The Latest: Australia’s Brennan takes gold in sculls

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

11:05 a.m.

Kim Brennan of Australia has won the gold medal in the women’s single sculls, with Genevra Stone picking up the silver — the United States’ first rowing medal in Rio.

Duan Jingli of China finished third.

Brennan got a dismal start to the Olympics ending up in third place in her first heat in choppy waters behind rowers from Mexico and Zimbabwe. But she picked up the pace as the weather calmed down.

In the final Brennan built up a monster lead right from the start and held on though Stone came closer in the final 100 meters.


11:10 a.m.

Etenesh Diro ended up on one bare foot midway through her steeplechase qualifier and suddenly had thousands of fans at the Olympic Stadium cheering her on to qualify.

Diro was involved in a tangle in the pack and lost her shoe. After several furtive attempts, she threw it away onto the field. She took a couple of steps and stopped again to throw away her sock before starting a furious chase.

She caught up some of the runners but was still outside the automatic qualifiers when she crossed the line and fell to the track in tears, holding her bare foot. Meanwhile many in the crowd rose to their feet to applaud her.

Diro finished fifth in the London Games four years ago and again at the world championships one year later.


10:55 a.m.

Olympic champion Mahe Drysdale of New Zealand has repeated his gold in the men’s single sculls in a dramatic photo finish with Croatia’s Martin Damir.

Drysdale and Damir both crossed the line in 6 minutes, 41.34 seconds. But officials called the race for Drysdale after studying a photo of the finish.

Ondrej Synek of Czech Republic got the bronze.

Damir was quickest out of the blocks but Drysdale caught up and was ahead at 1,500 meters. But Damir came back in the final stretch and the boats were side by side at the finish line.


10.45 a.m.

Under a blazing sun, Caterine Ibarguen hopped, stepped and jumped the athletics competition into high gear early Saturday when she qualified for the triple jump final on her first attempt. The Colombian has dominated the event over the past years and is a hot favorite to win on Sunday.

Other events on Saturday morning include the discus throw final without defending champion Robert Harting. The German’s younger brother Christoph did make it through qualifying.

The biggest star of all also makes his first outing in the Olympic Stadium, with Usain Bolt running in heat 7 of the 100-meter round.

Whether it is the balmy weather, or Bolt, but the 60,000-capacity stadium was well over half full after the disappointing showing of the opening day.


10:30 a.m.

A spectacular crash in the second heat of the women’s keirin caused a delay in the morning track cycling program so that officials could repair a gouge in the wooden surface of the Olympic velodrome.

The crash occurred on the final lap of the sprinting event when French rider Virginie Cueff used her shoulder to push Dutch rider Laurine van Riessen onto the outer wall and nearly into the stands.

That caused New Zealand’s Olivia Podmore and Tania Calvo Barbero of Spain to crash behind them.

All the riders eventually walked off the track under their own power. The surface was repaired with the help of duct tape — yes, duct tape — and competition resumed after a few minutes.


10:25 a.m.

Britain’s Alan Campbell has withdrawn from the finals of the men’s single sculls competition for medical reasons.

The British rowing federation says Campbell has a cold.

Campbell was scheduled to race in the “B” final on Saturday for rowers who didn’t qualify among the top six in the semifinals. A short statement from organizers said “Campbell is unable to row for medical reasons.”

The British rowing federation said Campbell has been battling a cold since Wednesday.

“Today it’s developed into blocked sinuses and a touch of vertigo. Therefore he’s out under medical instruction,” British Rowing spokeswoman Caroline Searle said.

Campbell won bronze in the event at the London Olympics. In Rio, he just missed out on the “A” final after finishing fourth in his semifinal heat.


9:40 a.m.

The third round of Olympic golf began Saturday with one less player.

Lin Wen-tang of Taiwan withdrew from the men’s competition because of an illness. This did not exactly thwart his chances of getting on the podium Sunday — Lin opened with a pair of 77s and at 12-over 154 was in last place, 22 shots out of the lead.

Rickie Fowler, meanwhile, was trying to get back in the game. He was 3 under through six holes, but still 11 shots out of the lead.


6:50 a.m.

There are 22 golds to be won on Day 8 of the Rio Games in 13 different sports.

Competitions wrap up Saturday in swimming and rowing — but they are just heating up in track and field, which will award five golds: for the women’s 100 meter sprint and the heptathlon, and the men’s 10,000 meters, discus and long jump.

In the pool, Saturday could be Michael Phelps’s last time in an Olympic competition if he swims in the 4×100 meter medley relay. Simone Manuel is in the women’s 50 free finals and likely for the women’s 4×100 medley relay. Medals also will be awarded in the men’s 1500 meter freestyle.

On the water, the smallest sculls (singles) and the largest (eights) are fighting for gold for both the men and the women.

On the tennis court, Germany’s Angelique Kerber faces Monica Puig, who is looking for Puerto Rico’s first gold in any Olympic sport.

Other medals will be awarded in fencing, track cycling, boxing, shooting, trampoline and weightlifting


6:35 a.m.

The last day of the Rio Olympics rowing competition could write another entry in the epic rivalry between Olympic singles champion Mahe Drysdale of New Zealand and world champion Ondrej Synek of the Czech Republic.

Either Drysdale or Synek has won gold at every world championship or Olympics since 2009.

Four gold medals are waiting to be won Saturday as the smallest sculls (singles) and the largest (eights) take to the water.

The U.S. women’s eight hope to extend their winning streak after dominating the qualifiers. Britain and Germany are the favorites in the men’s eight but could be challenged by the U.S. crew.


5:35 a.m.

Hope Solo sure has a way with words.

The U.S. goalie called the Swedish team “a bunch of cowards” after they beat the favored U.S. women’s soccer team 4-3 in a penalty shootout after a 1-1 draw Friday at the Rio Olympics.

Solo says “I think we showed a lot of heart. We came back from a goal down. I’m very proud of this team.” Then she added “I also think we played a bunch of cowards. The best team did not win today.”

Solo said the Swedes “didn’t want to pass the ball. They didn’t want to play great soccer.”

Sweden coach Pia Sundhage, who coached the U.S. team to Olympic gold medals in Beijing and London, quipped: “It’s OK to be a coward if you win.”

Later, Solo tweeted: “Losing sucks. I’m really bad at it.”

The U.S. women are heading home without an Olympic medal for the first time.


5:15 a.m.

A potential Latin American grudge match is on tap at the Rio Olympics as Brazil takes on Colombia in the men’s soccer quarterfinals.

The Brazilian men, booed by fans and squeaking by so far in the Olympic tournament, could get a chance to recapture their nation’s adoration in the match Saturday. There’s not too much warmth between the two sides since the 2014 World Cup, where Colombia’s Juan Camillo Zuniga kneed Brazilian star striker Neymar, fracturing his back.

In other men’s soccer matches, Portugal takes on Germany, Nigeria goes up against Denmark and Korea faces Honduras.

The Brazilian women, led by star Marta, are already in the Olympic quarterfinals after beating Australia on penalty kicks Friday night. Sweden also beat the U.S. women on penalty kicks, sending the favored U.S. team home without an Olympic medal for the first time.


4:50 a.m.

Four years ago at the London Olympics, a roar was heard across the stadium, across the capital and across the nation as three British athletes won gold within an hour of each other.

Long distance runner Mo Farah, heptathlete Jessica Ennis-Hill and long jumper Greg Rutherford are hoping to recreate that scenario Saturday in Rio.

The men’s 10,000 kicks off with Farrah the dominant athlete. He has not lost a major race since the 2011 worlds, but Ethiopia’s Yigrem Demelash is hoping to restore his nation’s ownership of the race.

In the men’s long jump finals, Rutherford, American Jarrion Lawson and Australia’s Fabrice Lapierre are the ones to watch.

Over halfway home in the 7-event heptathlon, Ennis-Hill is where she wants to be — on top. With a blistering 200 meters on Friday, the defending champion overtook early leader Nafissatou Thiam of Belgium to regain the momentum going into the final day of competition.


4:25 a.m.

It’s the final day of swimming at the Rio Olympics and four gold medals are up for grabs.

Saturday could be Michael Phelps’s last time in an Olympic competition. While the American team is not yet set, he could be swimming in the men’s 4×100 meter medley relay final. On Friday, he was upset in the 100 fly, taking the silver behind Joseph Schooling of Singapore.

Simone Manuel, who became the first African-American woman to win a gold medal when she set an American and Olympic record in the 100 free on Thursday, is in the women’s 50 free finals Saturday. She is also likely to compete in the women’s 4×100 medley relay.

Medals also will be awarded in the men’s 1500 meter freestyle but defending champion Sun Yang of China failed to qualify.


4:05 a.m.

At least seven sprinters are in the mix to be crowned the fastest woman in the world as the 100 meter final takes place at Rio’s Olympic Stadium.

Jamaican Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, the two-time defending Olympic champion, had the fastest time in qualifiers Friday night.

Others to watch include Elaine Thompson of Jamaica, Murielle Ahoure of the Ivory Coast, Dafne Schippers of the Netherlands and Americans English Gardner, Tianna Bartoletta and Tori Bowie.

The fastest man in the world — Usain Bolt, the two-time defending champion — also appears on the Rio track for the first time Saturday for preliminary heats.

The men’s 100 meter finals are on Sunday, and Bolt has told his parents he’s ready despite a sore hamstring. American Justin Gatlin is considered the best threat to stop him.


3:45 a.m.

‘For the first time since 1968’ — how cool does that sound?

Katie Ledecky capped off one of the greatest performances in Olympic history on Friday night, winning her fourth gold medal and posting her second world record, shattering her own mark in the 800-meter freestyle.

The 19-year-old American says “I just wanted to lay it all out there.”

Ledecky and Debbie Meyer are now the only female swimmers to sweep the three longest freestyle races. Meyer took the 200, 400 and 800 meter free at the Mexico City Olympics in 1968.

“I try not to think about the history much,” Ledecky said. “But joining Debbie in that history is incredible.”


3:15 a.m.

Russia’s Olympic team has complained to Rio organizers after flags hanging in its Olympic village accommodation were allegedly desecrated.

Synchronized swimmer Alexandra Patskevich told Russian newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda that flags hanging inside Russia’s building were “torn down and tied in knots” on the floor on two occasions.

Her comments sparked protests on Russian social media at what some suggested was a deliberate attempt to provoke Russia by people hostile to its team’s presence at the games following reports of wide-scale, state-sponsored doping in Russia.

The head of the Russian delegation, Igor Kazikov, says in video posted online that he is investigating and has raised the issue with the Rio organizing committee.

Kazikov says only one flag was involved and perhaps it was “the fault of a cleaner” rather than an anti-Russian conspiracy.


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