The Latest: New Zealand win gold in men’s pair rowing

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

11:05 a.m.


New Zealand rowers Eric Murray and Hamish Bond have defended their Olympic gold and extended their winning streak in the men’s pair.

The six-time world champions, who are undefeated since they first started competing in the event in 2009, finished more than a boat-length ahead of silver medalist South Africa. Italy’s pair placed third.

In the first medal race of the Rio regatta, defending Olympic champion Germany held off Australia at the finish line to win gold in the men’s quadruple sculls. Estonia got the bronze.

Germany also won the women’s quadruple sculls thanks to a late surge that pushed the German boat past Poland, which had led the race from the start.

The Netherlands also sprinted past the fading Poles, who had to settle for bronze. The United States, world champion in the event last year, finished in fifth place.


10:20 a.m.

Large posters with the image of Kuwaiti shooter Fehaid al-Deihani clasping his gold medal hang in one of Kuwait’s most popular malls and government officials are praising his win in Rio, despite not playing for the Kuwaiti flag.

Kuwaiti athletes are not competing under their national flag this year due to a suspension by the International Olympic Committee, which deemed certain provisions in the country’s sports legislation as government interference in Olympic autonomy.

The state-run Kuwait News Agency Thursday quoted officials saying al-Deihani’s win in double-trap demonstrates the capabilities of Kuwaiti athletes in the face of “hardships.”

Minister of State for Youth Affairs Sheikh Salman Al-Sabah said despite Kuwait’s suspension from the games, Kuwaiti athletes insisted on competing under the Olympic flag to prove “they are able to represent their country.”


9:50 a.m.

A police officer is recovering after he and two others sent to Rio de Janeiro for the Olympics were shot after getting lost near a slum.

The officers from Brazil’s national security force were using a GPS device to navigate unfamiliar streets when they took a wrong turn off a highway leading to Rio’s international airport.

The truck they were traveling in was met by gunshots and one officer was shot in the head. The Justice Ministry said Thursday that the officer is recovering from a four-hour surgery and was in stable condition but that the next 48 hours would be key.

A commando unit backed by a police helicopter was preparing Thursday to carry out an operation to apprehend those behind the attack.


9.40 a.m.

A Russian swimmer says he has been the victim of an armed robbery in Rio.

Evgeny Korotyshkin, a silver medalist in 2012 who is not competing at the Rio Olympics, says in an Instagram post that two armed people approached him near Ipanema beach, away from the Olympic venues, and forced him to hand over the contents of his pockets.

Korotyshkin says he was unhurt and “exchanged what I had in my pockets for a gripping story for posterity.” He suggests he didn’t lose much in the way of valuables, adding that the robbery was “not costly, but worrying.”

Korotyskin won silver behind Michael Phelps in the men’s 100-meter butterfly in 2012 and has since become a swimming official in Moscow.


7:45 a.m.

With one swing, Adilson da Silva of Brazil put golf back into the Olympics for the first time in 112 years.

The lone Brazilian in the 60-man field was chosen to hit the opening tee shot at the Olympic Golf Course in a proud moment for the sport. His drive went right down the middle of the fairway, and da Silva smiled and removed his cap to wave at the crowd.

The grandstand was filled with more golf officials than fans.

Not since 1904 in St. Louis has an Olympic medal been awarded in golf. The sport has come under scrutiny because six of the top 10 players in the world chose not to play.

International Golf Federation Peter Dawson President turned and flashed two thumbs up when the first group teed off. He called it a long journey and then added, “or the beginning of a new one.”


7:20 a.m.

Former Olympic race walking champion Alex Schwazer is banned for eight years after losing another doping case days before he hoped to compete in Rio de Janeiro.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport said Thursday it has imposed an eight-year ban on the 31-year-old Italian in a fast-track case after an appeal hearing held Monday.

Schwazer, the 2008 Olympic champion in the 50-kilometer walk, now misses a second straight Summer Games for doping.

He came to Rio seeking to overturn a provisional ban imposed last month by the IAAF governing body.

Days after Schwazer won the world championship in Rome in May, he tested positive for a steroid in further analysis of a sample given in January.

Schwazer briefly returned to competition after serving a three-year, nine-month ban for using EPO before the 2012 Olympics.


6:10 a.m.

A total of 21 gold medals are up for grabs in 11 sports at the Rio Olympics, with high-powered performances expected from American stars Michael Phelps and Simone Biles.

Phelps, competing Thursday evening in the 200-meter individual medley, is looking for his 22nd Olympic gold medal. Gymnast Biles hopes to add an individual all-around gold to her collection of three world championship titles and a team Rio gold.

In rugby sevens, Fiji goes against surprising Japan and South Africa faces Great Britain, all trying to get to the evening’s gold-medal match.

Cycling moves indoors for the men’s sprint team finals — and gear junkies will love seeing the high-tech equipment that helps athletes shave seconds off the clock.

Rowing, cancelled for two days due to high winds, will hand out six golds and the king of spin will be crowned in the men’s table tennis singles.

Medals will also be awarded in fencing, judo, archery, canoe slalom and shooting.


5:10 a.m.

Gold is on his mind as Michael Phelps looks for his 22nd Olympic medal of that color in the 200-meter individual medley at the Rio Olympics.

Phelps, the top qualifier, will be seeking his fourth straight 200-meter IM Olympic title, swimming Thursday evening next to longtime rival and U.S. teammate Ryan Lochte. Before that showdown, Phelps swims in the qualifiers for the 100 meter butterfly, an event in which he holds the world record.

Medals also will be awarded in the women’s 200 meter breaststroke, the women’s 100 meter freestyle and in the men’s 200 meter backstroke.

The seemingly unstoppable American Katie Ledecky is also back in the pool, this time to qualify for the 800 meter freestyle. She earned her third gold of the Rio games on Wednesday in the 4×200-meter freestyle relay.


4:50 a.m.

Golf tees off for the first time at the Olympics since 1904 as the men start their first round of play at the Olympic Golf Course — although the top four players in the world won’t be competing because of Zika fears.

The links-style layout stretches 7,128 yards (6,515 meters) and was built in the hopes it can both challenge some of the world’s best in Rio de Janeiro and then grow the game in Brazil.

The first tee shot will be struck by Brazilian Adilson da Silva, who learned to play using tree branches for clubs.

The professionals competing at the Rio Olympics include Henrik Stenson of Sweden, Rickie Fowler and Bubba Watson of the United States and Martin Kaymer of Germany.


4:15 a.m.

American Simone Biles heads into the women’s individual all around gymnastics competition at the Rio Olympics with a none-too shabby record: she has already won three world championships and a team Olympic gold just a few days ago.

Her floor routine also includes a move that is now named for her — how cool is that?

Aly Raisman, another American who won gold with Biles in the team competition, is also in the mix Thursday but teammate Gabby Douglas, the defending Olympic champion, will be on the sidelines.

On Wednesday night, Japanese gymnast Kohei Uchimura won the men’s individual all around gold medal, adding to an amazing record that includes three world championship titles and gold at the 2012 London Olympics.


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