BREAKING: Eliud Kipchoge gets marathon gold
21 August 2016, 18:00
RIO DE JANEIRO — The latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):
Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya finally has won the gold medal in the Olympic marathon, finishing with a time of 2 hours, 8 minutes and 44 seconds as he sprinted to the finish line with a smile on his face.
Kipchoge missed the 2012 London Games, but he finished second in 2008 in Beijing and was third in this event in the 2004 Athens Games. He was a favorite coming in as the dominant marathoner of the past couple years, and he took the lead for good after the 30-kilometer mark.
Feyisa Lelisa of Ethiopia finished second for the silver, while American Galen Rupp took bronze in his second marathon and first ever in the Olympics. Rupp became the first American to medal in this event since Meb Keflezighi won silver in 2004.
A field of 155 runners started the marathon — the biggest field in Olympic history.
American Kyle Snyder will wrestle for a gold medal later Sunday at 97 kilograms in men's freestyle after rallying to beat Georgia's Elizbar Odikadze 9-4 in the semifinals.
Odikadze stunned the 20-year-old defending world champion with a four-point arm throw early in the match. But Snyder responded, taking control by walking the Georgian to the edge of the mat for a standing takedown.
Snyder, who wrestles for Ohio State, will face Azerbaijan's Khetag Goziumov in an effort to become the youngest U.S. Olympic champion in wrestling.
Snyder also represents the U.S.'s final chance at a gold medal in men's freestyle. The Americans have had at least one men's freestyle champion in every Olympics since 1968.
Azerbaijan's Toghrul Asgarov will go for his second straight Olympic medal at 65 kilograms against Russian Soslan Ramonov, who scored a staggering 18 points in his semifinal win.
For some nations, winning Olympic gold is quite the regular occurrence. At the Rio de Janeiro Games, plenty of first-timers got to hear their anthems played in celebration as well.
Going into Sunday's final day of competition in Rio, 10 teams — including the independent team of Olympians — were assured of leaving these games with their first gold medals.
That's the most first-timers since 16 nations got their inaugural feel of Olympic gold at the Atlanta Games in 1996.
And those were hardly the only medal milestones at these games. The United States became the first team to win 1,000 gold medals in summer games competition, and a record 87 teams got at least one medal in Rio.
A look at the 10 first-time Olympic champions:
American swimmer Ryan Lochte says he over-exaggerated what happened at a Rio de Janeiro gas station and acknowledged it was his "immature behavior" that got him and three teammates into a mess that consumed the final days of the Olympics.
Lochte, in a portion of an interview with NBC's Matt Lauer that aired Saturday , continued backtracking from a story that he initially described as an armed robbery. Police have said the swimmers vandalized a bathroom after a night of partying and armed guards confronted them and asked them to pay for the damage.
"It's how you want to make it look like," Lochte said. "Whether you call it a robbery or whether you call it extortion or us just paying for the damages, we don't know. All we know is that there was a gun pointed in our direction and we were demanded to give money."
The men's Olympic marathon is underway in damp conditions on the streets of downtown Rio.
After 19 kilometers, a leading pack of about 30 runners is bunched up in a group that includes Kenyan and Ugandan favorites as well as American Galen Rudd. This is the last event in the Olympic track and field program in Rio, and the Kenyans are expecting to wrap it up with gold. Eliud Kipchoge has been the dominant marathoner the last two years and is at the front of the leading group, while his Kenyan teammate Stanley Biwott also is a contender. Stephen Kiptrotich of Uganda is looking to defend the gold medal he won in the 2012 London Games.
With the rain, only a small crowd of fans and supporters in ponchos and holding umbrellas were on hand to see the runners off on the course winding through the soggy streets of Rio de Janeiro. Larger crowds built up as the course took runners along the famous beaches of Rio.
The men's marathon has started in a downpour with runners leaving from the Sambodromo stadium in central Rio.
This is the last event in the Olympic track and field program in Rio, and the Kenyans are expecting to wrap it up with gold. Eliud Kipchoge has been the dominant marathoner the last two years, while his Kenyan teammate Stanley Biwott also is a contender. Stephen Kiptrotich of Uganda is looking to defend the gold medal he won in the 2012 London Games. The field also features Americans Galen Rupp and Meb Keflezighi.
With the rain, only a small crowd of fans and supporters in ponchos and holding umbrellas were on hand to see the runners off on the course winding through the soggy streets of Rio de Janeiro.