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Olympic Updates: Rio Games Come To A Close

After 17 days of sport featuring 10,000 athletes taking part in some 300 events, the competition has officially wrapped up with the closing ceremony.

Last updated on August 21, 2016, at 7:33 p.m. ET

Posted on August 6, 2016, at 6:14 a.m. ET

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Here's What's Happening:

  • After 17 days of sport featuring 10,000 athletes taking part in some 300 events, the competition has officially wrapped up with the closing ceremony on Sunday.
  • The USA crushed the medal tally, with China, the UK, Russia, and Germany rounding out the top five.
  • On Sunday, Kenyan runner Eliud Kipchoge won the men's marathon, traditionally one of the final events of the games. Galen Rupp became the first American man to medal in the event since 2004.
  • The US men's basketball team won gold against Serbia, marking the star-studded team's third consecutive Olympic victory. The US women's basketball team won its sixth straight Olympic gold medal on Saturday.
  • Also on Saturday, Team USA dominated yet another night of athletics, with the men's and women's teams winning gold in the 4x400 meter relay races.
  • On the soccer field, Brazil bested Germany in a 5-4 in a nail-biting penalty shoot-out that thrilled the home crowd and restored some pride after an embarrassing 7-1 loss in the 2014 World Cup.
  • And the Ryan Lochte saga continues. In an interview with NBC News on Saturday, the swimmer apologized for "over-exaggerating" parts of his story, blaming his "immature behavior."

The final medal tally:

Updated: 5 p.m. ET, Aug. 21 2016
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Updated: 5 p.m. ET, Aug. 21 2016

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2016 Rio games end with closing ceremony

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Athletes gathered for one final celebration in Rio on Sunday, as the Olympic games officially came to a close.

Fireworks and music greeted national teams in the Maracana stadium. Performers celebrated Brazilian landmarks, and singers shared traditional and new songs.

See the best photos from the ceremony here.

—Claudia Koerner

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Top 10 nations by total medals won

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And, to appease angry Brits, here's the top five ranked via gold medals:

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US beats Serbia for basketball gold

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A star-studded US team beat Serbia in the men's basketball finals 96-66 on Sunday.

After a relatively close first quarter, the US pulled ahead and hung onto an easy lead of about 30 points for the rest of the game. Players included NBA stars including Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant, and Carmelo Anthony.

Anthony is now the first man in Olympic history to win three gold medals in basketball.

In the preliminary round, Serbia had come close to the dominant US team, losing by only three points.

It was the 15th men's basketball gold for the US out of 18 appearances at the Olympic games.

—Claudia Koerner

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Mongolian coaches strip to their underpants after loss

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Ganzorigiin Mandakhnaran of Mongolia and Ikhtiyor Navruzov of Uzbekistan wrestled for an Olympic bronze medal in the Men's Freestyle 65kg in Rio on Sunday.

With less than five seconds remaining, Mandakhnaran began to celebrate and was given a penalty point, costing the Mongolian wrestler the bronze medal.

That's when Mandakhnaran's coaches began to take off their clothes and protest in front of the judges.

See how the naked protest went down here.

— Talal Ansari

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Kyle Chandler becomes youngest wrestling medal winner in USA Olympic history

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Kyle Chandler won gold in the Men's Freestyle 97 kg wrestling final in Rio on Sunday.

The 20-year-old became the youngest ever American to win a wrestling medal in US Olympic history.

Khetag Gazyumov of Azerbaijan won silver.

—David Mack

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Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge wins gold in men's marathon

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Kenyan runner Eliud Kipchoge took home the gold medal in the men's marathon event on Sunday.

Kipchoge finished the race in 2:08:44.

Ethiopia's Feyisa Lilesa won the silver, while Team USA's Galen Rupp won bronze.

Rupp is the fist American man to medal in the marathon since 2004.

"You know I was watching Happy Gilmore the other day and you know he fights being a golfer for a while saying he's a hockey player," he said after the race. "And I fought being a marathoner and wanted to run on the track, but, you know, maybe this is my best event."

The men's marathon is traditionally one of the last events of an Olympic Games.

—David Mack

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US men's team wins the gold in the 4x400-meter relay

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The US won the men's 4x400-meter competition in Rio, taking home the gold medal Saturday.

The US team was leading for the majority of the race, and Lashawn Merritt crossed the finish line to clinch the victory.

Merritt nearly lost his balance in the last turn of the race, almost stepping off the track but regaining his balance and keeping his lead over Jamaica.

Jamaica won the silver medal, while the Bahamas won the bronze.

Salvador Hernandez

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US wins the women's sixth consecutive gold in 4x400-meter relay

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The US women won the 4x400-meter relay in Rio Saturday, continuing the American streak with the sixth consecutive time the US has taken gold in the Olympic competition.

The US led the pack of runners throughout race, while Jamaica followed in a close second for the relay.

But Allyson Felix pulled away during the last leg of the race, taking a decisive victory in the race, and her sixth gold medal.

Jamaica won the silver medal. Great Britain took the bronze.

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Brazil wins first soccer gold medal in penalty shootout

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Brazil will take home the gold medal in soccer after beating Germany in a nail-biting 5-4 game that ended in a dramatic penalty shootout Saturday.

Despite being a top competitor in the world of soccer, including five World Cup titles, Brazil had never won a gold medal in the sport until Saturday.

Brazil's Weverton Pereira da Silva stopped a kick from Germany's Nils Peterson, clinching the victory for the Olympic host.

It was a redeeming victory for Brazil, who had lost against Germany in the last World Cup semifinals two years ago.

Read more here.

Salvador Hernandez

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US women's basketball team earns sixth consecutive Olympic gold

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The US women's basketball team won its sixth straight Olympic gold medal in Rio on Saturday, soundly defeating Spain 101-72.

For three players — Sue Bird, Diana Taurasi, and Tamika Catchings — it is their fourth medal for Team USA.

Saturday's championship win marks only the second time the US women's basketball team earned a triple-digit score in a final. The first was in 1996 when they faced Brazil.

—Tamerra Griffin

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Australian Olympians detained, fined for using falsified IDs at game

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Nine Australian Olympic athletes were detained and later fined by Brazilian police Friday night for altering their credentials in order to gain entry into a men's basketball semifinal game between their home country and Serbia.

The athletes— who represented Australia in cycling, rugby, archery, rowing, and hockey — "had tampered credentials" according to a statement by Rio police obtained by Agence France-Press.

They were charged with "the crime of the use of false documents." But the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) insists it was an honest mistake, and has apologized to the athletes for their troubles.

Read more here. —Tamerra Griffin

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Jack Conger, Gunnar Bentz release statements accounting for false "robbery" incident

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US Olympic swimmers Gunnar Bentz and Jack Conger, speaking out for the first time since their teammate Ryan Lochte falsely claimed they and two other Americans were robbed at gunpoint in Rio de Janeiro, apologized to their team and offered a new account of what occurred during the Sunday morning incident that has made headlines around the world.

Bentz, 20, laid out his version of events — which has resulted in a police investigation and $11,000 payment after Lochte first claimed he was held up at gunpoint — in a statement Friday.

On Saturday, teammate Conger released a statement of his own that mirrored most of Bentz's account.

Read more here. —David Mack

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Simone Biles named flag-bearer for Team USA at Olympics Closing Ceremony

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The US Olympic Team announced Friday that four-time gold medal champion gymnast Simone Biles would be the flag-bearer in the Closing Ceremony for the games.

She will be the first female gymnast to lead the team during either the opening or closing celebrations.

"It's an incredible honor to be selected as the flag bearer by my Team USA teammates," Biles said in a statement for Team USA. "This experience has been the dream of a lifetime for me and my team and I consider it a privilege to represent my country, the United States Olympic Committee, and USA Gymnastics by carrying our flag."

"I also wish to thank the city of Rio de Janeiro, and the entire country of Brazil, for hosting an incredible Games," she added.

—Tamerra Griffin

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British hockey players become the first same-sex married couple to win Olympic gold

Great Britain's women won their first-ever Olympic hockey gold medal Friday night.

They beat reigning world and two-time Olympic champions the Netherlands 2-0 in a penalty shootout after a 3-3 draw.

Also making history were Team GB captain Kate Richardson-Walsh and wife Helen, who have become the first same-sex married couple to win an Olympic gold on the same team.

"To get one of these [gold medal] is special, but to share it with somebody like Kate is truly amazing," Helen said.

Read more about the pair and their win here.

—Matthew Champion

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Meet Iran's first-ever female Olympic medallist

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Kimia Alizadeh Zenoorin has made history by becoming the first Iranian woman to ever win an Olympic medal.

The 18-year-old took home bronze when she bested Sweden's Nikita Glasnovic in the Women's 57 kilogram Taekwondo event in Rio on Thursday.

"I am so happy for Iranian girls because it is the first medal, and I hope at the next Olympics we will get a gold," Zenoorin said after her win.

Read more about the historic moment here. —David Mack

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Bolt sprints to record triple-triple crown with 4X100 relay gold

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Usain Bolt achieved his coveted triple-triple record Friday night after helping his Jamaican team win gold in the 4X100-meter relay.

After Friday's hair-raising race, Bolt has gone three-for-three in his events in each of his three Olympics, winning gold a total nine times.

He won the 100-meter, 200-meter, and 4x100 in 2008 in Beijing, and repeated the feat in London 2012.

On Friday, Bolt did the same in Rio.

His historic feat with accompanied by drama on the track after Trinidad and Tobago and the US were disqualified for apparent line violations.

That put the final times and standings at Jamaica with 37.27, Japan 37.60, and 37.64 for Canada, which had finished just two one-hundredths of a second behind the US.

—Jason Wells

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US women's track and field comes back to win second gold in 4X100 relay

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The US women's team rebounded from a disastrous qualifying round to win the 4X100 relay on Friday, beating Jamaica and defending the gold medal they won in 2012.

After a snafu in the qualifying rounds that saw a trip, a dropped baton, and, eventually, a successful case filed with the Rio Games' Jury of Appeals for a re-do, USA Track and Field's showing in the final race on Friday served as a firm affirmation of their ability to deliver.

The Americans won the final in 41.01 seconds. The Jamaicans crossed the line at 41.36, and Britain, which won bronze, at 41.77.

Team USA's performance also brought Allyson Felix a record fifth Olympic gold medal.

—Jason Wells

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Kenya's Vivian Cheruiyot wins gold after setting Olympic record in 5,000-meter

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Vivian Cheruiyot of Kenya set an Olympic record to win gold in the 5,000 meters on Friday, beating Almaz Ayana of Ethiopia, the favorite in the race, with just two lapse to go.

Cheruiyot pushed hard in the final leg, finishing far ahead of the group at 14 minutes 26.17 seconds. Hellen Obiri, also of Kenya, took silver after crossing the line 3.60 seconds later.

Ayana took the bronze with a time of 14:33.59.

—Jason Wells

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Jimmy Feigen allowed to leave Brazil as US swimmers face discipline back home

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RIO DE JANEIRO — US Olympic swimmer Jimmy Feigen has agreed to make a charitable donation of nearly $11,000 in exchange for being allowed to leave Brazil after becoming embroiled in a dispute over a robbery he and three teammates falsely claimed to have occurred in Rio.

Feigen's passport was returned to him Friday and he was given permission to leave the country after donating 35,000 Reals ($10,800) to Brazilian charity Instituto Reacao (Reaction Institute), the Associated Press reported.

Prosecutors wanted Feigen to pay a 150,000 reais fine ($47,000), but during the negotiations his lawyers said that he wouldn't able to pay that much and that the amount was "disproportionate" to the circumstances.

Also Friday, the International Olympic Committee formed a disciplinary commission to investigate the actions of Feigen, 26, as well as fellow swimmers Ryan Lochte, 32, Gunnar Bentz, 20, and Jack Conger, 21, according to the AP. The commission was organized the same day Lochte apologized for the false robbery claim.

—Alexandre Aragão reporting from Rio de Janeiro, and Jim Dalrymple II in LA

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Germany defeats Sweden to win gold in women's soccer

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Germany defeated Sweden 2-1 on Friday to win its first gold medal in women's soccer.

While Sweden, which eliminated the US team in the quarterfinals, ended its historic run with a silver, it was sweet silver — the women's soccer team has never made it to the Olympic podium. Germany, on the other hand, is a world champion and three-time Olympic bronze medal winner.

The Swedes came into the match having taken some ire from US goalie Hope Solo, who called them "a bunch of cowards" for their defensive style of play. She was later criticized for the comment.

—Jason Wells

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US women's water polo team wins gold after dominating run

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The US women's water polo team extended its dominance in the pool Friday after crushing Italy 12-5 to win its second consecutive Olympic gold medal.

Goalkeeper Ashleigh Johnson, the first black woman to make the national team, made nine saves as Italy tried to at least give the Americans a fight. But Team USA smothered the pool, converting turnovers into points and hardly giving Italy a chance to score.

Team USA has been so dominant, the gold medal match extended their winning streak 22 games.

Russia captured the bronze after an edge-of-your-seat penalty shoot out that gave them a 19-18 win over Hungary.

—Jason Wells

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Connor Fields ends USA gold medal drought in BMX

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It was by a fraction of a second, but USA's gold medal drought in the homegrown sport of BMX ended Friday.

Connor Fields won with a time of 34.622 seconds, beating Jelle van Gorkom of the Netherlands by .684 seconds, giving Team USA its first BMX win since the sport was introduced at the Olympics in 2008.

Carlos Ramirez Yepes of Colombia took the bronze, also by a fraction of a second.

In the women's competition, Colombia's Mariana Pajon and fan favorite defended her gold medal by beating Alise Post of the US, 34.09 seconds to 34.43 seconds.

Venezuela's Stefany Hernandez won the bronze.

—Jason Wells

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Russia whips up gold in near perfect synchronized swimming performance

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Russia's synchronized swimming team won gold on Friday with a near perfect score in the free routine adding to an already impressive showing that the Rio Olympics.

Russia had been heavily favored to take team gold and did not disappoint with a rousing free routine angel costumes set to string music. It earned a near-perfect score of 99.1333 for a total of 196.1439.

And with duet gold medalists Natalia Ishchenko and Svetlana Romashina on the team, the pair tied the record for most decorated Olympic synchronized swimmers with five golds.

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China took the team silver with a score of 192.9841, and Japan scored 189.2056 to earn bronze.

The US did not qualify to send a team to Rio.

—Jason Wells

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Rio Paralympics faces major budget cuts

President of the Organizing Committee of the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games Carlos Arthur Nuzman talks during the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Maracana Stadium.
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President of the Organizing Committee of the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games Carlos Arthur Nuzman talks during the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Maracana Stadium.

The Paralympics will face budget cuts of its 56-year history, according to the International Paralympic Committee.

"Never before in the 56-year history of the Paralympic Games have we faced circumstances like this," IPC president Sir Philip Craven said.

"At the IPC we are a relatively small but united organisation. It's in our Paralympic DNA to see obstacles as an opportunity to do things differently and that's what we are doing here. We are problem solvers by nature and fight for what we believe in."

Though the games will still go on as scheduled next month, the cuts will affect venues, the workforce, and transport.

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Jimmy Feigen agrees to make $11,000 donation to charity in order to leave Brazil

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US Olympic swimmer Jimmy Feigen has agreed to make a charitable donation of nearly $11,000 in order to be allowed to leave Brazil after becoming embroiled in a dispute over a robbery he and three teammates claimed to have occurred in Rio.

Breno Melaragno Costa, his legal representative in Rio, announced that an agreement had been reached with Brazilian authorities following a four-hour meeting with a judge and government officials at a police station on Thursday evening, ABC News reported.

Once Feigen has donated 35,000 Reals ($10,800) to Braziian charity Instituto Reacao (Reaction Institute), he will have his seized passport returned and be free to leave the country, Costa said.

Read the full story here.

-Francis Whittaker

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Ryan Lochte Apologizes For Rio “Robbery” Story

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Ryan Lochte apologized Friday over fabricating a story about being robbed at gunpoint with his teammates by a man impersonating a police officer in Rio.

The US Olympic swimmer and his teammates became embroiled in an international controversy after they claimed to have been robbed at gunpoint during a night out in Rio. However, police discredited their account, saying that that Lochte and his teammates got into a confrontation with a security guard after they trashed a gas station's bathroom after leaving a party. Lochte behaved so erratically that the guard, an off-duty police officer, was forced to pull a gun on him, according to Rio officials. The guards then demanded money from Lochte and his teammates to pay for damages in cash.

Lochte, 32, and Jimmy Feigen, 26, were indicted by Brazilian authorities for falsely reporting a crime. Lochte returned to the US Monday, two days before the indictment was issued. Feigen agreed to make a charitable donation of nearly $11,000 in order to be allowed to leave Brazil on Thursday.

Read the full story here.

-Tasneem Nashrulla

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Ryan Lochte Apologizes For Rio “Robbery” Story

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Ryan Lochte apologized Friday over fabricating a story about being robbed at gunpoint with his teammates by a man impersonating a police officer in Rio.

The US Olympic swimmer and his teammates became embroiled in an international controversy after they claimed to have been robbed at gunpoint during a night out in Rio. However, police discredited their account, saying that that Lochte and his teammates got into a confrontation with a security guard after they trashed a gas station's bathroom after leaving a party. Lochte behaved so erratically that the guard, an off-duty police officer, was forced to pull a gun on him, according to Rio officials. The guards then demanded money from Lochte and his teammates to pay for damages in cash.

Lochte, 32, and Jimmy Feigen, 26, were indicted by Brazilian authorities for falsely reporting a crime. Lochte returned to the US Monday, two days before the indictment was issued. Feigen agreed to make a charitable donation of nearly $11,000 in order to be allowed to leave Brazil on Thursday.

Read the full story here.

-Tasneem Nashrulla

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Usain Bolt becomes first man to win three consecutive golds in 200m race

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Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt wowed audiences Thursday night, finishing the 200-meter dash in under 20 seconds.

Bolt crossed the finish line at 19.78, a season best time. Canadian Andre De Grasse followed at 20.02 for the silver medal, and France's Christophe Lemaitre won bronze at 20.12.

It was Bolt's third Olympics in a row winning the 200-meter, a record. It was also his eighth Olympic gold medal, and his second at the Rio games.

Despite the gold medal finish, Bolt seemed a bit unimpressed by the feat.

"I'm always happy for the win, but I wanted a faster time," Bolt told NBC in an interview after the race. "I felt good, but when I came into the straight, my body wouldn't respond to me. So I guess it's just age and all the rounds that's taken toll."

— Claudia Koerner

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USA women win gold, bronze in 400-meter hurdles

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The USA's Dalilah Muhammad won gold, and her American teammate Ashley Spencer won bronze on Thursday in the 400-meter hurdles.

Muhammad was first with a time of 53.13 seconds, and Spencer clocked in at 53.72. Sara Slott Petersen of Denmark won silver with a time of 53.55.

It was the first Olympic medal for both Muhammad and Spencer. Their wins came a day after US women swept the 100-meter hurdles, taking gold, silver, and bronze.

— Claudia Koerner

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USA's Ashton Eaton wins second consecutive decathlon gold

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Team USA's Ashton Eaton won gold in the decathlon on Thursday for the second time in his career.

Eaton also finished first in the event, which combines 10 track and field sports, in the 2012 London games.

On Thursday, Eaton's combined score tied with the Olympic record set in 2004. He earned top positions in the 100-meter dash, long jump, 400-meter dash, 110-meter hurdles, and pole vault.

His placement within the top three in those events pulled him above the competition in spite of lower scores in javelin throw and high jump.

—Claudia Koerner

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US takes gold and silver in shot put and they got pumped

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American shot putters Ryan Crouser and Joe Jovacs used some muscle, and lung, power to take the top two spots in Rio on Thursday.

Crouser won gold after throwing 22.52 meters, and Kovacs snagged silver with 21.78 meters.

Tomas Walsh got bronze, throwing for 21.36.

—Jason Wells

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US soccer's Megan Rapinoe criticizes Hope Solo calling Swedes "bunch of cowards"

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US women's soccer player said she was "really disappointed" in teammate Hope Solo for comments the goalie made after they were eliminated from competition by Sweden.

After the match, which ended in penalty kicks, Solo called the Swedes "a bunch of cowards" for focusing on defense and not taking many offensive risks.

"We played a bunch of cowards. The best team did not win today. I strongly, firmly believe that," Solo told reporters. "Sweden dropped back. They didn't want to open play. They didn't want to pass the ball around. They didn't want to play great soccer, entertaining soccer."

But speaking to NBC Sports on Thursday, Rapinoe said members of the defending US champion team should be more gracious when things don't go their way.

"We've been on the winning side quite a bit, and when we find ourselves on the other side, we need to handle that graciously, and unfortunately that wasn't the case," she said.

—Jason Wells

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Helen Maroulis wins first ever gold medal for US in women's wrestling

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Helen Maroulis won the first ever gold medal for the US in women's wrestling on Thursday after defeating Japan's Saori Yoshida 4-1 in the 53-kilogram freestyle.

As Yoshida wept, Maroulis celebrated with the US flag draped around her back as she toured the mat. Yoshida was a 16-time world champion going for her fourth gold medal and hadn't lost a major tournament in years, the Associated Press reported.

Maroulis told reporters that she had admired Yoshida for years and considered it honor to go up against her on the mat. While she had become a world champion last year, this was Maroulis' first Olympics.

"I've dreamed of this my whole life," she said. "I put it on this pedestal."

—Jason Wells

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More athletes banned after failing doping tests, including bronze medalist

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Canoe sprint bronze medalist Serghei Tarnovschi of Moldova was suspended Thursday after failing a pre-competition doping test, officials announced.

Tarnovschi, 19, placed third in the 1,000-meter single's final Tuesday and was due to compete in the 1,000-meter men's double event on Friday with his brother, Oleg. However, the International Canoe Federation said Serghei would "now no longer be eligible" to compete under anti-doping rules.

Also on Thursday, the Court of Arbitration for Sport disqualified three other Olympians — Chinese swimmer Xinyi Chen, Brazilian road cyclist Kleber Da Silva Ramos, and weightlifter Izzat Artykov of Kyrgyzstan — after their drug tests came back positive.

Chen, 18, came in fourth in the women's 100-meter butterfly, but later tested positive for a banned diuretic that can help mask performance enhancing substances.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport also removed Indian wrestler Narsingh Yadav from the Olympics and slapped him with a four-year suspension based on his test results.

Champion Polish weightlifter Tomasz Zielinksi and Bulgarian 3,000-meter steeplechase runner Silvia Danekova were the first athletes banned from the Games after the court determined they had been doping.

—Jason Wells

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Ryan Lochte lied about robbery at gunpoint, Brazil police say

Journalists surround American Olympic swimmers Gunnar Bentz, left, and Jack Conger.
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Journalists surround American Olympic swimmers Gunnar Bentz, left, and Jack Conger.

RIO DE JANEIRO — Authorities here on Thursday said that champion US Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte lied when he said he and three teammates were held up at gunpoint on Sunday by robbers impersonating police.

It was the latest twist in a bizarre, reportedly alcohol-fueled case that reportedly began with a lie from Lochte to his mother. It resulted in two swimmers being dramatically dragged off a flight from Rio at the last second and involving law enforcement officials on two continents.

"There was no robbery as it was reported," Chief of Civil Police Fernando Veloso said at a news conference Thursday. "The robbery they said they were victims did not happen."

The swimmers — Lochte, Gunnar Bentz, Jack Conger, and Jimmy Feigen — were coming home from a party at France House on Sunday evening when they vandalized a gas station restroom, Veloso said, damaging mirrors and a door.

For more on the controversy, go here.

—Alexandre Aragão

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Boxer wins first heavyweight gold medal for Cuba

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Cuban boxer Julio Cesar La Cruz won his nation's first gold medal in the light heavyweight.

La Cruz defeated Kazakhstan's Adilbek Niyazymbetov decisively, with the third round decision in his favor being unanimous.

—Jason Wells

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British brothers take gold and silver in men's triathlon

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Alistair Brownlee of Britain defended his gold medal in the men's triathlon on Thursday, crossing the finish line six seconds ahead of his younger brother, Jonathan, who took silver.

The Brownlee brothers collapsed together after finishing, with Alistair clocking in at 1 hour, 45 minutes and 1 second.

Henry Schoeman of South Africa won the bronze, finishing 42 seconds after Alistair.

For more on the Brownlee brothers' emotional finish, go here.

—Jason Wells

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US women's team sweeps 100m hurdles

Bronze medalist Kristi Castlin, gold medalist Brianna Rollins and silver medalist Nia Ali
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Bronze medalist Kristi Castlin, gold medalist Brianna Rollins and silver medalist Nia Ali

For the first time, the US women's team earned gold, silver, and bronze in an Olympic event. Brianna Rollins won the 100m hurdles in 12.48 seconds, followed by silver medalist Nia Ali in 12.59 seconds, and bronze medalist Kristi Castlin in 12.61.

Rollins led the run over the 10 hurdles, but the other medals came down to just a fraction of a second.

The fourth place spot went to Britain's Cindy Ofili with 12.63 seconds.

–Michelle Broder Van Dyke

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US wins bronze in women's beach volleyball

Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross celebrate.
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Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross celebrate.

Americans Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross earned bronze in the final women's beach volleyball game on Wednesday. They beat out Brazilians Larissa Franca and Talita Antunes to medal.

Walsh Jennings made her debut at the 2000 Sydney Olympics on the US indoor volleyball team. She earned three consecutive beach volleyball gold medals at the 2004, 2008, and 2012 Olympics with her then partner Misty May-Treanor.

Ross played in the London games with Jen Kessy, earning silver.

–Michelle Broder Van Dyke

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Two American swimmers pulled off airplane and detained by Brazilian law enforcement

Austin Surhoff, Ryan Lochte and Gunnar Bentz compete in a semi-final heat.
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Austin Surhoff, Ryan Lochte and Gunnar Bentz compete in a semi-final heat.

Two American Olympic swimmers who said they were with Ryan Lochte during an armed robbery in Rio de Janeiro were pulled off an airplane and detained by Brazilian law enforcement, the U.S. Olympic Committee confirmed to BuzzFeed News Wednesday.

Gunnar Bentz and Jack Conger were headed back to the US when federal law enforcement pulled them off the flight, Patrick Sandusky, a spokesman for the United States Olympic Committee said.

"Jack Conger and Gunnar Bentz were detained Wednesday night shortly before their flight was scheduled to depart from Rio. They were released by local authorities with the understanding that they would continue their discussions about the incident on Thursday," a statement released by the USOC said.

An attorney for the swimmers said they will not be allowed to leave Brazil until they testify about the robbery, the Associated Press reported.

The USOC statement also mentioned a third swimmer, James Feigen, although his location was not immediately clear.

"James Feigen is also communicating with local authorities and intends to make further statements regarding the incident on Thursday as well," the USOC statement said.

News that the swimmers were detained in Brazil came after a Brazilian judge ordered Ryan Lochte to surrender his passport and stay in the country as the investigation into the robbery continue.

Lochte, however, had already left the country.

Read more here.

–Salvador Hernandez

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Japan's Kaori Icho becomes first Olympic wrestler to win four gold medals

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Japan's Kaori Icho on Wednesday became the first Olympic wrestler ever to win four gold medals.

Icho won the 58-kilogram women's freestyle after beating Valeriia Koblova Zholobova of Russia 3-2.

Icho also became the first woman to win an individual gold medal in four straight Olympics since the inaugural women's tournament in 2004, according to the Associated Press.

Her teammate, Saori Yoshida, is trying to match the four consecutive gold medal record with a wrestling even scheduled for Thursday.

—Jason Wells

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Kazakhstan wins fourth straight gold in men's welterweight

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Kazakhstan continued its dominance Wednesday after its fourth straight gold in the men's welterweight competition.

Daniyar Yeleussinov defeated Shakhram Giyasov of Uzbekistan despite suffering a a large cut in his semifinal fight.

Kazakhstan boxers Serik Sapiyev and Bakhyt Sarsekbayev won the last three welterweight gold medals.

—Jason Wells

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Senior Olympic executive targeted in major ticket scalping operation

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A member of the International Olympic Committee's executive board was accused Wednesday of plotting to illegally sell an estimated $3 million worth of tickets for the Rio Games.

Patrick Hickey of Ireland was arrested at his hotel but transferred to a hospital when a doctor determined the 71-year-old appeared shaken, the Associated Press reported.

Authorities allege Hickey conspired with at least nine others to transfer Rio tickets through the Ireland Olympic Council to an unauthorized vendor disguised the transaction as a hospitality package with high fees.

The alleged scheme's profits were estimated at $3 million.

Hickey, who is president of the European Olympic Committee, has served on the IOC executive board since 2012. Charges against include conspiracy and ticket scalping and he will be detained as the investigation continues and other arrest warrants are served.

International Olympic Committee spokesman Mark Adams said the organization would "fully cooperate" with police and had full confidence in the system.

—Jason Wells

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Lawyer: Lochte left Brazil before judge ordered he surrender passport

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A Brazilian judge on Wednesday ordered US swimmer Ryan Locthe and teammate James Feigen to surrender their passports and remain in Brazil as police continue to investigate an alleged robbery.

However, Lochte's lawyer, Jeff Ostrow, told BuzzFeed News that the swimmer had already returned to the US "in the last day or so."

"He came home as he was planning to do," Ostrow said. "They never asked him to stay for any further investigation. Had they asked, he would have participated in any way he could."

Lochte, Feigen, and two other US swimmers say they were robbed at gunpoint while returning from a party early on Sunday morning.

Lochte told NBC their car was pulled over by men purporting to be police, when a man pointed a gun at his head and demanded the men hand over their valuables.

Police told the Associated Press they have uncovered little evidence of the robbery and said the swimmers were unable to provide officers with key details of the alleged robbery.

Ostrow maintained his client was telling the truth and said Lochte had "cooperated with Brazilian authorities."

"They provided the details they were able to recall when they had a gun pointed to their head in the early mourning hours," he said.

—David Mack

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French pole vaulter Renaud Lavillenie broke down in tears when he was booed on the podium

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French pole vaulter Renaud Lavillenie, who is the current world record holder, was in tears Tuesday as he was awarded the silver medal amid a swarm of boos and whistles from Brazilian fans.

On Monday night, Lavillenie was beaten by Brazil's Thiago da Silva, who won the host nation's first gold medal for this year's games in the process. The vocal home crowd booed Lavillenie throughout his attempts.

In reaction, Lavillenie compared the crowd's treatment toward him to how the Nazi Germany crowd acted during the1936 Olympics in Berlin towards American track and field athlete Jesse Owens.

"In 1936 the crowd was against Jesse Owens," he said. "We've not see this since. We have to deal with it."

Lavillenie has since taken to Twitter to apologize.

Read more here.

–Brad Esposito

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Jenny Simpson wins America's first ever women's 1500m medal with bronze

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Jenny Simpson won bronze in the women's 1500m race, earning the USA its first-ever medal in the event.

Simpson's time was 4 minutes 10.53 seconds. She was followed by American Shannon Rowbury who placed fourth.

Kenya's Faith Chepngetich Kipyegon won gold with a time of 4 minutes 8.92 seconds, while Ethiopia's Genzebe Dibaba earned silver running at 4 minutes 10.27 seconds.

It was Simpson's third Olympics, but her first medal. She won the 1500m at the US Olympic Trials in Eugene, Oregon, last month.

Dibaba beat Kipyegon at last year's world championships and had been the favorite to win on Tuesday. The race between the two rivals was close, but Kipyegon swept past Dibaba at the final turn and opened up a gap.

–Michelle Broder Van Dyke

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With one final silver, the US gymnastics teams wraps up its best Olympics ever

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Danell Leyva clinched a silver medal for Team USA in the men's gymnastics horizontal bar final on Tuesday, putting a shiny end to the team's most successful Olympics.

Germany's Fabian Hambuechen won gold, while Britain's Nile Wilson took home the bronze.

Earlier on Tuesday, Levya won a silver in the men's parralell bars.

With 12 gymnastics medals, the American gymnastics team is celebrating its most successful Olympic Games in history, according to the sport's US governing body.

—David Mack

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Simone Biles wins her fourth gold medal, tying a record, and Aly Raisman takes silver

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Simone Biles won a fourth gold medal at the Rio Olympics on Tuesday, taking out the final of the women's floor exercise.

Fellow Team USA gymnast Aly Raisman won silver with a final score of 15.500, behind Biles' 15.966.

Amy Tinkler of Team GB won bronze.

The fourth gold came after Biles won bronze on the balance beam on Monday.

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Tuesday's win means she has tied the record for most gold medals won by a gymnast in a single Olympics, a feat last recorded in 1984.

Her five medals means she has also tied the record for the most medals won by one American gymnast in a single games, according to USA Gymnastics.

Not to be forgotten, Raisman has now won six Olympic medals in her career, second only to Shannon Miller.

—David Mack

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A Chinese swimmer broke taboos by discussing her period

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Chinese swimmer Fu Yuanhui has been a big break-out star of the Rio Olympics because of her charming post-race interviews and hilarious facial expressions.

On Sunday, Fu gave a particularly candid interview where she mentioned getting her period the night before the race.

The interview came after her team placed fourth in the 4×100m medley relay.

The comments lit up the internet in China, were it is still considered taboo by many people to speak openly about menstrual cycles.

Read more here. —Casey Gueren and Beimeng Fu

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Brazil's Thiago Braz da Silva won the gold medial the men's pole vault

Thiago Braz da Silva of Brazil competes in the Men's Pole Vault final.
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Thiago Braz da Silva of Brazil competes in the Men's Pole Vault final.

Brazil's 22-year-old Thiago Braz da Silva won the gold medial the men's pole vault with a record-breaking 6.03. It was the second gold medal for the host country of the Olympics.

Da Silva beat Olympic champion Renaud Lavillenie of France, who held the previous set Olympic record at 5.98 meters.

America's Sam Kendrick's won bronze with 5.85.

–Michelle Broder Van Dyke

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Shaunae Miller of Bahamas dives across finish line to win gold in women's 400m

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Shaunae Miller of Bahamas dove across the finish line to win gold in the women's 400-meter race, narrowling beating out American Allyson Felix.

Miller's time was 49.44 seconds, while Felix finished .07 seconds later.

For Felix, a second place win in the race still made her the most decorated woman in track and field with seven Olympic medals, breaking a tie with Jackie Joyner-Kersee. Felix is coached by Jackie's husband Bob Joyner-Kersee.

Felix won her first medal when she was 18 in the 200-meter race at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, and she's not finished yet. On Saturday, she will take part in the relay pool for the 4x400m, a competition she has previously won two gold medals in.

Jamaica's Shericka Jackson earned bronze with a time of 49.85 seconds in the women's 400-meter. Americans Natasha Hastings and Phyllis Francis finished fourth and fifth.

–Michelle Broder Van Dyke

Got her by a hand. LITERALLY. #Rio2016

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David Rudisha wins 2nd gold medal in men's 800m

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Kenya's David Rudisha won his second gold medal in consecutive Olympic Games in the men's 800m race. He did not beat his record-breaking time of 1:40.91 from London in 2012, but still performed his season's best at 1:42.15.

America's Clayton Murphy won the bronze medal with 1:42.93, while Algeria's Taoufik Makhloufi took home silver with 1:42.61.

The race took place after track and field events resumed following a severe rain event.

–Michelle Broder Van Dyke

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Rain and wind postpone track and field events

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Track and field events were postponed Monday evening amid heavy rain and high winds.

The pole vault final, women's discus preliminaries, and men's 110-hurdles were the events most immediately affected as officials waited for conditions to improve.

Strong winds can affect how high pole vaulters get and the trajectory of a discus, never mind the issues created by wet surfaces.

—Jason Wells

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Uzbekistan wins first gold in men's 105-kilogram weightlifting

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Ruslan Nurudinov won Uzbekistan's first gold in the men's 105-kilogram weightlifting division, hoisting a combined 431 kilos, or roughly 950 pounds.

After pulling off the feat, Nurudinov shouted with joy and waved his nation's flag with tears in his eyes.

The world record holder in the event, Ilya Ilyin of Kazakhstan, had been favored to win gold, but he missed the Rio Olympics after failing doping tests.

—Jason Wells

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Seven people injured after television camera plummets 60 feet

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A television camera suspended more than 60 feet in the air crashed to the ground Monday, injuring seven people, officials said.

The camera, which provides aerial views of the main park fell into the basketball stadium after two guide cables snapped, the Olympic Broadcasting Service told the Associated Press.

Chris Adams, a British gymnastics fan, told the AP he watched the camera fall and hit two women.

"It looked like a flying saucer coming through the air when it hit these two women," Adams said. "There was quite a lot of screaming and a bit of commotion."

According to local medical authorities, the injuries were minor. However, at least one woman could be seen being carried away on a stretcher. All those injured had been treated and released by the evening.

A full investigation into what caused the cables to snap has been launched.

—Jason Wells

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USA's Hernandez wins balance beam silver, Biles falters and takes bronze

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Gymnastics juggernaut Simone Biles faltered on the balance beam on Monday, but still managed to earn a bronze medal.

A mistake by the dominant American gymnast — who has already won three gold medals in Rio — paved the way for the Netherlands' Sanne Wever to take first place in the individual balance beam event.

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USA's Laurie Hernandez, who with Biles won gold in the women's gymnastics team competition, won the silver medal on the balance beam with a score of 15.333. Wever had overtaken her with 15.466 for the gold medal, and even with deductions for her error, Biles earned a score of 14.733 to secure the bronze.

—Claudia Koerner

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German canoe slalom coach dies of injuries suffered in Rio crash

Stefan Henze at right.
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Stefan Henze at right.

A German canoe slalom coach has died from injuries he suffered in car crash in Rio, his team announced.

Stefan Henze, a canoe slalom silver medallist in 2004 Olympics, had fighting for his life since sustaining severe head injuries on Friday. Another German team official, Christian Kaeding, was also in the taxi at the time of the crash, but suffered only minor injuries.

The men were reportedly heading back to the athletes' village at the time of the crash.

IOC President Thomas Bach: "The IOC is mourning the loss of a true Olympian."

—Jason Wells

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Egyptian judo athlete sent home after refusing to shake hand of Israeli opponent

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An Egyptian judo athlete has been reprimanded and sent home from the Games after refusing to shake the hand of his Israeli opponent, officials announced Monday.

Islam El Shehaby, the Egyptian, was booed by the crowd when he refused the customary gesture after his loss to Or Sasson in the heaviest weight class on Friday.

In addition to the breach of etiquette, El Shehaby had to be called on by the referee to give a traditional bow, which he eventually did.

While a bow is mandatory, shaking hands is not. Still, after the politically charged moment on Friday, a spokesman for the judo federation told the Associated Press that El Shehaby's "attitude" would be reviewed after the Games to see if any action should be taken.

On Monday, he was sent home with "severe" reprimand after the International Olympic Committee determined El Shehaby's conduct "was contrary to the rules of fair play and against the spirit of friendship embodied in the Olympic values."

Sasson, meanwhile, went on to win the bronze medal in the event.

—Jason Wells

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Singaporean swimmer Joseph Schooling mobbed by fans after bringing home nation's first Olympic gold medal

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Singaporean swimmer Joseph Schooling was mobbed by fans Monday for delivering the island nation's first Olympic gold medal after dethroning his idol, Michael Phelps.

Arriving to a throng of adoring fans, the 21-year-old swimmer said beating Phelps in the 100-meter butterfly was "definitely the highlight of my life."

It was also a highlight for the nation of roughly 5.5 million people.

Schooling reportedly spent more than an hour signing autographs and posing for photos as the crowd screamed and chanted his name. One of them, Sim Siew Png, told the Associated Press he arrived at Changi Airport seven hours early to see Schooling.

"I wanted to see the golden boy," the 17-year-old said. "Watching the moment live on television left me excited and happy. My family was screaming."

—Jason Wells

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Rio Olympics organizers apologize after Ryan Lochte, teammates robbed at gun point

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The organizers of the Rio Games have apologized after Ryan Lochte and three teammates were robbed at gun point over the weekend.

After initially denying the robbery took place, a spokesman for the organizing committee apologized to the athletes on Monday and said security would be bolstered.

"We obviously regret that the violence has (gotten) so close to athletes," Mario Andrada said, according to the Associated Press. "We have requested security authorities that they need to make sure everybody's safe everywhere in the city. We apologize to those involved. Once again, we regret that violence is still an issue at these games."

Lochte said he and fellow swimmers Gunnar Bentz, Jack Conger, and Jimmy Feigen were robbed early Sunday after the taxi they were in was stopped by people posing as police officers.

"The guy pulled out his gun, he cocked it, put it to my forehead and he said, 'Get down,'" Lochte told Fox Sports. "I put my hands up, I was like 'whatever.' He took our money, he took my wallet — he left my cell phone, he left my credentials."

—Jason Wells

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Gabby Douglas cried while talking about being bullied on social media

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Olympic all-around gold medalist Gabby Douglas recently became a three-time gold medalist by being a member of the champion U.S. women's team in Rio.

But despite her victories, Douglas has been the subject of a ton of social media criticism during the Games.

On Sunday, Douglas finished seventh in the uneven bars final, her last event for these Games. After it was over, Douglas teared up and cried when speaking about how she had been treated, according to multiple reports.

"Either it was about my hair or my hand not over my heart [on the medal podium] or I look depressed. … It was hurtful. It was hurtful. It was. It's been kind of a lot to deal with," Douglas said.

For more on what she discussed with reporters, go here.

—Stephanie McNeal

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Doping ban for sole Russian track and field competitor Darya Klishina overturned

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Russia's only athletics competitor Darya Klishina, 25, has been cleared to compete in the women's long jump after successfully appealing a ban.

Klishina had escaped the blanket doping ban imposed on Russian athletes by governing body the IAAF, but was later barred from competing following new, unspecified information, the BBC reported.

However, the Court of Arbitration for Sport overturned that decision on Monday. Qualifying for the long jump will take place on Tuesday.

Russian track and field athletes were banned from the Olympics following accusations the country ran a state-sponsored doping program.

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This One Photo Just Proved How Unfair Usain Bolt’s Dominance Is

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The world's fastest man, Usain Bolt, competed in the men's 100-meter semifinal just 30 minutes before winning gold in the final and breezed past the competition with absolute ease.

So much so, he took time to turn his head and give his competitors a cheeky smile. Read how people reacted to the incredible image here.

—Brad Esposito

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Usain Bolt wins seventh gold medal, remains fastest man alive

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Jamaican sprinter and current world record holder Usain Bolt won gold Sunday in the 100-meter dash.

Bolt finished with a time of 9.81 seconds, his best of the season. American Justin Gatlin won the silver medal at 9.89, and Canadian Andre De Grasse took the bronze with 9.91.

It was the first time anyone had won gold in the event for three straight Olympic games.

In the semifinal, Bolt had come in with a jaw-dropping 9.86. It eased fears that the 11-time world champion was coming into the Rio games weak; he suffered a hamstring injury earlier this summer that had prevented him from competing in the Jamaican Olympic trials.

In the preliminary run, Gatlin had earned the fastest time. —Claudia Koerner

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Wayde Van Niekerk sets world record in men's 400-meter, wins gold

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South African runner Wayde Van Niekerk set a world record on his way to Olympic gold in the men's 400-meter on Sunday.

Van Niekerk clocked in at 43.03, breaking the previous world record of 43.18 set in 1999. The previous Olympic record of 43.49 was set in the Atlanta games of 1996.

Van Niekerk, 24, is competing in the Olympics for the first time and also carried the South African flag in last week's opening ceremonies.

Grenada's Kirani James won the silver medal at 43.76. American Lashawn Merritt won the bronze at 43.85.

Claudia Koerner

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Andy Murray becomes first to win two tennis singles gold medals

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Britain's Andy Murray won Sunday's tennis men's singles competition, becoming the first man to win two gold medals in the event.

Murray beat Argentina's Juan Marin Del Potro, winning three of four sets. Murray previously won singles gold in the 2012 London games, where he also won a silver medal in doubles.

—Claudia Koerner

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Russia's Mustafina wins gold in women's uneven bars, USA's Kocian takes silver

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Gymnast Aliya Mustafina of Russia won gold Sunday for her performance on the uneven bars.

Mustafina, who won bronze in the individual all-around and silver in the team all-around, scored 15.900 with a gracefully executed and technically difficult routine.

Team USA's Madison Kocian, a 2015 uneven bars world champion, won the silver medal with a score of 15.833.

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Sophie Scheder of Germany won the bronze medal with a score of 15.566. —Claudia Koerner

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These Two Divers Got Engaged On Stage At The Olympics

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He Zi, an Olympic athlete from China, completely crushed her dive in the women's 3-meter springboard final on Sunday.

She won the silver, and what happened at the end of the medal ceremony is pretty exciting too.

Read more about this Olympic proposal here.

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Max Whitlock wins two gymnastics golds for Team GB in just over an hour

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A sensational hour in British sport resulted in FOUR gold medals and two silver medals in just over an hour, which included gymnast Max Whitlock receiving two golds in two separate events.

The 23-year-old became the first Briton to win Olympic gold in gymnastics after the floor event, according to Agence France-Presse, but then won another top medal in the pommel horse just an hour later.

British teammate Louis Smith and American Alexander Naddour took home the silver and bronze pommel horse medals, respectively.

Whitlock now has five Olympic medals to his name, including three from the Rio games, having previously won the bronze in the all-around.

—David Mack

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Simone Biles wins her third gold medal of the Rio games

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Simone Biles of Team USA cemented her status as the world's greatest gymnast on Sunday, claiming her third gold medal of the Rio Olympics.

The 19-year-old finished first in the vault event with a score of 15.966, besting Maria Paseka of Russia and Giulia Steingruber of Switzerland, who claimed silver and bronze, respectively.

Biles was met with a roar from the crowd as she ascended to the top of the podium during the medal ceremony.

She has already won two gold medals at Rio in the women's individual and team all-around events.

According to the US gymnastics governing body, Biles was the first American woman to win the vault event and the first to win three gold medals in a single Olympics.

—David Mack

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Kenya's Jemima Jelagat Sumgong wins women's marathon

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Kenya took home the gold medal at the women's marathon event at the Rio Olympics on Sunday, with Jemima Jelagat Sumgong finishing the lengthy race with a time of 2:24:04.

Eunice Jepkirui Kirwa of Bahrain finished just nine seconds behind her, claiming silver.

Ethiopia's Mare Dibaba won bronze

—David Mack

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Puerto Ricans are going absolutely nuts after their first gold medal win

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Puerto Rican Monica Puig stunned the tennis world — and presumably herself — on Saturday night when she defeated Germany's Angelique Kerber to win gold in the women's singles at the Rio Olympics.

With its economy crippled by an ongoing debt crisis, in addition to the Zika virus outbreak, Puerto Ricans were overdue for some good news.

The scene in San Juan after the win was, well, ecstatic. Fans celebrated, waving flags and chanting Puig's name.

Read more here. —David Mack

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Ryan Lochte’s mom said he was robbed in Rio, but the IOC said nope

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US Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte's mother said her son and three of his teammates were robbed at gunpoint at a party in Brazil early on Sunday, but an Olympic official quickly told media this was "absolutely not true."

Read more here.

—Ema O'Connor

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Michael Phelps finishes his last Olympic race with gold in the 4x100 medley relay

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Michael Phelps finished the final race of his Olympic career with a win, capturing his 23rd career gold medal with a victory in the men's 4x100 medley relay race.

Phelps, the most decorated athlete in Olympic history, put the United States in the lead on the butterfly leg of the relay race.

His teammate, Nathan Adrian, closed the race.

"It truly is an honor," Phelps said after the the swim.

He and his fellow swimmers gathered in a huddle after the race, where Phelps spoke of how honored he was to have swum his final race with them.

"That's kind of when everything started to hit harder, knowing that was the last time I'll wear the Stars and Stripes in a race," he said.

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Phelps was given a standing ovation by the crowd at the aquatic center as he exited the pool.

The swimmer has won five gold and one silver medal at the Rio Games.

"It's been a dream-come-true week," Phelps said. "This is the big cherry on the top that I wanted."

Salvador Hernandez

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USA wins 1,000th gold medal with women's 4x100 medley relay

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The United States won its 1,000th Olympic gold medal Saturday as the women's swimming team took first place in the 4x100 meter medley relay race.

The feat was accomplished by Kathleen Baker, Lilly King, Dana Vollmer and Simone Manuel after finishing the race in 3 minutes and 53.13 seconds.

Manuel finished the last leg of the race as her three teammates hugged above her.

The victory made the United States the first country in Olympic history to win 1,000 summer game gold medals.

According to the Associated Press, the first US gold was won in 1896.

Salvador Hernandez

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Jamaica's Elaine Thompson wins gold in women's 100m race

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Elaine Thompson of Jamaica took the Olympic gold medal in the women's 100 meter race Saturday.

Her victory ended her compatriot, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce's, dominance in the race and Fraser-Pryce's attempt to win a third consecutive Olympic gold.

In the end, it was Thompson who crossed the finish line first with a time of 10.71 seconds.

The United States' Tori Bowie won the silver.

Fraser-Pryce took the bronze with a time of 10.86 seconds.

Salvador Hernandez

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USA's Jeff Henderson wins gold in men's long jump

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Jeff Henderson took the gold medal for the US in the men's long jump Saturday, winning the contest by a single centimeter.

Luvo Manyonga of South Africa had taken an early lead with a jump of 8.37 meters, but Henderson beat the distance by 1 centimeter in the sixth and final round of the tense competition.

Greg Rutherford of Britain, who won the gold in the 2012 Olympic games, took the bronze.

Salvador Hernandez

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Britain's Mo Farah wins 10,000-meter race after early fall

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Defending champion Mo Farah of Britain overcame an early fall on the track Saturday to once again capture the gold in the 10,000-meter race with a winning time of 27 minutes and 5.17 seconds.

Farah previously won the gold in the 5,000- and 10,000-meter races at the 2012 London Games.

Kenya's Paul Tanui came in second at 27:05.64, and Ethiopia's Tamirat Tola came in third with 27:06.26.

— Jon Passantino

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Officials said Saturday they had finally figured out why an Olympic diving and swimming pool suddenly turned dark green during the Rio Games.

Read more here.

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Monica Puig wins Puerto Rico's first gold medal in any sport

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Monica Puig stunned the world Saturday, beating Germany's Angelique Kerber in the women's tennis singles tournament and capturing Puerto Rico's first gold medal in any Olympic sport.

Puig, who was considered an underdog, was ranked 34th in the world by the Women's Tennis Association. Kerber was ranked 2nd.

"I"m speechless," Puig said after her historic victory. "I wanted it so bad."

The final score was 6-4, 4-6, 6-1.

— Jon Passantino

Never wake me up from this dream im living!!! Going for #gold tomorrow!!! 🏅❤️🇵🇷 #EquipoPUR #JuegosOlimpicos #Tenis

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Michael Phelps confirms Rio Olympics will be his last

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"This is it."

The most decorated Olympian of all-time confirmed Saturday in a video on his Facebook page that he would not be returning to the Olympics in 2020.

"We're not going four more years, this is it," Michael Phelps said. "Tonight's the last time that I'll be suiting up and racing at this level. I'm not swimming Masters either — no offense to Masters."

The American swimmer has won four gold medals in Rio and one silver, narrowly losing out Friday night to Singaporean swimmer Joseph Schooling.

Phelps, who has won 22 gold medals in his career, will represent the US in the 4x100-meter medley relay later Saturday.

— Jon Passantino

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Ibtihaj Muhammad and US women's sabre team wins bronze

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US fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad, the first American to wear a hijab in Olympic competition, and her team won the bronze medal Saturday.

The American team defeated Italy Saturday, grabbing third place in the competition.

Muhammad, a New Jersey native, caught national attention as she became the first American to compete in the Olympics wearing a hijab.

The American team reached the semifinals but were foiled by the Russian team, losing 45–42.

She and her team won the first women's medal in fencing for the US in Rio after beating Italy with a score of 45–30.

Salvador Hernandez

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Iranian protests women's rights at Rio Games

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Iran's volleyball team defeated Egypt during a preliminary round at the Rio Olympics on Saturday.

But one Iranian in the crowd used the match to protest the treatment of women in her country — defying International Olympic Committee rules.

Read more here. —David Mack

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Sole Russian track and field athlete at Olympics is now banned

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Darya Klishina, the only Russian track and field competitor to have qualified for the Olympics, has now been banned by international regulators.

The Russian track and field team was disqualified from the Olympics earlier this year amid a doping scandal. International regulators ruled that the country's sports authorities had not done enough to secure its drug-testing program against cheating.

Klishina, a long jumper who trains in the US, was initially exempted from the ban because she was regularly drug tested outside of Russia. On Saturday, however, the International Association of Athletics Federations banned Klishina, AFP reported. She has appealed the decision.

The women's long jump competition is scheduled to begin Tuesday.

—Claudia Koerner

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An Ethiopian athlete finished her race in just one shoe

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On Sunday, Ethiopia's Etenesh Diro represnted her country in the women's 3,000-meter steeplechase race.

The steeplechase is an obstacle race that includes 28 barriers to cross, as well as seven water jumps.

She was in first place, but about halfway through the course, Diro got stuck in a tangle with some of the other athletes, fell down, and broke some spikes on her right track shoe.

It looked like bad news for a while, but then she got up and kept running!

Check out the moment here. —Jess Misener

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Meet The First US Woman To Win A Gold Medal In Shot Put

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Michelle Carter won Olympic gold in shot put on Friday, following in the footsteps of her dad, who won silver in the same sport in 1984.

She was the first woman to medal in the sport since 1960, and the first ever to get the gold. Read more about Carter's win here.

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Usain Bolt makes Rio debut, advancing comfortably from first round

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It only took just over 10 seconds, but Usain Bolt's Rio debut was a successful one.

The Jamaican sprinter and fastest man alive advanced comfortably from the first round of the men's 100 meter event.

The 30-year-old world record holder, who is seeking his third consecutive Olympic title, was met with a huge roar from the boisterous crowd as he entered the main stadium.

After a rather slow reaction to the starting gun, he was able to speed up and gain on his competitors.

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He even had time to glance to his left in the final moments of the race, as he overtook other sprinters to finish with a time of 10.07 seconds.

Bolt's semifinal will be held on Sunday night.

—David Mack

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Female Saudi Arabian sprinter makes Olympic history

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Kariman Abuljadayel made history on Saturday when she became the first Saudi Arabian woman to compete in the 100-meter race at an Olympic Games.

Saudi Arabia only began allowing women to compete in the Olympics in 2012.

Though she came in seventh and failed to move on to the next round of competition, fans were moved by Abuljadayel's historic run.

Read more here. —Julie Gerstein

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A rower from New Zealand won gold by a thousandth of a second

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On Saturday, the men's single sculling finals took place in Rio and it turned out to be one of the closest finishes in Olympic history.

In the end, it came down to Damir Martin of Croatia and Mahé Drysdale of New Zealand. Read about the dramatic finish here.

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British men, American women claim gold in rowing

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The British crew claimed gold in the men's eight rowing event on Saturday, the first such win for the team since the Sydney 2000 Olympics.

"It is wonderful for British rowing," coach Jurgen Grobler said after his team won handily by 1.33 seconds, according to the BBC. "I feel so good for the guys. There's a good mix of guys between the younger and older ones."

"That was a really tough race," said rower Paul Bennett. "The nerves were going mental but as soon as we finished the feeling is incredible after everything we went through."

The German crew took home the silver medal, while the Dutch team claimed bronze.

Three consecutive Gold Medals 🏅for @usrowing women's eight. NBD #Rowing #Rio2016 #USA

Team USA claimed gold in the women's eight event, finishing with a time of 6:01.49.

It was the third consecutive Olympic win for the American team.

The British and Romanian teams finished second and third, respectively.

—David Mack

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This soccer playing forgetting how a water bottle works proves Olympians are just like us

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The Australian and Brazilian women's soccer teams faced off against one another in the quarter finals of the Rio Olympics on Friday night.

After two hours of play and extra time, the home team won the match in a penalty shoot-out, 7-6.

During a break in play in the second half, when the Aussie goalkeeper went down, team captain Lisa De Vanna decided she needed some refreshment.

One problem, though: She briefly forgot how water bottles work.

Check it out here. —David Mack

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Here's how much faster Katie Ledecky is than everyone else is

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In case you missed it, Katie Ledecky won ANOTHER gold medal at these Olympics, setting a world record in the 800m freestyle.

But perhaps the most insane thing was how far ahead of her competitors she was.

Seriously, it was ridiculous. Check out the insane photos here.

—Sam Stryker

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British cyclist Sir Bradley Wiggins jokes around during his national anthem

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Great Britain has won gold in a thrilling men's team pursuit cycling final, and Sir Bradley Wiggins has become the country's most-decorated Olympian of all time.

It's one of the most meaningful moments after winning a gold medal for your country, when the flag of your nation starts to ascend and everyone sings your national anthem.

That's when Wiggins, right at that moment, decided to be a bit cheeky.

Check out his antics here. —Scott Bryan

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Meet the little boy who grew up to beat his childhood hero

Joseph Schooling of #SIN just beat Michael Phelps in 100m Butterfly... 8 years after getting this photo with him.

Singapore's Joseph Schooling beat his idol Michael Phelps to win gold in the men's 100m butterfly final at the Olympic games in Rio.

Schooling, 21, claimed the first ever gold medal for Singapore with his Olympic record time of 50.39sec. American Phelps, 31, took an unprecedented three-way joint silver with a time of 51.14sec alongside South Africa's Chad le Clos and Hungary's Laszlo Cseh.

The event marked Phelps' final solo men's race, and while he said he was not happy to be denied a 23rd gold medal, he told The Guardian, "I'm proud of Joe," who the champion swimmer had first met in 2008 after visiting a training camp in Singapore during the Beijing games.

Read more here. —Laura Silver

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Anthony Ervin wins gold in 50m freestyle

Anthony Ervin celebrates after winning the gold medal in the men's 50-meter freestyle Friday.
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Anthony Ervin celebrates after winning the gold medal in the men's 50-meter freestyle Friday.

American swimmer Anthony Ervin won the gold medal in the men's 50-meter freestyle Friday night.

Ervin finished the race in 21.4 seconds. French swimmer Florent Manaudou took the silver medal, while American Nathan Adrian won bronze.

Ervin, 35, first won an Olympic gold medal at the Sydney Olympics in 2000, when he was 19 years old. His victory Friday night makes him the oldest person to ever win an individual Olympic gold medal in swimming.

— Jim Dalrymple

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Katie Ledecky smashes world record in 800m freestyle

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Katie Ledecky continued her absolute dominance in the pool Friday, setting a new world record in the 800-meter freestyle and finishing far ahead of her nearest competition.

Ledecky also became the first woman since 1968 to sweep the 200-, 400- and 800-meter freestyle events in a single Olympics.

Ledecky touched the wall at 8:04.79, more than 11 seconds ahead of Jazmin Carlin from Great Britain. Boglárka Kapás of Hungary took bronze.

—Jason Wells

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Michael Phelps dethroned in one of his signature races

WHOA! 3-way tie for a silver medal?!?!? #Rio2016

The legendary Michael Phelps lost out to the gold in one of his signature races on Friday to Singapore's Joseph Schooling, tying with two other swimmers for silver in the 100-meter butterfly.

In what could be his last individual Olympic race, Phelps tied with Laszlo Cseh of Hungary and Chad le Clos of South Africa for second place.

In a twist of fate, Phelps was dethroned by a young swimmer he had met eight years earlier, giving Singapore its first swimming medal.

Joseph Schooling met Michael Phelps in Singapore in 2008. He just beat him in the 100 meter butterfly

Earlier in the evening, the US' Maya DiRado won gold in the 200-meter backstroke, beating Hungary's Katinka Hosszu and Canada's Hilary Caldwell, who took silver and bronze, respectively.

—Jason Wells

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Team China set new world record in cycling sprint

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Gong Jinjie and Zhong Tianshi of China set a new world record in the women's team sprint, eventually earning the Chinese their first track cycling gold.

a beating the Russian team of Daria Shmeleva and Anastasia Voinova in the finals.

China beat Spain in the semifinals with a world record time of 31.928 seconds, and then defeated the Russians.

"We wanted to show the strength of the Chinese people," Gong, silver medalist at the London Games, told reporters afterward.

The German team took home the bronze.

—Jason Wells

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Rostami Kianoush of Iran sets a new world record for weightlifting

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Kianoush Rostami of Iran set a new world record in the men's 85-kilogram weightlifting class.

Rostami hoisted 217 kilograms in the clean and jerk portion of the contest, adding to his 179 kilograms from his previous snatch for a total of 396. Tian Tao got silver with a total of 395, and bronze went to Gabriel Sincraian of Romania, who finished at 390.

After his heavy lift, Rostami kissed the floor and knelt in a position of prayer in celebration.

—Jason Wells

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British pursuit squad takes gold with new world record

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The British pursuit squad beat Australia to win gold and set a new world record in the process.

The finish time of 3 minutes, 50.265 seconds gave Great Britain its third consecutive gold medal in the event, and made team cyclist Bradley Wiggins the most decorated Olympian in British history with his fifth gold medal and eighth overall.

Denmark beat New Zealand to take the bronze.

—Jason Wells

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Germany takes gold in dressage

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Germany edged out defending champion Great Britain to take the gold in dressage Friday.

Isabell Werth, Kristina Broring-Sprehe, Dorothee Schneider, and Sonke Rothenberger posted a score of 81.936%, with the British team finishing at 78.602%.

The US took bronze with a score of 76.667%.

—Jason Wells

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German Olympic canoeing coach fights for his life in Rio

Stefan Henze in the rear position in 2009.
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Stefan Henze in the rear position in 2009.

German Olympic canoeing coach Stefan Henze is fighting for his life in a Rio de Janeiro after suffering serious head injuries in a car crash early Friday.

Henze, a canoe slalom silver medalist in 2004, was in a taxi heading back to the Olympic village when the crash occurred. In a statement, the German Olympic Sports Confederation described Henze's injuries as life threatening.

German sports scientist Christian Kaeding, who was also in the taxi, suffered minor injuries and has since been released from the hospital.

—Jason Wells

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US women's soccer falls to Sweden in penalty kick shootout

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US women's soccer is out in the quarter finals, falling victim to a penalty kick shootout with Sweden.

Expectations had been high for the US as it sought to grab a fourth consecutive gold medal. The US would have also been the first to win World Cup and Olympic titles in consecutive years.

But after a draw with Sweden, that record was quashed.

Tied after three rounds in the shootout, Sweden captain Caroline Seger beat US goalie Hope Solo to secure the win.

Speaking to reporters after the loss, Solo criticized Sweden's emphasis on defense, calling them "a bunch of cowards."

"The best team did not win today, I strongly and firmly believe that," she said, according to the Associated Press.

Sweden coach Pia Sundhage's response: "It's OK to be a coward if you win."

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It was the first time that an Olympic women's match had gone to penalties and the earliest the United States has been eliminated from the Games since women's soccer debuted in 1996.

The loss capped a rough run for the US women's team in Rio, with a 2-0 victory over New Zealand, a 1-0 win against France, and then a 2-2 draw with a lower ranked Colombia.

—Jason Wells

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Egyptian judoka refuses to shake Israeli opponent's hand

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Islam El Shehaby of Egypt refused to shake hands with his winning opponent, Or Sasson of Israel, on the judo mat Friday, prompting the crowd boo in response.

El Shehaby, an ultraconservative, had been pressured by Islamist-leaning and nationalist figures in Egypt to withdraw from the first-round heavyweight bout against Sasson, the Associated Press reported.

Sasson claimed victory with two throws of El Shehaby. But instead of a the customary hand shake, El Shehaby backed away from Sasson while shaking his head.

El Shehaby finally gave a quick nod after being called back to the mat by the referee, but was loudly booed during his exit.

Neither athlete commented on the exchange — or lack thereof — after the bout. But Ofir Gendelman, a spokesman for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, called the incident "shocking" on Twitter, saying it "goes against the spirit of Rio 2016."

The International Judo Federation, meanwhile, called it a sign of progress that the fight even took place given the political pressures back home.

"This is already a big improvement that Arabic countries accept to (fight) Israel," spokesman Nicolas Messner told the AP in an email.

—Jason Wells

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Here’s how many medals the US has won at Rio

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Check out the updated medal count here.

Karen Hobowsky

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Simone Biles says the team is celebrating their victory with a "huge pizza party and dessert"

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Speaking to reporters, Biles, who won the gold in the all-round gymnastics, said the team was going to celebrate their victory by having a "huge pizza party and dessert." The US women's gymnastics team also won the all-round gold for the second consecutive summer Games.

The 19-year-old also said that British diver Tom Daley was the "cutest Olympian" the team had ever met.

Talking about her teammates, Biles said that Laurie Hernandez was "so funny."

"She does a dinosaur thing you have to ask her about," Biles told reporters.

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Ethiopia's Almaz Ayana smashes world record to win 10,000-meter gold

#ETH's Almaz Ayana DESTROYS the world record in the 10,000m with a time of 29:17.45 and wins #GOLD!

The runner set a world record finishing the 10,000 meter race with a time if 29:17.45. This was the first medal event for track and field in Rio.

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Turns out, mosquitoes are hardly bothering tourists at the Olympics

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One week into the Olympics, tourists from the US and Europe have told BuzzFeed News that they aren't too concerned about mosquitoes, the Zika virus, and other possible health risks in Brazil.

Despite the months-long frenzy spurred by news of Zika — which flared up in Brazil in January of this year and has since been called a global public health emergency — as well as concern over contaminated bodies of water, several people visiting Brazil have found a disparity between the hype leading up to the Games and their actual experiences.

Read the full story here.

–Tamerra Griffin

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Simone Manuel becomes first black woman to win individual swimming event for USA

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Simone Manuel made history Thursday night as the first black woman to win an individual swimming event for the US.

Manuel, 20, won the women's 100-meter freestyle, tying with Canada's Penny Oleksiak for the gold medal with a time of 52.70. The time was an Olympic record. Saraj Sjostrom of Sweden took the bronze with a time of 52.99.

Manuel earlier won a silver medal in the 4x100-meter freestyle relay.

The swimmer said her win was not just about her achievement.

"This medal is not just for me," she said. "It's for all the people who believe they can't do it."

—Claudia Koerner

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Michael Phelps wins gold in 200-meter individual medley and breaks 2,160-year-old Olympic record

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Michael Phelps won gold in the 200-meter individual medley on Thursday, his fourth win in the event in four consecutive Olympics.

It was the 22nd gold medal of his career.

Phelps hit the wall with a time of 1:54.66. Japan's Kosuke Hagino won the silver at 1:56.61, and China's Shun Wang took the bronze at 57.05.

Phelps also beat his friend and rival Ryan Lochte in the medley. The two Americans have competed against each other since 2004. On Thursday, Lochte came up short in the event, taking fifth place with a time of 1:57.47.

And with Thursday's victory, Phelps has won 13 individual golds, breaking the Olympic record held of Leonidas of Rhodes for 2,160 years.

—Claudia Koerner

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Belgian Olympic sailor becomes ill after racing in polluted Rio de Janeiro bay

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Belgian sailor Evi Van Acker has reportedly become the first Olympian to fall ill after sailing in Rio de Janeiro's polluted Guanabara Bay.

Van Acker — a star in her sport who won a bronze medal at the 2012 games — reported feeling sick Wednesday, the Associated Press reported.

Her coach, Wil Van Bladel, said that in July she caught a bacterial infection that causes dysentery. Her energy levels reportedly remained low during this week's races, which is a symptom of the infection.

"She could not use full force for a top condition," Van Bladel said, according to the AP. "The likelihood that she caught it here during contact with the water is very big."

Pollution in Guanabara Bay has regularly made headlines in past months. According to the AP, analysis showed the water was contaminated with raw sewage and included dangerous viruses and bacteria — findings that prompted one expert to advise Olympians against putting their heads underwater.

— Jim Dalrymple II

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The Fiji men's rugby sevens team wins the nation its first Olympic medal — and it's gold

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The Fiji Rugby Sevens team won the nation's first Olympic medal on Thursday — and it's a gold one at that.

The Fiji rugby sevens team has claimed victory over Great Britain 43-7. Dominating from the outset, the Fijians never looked like losing the final, kicking the ball dead with 20 seconds to spare.

Businesses across Fiji shut down for the morning to watch the historic moment, and people are already calling for the day to become a national holiday.

For more on the historic win, go here.

—Brad Esposito

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Simone Biles wins all-around gymnastics gold, Aly Raisman takes silver

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Team USA's Simone Biles won gold in the gymnastics all-around competition on Thursday, securing her place as the best female gymnast in the world.

Expectations were high for Biles, a three-time world champ, going into the Rio games. She met them and more, finishing the all-around competition with a score of 62.198. She closed out her rotations with a powerfully executed floor routine, her score of 15.933 skyrocketing past the competition from other countries.

It was the fourth consecutive all-around gold for the US team.

USA team captain Aly Raisman, who also competed in the 2012 London games, earned the silver medal. High scores on the balance beam and floor exercise pushed her ahead of other competitors, and she completed the event with a score of 60.098.

Russia's Aliya Mustafina, who had dominated on the uneven bars, earned the bronze medal with a score of 58.665.

Biles later told reporters that it felt amazing to have her success recognized, but she didn't feel like a celebrity.

"I'm not the next Usain Bolt or Michael Phelps, I'm the first Simone Biles," she told reporters.

"To me, I'm just the same Simone. I just have two Olympic gold medals now. I feel like I did my job tonight."

—Claudia Koerner

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Kayla Harrison won the judo gold medal after defeating France's Audrey Tcheumeo

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Kayla Harrison won the gold medal in the women's 78-kilogram division Thursday, becoming the first American to win two gold medals in the sport.

Harrison became the first American to win a gold medal in judo in 2012 during the London Olympic games.

She defended her title when she forced France's Audrey Tcheumeo to tap out in the final seconds of the match with an armlock, giving her the victory.

Her coach, Jimmy Pedro, told the Associated Press Harrison was "on fire" in her matches Thursday, winning her first match in 43 seconds.

Salvador Hernandez

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Husband of Spanish kayak gold medalist jumps into the water to celebrate

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Spanish slalom paddler Maialen Chourraut to have to celebrate alone after winning the gold medal Thursday after her husband and coach, Xabier Extaniz, jumped into the water and gave her a kiss.

Chourraut finished the course in 1:38.65, more than 3 seconds faster than Luuka Jones of New Zealand and becoming the first Spanish slalom canoeist to win an Olympic gold medal. Jones, last in her only previous major final at the 2014 worlds, was the first from New Zealand to medal in the discipline.

Jess Fox of Australia, the top-ranked woman and favorite to win, took bronze.

—Jason Wells

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Brazilian soldier shot in head near Olympic venue

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A soldier was shot in the head after he and two other members of an elite Brazilian army unit took a wrong turn near an Olympic stadium in Rio on Wednesday.

Helio Viero was shot through the forehead after his GPS misdirected him and two other National Force members into the Vila do João favela. Another man, Captain Alen Marcos Rodrigues Ferreira, was injured in the confrontation, according to local media reports. The third man, Rafael Pereira, was unharmed.

For more about the shooting, go here.

—Rose Troup Buchanan

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Katie Ledecky set a new Olympic record for 800-meter freestyle

.@katieledecky 1st with a new Olympic record (8:12.86) & @lgsmith19 4th (8:21.43) advance to finals of the 800m FR!

US swimmer Katie Ledecky continued to dominate the pool on Thursday, setting a new Olympic record for the 800-meter freestyle.

Ledecky touched the wall at 8:12.86 during the qualifier race, ensuring her spot in the final and beating second-place finisher Boglarka Kapas of Hungary by more than six seconds.

Ledecky beat her own record in the race four times in the past three years. The current world record stands at 8:06.6.

—Jason Wells

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Ledecky leads Team USA women to gold in 4x200-meter freestyle relay

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The American swim team won the gold medal in the women's 4x200-meter freestyle relay on Wednesday.

Australia earned the silver, and Canada took the bronze medal.

The Australian team had led for much of the race, but Team USA pulled ahead as Katie Ledecky took to the pool. She finished the relay, bringing the team to gold with a time of 7:43.03.

It was the 19-year-old Ledecky's third gold medal in Rio and her fourth overall. She raced with teammates Allison Schmitt, Leah Smith, and Madeline Dirado.

The Team USA men also competed Wednesday in a variety of semifinals. Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte qualified to compete in the 200-meter individual medley finals; Jacob Pebley and Ryan Murphy will continue in the finals of the 200-meter backstroke.

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USA's Daryl Homer earns silver after losing sabre bout

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American fencer Daryl Homer won a silver medal on Wednesday after losing his sabre bout against Hungary's Aron Szilagyi.

Szilagyi won the gold medal after beating Homer 15-8. He maintained his lead over two periods.

South Korea's Junghwan Kim won the bronze medal in a bout earlier in the afternoon.

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Japan's Kohei Uchimura nabs men's gymnastics all-around title, again

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Japan's Kohei Uchimura on Wednesday won the men's gymnastics all-around title, beating out Ukraine's Oleg Verniaiev by a fraction of a point.

Touted by some as the one of the greatest gymnasts of all time, Uchimura won the title after earning a score of 15.8 on the high bar.

This is the second time Uchimura has won the all-around title in the sport, winning it for the first time during the London Olympic games in 2012.

Verniaiev won second place, just ahead of Great Britain's Max Whitlock.

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USA wins first men's judo medal in 12 years

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Travis Stevens took home a silver medal in the men's 81kg judo event on Wednesday — the first man to win a medal for Team USA in the sport since the 2004 games.

Russia's Khasan Khalmurzaev won gold in the match — a feat no American has yet been able to achieve.

Rio is Stevens' third Olympic Games, after he previously reached the quarterfinals in Beijing in 2008, then the semifinals at the London Olympics in 2012.

"It's hard not to just break down in tears," Travis said, according to Team USA, "Not from losing in the finals, but from what we've overcome as a staff and loved ones to get me to this day. This medal is as good as gold."

The US last won a men's judo medal in 2004 when Jimmy Pedro took home a bronze. He's now the head coach of the team.

"The nice thing in life is, I love seeing people get a victory they really, truly deserve," Pedro said. Travis paid the price, stuck it out for four more years, and made it to the podium. I'm so happy for him."

—David Mack

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First independent athlete wins Olympic gold

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Fehaid Al-Deehani on Wednesday became the first ever independent athlete to win an Olympic gold medal.

The 49-year-old, who was born in Kuwait, is competing in the games as an independent athlete because his country is barred from the Olympics due to international sanctions.

He won the double trap gold medal match in Rio on Wednesday. Italy's Marco Innocenti and Great Britain's Steven Scott claimed silver and bronze, respectively.

—David Mack

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Be on the lookout for this fake Olympic image

Twitter: @Tansimnews

By now, you've certainly seen a photo of two Rio Olympics beach volleyball players, one in a long-sleeved shirt and hijab, the other in a bikini. It shows Egypt's Doaa Elghobashy going up against Germany's Kira Walkenhorst.

A version of the photo with the German player burred out, and some commentary in Farsi, has also been widely shared.

The tweet, which has been shared more than 6,000 times, originated with @Tansimnews, a parody account, but many people have been duped.

Read more about the deception here. —Jules Darmanin and Ishmael N. Daro

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Gymnast Gabby Douglas apologizes for not putting her hand on her heart during anthem

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Gabby Douglas, an Olympic all-around champion, helped lead the U.S. women's gymnastics team to gold in the team final at the Rio Olympics on Tuesday.

But some people are attacking Douglas online for having her hands by her sides instead of placing one hand on her heart during the national anthem at the medal ceremony.

The gymnast has put out a statement saying she "never meant any disrespect" and apologized if she offended people.

Read about the controversy here. —Stephanie McNeal

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Now the water polo pool seems to be changing color

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After the diving pool at the Rio Olympics on Tuesday turned a deep shade of green, most likely due to algae, the adjacent water polo pool on Wednesday appeared to be also changing color.

Whereas it had earlier been a bright shade of light blue, as the water polo competition started on Wednesday the pool appeared to be becoming murkier.

Read more here.

—David Mack

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This Seems To Be Why The Olympic Diving Pool Turned Green

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So you might have seen that the Olympic diving pool in Rio turned green on Tuesday.

Rio spokesperson Marlo Andrada said the green colour was due to a "proliferation of algae" that happened "because of heat and a lack of wind."

Algae are naturally found in small numbers in swimming pools, but they're so tiny you wouldn't normally be able to see them.

"They're tiny, they're far to small to be seen by the naked eye," Dr Stephanie Henson from the National Oceanography Centre in Southampton told BuzzFeed News. "But if conditions are just right then you get an algae bloom where it gets to the point where you can see the greenness in the water. Algae can multiply several times a day."

Read the full story here.

–Kelly Oakes

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US wins 4x200-meter freestyle relay, Phelps' 21st gold medal

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The US swim team won the 4x200-meter freestyle swim, earning Michael Phelps his 21st gold medal.

The US team pulled ahead early in the race under Conor Dwyer, with Olympic rookie Townley Haas cementing their lead. He changed over to Ryan Lochte, and Michael Phelps brought home the team's win at a time of 7:00.66.

Great Britain and Japan fought hard for second place, with Britain ultimately pulling ahead and finishing at 7:03.13. Japan's team won the bronze at 7:03.50.

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—Claudia Koerner

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Hungary's Katinka Hosszu sets Olympic record in 200-meter individual medley swim

Martin Meissner / AP

Hungary's Katinka Hosszu set an Olympic record on Tuesday in the 200-meter individual swim.

Hosszu clocked in at 2:06.58 to win the gold medal. Great Britain's Siobhan-Marie O'Connor earned the silver with a time of 2:06.88. American Madeline Dirado won the bronze at 2:08.79.

—Claudia Koerner

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Michael Phelps wins men’s 200-meter butterfly swim, his 20th gold

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Michael Phelps won the 200-meter men's butterfly swim, again breaking the record for gold medals.

Phelps earned his 20th gold medal with a time of 1:53.36. Japan's Masato Sakai was just four-tenths of a second behind, winning the silver medal with a time of 1:53.40.

The fastest qualifier going into the competition was Hungarian Tamas Kenderesi, a 19-year-old Olympic rookie. On Tuesday, he won the bronze medal with a time of 1:53.62.

Claudia Koerner

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USA's Katie Ledecky wins women’s 200-meter freestyle swim

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The USA's Katie Ledecky won gold in the women's 200-meter freestyle swim on Tuesday, touching the wall with a time of 1:53.73.

Ledecky had the top time in qualifiers, with Sweden's Sarah Sjostrom closely behind her. Sjostrom took the silver medal on Tuesday with a time of 1:54.08.

Australiam Emma McKeon had pulled forward early in the race, keeping a pace with Ledecky. McKeon won the bronze at 1:54.92.

Claudia Koerner

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Shots fired at media bus in Rio de Janeiro

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Shots were fired Tuesday night at a shuttle bus taking journalists between Olympic venues in Rio de Janeiro.

No one was hit when two gunshots struck the bus, though two people were cut by broken glass, Reuters reported. The shooting took place on a highway between the Olympic basketball venue and the main park.

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Shannon Stapleton / Reuters

Claudia Koerner

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Belgium judo bronze medalist punched in the face on Rio beach

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Belgian judo bronze medalist Dirk van Tichelt was punched in the face as he chased the person suspected of stealing his cell phone during celebrations on Copacabana beach Monday night.

Van Tichelt was taken to the hospital for observation, but required no further treatment, the Belgian Olympic committee said.

He was sporting a black eye during an event on Tuesday, the Associated Press reported.

—Jason Wells

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Defending Olympic gold medalist Serena Williams loses in third round of singles tournament

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Defending gold medalist Serena Williams lost during the third round of the singles tournament in Rio.

Top-ranked Williams couldn't recover after losing to Elina Svitolina of Ukraine on Day 4 of the Olympics.

Williams made 37 unforced errors, including eight double-faults, the Associated Press reported. She entered the night with a 4-0 record against Svitolina.

Her loss was just the latest in a series of tennis upsets at the Games.

Serena and her sister, Venus, were defeated in the first round of the women's doubles tournament and world No. 1 Novak Djokovic of Serbia was also eliminated early on from singles and doubles.

—Jason Wells

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The Olympic diving pool has turned green and people are grossed out

The aquatics center turned green ahead of hosting the women's synchronized diving finals on Tuesday, and people are grossed out.

One British diver even tweeted that the pool was so murky, she couldn't see her partner underwater.

So far, there has been no official explanation behind the change in color.

For more reaction, go here.

—Claudia Koerner

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US women's gymnastics team takes home gold after dominating performance

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The US women's gymnastics team took home the gold medal in Rio for the a second consecutive summer Olympics after a dominating performance put them ahead of second-place Russia by more than eight points.

Powered by Alexandra Raisman, Madison Kocian, Lauren Hernandez, Gabrielle Douglas, and Simone Biles, Team USA finished with a score of 184.987, the Russian Federation came in at 176.688, edging out China, which got the bronze with a score of 176.003.

Japan came in fourth at 174.371.

For more on Team USA's gravity defying performance, go here.

—Jason Wells

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Women's gymnastics overall team finals kick off

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The women's overall team gymnastics finals have kicked off, setting the stage for what is expected to be a dominating performance by the US.

The US women's team on Sunday far outpaced its competitors during qualifiers, beating second-place China by 10 points — a huge gap at the top Olympic level.

China, Japan, Russia, Great Britain, Brazil, Germany, and the Netherlands are also competing for a spot on the medals podium.

Japan beat Russia in the men's team finals to take gold on Monday. The US did not place.

—Jason Wells

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A fencer's phone fell out of his pocket during his match

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In the middle of a bout with Germany's Peter Joppich, Frenchman Enzo Lefort's phone fell out of his pocket on Tuesday.

That's right he couldn't bear to be away from his phone during the biggest sporting moment of his life.

Olympians! They're just like us!

Watch the footage here. —David Mack

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These poor Olympians have to wear super dorky bathrobes

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Did you know there's a sport where the athletes have to come out to greet the crowds while wearing super dorky bathrobes?

It's water polo! When teams gather before their matches to sing their national anthems, they don official bathrobes that are, well, rather unflattering.

Check them out here. —David Mack

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The most emotional win of the Games so far?

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Colombian weightlifter Óscar Figueroa competed Tuesday in the final of the men's 62 kilogram weightlifting event.

With a combined total weight of 318 kg (701 pounds), he was already ahead of his nearest rival when he attempted his final clean and jerk lift of 179 kg. Although he managed to raise the bar to his shoulders, he couldn't hold it above his head.

But it didn't matter: His final score was still 6 kg higher than his Indonesian runner-up. He had won himself his first-ever gold medal.

The four-time Olympian was injured during the Beijing games and underwent back surgery as recently as January. So it's safe to say he was rather overwhelmed by his accomplishment.

He let our a roar, took off his shoes, then immediately retired from the sport. The crowd, understandably, went nuts.

Check out the emotional end to his athletic career here. —David Mack

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Crashed Dutch cyclist "proud about our performance"

Thanks for all the messages. Hard to deal with my disappointment but also proud about our performance #teamNL

Annemiek van Vleuten, the Dutch cyclist who suffered a horrific crash Sunday during the women's road race, has posted a selfie showing her injuries.

The 33-year-old was the lone rider in the lead at kilometer 116 of the road race when she went into a curve and lost control.

The crash sent her and her bike airborne; race officials immediately responded as she was unable to continue.

"I am now in the hospital with some injuries and fractures, but will be fine," she wrote on Sunday. "Most of all super disappointed after best race of my career."

On Tuesday, she posted a selfie showing her bandaged face and black eye. "Thanks for all the messages. Hard to deal with my disappointment but also proud about our performance #teamNL," she wrote.

—David Mack

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Lilly King Just Wagged Her Finger, Won A Gold Medal, And Now Everyone Is Obsessed

Lilly King called her shot. 🏅 @_king_lil wins the Women's 100m Breaststroke. https://t.co/BWGaUNiTHM https://t.co/AvWX2qRE0R

Newly minted gold medalist Lilly King won the 100-meter breaststroke Monday and did so in truly ICONIC fashion.

Here's a little of the backstory:

Sunday night during the semifinals for the event, Russian swimmer Yulia Efimova wagged her finger after finishing her heat. That did NOT sit well with King, who wagged her finger in response while she waited to swim in the next heat.

Following that race, King has some harsh words for Efimova. Monday night, King crushed the 100-meter breaststroke finals and grabbed the gold.

Here's more on that story.

Lilly King do you think you've made a statement tonight? "I hope I did." https://t.co/BWGaUNiTHM https://t.co/ldGafHOi56

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People on Chinese social media are now trolling another Olympic athlete

Instagram: @camillelacourt_off

On Monday, French swimmer Camille Lacourt added to the criticism of CHinese swimmer Sun Yang. After coming fifth in the men's 100 meter backstroke, Lacourt said to French radio station RMC "Sun Yang, he pisses purple."

Soon after his comments, Lacourt's social media was swarmed by Sun's supporters.

Read more here.

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Here's everything you need to know about the biggest rivalry in Rio

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American swimmer Ryan Murphy won Olympic gold in the men's 100-meter backstroke. The victory was a dream come true for Murphy: specifically, a dream he wrote down as a young child.

Read the full post here.

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American Lilly King wins gold in 100m breaststroke world record

Lilly King in Rio de Janeiro Monday.
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Lilly King in Rio de Janeiro Monday.

American Lilly King won the gold medal in the 100-meter breaststroke Monday night, setting an Olympic record along the way. King, 19, finished in 1 minute, 4.93 seconds — beating Russian Yulia Efimova, who took second place. American Katie Meili won the bronze medal.

Drama between the American and Russian swimmers erupted earlier Monday when King was caught on camera wagging her finger at Efimova. The Russian swimmer failed a doping test earlier this year and previously served a 16-month ban from the sport over steroid use.

Prior to defeating Efimova, King criticized her.

"If that's what she feels she needs to be able to compete, whatever, that's her deal," King said, according to NBC. "I'm here to compete clean for the U.S. and that's what I'm going to do."

— Jim Dalrymple II

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Americans Ryan Murphy and Kathleen Baker win 100m backstroke gold and silver

Ryan Murphy in Rio de Janeiro Monday.
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Ryan Murphy in Rio de Janeiro Monday.

American swimmer Ryan Murphy, 21, won the gold medal in the 100-meter backstroke Monday. Murphy finished in 51.97 seconds, an Olympic record. Murphy beat Chinese swimmer Xu Jiayu, who took second, and fellow American David Plummer who took third.

In the women's 100-meter backstroke, American Kathleen Baker, 19, won the silver medal Monday night.

Kathleen Baker in Rio de Janeiro Monday.
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Kathleen Baker in Rio de Janeiro Monday.

Baker, a native of Charlotte, North Carolina, finished in 58.75 seconds — just behind Hungary's Katinka Hosszu, who finished in 58.45 seconds and took the gold medal.

Canadian Kylie Masse finished third.

— Jim Dalrymple II

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Some Russian fans feel their country was unfairly targeted in anti-doping scandal

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RIO DE JANEIRO — Despite a months-long doping scandal among Russian Olympic athletes that ultimately resulted in a sweeping ban on many from the Games, several Russian supporters in Rio de Janeiro told BuzzFeed News that they will proudly support their country.

Some Russian fans said they believe the country has been unfairly targeted in the scandal, and pointed to the high likelihood that athletes from other nations have used performance-enhancing drugs, as well as the current political turmoil between Russia and countries like Ukraine and the US.

They shared their thoughts the day after the International Paralympics Committee (IPS) announced all Russian athletes would be banned from the Games, which begin on Sep. 7 in Rio de Janeiro. Additionally, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) barred 118 athletes from competition amid a doping investigation that surfaced after the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

Read more about what fans had to say here.

—Tamerra Griffin

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These two boxers both thought they won and it was awkward

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Kenya's Peter Mungai Warui went up against China's Lu Bin in a Men's Light Fly (46-49 kilogram) boxing match at the Rio Olympics on Monday.

Ultimately, the judges made a narrow decision to advance the Kenyan boxer, setting the stage for an awkward moment when Lu Bin realized it wasn't him:

That awkward moment when you think you've won your boxing match....but nah. More: https://t.co/DCq7Iw3H8v https://t.co/VrGjq8forw

For more on how the scene unfolded, go here.

—David Mack

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Australia women's team wins the first ever gold medal for rugby sevens

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The Australia women's team won the first ever gold medal in sevens rugby, coming from behind to beat New Zealand 24-17.

Canada took home the bronze after beating Great Britain 33-10.

Rio marks the return of Rugby to the Olympics after a 92-year gap.

—Robb Scott

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Japan wins men's team gymnastics

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Japan took home the gold for the men's gymnastics team event for the first time since the 2004 games.

Russia won the silver medal, while China, the reigning champions, took bronze. Team GB and Team USA rounded out the top five.

—David Mack

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A look at how far diving has come in 100 years

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Brazil wins its first gold medal of the Games

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Host country Brazil won its first gold medal of the Rio Olympics on Monday, taking home the top prize in the women's judo 57kg category.

Rafaela Silva delighted her Brazilian fans by defeating Mongolia's Sumiya Dorjsuren. She then jumped into the crowd, embracing loved ones.

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"She is a unique warrior. A golden warrior," her mother said after the win.

Brazil has also already won a silver medal in shooting.

—David Mack

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China claims gold in Men's 10 meter platform synchronized diving

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China took home the top prize at the men's synchronized 10 meter platform event on Monday, with the USA and UK claiming silver and bronze, respectively.

Britain's Tom Daley and Daniel Goodfellow embraced and fell into the pool upon seeing their final score had earned them a third place ranking.

—David Mack

That moment when... 😥😮😀🎉🎉🎉 ❤️ #Bronze #Diving #BringOnTheGreat #GBR @TomDaley1994 @danngoodfellow

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These gymnasts from North and South Korea took a selfie together

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Gymnast Lee Eun-ju from South Korea took a selfie with her competitor, Hong Un Jong, from North Korea during a training session in Rio Monday.

The two Koreas have technically remained at war for decades, although a post-World War II armistice has kept an uneasy peace along a heavily fortified border.

But as these two gymnasts showed, the Olympics bring people separated by geopolitics together.

For more selfie diplomacy, go here.

—Stephanie McNeal

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There's equestrian happening today, but this horse's name will blow your mind

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So, equestrian is one of the more straitlaced sports at the Olympic Games. Stuffy, even.

Which is why the name of this one horse will blow your freaking mind. Seriously.

We don't want to spoil it for you, but check it out here.

—David Mack

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People were pissed at this "sexist" tweet about an Olympic winner

Corey Cogdell-Unrein of Team USA won the bronze medal in women's trap shooting in Rio on Sunday. This was the second Olympic bronze medal for the three-time Olympian.

She also happens to be married to Chicago Bears' lineman Mitch Unrein.

In a tweet announcing Cogdell-Unrein's victory in Rio, the Chicago Tribune chose to call her "wife of a Bears' lineman" without naming her.

And people really let the Tribune have it.

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The parents of US gymnast Aly Raisman were nervous AF

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On Sunday night, gymnast Aly Raisman competed in the preliminary rounds of the women's gymnastics competition.

Aly totally killed it, placing second in the women's individual all-around, but that didn't stop her parents Lynn and Rick from being nervous AF every time she competed.

Check out their frayed nerves here. —David Mack

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Fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad, first US athlete to compete in hijab, wins first round, but loses in second

HISTORY MADE: @IbtihajMuhammad, the 1st US Olympian to compete in a hijab, won her 1st bout https://t.co/1HpqgTno6t https://t.co/uUSoECJXAY

Ibtihaj Muhammad, the first American to compete at an Olympic Games in hijab, advanced to the second round in the fencing competition on Monday, with a win over Ukraine.

Muhammad defeated Olena Kravatska 15–13 to advance to the round of 16.

Issei Kato / Reuters

However, she lost to French fencer Cécilia Berder in the subsequent round and was knocked out of the tournament.

You can read more about Muhammad here.

—David Mack

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Do Brazilians think the Olympics were worth it?

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On Friday night, Brazilians gathered outside of Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro where the Olympic opening ceremony was taking place.

BuzzFeed News asked Brazilian fans if they think the Olympics were worth it and if it was something they would be proud of.

Here's what they had to say.

–Ryan Broderick

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US men's team takes gold in 4x100-meter freestyle relay

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The US men's team took home the gold in the 4x100-meter freestyle relay, adding to Michael Phelps' already staggering medal count.

The team, also propelled by Caleb Dressel, Ryan Held, and Nathan Adrian, clocked in at 3:09.92 ahead of France, which took silver, and Australia, which grabbed bronze.

Phelps is already the most decorated athlete in Olympic history, having won 22 medals before the Rio Games. With Sunday's win, he now has 19 gold medals.

—Jason Wells

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Katie Ledecky smashes her own world record in 400-meter freestyle

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Katie Ledecky of the US shattered her own world record in the 400-meter freestyle, clocking in at 3:56.46 and finishing far ahead of her nearest competitor for the gold medal.

Her previous record, set in 2014, was 3:58.86.

"I was pumped," Ledecky said, according to the Associated Press. "That's what I wanted and I had been so close to breaking that all year, the past two years. I knew I was due for a breakthrough."

.@katieledecky just DESTROYED her two-year-old world record in the 400m Freestyle Final! #Rio2016

Jazz Carlin of Britain took the silver and Leah Smith of the US secured the bronze.

Ledecky's performance also delivered US Swimming's first gold medal of the Rio Olympics.

—Jason Wells

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Top-ranked Novak Djokovic out in first round of men's singles tennis

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Serbian star Novak Djokovic is out in the first round of men's singles tennis after losing to Argentina's Juan Martin Del Potro.

Djokovic is ranked No. 1 in the world in men's singles tennis. He previously won a bronze medal in the event at the 2008 Olympics.

Del Potro will advance to the second round of singles on Monday. Djokovic will also play Monday in doubles with Nenad Zimonjic against Brazilians Marcelo Melo and Bruno Soares.

—Claudia Koerner

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Venus and Serena Williams out of running for women's doubles tennis

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USA superstar sisters Serena and Venus Williams lost their match in the first round of women's doubles tennis on Sunday.

The Williams lost 3–6 in their first set and 4–6 in the second set.

The winners, Czech Republic's Lucie Šafářová and Barbora Strýcová, will continue into the second round of elimination matches on Monday. Quarterfinals are scheduled to begin Tuesday.

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Serena Williams is still in competition in women's singles tennis. After winning her first match, she is scheduled to play France's Alizé Cornet on Monday. Venus Williams lost her first round singles match.

The sisters were reigning champs in tennis doubles: They won gold together in 2012 as well as 2008 and 2000. Venus Williams took home the singles gold in 2000, and Serena Williams won the tennis singles gold in 2012.

—Claudia Koerner

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US women's gymnastics leads 10 points in qualifiers

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The US women's gymnastics team took a dramatic lead against the competition on Sunday in qualifiers.

The team competed in the fourth of five subdivisions, and by the end of their rotations they stood 10 points ahead of their closest competitors, Russia and China. Russia, China, Great Britain, and Brazil remained within one point of each other, a more typical point spread in the sport.

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The US women's routines stood out for a high degree of difficulty and near-flawless execution. By the end of four subdivisions, the US' Simone Biles, Aly Raisman, and Gabby Douglas held the top rankings for all-around gymnasts. Only Biles and Raisman will be considered for the all-around medal, based on a rule that limits consideration for the award to two members of each national team.

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Biles in particular had a stunning performance. The three-time world all-around champion stood almost two points ahead of her teammates and other competitors in the Olympic all-around rankings. By apparatus, she was in first place for beam, vault, and floor exercise.

The US' Madison Kocian held the top score for uneven bars.

—Claudia Koerner

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Kosovo wins gold — its first medal ever at the nation's first Olympics

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Majlinda Kelmendi became the first athlete to win a medal for Kosovo in the 52-kg category of women's judo.

Kosovo, a nation that declared independence from Serbia eight years ago and that was admitted into the International Olympic Committee just two years ago, did not just win any medal — it won gold.

Kelmendi, 25, beat out Italy's Odette Giuffrida, who won silver on Sunday.

A nation of roughly two million, Kosovo has eight athletes participating in five different spots at this year's Olympics — the country's first.

In an emotional ceremony, Kelmendi, who was the flag-bearer for Kosovo at Rio's opening ceremony on Friday, received the gold medal from IOC's president Thomas Bach.

In a visit to Kosovo last year, Bach said that he would hand out the medal himself if anyone from Kosovo was to win.

On Sunday, he followed up on his promise.

—Talal Ansari

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US cyclist Mara Abbott pipped at the post after leading race

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Cyclist Mara Abbott suffered a heartbreaking defeat on Sunday when she finished fourth in the women's road race after being overtaken by three competitors in the final 100 meters.

The Colorado native was leading in the final 15 kilometers of the 136-kilometer race, but was caught in a sprint right at the end when the finish line was in sight.

With nothing left in the tank, she was overtaken and denied a spot on the podium at her first ever Olympics.

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Her final time was 3:51.27.

Dutch woman Anna van der Breggen claimed gold, Sweden's Emma Johansson took home silver, and Italy's Elisa Longo Borghini earned bronze.

—David Mack

❤️ if you agree, Mara Abbott (@cosunshinemka) is still a hero. https://t.co/AlnXrSc96E https://t.co/L5AZEPgh8B

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Cyclist suffers major crash in women's road race

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Anniemiek van Vleuten of the Netherlands was poised to take the gold Sunday in the women's cycling road race when she crashed severely.

The 33-year-old was the lone rider in the lead at kilometer 116 when she went into a curve and lost control. The crash sent her and her bike airborne; officials later said she was communicating with doctors at a hospital and was expected to be OK.

Other riders closed the lead van Vleuten had obtained. Ultimately, the Netherlands' Anna Van Der Breggen took the gold, Sweden's Emma Johansson won silver, and Italy's Elisa Longo Borghini took the bronze medal.

—Claudia Koerner

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Serena Williams wins her first match since Wimbledon

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Tennis star Serena Williams on Sunday won her first match since being crowned Wimbledon champion last month, advancing through the first stage of the Olympic heats.

It took the top seed player 91 minutes to defeat Australian Daria Gavrilova, ranked 46th in the world, 6-4, 6-2.

Williams admitted after the match that she hadn't played perfectly, but the victory still means she has won 19 of her past 20 matches.

—David Mack

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The US men's and women's basketball teams are staying on a luxury cruise ship during the Olympics

Brazilian police watch over the Silversea's Silver Cloud cruise ship that will house the USA basketball team.
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Brazilian police watch over the Silversea's Silver Cloud cruise ship that will house the USA basketball team.

Since 1992, the US basketball teams have passed on the Olympic village in exchange for more stylish and comfortable places to call home.

​Although the vast majority of athletes stay in the Olympics village, NBA stars cite their popularity as a primary reason for the seclusion and separate accommodations.

"Let's be honest — how can our men's and women's teams stay in the village? They would get bombarded, especially the men's team. They won't have peace​,​"​ ​Angel McCoughtry​, a women's basketball player who is participating in her second Olympics, told The New York Times.

McCoughtry said the boat was "very nice" and "secluded."

Some of the most famous athletes from around the world are staying at Rio's Olympic Village, including runner and six-time gold medal winner Usain Bolt. Michael Phelps, who has more gold medals than any other athlete in history recently bumped into the world's number one ranked Tennis player Novak Djokovic​ at the village. ​

​The 16,000-ton ship, the Silver Cloud, can carry nearly 300 guests and has a casino, library, four restaurants and a beauty salon on board, according to the company's website.

Silversea Cruises

Andrew Bogut, an Australian basketball player who plays for the Dallas Mavericks, and is playing for his home country of Australia in this year's games, recently tweeted a picture of himself putting together a shower curtain at the Olympic Village.

"#IOCLuxuryLodging. Putting together a show curtain so we can shower and not flood the place," the tweet read.

When a reporter mentioned the disparity of accommodations and Bogut's tweets to NBA star Carmello Anthony, who is staying on the ship, Anthony said he tries not to "compare the two situations."

​"​The Olympic village has always been something that we, as players, look forward to going to. We look forward to being there. We look forward to having that experience. But for us and them guys, it's just two different experiences​," Anthony said, according to USA Today. ​

"It's not so much about us being and staying on a boat. It's just like we would be staying in a hotel. It's the same thing. It's not like we're cruising around. We're docked. We have the same amenities as if we're staying in a hotel, so I don't really see what the (discussion is about). The beds are not big. The rooms are small. There's some disadvantages to staying on the ship." ​ ​The US team previously stayed on a cruise ship for the 2004 Summer Olympic games in Athens, Greece. ​

—Talal Ansari

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There's some serious DRAMA in the pool at Rio

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Bad blood between Chinese swimmer Sun Yang and Australia's Mack Horton has spilled out of the pool and onto social media.

The Aussie claimed gold on Saturday, beating the Chinese runner-up in the 400 meter freestyle. He also publicly accused Sun of being a drug cheat, due to a brief 2014 doping suspension.

Angry Chinese fans have responded by inundating Horton's social media with toxic comments.

Read about the drama here. —David Mack

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Russia has been banned from next month's Paralympics

The Russia flag is raised during the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games Closing Ceremony.
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The Russia flag is raised during the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games Closing Ceremony.

The president of the International Paralympics Committee (IPC), Sir Philip Craven, announced on Sunday that the entire Russian team has been banned from next month's Paralympics over doping concerns.

"[Russia] cannot fulfill its fundamental obligations as an IPC member, and as a result, the IPC governing board has resolved to suspend the Russian Paralympic Committee with immediate effect," Craven said.

In July, the International Olympic Committee announced that Russian athletes would be allowed to participate in Rio despite the World Anti-Doping Agency's call for a complete ban.

For more details on the Russian Paralympics doping ban, go here.

—Talal Ansari

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Rowing cancelled due to poor conditions

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Sunday's rowing competitions have been postponed due to poor conditions, according to the sport's world governing body.

"Racing is postponed and will not take place today due to technical installation difficulties caused by the strong winds and the forecast for the afternoon which indicates adverse weather conditions," World Rowing officials said in a statement. "A new schedule is being prepared."

Choppy conditions during Saturday's events led to a pair of Serbian rowers capsizing — an unusual event in rowing.

—David Mack

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Day 2: What to watch

Shang Chunsong of China competes on the beam during the women's qualifications.
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Shang Chunsong of China competes on the beam during the women's qualifications.

Gymnastics, swimming, tennis, basketball, and road cycling are among the big events taking place today.

Three American women are competing in the gymnastics qualifications today — Simone Biles, Gabby Douglas, and Aly Raisman — but one of them will miss out on the final. Each country can enter just two competitors.

And the most decorated Olympian of all time Michael Phelps is back in the pool today, hoping to add to his record 22 medals. He will be competing in the medal round of the men's 4x100 relay at 11.52 p.m. (local time).

The full schedule is here.

—Alicia Melville-Smith

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This British swimmer's grandma is the Olympic hero Rio needs

Twitter: @Mavise42Mavis

Meet Mavis, grandmother of British athlete Adam Peaty and self-proclaimed #OlympicNan.

While Peaty swims for Team GB at the 2016 Rio Olympics, Mavis, who describes herself in her Twitter bio as "proud Nan to a world champion breaststroker," is busy back home in Staffordshire gunning for her grandson.

When Peaty qualified for Sunday's 100m breaststroke, breaking his own world record in the process, Mavis called her grandson a "gladiator".

Her incredibly supportive tweets have been a joy to see and her bang-on commentary of the games is worth following.

Twitter: @Mavise42Mavis
Twitter: @Mavise42Mavis

Read more about Mavis here.

—Alicia Melville-Smith

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Here's a recap of some of the most powerful images from Day 1 in Rio

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The first day of the Rio Games saw jubilation, exhaustion, grit, and disappointment. For more images of Day 1, go here.

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Katinka Hosszu of Hungary smashes world record in 400 IM

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Hungary's "Iron Lady" Katinka Hosszu smashed the world record for the 400 IM, touching the wall at 4:26.36.

The previous record of 4:28.43 set in 2012.

The winner of five world championship golds had been heavily favored to win the event, but by how much remained to be seen.

She ended up finishing nearly five seconds ahead of Maya DiRado, who took second place for the US.

The Australian women's 4x100-meter freestyle relay team also beat their own world record Saturday.

—Jason Wells

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Hope Solo taunted with chants of "Zika"

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Hope Solo was taunted with cries of "Zika" from the stands in Rio, but was still able to prevent the French team from scoring, giving the US team its second win.

Saturday's match against France was also Solo's record-setting 200th appearance with Team USA, which grabbed a 1–0 victory at Estadio Mineirao in Belo Horizonte.

Her performance, however, did not keep thousands of spectators from booing her constantly when she stopped a shot or touched the ball.

In unison, spectators repeatedly yelled out, "Zika" as she kicked the ball in the field.

Not sharing this!!! Get your own! #zikaproof #RoadToRio

Solo caught the ire of Brazilian soccer fans after her posts on social media about the Zika virus outbreak in the country.

In one post, she appeared with a hat that covered her head with netting. In another, she posted a bed covered with bug repellent.

If anyone in the village forgets to pack repellent, come and see me...#DeptOfDefense #zikaproof

In an interview with Sports Illustrated earlier this week, the 35-year-old goalie said she wasn't affected by the crowd's jeering, and that she was concerned about the Zika epidemic because she wants "to start a family." —Salvador Hernandez

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This swimmer's husband went absolutely nuts cheering her on

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The husband/coach of Hungarian swimmer Katinka Hosszu was filmed going absolutely nuts as his wife won her heat on Saturday, coming tantalizingly close to a world record.

Check out his reaction here. —David Mack

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A French gymnast broke his leg during the Olympic qualifications

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Samir Ait Said, a member of the French Olympic gymnastics team, broke his left leg during a bad landing during the vault qualification competition on Saturday.

See what happened here. Warning: Graphic images

Conz Preti

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Syrian refugee wins swimming heat

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A Syrian refugee who found sanctuary in Europe after swimming in the icy Mediterranean waters inspired people around the world on Saturday, when she won her Olympic swimming heat.

Yusra Mardini, 18, is one of 10 athletes selected to compete in the first ever Olympics team composed entirely of refugees. The men and women from Syria, South Sudan, Ethiopia, and Democratic Republic of the Congo received huge applause when they entered the opening ceremony on Friday.

On Saturday, Mardini won her Women's 100 meter butterfly swimming heat, posting a time of 1:09:21.

Although her time wasn't good enough to qualify for the semifinals, Mardini's victory in her heat has already led people to rejoice in her achievement on social media.

Read the full story here. —David Mack

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Rio security forces detonate controlled explosion

Eric Gaillard / Reuters

Security forces detonated a controlled explosion near the finishing line of the men's cycling road race event in Rio after a suspicious package was discovered, Reuters reported.

Witnesses heard a loud blast, but there were no signs of panic or injuries, with the race continuing unaffected.

Bomb squad agents were photographed at the scene, with officials later saying an unattended backpack was detonated in a controlled explosion.

—David Mack

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Olympic officials apologize for long lines

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Olympic organizers for the Rio Games have apologized to spectators enduring long lines in the heat on the first day of competition.

Organizing committee spokesman Mario Andrada told reporters that "we obviously need to upgrade" the systems for people seeking to enter the Olympic Park.

"We apologize to everyone who is standing in the sun in lines outside the venues ... we need to fix this in the next couple of hours," he said.

Andrada said organizers have asked authorities to speed up bag checks.

—David Mack

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Rowers capsize in dirty Rio water

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A pair of Serbian rowers capsized in the waters of Rio de Janeiro on Saturday during the first day of Olympic competition.

Milos Vasic and Nenad Bedik had to be helped out of the water after their rowboat flipped over while racing amid choppy waters in the Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon, the Associated Press reported.

Medical authorities have warned competitors to keep their mouths closed while in the water in Rio due to bacteria from human waste and garbage.

Capsizings rarely occur during rowing and Olympic officials have decided to allow the pair to compete again during the semi-finals, the AP reported.

—David Mack

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People rallied to send this single mom to see her daughter in the Olympics

Instagram: @amirirn

Ariana Washington, a 19-year-old runner, wasn't expecting to make the Olympic team this year. So when she got the news that she'd qualified, her mother had to find a way to afford last minute plane tickets for herself and her son, who has cerebral palsy.

With the help of a GoFundMe page, they were able to reach and surpass their goal in just 25 days.

Read the whole story here.

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After soccer legend Pelé backed out of lighting the Olympic flame due to poor health, Brazil chose an unlikely hero, Vanderlei Cordeiro de Lima, to ignite the cauldron at the opening ceremony Friday.

De Lima, a distance runner, is best known for winning the bronze medal at the 2004 Athens Olympics despite being tackled by a protester.

Read his inspiring story here.

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Team USA wins first gold medal

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Team USA took home the first gold medal from the Rio Olympics on Saturday, with Ginny Thrasher taking out the top prize in the 10-meter air rifle.

The 19-year-old shot a 10.5 during her first shot in the final elimination round, with a second shot of 10.4 putting her easily ahead of her competition.

China's Du Li and Yi Siling won silver and bronze respectively.

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Here's the winning shot:

Just waking up West Coast? #TeamUSA has its first #gold! Ginny Thrasher's 10m air rifle: https://t.co/to3GRxHxdV https://t.co/abUtHjOdwO

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The opening ceremony left a lot of people feeling very parched

Tonga's flagbearer Pita Nikolas Taufatofua
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Tonga's flagbearer Pita Nikolas Taufatofua

New Zealand's flag bearers Peter Burling and Blair Tuke
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New Zealand's flag bearers Peter Burling and Blair Tuke

Here's BuzzFeed's opening ceremony thirst round-up: