RIO DE JANEIRO | The Latest from the 2016 Summer Olympics at Rio de Janeiro (all times local):
Fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad made history Monday by becoming the first American to compete in the Olympics wearing a hijab.
Muhammad, sporting a plain black Muslim head scarf under a red, white and blue mask, was a winner in her opening bout in the women’s sabre tournament, beating Olena Kravatska of Ukraine 15-13.
Muhammad, ranked eighth in the world in her weapon, will next face ninth-ranked Cecilia Berder of France.
The first golf shot in 112 years at the Olympics will be struck by the lone Brazilian player in the men’s field.
Adilson da Silva was selected to tee off first Thursday at the Olympic Golf Course, and the International Golf Federation did not stop there. Also in the opening threesome is Graham DeLaet of Canada and Byeong Hun An of South Korea.
IGF President Peter Dawson said DeLaet was chosen for the first group because Canada is the defending champion. George Lyon won the gold medal in St. Louis is 1904 when golf was last part of the Olympic program.
An has the strongest Olympic ties. His parents won medals in table tennis at the Seoul Games in 1988.
This time they stayed in the boat.
Serbian rowers Milos Vasic and Nenad Bedik, who capsized in their first race in Rio, are through to the semifinals in the men’s pair after placing second in the repechage, a last-chance qualifying heat, on Monday.
Vasic and Bedik ended up in the water on Saturday when their boat overturned in choppy waters on the Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon.
Conditions were much calmer on Monday and the Serbs crossed the finish line without incident behind Netherlands pair Roel Braas and Mitchel Steenman.
Australian cyclist Richie Porte is headed home after breaking his right scapula during a crash in the Olympic road race, two days before he was supposed to race for gold in the time trial.
Porte’s trade team BMC Racing said Monday the rider was examined at Vitoria Hospital in Barra and was returning home to recover. Doctors are optimistic the bone will heal without surgery.
Porte is one of the world’s best in the time trial.
The weekend road races were marked by several horrific crashes, including one that left Dutch cyclist Annemiek van Vleuten with a concussion and three fractures to her spine.
It took only 46 seconds for Brazil’s Rafaela Silva to score the country’s first judo win on Monday.
In a first-round match against Germany’s Miryam Roper, Silva went out quickly on the offensive and within 15 seconds, had flipped Roper once to score. To chants of “Brazil,” the 11th-ranked Silva kept charging at her opponent and just 30 seconds later, managed to get another strong grip for a second throw. The two throws were enough to give Silva an ippon victory, which ends the fight automatically.
At the London Games, Silva was disqualified for an illegal leg grab. Silva is Brazil’s first female world champion and one of the country’s strongest medal hopes; Brazil narrowly missed out on bronze medals on the first two days of the competition.
Canada’s Penny Oleksiak has produced both her and her country’s second medal of the Rio Games in as many days.
The 16-year-old from Toronto won a silver medal in the 100-meter butterfly on Sunday and swam the anchor leg of the women’s 4 x 100 freestyle that earned bronze on Saturday.
There may be more medals on tap for the teen sensation with the 4 x 200 relay and women’s 100-meter freestyle races coming up Wednesday and Thursday at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium in Rio de Janeiro.
Canada’s goal at the Rio Games is a top-12 ranking among countries in total medals won. The Canadian team won 18 medals — including one gold — four years ago in London.
The U.S. women’s eight has entered the Rio Olympics rowing competition in dominating style, winning its heat several boat lengths ahead of the Netherlands.
The double Olympic champions won the race Monday in 6 minutes, 6.34 seconds, a whooping eight seconds ahead of the Dutch boat. Romania was third in 6:16.24.
The U.S. has won 10 consecutive world and Olympic titles in the women’s eight since 2006, a dynasty that is unmatched in most team sports.
The rowing competition resumed in calm and overcast conditions after races were canceled Sunday due to strong winds.
The seeds for many of the medals the U.S. track team hopes to win in Rio de Janeiro were planted at a training center in California with the help of technology originally designed for golf.
USA Track and Field lets its athletes use “Track Man,” a computerized tracking device that sports fans might recognize from watching golf on TV. The program can trace the trajectory of shot puts and hammers to allow athletes who throw them to keep track of how high and far they go.
Phil Cheetham, senior sport technologist for the U.S. Olympic Committee, says the program’s immediate feedback “is proven to help you improve technique much more quickly.”
The U.S. track organization says it spent $850,000 on sports science in 2015, including technology like “Track Man.” That figure will be $1.25 million in 2016 and $2 million annually from 2017-2020.
The Philippines is celebrating the silver medal won by weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz at the Rio Olympics — a happy break to the Southeast Asian nation’s 20-year medal drought.
Diaz won the women’s 53kg weightlifting competition on Sunday.
President Rodrigo Duterte sent his congratulations to Diaz, an Air Force soldier, saying she brought honor to the country. Vice President Leni Robredo says Diaz serves as an inspiration to every Filipino and a reminder that no challenge is too heavy for a Filipino woman to overcome.
The three-time Olympian’s medal is the Philippines’ first since boxer Mansueto “Onyok” Velasco won silver at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.
Finger-waving is usually reserved for mothers, grandmothers and Dikembe Mutombo, but an American swimmer’s finger-waving over a Russian swimmer’s drug cheating is heating up the Olympic Aquatics Stadium.
United States breaststroker Lilly King on Sunday aimed her comments and finger wag at Russia’s Yulia Efimova, the world champion who was approved to compete at the Rio Olympics only Saturday after a previous ban for doping.
When Efimova waved a finger after her semifinal, King leaned back and gave her own version toward Efimova’s face on a TV monitor. King then qualified fastest for the eight-woman final in 1 minute, 5.70 seconds, just ahead of Efimova’s time of 1:05.72.
Lilly told reporters “if that’s what she feels she needs to be able to compete, whatever, that’s her deal … I’m here to compete clean for the U.S.”
She and King square off in the 100-meter breaststroke final Monday night, swimming next to each other.
World swimming body FINA has not explained why it restored Russian swimmers with previous doping ties to the Rio Olympics at the last minute.
Officials for Australia and China are jumping into the fray as a feud over doping between swimmers Mack Horton and Sun Yang keeps boiling at the Rio Olympics.
The Chinese Swimming Association on Monday asked Horton to apologize for his “inappropriate words” after he labeled Sun a “drug cheat” — a reference to Sun’s three-month 2014 suspension over banned heart medication.
Australia’s Olympic Committee, hours later, shot back in Horton’s defense, saying he was speaking out in support of clean athletes, and wished him luck.
Horton, 20, made the dig at Sun while the two attended a press conference on Sunday after Horton unseated the Chinese defending champion in the 400-meter freestyle.
The swimming feud has escalated the war-of-words between Australian and Chinese national media, which have been squabbling over geopolitical tensions.
Eight sports will be awarding 14 gold medals Monday at the Rio Olympics in events ranging from artistic gymnastics to diving, fencing, judo, rugby sevens, shooting, swimming and weightlifting.
Swimming alone will hand out four gold medals — in the men’s 200 meter freestyle and the 100 meter backstroke, and in the women’s 100 meter breaststroke and 100 meter backstroke. In the men’s 200 meter freestyle finals, watch for Germany’s Paul Biedermann, who holds the world record.
Medals in rugby will be awarded for the first time in 92 years as the top four women’s sevens teams in the world — Australia, Canada, Britain and New Zealand — compete.
Michael Phelps is not content with a record 19th gold medal — he’s aiming for more.
The American superstar swims in the preliminaries of the men’s 200 meter butterfly on Monday. He holds the world and Olympic records in the event.
American Katie Ledecky crushed her own world record in the 400 freestyle Sunday night, touching nearly 5 seconds ahead of her closest pursuer. On Monday, she and world record holder Federica Pellegrini of Italy are among those swimming in the women’s 200 meter freestyle heats.
Russia’s Sofya Velikaya and Ukraine’s Olga Kharlan are among those to watch as the women’s sabre medal matches are held Monday in Rio de Janiero.
History will also be made as U.S. team member Ibtihaj Muhammad becomes the first American to compete in the Olympics wearing a hijab.
The men’s gymnastics team finals are taking place Monday with teams from China, the United States, Russia, Japan, Britain, Brazil, Ukraine and Germany.
While Japan has been a favorite, the team looked shaky in preliminaries. They won the world championships last year in Glasgow and finished second to China in both the 2014 worlds and the 2012 Olympics in London.
The sometimes raucous atmosphere of the preliminaries in Rio de Janeiro was tempered, however, by a sobering reminder of the sport’s ever-present danger when French gymnast Samir Ait Said broke his left leg while trying to land a vault.
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