The Latest: Dutch cyclist black and blue but happy

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


12:35 p.m.

Cyclist Annemiek van Vleuten’s face is still black-and-blue after her horrific crash late in Sunday’s road race, but at least, she has a smile on her face again.

The Dutchwoman Tweeted a picture of herself on Tuesday marked by scars and swellings and tape to the left side of her face.

“Hard to deal with my disappointment but also proud about our performance,” Van Vleuten said.

Van Vleuten crashed hard during the descent toward the finish line when she led the race. She lay motionless on the curb until medics got to her and was taken to hospital. Despite the heavy crash and three minor back fractures, she was not expected to have lasting damage.

Instead of her winning, the Olympic title went to her teammate Anna van der Breggen.


12:30 p.m.

China’s Lijia Xu has some serious work to do if she’s going to defend her gold medal in the Laser Radial class in the Olympic sailing regatta.

Xu was disqualified from her fourth-place finish in the second race Monday, tumbling from first overall to 23rd.

Acting on a protest by Paige Railey of the United States, the jury determined that Xu performed her penalty turn too late after she fouled Railey approaching the windward mark.

The disqualification moved Marit Bouwmeester of the Netherlands into the lead going into Tuesday’s two races. She won silver in 2012. Railey moved up one spot to sixth.

British sailing star Ben Ainslie was in a similar position in Athens in 2004. He lost in the protest room early in the regatta but sailed nearly perfectly the rest of the way to win the gold medal in the Finn class. Ainslie finished his Olympic career with four straight gold medals and five medals overall.


12:20 p.m.

A Brazilian judge has ordered Olympic organizers to allow peaceful protests inside venues after several fans were escorted out of stadiums for holding up anti-government signs.

The ruling Monday night by a federal judge threatens fines of up to $3,200 for anyone violating the court injunction.

Some Brazilians attending Olympic events have been holding up signs and wearing T-shirts saying “Fora Temer,” a call for the removal of interim President Michel Temer. A video shot on a cell phone that has been shared widely shows heavily-armed commandos forcibly removing one such protester from the stands of an archery event.

The International Olympic Committee bans political statements during the games. But the court ruling said nothing in special legislation passed ahead of the games restricts peaceful protests that don’t disturb competition.


12:05 p.m.

The boxing tournament is down to one professional. Italian fighter Carmine Tommasone became the second of the three professional fighters who decided to compete in the Olympics and lose.

Italian fighter Carmine Tommasone became the second of the three professional fighters who decided to compete in the Olympics and lose. Tommasone lost a unanimous decision to Cuba’s Lazaro Alvarez in a lightweight bout.

French-Cameroonian fighter Hassan N’Dam was ousted over the weekend.

Thailand’s Amnat Ruenroeng is the lone pro left and he fights Tuesday night.

The 32-year-old Tommasone, who won his first Olympic bout, wasn’t exactly the kind of professional the International Boxing Association (AIBA) had hoped to compete when it decided earlier this year to allow any boxer to attempt to qualify for the Olympics.

The big-name boxers never materialized in Rio.

Tommasone never found his stride against Alvarez, a three-time world champion in two classes.

“I consider them professional amateurs,” Tommasone said. “They are professional players of three rounds. I tried to adapt to the three-round matches but it was difficult to adapt.”


11:50 a.m.

One of the most popular rituals at the Copacabana beach volleyball venue comes after each match, when the winning team signs a game ball and throws, hits or kicks it into the stands.

As expected, the souvenirs are quite a prize for a lucky fan.

But after Canada’s victory over Brazil to open Tuesday’s morning session, a Canadian fan going after the ball fell on top of a Brazilian woman. The crowd reacted, but no one appeared to be injured.

Canadian players Chaim Schalk and Ben Saxton expressed their apologies after the incident. According to astronaut Julie Payette, a member of the national delegation and witness to the incident, the Canadian man gave the ball to the Brazilian.

“We’re Canadian,” Payette said, shrugging her shoulders.


11:40 a.m.

Bertrand Roine won the world handball championship with France in 2011 but on Tuesday he was playing against his old partners for the controversial and cosmopolitan Qatar team.

The gas-rich Middle Eastern nation has assembled a team of players from all over the world, but it wasn’t enough to beat reigning Olympic champion France.

A rematch of last year’s world championship final produced the same result as France took the victory, beating Qatar 35-20 with seven goals from Luc Abalo.

Qatar’s strategy of naturalizing veteran players from other countries, who now make up most of the team, has brought rapid improvements but also accusations it is fielding a world select rather than a true national team.

Both Qatar and France can still advance to the quarterfinals.


11:30 a.m.

Montenegro’s Olympic Committee says its official and two others have been robbed at gunpoint and their car has been hijacked on a highway leading from a Rio de Janeiro airport.

A statement said Tuesday that the incident happened Monday evening when a car hit the vehicle, with “armed robbers” taking away all personal belongings of the three Montenegrins. The official vehicle belonging to the International Olympic Committee was also taken away.

The statement says “very brave action” by the Montenegrins “prevented an incident with even worse consequences and no one was injured.”

After the incident, the Montenegrin committee has advised its competitors not to venture outside the sports venues.

A protest note was sent to the Brazilian foreign ministry.


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 medalists 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 meter butterfly, Ledecky in the 200 meter freestyle and Hosszu in the women’s 200 meter individual medley. The men’s 4×200 meter 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 behavior 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 somber — 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 medalists 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 meter freestyle Tuesday night, and 10 minutes later Phelps has his sights set on the 200 meter butterfly, the event in which he holds the world and Olympic records.

Then the women’s 200 meter 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 medalist 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 4×200 meter freestyle relay. The U.S. men, who took gold in the 4×100-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 enamored 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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