Bolt, Gatlin win their 100m semifinals in Rio
15 August 2016, 10:51
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Usain Bolt and Justin Gatlin set up the biggest clash on the Olympic track by both winning their 100 meters semifinals.
Bolt was slow out of the blocks again but powered through the midsection before easing across the line in a season's best of 9.86. He had time to look left and right before turning the power off, showing off the smile the world has come to love. Andre de Grasse of Canada finished in 9.92 to go through.
Gatlin was all business, fast from the start and barely letting up at the finish for a time of 9.94. After being roundly booed by the crowd before the start, he immediately disappeared into the stadium tunnel after his win.
Jimmy Vicaut of France won the first heat in 9.95, turning around a disappointing season with a place in the final.
Jamaican Nickel Ashmeade was out, finishing fifth in the first heat with a time of 10.05.
World champion Allyson Felix ran a season-best 49.67 to lead the qualifiers into the women's 400-meter final.
Felix is running only in the 400 after missing a chance to defend her Olympic 200-meter title by failing to make the U.S. team. She went out hard and coasted to the finish ahead of Shaunae Miller, the world championship silver medalist of Bahamas.
There'll be three Americans and two Jamaicans in Monday's final.
Phyllis Francis of the United States won the first of the three semifinal heats in 50.31, holding off Stephenie Ann McPherson of Jamaica.
World championships bronze medalist Shericka Jackson set a personal best 49.83 to win the second heat, overhauling American Natasha Hastings on the line.
Christine Ohuruogu, the 2008 Olympic champion and silver medalist in London in 2012, was knocked out after finishing fifth in the first heat.
MEDAL ALERT: Andy Murray of Britain beat Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina for his second consecutive Olympic singles gold medal.
Murray's 7-5, 4-6, 6-2, 7-5 victory Sunday at the Rio Games makes him the first man or woman with two Olympic singles titles, let alone two in a row.
At London in 2012, Murray won a singles gold and mixed doubles silver.
The second-seeded Murray stretched his winning streak to a career-high 18 matches and stopped the resurgent run of the 141st-ranked del Potro, who knocked off No. 1 Novak Djokovic in the first round and No. 3 Rafael Nadal in the semifinals.
Del Potro's silver goes alongside his bronze from four years ago.
Kei Nishikori defeated Nadal for the bronze earlier Sunday.
Sarah Robles won the United States' first weightlifting medal for 16 years Sunday with bronze in the women's over-75-kilogram category.
China's Meng Suping won gold with 130 kilograms in the snatch and 177 in the clean and jerk for a total of 307, one more than second-placed Kim Kuk Hyang of North Korea.
Robles lifted 286 total, with 126 in the snatch and 160 in the clean and jerk.
After making her final lift, Robles sank onto her knees and gave a roar of delight before blowing a kiss to the crowd.
The last U.S. medal winners in weightlifting were Tara Nott and Cheryl Haworth when the women's events debuted in 2000. The last U.S. men's medals were in 1984.
Michael Phelps insists his swimming career is over. He's got big plans for the next phase of his life, and it starts with being a father to 3-month-old son Boomer.
The most decorated athlete in Olympics history says he is looking forward to having the time to devote to his son after being so tied up with training for the Rio Games.
He said on Sunday that he ditched the athletes village to stay with Boomer and his fiancee, Nicole Johnson, on Saturday night. While other athletes celebrate their victories wildly, Phelps says he spent the night changing diapers. He says he wants to be there for Boomer "every step of the way."
Phelps says he plans to keep swimming, but only for exercise. Phelps would routinely put on weight after performing in the Olympics, but he says he wants to avoid that in retirement.
The Netherlands defeated Australia 4-0 in a men's field hockey quarterfinal match between the world's top two teams on Sunday night.
The second-ranked Dutch advanced to play neighbor Belgium in a Tuesday semifinal. Belgium defeated India 3-1 earlier in the day.
The top-ranked Australians had medaled in six consecutive Olympics, claiming gold in 2004 and bronze in 2008 and 2012.
Billy Bakker scored for the Netherlands 49 seconds into the match to set the tone.
Australia dominated possession in the second period, but the Netherlands consistently made good defensive plays in the circle. The Dutch then added to their lead when Bob de Voogd knocked one in late in the second.
Valentin Verga scored for the Dutch early in the third period, and Mink van der Weerden added another goal early in the fourth.
Goalie Jaap Stockmann registered the shutout for the Netherlands.
MEDAL ALERT: France has won the gold medal in men's team epee, easily defeating Italy 45-31 in a matchup between two of the sport's traditional powers.
Until Sunday, France overall had won just one silver and one bronze in fencing in the Rio Olympics. They were left off the podium entirely in 2012 in London.
The team of Yannick Borel, Daniel Jarent and Jean-Michel Lucenay brought that golden shutout to an end on the last day of the fencing tournament.
Borel wrapped the match up with a quick touch of opponent Marco Fichera. Borel ripped off his mask and let out a scream to celebrate.
France was the favorite as the top-ranked squad in the world coming into the Summer Games.
Hungary won the bronze after beating Ukraine 39-37.
MEDAL ALERT: Russia wrestler Roman Vlasov won gold for the second Olympics in a row, taking first at 75 kilograms in the Greco-Roman event.
Vlasov beat Denmark's Mark Madsen 5-1 on SundaY, his second straight win over the Dane in the world finals.
Madsen has now finished second in the world five times. Still, Madsen became Denmark's first Olympic medalist in wrestling since 1948 by winning silver.
Vlasov's win might be the first of many in Rio for the Russians, who typically dominate the Olympic tournament.
Brazil's men's soccer team arrived in Rio de Janeiro for the first time during the Olympics and its first stop was at the athletes' village.
Neymar and his teammates met with several other athletes Sunday in the nearly two hours that they stayed at the village.
Seeking its first gold medal in soccer, Brazil plays Honduras on Wednesday at the Maracana Stadium in the semifinals of the Olympic tournament. The team is staying at its training camp in Teresopolis, a city just outside Rio.
Brazil previously played in Brasilia, Salvador and Sao Paulo. Soccer is the only competition that is played outside of the Olympic host city.
Germany and Nigeria play in the other semifinal.
American swimmer Nathan Adrian says he's not concerned about his safety after four of his teammates were robbed by armed men in Rio de Janeiro.
The U.S. Olympic Committee says Ryan Lochte, Gunnar Bentz, Jack Conger and Jimmy Feigen were robbed at gunpoint early Sunday by thieves posing as police officers who stopped their taxi and took their money and belongings. The robbery was the latest security incident to hit the Rio Games.
USOC spokesman Patrick Sandusky says the four swimmers are safe.
Adrian said Sunday at a news conference that there will be "problems anywhere you go" and that the athletes have been briefed on how to mitigate those risks.
Adrian says now that swimming competition is over at the Olympics, athletes want to see the sights and sounds of Rio.
Brazilians Larissa and Talita have advanced to the women's beach volleyball semifinals, rallying after losing the first set and surviving a handful of match points in an epic second set.
The No. 1 seeds won 21-23, 27-25, 15-13.
Joana Heidrich buried her head in a towel on the Swiss bench afterward, while Larissa took the microphone to thank the crowd. Heidrich and Nadine Zumkehr were two points from victory in the second but couldn't overcome the favorites and their supportive crowd.
The Brazilians will play Germany on Tuesday.
Love is in the air at the Olympic diving pool.
After He Zi earned silver in women's 3-meter springboard, the Chinese diver accepted a marriage proposal from her boyfriend and fellow diver Qin Kai as she stepped off the medal podium Sunday.
A serious-looking Qin opened a box with a ring inside, took it out and slipped it on He's finger after she nodded yes. She clapped her right hand over her mouth and Qin gave her a red rose encased in glass.
The crowd roared in delight as the couple hugged.
MEDAL ALERT: Jason Kenny defeated Callum Skinner in an all-Britain final to defend his individual sprint Olympic gold medal and win his second gold of the Rio Games.
Kenny and Skinner combined with Philip Hindes to win the team sprint Thursday night.
Kenny overtook Skinner on the final straightaway to win the first of their best-of-three race, then showed some veteran poise as he held off Skinner from the lead to make it a clean sweep.
It was Kenny's fifth Olympic gold medal and sixth medal overall. The performance also gave the powerful British track cycling team four golds and six medals overall in Rio.
Denis Dmitriev of Russia swept past Matt Glaetzer of Australia to take bronze.
MEDAL ALERT: Ismael Borrero Molina has won the gold medal in 59-kilogram Greco-Roman wrestling, giving Cuba at least one wrestling title in each of the last seven Olympics.
Borrero Molina beat Japan's Shinobu Ota 8-0 Sunday in the first title match of the Olympics.
The Cuban dominated the 22-year-old Ota, pulling ahead with a dramatic throw and turn move and clinching on match superiority.
Uzbekistan's Elmurat Tasmuradov and Andre-Stige Berge of Norway claimed bronze medals — with Berge giving the Norwegians their first wrestling medal since 1992.
Germany has reached the women's beach volleyball semifinals.
Laura Ludwig and Kira Walkenhorst beat Canada 21-14, 21-14 at the Copacabana venue on Sunday to advance. The German men have won two Olympic beach volleyball medals — including the gold in London — but the women have never reached the podium.
Ludwig is at the Olympics for the third time, previously finishing ninth and fifth with Sara Niedrig.
Canada sent the maximum of four beach volleyball teams to Rio — one of just four countries to hit the quota. But Heather Bansley and Sarah Pavan were their last hope for a medal.
MEDAL ALERT: Giles Scott of Great Britain has clinched the gold medal in the Finn class in the Rio Olympics regatta with a race to spare.
Scott came in as the heavy favorite, yet still had to prove it in Rio's tricky conditions.
He was also feeling the pressure of following in the enormous wake of countryman Ben Ainslie, who was knighted after winning the Finn gold at London in 2012. Ainslie finished his Olympics career as the most successful sailor ever, with four straight golds and a silver.
Scott also sails for Ainslie's America's Cup syndicate.
The other medals will be determined Tuesday. American Caleb Paine of San Diego is fourth, five points out of the bronze.
MEDAL ALERT: Russia's Aliya Mustafina has ended the U.S. women's team dominance atop the podium in women's gymnastics.
Mustafina defended her Olympic title in uneven bars on Sunday, edging American Madison Kocian in a tight final. Mustafina's score of 15.900 was just a touch better than Kocian's score of 15.833. The difference was the difficulty of Mustafina's routine, which was one-tenth tougher than Kocian's brilliant set.
The "Final Five" had won every gold medal available in Rio behind superstar Simone Biles. It ended when Mustafina nailed her dismount on her way to an eighth Olympic medal.
Sophie Scheder of German was third.
Gabby Douglas, the 2012 Olympic all-around champion, finished seventh.
MEDAL ALERT: Shi Tingmao of China wins gold in women's 3-meter springboard diving. He Zi of China takes silver and Tania Cagnotto of Italy earns bronze.
Did you send American boxer Nico Hernandez a congratulatory text for winning an Olympics bronze medal?
He might not have read the message.
Hernandez, the first American to win a boxing medal since 2008, seemed to have some trouble with his mobile device on the way to the medal stand.
He tweeted to T-Mobile, "lost my phone in Rio before receiving my Medal, can you help me find it?"
T-Mobile tweeted back that it would if Hernandez sent the company a direct message, it would "do all we can to help!"
You can call Nico Hernandez an Olympic bronze medalist, just not on his phone.