Category: 2016 Rio Olympics.

China’s Xi says hopes Duterte’s visit can improve ties with Philippines

China’s Xi says hopes Duterte’s visit can improve ties with Philippines

Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Thursday that he hoped Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s “milestone” visit to China could help “fully improve” ties between the two countries, which have suffered over disputes in the South China Sea. Duterte arrived in Beijing on Tuesday with at least 200 top business people to pave the way for what he calls a new […]

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Two more golds for Phelps, Hosszu and Ledecky march on

Two more golds for Phelps, Hosszu and Ledecky march on

Michael Phelps won two gold medals on Tuesday, avenging his 200 meters butterfly defeat from the London Olympics and then anchoring the U.S. 4×200 freestyle team to victory on a night of high drama and emotion in the pool. Katie Ledecky of the United States won her second gold medal of the meeting and Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu her third, extending […]

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Sailing: Britain, France lead RS:X, Croatia, Holland top Laser

Sailing: Britain, France lead RS:X, Croatia, Holland top Laser

Fluky winds, moderate currents and crowded upwind fleet racing challenged sailors on the Olympic regatta’s opening day as Britain’s Nick Dempsey and France’s Charlie Picon took impressive leads in the men’s and women’s RS:X windsurf class. Winds on the Escola Naval course were steady and to rising between 11 and 14 knots only to later shift direction and weaken in […]

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Thailand’s women leave men in shade with 58kg one-two

Thailand’s women leave men in shade with 58kg one-two

Thailand’s women weightlifters have made it two golds and one silver from three attempts and will aim for another medal on Tuesday when their fourth and final female team member competes in the 63kg competition. They have been helped by the exclusion of doping cheats from other countries, but the driving force behind their success is a woman who treats […]

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Quadri adds Boll’s scalp to his belt to keep alive medal hopes

Quadri adds Boll’s scalp to his belt to keep alive medal hopes

Aruna Quadri became the first Nigerian to reach the quarter-finals of the Olympics table tennis men’s singles event when he beat 10th seed Timo Boll of Germany 4-2 on Monday. The 28-year-old Quadri was quick off the blocks as he took an early 3-0 lead against two-time medalist Boll, who was the flag bearer of his country during Friday’s opening […]

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Fencing: Russians top sabre podium, disappointment for U.S.

Fencing: Russians top sabre podium, disappointment for U.S.

Russian fencer Yana Egorian beat top-ranked team mate Sofya Velikaya in a close-fought sabre final at the Rio Olympics on Monday, with London 2012 bronze medalist Olga Kharlan of Ukraine again on the third step of the podium. It was a disappointing day for U.S. fencing, however, with Athens and Beijing champion Mariel Zagunis and Ibtihaj Muhammad both losing their […]

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Judo: Kosovo gold medalist refused drug test before Rio

Judo: Kosovo gold medalist refused drug test before Rio

The International Judo Federation said on Monday that Kosovo’s judo gold medalist Majlinda Kelmendi had refused to take an unscheduled drug test in France ahead of the Rio Games but that the procedure looked “questionable” and any sanction given would not be applied outside France. Just the previous day, Kelmendi made history at the Rio Games by becoming the first […]

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Rugby: Australia clinch inaugural women’s sevens gold

Rugby: Australia clinch inaugural women’s sevens gold

Australia became the first Olympic champions in women’s rugby sevens when they ran out convincing 24-17 winners over trans-Tasman neighbors New Zealand in the gold medal final at the Deodoro Stadium in Rio on Monday. The world series champions went behind early in the match but unanswered tries from Emma Tonegato, Evania Pelite, Ellia Green and Charlotte Caslick gave them […]

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Swimming: Sun responds to drug taunts with 200 freestyle gold

Swimming: Sun responds to drug taunts with 200 freestyle gold

China’s Sun Yang responded to Australian taunts about his doping history in emphatic fashion on Monday by winning the men’s 200 metres freestyle title to complete a golden Olympic treble. Sun, who won the 400 and 1500 freestyle at the London Games, touched the wall in one minute, 44.65 seconds to beat South Africa’s Chad Le Clos by 0.55 seconds […]

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Russia vs. U.S.: a tense race, a strained aftermath

Russia vs. U.S.: a tense race, a strained aftermath

The women’s 100 meters breaststroke final at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics on Monday had already crackled with tension in a tight finish but it was nothing compared to what transpired afterwards. American Lilly King held off fast-finishing Russian Yulia Efimova to clinch the title, with fellow American Katie Meili winning bronze. King broke the Olympic record to win. If […]

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