The Latest: US beach volleyball team ousted by Brazil

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Posted: Aug 17, 2016 12:11 AM
The Latest: US beach volleyball team ousted by Brazil

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

1:10 a.m.

Brazil beat the Americans in the women's beach volleyball semifinals and ended the gold medal run of three-time Olympic champion Kerri Walsh Jennings.

Agatha and Barbara won 22-20, 21-18 to earn a matchup in the final against Germany. The best Walsh Jennings and her partner, April Ross, can do is a bronze medal when they play Brazil's other women's team on Wednesday.

Walsh Jennings had won three gold medals with Misty May-Treanor and had never lost an Olympic match. In fact, she had only lost two sets in her Olympic career before falling in straight sets at the Copacabana venue.

Agatha and Barbara are the defending world champions, but they were the second-seeded team in the tournament to fellow Brazilians Talita and Larissa. The No. 1 team, a pair of three-time Olympians, lost to Germany earlier Tuesday.

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1 a.m.

UPSET ALERT: Americans Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross have been beaten by Brazil in the beach volleyball semifinals. Walsh Jennings, a three-time Olympic gold medalist, had never lost a match in the Summer Games.

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12:45 p.m.

Two-time defending women's indoor volleyball champion Brazil has been eliminated from the Olympics at home and the players' shocked faces afterward told it all.

China rallied from losing the first set to stun the medal favorite Brazilians 15-13 in the decisive fifth set early Wednesday morning.

Brazil had been the favorite to face the United States in a potential gold-medal match after beating the Americans in each of the past Olympics.

Brazil's players cried at their early exit and a young boy in the stands burst into tears.

Meanwhile, a young China team that had been far from steady at these Olympics played its best, most consistent match yet.

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12:10 a.m.

Italy's Paolo Nicolai and Daniele Lupo will play for the gold medal in beach volleyball.

The two-time Olympians beat Russia's Viacheslav Krasilnikov and Konstantin Semenov 15-21, 21-16, 15-13 on Tuesday night in the semifinals at the Copacabana beach venue.

Next up: Brazil's Alison and Bruno, the No. 1 seed in the tournament, the defending world champions and the hometown favorites.

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11:15 p.m.

Darya Klishina calls it "a great responsibility" to be the only track and field competitor from Russia at the Rio Olympics.

All 67 other potential Russian athletes in the sport were banned from participating in the 2016 Games by track's governing body, the IAAF, because of evidence of systemic doping.

But Klishina, who lives and trains in the United States, learned a day before long jump qualifying Tuesday night that she would be allowed to participate in Brazil.

And she managed to reach the final.

She said waiting for the Court of Arbitration for Sport's ruling on her eligibility made for "a really tough and really hard week for me, mentally." She said she did not practice while waiting for the decision.

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11:10 p.m.

Omar McLeod converted his season dominance of the 110-meter hurdles into an Olympic gold medal, a first for Jamaica in the event.

McLeod, the world indoor champion, gained the lead quickly and pulled away as he won in 13.05 seconds on Tuesday night.

Cuban-born Orlando Ortega of Spain took silver in 13.17 seconds and Dimitri Bascou of France won bronze in 13.24.

The Jamaicans have dominated the men's 100-meter and 200-meter titles in the last decade, but had never previously produced a male athlete who converted that raw pace into an Olympic title over the sprint hurdles.

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11:05 p.m.

Darya Klishina, the lone Russian track and field athlete at the Olympics, will get another day of competition at the Rio Games by qualifying for the final of the women's long jump.

Klishina was only cleared on appeal early Monday to take her place in the qualifying competition on Tuesday night. She measured 6.64 meters on her first attempt, good enough to advance as the eighth of 12 qualifiers for Wednesday's final.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled Klishina is eligible to compete in Rio because she has been based outside of Russia for the last three years and has been subjected to regular drug testing.

She was the only one of 68 Russians cleared to participate in Rio by the IAAF, track and field's governing body, which later tried to ban her from the Olympics after receiving what it said was new information from World Anti-Doping Agency investigator Richard McLaren.

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10:55 p.m.

MEDAL ALERT: Omar McLeod has won the 110-meter hurdles in 13.05 seconds, giving Jamaica its first Olympic gold in the event. Orlando Ortega of Spain took silver in 13.17 and Dimitri Bascou of France won bronze.

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10:50 p.m.

In another high-powered long-distance race between Kenya and Ethiopia, it was Faith Kipyegon for Kenya clinching gold in the Olympic women's 1,500 meters over favorite and world-record holder Genzebe Dibaba.

Halfway through the race, Dibaba of Ethiopia moved to the front with a mighty kick but Kipyegon moved right with her. Dibaba kicked again at the bell and again failed to shake Kipyegon. Heading into the final turn with 200 meters to go, Kipyegon swept past Dibaba and opened up a big gap in the finishing straight.

Kipyegon, who was runner-up to Dibaba at last year's world championships, finished the race in 4 minutes, 8.92 seconds for a 1.35-second margin over Dibaba, who took silver.

Jennifer Simpson of the United States took bronze in 4:10.53.

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10:45 p.m.

MEDAL ALERT: Faith Kipyegon of Kenya ran away from world-record holder Genzebe Dibaba over the last half lap of the women's 1,500 meters to win the gold medal in Rio.

Kipyegon, who was runner-up to the Ethiopian Dibaba at last year's world championships, finished Tuesday's race in 4 minutes, 8.92 seconds for a 1.35-second margin over Dibaba, who took silver.

Jennifer Simpson of the United States took bronze.

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10:35 p.m.

Derek Drouin of Canada has won the men's high jump gold medal at a height of 2.38 meters, adding the Olympic title to his world championship victory last year.

The 26-year-old Drouin, who won bronze at the London Olympics, was clean through his first five heights and, after clinching the gold medal, stopped after missing one attempt at 2.40 to start his celebrations.

Mutaz Essa Barshim of Qatar, who shared the Olympic bronze in 2012 and had the leading mark of the season entering the Olympics, took the silver at 2.36.

Bogdan Bondarenko of Ukraine, the 2013 world champion, missed twice at 2.38 and then passed and raised the bar to 2.40 in a bid for gold. He balked at his first run up and then walked into the bar, ensuring Drouin would take the gold.

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10:30 p.m.

World champion Dafne Schippers won a high-powered semifinal heat with Olympic 100-meter champion Elaine Thompson as both went through to Wednesday's 200-meter final.

Schippers was the only woman to dip under the 22-second mark with 21.96 seconds, holding an edge of .17 seconds over the Jamaican in the heat. The Dutchwoman disappointed with a fifth-place finish in the 100-meter but insisted she had been slowed by a groin injury.

Tori Bowie of the United States, the silver medalist in the 100, won the second 200-meter heat in 22.13 seconds while Marie-Josee Ta Lou of Ivory coast won the third heat.

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10:15 p.m.

MEDAL ALERT: Derek Drouin of Canada has won the Olympic men's high jump gold medal after clearing 2.38 meters on his first attempt. Mutaz Essa Barshim of Qatar took the silver at 2.36 and 2013 world champion Bogdan Bondarenko of Ukraine won bronze.

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9:55 p.m.

Sydney McLaughlin can get back to the homework that's due before the end of the summer. The youngest U.S. track and field Olympian since 1972 did not advance to the final of the 400-meter hurdles.

McLaughlin, a 17-year-old from Dunellen, New Jersey, was fifth in her 400-meter hurdles semifinal Tuesday night at the Rio Games, finishing in 56.22 seconds.

The top two runners in each semifinal automatically qualify for the final, along with the top two fastest others.

So McLaughlin's Olympics are over. That's the bad news. The good news is she can focus on the summer reading project that's due before she starts her senior year of high school.

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9:35 p.m.

In a leap of greater magnitude than mere meters, the lone Russian track and field athlete at the Olympics has begun competition in the women's long jump.

Darya Klishina was only cleared on appeal early Monday to take her place in the qualifying competition on Tuesday night. She measured 6.64 meters on her first attempt, jumping 12th of 19 athletes in Group A.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled Klishina is eligible to compete in Rio because she has been based outside of Russia for the last three years and has been subjected to regular drug testing.

She was the only one of 68 Russians cleared to participate in Rio by the IAAF, track and field's governing body, which later tried to ban her from the Olympics after receiving what it said was new information from World Anti-Doping Agency investigator Richard McLaren.

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9:35 p.m.

Two days in a row, Thiago Braz da Silva was cheered as a Brazilian national hero. As many times, Renaud Lavillenie of France was booed at the Olympic Stadium.

The 22-year-old Brazilian pole vaulter Braz upset the defending champion Lavillenie late Monday, and thousands of fans booed Lavillenie during the duel.

Lavillenie ripped into the behavior of the crowd, saying nothing like it had been seen since the treatment of Jesse Owens at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. He immediately apologized and retracted his statement, but maintained that Brazil had shown bad sportsmanship and a lack of Olympic spirit.

Lavillenie again paid for it Tuesday. Braz raised his arms to calm the fans and applauded the silver medal of Lavillenie.

The only drawback for Brazil was that Braz's pole vault teammate Fabiana Murer failed to make it past her opening height in qualifying early Tuesday while the nation already was dreaming of an unlikely double.

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9:10 p.m.

MEDAL ALERT: China is keeping pace at the Rio Games to repeat its London sweep of table tennis.

The Chinese women's team defeated Germany on Tuesday for gold. The three-member Chinese team, which lost only a single game, consists of the gold and silver medalists from Rio and the No. 1 player in the world.

The Japanese women took team bronze over Singapore earlier Tuesday.

China's men's team plays Japan on Wednesday for gold.

A win would see China again taking all the table tennis gold, in singles for men and women and in both team competitions.

The men's bronze medal team match Wednesday has Germany playing South Korea.

China's Ma Long has already taken gold over fellow countryman Zhang Jike in men's singles, and Ding Ning beat China's Li Xiaoxia in the women's finals.

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9:10 p.m.

MEDAL ALERT-WORLD RECORD: Lasha Talakhadze of Georgia has set a new world record in the over-105 kilogram weightlifting division with 473 total kilos to win the gold medal in a surprising upset over the heavily favored Behdad Salimi of Iran.

The 22-year-old Talakhadze lifted 215 kilos on the snatch and 258 on the clean and jerk to set the new mark.

Salimi set the world record for the snatch with 216 kilos. But he could not complete any of his three attempts on the clean and jerk. Salimi appeared to disagree with the judges' ruling on his first two tries and didn't have the energy to complete the third.

Gor Minasyan of Armenia won silver and Georgia's Irakli Turmanidze took home the bronze.

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8:50 p.m.

The medal race at the Rio Games will likely remain close going into the final weekend. For second place, that is.

The U.S. — which has left the last five Summer Games with more medals than any other country — is about to make it six in a row. With a handful of events left Tuesday night, the U.S. had 83 medals, 33 more than Britain and 34 more than China.

Take away the games that dealt with boycotts in 1980 and 1984, and the Americans are on pace for the biggest medal-count romp since outdistancing host Sweden by 40 medals at the London Games in 1948.

There's no shortage of reasons why.

Russia's Olympic team surely is missing some medal contenders because of the sanctions and fallout that came after a state-sponsored doping program was brought to light. China won 100 medals in Beijing eight years ago and 89 more at London 2012, though has struggled — by its recent standards, anyway — in Rio.

(This item has been corrected to reflect that the 1948 games were in London, not Stockholm.)

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