The Latest: Australian athletes fined

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

11:30 a.m.

The Australian Olympic team says nine of its athletes have been fined after being detained for falsifying games accreditations.

They were taken into custody after Olympic Park games officials suspected their accreditations had been tampered with to gain access to Australia’s basketball semifinal against Serbia.

The athletes were facing waiting a wait of at least three weeks before facing a court, but the team says an expedited hearing resulted in them being fined 10,000 reals ($3,100) each.

The team says “no criminal conviction would be recorded and any record of the proceeding would be expunged after two years.”

Chiller said the athletes were “not at fault” but said she couldn’t specify why.

The athletes are: Ashlee Ankudinoff (cycling), Melissa Hoskins (cycling), Ed Jenkins (rugby), Alec Potts (archery), Ryan Tyack (archery), Olympia Aldersey (rowing), Fiona Albert (rowing), Lucy Stephan (rowing), Simon Orchard (hockey).

Australia team leader Kitty Chiller said it’s a “traditional” practice for people to put a sticker on accreditation with another venue’s access code but it’s treated more seriously in Brazil.


11:25 a.m.

China’s Chen Long has won gold in men’s badminton.

The victory Saturday gives Malaysia’s Lee Chong Wei his third straight Olympic silver medal and signals Chen’s place as the game’s new power.

Lee, while old by badminton standards at 33, was world No. 1 and the favorite coming in.

But he faced massive pressure not to lose another gold medal, and was coming off a match a day earlier against China’s Lin Dan, the man who beat him in the last two Olympic finals, that felt more like a gold-medal contest than a semifinal.

Both Lee and Lin are considered by many to be the best players of their era, and maybe of all time.

Chen is now making his place at the top.

Chen led early in first game of the best-of-three match then trailed before capitalizing on repeated Lee errors at the net to pull ahead and take the first game 21-18. Chen then fought back from an early Lee lead in the second game to power by the Malaysian 21-18.

Viktor Axelsen of Denmark earlier beat Lin Dan for bronze.


11:20 a.m.

Before you start kicking someone, it’s nice to give them a present.

That’s what the Uzbekistan taekwondo team thinks, in any case. Just as his match was about to get under way on Saturday morning at the Rio Games, top-seeded Dimitry Shokin gave his Chinese competitor Sen Qiao a small Uzbekistani figurine. Qiao bowed in thanks and quickly handed the gift to his coach.

“Uzbekistani people are very friendly,” Shokin said, adding that he and his teammates give similar figurines to all their competitors, even though they’ve never gotten anything in return. “We want people to feel welcome and know that we appreciate them.”

Were it not for the souvenir, that may have been harder to discern.

In a dominating first-round fight, Shokin landed several solid kicks on Qiao, including a powerful back kick. Shokin won by a score of 15 to 8 and will next fight in the quarterfinals in the afternoon.


10.30 a.m.

Germany dominated the men’s kayak four to clinch the gold medal in the final event of the canoe sprint competition at the Rio Olympics.

Max Rendschmidt, Tom Liebscher, Max Hoff and Marcus Gross pulled away from the other boats in the second half of the 1,000 meter race and kept their lead until the finish line.

Slovakia edged the Czech Republic by a tenth of a second to get the silver.

It was Germany’s fourth gold in the canoe sprint races on the Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon.


9:55 a.m.

Danuta Kozak has become the most successful kayaker at the Rio Olympics by winning gold in three of the four women’s events.

Kozak completed her rout as Hungary won the women’s 1,000 meters kayak four Saturday ahead of Germany and Belarus.

The Hungarian paddler also won the 500 meters single and 500 meters double with Gabriella Szabo, who was also part of the four crew.

Kozak didn’t compete in the women’s 200 meter sprint, which was won by New Zealand’s Lisa Carrington.


9:40 a.m.

Canoeist Isaquias Queiroz has become the first Brazilian Olympian to win three medals at the same games.

Queiroz and Erlon de Souza had to settle for silver in the men’s 1,000 meters double after losing a sprint to Sebastian Brendel and Jan Vandrey of Germany.

Ukrainian paddlers Dmytro Ianchuk and Tarasa Mischchuk got the bronze.

Backed by a roaring home crowd, the Brazilians led the race until the final 250 meters where they were overtaken by Brendel and Vandrey.

Queiroz also won a silver and a bronze in the single events.


9:40 a.m.

When the Olympic title holder in the men’s 200 kayak sprint didn’t qualify for the Rio games another Briton stepped in. Liam Heath beat Maxime Beaumont of France in a furious sprint Saturday to keep the gold medal in British hands.

Saul Craviotto of Spain and Ronald Rauhe of Germany shared the bronze after finishing the race in the same time. Ed McKeever won the 200 meters gold for Britain in London 2012 but didn’t qualify for the Rio Olympics.

It was Heath’s second medal in Rio, after his silver in the men’s 200 meters double.


7:40 a.m.

American Gwen Jorgensen is the gold medal favorite in the women’s Olympic triathlon at Copacabana Beach on Saturday.

Jorgensen was an All-American track star at the University of Wisconsin, where she also was on the swim team. She was recruited to try triathlon seven years ago and is now the top woman in the sport.

She’s won back-to-back ITU world championships but cut back on her schedule this year so she could focus on the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

Her 2012 London Games didn’t go well as a flat tire on her bike relegated her to 38th place in Hyde Park.

The triathlon at the Rio Olympics consists of a one-loop ocean swim, a steep 24-mile bike ride and a 6.2-mile run.


6:40 a.m.

Women are looking for Olympic gold all over Rio de Janeiro on Saturday, not just in marquee track events.

The U.S. women face Spain in the basketball final, seeking an unprecedented sixth consecutive Olympic gold medal. Spain, meanwhile, is already assured of its first Olympic medal in women’s basketball.

Inbee Park takes a two-shot lead into the final round of women’s Olympic golf. Kiwi Lydia Ko, the No. 1 player in women’s golf, is on her heels after making her first hole-in-one Friday.

Serbian volleyball players face a young Chinese squad led by former U.S. coach Jenny Lang Ping in the women’s finals.

Mountain biking begins with the women’s medal race, and the deep field includes world champion Annika Langvad of Denmark, Switzerland’s Jolanda Neff and Canada’s Catherine Pendrel.

In the boxing ring, British flyweight Nicola Adams fights for her second straight gold medal against France’s Sarah Ourahmoune.


6:10 a.m.

The fierce hopes of 200 million Brazilians are resting squarely on the shoulders of favorite son Neymar.

The 24-year-old striker leads Brazil against Germany in the Olympic gold medal soccer match Saturday. Brazilians are hungering for redemption after a different German squad crushed Brazil 7-1 at a 2014 World Cup semifinal that Brazil was hosting. That loss has reverberated in the nation’s psyche.

As Brazil routed Honduras in the semifinals, the hometown crowd chanted that Germany’s “turn is coming up.” A victory would give Brazil the only trophy it hasn’t won in soccer.

Honduras plays Nigeria for the bronze.

In the women’s division, Germany beat Sweden 2-1 Friday to capture Olympic gold.


5:50 a.m.

The Australian athletes detained by police in Rio de Janeiro after a flap over credentials at an Olympic basketball game have been released and a team official says they will pay a fine.

Australian Olympic Committee secretary-general Fiona de Jong spoke briefly to media as the athletes left a courthouse near the Olympic venues before dawn Saturday. She says the athletes apologized to a Brazilian judge and prosecutor after accessing a venue without the right credentials. De Jong did not say how much the fine will be.

The Australia Associated Press had reported that 10 athletes were detained for allegedly altering their credentials to improve their seats Friday at the Australian men’s semifinal basketball game against Serbia.

Australia lost to Serbia 87-61 and will face Spain for the bronze.


5:20 a.m.

Seven track and field golds are up for grabs on Day 15 of the Rio Olympics.

Britain’s Mo Farah is looking to produce a rare double-double — his fourth career gold — when the men’s 5,000 meters kicks off Saturday. Farah won the 10,000 meters last week in Rio despite tumbling to the ground after being tripped, and won both those long-distance races at the 2012 London Olympics.

South Africa’s Caster Semenya is the favorite in the women’s 800 meters.

Both sexes battle for gold in the 4×400 relays. The American women made it look easy in their heat Friday night, winning by more than 3 seconds over second-place Ukraine, while Jamaica, the U.S. and Belgium had the top qualifying times on the men’s side.

Other medals are being awarded in the men’s javelin and the 1,500 meters and the women’s high jump.


4:35 a.m.

What are the Summer Olympics going to be like without Usain Bolt in the blocks?

No one is eager to find out.

The Jamaican superstar has won gold in every Olympic final he ran in, with the latest, No. 9, coming Friday night in the men’s 4×100 relay in Rio de Janeiro. He has brought talent, joy, humor and unmatched showmanship to a sport struggling with the black cloud of doping.

Bolt’s teammate, Asafa Powell, says “Usain has done so much … He’s just a great athlete. He’s a legend.”

U.S. sprinter Tyson Gay says “nine gold medals, words can’t even describe what he’s done for the sport.”

But Bolt, who turns 30 on Sunday, is adamant, saying “this is the last one, guys” after his team’s victory.


3:45 a.m.

The Australian Associated Press says 10 Australian athletes have been detained in Rio de Janeiro for allegedly altering their Olympic credentials to improve their seats at the Australian men’s semifinal basketball game against Serbia.

The athletes were taken to a police station near the Olympic venues and then next door to a small courthouse early Saturday morning. The APP quotes Australian Olympic Committee secretary-general Fiona de Jong as saying none of the athletes has been arrested.

The AAP said the athletes were allowed inside the venue but were not sitting in the right section.

Australian Olympic spokesman Mike Tancred tells NBC that the International Olympic Committee should handle the matter, not Brazilian police. NBC reports he did not say what the athletes did to alter their credentials, which are needed to access Olympic venues in Rio.

Australia lost to Serbia 87-61 on Friday. They will face Spain for the bronze.


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