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The Latest: 3 UK athletes hoping for 'Super Saturday' in Rio

by August 13, 2016 General

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):

6:35 a.m.

The last day of the Rio Olympics rowing competition could write another entry in the epic rivalry between Olympic singles champion Mahe Drysdale of New Zealand and world champion Ondrej Synek of the Czech Republic.

Either Drysdale or Synek has won gold at every world championship or Olympics since 2009.

Four gold medals are waiting to be won Saturday as the smallest sculls (singles) and the largest (eights) take to the water.

The U.S. women’s eight hope to extend their winning streak after dominating the qualifiers. Britain and Germany are the favorites in the men’s eight but could be challenged by the U.S. crew.


5:35 a.m.

Hope Solo sure has a way with words.

The U.S. goalie called the Swedish team “a bunch of cowards” after they beat the favored U.S. women’s soccer team 4-3 in a penalty shootout after a 1-1 draw Friday at the Rio Olympics.

Solo says “I think we showed a lot of heart. We came back from a goal down. I’m very proud of this team.” Then she added “I also think we played a bunch of cowards. The best team did not win today.”

Solo said the Swedes “didn’t want to pass the ball. They didn’t want to play great soccer.”

Sweden coach Pia Sundhage, who coached the U.S. team to Olympic gold medals in Beijing and London, quipped: “It’s OK to be a coward if you win.”

Later, Solo tweeted: “Losing sucks. I’m really bad at it.”

The U.S. women are heading home without an Olympic medal for the first time.


5:15 a.m.

A potential Latin American grudge match is on tap at the Rio Olympics as Brazil takes on Colombia in the men’s soccer quarterfinals.

The Brazilian men, booed by fans and squeaking by so far in the Olympic tournament, could get a chance to recapture their nation’s adoration in the match Saturday. There’s not too much warmth between the two sides since the 2014 World Cup, where Colombia’s Juan Camillo Zuniga kneed Brazilian star striker Neymar, fracturing his back.

In other men’s soccer matches, Portugal takes on Germany, Nigeria goes up against Denmark and Korea faces Honduras.

The Brazilian women, led by star Marta, are already in the Olympic quarterfinals after beating Australia on penalty kicks Friday night. Sweden also beat the U.S. women on penalty kicks, sending the favored U.S. team home without an Olympic medal for the first time.


4:50 a.m.

Four years ago at the London Olympics, a roar was heard across the stadium, across the capital and across the nation as three British athletes won gold within an hour of each other.

Long distance runner Mo Farah, heptathlete Jessica Ennis-Hill and long jumper Greg Rutherford are hoping to recreate that scenario Saturday in Rio.

The men’s 10,000 kicks off with Farrah the dominant athlete. He has not lost a major race since the 2011 worlds, but Ethiopia’s Yigrem Demelash is hoping to restore his nation’s ownership of the race.

In the men’s long jump finals, Rutherford, American Jarrion Lawson and Australia’s Fabrice Lapierre are the ones to watch.

Over halfway home in the 7-event heptathlon, Ennis-Hill is where she wants to be — on top. With a blistering 200 meters on Friday, the defending champion overtook early leader Nafissatou Thiam of Belgium to regain the momentum going into the final day of competition.


4:25 a.m.

It’s the final day of swimming at the Rio Olympics and four gold medals are up for grabs.

Saturday could be Michael Phelps’s last time in an Olympic competition. While the American team is not yet set, he could be swimming in the men’s 4×100 meter medley relay final. On Friday, he was upset in the 100 fly, taking the silver behind Joseph Schooling of Singapore.

Simone Manuel, who became the first African-American woman to win a gold medal when she set an American and Olympic record in the 100 free on Thursday, is in the women’s 50 free finals Saturday. She is also likely to compete in the women’s 4×100 medley relay.

Medals also will be awarded in the men’s 1500 meter freestyle but defending champion Sun Yang of China failed to qualify.


4:05 a.m.

At least seven sprinters are in the mix to be crowned the fastest woman in the world as the 100 meter final takes place at Rio’s Olympic Stadium.

Jamaican Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, the two-time defending Olympic champion, had the fastest time in qualifiers Friday night.

Others to watch include Elaine Thompson of Jamaica, Murielle Ahoure of the Ivory Coast, Dafne Schippers of the Netherlands and Americans English Gardner, Tianna Bartoletta and Tori Bowie.

The fastest man in the world — Usain Bolt, the two-time defending champion — also appears on the Rio track for the first time Saturday for preliminary heats.

The men’s 100 meter finals are on Sunday, and Bolt has told his parents he’s ready despite a sore hamstring. American Justin Gatlin is considered the best threat to stop him.


3:45 a.m.

‘For the first time since 1968’ — how cool does that sound?

Katie Ledecky capped off one of the greatest performances in Olympic history on Friday night, winning her fourth gold medal and posting her second world record, shattering her own mark in the 800-meter freestyle.

The 19-year-old American says “I just wanted to lay it all out there.”

Ledecky and Debbie Meyer are now the only female swimmers to sweep the three longest freestyle races. Meyer took the 200, 400 and 800 meter free at the Mexico City Olympics in 1968.

“I try not to think about the history much,” Ledecky said. “But joining Debbie in that history is incredible.”


3:15 a.m.

Russia’s Olympic team has complained to Rio organizers after flags hanging in its Olympic village accommodation were allegedly desecrated.

Synchronized swimmer Alexandra Patskevich told Russian newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda that flags hanging inside Russia’s building were “torn down and tied in knots” on the floor on two occasions.

Her comments sparked protests on Russian social media at what some suggested was a deliberate attempt to provoke Russia by people hostile to its team’s presence at the games following reports of wide-scale, state-sponsored doping in Russia.

The head of the Russian delegation, Igor Kazikov, says in video posted online that he is investigating and has raised the issue with the Rio organizing committee.

Kazikov says only one flag was involved and perhaps it was “the fault of a cleaner” rather than an anti-Russian conspiracy.


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