The Latest: Cancellara denies Froome time trial gold at Rio

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Posted: Aug 10, 2016 12:19 PM
The Latest: Cancellara denies Froome time trial gold at Rio

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):

1 p.m.

Fabian Cancellara has denied Chris Froome the Tour de France-Olympic double. The retiring Swiss star instead capped his own remarkable career with another time trial gold medal at the Rio Games.

Cancellara looked like the same powerful youngster who cruised to gold at the 2008 Beijing Games, decimating the hilly, rain-slicked course along the coast in 1 hour, 12 minutes, 15.42 seconds.

He finished 47 seconds ahead of Tom Dumoulin of the Netherlands, who competed despite breaking his hand during the Tour de France, while Froome had to settle for the bronze medal.

Cancellara began weeping the moment Froome, the last rider of the day, crossed the finish line Wednesday. He announced more than a year ago that this would be his final season as a cyclist.


12:50 p.m.

An unexpected miscue was not enough to derail Jin Jongoh's bid for a third straight gold.

The South Korean overcame an inexplicable 6.6 on his ninth shot of the finals with some stellar shooting, tracking down Vietnam's Hoang Xuan Vinh to win gold in men's 50-meter pistol at the Rio Olympics.

Jin dropped to the bottom of the standings with a surprising ninth shot that put him on the cusp of elimination. He survived and continued to climb up the standings with a series of shots in the 10-ring after falling 4.4 points behind Hoang.

Jin passed Hoang on the penultimate shot of the finals and finished 2.4 points ahead of Hoang, who became Vietnam's first gold medalist with his victory in 10-meter air pistol on Saturday.

North Korea's Kim Song Guk captured bronze.


12:25 p.m.

Another loss on the beach for Americans Casey Patterson and Jake Gibb.

The U.S. men fell to 1-2 at the Copacabana beach volleyball venue on Wednesday, losing to Spain 15-7 in the third set.

That left Gibb and Patterson needing help in their pool to avoid elimination from the Rio Games.

In beach volleyball, the first two teams in a four-person pool advance to the quarterfinals. The last place team in the four-person pool is done. The third-place teams have at least one more game.

All four teams entered the last match tied at 1-1. Austria played Qatar later Wednesday.


12:15 p.m.

China's overwhelming domination of table tennis at the Olympics continues.

It will be a rematch of China's Li Xiaoxia, the 28-year-old gold medalist from London, against China's Ding Ning, London silver medalist, in the women's gold medal match later Wednesday.

Japan's Ai Fukuhara and North Korea's Kim Song I will play later in the bronze medal match.

Li obliterated Fukuhara, a media darling in her country since she was a toddler, four games to zero in their best-of-seven match.

Ding, 26, faced a tougher challenge from Kim, 21, who is ranked 31st at the Olympics and is world No. 56. Ding won 4-1.

Kim, a so-called "chopper," or defensive specialist, played before a small but loud North Korean cheering section, which included Choe Ryong Hae, a top lieutenant of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

China has won 24 of 28 gold medals since table tennis became an Olympic sport in 1988, and all the golds at the past two Games.

For the men's side, London champion Zhang Jike, who was named after Brazilian soccer star Zico, will face Vladimir Samsonov, a 40-year-old from Belarus, in the semifinals on Thursday. China's Ma Long, the current world No. 1, will play Japan's Jun Mizutani.


12:05 p.m.

Rio Olympic organizers say a preliminary analysis has shown that stones not bullets hit a bus carrying journalists, breaking two windows.

The incident happened as the bus was traveling in the Curicica area of Rio de Janeiro as it traveled toward the Olympic Park on Tuesday.

Games security official Luiz Fernando Correa says through a translator that "we have a preliminary analysis that it was actually a stone and not firearms shots."

Correa doesn't know yet whether the stones were thrown "by hand or by any other instrument" but he says it was an "act of vandalism not a criminal act with the intention of injuring one person or another."

Mobile security patrols are being stepped up on roads around Olympic venues.


11:55 a.m.

Refugee athlete Popole Misenga has won his first-round match in the men's division of judo's 90-kilogram division.

In a competitive contest against India's Avtar Singh, Misenga managed to score one point with a throw that landed Singh on his side — but it was ultimately enough to win. In a crowd dotted with Brazilian flags, the cheers for Misenga's victory were deafening.

Misenga hasn't seen his family in the Congo for 15 years and settled in Brazil three years ago, after coming to compete in the world championships. He trains at the judo school run by renowned coach Geraldo Bernardes, the coach of Brazilian judoka Rafaela Silva — who won the country's first gold of the Rio Olympics on Sunday.

In his next fight, Misenga faces top-seeded Donghan Gwak of South Korea.


11:40 a.m.

Even losing was a victory for judoka Yolanda Bukasa.

The refugee Olympian from Congo may have lost in judo's first round of the women's 70-kilogram division, but said it was significant just to be able to fight on sport's biggest stage.

Bukasa fled her war-torn country years ago after being separated from her parents. On Wednesday, she faced off against Israel's Linda Bolder, the 11th seed. In their first-round fight, Bolder quickly took control and managed to throw Bukasa once and then held her down for 20 seconds, scoring an automatic victory.

After the match, Bukasa said that she was "happy even having lost because I had the chance to fight at the Olympics." She said her message for family back home was that she was continuing to fight, "not just for judo, but for my life." And that they should do the same.



The Olympic fencing tournament has been marked by massive upsets so far.

The biggest one yet came Wednesday morning in Carioca Arena 3.

Unheralded Canadian Eleanor Harvey stunned the world's top-ranked foil fencer, Italy's Arianna Errigo, 15-11 in the round of 16.

Errigo was considered by some to be the top fencer regardless of weapon in the world. She was expected to take her place as Italy's next great Olympic champion in Rio after the retirement of Valentina Vezzali, a six-time gold medalist.

But Harvey's elusive style flummoxed Errigo, and the match quickly got away from the Italian.

After clinching the bout, Harvey took off the mask, turned to the Canadian fan contingent near her piste in disbelief and pointed to her breast plate as if to say "Me? I did that?"


11:20 a.m.

Rain is delaying the start of play on Day 5 of the tennis competition at the Rio Olympics.

Among the players on Wednesday's schedule are the last two men's singles gold medalists, Andy Murray of Britain and Rafael Nadal of Spain, in third-round action.

Nadal is supposed to play three matches, weather permitting, including in the men's doubles semifinals with Marc Lopez, and the first round of mixed doubles with Garbine Muguruza.


11:15 a.m.

Rowing officials say they can deal with the Olympic regatta being canceled one more day without having to resort to drastic measures like dropping races.

But if the bad weather continues into Friday, then things start getting complicated, says Matt Smith, executive director of FISA, the international rowing federation.

Right now there's enough room to fit in the canceled races in coming days without having to use the regatta's reserve day on Sunday, Smith told reporters. But if the challenging weather conditions persist beyond Thursday, officials may have to cancel some races for lower-ranked rowers or shorten the 2-kilometer race course.

"If Friday morning at 10 o'clock we are sitting here, we may have to lose some races," Smith said.

The course on the Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon needs to be reworked Sunday afternoon for the canoe sprint competition, which starts Monday.


11:10 a.m.

Sitting right next to the murky diving well at the Maria Lenk Aquatics Centre, it looks as if the water polo pool is turning green with envy.

The third day of the men's water polo tournament kicked off in green-tinged water after the diving pool turned green on Tuesday. A spokesman for the venue said they would have a statement from the organizing committee soon.

There was no sign of any issue with the water polo pool during the first day of the women's competition.

For now, at least, the black lines on the bottom of the pool are clearly visible, and there is no sign of any effect on play. But if the water gets any darker, it could grow more physical since it will be hard for the referees to determine what's going on underwater.


9:55 a.m.

MEDAL ALERT: Kristin Armstrong of the United States won her third consecutive Olympic time trial Wednesday, her golden effort on the brutal course leaving her in an exhausted heap on the road at the finish line.

Armstrong covered the course through driving wind and rain in 44 minutes, 26.42 seconds, beating reigning bronze medalist Olga Zabelinskaya of Russia by just 5.55 seconds.

Anna van der Breggen of the Netherlands added a bronze medal to her gold from the road race.

Armstrong, who turns 43 on Thursday, joined speed skater Bonnie Blair as the only American women to win three gold medals in the same event at any Olympics. She also won in Beijing and London.

Dutch rider Ellen van Dijk slid off the course, likely costing her a medal. She finished fourth.


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