US beach volleyball team ousted by Brazil

US beach volleyball team ousted by Brazil
Posted at 11:09 PM, Aug 16, 2016

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

 1:10 a.m.

   Brazil beat the Americans in the women's beach volleyball semifinals and ended the gold medal run of three-time Olympic champion Kerri Walsh Jennings.

   Agatha and Barbara won 22-20, 21-18 to earn a matchup in the final against Germany. The best Walsh Jennings and her partner, April Ross, can do is a bronze medal when they play Brazil's other women's team on Wednesday.

   Walsh Jennings had won three gold medals with Misty May-Treanor and had never lost an Olympic match. In fact, she had only lost two sets in her Olympic career before falling in straight sets at the Copacabana venue.

   Agatha and Barbara are the defending world champions, but they were the second-seeded team in the tournament to fellow Brazilians Talita and Larissa. The No. 1 team, a pair of three-time Olympians, lost to Germany earlier Tuesday.


  1 a.m.

   UPSET ALERT: Americans Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross have been beaten by Brazil in the beach volleyball semifinals. Walsh Jennings, a three-time Olympic gold medalist, had never lost a match in the Summer Games.


   12:45 p.m.

   Two-time defending women's indoor volleyball champion Brazil has been eliminated from the Olympics at home and the players' shocked faces afterward told it all.

   China rallied from losing the first set to stun the medal favorite Brazilians 15-13 in the decisive fifth set early Wednesday morning.

   Brazil had been the favorite to face the United States in a potential gold-medal match after beating the Americans in each of the past Olympics.

   Brazil's players cried at their early exit and a young boy in the stands burst into tears.

   Meanwhile, a young China team that had been far from steady at these Olympics played its best, most consistent match yet.


   12:10 a.m.

   Italy's Paolo Nicolai and Daniele Lupo will play for the gold medal in beach volleyball.

   The two-time Olympians beat Russia's Viacheslav Krasilnikov and Konstantin Semenov 15-21, 21-16, 15-13 on Tuesday night in the semifinals at the Copacabana beach venue.

   Next up: Brazil's Alison and Bruno, the No. 1 seed in the tournament, the defending world champions and the hometown favorites.


   11:15 p.m.

   Darya Klishina calls it "a great responsibility" to be the only track and field competitor from Russia at the Rio Olympics.

   All 67 other potential Russian athletes in the sport were banned from participating in the 2016 Games by track's governing body, the IAAF, because of evidence of systemic doping.

   But Klishina, who lives and trains in the United States, learned a day before long jump qualifying Tuesday night that she would be allowed to participate in Brazil.

   And she managed to reach the final.

   She said waiting for the Court of Arbitration for Sport's ruling on her eligibility made for "a really tough and really hard week for me, mentally." She said she did not practice while waiting for the decision.


   11:10 p.m.

   Omar McLeod converted his season dominance of the 110-meter hurdles into an Olympic gold medal, a first for Jamaica in the event.

   McLeod, the world indoor champion, gained the lead quickly and pulled away as he won in 13.05 seconds on Tuesday night.

   Cuban-born Orlando Ortega of Spain took silver in 13.17 seconds and Dimitri Bascou of France won bronze in 13.24.

   The Jamaicans have dominated the men's 100-meter and 200-meter titles in the last decade, but had never previously produced a male athlete who converted that raw pace into an Olympic title over the sprint hurdles.


   11:05 p.m.

   Darya Klishina, the lone Russian track and field athlete at the Olympics, will get another day of competition at the Rio Games by qualifying for the final of the women's long jump.

   Klishina was only cleared on appeal early Monday to take her place in the qualifying competition on Tuesday night. She measured 6.64 meters on her first attempt, good enough to advance as the eighth of 12 qualifiers for Wednesday's final.

   The Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled Klishina is eligible to compete in Rio because she has been based outside of Russia for the last three years and has been subjected to regular drug testing.

   She was the only one of 68 Russians cleared to participate in Rio by the IAAF, track and field's governing body, which later tried to ban her from the Olympics after receiving what it said was new information from World Anti-Doping Agency investigator Richard McLaren.