RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The Latest on the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):
MEDAL ALERT: Michael Phelps and the United States have won the 4×200-meter freestyle relay at the Rio Olympics, giving Phelps the 21st gold medal of his career. Britain wins the silver and Japan takes the bronze.
MEDAL ALERT: United States wins 4×200-meter freestyle relay, giving Michael Phelps his 21st Olympic gold medal.
The Iron Lady is piling up quite a medal collection in Rio.
Katinka Hosszu of Hungary claimed her third gold of the Olympics with a victory in the 200-meter individual medley on Tuesday night.
Hosszu added to her wins in the 400 IM and 100 backstroke with a time of 2 minutes, 6.58 seconds.
This has been an Olympic of redemption for Hosszu, a long-time star at the world championships who always seemed to come up short on the biggest stage.
Siobhan-Marie O’Connor of Britain challenged Hosszu all the way but had to settle for silver. Maya DiRado of the United States held on for the bronze.
MEDAL ALERT: Katinka Hosszu of Hungary has claimed her third gold medal of the Rio Olympic with a victory in the women’s 200-meter individual medley. Siobhan-Marie O’Connor of Britain takes the silver, while the bronze goes to Maya DiRado of the United States.
Louisa Cadamuro scored a pair of goals and France defeated New Zealand 3-0 on Tuesday night in Salvador.
Eugenie Le Sommer also scored for Les Bleus, who finish second in Group G to the United States.
The third-ranked French will play No. 10 Canada in a quarterfinal match on Friday in Sao Paulo.
Canada defeated Germany 2-1 in Brasilia Tuesday to finish atop Group F.
A French tennis player has been kicked off the country’s Olympic team for violating team rules.
Benoit Paire, who was seeded 16th at the Rio Games, was asked to pack his bags, French tennis federation official Arnaud Di Pasquale told TV broadcaster France 2, according to the L’Equipe newspaper.
Di Pasquale did not explain exactly what Paire did, but did say the player had been warned repeatedly.
Paire lost in the third round of singles at the Olympics on Tuesday, 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (5) against Fabio Fognini of Italy.
As a former Olympic gold medalist in the ring, Russia’s head boxing coach Alexander Lebzyak is used to fighting — but he may not like his newest opponent.
Lebzyak’s no-nonsense criticism of Russian fighters’ poor performances in Rio, accusing them of lacking the will to win, has drawn the ire of Ramzan Kadyrov, the martial arts-loving strongman leader of the Russian region of Chechnya.
On Instagram, his preferred way of communicating with the public, Kadyrov says Lebzyak has been insulting Russian fighters and treating them like “children from a kindergarten.”
Kadyrov blames Lebzyak and his staff for the defeat of Chechen fighter Adlan Abdurashidov in the lightweight last 16. Kadyrov posted a picture of himself with Abdurashidov, calling him a “brother.”
The Olympic tennis men’s doubles semifinals are set, and among those closing in on a medal are Rafael Nadal and Marc Lopez of Spain, and Steve Johnson and Jack Sock of the United States.
Johnson and Sock advanced Tuesday by beating the eighth-seeded duo of Roberto Bautista Agut and David Ferrer of Spain 6-4, 6-2.
Next up for the Americans is a match against No. 5 Florin Mengea and Horia Tecau of Romania, who eliminated No. 3 Marcelo Melo and Bruno Soares of Brazil 6-4, 5-7, 6-2.
On the other half of the draw, Nadal and Lopez defeated Oliver Marach and Alexander Peya of Austria 6-3, 6-1, setting up a semifinal against No. 7 Daniel Nestor and Vasek Pospisil of Canada. That duo beat Fabio Fognini and Andreas Seppi of Italy 6-3, 6-1.
Katie Ledecky is on her way to an Olympic feat that’s only been done one other time.
Ledecky held off Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom to win gold in the 200-meter freestyle Tuesday night at the Rio Olympics.
Fifth at the first flip turn, Ledecky powered to the front on the third lap and grittily held off a hard-charging Sjostrom coming to the wall.
Ledecky touched in 1 minute, 53.73 seconds. The silver went to Sjostrom in 1:54.08, while early leader Emma McKeon faded to the bronze in 1:54.92.
World-record holder Federica Pelligrini of Italy was fourth.
Ledecky is trying to become only the second female after Debbie Meyer in 1968 to capture the three longest freestyle events at a single Olympics. Ledecky now has the 200 and 400 titles, and she’s an overwhelming favorite to win the 800.
Michael Phelps made up for one of the few losses in his Olympic career.
Now, he’s got an even 20 gold medals.
Phelps avenged his defeat at the 2012 London Games by winning the 200-meter butterfly on Tuesday night, holding off Japan’s Masato Sakai by a mere four-hundredths of a second.
The victory clearly delighted Phelps, who held up one finger, then sat on a lane rope and egged on the roaring crowd at the Olympic Aquatic Stadium.
He’d had this one marked on his calendar ever since he came out of retirement. Four years ago, Phelps misjudged his finish — gliding a little too long after his final stroke — and was edged at the wall by South African Chad le Clos.
This time, it was Phelps out front — barely — while Le Clos could only manage a fourth-place showing. Hungary’s Tamas Kenderesi claimed the bronze.
He has one more race Tuesday night, anchoring the U.S. team in the 4×200-meter freestyle relay.
Defending Olympic champion Nathan Adrian barely advanced in the preliminaries of the 100-meter freestyle at the Rio Olympics.
He wasn’t taking any chances in the semifinals Tuesday night.
Competing in lane eight, Adrian posted the fastest time out of 16 swimmers, sending him to Wednesday’s final with a much more customary position in the center of the pool.
The biggest cheers at the Olympic Aquatic Center were for Brazil’s Marcelo Chierighini, who advanced to the final with the eighth-best time.
MEDAL ALERT: Michael Phelps has won the 200-meter butterfly at the Rio Olympics for the 20th gold medal of his career. Masato Sakai of Japan claimed the silver, while Hungary’s Tamas Kenderesi earned the bronze. Defending Olympic champion Chad le Clos of South Africa was fourth.
MEDAL ALERT: Katie Ledecky of the United States has captured her second gold medal of the Rio Olympics, winning the 200-meter freestyle. Sarah Sjostrom of Sweden claims the silver and Emma McKeon of Australia takes the bronze.
The tiny island kingdom of Tonga is hoping more tourists will visit after its chiseled flag-bearer became an unexpected sensation at the Olympics opening ceremony.
Pita Taufatofua carried Tonga’s flag wearing a traditional mat and with his bare chest oiled and shining. The taekwondo competitor won the hearts of many and has been in hot demand since, even making an appearance on NBC’s “Today” show.
Tourism Tonga spokeswoman Seini Taumoepeau said in an email Tuesday there’s been lots more online interest in the Pacific nation since Taufatofua’s appearance Friday in Rio de Janeiro, and she hopes that will result in increased tourist numbers over the coming months.
She said thousands more people have been clicking on a website promoting Tongan vacations and hundreds more have viewed the kingdom’s Facebook page.
Four-time gold medalist Michael Johnson says the booing of athletes at the Olympics would stop if drug cheats were kept out of the games.
The former 200- and 400-meter runner blames the IOC for allowing previous drug violators into the Rio de Janeiro Games.
Johnson says “nobody wants athletes to be booed at the Olympic Games, that’s not what this is about.”
He says the answer is to “keep athletes who have been doping out of the Olympics and out of the sport, and handing down appropriate punishment.”
Johnson says the problem is “on the IOC, it’s their event.”
IOC President Thomas Bach told The Associated Press on Monday he will try again to push through a rule barring any athletes who have received a serious doping sanction from competing in future Olympics. The proposed rule has been struck down twice by the Court of Arbitration for Sport on grounds it amounts to a second punishment for a single offense.
Michael Phelps will have a shot at two more gold medals in one night at the Rio Olympics.
Phelps is anchoring the U.S. team in the 4×200-meter freestyle relay. Conor Dwyer leads off, followed by Townley Haas, Ryan Lochte and Phelps.
The most decorated athlete in Olympic history will be in two finals on Tuesday, going in the 200 butterfly about an hour before he comes back in the relay. Phelps has a shot at the 20th and 21st gold medals of his career, having already carried the Americans to victory in the 4×100 free relay.
Two windows have been shattered when rocks, or possibly gunfire, hit a bus carrying journalists at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics. There were no injures.
Rio organizing committee spokesman Mario Andrada says “we don’t know yet if the bus was shot, or it was a stone.”
Andrada says three of the 12 journalists on the bus on Tuesday suffered minor injuries. Photos showed two shattered windows, with tiny chards of glass remaining in place.
A witness on the bus said the occupants hit the floor when they heard a “popping noice.”
The bus was traveling from the northern venue cluster of Deodoro to the main Olympic Park in the western suburb of Barra da Tijuca.
China earned its third weightlifting gold of the Rio Olympics on Tuesday as Shi Zhiyong took victory in the men’s 69-kilogram category.
Shi lifted 162kg in the snatch and 190 in the clean and jerk for a total of 352, but failed on a world record attempt with his last lift, which would have meant a total of 360. After dropping that weight, he gave roars of disappointment before celebrating the win with his coach.
Silver went to Turkey’s Daniyar Ismayilov, who used to represent Turkmenistan, with 351, while Kyrgyzstan won only its fourth Olympic medal ever thanks to Izzat Artykov’s 339.
Last year’s world silver medalist Oleg Chen did not compete because Russia’s team was banned for bringing weightlifting into disrepute with numerous doping cases.
Catalina Usme scored on a free kick at a tight angle in the 90th minute to pull Colombia into a 2-all draw with the United States on Tuesday night.
The top-ranked U.S. still finished atop Group F for good position in the women’s soccer quarterfinals at the Rio Games.
Usme also scored in the 26th minute to give the Colombians an early 1-0 lead. It was the team’s first-ever Olympic goal, and first-ever goal against the United States.
Teenager Mallory Pugh became the youngest player to score for the United States in an Olympics a 59th-minute goal that gave the Americans a 2-1 lead. Crystal Dunn also scored for the defending champions.
The top-ranked U.S. women’s team, the reigning World Cup champion, is vying for its fourth straight Olympic gold medal.
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