RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL–The 2016 Summer Olympic Games kicked off officially Friday, August 5, with the opening ceremony in Rio. Here’s how the U.S. is fairing in the competitions.
The U.S. show jumping team of Lucy Davis and Barron, Kent Farrington and Voyeur, Beezie Madden and Cortes ‘C’, and McLain Ward and Azur won the silver medal in team competition this afternoon at the Deodoro Olympic Equestrian Center. The U.S. finished the two-round competition on five faults, behind France (3) and ahead of Germany (8).
The U.S. last medaled in team show jumping in 2008 (gold), with both Madden and Ward returning from that team.
With Madden having to withdraw from competition this morning due to an injury to her horse, the U.S. needed scores from all three riders. Ward led the U.S., as one of only five to jump clear on the day. Meanwhile, Farrington incurred just one time penalty on course, while Davis had a rail down for four faults.
Today’s competition also served as the third individual qualifier. All three U.S. entries advanced to Friday’s (Aug. 19) two-round individual final, in which scores are wiped clear. Farrington qualified in second place (1), while Ward was tied for seventh (4) and Davis was tied for 18th (8).
Evan Jager won the silver medal in the men’s 3,000-meter steeplechase Wednesday afternoon at Rio’s Olympic Stadium, giving the U.S. its first medal in the event since Brian Diemer’s bronze at the Los Angeles 1984 Olympic Games.
Jager ran a season-best 8:04.28 to finish one second behind Kenya’s Conseslus Kipruto, who set an Olympic record with his time of 8:03.28. Jager’s time also was under the old Olympic record of 8:05.51, which had stood since the Seoul 1988 Olympic Games.
Ezekiel Kemboi of Kenya won the bronze with a time of 8:08.47. Two other Americans finished in the top 10: Hillary Bor was eighth with a personal best time of 8:22.74, while Donald Cabral was ninth in 8:25.81.
Haley Augello lost her quarterfinal match in women’s 48 kg. wrestling Wednesdayafternoon, falling to three-time world champion Eri Tosaka of Japan 11-2 in Carioca Arena 2 of Barra’s Olympic Park.
Augello now waits to see if she will be drawn back into repechage for the opportunity to wrestle for a bronze medal later today.
Anita Alvarez and Mariya Koroleva placed ninth in synchronized swimming duets Tuesday afternoon at the Maria Lenk Aquatics Centre.
The Americans recorded a total score of 173.9945, more than 20 points behind the 194.9910 received by Russia’s Natalia Ishchenko and Svetlana Romashina, who claimed the gold medal. The silver went to China’s Huang Xuechen and Sun Wenyan, who scored 192.3688 points. Yukiko Inui and Risako Mitsui of Japan won the bronze medal with their total of 188.0547.
Devon Allen took fifth and Ronnie Ash finished eighth in the men’s 110-meter high hurdles Tuesday evening at Rio’s Olympic Stadium.
Ash was in contention for a bronze medal until he struck the last hurdle, knocking him off balance. He ended up tumbling across the finish line with a time of 13.45 seconds.
Allen had a time of 13.31 seconds, which was 0.26 seconds behind Jamaica’s Omar McLeod, who won the gold medal in 13.05 seconds. Orlando Ortega of Spain took silver in 13.17, while Dimitri Bascou of France won the bronze medal with his time of 13.24 seconds.
Brittney Reese and Tianna Bartoletta have advanced to the final in women’s long jump after qualifying competition Tuesday evening at Rio’s Olympic Stadium.
Reese had the third-best leap of the evening with an effort of 6.78 meters, while Bartoletta’s 6.70-meter jump was fifth best among the field of 12 that advanced to the final, scheduled for 9:15 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 17.
The evening’s top effort belonged to Serbia’s Ivana Spanovic, who posted a jump of 6.87 meters, while Germany’s Malaika Mihambo was second at 6.82 meters.
Jenny Simpson won the bronze medal and Shannon Rowbury placed fourth in the women’s 1,500-meter run Tuesday evening at Rio’s Olympic Stadium
Simpson surged in the final 200 meters to finish with a time of 4:10.53, 1.61 seconds behind Kenya’s Faith Kipyegon, who won with a time of 4:08.92. Ethiopia’s world record-holder Genzebe Dibaba claimed the silver medal in 4:10.27. Rowbury crossed the line in 4:11.05.
Tori Bowie and Deajah Stevens have advanced to the final round of the women’s 200-meter dash during semifinal competition Tuesday evening at Rio’s Olympic Stadium.
Bowie won her semifinal heat with a time of 22.13 seconds, which was second only to the 21.96 by Dafne Schippers of the Netherlands. Stevens’ time of 22.38 seconds qualified her to the final as the fastest third-place finisher.
Jenna Prandini ran a time of 22.55 seconds, missing advancement by 0.06 seconds.
The women’s 200-meter final will be held at 10:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 17.
Erik Kynard finished sixth in men’s high jump competition at Rio’s Olympic Stadium Tuesday evening.
Kynard successfully cleared 2.33 meters on his third try, then missed on three attempts at 2.36 meters.
The gold medal went to Canada’s Derek Drouin, who cleared a season-best 2.38 meters. The silver medal went to Mutaz Essa Barshim of Qatar, who was successful at 2.36 meters. Bohdan Bondarenko of Ukraine won bronze by clearing 2.33 meters on his first attempt.
Kerron Clement ran a season-best time of 48.26 seconds to lead the field into the final of the men’s 400-meter hurdles Tuesday evening at Rio’s Olympic Stadium.
Clement won the first of three semifinals and posted the fastest time of the evening to become the lone American to on to the final. Byron Robinson was third in his heat, but his time of 48.65 seconds was 0.01 seconds shy of advancing.
The men’s 400-meter final is scheduled for noon Thursday, Aug. 18.
Dalilah Muhammad and Ashley Spencer have advanced to the final in the women’s 400-meter hurdles during semifinal racing Tuesday evening at Rio’s Olympic Stadium.
Both won their heats to qualify directly to the final. Muhammad had the fastest time in the field, 53.89 seconds, while Spencer posted a time of 54.87, which was fifth among the eight qualifiers.
Sydney McLaughlin placed fifth in her semi with a time of 56.22 and did not advance.
The women’s 400-meter hurdles final will be run at 10:15 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 18.
Devon Allen and Ronnie Ash advanced to the final in the men’s 110-meter high hurdles during semifinal competition Tuesday evening at Rio’s Olympic Stadium.
Ash advanced directly by taking second in his semi with a time of 13.36 seconds. Allen also ran 13.36, but advanced by virtue of his time after placing third in his heat.
Jeff Porter placed third in his heat with a time of 13.45 seconds, but failed to advance to the final, which will be held at 10:45 p.m.
A dominant fourth quarter gave the U.S. women’s basketball team a 110-64 victory over Japan Tuesday evening at Carioca Arena 1 in Barra’s Olympic Park.
The win pushes the undefeated Americans into the semifinal round, where they await the winner of the France-Canada game later Tuesday evening.
Despite the 46-point winning margin, the game was close into the third quarter, when Sanae Motokawa scored in the paint to cut the U.S. lead to 56-50 with 8:25left in the period. The Americans then went on a 25-9 run to end the quarter, but the fourth quarter saw the U.S. outscore its opponents 29-5 for the final margin while allowing Japan only 2-21 from the field.
The United States hit 47 of its 72 field goal attempts, good for 65 percent, while holding Japan to only 24 basket in 71 tries, a 34 percent success rate. Seven Americans scored in double figures, led by Maya Moore and Diana Taurasi, who shared game-high honors with 19 points apiece. Angel McCoughtry contributed 13, Elena Delle Donne had 11 and Lindsay Whalen, Seimone Augustus and Sylvia Fowles each had 10.
Brittney Griner had three blocks and a game-high seven rebounds as the U.S. out-boarded Japan 50-26.
Kristian Ipsen finished fifth and Michael Hixon was 10th in Tuesday evening’s final round of diving in men’s 3-meter springboard competition at the Maria Lenk Aquatics Centre.
Ipsen received a total score of 475.80, 71.80 points behind the gold medal total of 547.60 by China’s Cao Yuan. Jack Laugher of Great Britain received the silver medal with a score of 523.85, while Germany’s Patrick Hausding won the bronze with a 498.90. Hixon received a score of 431.65.
Sarah Hammer won her second silver medal in as many Olympic Games when she finished second in the women’s omnium race during cycling competition at the Rio Olympic Velodrome on Barra’s Olympic Park.
Hammer finished the six-race event with a total of 206 points, 24 behind the 230 points of gold medalist Laura Trott of Great Britain, who repeats as Olympic champion. Belgium’s Jolien D’Hoore won the bronze medal with 199 points.
Christian Taylor and Will Claye combined to give the United States the top two steps of the podium in men’s triple jump competition Tuesday morning at Rio’s Olympic Stadium.
Taylor posted a season best 17.86 meters on his first jump to hold the lead throughout the event and take the gold medal. Claye’s 17.76 meters, also on his first attempt, was a personal best which stood up to claim silver. China’s Dong Bin won bronze with 17.58-meter effort.
Jordan Wilimovsky placed fifth in men’s marathon swimming, held Tuesday morning in the waters off Fort Copacabana.
Wilimovsky completed the course with a time of 1:53:03.2, 3.4 seconds behind Ferry Weertman of the Netherlands, who crossed the line in 1:52:59.8. A photo finish gave silver to Spiros Gianniotis of Greece, who posted the same time as Weertman. France’s Marc-Antoine Olivier won the bronze in a photo finish that put Zu Lijun of China in fourth place, both with a time of 1:52:02.0.
Sam Kendricks won the bronze medal in men’s pole vault Monday evening at Rio’s Olympic Stadium.
He successfully cleared a height of 5.85 meters, but missed all three of his attempts at 5.93 meters. Thiago Braz da Silva of Brazil won the gold medal by clearing an Olympic record 6.03 meters, breaking the mark set by Renaud Lavillenie of France at the London 2012 Olympic Games. Lavillenie claimed the silver medal by clearing 5.98 meters.
Allyson Felix won the silver medal in the women’s 400-meter dash Monday evening at Rio’s Olympic Stadium.
Her time of 49.51, her best this season, was 0.07 seconds behind Shaunae Miller of the Bahamas, who fell across the finish line to record a personal best time of 49.44 seconds. Shericka Jackson of Jamaica won the bronze medal in 49.85 seconds.
Natasha Hastings took fourth for the U.S. in 50.34 seconds, while Phyllis Francis was fifth in 50.41 seconds.
Clayton Murphy won the bronze medal in the men’s 800-meter run Monday evening at Rio’s Olympic Stadium.
Murphy used a strong kick to pass several opponents and finish with a personal best of 1:42.93, 0.32 seconds behind Taoufik Makhloufi of Algeria, who claimed the silver medal with a time of 1:42.61. David Lekuta Rudisha of Kenya won the gold medal in 1:42.15.
Boris Berian finished eighth for the United States with a time of 1:46.15.
Phil Dalhausser and Nick Lucena fell to Alison Cerutti and Bruno Oscar Schmidt 2-1 (21-14, 12-21, 15-9) in quarterfinal round play Mondayafternoon at the Beach Volleyball Arena on Copacabana Beach.
Mikaela Mayer lost her women’s 60 kg. quarterfinal round bout to Russia’s Anastasiia Beliakova 2-0 Monday afternoon at the Riocentro Pavilion 6 in Barra’s Olympic Park. The loss eliminates Mayer from the Rio Olympic tournament.
Kristian Ipsen and Michael Hixon have advanced to the semifinal round of men’s 3-meter springboard diving after preliminary competition Mondayafternoon at the Maria Lenk Aquatics Centre.
Ipsen received a score of 461.35, good for third place among the 18 divers moving through to the semifinals. Hixon was 10th with a 421.60. Leading the field was China’s Cao Yuan, who scored 498.70. Rommel Pacheco of Mexico was second with a 488.25.
Semifinal competition begins at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 16, followed later that day by the final round at 6 p.m.
Laura Graves placed fourth in individual dressage Grand Prix freestyle competition Monday afternoon at the Olympic Equestrian Centre.
Graves and Verdades received a score of 85.196, which was 1.946 away from a podium finish. The gold medal went to Great Britain’s Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro, who scored 93.857, followed by the 89.071 of Germany’s Isabell Werth and Weihegold Old. Werth’s teammate Kristina Broring-Sprehe and Desperados FRH won bronze with a score of 87.142.
Steffen Peters and Legolas 92 finished 12th with a score of 79.393, while Allison Brock and Rosevelt placed 15th with a 76.160.
Laurie Hernandez earned the silver medal and Simone Biles won bronze in the individual event final for balance beam Monday afternoon at Rio Olympic Arena.
Hernandez received a score of 15.333 for her performance, while Biles was awarded a 14.733. Sanne Wevers of the Netherlands took the gold medal with a score of 15.466.
The silver and bronze by the United States marks the second time U.S. gymnasts have won multiple medals in the event. The first was when Shawn Johnson won gold and Nastia Liukin took silver at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.
The U.S. women’s water polo team secured a semifinal berth with a 13-3 victory over Brazil Monday afternoon at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium.
The U.S. went on top just 75 seconds into the match with the first of 13 unanswered goals during the first three quarters. Brazil scored three times in the last six minutes for the final tally.
Maggie Steffens, Kiley Neushul, Kaleigh Gilchrist and Makenzie Fischer each scored twice for the U.S., which remained undefeated in the Rio tournament, outscoring its opponents 47-17 in four games. Next up is the winner of the Australia-Hungary game in a semifinal match scheduled forWednesday, Aug. 17.
The U.S. women’s field hockey team fell to Germany 2-1 in the quarterfinal round Monday afternoon at the Olympic Hockey Centre.
Germany jumped out to the lead in the 8th minute on a Marie Mavers goal, then doubled the advantage when Lisa Altenburg found the net in the 14th minute. The U.S. pulled a goal back in the 57th minute on a Katelyn Falgowski score, but time ran out before the Americans could find the equalizer.
Anita Alvarez and Mariya Koroleva are dancing their way to the finals. The duo finished with a total score 172.8945 to qualify for ninth in duets technical routine.
The team’s biggest point totals came from the impression and elements portion of the competition. They scored 26.00 on impression and 34.2612 on elements.
The men’s volleyball team continued to roll on in group play. The team defeated Mexico in straight sets 3-0 and outscored them 75-53. It is their third consecutive win after starting 0-2.
Taylor Sander led the way with 12 points won and eight spikes. Defensively, Sander also had three digs as well.
Also, U.S. team captain David Lee and Maxwell Holt scored 11 points apiece. The duo helped lead the way as the team improved to 3-2 overall. The U.S. is three points behind Italy in Group A play.
The team now awaits seeding for the knockout round of play.
Antonio Vargas loss on a unanimous decision (3-0) to Uzbekistan’s Shakhobidin Zoirov in the men’s flyweight division.
Vargas was effective and won the third round on two scorecards. However, it wasn’t enough as he lost 29-28, 29-28, and 30-27 according to the judges.
Shakhobidin moves on to the quarterfinal round of the men’s flyweight division tournament.
Byron Robinson and Kerron Clement jumped over the competition on their way to the men’s 400m hurdles semifinals.
Robinson finished with a time of 48.98 seconds and Clement qualified at 49.17 seconds. The times were 12th and 16th respectively in the combined heats.
Fellow U.S. Olympian Michael Tinsley didn’t qualify. He finished 36th with a time of 50.18 seconds.
Amber Campbell and Deanna Price finished 6th and 8th respectively in the women’s hammer throw final on Monday afternoon.
Campbell’s best throw was 72.74 meters on her fifth attempt. She followed that up by hitting on all of her six throws. Price best throw was 70.95 meters.
Poland’s Anita Wlodarczyk broke the world record with a throw of 82.29 meters. She held the previous record of 81.08m since 2015.
Robby Smith scored two points in the first round of his men’s greco-roman 130 kg match against Azerbaijan’s Sabah Shariati. However, he lost 8-2 on a technical points decision Monday afternoon.
Smith, who is competing in his first Olympics, is out of the competition. He was fifth in the men’s greco-roman 130 kg world championships in 2015.
Sarah Hammer and Bobby Lea hit the road in their individual track cycling events on Monday morning.
Hammer finished fourth in the women’s omnium scratch race 1/6. She has 34 points in the event so far and trails the leaders by six points.
Lea finished 14th in the men’s omnium 4/6 time trial after finishing with a time of 1:05.339 in the heat. His average speed was 55.097 km/h. He has 68 points and is 42 points behind the leader.
Hillary Bor, Evan Jager, and Donald Cabral are going to the men’s steeplechase 3000m final round.
Each qualified with a top-time in their individual heats. Bor finished with a time of 8:25.01 and Jager finished with a time of 8:25.86.
Cabral had the fastest time from the U.S. contingent with a time of 8:21.96. That time ranked third among all competitors.
The trio will run in the finals on August 17th.
Emma Coburn is going home with a piece of history. She won the bronze medal in the women’s 3000m steeplechase and set the American record with a time of 9:07.63. The record was previously set by Coburn in early May.
This is her first Olympic medal after finishing eighth at the 2012 London Olympics. It is also the first U.S. medal in the women’s 3000m steeplechase event.
Coburn’s teammates were also successful in the event. Colleen Quigley finished eighth with a personal-best time of 9:21.10 and Courtney Frerichs finished 11th.
Haley Anderson finished fifth in the women’s 10km marathon swimming at the Rio 2016 Olympics. She swam a time of 1:57:20 in the final round. Her time was just 48.1 seconds behind the eventual winner Sharon van Rouwendaal.
This was Anderson’s second time in the event. She won a silver medal at the London 2012 Olympics.
Christian Taylor and Will Claye are heading to the men’s triple jump final. Both qualified top-three times and Taylor led all jumpers with a 17.24m mark.
Claye saved the best for last with his qualifying 17.05m jump coming on his final attempt. He is looking to improve on a second-place finish at the London 2012 Games.
The duo will compete in the men’s triple jump final on August 16. Taylor is the reigning gold medalist and is looking to break the world-record of 18.29m set by Jonathan Edwards in 1995.
Team USA reaches 1,000 gold medals. Here’s how it happened.
The U.S. women’s 4×100-meter medley relay team of Kathleen Baker, Lilly King, Simone Manuel and Dana Vollmer today made history by securing the 1,000th gold medal for Team USA at the Olympic Games in summer competition. The milestone highlights Team USA’s sustained competitive excellence, dating back to the first modern Olympic Games in 1896.
On the final night of pool swimming in Rio, the U.S. won the race in a time of 3:53.13, ahead of Australia (3:55.00) and Denmark (3:55.01).
The first U.S. gold medal was won by triple jumper James Connolly on April 6, 1896.
“One thousand gold medals is a remarkable achievement made possible by the culture of sport that is the fabric and foundation of Team USA,” said USOC CEO Scott Blackmun. “It is a testament first and foremost to our athletes, but it also reveals the impact of the support provided by our National Governing Bodies, our sponsors and donors, and American fans. This is an accomplishment we celebrate together.”
Several USOC sponsors will generously donate gifts to the swimmers in recognition of the milestone. The gifts will have a theme of 1,000 to highlight the longevity of Team USA’s success.
Team USA entered the Rio Olympics with 977 gold medals in summer competition, and the relay team’s podium-topping performance marked the 23rd of the Games for the Americans.
Of the 1,000 gold medals, more than half (569) have come from track and field (323), and swimming (246). The 23 U.S. gold medals thus far in Rio were won in swimming (15), gymnastics (2), track and field (2), cycling (1), judo (1), rowing (1), and shooting (1).
The former Soviet Union is second on the all-time list with 395 gold medals, while Great Britain is second among active countries with 245.
Jesse Thielke and Andy Bisek won their opening matches as Greco-Roman wrestling competition began Sunday morning at Carioca Arena 2 in Barra’s Olympic Park.
Thielke scored a 4-0 win over El Mahadi Messaoudi of Morocco in the 59 kg. division and will face Rovshan Bayramov of Azerbaijan in the quarterfinals.
Bisek scored a 3-0 decision on points over Yurisandy Hernandez Rios of Cuba to move into the 75 kg. quarterfinals, where he will face Croatia’s Bozo Starcevic.
Phil Dalhausser and Nick Lucena have advanced to the quarterfinal round in men’s beach volleyball with a 2-0 (21-14, 21-15) victory over Austria’s Robin Seidl and Alexander HuberSaturday night at the Beach Volleyball Arena on Copacabana Beach.
The Americans will face Brazil’s Alison Cerutti and Bruno Oscar Schmidt in quarterfinal play on Monday, Aug. 15.
Ryan Murphy, Cody Miller, Michael Phelps and Nathan Adrian won the gold medal in the men’s 4×100 medley Saturday evening at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium in Barra’s Olympic Park.
The Americans set an Olympic record with their time of 3:27.95, breaking the old mark of 3:29.34 set by the U.S. at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.
Great Britain took the silver medal with a time of 3:29.24, while Australia won the bronze medal in 3:29.93.
Clayton Murphy and Boris Berian have advanced to the final in the men’s 800-meter run after semifinal competition Saturday evening at Rio’s Olympic Park.
Murphy finished second in his semifinal heat with a time of 1:44.30, the fourth-fastest qualifying time. Berian’s 1:44.56 was second-fastest in his heat and tied for sixth fastest overall.
The men’s 800-meter final is scheduled to start at 10:25 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 15.
Tori Bowie claimed the silver medal in the women’s 100-meter dash Saturday evening at Rio’s Olympic Stadium.
Bowie crossed the finish line in 10.83 seconds, 0.12 second behind Jamaica’s Elaine Thompson, who posted a time of 10.71 seconds. Her teammate, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, won the bronze medal with a season-best 10.86 seconds.
English Gardner finished seventh for the United States, running a 10.94.
Connor Jaeger claimed the silver medal in the men’s 1,500-meter freestyle Saturday evening at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium in Barra’s Olympic Park.
Jaeger finished with a time of 14:39.48, 4.91 seconds behind the winning time of 14:34.57 by Italy’s Gregorio Paltrinieri. His teammate, Gabriele Detti, won the bronze in 14:40.86.
Jordan Wilimovsky placed fourth for the United States with a time of 14:45.03.
Jeff Henderson sailed 8.38 meters to win the men’s long jump gold medal at Rio’s Olympic Stadium Saturday evening.
Henderson had led early, only to see South Africa’s Luvo Manyonga go past him in the fifth round of jumping. Manyonga’s 8.37 meters was good for the silver medal. Great Britain’s Greg Rutherford won the bronze with a final jump of 8.29 meters.
Henderson’s gold medal is the 999th gold won by the United States in the summer Olympic Games.
Jarrion Lawson placed fourth for the United States with an effort of 8.25 meters.
Simone Manuel won the silver medal in the women’s 50-meter freestyle Saturday evening in the Olympic Aquatics Stadium in Barra’s Olympic Park.
Manuel posted a time of 24.09 seconds, 0.02 seconds behind the winning time of 24.07 seconds from Denmark’s Pernille Blume. Aliaksandra Herasimenia of Belarus won the bronze medal in 24.11 seconds.
Galen Rupp finished fifth in the men’s 10,000-meter run Saturday evening at Rio’s Olympic Stadium. His season-best time of 27:08.92 was 3.75 seconds behind Great Britain’s Mo Farah, who repeated as Olympic champion with a time of 27:05.17.
The silver medal went to Kenya’s Paul Kipngetich Tanui with a time of 27:05.64, while Ethiopia’s Tamirat Tola won the bronze medal in 27:06.26.
Kendrick Farris finished 11th in the men’s 94 kg. division in weightlifting competition at Riocentro Pavilion 2 Saturday evening.
Farris lifted 160 kg. in the snatch and 197 kg. in the clean and jerk, giving him a total of 357 kg. The gold medal went to Iran’s Sohrab Moradi, who lifted 403 kg. Vadzim Straltsou of Belaurs took the silver with 395 kg., while Aurimas Didzbalis of Lithuania won the bronze, lifting a total of 392 kg.
Track and Field
Two Americans have advanced to the final in the women’s 100-meter dash during semifinals Saturday evening at Rio’s Olympic Stadium.
Tori Bowie won her semifinal heat in a time of 10.90 seconds, outleaning Michelle-Lee Ahye of Trinidad and Tobago at the tape, while English Gardner was second to Elaine Thompson of Jamaica. Thompson’s time of 10,88 seconds matched teammate Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce for the fastest qualifying time.
Tianna Bartoletta ran a time of 11.00 seconds, which missed qualifying for the final by 0.04 seconds.
Track and Field
Lashawn Merritt has qualified for the final in the men’s 400-meter dash during competitionSaturday evening at Rio’s Olympic Stadium.
Merritt finished second in his semifinal heat with a time of 44.21 seconds, 0.19 seconds behind Kirani James of Grenada.
David Verburg finished fifth in the second semifinal heat with a time of 45.61 seconds, while Gil Roberts was fourth in the third heat at 44.65 seconds. Neither advanced to the final.
The gold medal match in tennis mixed doubles will be an all American affair as two U.S. teams will face each other to determine which will take home gold.
The team of Venus Williams and Rajeev Ram defeated India’s Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna, the tournament’s No. 4 seed, 2-6, 6-2 (10-3), to earn the first berth in the final. They were joined by Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Jack Sock, who scored a 6-4, 7-6 win over Lucie Hradecka and Radek Stepanek of the Czech Republic.
A United States sweep of mixed doubles gold and silver is not unprecedented at the Olympic Games: It occurred at the Paris 1924 Olympic Games, when Hazel Wightman and Dick Williams defeated Marion Jessup and Vinnie Richards.
If Williams and Ram come out on top, Williams will become the tennis player to win Olympic gold in singles, doubles and mixed doubles.
The U.S. women’s field hockey team suffered its first defeat of the Rio 2016 Olympic tournament, falling to Great Britain 2-1 Saturday evening at the Olympic Hockey Centre.
Battling for the top seed out of Pool B, the two teams played a scoreless match until the 39th minute, when Michelle Vittese put the U.S. up 1-0. That score held until the 53rd minute, when Sophie Bray drew her team level on a penalty corner goal. Alex Danson capped the Great Britain comeback with a goal three minutes later for the final 2-1 margin.
The U.S. moves into the knockout stage, which opens Monday morning.
The U.S. men’s volleyball team won a critical match Saturday evening, defeating France 3-1 (25-22, 25-22, 14-25, 25-22) at Maracanazinho to even their record at 2-2.
Only one match remains in group play for the U.S. team, an encounter with Mexico, which is winless in its three games entering a match with Canada later Saturday evening. The U.S.-Mexico contest is set for 11:35 a.m. Monday.
Abby Johnston tied for fifth in the semifinal round of the women’s 3-meter springboard diving competition Saturday afternoon at the Maria Lenk Aquatics Centre, earning a spot inSunday’s final round.
Johnston had a total score of 324.75, which was 60.25 points behind China’s Shi Tingmao, who led the semifinal field with 385.00 points. Teammate He Zi was second with 364.05, while Canada’s Jennifer Abel was third with 343.45 points.
Kassidy Cook placed 13th with a total score of 304.35, earning designation as the first replacement diver should one of the 12 qualified athletes withdraw from the final, which is scheduled for 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 14.
The U.S. women’s saber squad of Monica Aksamit, Ibtihaj Muhammad, Dagmara Wozniak and Mariel Zagunis won the bronze medal in the team event, defeating Italy 45-30 Saturdayevening at Carioca Arena 3 in Barra’s Olympic Park.
Zagunis was a member of the Beijing 2008 team that also won bronze in the only other time the team event was included on the Olympic program.
The United States entry of Sarah Hammer, Kelly Catlin, Chloe Dygert and Jennifer Valente earned the silver medal in women’s cycling team pursuit Saturday evening at the Rio Olympic Velodrome.
Matched against Great Britain in the final, the U.S. quartet posted a time of 4:12.454 while Great Britain finished in a world record time of 4:10.236, breaking the record it had set in qualifying earlier in the day.
Canada won the bronze medal with a time of 4:14.627, nearly four seconds ahead of New Zealand. All three nations won the same medal at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
The United States women will face Italy for the bronze medal in team saber after falling to Russia, 45-42, in Saturday’s semifinal round at Carioca Arena 3 in Barra’s Olympic Park.
The threesome of Ibtihaj Muhammad, Dagmara Wozniak and Mariel Zagunis meets Italy at 5 p.m. Saturday for the bronze medal. The U.S. won bronze at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, the only other time the women’s team event was included on the Olympic program.
The U.S. men’s rowing eight placed fourth as rowing competition concluded on Lagoa Stadium’s waters Saturday morning.
The team of Sam Ojserkis, Austin Hack, Rob Munn, Mike Di Santo, Steve Kasprzyk, Glenn Ochal, Alex Karwoski, Hans Struzyna and Sam Dommer finished in 5:34.23, 4.60 behind the winning time of 5:29.63 by Great Britain. Germany claimed the silver medal in 5:30.96, while the Netherlands won the bronze with a time of 5:31.59.
The United States women’s eight extended its dominance in Olympic rowing by taking its third consecutive gold medal Saturday morning at Lagoa Stadium.
The team of Katelin Snyder, Amanda Elmore, Eleanor Logan, Meghan Musnicki, Tessa Gobbo, Lauren Schmetterling, Amanda Polk, Kerry Simmonds and Emily Regan covered the course in 6:01.49 for a winning margin of 2.49 seconds over Great Britain, which claimed the silver with a time of 6:03.98. Romania won the bronze medal in 6:04.10.
The win is the 11th consecutive title by the U.S. women’s eight in either the Olympic Games or world championship competition. It gives the United States its 998th all-time Olympic gold medal.
Gevvie Stone won the silver medal in women’s single sculls Saturday morning at Lagoa Stadium.
Stone finished with a time of 7:22.92, 1.38 seconds behind Australia’s Kimberly Brennan, who crossed the line in 7:21.54. China’s Duan Jingli won the bronze medal in 7:24.13.
Stone, who finished seventh four years ago in London, gives the United States its fifth medal in women’s single sculls, all of which have been silver. The most recent had been the silver won by Michelle Guerette at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.
Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross advanced to the quarterfinals of the Rio 2016 Olympic beach volleyball tournament by defeating Italy’s Marta Menegatti and Laura Giombini 2-0 (21-10, 21-16) Friday night at the Beach Volleyball Stadium on Copacabana Beach.
Their quarterfinal opponent on Sunday, Aug. 14, will be the winner of the match between Poland’s Kinga Kolosinska and Monika Brzostek and Australia’s Taliqua Clancy and Louise Bawden.
Michelle Carter gave the United States its first-ever gold medal in women’s shot put, surpassing the field on her final throw Friday evening at Rio’s Olympic Stadium.
A three-time Olympian, Carter set an American record with her throw of 20.63 meters, going 0.21 meters farther than New Zealand’s Valerie Adams, who claimed the silver medal with a throw of 20.42 meters. Hungary’s Anita Marton won the bronze medal with an effort of 19.87 meters.
Raven Saunders placed fifth for the United States, throwing a personal best 19.35 meters.
Carter’s medal is only the second won by an American in women’s shot put. The other, a bronze medal, was won by Earlene Brown at the Rome 1960 Olympic Games. Carter’s father, Mike, won the silver medal in shot put at the Los Angeles 1984 Olympic Games.
Anthony Ervin won the men’s 50-meter freestyle gold medal and Nathan Adrian won the bronze Friday evening at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium in Barra’s Olympic Park.
Ervin raced the length of the pool in 21.40 seconds, edging France’s Florent Manaudou by 0.01 seconds. Adrian touched in 21.49 seconds.
It marks the second Olympic gold medal the 35-year-old Ervin has won in the event after sharing the gold with Gary Hall Jr. at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. His time Friday was 0.58 seconds faster than the 21.98 he rec
Katie Ledecky shattered her own world record in the women’s 800 meter Friday evening at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium, taking the gold medal in a time of 8:04.79, 1.89 seconds faster than the world mark she set in January.
Ledecky took more than 8 seconds off the Olympic record she set during qualifying while leaving the field literally in her wake. Jazz Carlin of Great Britain claimed the silver with a time of 8:16.17, 11.38 seconds behind Ledecky. Boglarka Kapas won the bronze with a time of 8:16.37.
Leah Smith finished sixth for the United States with a time of 8:20.95.
Michael Phelps was one of three swimmers who tied for the silver medal in the men’s 100-meter butterfly at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium Friday evening.
Joseph Schooling of Singapore won the gold medal with an Olympic record time of 50.39 seconds. Three-quarters of a second later, Phelps touched the wall at the same moment as South Africa’s Chad le Clos and Hungary’s Laszlo Cseh, all three recording a time of 51.14 seconds.
Tom Shields finished seventh for the U.S. with a time of 51.73 seconds.
Track and Field
Molly Huddle rewrote the American record in the women’s 10,000 meter run Friday as track and field competition opened at the Olympic Stadium.
Huddle crossed the finish line in 30:13.17, good for sixth place, while American teammate Emily Infeld finished 11th with a time of 31:26.94.
The gold medal went to Almaz Ayana of Ethiopia in a world record time of 29:17.45. Vivian Jepkemoi Cheruiyot of Kenya claimed the silver in 29:32.53, while Kenya’s Tirunesh Dibaba won bronze in 29:42.56.
Maya DiRado won the gold medal in the women’s 200-meter backstroke Friday evening at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium in Barra’s Olympic Park.
DiRado took the lead in the last 50 meters to touch the wall in 2:05.99, edging Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu by 0.06 seconds. Hosszu’s time of 2:06.05 was 1.49 seconds faster than the 2:07.54 by Canada’s Hilary Caldwell, who won the bronze medal.
Iris Wang remains undefeated in women’s badminton competition, defeating Portugal’s Telma Santos 2-1 (21-18, 21-10, 21-12) Friday evening at Riocentro Pavilion 4.
Wang now gets a day off before concluding group play against China’s Li Xuerui, a match scheduled to begin at 3:55 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 14.
All other U.S. badminton matches Friday resulted in straight set losses for the Americans. Howard Shu fell to Indonesia’s Tommy Sugiarto in men’s singles, Phillip Chew and Sattawat Pongnairat were defeated by Malaysia’s V Shem Goh and Wee Kiong Tan in men’s doubles, Eva Lee and Paula Lynn Obanana lost to Denmark’s Christinna Pedersen and Kamilla Rytter Juhl in women’s doubles and the mixed doubles team of Chew and Jamie Subandhi fell to Japan’s Kenta Kazuno and Ayane Kurihara.
Free throws were the difference in the game as the United States men’s basketball team outlasted Serbia 94-91 to remain undefeated Friday night at Carioca Arena 1 in Barra’s Olympic Park.
The Americans converted 33 of 42 free throw attempts while Serbia converted 19 of their 25 trips to the line.
Kyrie Irving led the U.S. with 15 points as six Americans scored in double figures. DeAndre Jordan had 13 points; Kevin Durant, Paul George and Carmelo Anthony scored 12 and Demar Derozan had 11. George also had a game-high 9 rebounds for the U.S. as the Americans won the rebounding battle 33-31.
Seated atop Group B with a 4-0 record, the United States will close preliminary play against France at 2:15 p.m. Sunday afternoon. France was 2-1 entering its game against Venezuela Friday night.
Steve Johnson and Jack Sock have won the men’s tennis doubles bronze medal, defeating Daniel Nestor and Vasek Pospisil of Canada 6-2 6-4 Friday evening at the Olympic Tennis Centre.
The United States now has won a men’s doubles medal in each of the last three Olympic Games after Bob and Mike Bryan won bronze at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games and followed that with gold in London four years later.
Brady Ellison won the bronze medal in men’s archery Friday evening, defeating Sjef van den Berg of the Netherlands by a 6-2 score in the bronze medal match.
Earlier in the day, Ellison had narrowly missed advancing to the gold medal match when he fell in a one-arrow tiebreaker shoot out to Ku Bonchan of Korea. Ku went on to win the gold medal, defeating France’s Jean-Charles Valladont in the final by a 7-3 score.
Ellison’s bronze is the first individual men’s archery medal for the United States since Vic Wunderle won silver at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.
Madison Keys will play for the bronze medal in women’s singles tennis after falling to Germany’s Angelique Kerber 6-3, 7-5 in the semifinal round Friday evening at the Olympic Tennis Centre in Barra’s Olympic Park.
Keys will face Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic in the bronze medal match, which is scheduled for noon on Saturday, Aug. 13.
Mikaela Mayer opened her Rio 2016 Olympic tournament with a 3-0 decision over Micronesia’s Jennifer Chieng in women’s boxing competition Friday afternoon at Riocentro Pavilion 6.
Mayer advances to the quarterfinal round, where she will face Russia’s Anastasiia Beliakova, the tournament’s No. 3 seed, at 5 p.m. Monday, Aug. 15.
The U.S. women’s basketball team continued its roll through Group B and extended its Olympic winning streak to 45 games with an 81-51 victory over Canada Friday afternoon at Youth Arena.
Diana Taurasi and Maya Moore paced the Americans with 12 points apiece, while Tina Charles added 10. Moore had a team-high 8 rebounds as the U.S. won the rebounding battle 43-25. The American defense held Canada to 33 percent (19-58) shooting from the field while making 53 percent (31-59) of their shots.
The U.S. now has a 4-0 record heading into the final game of preliminary play, a meeting with China at 12:15 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 14.
The U.S. men’s foil fencing squad of Alex Massialas, Gerek Meinhardt, Miles Chamley-Watson and Race Imboden won the bronze medal in the team event, defeating Italy 45-31 Friday evening at Carioca Arena 3.
The medal is the first for the United States in the event since it won bronze at the Los Angeles 1932 Olympic Games. The U.S. has won two other medals in the event, a silver at the St. Louis 1904 Olympic Games and a bronze in Stockholm in 1920.
Jenny Arthur placed sixth in women’s weightlifting’s 75 kg. division in Friday afternoon competition at Riocentro Pavilion 2. Arthur lifted 107 kg. in the snatch and 135 kg. in clean and jerk for a total of 242 kg., 52 kg. off the winning total of 274 kg. by Kim Jong Sim of North Korea. Darya Naumava of Belarus took the silver with a total of 258 kg., while Lidia Valetin Perez of Spain won bronze with 257 kg.Volleyball
The U.S. women’s volleyball team kept its Rio 2016 Olympic record unblemished with its fourth win in as many starts, defeating Italy 3-1 (25-22, 25-22, 23-25, 25-20) Friday afternoon at Maracanazinho.
The victory keeps the Americans in control of Pool B with one match remaining, a date with China at 5:05 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 14. Women’s quarterfinal action begins Aug. 16.
The U.S. won the bronze medal in the team dressage competition on an average of 76.667%, behind Germany (81.936%) and Great Britain (78.602%). It marked the first U.S. Olympic medal in dressage since 2004.
The U.S. was led by Laura Graves, who scored a 78.071% in the grand prix and an 80.644% in the grand prix special.
Graves, along with Steffen Peters and Allison Brock, qualified for the final individual round – the grand prix freestyle – which will take place on Monday, Aug. 15.
The U.S. women’s soccer team fell to Sweden in a penalty shoot out, ending its hopes to defend its Olympic championship in the quarterfinal round Friday afternoon at Mane Garrincha Stadium.
After a scoreless first half, Sweden broke on top when Stina Blackstenius scored in the 61st minute. Alex Morgan pulled the U.S. even at 1-1 with her goal in the 77th minute, a deadlock that extended through regulation at 30 minutes of extra time. Both teams had goals pulled back for offside violations within a minute of each other in the last five minutes of extra time, leading to the penalty shoot out, which Sweden won 4-3.
Kim Rhode won the bronze medal in women’s skeet Friday afternoon at the Olympic Shooting Centre, becoming the first American to win an Olympic medal in six consecutive Olympic Games.
Rhode advanced to the bronze medal final by surviving a three-way shoot off that eliminated teammate Morgan Craft. She then faced China’s Wei Meng in the bronze medal round, and both shooters matched each other shot for shot through the regulation 16 targets, forcing another shoot off for the medal. Rhode emerged the victor, hitting seven shoot off targets to Wei’s six.
Rhode’s six career medals are the most by a woman in Olympic shooting competition. She ties Jackie Joyner-Kersee (track and field) for the most individual Olympic medals, and she is tied with three other women for most career Olympic medals: Germany’s Birgit Fischer Schmidt (canoeing), Anky van Grunsven of the Netherlands (equestrian) and Romanian Elisabeta Oleniuc-Lipa (rowing).
Italy’s Diana Bacosi defeated teammate Chiara Cainero for the gold medal.
Kim Rhode and Morgan Craft have advanced to the semifinal round of women’s skeet competition Friday afternoon at the Olympic Shooting Centre.
Rhode, who is seeking her sixth Olympic medal in as many Games, placed second with a score of 72, one behind the leader, Wei Meng of China. Craft had to survive a three-way shoot off for the sixth spot in the final after her 69 in qualifying tied her with Russia’s Albina Shakirova and Melisa Gil of Argentina. She bested them both in the shoot off, scoring two hits to one each for the others.
The semifinals are scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. Friday, with the bronze medal match slated for 3:15 p.m., followed by the gold medal match at 3:25 p.m.
The U.S. men’s foil team of Alex Massialis, Gerek Meinhardt and Miles Chamley-Watson fell to Russia 45-41 in the semifinal round of team competition Friday afternoon at Carioca Arena 3 in Barra’s Olympic Park.
The Americans move into the bronze medal match, where they will face Italy at 5 p.m. Friday afternoon.
The U.S. men’s water polo team suffered its third loss of the Rio 2016 Olympic tournament, falling to Montenegro 8-5 Thursday afternoon at Maria Lenk Aquatics Centre.
Montenegro drew first blood with a goal at 6:37 in the first quarter and never trailed, although the Americans were able to draw even twice, the second time on a Josh Samuels goal at 4:20 in the third quarter for a 2-2 score. Two unanswered goals pushed the score to 4-2 in Montenegro’s favor with 95 seconds left in the third. Although the U.S. was able to find the goal three more times, Montenegro had an answer each time, then added a final goal on a power play with 10 seconds remaining for the final 8-5 score.
Currently fifth in Group B with a 1-3 record, the U.S. concludes preliminary play against Italy, which currently is tied for the group lead with a 3-1 record. That match will be played at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 14.
Nico Hernandez won a bronze medal in men’s boxing in the 49 kg. division after losing his semifinal bout to Hasanboy Dusmatov of Uzbekistan 3-0 Friday afternoon at Riocentro Pavilion 6.
Meanwhile, Carlos Balderas Jr. suffered a 3-0 loss to Cuba’s Lazaro Alvarez in the 60 kg. division and was eliminated from the tournament.
United States rowers scored a pair of top-five finishes during Friday morning racing at Lagoa Stadium.
The men’s lightweight double sculls with Josh Konieczny and Andrew Campbell Jr. placed fifth, the best Olympic showing in the event by an American entry. They crossed the line in 6:35.07, 4.37 behind the winning time of 6:30.70 by France. Ireland took silver in 6:31.23, while Norway won the bronze in 6:31.39.
The women’s pair of Felice Miller and Grace Luczak contended with the strong Great Britain entry in the early going, but were overtaken by New Zealand and Denmark to finish fourth with a time of 7:24.77, 6.48 second behind Great Britain’s winning time of 7:18.29. New Zealand claimed the silver medal in 7:19.53, while Denmark won the bronze in 7:20.71.
The United States men’s foil team of Alex Massialas, Gerek Meinhardt and Miles Chamley-Watson defeated Egypt 45-37 in Friday morning’s quarterfinal round of team competition at Carioca Arena 3 in Barra’s Olympic Park.
The Americans now face Russia in a semifinal match scheduled for noon Friday.
Brady Ellison defeated U.S. teammate Zach Garrett 6-4 to advance to the quarterfinals in men’s individual archery Friday morning at the Sambodromo.
Currently ranked No. 6 in the world, Ellison will face Japan’s Takahuru Furukawa, currently No. 19, in a quarterfinal match scheduled for 3:39 p.m. today.
Gevvy Stone advanced to the A final in women’s single sculls by finishing second in semifinal racing Friday morning at Lagoa Stadium.
Stone covered the course in 7:44.56, 0.59 seconds off the pace set by China’s Duan Jingli, who finished in 7:43.97.
The women’s single sculls final is scheduled for 10:45 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 13.
The U.S. men’s volleyball team picked up its first win of the Rio 2016 Olympic tournament with a victory over host Brazil 3-1 (25-20, 25-23, 20-25, 25-20)Thursday night at the Maracanazinho.
The win improves the Americans’ record to 1-2. Currently in fifth place in Pool B, the U.S. faces a key match against second-place France at 5:05 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 13.
Simone Manuel and Penny Oleksiak of Canada tied for the gold medal and set an Olympic record in the women’s 100-meter freestyle Thursday evening at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium in Barra’s Olympic Park.
Both touched the wall with a time of 52.70 seconds, shaving 0.01 seconds off the Olympic standard of 52.71, set earlier in the Rio meet by Australia’s Cate Campbell. Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom won the bronze in 52.99.
The last time an American won gold in the event was 1984, when Nancy Hogshead and Carrie Steinseifer also tied and shared the gold medal with a time of 55.92 seconds.
Both Manuel and Oleksiak had to come from behind to take the victory. Manuel was third at the halfway mark, while Oleksiak was seventh at the turn.
Abbey Weitzeil placed seventh for the United States with a time of 53.30 seconds.
Michael Phelps won his fourth gold medal in as many Olympic Games in the men’s 200-meter individual medley Thursday evening at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium in Barra’s Olympic Park.
Phelps pulled away from the field in the final 50 meters to take the victory with a time of 1:54.66, 1.95 seconds ahead of Japan’s Kosuke Hagino, who touched in 1:56.61 to claim the silver medal. Wang Shun of China won the bronze medal in 1:57.05.
Ryan Lochte placed fifth for the United States with a time of 1:57.47.
Iris Wang defeated Belgium’s LIanne Tan 2-1 (21-17, 20-22, 21-14) to win her opening match in Olympic badminton Thursday evening at Riocentro Pavilion 4 in Barra’s Olympic Park.
The win gives Wang a share of the top spot in Group E with two matches remaining. She will face Portugal’s Telma Santos at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12, then complete group play with against China’s Li Xuerui on Monday, Aug. 14
Three U.S. doubles teams all dropped their opening matches in pool play by identical 2-0 results. Phillip Chew and Jamie Subandhi lost in mixed doubles 21-10, 21-12 to Korea’s Ko Sung Hyun and Kim Ha Na; the men’s doubles team of Chew and Sattawat Pongnairat fell 21-6, 21-7 to Fu Haifeng and Zhang Nan of China; and the women’s doubles team of Eva Lee and Paula Lynn Obanana was defeated 21-14, 21-12 by Korea’s Jung Kyung Eun and Shin Seung Chang.
All three doubles teams return to action at Riocentro Pavilion 4 Friday, Aug. 12.
Ryan Murphy won the men’s 200-meter backstroke Thursday evening at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium, the sixth consecutive Olympic Games that an American has won the gold medal in the event.
Murphy won in a time of 1:53.62, 0.34 seconds ahead of Australia’s Mitchell Larkin, who claimed the silver in 1:53.96. Russia’s Evgeny Rylov won the bronze medal in a time of 1:53.97.
Jacob Pebley finished fifth for the United States, touching in 1:55.52.
Paced by Katie Bam’s two goals, the U.S. women’s field hockey team improved its record to 4-0 in Pool B with a 3-0 victory over India Thursday evening at the Olympic Hockey Centre.
Bam put the U.S. up 1-0 in the 14th minute and found the goal again in the 43rd minute. Melissa Gonzalez closed out the scoring in the 52nd minute for the final 3-0 margin.
With the win, the U.S. moves to 4-0 in Pool B with one game remaining in preliminary play. That contest, scheduled 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, will pit the Americans against Great Britain to decide which finish at the top of the Pool B table.
Phil Dalhausser and Nick Lucena closed out pool play undefeated, beating Italy’s Paolo Nicolai and Daniele Lupo 2-1 (21-13, 17-21, 24-22) Thursday afternoon at the Beach Volleyball Arena on Copacabana Beach.
The win keeps the Americans at the top of Pool C as the tournament moves to the knockout stage, where they begin play in the round of 16 against an opponent to be determined.
Earlier Thursday Lauren Fendrick and Brooke Sweat fell to Russia’s Ekaterina Birlova and Evgenia Ukolova 2-1 (21-18, 26-24, 15-13) to remain winless in three Olympic starts.
Simone Biles won the women’s gymnastics individual all-around gold medal and teammate Aly Raisman took the silver in competition Thursday evening at the Rio Olympic Arena.
Biles had an overall score of 62.198, which was 2.1 points ahead of Raisman’s 60.098. Biles finished on floor exercise, where she earned the highest score of the evening, a 15.933. She and Raisman dominated three of the four apparatus, taking the top two spots on vault, balance beam and floor. Aliya Mustafina of Russia won the bronze medal with a score of 58.665.
Biles becomes the fourth different American gymnast to take the all-around gold in as many Olympic Games, an unprecedented winning streak for the women’s individual all-around.
The one-two finish by Biles and Raisman replicates the finish from the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, when Nastia Liukin won gold and Shawn Johnson claimed silver.
Matt Kuchar shot a two under par 69 to lead four U.S. golfers as play began Thursday at the Olympic Golf Course in Barra da Tijuca.
Kuchar was tied for 11th with six other golfers, six strokes behind Australia’s Marcus Fraser, who shot an eight under par 63. Graham Delaet of Canada and Sweden’s Henrik Stenson were three strokes back at 66.
Patrick Reed was tied for 34th with a one over 72, while Bubba Watson shot a 73, good for a tie for 42nd. Rickie Fowler was tied for 56th with a four over par 75.
Second round play begins at 7:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 12.
The U.S. women’s epee squad of Katharine Holmes and Courtney and Kelley Holmes defeated Korea to finish the team competition in fifth place Thursday at Carioca Arena 3 in Barra’s Olympic Park.
After falling to Romania in the quarterfinals by a 24-23 score, the U.S. squad defeated France 32-28, then recorded a 22-18 win over Korea for their final placement.
Madison Keys and Steve Johnson advanced to their respective brackets in tennis singles competition Thursday at the Olympic Tennis Centre in Barra’s Olympic Park.
Keys, the tournament’s No. 7 seed, scored a 6-3 6-1 victory over Daria Kasatkina of Russia to earn a spot in the semifinals, where she will meet will face the winner of the quarterfinal match between Johanna Konta of Great Britain and Germany’s Angelique Gerber.
On the men’s side, Johnson moved into the quarterfinals by virtue of a 6-1 6-1 victory over Russia’s Evgeny Donskoy. Seeded 12th, he now faces reigning Wimbledon champion Andy Murray of Great Britain in the semifinals.
A winner in singles, Johnson and partner Jack Sock absorbed a 6-4 6-2 doubles loss to Romania’s Florin Mergea and Horia Tecau, which moves the Americans into the bronze medal match. They will face the loser of the semifinal match between Spain’s Marc Lopez and Rafael Nadal and Canada’s Daniel Nestor and Vasek Pospisil.
In mixed doubles, the U.S. team of Venus Williams and Rajeev Ram became the first to advance to the quarterfinals, defeating Kiki Bertens and Jean-Julien Rojer of the Netherlands.
Kayla Harrison has successfully defended her Olympic title, defeating Audrey Tcheumeo of France by ippon in the gold medal bout of the women’s judo 78 kg. division Thursday afternoon in Carioca Arena 2 of Barra’s Olympic Park.
Harrison scored the ippon with six seconds remaining in the contest and became the first American to win back-to-back Olympic gold medals in judo. Her gold medal at the London 2012 Olympic Games marked the first time a U.S. judoku, male or female, had won an Olympic championship.
She is the fifth to successfully defend an Olympic title since women’s judo was added to the program at the Barcelona 1992 Olympic Games.
Kayla Harrison has advanced to the gold medal bout in women’s judo’s 78 kg. division after scoring a semifinal win over Slovenia’s Anamari Velensek Thursday afternoon at Carioca Arena 2 in Barra’s Olympic Park.
The reigning Olympic champion, Harrison won the match by ippon in 1:43, assuring her of no worse than a silver medal. With that, she becomes the first American judoku to win a medal in consecutive Olympic Games and only the second to win two Olympic medals. Jimmy Pedro was the first, collecting bronzes at the Atlanta 1996 Olympic Games and Athens 2004 Olympic Games.
Harrison will face Audrey Tcheumeo of France in the final later this afternoon.
Devin McEwan and Casey Eichfeld placed 10th in canoe slalom double canoe in racing at the Whitewater Stadium Thursday afternoon.
The American boat posted a score of 117.85, which included six seconds of gate touch penalty. That was 16.27 behind the gold medal score of 101.58 by Ladislav and Peter Skantar of Slovakia. The silver medal went to David Florence and Richard Hounslow of Great Britain, who posted a 102.01. France’s Gauthier Klauss and Matthieu Peche won the bronze with a 103.24.
In women’s single kayak (K1W), Ashley Nee finished 14th in the semifinal round and did not advance to the final.
Carlin Isles used his blazing speed to score two tries and lead the U.S. men’s rugby sevens to a 24-12 victory over Spain Thursday afternoon at Deodoro Stadium.
The final game for the U.S. in Rio, the win means the Americans will finish in ninth place in the Rio tournament.
After Spain scored a try in the second minute, Danny Barrett pulled the U.S. even with a try in the fourth minute. Madison Hughes’ conversion gave the Americans a 7-5 lead, which Isles added to with a streak down the sideline for a try as the half wound down, giving the U.S. a 12-5 halftime lead.
Spain drew even at 12-12 with a try and conversion in the 11th minute, but Maka Unufe answered with a try in the 12th minute and Team USA was back on top 19-12 after Chris Wyles’ successful conversion. Isles capped the scoring with a last-minute breakaway for the final 24-12 score.
The U.S. women’s water polo team remains undefeated in its campaign to defend its Olympic title, downing China 12-4 Thursday afternoon at Maria Lenk Aquatics Centre in Barra’s Olympic Park.
Team captain Maggie Steffens put the U.S. on top early with a goal 28 seconds into the match, the first of three unanswered goals that led to a 4-1 advantage at the end of the first quarter, which was built to 7-1 by halftime.
Steffens led the team with four goals in as many attempts. Maddie Musselman added three goals in four tries as the U.S. shot 52.4 percent (11-21) for the game.
The U.S. will conclude group play at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 13, facing Hungary to determine which team will be the top seed out of Group B advancing to the knockout stage.
With a win by ippon over Hungary’s Abigel Joo, reigning Olympic champion Kayla Harrison has advanced to the semifinal round in women’s judo’s 78 kg. division at Carioca Arena 2 in Barra’s Olympic Park.
Her semifinal opponent will be the winner of the quarterfinal bout between Yalennis Castillo of Cuba and Slovenia’s Anamari Velensek.
Should she win her semifinal bout, Harrison would be assured her second Olympic medal in as many Games, which would be a first for an American judoka. The only American to win two Olympic medals is Jimmy Pedro, who won bronze in 1996 and 2004.
The U.S. women’s epee team of Katharine Holmes and Kelley and Courtney Hurley was eliminated in the quarterfinal round of the team event Thursday morning, dropping a 24-23 decision to Romania at Carioca Arena 3 in Barra’s Olympic Park.
Kayla Harrison, the reigning Olympic champion in women’s judo 78 kg. division, won her opening bout of the Rio 2016 Olympic tournament Thursday morning at Carioca Arena 2 in Barra’s Olympic Park.
Harrison defeated China’s Zhang Zhehui by ippon 43 seconds into the contest. She now awaits her quarterfinal opponent, the winner of the bout between Japan’s Mami Umeki and Hungary’s Abigel Joo.
The women’s quad sculls team of Grace Latz, Tracy Eisser, Megan Kalmoe and Adrienne Martelli finished fifth in Thursday morning racing at Lagoa Stadium.
The U.S. boat crossed the finish line in 6:57.67, 8.28 seconds behind the winning team from Germany, which posted a time of 6:49.39. The Netherlands took silver in 6:50.33, while Poland won the bronze in 6:50.86.
In semifinal action, the women’s pair of Felice Mueller and Grace Luczak advanced to the A final, placing second in their semi with a time of 7:20.93, 2.24 seconds off the 7:18.69 pace set by Great Britain.
The men’s double sculls also advanced to the A final. Josh Konieczny and Andrew Campbell Jr. finished second to the boat from France, with a time of 6:35.19 that was 0.76 behind the 6:34.43 the Frenchmen recorded.
Allison Schmitt, Leah Smith, Maya DiRado and Katie Ledecky won the gold medal for the United States in the women’s 4×200 freestyle relay at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium Wednesday night.
The Americans won in 7:43.03, sparked by an amazing anchor leg from Ledecky. When she went into the water for the final leg, the U.S. trailed Australia by 0.89 seconds. By the time she’d gone 100 meters, she’d turned the deficit into a lead of 0.63 seconds. Australia claimed the silver medal with a time of 7:44.87, 1.84 seconds behind the U.S. Canada won the bronze in 7:45.39.
The win gives Ledecky her third gold medal at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Combined with her gold medal in the 800 meters at the London 2012 Olympic Games, she has moved into a tie for third among U.S. female swimmers with four career golds, matching Janet Evans, Dara Torres, Missy Franklin and Dana Vollmer and trailing only Jenny Thompson (eight career gold medals) and Amy Van Dyken (six career golds). Her three golds at one Olympic Games also ties her for third among U.S. Olympians in any sport, trailing only swimmers Franklin (2012) and Van Dyken (1996), who have four each.
Nathan Adrian won the bronze medal in the men’s 100-meter freestyle Wednesday night at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium in Barra’s Olympic Park.
Adrian’s time of 47.85 seconds was 0.27 seconds behind the winning pace of Australia’s Kyle Chalmers, who touched the wall in 47.58 seconds. Pieter Timmers of Belgium claimed the silver medal in 47.80 seconds.
Caeleb Dressel finished sixth for the United States in a time of 48.02 seconds.
Cammile Adams placed fourth and Hali Flickinger was seventh in the women’s 200-meter butterfly final Wednesday night at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium in Barra’s Olympic Park.
Adams swam a time of 2:05.90, which was 1.05 seconds behind the winning time of Mireia Belmonte Garcia of Spain, who touched in 2:04.85. Madeline Groves of Australia took the silver in 2:04.88, while Japan’s Natsumi Hoshi won the bronze in 2:05.20. Flickinger swam a time of 2:07.71.
Josh Prenot won the silver medal in the men’s 200-meter breaststroke at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium in Barra’s Olympic Park Wednesday night.
Prenot touched the wall with a time of 2:07.53, 0.07 seconds behind the winning time of 2:07.46 by Dmitriy Balandin of Kasakhstan. Anton Chupkov of Russia won the bronze medal in 2:07.70.
Kevin Cordes placed eighth with a time of 2:08.34.
Daryl Homer won the silver medal in men’s saber competition Wednesday evening at Carioca Arena 3 in Barra’s Olympic Park.
Homer fell to Hungary’s Aron Szilagyi in the gold medal bout by a 15-8 score, but still gave the United States its second individual men’s fencing medal in a single Olympic Games for the first time since 1904; Alex Massialas claimed the silver medal in men’s foil on Sunday, Aug. 7.
The silver medalist at the 2015 world championships and a sixth-place finisher at the London 2012 Olympic Games, Homer also becomes the first American to earn an Olympic medal in saber since Peter Westbrook won bronze at the Los Angeles 1984 Olympic Games.
Led by Carmelo Anthony’s timely contributions and game-high 31 points, the United States men’s basketball team survived a stout challenge from Australia 93-88 Wednesday evening at Carioca Arena 1 in Barra’s Olympic Park.
Anthony broke the U.S. Olympic career scoring record, boosting his total to 293 over four Olympic Games, but it was his back-to-back three-point goals that spotted the Americans to a 78-72 lead with 7:11 left in the fourth quarter. Anthony scored 13 points and had two defensive rebounds in the final seven minutes to preserve the victory.
Cold shooting by the U.S. in the first half allowed Australia to hold a 54-49 halftime lead. The Americans ended the game hitting 34 of 87 field goal attempts, good for 39 percent, while Australia connected on 50 percent of its attempts (33 of 66).
Kyrie Irving contributed 19 points while Kevin Durant added 13. Anthony and DeMarcus Cousins each had 8 rebounds, which led both teams.
The win secures a spot in the knockout stage for the U.S. team, which stands at 3-0 atop the Group A table. Next up is Serbia in a game scheduled for 7 p.m. onFriday, Aug. 12.
Sam Mikulak finished seventh and Chris Brooks placed 14th in the men’s individual all-around gymnastics competition Wednesday evening at the Rio Olympic Arena.
Mikulak had a final score of 89.631, which was 2.734 points behind the gold medal total of 92.365 by Japan’s Kohei Uchimura. Oleg Verniaiev of Ukraine claimed the silver medal with a score of 92.266, while Great Britain’s Max Whitlock won bronze with a 90.641. Brooks posted a final total of 87.632 points.
Gary Russell defeated Richardson Hitchins of Haiti 3-0 Wednesday evening to advance to the round of 16 in the men’s 64 kg. division during boxing at Riocentro Pavilion 6. His next opponent is Wuttichai Masuk of Thailand in a bout scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on Aug. 14.
Daryl Homer has advanced to the gold medal match in men’s saber competition at Carioca Arena 3 in Barra’s Olympic Park.
Homer, ranked No. 10 in the world, defeated Iran’s Mojtaba Abedini 15-14 in the semifinal and now faces No. 3-ranked Aron Szilagyi of Hungary in the final, which is scheduled for 8:45 p.m.
Homer is assured no worse than a silver medal, which will be the first men’s saber medal for the United States since Peter Westbrook won bronze at the Los Angeles 1984 Olympic Games. Coupled with the silver medal won by Alex Massialas in foil, Homer’s performance has assured the U.S. its first multiple medal performance in individual men’s fencing since the St. Louis 1904 Olympic Games.
Katie Bam scored three goals as the United States women’s field hockey team remained undefeated and secured a berth in the knockout round of the Rio 2016 Olympic tournament with a 6-1 victory over Japan Wednesday evening at the Olympic Hockey Centre.
Melissa Gonzalez gave the Americans a lead they would not relinquish with her goal on a penalty corner just 22 seconds into the contest. Goals from Bam and Katie Reinprecht put the U.S. up 3-0 at halftime and they cruised to the victory. The lone Japan goal by Mie Nakashima came in the 47th minute off a penalty corner.
Sitting atop the Pool B table, the U.S. next faces India at 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 11, then closes out group play against Great Britain at 6 p.m. Aug. 13.
Nico Hernandez has assured himself no worse than a bronze medal after winning his quarterfinal bout in the men’s 49 kg. division during boxing action Wednesday afternoon at Riocentro Pavilion 6.
Hernandez defeated Carlos Quipo Pilataxi 3-0 to move into the semifinal round, where he will face Hasanboy Dusmatov of Uzbekistan. That bout is scheduled for12:15 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 12.
Diana Taurasi broke her own records for three-point field goals made and attempted while leading the United States women’s basketball team to a 110-84 victory over Serbia Wednesday afternoon.
Taurasi connected on six of 10 attempts from beyond the arc, breaking her own records of 5 made three-pointers and 8 attempts. She finished with a game-high 25 points and six assists to lead five American players who scored in double figures. Breanna Stewart contributed 17 points, Tina Charles added 15, Angel McCoughtry had 13 and Maya Moore added 10 as every U.S. player scored in the contest.
Charles had a game-high 8 rebounds as the U.S. built a 46-27 rebounding advantage.
Next up for the U.S. is Group B foe Canada. Tip-off is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Aug. 12.
Sam Dorman and Michael Hixon won the silver medal in men’s synchronized 3-meter springboard diving at the Maria Lenke Aquatics Centre Wednesday afternoon.
The duo earned the highest score of the competition on their last dive, a 98.04, to boost their overall total to 450.21. Jack Laugher and Chris Mears of Great Britain took the gold with a final score of 454.32, while Cao Yuan and Qin Kai of China won the bronze medal with 443.70 points.
The United States women’s volleyball team gained its third win in as many starts, defeating Serbia 3-1 (25-17, 21-25, 25-18, 25-19) Wednesday afternoon at Maracanazinho.
Positioned atop the Pool B standings, the U.S. women meet Italy at 3 p.m. Aug. 12 before wrapping up group play against China in a match scheduled for 5:05 p.m. Aug. 14.
Zach Garrett advanced to the round of eight in men’s archery competition Wednesday afternoon, defeating Haziq Kamaruddin 6-0 at Sambodromo.
The United States is now assured of advancing one archer into the quarterfinal round because Garrett’s next opponent is teammate Brady Ellison. Through the luck of the draw, Ellison is facing a teammate for the second consecutive match, having eliminated Jake Kaminski in their round of 16 contest yesterday.
Daryl Homer has advanced to the semifinal round in men’s saber competition at Carioca Arena 3 in Barra’s Olympic Park.
Homer, ranked No. 10 in the world, defeated Germany’s Matyas Szabo 15-12 to gain a semifinal bout against Mojtaba Abedini of Iran, who is No. 15 in the world rankings. That bout will begin at 6:50 p.m.
Michal Smolen was unable to advance to the final round of competition in canoe slalom’s men’s single kayak (K1) competition Wednesday at Rio’s Whitewater Stadium.
Smolen’s score of 97.87 left him in 12th place, two spots away from advancing to the 10-boat final. His raw score of 93.87 was ninth fastest, but two gate touches added four seconds to his time.
Great Britain’s Joseph Clarke took the gold medal, while Slovenia’s Peter Kauzer claimed the silver. Jiri Prskavec of Czech Republic won the bronze.
Josh Richmond narrowly missed advancing to the final round of men’s double trap shooting at the Olympic Shooting Centre Shotgun Range in Deodoro.
His score of 135 in qualifying tied him with two other shooters for the sixth and final berth in the final round, forcing a shoot-off. The first of the three to fall away was China’s Hu Binyuan, who hit only seven targets. That left Richmond in a head-to-head duel with Fehaid Aldeehani, who was born in Kuwait and is competing as an independent athlete under the Olympic flag. Aldeehani won the duel, besting Richmond by hitting 12 targets to the American’s 11.
Five-time Olympian Glenn Eller, the Beijing 2008 Olympic champion, finished 14th in qualifying with a score of 131.
Daryl Homer has advanced to the quarterfinals in men’s saber competition Wednesday afternoon at Carioca Arena 3 in Barra’s Olympic Park.
Homer, who is ranked No. 10 in the world, opened the tournament with a 15-11 win over Ilya Mokretcov of Kazakhstan, then dispatched Germany’s No. 8-ranked Max Hartung 15-12. He now awaits the winner of a bout between Germany’s Matyas Szabo and Pancho Paskov of Bulgaria.
Eli Dershwitz, the other American entry, fell in the first round 15-12 to Seppe van Holsbeke of Belgium.
The United States men’s rugby sevens team fell to Fiji 24-19 Wednesday afternoon at Deodoro Stadium to end preliminary play with a 1-2 record.
The U.S. took the lead at 4:19 into the game when Danny Barrett scored a try and Madison Hughes had a successful conversion, but Fiji answered with two tries and a conversion before halftime for a 12-7 lead at the break.
The Americans regained the lead 14-12 on a Perry Baker try and Hughes conversion in the first minute of the second half, but Fiji responded again with another two tries and a conversion for the final 24-19 result.
Finishing third in Pool A, the U.S. moves into the knockout round, where he will join Brazil, Spain and Kenya in the 9-12 placement table. The U.S. and Brazil will meet at 4 p.m. today.
Taylor Phinney and Brent Bookwalter placed 22nd and 23rd, respectively, in the men’s individual time trial on the streets of Pontal Wednesday.
Phinney finished in 1:17:25.31, with Bookwalter following at 1:17:57.61.
Fabian Cancellara of Switzerland claimed the gold medal with a time of 1:12:15.42, while Tom Dumoulin of the Netherlands took silver in 1:13:02.83. Great Britain’s Christopher Froome won the bronze in 1:13:17.54.
Colton Brown advanced as far as the round of 16 before being eliminated from the men’s 90 kg. division in judo competition at Carioca Arena 2 Wednesday.
Brown won his first bout, defeating Iszlam Monier Suliman of Sudan by ippon 21 seconds into the match. He then fell to France’s Alexandre Iddir by waza-ri in the round of 16.
The United States men’s water polo team picked up its first win of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games tournament with a 6-3 victory over France Wednesday at the Maria Lenk Aquatics Centre.
After the two teams traded goals in the first quarter, the U.S. reeled off four unanswered goals in the second to hold a 5-1 halftime lead. Josh Samuels led the charge with a pair of goals, including a penalty shot with 12 seconds left in the period.
Both teams were scoreless until 3:30 left in the game when Samuels scored his third goal from distance for a 6-1 lead. France pulled two back in the last 3:07 for the final score.
The U.S. was 3-8 on power plays while holding France to just one goal in four power play opportunities.
Now 1-2 in group play, the Americans will face Montenegro at 11:40 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 12, before closing the preliminary round against Italy on Aug. 14.
The U.S. women’s foil fencers were eliminated from the Rio 2016 Olympic Games tournament in the round of 16 during competition at Carioca Arena 3 in Barra’s Olympic Park.
Lee Kiefer won her initial match against Lebanon’s Mona Shaito 15-3, but fell to Liu Yongshi of China 15-9. Nzingha Prescod also won her opening bout against Mexico’s Nataly Michel 15-9, then was eliminated by Astrid Guyart of France, 14-11.
Men’s saber will open competition this afternoon, with Daryl Homer facing Kazakhstan’s Ilya Mokretcov at 1:05 p.m., the same time Eli Dershwitz faces Belgium’s Seppe van Holsbeke.
Kristen Armstrong won the individual road time trial, not the road race, as was stated in an earlier bulletin.
This is Armstrong’s third gold medal in the event. She becomes the first Olympic cyclist from any nation to win the same event three times. At 42 years and 364 days, she also becomes the oldest female Olympic cycling gold medalist.
Kristen Armstrong claimed the gold medal in the women’s road race Wednesday morning on the streets of Pontal near Barra’s Olympic Park.
Armstrong battled wind and drizzle to cover the course in 44:26.42, an average speed of 40.099 kilometers per hour. She was 5.55 seconds faster than Russia’s Olga Zabelinskaya, who took the silver medal in 44:31.97. Anna van der Breggen of the Netherlands won the bronze in 44:37.80.
The gold medal is the first of any hue in the event for the United States since the Los Angeles 1984 Olympic Games, when Connie Carpenter-Phinney and Rebecca Twigg took gold and silver, respectively.
Evelyn Stevens finished 10th with a time of 46:00.08.
The United States men’s 4×200 freestyle relay team of Conor Dwyer, Townley Haas, Ryan Lochte and Michael Phelps swam away from the field to win the gold medal Tuesday night at the Olympic Aquatic Stadium.
They were in first at every split and ended with a time of 7:00.66, 2.47 seconds ahead of silver medal-winning Great Britain, which posted at time of 7:03.13. Japan won the bronze medal in 7:03.50.
The win gave Phelps his second gold medal of the evening and 21st in his record-setting career.
Maya DiRado won the bronze medal for the United States in the women’s 200-meter individual medley Tuesday evening at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium.
DiRado swam the course in 2:08.79, finishing 2.21 seconds behind the Olympic record pace of 2:06.58 by Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu. Siobhan-Marie O’Connor of Great Britain took the silver in 2:06.88.
Melanie Margalis placed fourth for the United States with a time of 2:09.21.
Michael Phelps took yet another gold medal in his historic career, this time in the men’s 200-meter butterflyTuesday evening at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium in Barra’s Olympic Park.
Phelps posted a time of 1:53.36, which was enough to hold off a surging Masato Sakai of Japan, whose 1:53.40 was a mere 0.04 seconds behind Phelps. Tamas Kenderesi of Hungary won the bronze medal in 1:53.62.
Katie Ledecky won her second swimming gold medal of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, taking the title in the 200-meter freestyle at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium Tuesday evening.
Fifth after the first 50 meters, Ledecky surged to second by the halfway point and led the rest of the way to post a winning time of 1:53.73, 0.35 seconds ahead of Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom, who touched in 1:54.08. Emma McKeon of Australia won the bronze medal with a time of 1:54.92.
Ledecky is only the third woman and sixth swimmer to win gold in both the 200 and 400 freestyle at the same Olympic Games. The other two women were Debbie Meyer of the United States in 1968 and Australia’s Shane Gould in 1972.
The men who have achieved the double are Yevgeny Sadovy of the Unified Team in 1992, Danyon Loader of New Zealand in 1996 and Australia’s Ian Thorpe in 2004.
A last-minute goal by Catalina Usme allowed Colombia to gain a 2-2 tie against the United States as women’s soccer group play wrapped up Tuesday at Amazonia Arena.
Colombia took a first-half lead in the 26th minute when Usme scored from a set piece that American goalkeeper Hope Solo seemingly had saved. Somehow the ball squirted between her hands, through her legs and into the goal. The U.S. answered 16 minutes later when Crystal Dunn ran onto the rebound of a Carli Lloyd shot and knocked it in from the six-yard line to level the score at 1-1.
Mallory Pugh put the U.S. up in the 60th minute when she gathered the ball in the penalty area, moved against the grain to the left of the goal and squeezed her shot in to make the score 2-1. That set up Usme’s final goal in the 90th minute, an inswinger from the right touchline that slipped under the crossbar.
Concluding preliminary play with a 2-0-1 record and 7 points, the U.S. advances to the knockout stage and awaits the results of the final two Group E games to determine its opponent in the quarterfinal round.
The prior tennis bulletin incorrectly reported the result of Steve Johnson’s singles match as a loss. He defeated Gastao Elias 6-3 6-4 and has advanced to the third round, where he will face Evgeny Donskoy of Russia.
We regret any confusion that may have resulted from this error.
Serena Williams’ defense of her Olympic championship came to an end Tuesday evening with a third-round loss to Elina Svitolina of Ukraine, 6-4 6-3, at the Olympic Tennis Centre.
Steve Johnson also was eliminated Tuesday, dropping a 6-3 6-4 decision to Portugal’s Gastao Elias, but he remained alive in doubles competition, teaming with Jack Sock to take a 6-4 6-2 win over Roberto Bautisa Agut and David Ferrer of Spain to become the first team to advance to the semifinal round.
Earlier in the day Madison Keys won her third round match against Spain’s Carla Suarez Navarro 6-3 3-6 6-3 to reach the quarterfinals, where she will face Russia’s Daria Kasatkina.
Brady Ellison advanced into the round of 16 in men’s archery individual competition Tuesday afternoon at Sambodromo, but he did so at the expense of a teammate.
The luck of the draw put Ellison, ranked No. 6 in the world, in the same bracket as teammate Jake Kaminski. When both won their opening matches, the bracket drew them together, and Ellison came out on top of the duel with a 6-2 result.
Ellison now awaits his round of 16 opponent, who could well be another U.S. teammate. Should Zach Garrett, ranked No. 3 in the world, win his first two matches he will meet Ellison with a berth in the quarterfinals on the line.
The U.S. men’s rugby sevens team gained its first victory at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, shutting out the host nation Brazil 26-0 Tuesday afternoon at Deodoro Stadium.
Folau Niua opened the scoring for the Americans with a try at 3:31 in the first half, and a conversion by Madison Hughes pushed the score to 7-0. Nate Ebner, who is on leave from his job as a defensive back for the New England Patriots, scored as the half ended, and Hughes’ second conversion made the halftime score 14-0.
Carlin Isles scored his first Olympic try at the 6:05 mark in the second half, but Hughes’s failed conversion left the score 19-0. Maka Unufe scored a try and Hughes made the conversion late in the contest for the final 26-0 tally.
Now 1-1, the U.S. will close out pool play against Fiji at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 10.
The United States women successfully defended their Olympic title in gymnastics team all-around competition Tuesday evening at the Rio Olympic Arena, scoring 184.897 to easily outdistance the competition.
Russia took the silver medal with a team total of 176.688, 8.209 behind the Americans, making it the largest margin of victory in an Olympic women’s team final since the Soviet Union defeated Czechoslovakia by 8.997 points at the Rome 1960 Olympic Games, when six athletes’ scores were counted in each apparatus total.
China won the bronze medal, scoring 176.003.
The U.S. team, comprised of Simone Biles, Gabby Douglas, Laurie Hernandez, Madison Kocian and Aly Raisman, posted the highest score on each of the four apparatus, opening the competition with a 46.866 on vault, then adding a 46.499 on uneven bars. After a 45.533 on balance beam, the team closed out the evening with a 45.999 on floor exercise.
Douglas and Raisman, returnees from the London 2012 Olympic Team, become the first American women to repeat as Olympic team champions.
The U.S. men’s volleyball team suffered its second loss in as many starts at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, falling to Italy 3-1 (28-26, 20-25, 25-23, 25-23) Tuesday afternoon at Maracanazinho.
Now 0-2 in Pool A, the Americans prepare for their third match of the tournament, scheduled for 10:35 p.m.Thursday, Aug. 11, against host nation Brazil.
Travis Stevens won the silver medal in the men’s judo 81 kg. division Tuesday evening at Carioca Arena 2 in Barra’s Olympic Park.
Stevens fell to Russia’s Khasan Khalmurzaev by ippon with 2:42 remaining in the match.
The medal is the first for the United States in the 81 kg. class. It is the brings the total Olympic medals won by the United States in men’s judo to 10 (four silvers, six bronzes).
Travis Stevens is assured of giving the United States its first Olympic medal in judo’s men’s 81 kg. division after winning his semifinal bout against Avtandili Tchrikishvili Tuesday afternoon in Carioca Arena 2 in Barra’s Olympic Park.
Stevens gained the win by ippon with 53 seconds remaining in the bout. Assured of no worse than a silver medal, he will attempt to become the first American to win Olympic gold in men’s judo competition. He will face Russia’s Khasan Khalmurzaev in the gold medal match later this evening.
Casey Eichfeld finished in seventh place in men’s single canoe (C1) competition Tuesday afternoon at the Whitewater Stadium.
First down the course in the final round, Eichfeld’s time of 95.69 was fourth fastest for the round, but his two gate touch penalties added four seconds to his time for a final score of 99.69, 5.52 behind gold medalist Denis Gargaud Chanut, who had a score of 94.17 on his clean run.
Matej Benus of Slovakia took the silver medal with a a 95.02, while Takuya Haneda of Japan won the bronze with a 97.44.
Eichfeld will return to the rapids of the Whitewater Stadium Thursday with partner Devin McEwan to race in the men’s double canoe (C2) semifinal, which is scheduled to begin at 12:30 p.m.
Philip Dutton, riding Mighty Nice, won the bronze medal in individual three-day eventing at the Olympic Equestrian Centre Tuesday afternoon.
Dutton finished with a score of 51.80, 3.8 points more than silver medalist Astier Nicolas of France with Piaf de B’Neville. Germany’s Michael Jung aboard Sam FBW won the gold with a score of 40.90.
A six-time Olympian, Dutton earns his third Olympic medal, having twice won team gold for his native Australia in 1996 and 2000.
Boyd Martin and Blackfoot Mystery finished 16th for the United States with a score of 70.90
Steve Johnson claimed a 6-3 6-4 win over Portugal’s Gastao Elias Tuesday afternoon at the Olympic Tennis Centre in Barra’s Olympic Park.
Johnson will face Russia’s Evgeny Donskoy in the third round. Donskoy advanced by defeating tournament No. 7 seed David Ferrer of Spain 6-3 6-7 7-5 earlier Tuesday.
Casey Eichfeld has advanced to the final round in men’s single canoe (C1) in canoe slalom racing Tuesday afternoon at the Whitewater Stadium.
Eichfeld had the seventh fastest time of the field, but a two-second gate touch penalty pushed his score to 101.23, 5.60 seconds behind Germany’s Sideris Tasiadis, who posted a clean run for a 95.63 score.
The final round is scheduled to begin at 3:16 p.m.
The United States men’s rugby sevens side fell to Argentina 17-14 in its opening match of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games Tuesday afternoon at Deodoro Stadium.
The Americans found themselves trailing 12-0 with 5:30 remaining in the contest on a successful try by Argentina’s Fernando Luna. The first U.S. points came on a penalty try and a Madison Hughes conversion at the 3:50 mark for a 12-7 score. Danny Barrett scored a try at 5:09 with another Hughes conversion for a 14-12 U.S. lead with 90 seconds left in the contest. However, Matias Moroni scored a late try to give Argentina the win.
The U.S. returns to action against the host nation, Brazil, which lost its opening match to Fiji 40-10. The game is scheduled for 6 p.m. at Deodoro Stadium.
Travis Stevens has advanced to the semifinal round of the 81 kg. division in judo competition at Carioca Arena 2 in Barra’s Olympic Park.
Stevens opened the tournament with a win over Sweden’s Robin Pacek, followed by victories by ippon over Shakhzodbek Sabirov of Uzbekistan and Bulgaria’s Ivaylo Ivanov to secure his semifinal berth.
Stevens will face Georgia’s Avtandili Tchrikishvili in the semifinal later this afternoon.
Madison Keys advanced to the quarterfinal round in women’s singles competition Tuesday at the Olympic Tennis Centre in Barra’s Olympic Park.
Keys dispatched Spain’s Carla Suarez Navarro in three sets, 6-3 3-6 6-3, to move to the next round, where she will face the winner of the match between Italy’s Sara Errani and Daria Kasatkina of Russia.
The U.S. women’s water polo team opened its Rio 2016 Olympic tournament with a 11-4 win over Spain in competition Tuesday at the Maria Lenk Aquatics Centre.
The Americans wasted no time in establishing their presence, lighting the scoreboard 25 seconds into the match on a Kiley Neushul goal, which she followed with her second tally four minutes later for a 2-0 advantage, building to a 4-1 lead after the first quarter and a 7-2 halftime margin.
Team captain Maggie Stephens and Courtney Mathewson also had two goals to share team lead with Neushul. The U.S. converted both of its penalty shot opportunities.
Next up for the United States is China as preliminary play in Group B continues. That match is scheduled for 1 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 11.
Phil Dalhausser and Nick Lucena earned their second victory of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games with a 2-0 (21-14, 21-17) win over Mexico’s Rodolfo Ontiveros and Juan Virgen Tuesday morning at the Beach Volleyball Stadium on Copacabana Beach.
The win puts the Americans atop Pool C with one match remaining in pool play. They will face Italy’s Paolo Nicolai and Daniele Lupo at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 11.
Carlos Balderas Jr. advanced to the quarterfinals of the men’s 60 kg. division with a 3-0 decision over Japan’s Daisuke Narimatsu Tuesday morning.
Balderas controlled the bout, countering his opponent’s attacks and delivering a number of telling rights that took their toll.
The No. 8 seed in the tournament, Balderas now faces No. 1 seed Lazaro Alvarez of Cuba. Their quarterfinal bout is set for 12:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 12.
In rowing competition Tuesday morning at Lagoa Stadium, Meghan O’Leary and Ellen Tomek advanced to the A final in women’s double sculls by placing third in their semifinal with a time of 6:52.92, which was fifth fastest among the six boats that moved on to the A final. Poland posted the fastest time with a 6:52.92. The women’s double sculls final is set for 11:40 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 11.
Gevvie Stone moved into the semifinals in women’s single sculls, winning her quarterfinal heat with the second fastest time in the field, a 7:27.04, trailing only the 7:26.86 from Australia’s Kimberley Brennan. Stone’s semifinal is scheduled for 9:40 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 11.
The men’s pair of Anders Weiss and Nareg Guregian placed fifth in their semifinal and will race in the B final.
Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross continued their winning ways, picking up a 2-0 (21-16, 21-9) win over China’s Wang Fan and Yue Yuan Monday night at the Beach Volleyball Stadium on Copacabana Beach.
The Americans sit atop the Pool C standings with one match remaining in group play, a 9 p.m. encounter on Wednesday, Aug. 10, against Switzerland’s Isabelle Forrer and Anouk Verge-Depre.
Lilly King won gold and Katie Meili won bronze in the women’s 100-meter breaststroke Monday evening at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium in Barra’s Olympic Park.
King’s time of 1:04.93 broke the Olympic record of 1:05.17, set by Australia’s Leisel Jones at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. Meili finished in 1:05.69. The silver medal went to Russia’s Yulia Efimova, who swam a 1:05.50.
Ryan Murphy set an Olympic record to take the gold and David Plummer won bronze in the men’s 100-meter backstroke Monday evening at the Olympic Aquatic Stadium in Barra’s Olympic Park.
In fourth place at the turn, Murphy closed out strong to finish in 51.97 seconds, breaking the Olympic standard of 52.16 seconds set by Matt Grevers at the London 2012 Olympic Games. China’s Xu Jiayu took the silver in 52.31 seconds, while Plummer posted a time of 52.40 seconds, edging Australia’s Mitchell Larkin by 0.03 seconds.
Kathleen Baker won the silver medal in the women’s 100-meter backstroke at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium in Barra’s Olympic Park Monday evening.
Leading at the turn and 0.48 seconds ahead of world record pace, Baker was reeled in over the final few meters as Katinka Hosszu of Hungary took the gold in 58.45 seconds. Baker touched in 58.75 seconds, 0.01 ahead of Canadian Kylie Masse, who won the bronze in 58.76 seconds.
Olivia Smoglia placed sixth with a time of 58.95 seconds.
Conor Dwyer won the bronze medal in the men’s 200-meter freestyle Monday evening at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium in Barra’s Olympic Park.
Dwyer swam a time of 1:45.23, missing out on a silver by 0.03 seconds when South African Chad le Clos edged him at the wall with a 1:45.20. The gold medal went to China’s Sun Yang in 1:44.65.
Townley Haas finished fifth for the United States with a time of 1:45.58.
The United States picked up three victories in Monday action at the Olympic Tennis Center in Barra’s Olympic Park.
Serena Williams continued the defense of her London gold medal by defeating Alize Cornet of France 2-0 (7-6, 6-2), while Madison Keys also scored a win over a Frenchwoman, downing Kristina Mladenovic 2-1 (75, 6-7, 7-6). Seeking berths in the quarterfinals, Keys faces Spain’s Carla Suarez Navarro at 10:45 a.m. Tuesday morning while Williams will meet Elina Svitolina of Ukraine beginning at approximately 6:45 p.m. Tuesday.
In doubles, Steve Johnson and Jack Sock advanced to the quarterfinals with a 2-0 (6-4, 7-6) victory over Colombia’s Juan-Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah. They will face No. 8-seeded Roberto Bautista Agut and David Ferrer of Spain at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Two other American doubles teams were eliminated from the tournament Monday. Brian Baker and Rajeev Ram dropped their second round match against Austria’s Oliver Marach and Alexander Peya 2-1 (6-4, 6-7, 6-3) and Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Coco Vandeweghe bowed out to Switzerland’s Timea Bacsinzky and Martina Hingis 2-0 (6-4, 6-4).
The U.S. men’s basketball team remained undefeated in group play by rolling to a 113-69 victory over Venezuela Monday evening at Carioca Arena 1 in Barra’s Olympic Park.
Tied at 18 after the first quarter, the Americans outscored their opponents 30-8 in the second period, then padded the lead by another 20 points in the fourth quarter.
Paul George led all scorers with 20 points as five U.S. players scored in double digits. Jimmy Butler had 17 points, Kevin Durant added 16 and DeMarcus Jordan and Carmelo Anthony had 14 apiece. Jordan led the team with nine rebounds and the U.S. won the rebounding battle 42-32.
The U.S. returns to action at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 10, to face Group A foe Australia at Carioca Arena 1.
The U.S. men’s gymnastics squad finished fifth in the team all-around competition Monday evening at Rio Olympic Arena.
Sam Mikulak, Chris Brooks, Danell Leyva, Jake Dalton and Alex Naddour combined for a team score of 268.560, 5.534 points behind Japan, which took the gold medal with a score of 274.094. The silver medal went to Russia, which posted a total of 271.453, while China won the bronze with a 271.122.
Men’s competition continues with the individual all-around final at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 10, followed by individual event finals Aug. 14-16.
The U.S. women’s rugby sevens defeated France 19-5 Monday evening to claim fifth place in the sport’s inaugural Olympic Games tournament.
Trailing 5-0 at halftime, the Americans rolled in the second half. Alev Kelter scored a try and conversion in the first minute of the half to put the U.S. on top to stay, 7-5. Jessica Javelet added a try at 2:28 to make the score 12-5, followed by a Joanne Fa’avesi try at4:09 and a conversion from Richelle Stephens at 4:25 to close out the scoring.
Jake Gibb and Casey Patterson dropped a 2-0 (21-18, 21-18) decision to Austria’s Robin Seidl and Alexander Huber Monday evening at the Beach Volleyball Arena on Copacabana Beach.
The Americans conclude pool play with a match against Spain’s Pablo Herrera and Adrian Gavira at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 10. All four teams in Pool F have a 1-1 record after two games.
It took a comeback effort, but the U.S. women’s volleyball team kept its record unblemished at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games with a 3-2 win (18-25, 25-18, 21-25, 25-20, 15-8) over the Netherlands Monday evening at the Maracanazinho.
Down 2-1 after three games, the U.S. sparked its comeback with accurate spiking in the fourth game, hitting at a 44.4 percent efficiency rate.
The victory keeps the United States atop Pool B with a 2-0 record and three matches remaining. Next up is Serbia at 3 p.m. Aug. 10.
David Boudia and Steele Johnson won the silver medal in men’s 10 meter synchronized platform diving Monday evening at the Maria Lenk Aquatics Center in Barra’s Olympic Park.
The Americans posted a score of 457.11, 39.87 points behind the gold medal total of 496.98 recorded by China’s Aisen Chen and Yue Lin. Thomas Daley and Daniel Goodfellow of Great Britain won the bronze medal with a score of 444.45.
The medal is the second for the United States in as many Olympic Games after Boudia and Nick McCrory won bronze in the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Ashley Nee, Casey Eichfeld and Devin McEwan advanced to the semifinals in canoe slalom competition Monday afternoon at Rio’s Whitewater Stadium.
Nee finished eighth in women’s single kayak (K1W) with a second run score of 105.60, 6.53 seconds behind the fastest time of 99.07 by Italy’s Stefanie Horn. Eichfeld and McEwan were 10th in men’s double canoe (C2), counting on their first run score of 112.33, 11.44 seconds off the leaders Ladislav and Peter Skantar of Slovakia.
The C2 semifinal is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 11, with the K1W semifinal at 1:15 p.m., with the finals to follow.
The U.S. women’s rugby sevens squad used a second-half comeback to defeat Fiji 12-7 Monday afternoon at Deodoro Stadium.
Trailing 7-0 at halftime, the U.S. drew even when Alev Kelter scored a try and conversion to make the score 7-7 at 3:21 in the second half. Richelle Stephens came off the bench at 4:33 in the second and scored a try 26 seconds later, putting the U.S. up 12-7 with two minutes left in the contest.
The American women will play the final match of their inaugural Olympic tournament at 6 p.m. Monday evening, facing France with fifth place on the line.
The U.S. women’s basketball team continued its Olympic run with a 103-63 victory over Spain Monday afternoon at the Youth Arena.
Five players scored in double figures for the Americans, who won their 43rd consecutive game in Olympic play, a string that dates back to the bronze medal game at the Barcelona 1992 Olympic Games. Three-time Olympic champion Diana Taurasi had 13 points, while Elena Delle Donne and Sylvia Fowles each added 12 and Angel McCoughtry and Brittney Griner added 10 apiece.
The U.S. connected on 41 of 75 field goal attempts for a 55 percent success rate. Tina Charles had a team-high six reoubnds, while Sue Bird and Maya Moore contributed five each as the Americans outrebounded Spain 46-32.
The United States returns to competition against Serbia at 3:30 p.m. onWednesday, Aug. 10.
The U.S. men’s water polo team slipped to 0-2 after falling to Spain 10-9 Monday afternoon at the Maria Lenk Aquatics Centre in Barra’s Olympic Park.
Spain used four unanswered goals to turn a 7-6 deficit into a 10-7 lead with 4:11remaining. Bret Bonanni and Alex Bowen each found the goal to pull the Americans close at 10-9, but time ran out before they could draw level.
Bonanni scored a game-high four goals for the United States, while Bowen added three. Tony Azevedo and Luca Cupido each also had a goal.
Losses to Spain and Croatia have the United States tied for fifth in Group B with three matches remaining. Next up is France in a contest scheduled for 11:40 a.m.on Wednesday, Aug. 10.
Women’s saber fencers Mariel Zagunis and Ibtihaj Muhammad advanced to the round of 16 in fencing competition Monday at Carioca Arena 3 in Barra’s Olympic Park.
Ranked No. 3 in the world, Zagunis opened with a 15-4 victory over Panama’s Eileen Grench, but fell victim to Russia’s Ekaterina Dyachenko, ranked No. 22 in the world, 15-12.
Muhammad entered the tournament ranked No. 8 in the world and defeated Olena Kravatska of Ukraine 15-13 in her first bout. Muhammad took a 6-1 lead in her match against world No. 9 Cecilia Berder of France, but saw that advantage melt quickly, ending in a 15-12 defeat.
Dagmara Wozniak was eliminated in her first-round match against Greece’s Vassiliki Vougiouka, 15-8.
The U.S. women’s field hockey remained undefeated at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, scoring a 2-1 upset victory over world No. 1 Australia, 2-1, at the Olympic Hockey Centre in Deodoro.
The Americans jumped to the lead when Michelle Vittese scored on a penalty corner in the 25th minute, giving the U.S. a 1-0 halftime lead. Caitlin van Sickle doubled the advantage in the 41st minute, but Australia answered with a Kathryn Slattery goal in the 43rd minute. U.S. goalkeeper Jackie Briggs denied all other Australian attempts to secure the win. Briggs ended the game with six saves, including four on penalty corners.
The United States now stands 2-0 and leads Pool B, while Australia falls to 0-2. Next up for the Americans is Japan, a match scheduled for 5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 10.
Lily Zhang fell to Korea’s Hyowon Suh in the third round of women’s table tennis Monday morning at Riocentro Pavilion 3 in Barra’s Olympic Park.
Zhang, who entered the tournament ranked No. 101 in the world, gave No. 18-ranked Suh a battle before succumbing 4-1 (11-8, 11-8, 7-11, 11-7, 11-6), coming back from a two-point deficit in the third to win the game.
Mackenzie Brown, ranked No. 4 in the world, saw her Olympic journey come to a premature end in the round of 16 of women’s individual archery competition Monday morning at the Sambodromo, falling to San Yu Htwe of Myanmar, 7-3 (26-26, 28-26, 30-26, 25-26, 27-25).
After opening her tournament with a win over world No. 74 Claudia Mandia of Italy, 6-4 (26-27, 29-29, 28-26, 28-28, 26-22), Brown was upset by Htwe, who entered the Rio tournament ranked No. 191 in the world. Ahead 5-1 after a third set that saw Htwe cluster all three arrows within a square inch in the 10 ring, Brown picked up two points in the fourth set as her opponent’s accuracy wavered, but Hwte came back in the fifth to close out the victory.
The United States women’s eight posted the fastest time during qualifying heats Monday morning at Lagoa Stadium.
The American boat covered the 2,000 meters in 6:06.34, winning the first heat by more than eight seconds. The time also was faster than the Heat 2 winning time of 6:09.52 by Great Britain. The U.S. and British boats advanced directly to the final, which will be raced on Saturday, Aug. 13.
The U.S. men’s eight finished second in its heat with a time of 5:40.16, 1.94 seconds off the pace set by Germany. The American time was fourth fastest in the field, moving the men into the repechage round, which will be held at 10 a.m.Wednesday, Aug. 10.
Katie Ledecky gave the United States its first swimming gold medal of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, claiming the women’s 400-meter freestyle title with a world record time of 3:56.46 Sunday evening at the Olympic Aquatic Stadium in Barra’s Olympic Park.
Ledecky left the field in her wake as she took 1.91 seconds off the world record she set in 2014 and 2.25 seconds off the Olympic record she’d established during qualifying earlier in the day. She finished 4.77 seconds ahead of Great Britain’s Jazz Carlin, who took the silver medal in a time of 4:01.23. Leah Smith won the bronze medal for the United States, posting a time of 4:01.92.
Cody Miller won the bronze medal in the men’s 100-meter breaststroke in competition Sunday evening at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium in Barra’s Olympic Park
Miller reached the wall in 58.87 seconds, 1.74 seconds behind the world record time of 57.13 seconds by Great Britain’s Adam Peaty, who claimed the gold medal. Silver went to South Africa’s Cameron van der Burgh, who posted a time of 58.69 seconds.
Kevin Cordes was fourth for the United States with a time of 59.22 seconds.
Dana Vollmer won the bronze medal in the women’s 100-meter butterfly Sunday night at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium in Barra’s Olympic Park.
Vollmer’s time of 56.63 seconds was 1.15 seconds behind the winning time of Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom, who broke her own world record with a time of 55.48 seconds, taking 0.16 seconds off the mark she set in 2015. Penny Oleksiak of Canada claimed the silver with a time of 56.46 seconds.
Led by three-time all-around world champion Simone Biles, the U.S. women’s gymnastics team was dominant during team qualifying competition Sunday at the Rio Olympic Arena in Barra’s Olympic Park.
The Americans posted the highest team score in three of the four events and was second in uneven bars, the one event in which Biles did not record the individual high score. It all addd up to a score of 185.238, a total that was 9.959 points ahead of second place China, which posted a 175.279. Russia stood third with 174.620 points.
Biles’ all-around score of 62.366 was 1.759 points ahead of teammate Aly Raisman’s 60.607 as the U.S. held the top three spots. Gabby Douglas, the reigning Olympic all-around champion, was third with 60.131 points. Biles had the top individual scores on vault (16.000), balance beam (15.633) and floor exercise (15.733), while teammate Madison Kocian had the best score on uneven bars, 15.866.
The team competition will include the United States, China, Russia, Great Britain, Brazil, Germany, Japan and the Netherlands. The team final is scheduled for 4 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 9, at the Rio Olympic Arena.
In a previous bulletin the results of two tennis matches were incorrectly reported.
Please note that Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Coco Vandeweghe won 6-1 6-1 to Spain’s Anabel Medina Garrigues and Arantxa Parra-Santonja, while Steve Johnson and Jack Sock defeated Julio Peralta and Hans Podlipnik-Castillo of Chile, 6-2 6-2.
Serena and Venus Williams’ defense of their women’s doubles Olympic title was short-lived as they lost their opening round match to Lucie Safarova and Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic, 6-3 6-4, Sunday evening at the Olympic Tennis Centre.
Earlier in the day Serena Williams began the defense of her singles title with a 6-4 6-2 win over Australia’s Daria Gavrilova.
Two other U.S. doubles teams also were defeated in Sunday play. Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Coco Vandeweghe lost 6-1 6-1 to Spain’s Anabel Medina Garrigues and Arantxa Parra-Santonja, while Steve Johnson and Jack Sock fell to Julio Peralta and Hans Podlipnik-Castillo of Chile, 6-2 6-2.
The U.S. women’s rugby sevens team fell out of medal contention after a hard-fought 5-0 quarterfinal loss to New Zealand Sunday evening at Deodoro Stadium. The difference in the match as a try by Portia Woodman as time expired in the first half.
The Americans now move into placement play, facing Fiji at 2 p.m. Mondayafternoon, then either Spain or France at either 5:30 or 6 p.m. to determine final tournament placement.
Alex Massialas won the silver medal in men’s foil during fencing competition at Carioca Arena 3 in Barra’s Olympic Park Sunday evening.
Massialas lost in the gold medal match to Italy’s Daniele Garozzo. After falling behind 14-8 by the end of the first period, Massialas gamely fought back, taking the next three points, but Garozzo closed the contest out with a single touch for the final 15-11 score.
The medal is the fifth won by the United States in the event, the first since a bronze won by Albie Alxelrod at the Rome 1960 Olympic Games. The U.S. now has won three silvers and two bronzes in men’s foil.
Phil Dalhausser and Nick Lucena won their opening match of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games with a 2-0 (21-7, 21-13) victory over Tunisia’s Mohamed Arafet Naceur and Choaib Belhaj Salah Sunday afternoon at the Beach Volleyball Arena on Copacabana Beach.
The Americans next play at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 9, against Mexico’s Juan Ramon Virgen Pulido and Rodolfo Lombardo Ontiveros Gomez.
Earlier in the day, Lauren Fendrick and Brooke Sweat lost their opening match to Poland’s Kinga Kolosinska and Monika Brzostek 2-1 (14-21, 21-13, 15-7). They will face Larissa Franca Maestrini and Talita Rocha of Brazil at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Mara Abbott finished fourth in the women’s cycling road race, held Sunday on the streets of Rio de Janeiro.
Abbott took over the lead approximately 11 kilometers from the finish when Annemiek van Vleuten of the Netherlands crashed on the rain-slicked road and was unable to continue. The American pushed on, but a three-rider group comprised of Anna van der Breggen of the Netherlands, Sweden’s Emma Johansson and Italy’s Elisa Longo Borghini mounted an organized challenge that pared down Abbott’s 38-second advantage, overtaking her with less than 100 meters to go to push her off the podium. Abbott finished with a time of 3:51:31.
Van der Breggen took the gold in 3:51:27, while Johansson took silver and Borghini won the bronze.
Megan Guarnier and Evelyn Stevens finished 11th and 12th, respectively. Guarnier was 1:14 behind the leader, while Stevens was two seconds further back.
Casey Eichfeld and Michal Smolens have advanced to the semifinal round after canoe slalom qualifying racing at Rio’s Whitewater Stadium Sunday afternoon.
Eichfeld finished 12th in men’s single canoe (C1) with a score of 100.02 the first of his two runs. That was 7.79 seconds off the leader, Germany’s Sideris Tasiadis, who posted a score of 92.23 on his second run.
Smolens was 10th in men’s single kayak (K1) after qualifying, using his second run of 90.13 to advance. He was only 3.28 away from Italy’s Giovanni De Gennaro, who scored 86.85 on his first run to lead the pack.
The C1 semifinal is scheduled to begin at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 9, with the K1 semifinal slated for 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 10.
Alex Massialas defeated Richard Kruse of Great Britain 15-9 to advance to the gold medal final in men’s foil, where he will face Italy’s Daniele Garozzo at 5:45 p.m. at Carioca Arena 3 in Barra’s Olympic Park.
Already assured no worse than a silver medal, Massialas will bring home the first U.S. Olympic men’s foil medal since 1960, when Albie Alexrod won the bronze. The United States has never won Olympic gold in the event.
Corey Cogdell-Unrein hit 68 targets in women’s trap qualifying competition Sunday morning at the Olympic Shooting Centre, earning a spot in the semifinal round scheduled to begin at 3 p.m.
The three-time Olympian and 2008 bronze medalist was fourth in the qualifying round, just two targets behind the leader, Australia’s Laetisha Scanlan. Reigning Olympic champion Jessica Rossi of Italy and Spain’s Fatima Galvez hit 69 targets.
Chase Kalisz won the silver medal in the men’s 400-meter individual medley Saturday evening at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium in Barra’s Olympic Park.
Kalisz finished with a time of 4:06.75, 0.7 seconds behind the winning time of 4:06.05 by Japan’s Kosuke Hagino. Daiya Seto won the bronze medal for Japan with a time of 4:09.71.
Jay Litherland placed fifth in 4:11.68.
Lily Zhang scored an upset victory Portugal’s Jieni Shao to advance to the Round of 32 during table tennis competition Saturday evening at the Riocentro Pavilion 3.
Entering the Olympic tournament ranked No. 101 in the world, Zhang downed Shao, who is ranked No. 54, 4-0 (11-4, 11-9, 11-9, 11-6) to advance to a third round contest against Korea’s Hyowon Suh. Seeded No. 12 in the Olympic tournament, Suh is ranked No. 18 in the world. Their match will begin at 10 a.m. Monday.
In other Saturday evening play, Jennifer Wu dropped a hard-fought second round match to Sweden’s Matilda Ekholm 4-2 (9-11, 11-8, 11-8, 5-11, 11-6, 12-10). In men’s play, Yijun Feng lost his opening round match to Spain’s Zhiwen He 4-2 (11-6, 7-11, 11-7, 8-11, 11-9, 11-4).
Conor Dwyer finished fourth and Connor Jaeger was fifth in the men’s 400-meter freestyle in swimming competition Saturday night at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium in Barra’s Olympic Park.
Dwyer finished in 3:44.01, 0.52 seconds behind Italy’s Gabriele Detti, who won the bronze medal with a time of 3:43.49. Australia’s Mack Horton won the gold medal with a 3:41.55 effort, followed by the 3:41.68 of China’s Yang Sun. Jaeger posted a time of 3:44.16. The result broke a string of U.S. bronze medals in the event at the past four Olympic Games.
Maya DiRado won the silver medal in the women’s 400-meter individual medley Saturday evening at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium in Barra’s Olympic Park.
Although she was ahead of world record pace until the end of the race, DiRado was swamped by a dominating performance from Katinka Hosszu of Hungary, who won with a world record time of 4:26.36, 4.79 seconds ahead of DiRado’s 4:31.15. Spain’s Mireia Belmonte Garcia won bronze in 4:32.39.
Hosszu shattered the world and Olympic record of 4:28.43, set at the London 2012 Olympic Games by China’s Shiwen Ye.
Elizabeth Beisel finished sixth in 4:34.98.
The United States women won the silver medal in the women’s 4×100 relay as swimming concluded its first day of competition at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium in Barra’s Olympic Park.
The foursome of Simone Manuel, Abbey Weitzeil, Dana Vollmer and Katie Ledecky led through most of the race as it covered the course in an American record time of 3:31.89, but it wasn’t enough to hold off a world and Olympic record effort from Australia, which was clocked at 3:30.65, taking 0.34 seconds off the world standard it had set in 2014. Canada won the bronze medal, finishing a full second behind the U.S. at 3:32.89.
The silver medal extends a string of American success in the event that has seen U.S. has miss a medal only twice: when the race was introduced at the Stockholm 1912 Olympic Games and again at the Moscow 1980 Olympic Games, where the U.S. did not compete.
Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross won their first match of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games with a 2-0 (21-14, 21-13) victory over Mariafe Artacho Del Solar and Nicole Laird of Australia Saturday night at the Beach Volleyball Arena on Rio’s Copacabana Beach.
Next up for the American duo is match at midnight Monday, Aug. 8, against the Chinese team of Fan Wang and Yuan Yue, who defeated Switzerland’s Isabelle Forrer and Anouk Verge-Depre 2-1 (24-22, 18-21, 15-12) in the other half of Pool C play earlier Saturday.
The United States won the men’s 4×100 freestyle relay Sunday evening at the Olympic Aquatic Stadium in Barra’s Olympic Park, giving Michael Phelps his 23rd Olympic medal and 19th Olympic gold.
The team of Phelps, Caeleb Dressel, Ryan Held and Nathan Adrian finished with a time of 3:09.92, 0.61 seconds ahead of France, which took the silver in 3:10.53. Australia won the bronze medal, posting a time of 3:11.37. Phelps swam the second leg and converted a 0.13 second deficit into a 1.04 second lead that the Americans would not relinquish.
Morghan King rewrote an American record on her way to a sixth-place finish in the 48 kg. division during weightlifting competition Saturday evening at the Riocentro Pavilion 2.
King’s lift of 83 kg. in the snatch broke the U.S. record of 82.5 kg. which had been set by Sydney 2000 Olympic Games champion Tara Nott-Cunningham. King added 100 kg. in the clean and jerk for a total of 183 kg. for the evening.
Sopita Tanasan of Thailand took the gold medal with her total of 200 kg., while India’s Sri Agustiani claimed the silver with 192 kg. Japan’s Hiromi Miyake won bronze by lifting a total of 188 kg.
Kevin Durant scored 25 points to lead a balanced attack as the United States men’s basketball team scored a 119-62 victory over China in its first game of the Rio 2016 Olympic basketball tournament Saturday evening at the Carioca Arena 1 in Barra’s Olympic Park.
The U.S. broke out to a 30-10 lead by the end of the first quarter and outscored China in each quarter. Durant and Carmelo Anthony scored 14 points during an 18-2 run in the middle of the first quarter that staked the Americans to a commanding lead they would not relinquish.
DeMarcus Cousins scored 17 points, while Paul George contributed 15 and Kyrie Irving added 12. Anthony and DeAndre Jordan shared game-high honors with seven rebounds apiece as the U.S. won the rebounding battle 52-29.
Next up for the U.S. is Venezuela at 7 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 8 as Group A play continues.
The United States women’s rugby sevens team earned its first Olympic victory with a lopsided 48-0 win over Colombia Saturday evening at Deodoro Stadium.
Alev Kelter sparked the rout with her try less than a minute into the contest, followed by a conversion 41 seconds later to put the U.S. up 7-0. Kelter led the team with a pair of tries and as many conversions for 14 points. Kathryn Johnson had two tries for 10 points as seven Americans contributed to the scoring line.
Now 1-1 for the tournament, the U.S. will conclude Pool A play against Australia at1:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 7.
Carli Lloyd was in the right place at the right time to give the United States women a 1-0 victory over France in soccer action at the Mineirao in Belo Horizonte Saturday evening.
The game was a scoreless affair until the 63rd minute, when Tobin Heath fired a shot from the left angle. French goalkeeper Sarah Bouhaddi got enough of a glove on the ball to redirect it into the near post, but it rebounded into the center of the goalie box, where Lloyd was waiting to tap it in.
The U.S. offense generated only seven shots, three on goal. Hope Solo had five saves in the shutout.
With the win, the United States is 2-0 in Group G ahead of Tuesday’s match against Colombia at Amazonia Arena. They are assured advancement to the tournament’s knockout stage, which begins Aug. 12.
The United States women’s volleyball team scored a 3-0 victory (25-17, 25-22, 25-17) over Puerto Rico as it opened Pool B play at Maracanazinho Saturday evening.
With the win the Americans hold an early edge in Pool B after Netherlands scored a 3-2 win over China earlier in the day. The U.S. faces Netherlands at 3 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 8.
The U.S. Olympic Women’s Field Hockey Team started its Rio 2016 tournament with a 2-1 victory over Argentina Saturday evening at the Olympic Hockey Centre.
Facing the world’s No. 2 ranked team, the No. 5-ranked Americans broke a scoreless deadlock when Katie Reinprecht scored in the 35th minute. The lead was doubled in the 50th minute when MIchelle Kasold scored on a penalty corner. Delfina Merino pulled one back for Argentina in the 57th minute, but the U.S. was able to hold on for the victory.
The U.S. continues Pool B play on Monday, Aug. 8, at 10 a.m. against world No. 3 Australia.
With a 6-0 semifinal win over China, the United States is assured at least a defense of its silver medal finish at the London 2012 Olympic Games when it faces Korea in the gold medal match of men’s archery team competition at Sambodromo at 5:07 p.m. Saturday evening.
The trio of Brady Ellison, Zach Garrett and Jake Kaminski will try to give the U.S. its first gold medal in the team event since the Atlanta 1996 Olympic Games. The pairing is a rematch of the London gold medal contest, which included Ellison and Kaminski.
The trio of Brady Ellison, Zach Garrett and Jake Kaminski opened their Olympic tournament with a 6-2 victory over Indonesia as archery began with team competition at Sambodromo Saturday afternoon.
The quarterfinal win moves the U.S. squad into today’s semifinal round, where they will face China at 4:11 p.m. The United States won the silver medal in the event at the London 2012 Olympic Games. The other semifinal pits Australia against reigning Olympic champion Korea.
The semfinal losers meet to decide the bronze medal at 4:39 p.m., while the winners shoot for gold at 5:07 p.m. Saturday.
Jake Gibb and Casey Patterson opened their Rio 2016 Olympic Games tournament with a 2-0 win (21-16, 21-16) over Jefferson Pereira and Cherif Samba of Qatar at the Beach Volleyball Arena on Copacabana Beach.
The win gives the Americans an early edge in Pool F play as they prepare for their next match against Austria’s Robin Seidl and Alexander Huber at 4:30 p.m.Monday, Aug. 8.
Carlos Balderas Jr. won his opening bout in the 60 kg. class as boxing competition began Saturday at Riocentro Pavilion 6 in Barra’s Olympic Park.
Balderas, seeded No. 8 in the Olympic tournament, scored a 3-0 decision over Berik Abdrakhmanov of Kazakhstan to move into the round of 16, where he will meet Daisuke Narimatsu of Japan. That bout is scheduled for 11:15 a.m. onTuesday, Aug. 9.
Nico Hernandez opened his Olympic boxing tournament with a 3-0 decision over Italy’s Manuel Cappai Saturday evening at the Riocentro Pavilion 6 in Barra’s Olympic Park.
Next up for Hernandez in the 49 kg. class is Russia’s Vasilii Egorov, the tournament’s No. 2 seed. That bout is scheduled for 5:45 p.m. Monday, Aug. 8.
For the second consecutive Olympic Games, the United States will bring home a silver medal in men’s archery team competition. The trio of Brady Ellison, Zach Garrett and Jake Kaminski earned the silver after falling to Korea 6-0 in the gold medal match at Sambodromo Saturday evening.
In a rematch of the battle for gold in London, Korea scored 10s on their first six arrows and never gave the Americans an opportunity on which they could capitalize.
Ellison and Kaminski, both members of the London 2012 Olympic Team, take their second Olympic silver medal while Garrett earns a medal at his first Olympic Games.
Lily Zhang and Jennifer Wu won their first-round matches to advance in table tennis competition at the Riocentro Pavilion 3 in Barra’s Olympic Park Saturday.
Zhang, who is ranked No. 101 in the world, defeated Gremlis Arvelo of Venezuela 4-0 (11-3, 11-5, 11-5, 11-7), while Wu, ranked No. 146, was victorious over Slovakia’s Eva Odorova 4-1 (3-11, 11-5, 11-9, 11-6, 11-8).
Zhang now faces Jieni Shao of Portugal, who is ranked No. 54 in the world, at 8:30 p.m., while Wu meets No. 52-ranked Matilda Ekholm of Sweden at 9:15 p.m.
On the men’s side, Kanak Jha lost his preliminary match against Iran’s Nima Alamian 4-1 (11-3, 7-11, 11-7, 11-9, 12-10).
Swimmers Chase Kalisz and Jay Litherland advanced to Saturday evening’s final during qualifying heats for the men’s 400-meter individual medley at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium in Barra’s Olympic Park.
Kalisz posted the fastest qualifying time earlier this afternoon. His 4:08.12 was 0.35 seconds faster than Japan’s Daiya Seto, who was second-fastest at 4:08.47. Litherland was fourth overall in 4:11.10, 1.1 seconds slower than Kosuke Hagino of Japan.
The final will begin at 10:03 p.m. at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium.