   5:30 p.m.

   Two-time BMX gold medalist Maris Strombergs has raced in his last Summer Olympics.

   The cyclist from Latvia barely missed the cut in a crash-filled quarterfinal round in Rio on Thursday, knocking him out of the Games.

   Strombergs' coach Ivo Lakucs says Strombergs had decided before the Olympics that this would be it. Lakucs says the disappointing result on Thursday wouldn't change Strombergs' mind.

   There was some confusion after the heats with Strombergs initially thinking he had advanced to the semifinals.

   While other riders have praised the Rio course, Strombergs has been critical. He says the first straightaway was too narrow for racing. Strombergs also says the wind was a big factor Thursday.


   5:25 p.m.

   A top Brazil police official has called on Ryan Lochte and three other American swimmers to apologize after some of the athletes claimed they were victims of an armed robbery.

   Civil Police Chief Fernando Veloso says the four men became rowdy while at a gas station early Sunday after a night of partying. He says they were inebriated, and broke down the door of a bathroom, a soap dispenser and a mirror.

   Veloso told a Thursday news conference that "no robbery was committed against these athletes. They were not victims of the crimes they claimed." He said there was confusion because people at the gas station didn't speak English and the athletes didn't speak Portuguese.

   Lochte had said he was with the other swimmers when they were robbed at gunpoint early Sunday in a taxi by men with a police badge as they returned to the athletes village from a party.

   Veloso says the four should apologize because "Rio residents saw the name of their city sullied."


   5:10 p.m.

   Alba Torrens and Astou Ndour each scored 14 points as Spain defeated Serbia 68-54 Thursday and assured its first Olympic medal ever advancing to the women's basketball final.

   Spain will play for the gold medal Saturday, but being guaranteed at least the silver sparked a postgame celebration. Spain, which missed the 2012 Olympics, will play either the U.S. or France. In group play, Spain lost by 40 to the heavily favored Americans.

   The Spaniards were barely able to contain their excitement as the final minutes ticked off the clock, dancing and hugging before running onto the court to celebrate. They posed for group photos after the buzzer; about the only thing they didn't do was cut down the nets.

   Spain had Serbia frustrated most the game. Late in the third quarter Sonja Petrovic's pass went off a teammate's hands out of bounds. Petrovic kicked the Rio 2016 boxes bordering the court along the baseline -- smashing one into pieces.


   5 p.m.

   UPSET ALERT: The top two men's seeds at the Rio Olympics taekwondo competition have been knocked out of the fight for a gold medal.

   Turkey's defending Olympic taekwondo champion Servet Tazegul was beaten 19-6 by Russia's Alexey Denisenko in their quarterfinal on Thursday afternoon in the men's 68-kilogram division.

   Tazegul cruised through his first fight of the morning, with a steady stream of spinning kicks that overwhelmed his opponent. But against Denisenko, the strategy was too risky; almost every time Tazegul tried to spin, Denisenko used an effective counter-attack.

   Second-seeded Dae-Hoon Lee of South Korea went out shortly afterward, in a closely fought battle with Jordan's Ahmad Abughaush. Abughaush scored early and never relinquished the lead. Lee smiled and raised Abughaush's arm in victory after the result was announced.

   Both Tazegul and Lee might have the chance to fight in the repechage competition for a bronze medal Thursday evening.


   5 p.m.

   The French women's handball team has secured its first ever Olympic medal after beating the Netherlands 24-23 in the semifinals Thursday.

   Overwhelming crowd support and the presence of Dutch King Willem-Alexander couldn't lift the Netherlands, who spent most of the game narrowly behind.

   A nail-biting finish saw a big save from French goalkeeper Laura Glauser as her team tried to hold on for the win on a Dutch power-play. On the final whistle, the French team embraced on court and jumped up and down in front of their fans.

   Laura van der Heijden was the top scorer for the Dutch with eight goals, while Allison Pineau led France with seven. The tournament's joint top-scorer Alexandra Lacrabere had six.

   The French will play either Russia or Olympic champion Norway in Saturday's final.


   4:45 p.m.

   A top Brazilian police official says Ryan Lochte and three other American swimmers were not the victims of a robbery as some of the athletes had claimed.

   Civil Police Chief Fernando Veloso says the four men became rowdy while at a gas station early Sunday after a night of partying. He says they were inebriated, and broke down the door of a bathroom, a soap dispenser and a mirror.

   Veloso told a Thursday news conference that "no robbery was committed against these athletes. They were not victims of the crimes they claimed."

   Veloso says police had interviewed the taxi driver with the men that night and two security guards who confronted them at the bathroom.

   He did not say whether the guards pulled their guns on the swimmers but says investigators had found no excessive use of force. An official who spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation was ongoing told The Associated Press earlier Thursday that two security guards pointed guns at the swimmers.

12:25 p.m.

Stacy Lewis made 11 birdies and was atop the leaderboard in women's golf after an 8-under 63 at Olympic Golf Course.

Lewis made so many birdies she lost count. She wasn't aware of her score until she signed her card. The American was at 9-under 133 after two rounds and had a one-shot lead over Britain's Charley Hull. Several players, such as Inbee Park, were still on the course.

Marcus Fraser had a 63 last week in the opening round for the men.

Lewis, however, had a double bogey in her round when she three-putted the 14th from 25 feet. That made her determined to get the shots back, and she did just that by closing with four birdies. On the final hole, a tee shot in the face of a bunker left her 199 yards away for her third shot. She hit a hybrid to 4 feet for a surprise birdie.


12:15 p.m.

A judge says the Rio Games organizing committee can take public money in order to put on the upcoming Paralympic Games.

The decision amounts to a government bailout, an embarrassment to Rio organizers who have promised they could run their operating budget using only private money. The games run Sept. 7-18.

Federal judge Guilherme Couto de Castro said Thursday the organizing committee can accept 150 million Brazilian reals ($46.5 million) in government money to fill the budget gap.

Rio spokesman Mario Andrada says the revenue shortfall was "because the level of ticket sales and sponsorships (for the Paralympics) has been below our expectations."

Andrada said only 12 percent of 2.3 million Paralympic tickets had been sold.

Andrada suggested that even the government bailout might not be large enough. Asked how much money was needed, he said about 200 million reals ($62 million) "to fulfil the obligation at the level of service that we have agreed with the International Paralympic Committee."

Andrada says "the final figure is still being assessed."


12:15 p.m.

Germany, winner of the last two men's field hockey finals, came away with the bronze medal in Rio after beating the Netherlands 4-3 in a shootout.

Goalkeeper Nicolas Jacobi saved the Netherlands' first attempt by Billy Bakker, and stole the ball away from Sander de Wijn to secure Germany's 10th men's field hockey medal, second only to India's 11.

Tobias Hauke, Mats Grambusch, Timm Herzbruch and Linus Butt scored for Germany in the shootout.

The only regulation goals of the match came in the third quarter. Jorrit Croon rounded the defense to the backline where he pushed the ball between Jacobi's legs, and Germany leveled with another superb solo effort by Martin Haner, on a run from 30 meters out.

Germany also beat the Dutch in the pool round, and in the 2012 London final.

First-time men's finalists, Argentina and Belgium, will play for gold later Thursday.


12:10 p.m.

Croatia has moved one step closer to a second straight gold medal in men's water polo.

Andro Buslje scored four goals, Marko Bijac made 10 saves on Thursday as Croatia advanced to the RioGames final with a 12-8 victory over Montenegro. It also beat Montenegro in the semifinals of the London Games.

It was the highest scoring game in Rio for Croatia, which was coming off a 10-6 victory over Brazil in the quarterfinals.

Montenegro got within two on two occasions down the stretch, but Andelo Setka responded each time for Croatia. Setka's power-play goal with 2:44 left made it 11-8.

Darko Brguljan and Aleksandar Ivovic had three goals apiece for Montenegro, which finished fourth in each of the previous two Olympics.


12:10 p.m.

Two more top riders have crashed during the BMX cycling men's quarterfinals at the Summer Olympics.

Reigning world champion Joris Daudet of France and the Netherlands' Niek Kimmann both went down Thursday in what appeared to be separate wrecks near the same spot going into a hill just before the second turn.

It was the second of three heats for both riders. Daudet did not finish, while Kimmann got up and walked to the finish line carrying his bike.

A crash in one of the first heats involved Latvia's Maris Strombergs, Britain's Liam Phillips and Switzerland's David Graf. Phillips did not start his second heat. Strombergs and Graf did return, but Graf went down again, this time around the second turn.


11:55 a.m.

MEDAL ALERT: Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark of Britain have won the medal in the women's 470 class at the Rio Games sailing regatta.

Mills and Clark clinched two days ago and needed simply to finish Thursday's medal race.

Annie Haeger and Briana Provancha of the United States jumped into an early lead in the medal race and were in silver medal position. But they dropped to sixth and then fouled the Japanese boat, dropping them to last place in the 10-boat race and out of the medals.

New Zealand's Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie, the 2012 gold medalists, rallied for the silver medal after two disqualifications in the preliminary series. Camille Lecointre and Hélène Defrance won the bronze.


11:50 a.m.

Three of the top riders have crashed during the BMX cycling men's quarterfinals.

Liam Phillips of Great Britain was coming around the first turn when his bike appeared to swerve and fell sideways off the track.

Switzerland's David Graf also went down in the wreck on Thursday, as did Latvia's Maris Strombergs, who is going for his third gold medal.

Graf and Strombergs biked away and finished their laps. Phillips did not finish and stayed down for a couple minutes before being helped to his feet. He walked away looking a little woozy, at one point rubbing his upper left chest.

Each rider has two more heats.


11:45 a.m.

Alistair Brownlee of Britain successfully defended his gold medal in the men's triathlon Thursday, winning the race at cloudless Copacabana Beach on one of the stickiest days of the Rio Olympics.


He grabbed a British flag while trotting into the finish line, where he won in 1 hour, 45 minutes and 1 second.

His younger brother Jonathan, who took bronze in London four years ago, moved up to silver, finishing six seconds back. Henry Schoeman of South Africa won the bronze medal, running across 42 seconds after the two-time gold medal winner.

The brothers collapsed once across the finish line, then rolled over to embrace each other.

American Ben Kanute was right with the Brownlees at the front following both the one-loop ocean swim and the steep, hilly 24-mile bike ride. But halfway through the 6.2-mile run, the difficulty of the course caught up to him and he fell to 29th.

(This item has been corrected to reflect Schoeman is from South Africa, not Russia.)


11:40 a.m.

UPSET ALERT: The dream matchup in the women's wrestling 75 kilogram class was ruined when the United States' Adeline Gray and Brazil's Aline da Silva Ferreira both lost in the quarterfinals.

Gray, the heavily favored three-time world champion, lost to Vasilisa Marzaliuk of Belarus 3-1 on Thursday. Marzaliuk finished fifth at the 2012 Olympics in the 72 kilogram class, and was third in the 2015 World Championships at 75 kilograms.

Brazil's crowd was fired up for da Silva Ferreira, a silver medalist from the 2014 World Championships, but she fell behind early and lost to Russia's Ekaterina Bukina 4-3.


11:10 a.m.

MEDAL ALERT: Alistair Brownlee of Britain wins gold again in men's triathlon, finishing in 1:45:01, as brother Jonathan Brownlee finishes six seconds behind for silver. Henri Schoeman of South Africa wins bronze with a 1:45:43 finish.


11:05 a.m.

Olympic and world champion Ashton Eaton has a 115-point lead over world championship silver medalist Damian Warner after seven events in the decathlon.

Eaton earned 777 points and ranked eighth in the discus throw with a best mark of 45.49 meters. He even had time during the event to celebrate with Kerron Clement after his U.S. teammate won gold in the 400-meter hurdles.

Eaton, who set the world record at 9,045 points in winning at the world championships last year, has 6,398 points with the pole vault, javelin and 1,500 meters still to come on Thursday.

Kevin Mayer of France is 187 points behind in third spot and Kai Kazmirek of Germany slipped.


11 a.m.

The U.S. team that will get a second chance to enter the 4x100 meters final late Thursday will have to rely on the same sprinters who competed in the morning session.

The track and field governing body says the team will use the "same athletes, same order, same lane." This time though, there will be no one around to bump them.

During the team's first try Thursday morning, Allyson Felix was obstructed by a Brazilian runner as she tried to hand over the baton to third-runner English Gardner, and dropped it in the process.

The U.S. team successfully protested and was granted a solo rerun. It has to beat a time of 42.70 seconds, belonging to the slowest qualifier, China, to get into Friday's final.

The U.S. team set the world record of 40.82 at the 2012 London Games.


10:40 a.m.

The United States was given an extra shot to qualify for the final of the 4x100 after the team successfully protested that Allyson Felix had been bumped just ahead of a botched handover.

The IAAF said the U.S. team would be allowed to run on their own in the evening session at 8 p.m. and try to qualify on time.


10:35 a.m.

A male weightlifter from Kyrgyzstan has become the first athlete at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics to be stripped of a medal after a positive doping test.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport says Izzat Artykov tested positive for strychnine after winning the bronze medal in the 69-kilogram division.

The court says he has been stripped of the medal and kicked out of the games.

CAS referred the case to the international weightlifting federation for possible further sanctions against Artykov, who could face a two-year ban from the sport.

Luis Javier Mosquera of Colombia is in line to be upgraded from fourth place to the bronze medal.


10:35 a.m.

Two-time world champion Kerron Clement finally has an Olympic gold medal in the 400-meter hurdles.

The 30-year-old American won the world titles in 2007 and '09, sandwiched around his Olympic silver medal in Beijing, but hadn't been back on the podium of a major championship until winning Thursday's final in a season-best 47.73 seconds.

Boniface Mucheru Tumuti took silver for Kenya, 0.05 behind, and Turkey's Cuban-born Yasmani Copello, the European champion, won bronze in 47.92.

Javier Culson, the 2012 Olympic bronze medalist from Puerto Rico, was disqualified for a false-start.

Four of the finishers produced national-record times, including Tumuti and Copello.


10:30 a.m.

MEDAL ALERT: Two-time world champion Kerron Clement of the United States has won the Olympic title in the men's 400-meter hurdles, winning a fast final in 47.73 seconds.

Boniface Mucheru Tumuti took silver for Kenya, 0.05 behind, and Turkey's Cuban-born Yasmani Copello, the European champion, won bronze in 47.92.

Four of the finishers crossed in national-record times.


10:25 a.m.

Si Yajie of China has topped another round of Olympic diving in the women's 10-meter platform.

The 17-year-old totaled 389.30 points over five dives in the semifinal round Thursday, not far off her leading score in the preliminaries.

The scores don't carry over to the afternoon final, but Si will have the favorable last spot in the order after establishing herself as the clear favorite to win China's sixth gold in seven diving events at Rio.

Jessica Parratto of the United States posted the second-highest score at 367.00, followed by 15-year-old Ren Qian of China with 362.40.

The top 12 moved on the final. Parratto's teammate, Katrina Young, finished 13th.


10:17 a.m.

A Brazilian police official is telling The Associated Press that American swimmer Ryan Lochte fabricated a story about being robbed at gunpoint in Rio de Janeiro.

The official, who has direct knowledge of the investigation, spoke on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak about an ongoing probe.

He said that around 6 a.m. on Sunday, Lochte, along with fellow swimmers Jack Conger, Gunnar Bentz and Jimmy Feigen, stopped at a gas station in Barra da Tijuca, a suburb of Rio where many Olympic venues are located. One of the swimmers tried to open the door of an outside bathroom. It was locked.

The official says a few of the swimmers then pushed on the door and broke it. A security guard appeared and confronted them.

The official says the guard was armed with a pistol, but he never took it out or pointed it at the swimmers.

According to the official, the gas station manager then arrived. Using a customer to translate, the manager asked the swimmers to pay for the broken door. The official says after a discussion, they did pay him an unknown amount of money and left.

Police plan an afternoon news briefing on the incident. A message seeking comment was left with Lochte's attorney.


10:15 a.m.

The United States is seeking to be reinstated into the final of the 4x100 meters, claiming that Allyson Felix was bumped by a rival runner just ahead of a botched handover.

The U.S. team crossed the line well behind all other teams in their relay after Felix picked up the baton and handed it over to English Gardner. Replays showed how Felix lost balance just before the handover.

"I got bumped coming into the exchange zone and it completely threw me off balance," said Felix. "I tried to hold it together to get to English. Maybe if I had one more step I could've, but I was falling."


10:05 a.m.

Tyson Gay helped the U.S. men qualify fastest for the final of the men's 4x100-meter relay, only minutes after the American women's team dropped the baton in the heats.

The former 100- and 200-meter world champion was part of the American team that placed second at the London Games but was stripped of the medal because of his doping violation.

The Americans — with Justin Gatlin sitting out the heats — got the baton around in 37.65. Japan won the second heat in an Asian record 37.68 to qualify second fastest, shaving 0.14 off the regional mark China had set in the first heat.

Usain Bolt didn't run in the heats, but his Jamaican teammates qualified by placing second to Japan.


UPSET ALERT: The United States is out of the 4x100-meter relay following a botched handover between Allyson Felix and English Gardner.


9:45 a.m.

The United States is out of the women's 4x100-meter relays following a botched handover between Allyson Felix and English Gardner on the far side of the track.

Felix seemed to stumble as she entered the exchange zone and could not catch third runner Gardner, flipping the baton in desperation. It hit the ground as Gardner and Felix crashed into each other. Gardner held her head in desperation as Felix went to pick up the baton and hand it over.

The U.S. team did finish the race as last. At the same time Jamaica easily won their first heat. The Dutch team was also out.


9:25 a.m.

The Olympics are over for Dafne Schippens and she has herself to blame because of a botched handover during the women's 4x100 meter relay.

Second in the Dutch relay chain, she first went too early to take the baton and then had to slow down to stay within the handover zone, losing costly time.

Even though she ran fast, it was all too late and the Dutch finished only sixth in their heat, not enough to qualify.

Schippers came into the championships as 200 world champion and 100 silver medalist counting to do at least as well in Rio.

She disappointed with a fifth place in the 100, and said she had a groin strain to blame. She picked up silver behind Elaine Thompson of Jamaica Wednesday and was hoping for at least a place in the final.