Japan, Uchimura win team gold in men’s gymnastics

United States' Lilly King competes in a semifinal of the women's 100-meter breaststroke during the swimming competitions at the 2016 Summer Olympics, Sunday, Aug. 7, 2016, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

RIO DE JANEIRO – The Latest from the 2016 Summer Olympics at Rio de Janeiro (all times local):

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6:50 p.m.

MEDAL ALERT: The Japanese men’s gymnastics team is back on top at the Olympics.

Led by defending Olympic champion Kohei Uchimura, Japan topped Russia for gold in the men’s team final on Monday afternoon. It’s Japan’s seventh Olympic title and first since 2004. The victory fills in on the one hole on Uchimura’s resume. The six-time world champion has said for years an Olympic gold for his homeland is the only medal that matters to him.

Uchimura finished Japan’s golden run with a supremely elegant set on floor exercise. He was visibly spent following his dismount, bending over and gasping for breath after saluting the crowd.

Russia edged two-time defending Olympic champion China for silver. Great Britain took fourth.

The U.S. team, which was second in qualifying, struggled early on floor exercise and a late rally wasn’t enough as the Americans finished fifth.

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6:45 p.m.

Russia’s Yana Egorian scored the final two points to stun teammate Sofya Velikaya 15-14 on Monday and win the gold medal in women’s sabre fencing, the first such meeting between two Russians in 20 years.

Egorian’s winning last touch left Velikaya, a two-time world champion, with back-to-back silver medals in the Olympics.

Ukraine’s Olga Kharlan took bronze.


6:30 p.m.

Ana Paula Rodrigues just can’t stop scoring.

The star center-back for Brazil’s women’s handball team scored 12 goals in the opening win Saturday over Olympic champion Norway – something no women’s player had done at the Olympics since 2004 – and added eight more Monday as Brazil doubled up Romania 26-13.

The Brazilians are top of Group A with two wins after a game in which Romania was made to look nothing like the team which won bronze at last year’s world championship. After Brazil wrapped up the win, Rodrigues danced in front of the crowd at the Future Arena.

Earlier Monday, Norway bounced back from the opening loss to Brazil in a 27-24 win over Spain but struggled with discipline, giving up seven power-plays.


6 p.m.

China is 2-for-2 in Olympic diving, winning the men’s 10-meter synchronized platform title.

Chen Aisen and Lin Yue dominated the event Monday, totaling 496.98 points.

Americans David Boudia and Steele Johnson earned silver with 457.11. Tom Daley and Daniel Goodfellow of Britain took bronze with 445.45, rallying from fifth place after the fourth of six rounds.

The Chinese have won 10-meter synchro in every Olympics since 2004 in Athens. Chen won gold in Beijing at age 17, but wasn’t selected for the event four years ago in London.

China won its first diving gold of these games a day earlier in women’s 3-meter synchro.


6 p.m.

Americans Jake Gibb and Casey Patterson have lost to Austria 21-18, 21-18 in their second match of the Rio Olympics. Gibb is a two-time Olympian, finishing fifth at the last two Summer Games. The Americans fell to 1-1 in Rio with one match left in beach volleyball pool play.

In previous matches, the Austrian team of Clemens Doppler and Alexander Horst beat Brazil’s Alison and Bruno in three sets 23-21, 16-21, 15-13. The Qatari men beat Spain in three sets, Brazil’s Agatha and Barbara beat Argentina in straight sets, and the Swiss women beat Australia in three sets.


Japan’s Shohei Ono has won the judo gold medal in the men’s 73-kilogram division, defeating Azerbaijan’s Rustam Orujov.

Ono is a two-time world champion and threw Orujov twice during their tightly contested final, including a match-ending ippon throw that finished the fight with more than one minute left on the clock.

It is Japan’s first judo gold of the Rio Olympics after taking four bronze medals in the first two days of the competition.

Ono is a protege of 1984 Olympic champion Shinji Hosokawa and often favors a very traditional yet rarely seen style of judo, where he throws opponents from an upright standing position.

The two bronze medals were won by Belgium’s Dirk Van Tichelt and Georgia’s Lasha Shavdatuashvili, who was the Olympic champion in the 66-kilogram category before moving up a weight division.


6 p.m.

Sukanya Srisurat and Pimsiri Sirikaew gave Thailand its first gold and silver medals in an Olympic event by going 1-2 on Monday in the women’s 58-kilogram class at the Rio de Janeiro Games.

Srisurat gave Thailand its second gold medal in women’s weightlifting of the games. Sopita Tanasan opened the games with a gold in the women’s 48-kilogram on Saturday, and Sinphet Kruaithong of Thailand became the first Thai male to win an Olympic weightlifting medal when he won bronze Sunday in the 53-kilogram.

Thailand has now won 11 medals in women’s weightlifting.

In taking silver, Sirikaew became the third lifter to take multiple medals in the 58-kg. She also won silver in London four years ago.

Kuo Hsing-Chun of Taiwan won bronze – giving Taiwan its first Olympic medal in this class.

Srisurat set an Olympic record of 110-kilograms in the snatch on her way to the win. She lifted 130 kilos in clean and jerk for a total score of 240 kilograms.


6 p.m.

Russia’s biggest track and field star can’t add to her two Olympic gold medals, but Yelena Isinbayeva is still heading to Rio.

After her latest attempt to overturn Russia’s track and field doping ban was denied by a Swiss court Monday, the pole vaulter says she’s given up on competing and is switching her attention to a bid to get elected to the International Olympic Committee.

Isinbayeva says on Instagram her “last hope to perform at the Olympic Games has disappeared” following the Swiss ruling, but she plans to travel to Rio anyway on Sunday to stand as an athletes’ representative on the IOC.

If Isinbayeva fails to be elected by Olympic athletes, Russia would lose one of its three IOC spots, since current athletes’ representative Alexander Popov’s term ends in Rio.


5:40 p.m

Australian rider Melissa Hoskins was taken from the Rio Olympics velodrome on a stretcher after her pursuit team crashed hard while doing a training effort at race speed.

The team of Hoskins, Ashlee Ankudinoff, Georgia Baker, Amy Cure and Annette Edmondson were at the end of the back straight when the crash occurred. Edmondson stayed on her bike as the other three riders fell hard onto the banked wooden track.

Cycling Australia spokeswoman Gennie Sheer tells The Associated Press that Hoskins was put in a back brace as a precaution and taken to a Rio de Janeiro hospital for further examination.

Ankudinoff, Baker and Cure walked off the track and were being treated for bruises and burns.

The team pursuit competition begins with qualifying on Thursday.


5:40 p.m.

No elevator ride for Juan Martin del Potro this time, understandably. Just another victory in Olympic tennis.

A day after getting stuck for 40 minutes in an athletes’ village elevator before upsetting No. 1 Novak Djokovic in the Rio de Janeiro Games tournament’s first round, del Potro was back on court Monday and produced a 6-3, 1-6, 6-3 victory over Portugal’s Joao Sousa with the help of 16 forehand winners.

That match started 15½ hours after del Potro finished beating Djokovic in straight sets Sunday night. Earlier that day, the 6-foot-6 Argentine found himself trapped while trying to get from one floor to another – until getting rescued by countrymen competing in handball in Brazil.

Asked if he took an elevator before facing Sousa, del Potro replied with a laugh: “Not today.”


5:25 p.m.

Brazilian Robert Scheidt has won the second race in the Laser class on the opening day of the Olympic sailing regatta after finishing a disappointing 23rd in the opening race.

The 43-year-old Scheidt is trying to become the first Olympic sailor – and first Brazilian – to win six Olympic medals. He has two golds, two silvers and a bronze.

Scheidt is seventh overall. Charlie Buckingham of Newport Beach, California, is 12th after finishes of 20th and seventh.

Scheidt’s wife, Gintare, who represents Croatia, won the second race in the women’s Laser Radial and is 21st overall.

Paige Railey of Clearwater, Florida, is seventh after finishes of 15th and second.


5:20 p.m.

Rafaela Silva has won Brazil’s first gold medal of the Rio Olympics.

In the final of the women’s 57-kilogram division, Silva delivered what her judo compatriots on the first two days of competition could not: victory.

Silva is the country’s first female world judo champion.

Fighting against Mongolia’s top-ranked Sumiya Dorjsuren, Silva flipped Dorjsuren just over a minute into the contest. It was ultimately enough to win.

Silva left the mat in tears as she embraced her coach.

Silva was in top form for much of the day, including a quick 46-second win over her first opponent in which she managed to throw her twice.

She is from Brazil’s largest slum, or favela, and trained at a judo dojo founded by former Olympic bronze medalist Flavio Canto.


4:50 p.m.

Australia has improved to 2-0 in men’s basketball, beating Serbia 95-80 in another impressive performance.

Patty Mills scored 26 points and Matthew Dellavedova had 23 points and 13 assists for the Australians, who have opened the Olympics by beating France and Serbia, two of the top teams in the world.

Australia plays the top-ranked U.S. next on Wednesday.

Miroslav Raduljica scored 25 points and Milos Teodosic had 17 for Serbia, which fell to 1-1.


4:45 p.m.

UConn Huskies women’s basketball players have shown they can deliver in the clutch and Kia Nurse stepped up Monday, scoring 25 points off Canada’s bench as the Canadians rallied to stun Serbia 71-67 after trailing by 18 in the third quarter.

Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe’s three-point play put Canada ahead to stay, 68-67 with 48.4 left, to finish off the amazing rally.

Against Serbia, the Canadians (2-0) needed Nurse, a guard who will be a junior at UConn this fall. She scored 10 in the first half and nine more in the third when Canada trailed 52-34.

Fans kept chanting “Ca-na-da” as the Canadians simply smothered and outscored Serbia 26-10 in the fourth quarter.

Serbia (0-2) will regret this missed opportunity in its Olympic debut. Jelena Milanovic scored 19 points, and Sonja Petrovic had 15.


4:20 p.m.

World series champion Australia and longtime women’s rugby front-runner New Zealand will play off for the first rugby sevens gold ever awarded at the Olympics after convincing semifinal wins.

Australia beat Canada 17-5 on Monday before New Zealand scored five tries in a 25-7 win over Britain, with Portia Woodman crossing for her second hat-trick of the tournament and the British reduced to five players for two minutes.

Emilee Cherry scored twice in the first half for Australia and Chloe Dalton made it 17-0 when she dived over in the left corner before Charity Williams scored a consolation try for Canada.

New Zealand’s world series-leading tryscorer Woodman beat two defenders to score in the second minute. Britain hit back after a turnover to take the lead at 7-5 but then conceded a try and lost two players on consecutive penalties just before halftime.


4:15 p.m.

Croatia’s Josip Glasnovic has captured gold in men’s trap at the Rio Olympics after defeating Italy’s Giovanni Pellielo in final match that went to a shoot-off.

Glasnovic and Pellielo each hit 13 of 15 targets in the gold medal match and were on the mark with their first three in the shoot-off.

Shooting first, Pellielo missed on his fourth shot. Glasnovic calmly hit his fourth and triumphantly raised his gun in the air as pink dust from the target still blew in the gusting wind.

The loss in the gold medal match adds to Pellielo’s near misses. The world record holder has a pair of silver medals and a bronze in trap, but no gold.

Great Britain’s Edward Ling hit 13 of 15 targets to beat David Kostelecky of Czech Republic in the bronze medal match for his first medal in three Olympics.


4 p.m.

IOC President Thomas Bach says he will try again to prevent any athlete who has received a serious doping sanction from competing in future Olympics.

Bach tells The Associated Press that “I don’t give up” and the International Olympic Committee will attempt for a third time to enact a rule barring former drug cheats from the games.

Such a rule has been struck down twice by the Court of Arbitration for Sport on grounds that it punishes an athlete twice for the same offense.

The IOC decided not to ban the entire Russian team from the Rio de Janeiro Olympics. Instead, it sought to exclude all Russians with previous doping sanctions, but the measure was rejected by CAS.

Bach says he will push the issue again during a review of the global anti-doping system after the Rio Games.

He says: “I’ll make another try. We have lost twice. That encourages us to try a third time.”


3:30 p.m.

NBC announcer Al Trautwig says he regrets tweeting that the adoptive mother and father of American gymnastics star Simone Biles were not her parents.

Trautwig had been scolded by a woman on Twitter Sunday for not referring to Ron and Nellie Biles as the 19-year-old gymnast’s parents. Ron Biles, her maternal grandfather and his wife Nellie adopted Simone and her sister after they spent time in foster care.

NBC ordered Trautwig to delete his tweet that said Ron and Nellie Biles “may be mom and dad but they are NOT her parents.”

The tweet angered advocates for adoption. Trautwig said on Monday, “to set the record straight, Ron and Nellie are Simone’s parents.”


3:20 p.m.

Rio de Janeiro police say Namibia’s flag bearer has been arrested for sexual assault, four days after another Olympic boxer was accused of sexually attacking two housekeepers in the Olympic Village.

Authorities say a housekeeper told police she was assaulted by 22-year-old Jonas Junius, a boxer who competes in light-middleweight division. Junius was set to fight with French boxer Hassan Amzile on Thursday.

Calls and emails to Namibia’s embassy seeking comment were not answered.

Brazilian law classifies as rape any sexual-related assault. They are punished with 6 to 10 years of prison.


3:10 p.m.

There are problems everywhere for Kenya at the Olympics and none of its big stars have set foot on an athletics track in Rio de Janeiro yet.

The Kenyan athletics federation turned on the Olympic committee on Monday, blaming it for the travel problems that left javelin world champion Julius Yego without a plane ticket to Rio and caused another world champion, runner Asbel Kiprop, to book his own flights.

Athletics Kenya said the travel issues were “solely a mistake” of the Olympic committee.

That followed news on Sunday that Kenya was sending track and field team manager Michael Rotich home to face a police investigation after allegations he told undercover reporters that he could give athletes advance warning about doping tests in exchange for money.


3:10 p.m.

Olympic organizers are scrambling to get new Chinese flags manufactured after a design fault was spotted in the opening days of the Rio de Janeiro Games.

Only the eagle-eyed would spot the problem on the five-starred red Chinese flag.

The four smaller yellow stars are meant to be slightly tilted so they point toward the heart of the big star. On the Rio version, they are straight and orientated parallel with the big star.

Rio organizing committee spokesman Mario Andrada said the flag used at the Olympics was approved by China before being produced.

Andrada pointed out “you have to be very familiar with the Chinese flag to understand” the problem.

However, a Brazilian company is now making new flags and Andrada says “the first flags should be delivered here shortly … as quick as possible.”


3 p.m.

No rest for the weary in Olympic tennis: A day after getting trapped in an elevator for 40 minutes – and only 15½ hours after stunning No. 1 Novak Djokovic in the Rio de Janeiro Games – Argentina’s Juan Martin del Potro is back on court.

The 2009 U.S. Open champion is facing Portugal’s Joao Sousa in a second-round singles match Monday.

It’s in the same stadium where the oft-injured del Potro shed tears after beating Djokovic in a pair of tiebreakers late Sunday night.

And later Monday, del Potro has more work to do. He’ll be playing a doubles match, too.


2:50 p.m.

Katinka Hosszu is competing in her third swimming event in as many days at the Rio Olympics.

The Hungarian nicknamed “The Iron Lady” for her ambitious schedule topped the preliminary heats of the 200-meter individual medley on Monday. Her time of 2 minutes, 7.45 seconds led 15 other women into the semifinals later at night.

Hosszu opened the eight-day swimming competition by winning the 400 individual medley in a world-record time. On Day 2, she advanced in the 100 backstroke with the second-fastest time in the semifinals.

She will be busy Monday night, competing in the 100 back final at 10:30 p.m. and returning 66 minutes later for the 200 IM semifinals.


2:25 p.m.

Michael Phelps has begun his first individual event of the Rio Olympics in the 200-meter butterfly.

The 19-time gold medalist wasn’t the fastest, though.

Phelps finished fifth in the heats on Monday, with a time of 1 minute, 55.73 seconds. He easily advanced to the semifinals at night, unlike teammate Tom Shields, who was 20th. Only the top 16 moved on.

Phelps drew the loudest cheers at the pool, with fans standing up to take photos of him when he appeared at the starting blocks.

A pair of Hungarians had the top two times. Tamas Kenderesi was fastest in 1:54.73 and Laszlo Cseh was second in 1:55.14.

Chad le Clos of South Africa was third in 1:55.57.

Brazilian fans were excited to see their two swimmers – Leonardo de Deus and Kaio Marcio – advance to the semifinals.


2:15 p.m.

Brittney Griner used her size advantage inside scoring eight of the first 10 points for the United States, and the Americans turned in another perfunctory rout in beating Spain 103-63 on Monday.

The Americans, who are 2-0, came up short of another record-setting performance like they had in their group play opener. But they were still impressive.

Spain, the silver medalist at the 2014 World Championships, proved a tougher opponent, and the U.S. didn’t play quite as crisply as it did beating Senegal by 65.

With the 6-foot-8 Griner scoring quickly and easily near the bucket, the Americans finished the first quarter on a 23-6 run.

Diana Taurasi led the United States with 13 points, and Alba Torrens had 20 for Spain.

The biggest win may have come in the second half. Fans finally sustained some “USA” chants without being drowned out by others inside the arena.


2:05 p.m.

Swimmer Katie Ledecky’s bid to sweep the longer freestyle events at the Rio Games is on track.

A night after winning the 400-meter free in world-record time, Ledecky has posted the top qualifying time in the 200 free preliminaries.

The American teenager won her four-lap heat in 1 minute, 55.01 seconds on Monday.

Emma McKeon of Australia was second quickest in 1:55.80.

Missy Franklin, the female swim star of the 2012 London Games, advanced to the late-night semifinals in 12th place with a time of 1:57.12. It was Franklin’s first race in the pool on the third day of swimming.

Also advancing was Italian star Federica Pellegrini.


2 p.m.

Olympics organizers are urging competitors to cut the trash talk.

American swimmer Lilly King raised the specter of Russian rival Yuliya Efimova’s doping ban after racing at the Rio Games, saying: “I’m here to compete clean.”

It came after Efimova waved a No. 1 finger after her semifinal in the 100-meter breaststroke.

Efimova is being allowed to compete in Rio after a 16-month suspension was placed on hold while world anti-doping officials conduct further studies on the drug.

International Olympic Committee spokesman Mark Adams says “people should be free to compete in tranquility and not be addressed by others. We would encourage people to respect their fellow competitors.”

A smattering of boos greeted Efimova after she won her preliminary heat.

At an IOC briefing, Adams said: “Brazilian fans seem to be pretty egalitarian. They seem to boo athletes from many countries. It’s quite difficult to work out why they might be booing one athlete and not another.”


2 p.m.

The Olympic sailing regatta is underway on Guanabara Bay, which made headlines in the months preceding the Olympics because of water fouled by raw sewage and trash.

Men’s and women’s windsurfers are sailing off Flamengo Beach while the men’s Lasers and women’s Laser Radials are off Niteroi, on the other side of the bay from downtown Rio. Sugarloaf Mountain forms an imposing backdrop. Christ the Redeemer is hidden by fog.

Robert Scheidt, 43, is trying to become the first Olympic sailor and first Brazilian to win six Olympic medals. He owns two golds, two silvers and a bronze.

An independent study by The Associated Press has shown high levels of viruses and sometimes bacte:1ria from human sewage in the bay.


2 p.m.

Italy’s Niccolo Campriani has earned gold in men’s 10-meter air rifle at the Rio Olympics after taking silver in London four years ago.

Campriani, who also won gold in 3-position rifle in London, had 206.1 points to finish 1.5 ahead of silver medalist Serhiy Kulish of Ukraine.

Russia’s Vladimir Maslennikov just missed the final match, ending up 0.2 points behind Kulish. His bronze made Russia the 13th nation to have 400 overall Olympic medals.

Campriani took advantage after two of the world’s top shooters failed to make it out of qualifying.

World No. 1 Cao Yifei of China had a poor final shot of qualifying to miss the final eight by one spot. Romania’s Alin George Moldoveanu was nearly three points behind the lowest qualifying score and finished 19th.


2 p.m.

Brazil may finally win a judo medal on Monday after two days of disappointing fights by its much-acclaimed martial arts team at the Rio Olympics.

Former judo world champion Rafaela Silva has advanced to the semifinals after winning her three fights in the morning, including a hard-fought victory over the second-seeded South Korean, Jandi Kim.

Silva won her first fight in just 46 seconds after throwing German Miryam Roper twice for an automatic ippon victory. In her quarter-final match, she was pitted against Hungary’s Hedwig Karakas. With just over two minutes left in the bout, Silva managed to throw Karakas and scored enough to win.

If Silva wins her semifinal, she will guarantee Brazil at least a silver medal in the final. If not, she will have the chance to fight for a bronze in the repechage competition later on Monday.


1:45 p.m.

UPSET ALERT: Talk about a tournament changer. Top seed and world record holding archer Kim Woojin of South Korea has been beaten by a player ranked 29th in the world.

Indonesia archer Riau Ega Agatha beat Kim 6-2 in the round of 16 during the men’s event at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics. Kim was a heavy favorite, especially after setting a new world record in qualifying last week.

Both Kim and Ega Agatha seemed stunned after the match, with Kim quietly answering questions from reporters and at times gazing off as Ega Agatha was all but at a loss for words.


12:40 p.m.

Two of Russia’s top track and field athletes have failed in a bid to have their ban from the Olympics put on hold by a Swiss court.

Sergei Shubenkov, the world 110-meter hurdles champion, tells Russian media he and two-time Olympic pole vault gold medalist Yelena Isinbayeva applied to Swiss federal court to freeze the implementation of a ruling last month from the Court of Arbitration for Sport which upheld Russia’s ban from the Olympic track meet.

Shubenkov tells Russia’s state Tass news agency that this refusal “is just the first step” and that it “doesn’t in any way stop us from further actions,” but doesn’t say what he might do next.

Russia was banned from international track and field, including the Olympics, in November over widespread doping.


12:10 p.m.

The United States claimed its second straight win against a top-three team in women’s field hockey, beating No. 3 Australia 2-1 on Monday.

Michelle Vittese and Caitlin van Sickle scored for the Americans, who defeated No. 2 Argentina 2-1 in their Olympic opener on Saturday.

United States goalie Jackie Briggs had six saves and had four saves on the four penalty corners she faced. The crowd chanted, “Jackie! Jackie!” after the match.

The fifth-ranked Americans, who lead Pool B with six points, moved closer to qualifying for the quarterfinals. The top four teams in each six-team pool advance.

The Americans dealt a major blow to Australia. The Hockeyroos dropped their opener to Britain 2-1 on Saturday and now have no points with three pool play matches remaining.


12:05 p.m.

Kenya has two wins in the first three days of the Olympic boxing tournament.

Peter Mungai won his light flyweight bout and celebrated by dancing in the ring. African nations are often outclassed in boxing because the traditional infrastructure isn’t there to groom young fighters.

Mungai said he learned to fight with his bare hands before he could find a pair of boxing gloves.

“When I found some gloves, it was amazing,” he said, smiling. “With bare hands, it was like an assault. It was just like a fight, not a sport.”

Rayton Okwiri won a bout for Kenya over the weekend and Benson Gicharu, the third member of the team, fights later Monday.

The 35-year-old Mungai, only 5-foot-5, defeated 21-year-old Chinese fighter LV Bin and beamed as his trainers danced on the ring apron in jubilation.

“I just wanted to be a winner,” Mungai said. “Now, I’m a winner.”

Robert Wangila was the last Kenyan to win Olympic gold in 1988 in Seoul, Korea

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