The Latest: Fans boo, shout ‘Zika!’ at goalkeeper Hope Solo
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The Latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):
The boos just keep coming for U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo.
Solo riled some Brazilians before the Rio Games started with when she posted a photo of herself on social media decked out in mosquito netting and armed with insecticide, with the caption: “Not sharing this!!! Get your own! (hashtag) zikaproof.”
As a result, fans at Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte were booing her and shouting “Zika!” each time she touched the ball Saturday night during a group stage match against France.
It was a tradition that started for the U.S. Olympic opener against New Zealand on Wednesday.
Hungary’s Emese Szasz rallied to win the gold medal in women’s epee fencing Saturday at the Carioca Arena 3.
Szasz, ranked seventh in the world, stunned two-time world champion Rossella Fiamingo of Italy 15-13 after trailing by as many as four points.
China’s Yiwen Sun won bronze, beating Lauren Rembi of France 15-13 on a stab with 37 seconds to go.
Szasz’s win capped an opening day marked by big upsets. Top-ranked Anqi Xu of China, third-ranked Tatiana Logunova of Russia and all three U.S. fencers were eliminated in the round of 32.
Second-ranked Sarra Besbes of Tunisia was knocked out in the quarterfinals.
Brazilian military and police “have absolute confidence” that the bullet which flew through the roof of a media tent at the Olympic Equestrian Center was simply “an unfortunate incident.”
There was a scare during the lunch break at the dressage event Saturday as a military-looking bullet pierced the roof of the tent and landed on the floor. The competition was not disrupted and nobody was hurt.
Rio 2016 communications head Mario Andrada says authorities are investigating the incident and “they can clearly determine this area was not the target, it was a stray bullet.”
Andrada adds “they can confirm it has nothing to do with the games but they cannot be more precise at the moment.”
The security around the Deodoro competition venue has been reinforced.
South Korea was nearly flawless to beat the United States in the men’s team archery final Saturday at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.
The Korean powerhouse scored in the 10 range on 15 of its 18 arrows to knock off the Americans, 6-0. South Korea has now captured five of the eight Olympic gold medals in the men’s team event.
The U.S. took home silver for a second straight Olympics. Australia beat China for bronze.
New world-record holder Kim Woojin scored a 10 on five of his six shots in the final. His teammate Ku Bonchan was 6 for 6.
So convincing was the win that American Jake Kaminski bowed to the Koreans after the match. Kaminski, Zach Garrett and Brady Ellison combined for 10 shots that scored a 10.
Make it 2-0 for USA Boxing in Rio.
Nico Hernandez won a unanimous decision over two-time Olympian Manuel Cappai. Hernandez looked sharp over the final two rounds against the Italian fighter in the opening session of the boxing tournament.
There are only six men on the boxing team and just one serious medal contender. The American men failed to win any Olympic medals for the first time in London.
Hernandez is from Wichita, Kansas, and his parents were set to leave the U.S. for the first time to watch their son.
American fans starting “U-S-A!” chanted were quickly drowned out by boos by fans who again seemed to enjoy rooting against the United States. Lightweight Carlos Balderas also heard boos when he became the first American in the boxing tournament to win his bout earlier in the day.
Beslan Mudranov is Russia’s first medalist of the Rio Olympics after beating Kazakhstan’s Yeldos Smetov in a judo final between representatives of two countries recently buffeted by doping scandals.
Mudranov took gold in the men’s 60-kilogram division, beating Smetov on a golden score.
Russia is competing in Rio with a team diminished by doping scandals and bans, particularly in track and weightlifting.
Neighboring Kazakhstan faces losing five weightlifting gold medals from the 2008 and 2012 Olympics after its champions’ drug test samples were retested and found to contain steroids.
Japan’s Naohisa Takato and Uzbekistan’s Diyorbek Urozboev took the bronze medals in the 60kg division.
The first judo gold medal of the Olympic games went to Argentina’s Paula Pareto, a former bronze medalist from the Beijing Games and now a qualified doctor.
The third-ranked Pareto jumped repeatedly in victory when she defeated South Korea’s Bokyeong Jeong in the women’s 48-kilogram division, much to the delight of a crowd packed with Argentinians waving their national flag. Pareto climbed into the crowds afterward to be enveloped not only by giddy fans, but numerous flags.
After hugging one particularly patriotic fan whose face was painted in blue and white, Pareto was left with faint traces of blue paint on the right side of her face.
The two bronze medals went to Japan’s Ami Kondo and Kazakhstan’s Otgontsetseg Galbadrakh.
Hoang Xuan Vihn’s first gold medal also was Vietnam’s first Olympic gold medal ever.
Hoang rallied to beat hometown favorite Felipe Almeida Wu on the final shot of men’s 10-meter air pistol. Vietnam had previously won two medals, both silver, in previous Olympic games.
Wu trailed by as many as 2.3 points, but moved 0.2 ahead of Hoang with a 10.2 on his penultimate shot. The Brazilian hit 10.1 on his final shot, setting off a raucous chant of “Wu!” from the crowd, but Hoang shot 10.7 to earn gold.
Hoang raised his arms in triumph following the final shot and the Brazilian fans sent Wu off with another chant.
The U.S. men’s gymnastics team is on top through two subdivisions in preliminary qualifying.
Led by four-time national champion Sam Mikulak, the Americans posted a score of 270.405 to move ahead of reigning world champion Japan, which topped the first subdivision with a score of 269.294.
Mikulak is currently third in the all-around despite a fall on pommel horse. U.S. team captain Chris Brooks is 14th. The top eight teams move on to Monday night’s team final. The top 24 individual qualifiers move to the all-around final on Thursday night.
Great Britain is third and Brazil fourth. China and Russia are scheduled to compete in the final subdivision later Saturday.
The U.S. put up the best score during preliminaries in London four years ago but faded to fifth in the team final.
After a buildup dominated by doping scandals, Russia is guaranteed its first medal of the Rio Olympics.
Beslan Mudranov will leave Rio with at least a silver medal after he beat Georgia’s Amiran Papinashvili in the semifinal of the men’s 60-kilogram division in judo.
Mudranov will fight Yeldos Smetov of Kazakhstan in the final later Saturday.
Russia is competing in Rio with a team diminished by doping scandals and bans, with the entire weightlifting team banned and all but one athlete excluded in track and field.
Katie Ledecky has positioned herself to swim for the United States in the final of the 4×100-meter freestyle relay.
Ledecky took the anchor leg in the preliminaries Saturday and posted what was by far the fastest time among the four American swimmers. Her split was 52.64 seconds, good enough to rally the U.S. to second in the heat behind the favored Australians.
Amanda Weir was next fastest at 53.60, followed by Lia Neal (53.63) and Allison Schmitt (53.72).
Abbey Weitzeil and Simone Manuel rested up for the evening final. They’ll likely be joined by Ledecky and one other swimmer, with Dana Vollmer also a possibility.
Ledecky is favored to win gold in her three individual events, and she’ll also be the anchor on the 4×200 freestyle relay.
That means she could leave Rio with as many as five medals.
Brazil’s defending judo champion, Sarah Menezes, is leaving the Rio Games empty-handed.
After a loss in the quarter finals this morning, Menezes returned to the mat against top-ranked Urantsetseg Munkhbat, but failed to find the form that won her the title at the London Olympics.
The two were locked in a largely defensive match, with both judokas struggling to knock the other off balance.
In the decisive “golden score” round, Munkhbat swung her legs over Menezes head after the two fell to the ground. The Mongolian quickly applied an armbar — hyperextending Menezes’ arm to the point it might break. Menezes tapped out in submission, automatically giving Munkhbat the victory.
In the men’s division, Brazil’s other judo medal hope on Saturday, Felipe Kitadai, was beaten by Diyorbek Urozboev of Uzbekistan, eliminating him from the bronze medal match.
South Korea and the United States will meet in the final of the men’s team archery competition Saturday at the Rio Olympics.
The countries are the top two seeds and turned in easy wins in the semifinals. Led by new world-record holder Kim Woojin, South Korea beat Australia 6-0 in the first semifinal match at the Sambadrome.
Bolstered by the shooting of Brady Ellison, the Americans knocked off China 6-0. The United States is trying for its first Olympic gold medal in the event since 1996.
The bronze-medal match will be between Australia and China.
Australia has set an Olympic record in the women’s 4×100-meter freestyle relay preliminaries.
The team of Madison Wilson, Brittany Elmslie and sisters Bronte and Cate Campbell were timed in 3 minutes, 32.39 seconds Saturday. Cate Campbell, the world record holder in the 100 free, swam her anchor leg in 51.80 seconds.
Katie Ledecky raced for the first time at the Rio Games, anchoring the U.S. team to the second-fastest time of 3:33.59. She was joined by Amanda Weir, Lia Neal and Allison Schmitt.
The final is Saturday night.
South Korea and the United States have easily advanced to the semifinals of the men’s team archery competition at the Rio Olympics.
Led by new world-record holder Kim Woojin, the Koreans beat the Netherlands 6-0 and will face Australia inside the Sambadrome.
Bolstered by the shooting of Brady Ellison, the Americans knocked off Indonesia, 6-2. The Americans will meet China, which knocked off defending champion Italy.
South Korea and the Americans are the top two seeds in the tournament. Each team walked out for its match to the beat of samba music and dancers.
Australia’s John Millman got off to a perfect start in Rio de Janeiro: The first 6-0, 6-0 men’s match in Olympic tennis history.
Millman made only two unforced errors, 25 fewer than his opponent, Lithuania’s Ricardas Berankis, in the 50-minute rout.
Said Millman: “I feel for him, because I’ve been on the end of some pretty big spankings before.”
It was not easy to see this one coming, considering the players’ ATP rankings: Berankis is No. 71, while Millman is No. 75.
Even Millman acknowledged: “Of course it’s surprising.”
American tennis player Jack Sock says he was diagnosed with walking pneumonia just before he left for Rio.
The 14th-seeded Sock lost his first-round match to 118th-ranked Taro Daniel of Japan 6-4, 6-4 on Saturday. He revealed afterward that he had been sick since the end of his run at Wimbledon in early July. What started as the common cold turned into a cough that just wouldn’t go away.
The 23-year-old Sock says he went to his doctor the night before he departed for Rio de Janeiro but there was no way he was going to miss his first Olympics.
He still plans to play in doubles with Steve Johnson and possibly mixed doubles.
Australian swimmer Mack Horton is taking aim at Chinese star Sun Yang.
Horton was asked about a reported incident between the two at the practice pool earlier in the week. The Aussie says Sun “splashed me to say hello, and I didn’t respond because I don’t have time for drug cheats.”
In 2014, Sun served a three-month suspension in 2014 for using a banned stimulant.
Horton spoke Saturday after posting the second-fastest time in the preliminaries of the 400-meter freestyle behind American Conor Dwyer.
Sun also advanced to the evening final with the fourth-best time. He’s the defending gold medalist in the 400 free.