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The Latest: American Jenn Suhr still sick pole vault final

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

2:55 p.m.

American Jenn Suhr's biggest challenge in the Olympic pole vault final may be her own health.

Her husband and coach Rick Suhr said Friday the defending champion remains sick and was "coughing up blood."

Rick Suhr says "We have not turned the corner. Obviously a respiratory infection that has gone far. Looking rough for tonight."

Jenn Suhr's top challenger was supposed to be Yelena Isinbayeva, the world-record holder who has been banned from the games, along with 66 other Russians, because of a doping investigation.

Also missing is Brazil's Fabiana Murer, who was expected to get in the mix for a medal but didn't make it out of qualifying.


2:45 p.m.

A French swimmer has lost her appeal against her disqualification from the Olympic open water event.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport rejected the appeal of Aurelie Muller, who lost out on a silver medal following an incident at the end of the race off Copacabana beach Monday.

CAS says the dispute was related to a "field-of-play decision." The court does not hear such cases unless "there has been arbitrariness or bad faith in arriving at such decision." CAS said that "was not proven in the present case."

Dutch swimmer Sharon van Rouwendaal won the gold, and Muller touched next. Apparently confused, the Frenchwoman was about swim into a white buoy when she tried to cut over and collided with Italy's Rachele Bruni.

Muller was disqualified by the sport's governing body. Bruni got the silver and Poliana Okimoto took the bronze for the first swimming medal ever won by a Brazilian woman.


2:40 p.m.

Rio Mayor Eduardo Paes had been the face of his city's Olympics, but he's been mostly out of sight since the opening ceremony.

He was back in view Friday in a meeting with Governor Yuriko Koike of Tokyo, the host city of the next Summer Games.

Paes says the games have been "transformational for the city" and adds that Rio wasn't "leaving behind any white elephants."

Paes repeated his spirited of holding the Olympics, which he said had been a catalyst for building a new subway line extension, an express-bus system and a renovated port area.

The mayor often has tried to lower expectations about Rio's Olympics, which has struggled with empty seats and organization problems.

He says: "If you want to be fair to Rio, you cannot compare us to Tokyo, to Chicago to Madrid. These are cities that have much better infrastructure. They come from developed countries. You have to compare Rio to Rio. Obviously, Tokyo is a city — from an infrastructure perspective — that is much more developed than Rio."


2:10 p.m.

Canada is leading host Brazil 2-0 in the women's soccer bronze-medal match in Sao Paulo.

Deanne Rose, the youngest player on Canada's roster at 17, scored in the 25th minute on Friday. The team scored again early in the second half.

Canada won the bronze medal at the London Olympics.

The Canadians were defeated 2-0 by Germany in the semifinals. Hosts Brazil and star Marta were ousted from a shot at the gold by Sweden on penalty kicks after a scoreless draw in the semis.

Germany and Sweden play for the Olympic title later in the afternoon at Rio's famed Maracana Stadium.


2:10 p.m.

Russia's Central Army Sports Club says two-time Olympic discus champion Nina Ponomaryova, who won the Soviet Union's first-ever Olympic gold medal, has died aged 87.

Ponomaryova, who also competed under her maiden name Romashkova, won gold at the 1952 and 1960 Olympics, as well as bronze in 1956, and held the world record.

Her gold medal in 1952 came as the Soviet Union took part in the Olympics for the first time, instead of organizing its own events for political reasons.

Statements by the sports club and the Russian national track and field federation do not say how Ponomaryova died.


2 p.m.

Yelena Isinbayeva, the pole-vault world record holder, says she is retiring from competing in the sport.

Isinbayeva was prevented from seeking a third Olympic title in Rio de Janeiro after the IAAF banned all but one Russian track and field athlete from the games over their country's state-sponsored doping scandal.

At a news conference in Rio, the 34-year-old Isinbayeva said through a translator that she is "finishing her professional career."

Isinbayeva says she is considering an offer to lead Russia's track and field federation.

Isinbayeva, who has never failed a doping test, was elected as an athletes' representative on the International Olympic Committee on Thursday.


1:30 p.m.

Russia's Gulnaz Gubaydullina has broken the swimming record in women's pentathlon.

Gubaydullina completed the 200-meter race on Friday in 2 minutes, 07.94 records, breaking the record of 2:08.20 by Hungary's Sarolta Kovacs at the 2012 London Games.

Gubaydullina earned 317 points to take a two-point lead over France's Elodi Clouvel after the first of five events at modern pentathlon.


1:30 p.m.

Russia beat Hungary 19-18 in penalty shots to win bronze in women's water polo.

It's the first medal for Russia in the sport since it took home bronze in 2000.

Russia trailed 12-11 before Anastasia Simanovich scored a power-play goal with one second left in regulation.

The first 13 players connected in the tiebreaker before Anna Karnaukh denied Hungary's Hanna Kisteleki, giving Russia the win.


1:30 p.m.

Germany has defeated New Zealand 2-1 to claim the bronze medal in women's field hockey.

It was Germany's first medal since claiming the gold at the 2004 Games. The Germans lost the semifinal to the Netherlands in a shootout on Wednesday.

New Zealand's fourth-place finish matched its 2012 finish for its best ever.

Friday's match was scoreless at halftime, but Germany's Charlotte Stapenhorst scored 3:26 into the third period, and Lisa Schutze added a goal four minutes later.

New Zealand countered with a goal by Olivia Merry off a penalty corner, but New Zealand could muster just the one goal on eight shots in the second half.


1:30 p.m.

Expect raucous support for Brazilian paddler Isaquias Queiroz on Saturday as he chases his third medal in the canoe sprint competition.

Queiroz and Erlon de Souza will compete in the final of the men's 1,000 canoe double after winning their heat on Friday. Queiroz already has a silver and bronze from the singles events in Rio.

Brazil has never won an Olympic gold medal in canoeing.

Three other golds will be handed out as the flatwater sprint competition wraps up at the Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon.

Britain's Liam Heath advanced to the final of the men's 200 kayak sprint after posting the fastest time in the semis Friday.

French paddler Maxime Beaumont won the other semi while double world champion Mark de Jonge of Canada barely made the final after finishing fourth.


1:10 p.m.

MEDAL ALERT: Russia has earned synchronized swimming gold in the team event at the Rio Olympics.

The Russian free routine, performed in angel costumes to the sound of dramatic string music, earned a near-perfect score of 99.1333 for a total of 196.1439.

Russia adds team gold to the duet title won by Natalia Ishchenko and Svetlana Romashina on Tuesday, and has not been beaten in an Olympic synchronized swimming event since 1996. Ishchenko and Romashina also were members of the Russian team Friday and collect their fifth career gold medals.

China took the team event silver with a score of 192.9841, adding it to the silver won in the duet Tuesday. Japan scored 189.2056 to beat Ukraine to bronze and secure its first synchronized swimming team medal since 2004.


1:05 p.m.

The Paralympics will go ahead in next month despite being forced to implement major cuts to the budget in Rio de Janeiro.

International Paralympic Committee President Philip Craven said "never before in the 56 year history of the Paralympic Games have we faced circumstances like this."

The IPC says the workforce for the Paralympics will be downsized, transport services cut and media closed. The wheelchair fencing competition will move to a new venue, allowing the Deorodo Olympic Park to be closed and dismantled.

Craven says "these cuts are on top of the ones we, together with the IOC, have already made in the last 12 months and are likely to impact nearly every stakeholder attending the games."

Grants the Rio organizers were due to make the 165 participating countries are almost a month overdue.

Craven says "currently we have around 10 countries who, even if the grants are paid, may struggle to cover the cost of their travel to the games."


12:35 p.m.

Carolina Marin of Spain has beaten P.V. Sindhu of India to take gold in women's singles badminton.

Her victory Friday signals a clear end to China's previous lock on Olympic badminton power. Marin fell face first on the court, then kneeled and wept after her 2-1 victory.

Marin, the world No. 1 and the ahead of Rio, beat Li Xuerui, the defending Olympic champion from China, to get to the gold medal match.

In men's singles Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia earlier overcame two-time Olympic champion Lin Dan of China to advance to the finals against a younger Chinese star, Chen Long.

Sindhu, ranked world No. 10, made a strong run through the tournament, overpowering higher-ranked Nozomi Okuhara of Japan in the semifinals. Her silver medal makes up somewhat for the disappointing run of fellow Indian Saina Nehwal, who took bronze in London but crashed out of the Rio Games early.

Marin cruised to an early lead in the first game, displaying her superior experience by repeatedly rushing the net and slamming winners back toward an often befuddled Sindhu. But the Indian settled down, chasing down smashes and drop shots and rallying to tie the game at 19. Then, in rapid succession, she took two points to stun the Spaniard, 21-19.

The second game saw an aggressive Marin win 21-12. In the deciding game Sindhu came back from a deficit and tied the match at 10 after a long, exciting rally that saw repeated smashes and several lunging saves. But Marin opened another lead and Sindhu couldn't come back, losing 21-15.


12:35 p.m.

A weightlifter from Kyrgyzstan who was the first athlete to be stripped of a Rio Olympics medal because of doping is planning an appeal.

Izzat Artykov tested positive for strychnine, a pesticide which can be used as a stimulant in small doses, after winning bronze in the men's 69-kilogram category at the Olympics last week, and was stripped of his medal Thursday.

The Kyrgyz government's State Sports and Fitness Committee says in a statement Friday that sports officials in the country are drafting an appeal against the Court of Arbitration for Sport's ruling to disqualify Artykov.

The committee has not specified the grounds for the appeal, but says it is demanding the World Anti-Doping Agency conduct repeat tests of Artykov's sample.


12:35 p.m.

The British Olympic Association says BMX rider Liam Phillips suffered a concussion following a scary crash during the men's quarterfinals on Thursday.

The team said in a statement Friday that Phillips had been taken to a hospital as precaution and has since been discharged. He's expected to make a full recovery.

Phillips, ranked second in the world, was hurt in a crash coming off the first turn that involved two other contenders, Latvia's Maris Strombergs and Switzerland's David Graf.

Of the three, only Graf moved on to the semifinals on Friday. Phillips and his bike slipped off the edge of the track and down a short embankment. "I'm OK," Phillips posted on Twitter. "Thanks for all the messages."


12:05 p.m.

British-born Aaron Cook, now fighting for Moldova, has been knocked out of gold medal contention at the taekwondo competition at the Rio de Janiero Olympics.

Cook was seeded second and had been considered a leading contender for the gold. He abandoned the British taekwondo academy ahead of the London Games declined to select him for their team, despite being top-ranked. Last year, he switched nationalities and began representing Moldova.

Cook looked out of sorts on the mat on Friday and struggled to string any sustained attacks on his opponent, Wei-Ting Liu of Taiwan, ranked 32nd. Liu used his height advantage to great effect, nailing Cook with several head kicks, including the one that ended the bout at 14-2.

Cook said afterward that he was devastated and couldn't explain what happened.

"I felt really good this morning in training," he said. "I just feel like I've let everyone down after everything I sacrificed."


12:05 p.m.

Matej Toth now has Olympic gold to go with his world title.

With a late surge past Australian Jared Tallent, the Slovakian won the longest athletics event at the Rio Games, the men's race walk.

Tallent again finished in second place, but at least this time it wasn't behind a Russian dope cheat, as was the case at the 2012 London Olympics.

Toth, the world champion, blew a kiss at the camera and picked up a Slovakian flag from a bystander to drape across his shoulders before crossing the line in 3 hours, 40:58 minutes on Friday.

As in London, Tallent won't get a moment of glory on top of the medal podium. He had to wait nearly four years for his gold from those games, after it was stripped from Russia doper Sergei Kirdyapkin.

He finished in 3:41:16 for silver behind Toth.

Behind them, Hirooki Arai of Japan beat Canada's Evan Dunfee for bronze.


12:05 p.m.

American Kent Farrington, who already has won silver in team jumping with the U.S., is trying to add another in individual jumping in the final equestrian event of the Rio Games.

Harrington, 35, turned in a clean ride of 75.18 seconds Friday in the first of two rounds at the Deodoro competition venue. This is the first Olympics for Harrington riding Voyeur.

Steve Guerdat of Switzerland and Nino des Buissonets advanced to the afternoon's second round. They are trying to become the first rider and horse combination ever to successfully defend a gold medal in this event.

Eric Lamaze of Canada, the gold at the 2008 Beijing Games, also is one of the 13 riders who turned in clean runs.

Of the 38 riders who advanced to the first round Friday, only 27 moved onto to the final round.


11:55 a.m.

Olympic organizers say Brazilians felt humiliated by the incident involving the American swimmers but now accept Ryan Lochte's apology.

Lochte initially said he and three other swimmers were robbed after a night out in Rio de Janeiro, prompting an apology from Olympic organizers. But police say Lochte in fact vandalized a gas station bathroom and were confronted by security guards.

Now Lochte has issued an apology and Rio Games spokesman Mario Andrada says "we accept his apology and we appreciate it."

In a briefing Friday, Andrada said "the Brazilian population was quite disappointed" by the actions of the swimmers and "felt humiliated by the early part of the issue."

But Andrada says he believes "the Brazilian population will accept his apology."


11:50 a.m.

Russia's Aniuar Geduev stunned defending Olympic and world champion Jordan Burroughs in the quarterfinals of the men's freestyle wrestling tournament.

Geduev, a three-time European champion, upended Burroughs 3-2 to hand the American just his third international loss and knock him out of gold medal contention.

Geduev jumped out to a 3-0 lead in a match stopped several times so officials could clean a cut on Burroughs' head. Burroughs scored a late takedown, but it wasn't enough to overcome the deficit.

Burroughs can still claim a bronze medal through the repechage. But his quest to become the fourth U.S. wrestler with multiple Olympic gold medals is finished.


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