The Latest: Eaton widens decathlon lead with 2 events to go
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):
Olympic and world champion Ashton Eaton has a 103-point lead after six events in the decathlon.
Eaton earned 1,000 points for finishing the 110-meter hurdles in 13.80 seconds to open the second day of the decathlon competition, lifting his tally to 5,621.
Damian Warner of Canada moved back into second spot by edging Eaton to win their hurdles heat in 13.58. The world championship silver medalist has 5,518 points with the discus, pole vault, javelin and 1,500 meters remaining.
Kevin Mayer of France was third, 214 behind Eaton, following a 14.02 in the hurdles. Kai Kazmirek of Germany slipped two spots to fourth, 225 off the lead.
In perhaps the most stylish opening fight of the taekwondo competition of the Rio Games so far, Turkey's defending Olympic champion in the men's 68-kilogram division, Servet Tazegul, literally spun his way into the quarterfinals on Thursday morning.
The fifth-seeded Tazegul overwhelmed Chilean fighter Ignacio Morales with a steady stream of spinning kicks, landing his first back kick within 15 seconds of the match starting. Less than a minute later, Tazegul threw a tornado kick - where the fighter spins before launching a roundhouse kick off the back leg - and then followed that up with a sweeping axe kick off his front leg.
Morales never found his rhythm and managed to score only once. The fight was suspended after the second round with a score of 14-1; taekwondo matches are automatically halted when one athlete racks up a 12-point advantage.
Three American Olympic swimmers planned to meet with Brazilian law enforcement Thursday to discuss a reported robbery targeting 12-time medalist Ryan Lochte and his teammates, a U.S. Olympic Committee official said.
USOC spokesperson Patrick Sandusky said Jack Conger and Gunnar Bentz were released by local authorities after being pulled from a flight at the Rio de Janeiro airport, with the understanding that discussions would continue amid uncertainty over what truly took place during a late outing the night Olympic swimming wrapped up at the Rio Games.
Fellow teammate Jimmy Feigen also plans to talk to officials, Sandusky said, as he navigates a judge's order that keeps him in Brazil. The order similarly called for Lochte's passport to be seized, but the star swimmer had already returned to the United States before authorities could enforce the decision.
A lawyer for Conger and Bentz said Thursday that they won't be allowed to leave Brazil until they provide testimony to investigators. The swimmers didn't speak to reporters as they left the airport, shuttled away by a black car waiting outside. They departed for an unspecified location in Brazil and had yet to testify, said attorney Sergio Viegas.
The British Olympic team says an athlete was robbed while returning to their accommodation in Rio de Janeiro.
The British Olympic Association was responding to a Guardian report that the unnamed athlete was held up at the gunpoint after a night out in Rio. The BOA declined to say if the incident was reported to police.
In a statement, the BOA said ''we can confirm there has been an incident of theft involving a Team GB athlete returning to their accommodation. All members of our delegation, including the individual concerned, are accounted for, and are safe and well.''
The U.S. announced its Olympic 4x100 relay teams for the first round and there's no Justin Gatlin.
But don't read too much into the pairings for Thursday's race - teams don't always trot out their top lineup for the preliminary round. Gatlin didn't make it out of the 200-meter semifinal the night before because of a nagging ankle injury. The final is Friday.
The men's lineup: Mike Rodgers to Christian Coleman to Tyson Gay to Jarrion Lawson.
The women's lineup: Tianna Bartoletta - fresh off her gold in the long jump - to Allyson Felix to English Gardner to Morolake Akinosun.
Defending Olympic champion Yuri Cheban of Ukraine has won the gold medal in the men's 200 meters canoe single.
Cheban beat Valentin Demyanenko of Azerbaijan in a sprint to the finish line.
But the biggest cheers at the Lagoa stadium erupted when it was announced that Brazil's Isaquias Queiroz got the bronze in a photo finish - his second medal at the Rio Olympics.
Cheban fell out of his canoe as he pushed himself past the finish line. Queiroz also ended up in the water in the finish area.
Earlier, Max Rendschmidt and Marcus Gross of Germany won gold in the in the men's 1,000 meters kayak double. Serbia's Marko Tomicevic and Milenko Zoric took the silver and Ken Wallace and Lachlan Tame of Australia the bronze.
A German marathoner criticized for holding hands with her twin sister as they crossed the Rio Olympics finish line has been awarded a belated first place for a race in her home country.
Hannover marathon organizers on Thursday declared Anna Hahner the winner of the April event after Kenya's Edinah Jerotich Kwambai was penalized for using an excessive dose of asthma medication.
Hahner told The Associated Press it was a ''special coincidence'' she had received the news shortly after Sunday's race. German officials had accused Hahner and her sister Lisa of being unsportsmanlike in Rio, where they came in 81st and 82nd.
Hahner dismissed suggestions the twins hadn't given their all in Rio, saying ''we didn't think but acted on our feelings.''
Twenty-five gold medals are waiting to be won at the Rio Olympics on Thursday, with the marque event featuring Usain Bolt in his favorite race, the 200 meter sprint.
The Jamaican superstar is aiming for his 8th gold medal.
Other top track events include the women's 800 meters and 400 meter hurdles and the men's 400 meter hurdles, the decathlon and shot put.
On the sand, two-time Olympians Paolo Nicolai and Daniele Lupo of Italy face Brazilian favorites Alison and Bruno in the men's beach volleyball final.
Four golds each are being awarded in sailing and canoe sprint and Chinese divers are expected to go 1-2 in the women's 10-meter platform. Belgium also takes on Argentina in the men's field hockey final.
In semifinals, the U.S. women face Serbia in volleyball and France in basketball.
The reigning king of track is back in his kingdom, lining up at Rio's Olympic Stadium for what he hopes is his 8th gold medal.
The biggest drama about Usain Bolt in the 200 meter sprint Thursday may not be whether he wins, but whether he cracks the once-thought-untouchable 19-second barrier. The Jamaican sprinter already owns both the world record at 19.19 seconds, and Olympic record at 19.30.
His challengers include Canadian Andre De Grasse and LaShawn Merritt of the United States.
In other medal events, Kerron Clement of the United States and Jamaica's Annsert Whyte compete in the 400 meter hurdles while American Ashton Eaton is leading after the first day in the men's decathlon.
South Africa's Caster Semenya runs in the women's 800 meters while American runners are seeking gold in the women's 400 hurdles. Joe Kovacs of the United States is favored in the shot put, and the women will compete in javelin.
China's dominance at the diving pool shows no signs of waning ahead of the 10-meter platform finals.
Si Yajie and Ren Qian went 1-2 in the preliminaries Wednesday, setting themselves up to challenge Thursday for China's sixth diving gold medal at the Rio Olympics.
Si scored no lower than 76.50 in any of the five rounds and posted the top score of 397.45 points. Ren was a bit off on her third dive but still claimed the second spot at 385.80.
No one else was even close. Jessica Parratto of the United States took third in the preliminaries at 346.80.
The top 18 divers tackle Thursday's semifinals but reigning world champion Kim Kuk Hyang of North Korea won't be one of them. She stunningly failed to advance, finishing 25th out of 28 divers.
Three American swimmers are expected to give statements to Brazilian police on Thursday about how they were reportedly robbed early Sunday morning in Rio de Janeiro.
A Brazilian official says the questioning will take place in Leblon, south of Rio, which is investigating the alleged robbery that targeted 12-time medalist Ryan Lochte and three teammates.
U.S. Olympic officials say Jack Conger and Gunnar Bentz, who were detained by Brazilian authorities Wednesday night before getting on a homebound flight, were released with the understanding they will cooperate with the police. They said a third American swimmer, James Feigan, also will speak to the police Thursday.
Lochte, who is already back in the United States, has said the four were robbed at gunpoint in a taxi by men with a police badge as they returned to the athletes village from a party after the final Rio Olympic swimming events.
- Mauricio Savarese in Rio de Janeiro.
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