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The Latest: US ends gold medal BMX drought with Fields win

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

3:35 p.m.

MEDAL ALERT: The United States has ended its gold medal drought in BMX cycling after Connor Fields took the men's final.

Fields won with a time of 34.622 seconds, beating the Netherlands' Jelle van Gorkom by .684 seconds. It's the first time that Team USA has won BMX since the American-born action sport became an Olympic medal event in 2008. The United States also returned to the podium after getting shut out in 2012 in London.

There was a photo finish for third, with Carlos Ramirez Yepes of Colombia just edging out the United States' Nic Long for the bronze.

On the women's side, Colombia's Mariana Pajon successful defended her gold medal. The fan in Rio raced to the front early and completed the nearly quarter mile-long course filled with bumps and twists in 34.093 seconds, .342 seconds faster than silver Alise Post of the United States.

Stefany Hernandez of Venezuela won the bronze. France's Manon Valentino was taken off a stretcher after crossing the finish line, appearing to her left side.


3:30 p.m.

MEDAL ALERT: Nick Skelton has won Great Britain's first gold medal in individual jumping after a six-person jump-off.

The 58-year-old Skelton also won a gold medal in the 2012 London Games in the team event. He turned in his third clean round of the day on Big Star to hold off the event's past two gold . Skelton went first and finished the jump-off round Friday afternoon with a time of 42.82 seconds.

Peder Fredricson of Sweden won the silver medal with a clean ride but finished the Olympic Equestrian Course in 43.35 seconds.

Eric Lamaze of Canada took bronze. The 2008 gold caught a post late in his round but finished in 42.09 to earn a medal.

Defending champ Steve Guerdat of Switzerland finished fourth followed by Kent Harrington of the U.S. and Sheik Ali Al Thani of Qatar.


3:15 p.m.

Women's British Open champion Ariya Jutanugarn of Thailand has withdrawn from the Olympic women's golf tournament with a left knee injury.

Jutanugarn opened with a 65 and was the leader after the first round. She was five shots off the lead after the second round, but says her knee began to feel tight as she was hitting balls Thursday night. She was 12-over par through 13 holes in the third round when she stopped playing.

Jutanugarn and Lydia Ko are the only four-time winners on the LPGA Tour this year.


3:15 p.m.

Poland's Oktawia Nowacka leads after two of five events in the Olympic women's modern pentathlon.

Nowacka was the top seed into the bonus round of fencing and won her lone match, defeating Germany's Lena Schoneborn in the one-touch final.

Nowacka has 554 points and France's Elodie Clouvel is second with 524.

Russia's Gulnaz Gubaydullina broke the women's pentathlon Olympic swimming record in the opening event, bur dropped to 32nd overall after losing her first fencing match.


3 p.m.

MEDAL ALERT: Christine Sinclair scored in her 250th international match and Canada returned to the Olympic podium with a 2-1 victory over hosts Brazil for the women's soccer bronze medal.

It was the second straight bronze for the Canadians, who medaled for the first time at the London Games four years ago.

Seventeen-year-old Deanne Rose scored Friday in the 25th minute for Canada, becoming the youngest woman to score in the Olympics.

Sinclair added her 11th career Olympic goal in the 52nd. She now ranks second among all-time Olympic scorers, behind Brazil's Cristiane, who has 14.

Brazil avoided the shutout with a left-footed strike by Beatriz in the 79th minute.


3 p.m.

FAILED TO QUALIFY: Australian medal Caroline Buchanan is out of the BMX competition at the Summer Olympics.

She slipped on her bike going around the first turn of her final heat of the semifinals on Friday. Buchanan was ranked second in the world behind Colombia's Mariana Pajon.

Meanwhile, defending gold Mariana Pajon of Colombia is moving on to the BMX women's final.

Pajon won all three of her semifinal heats to easily advance in front of a friendly crowd. Many cheering fans in the stands wore Team Colombia shirts or waved the country's yellow, blue and red flag.

On the men's side, Australia's Sam Willoughby and Anthony Dean won each of their three semifinal heats to move on to the medal race later Friday. Four of five U.S. riders also advanced, two each in the men's and women's brackets.

The United States is trying to return to the medal stand after missing the podium four years ago in London in the American-born action sport.


3 p.m.

American Kent Farrington has turned in his second clear ride of the day, moving the Olympic newcomer into a six-way jump-off for medals in individual jumping.

Farrington joins Ben Skelton, who is looking for Great Britain's first individual gold in this event, along with defending champ Steve Guerdat of Switzerland, Canada's Eric Lamaze, Peder Fredricson of Sweden and Sheik Ali Al Thani of Qatar.

Al Thani has royal cheerleaders on hand cheering him on.

Farrington helped the U.S. earn a silver medal in team jumping on Wednesday. He was among 13 to turn in clear rounds in the morning, a number that dropped to six in the afternoon with a difficult course featuring a triple-combination jump that caused trouble for many other riders.

This is the final event of equestrian for the Rio Games.


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."


12:05 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."


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