08/09/2016 06:37 EDT | Updated 08/10/2017 01:12 EDT

The Latest: Ghana's Szogedi makes judo history but loses

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


11 a.m.

Hungarian-born Szandra Szogedi made history when she stepped onto the judo mat at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics on Tuesday.

Except that it was for Ghana. Szogedi became the first-ever female judoka to represent the African nation, after obtaining Ghanaian citizenship through her husband.

Facing Brazilian Mariana Silva in the first round, Szogedi, 27, also had to deal with a very partisan crowd shouting support for her opponent. After less than two minutes, however, the fight was over: Silva took Szogedi down and caught her in a stranglehold. Although Szogedi said she didn't want to submit, once she started to lose her vision, she was forced to tap out.

After the fight, a tearful Szogedi said she was "gutted" and that training four years for so little time on the mat was devastating.


10:55 a.m.

Kenyan police have arrested the country's Olympics track and field manager and are seeking orders from a court to hold him in custody for an extra week to complete investigations.

Michael Rotich was ordered to return home from the Olympics in Brazil after he was caught in a sting by reporters from Britain's The Sunday Times newspaper. The paper said Rotich offered to provide the reporters, who were posing as coaches, advance warning of doping tests in return for a 10,000-pound ($13,000) bribe.

The prosecution argues that Rotich will interfere with investigations if he is free.

Rotich is the chairman of Athletics Kenya in the North Rift region, the home of the bulk of Kenya's middle and distance athletes


10:30 a.m.

Abdulaziz Alshatti, the lone independent fencer in the Rio Olympics, has been knocked out after an early loss.

Alshatti is from Kuwait, whose Olympic Committee was suspended by the IOC in 2015 for "undue government interference." Because of that the ban, Alshatti's only chance to earn a trip to Rio was a last-chance Asian qualifying event in April in which only the winner advanced.

Alshatti took first in a stunning result.

But he couldn't match that performance in Brazil.

Alshatti had the backing of a small crowd that appeared to sympathize with his plight. But Hungary's Andras Redli survived a furious late rally from the hard-charging and flamboyant Kuwaiti, winning 14-13 in epee.


10:10 a.m.

Mahe Drysdale of New Zealand beat Czech rival Ondrej Synek in the quarterfinals of the men's single sculls as the two masters of the event faced off for the first time in Rio.

Drysdale and Synek have dominated the single sculls in recent years, with world record holder Drysdale winning Olympic gold in London and Synek clinching all three world championship titles since then.

It was Drysdale who was the fastest as the two men raced in the same quarterfinal heat on the Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon, beating the Czech by four seconds to finish in 6 minutes, 46.51 seconds. Both advanced to the semifinals.


6:30 a.m.

Nine Olympic sports will be awarding 15 gold medals Tuesday at the Rio Olympics, and the competitions include four big battles in the pool and the ever-dazzling women's team gymnastics title.

Gold medallists Michael Phelps and Katie Ledecky of the United States and Katinka Hosszu of Hungary will be looking for even more glory; Phelps in the 200 metre butterfly, Ledecky in the 200 metre freestyle and Hosszu in the women's 200 metre individual medley. The men's 4x200 metre freestyle relay then caps off a busy night at the Olympics Aquatics Stadium.

On the mats, balance beams and vaults, U.S. women's gymnastics team, which topped second-place China by a staggering 10 points in qualifiers, will be looking to turn all their star power into gold. China, Russia, Great Britain, Brazil, Germany, Japan and the Netherlands will be trying to stop them.

Medals will also be awarded in canoe slalom, diving, equestrian, fencing, judo, shooting and weightlifting


5:50 a.m.

Dutch gymnast Yuri van Gelder has been kicked off the Netherlands' team at the Olympics and is being sent home from Rio for breaching team rules.

The Royal Netherlands Gymnastics Association says Van Gelder, a former world champion on the rings, left the athletes' village on Saturday night and has admitted drinking alcohol before returning early Sunday.

The 33-year-old Van Gelder, who was to have taken part in the rings final in Brazil, had no immediate comment, according to a statement Tuesday on his website.

Maurits Hendriks, head of the Dutch Olympic team in Rio, is quoted on the gymnastics association website as saying "it is awful for Yuri, but this behaviour is unacceptable."

This is not the first time that Van Gelder has run into disciplinary problems. In 2010, he was dropped from the Dutch team for the Gymnastics World Championships after he admitted using cocaine. That tournament was to have marked his comeback after a one-year ban for cocaine use.


4:45 p.m.

A celebratory occasion for a Thai Olympic bronze medal winner's family has turned sombre — the athlete's grandmother collapsed and died minutes before he won the third place in the 56-kilogram weightlifting category in Rio.

A mourning ritual was being held Tuesday at the home of Sinphet Kruithong, whose grandmother was among scores of family and friends watching his event live on a big television screen set up for the occasion in his village in northeastern Thailand.

Amid the festive atmosphere Monday — with villagers cheering and clapping as Sinphet heaved the weights up — 82-year-old Subin Khongthap collapsed. She did not live to see her grandson win his medal.

Sinphet, 22, was the second Thai to win a medal at the Rio Games, following Sopita Tanasan, 22, who won a gold medal for weightlifting in the women's 48 kilogram category on Saturday.


4: a.m.

Gold medallists Michael Phelps and Katie Ledecky of the United States and Katinka Hosszu of Hungary will be back in the pool, looking for even more glory in Rio.

Ledecky goes first in the 200 metre freestyle Tuesday night, and 10 minutes later Phelps has his sights set on the 200 metre butterfly, the event in which he holds the world and Olympic records.

Then the women's 200 metre individual medley gets underway with Hosszu, the world and Olympic record holder, in the field. On Sunday, Hosszu shattered the world record in the 400-meter individual medley to win gold and on Monday became the first two-time gold medallist at Rio's Olympic Aquatics Stadium when she won the women's 100 backstroke title.

Capping off another dramatic night in the pool will be the men's 4x200 metre freestyle relay. The U.S. men, who took gold in the 4x100-meter free, hold the world and Olympic records in the 200.


4 a.m.

Tuesday is show time in Rio for the U.S. women's gymnastics team, which made a statement in qualifiers by posting a top score that outpaced second-place China by a staggering 10 points.

China, Russia, Great Britain, Brazil, Germany, Japan and the Netherlands will look to knock off the Americans, which are led by Martha Karolyi. How difficult will it be? Consider this: The margin between the U.S. and the Chinese in qualifiers was greater than the margin between China and 12th-place Belgium.

The Japanese men topped Russia in the team finals to take gold on Monday.


4 a.m.

Brazilian soccer fans have found a new team to cheer — their women.

The Brazilian women play South Africa at the Rio Olympics on Tuesday and local fans have become enamoured of the team as their men's team continues to disappoint. Boos were heard when the Brazil men were held to a 0-0 draw by Iraq.

Yet speedy forward Marta, a five-time FIFA World Player of the Year winner, has enchanted crowds, leading the team to a 5-1 rout of Sweden on Sunday.

In other soccer action, the defending champion U.S. women's soccer team takes on Columbia. The U.S. beat France 1-0 on Saturday as Hope Solo became the first goalkeeper, male or female, to reach the 200th-cap mark in international play.

Despite the milestone, Solo was peppered with jeers from the crowd, which was riled up about her social media posts about the threat of the Zika virus in Brazil.


4 a.m.

It's a big action day on Tuesday in the Olympic men's rugby sevens, with teams playing two games each. Eyes are on Fiji — which plays Brazil and Argentina — and New Zealand, which plays Japan and Kenya.

The first-ever women's rugby medals were awarded Monday, with Australia winning gold over New Zealand.


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