The Latest: Lochte’s father says swimmer already back in US

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

1:15 p.m.

The father of American swimmer Ryan Lochte says his gold medal-winning son arrived back in the United States before a Brazilian judge ordered that Lochte and swimming teammate Jimmy Feigen stay in Brazil as authorities investigate their claim they were robbed during the Olympics.

Steve Lochte told The Associated Press on Wednesday by phone from his Florida home that his son called him Tuesday after arriving in the United States.

The office of Judge Keyla Blank confirmed the order to seize the passports of Lochte and Feigan in a Wednesday statement.

Lochte and three of his teammates say they were robbed at gunpoint in a taxi Sunday morning as they returned to the athletes village from a party, several hours after the last Olympic swimming events were held.

Police have found little evidence so far to support their accounts. Lochte’s attorney, Jeff Ostrow, has said there is no question the robbery happened.


1:05 p.m.

MEDAL ALERT: France has added the show jumping gold medal to its team dressage title, finishing just ahead of the United States in the equestrian competition.

Kevin Staut, Roger-Yves Bost and Philippe Rozier all jumped clear in the second round, with the latter two picking up a time penalty each. Penelope Leprevost completed the team.

France finished with a score of three, with the U.S team of Kent Farrington, Lucy Davis, McLain Ward and Elizabeth Madden taking silver with five.

Germany beat Canada in a jump-off for bronze after both teams finished on a score of eight.

Germany has won a medal in every equestrian competition in Rio de Janeiro.


1 p.m.

Australia moved closer to its first Olympic medal in men’s basketball by clobbering long-time nemesis Lithuania 90-64 in Wednesday’s quarterfinals.

Patty Mills scored 24 points and Matthew Dellavedova 15 for the Aussies, who have been as impressive as any team in Brazil and are gaining confidence with every trip onto the Carioca Arena floor. Australia’s only loss in these games was by 10 to the U.S. in the preliminary round.

The Boomers, as they are known Down Under, have finished fourth three times and were twice beaten by Lithuania (1996 and 2000) in the bronze-medal game.

Australia, which has five NBA players on its roster and four who have won championships, will play the Serbia-Croatia winner in the semifinals on Friday.

Mantas Kalnietis scored 12 for Lithuania, which beat Brazil and Argentina earlier in the tournament before losing to Spain by 50 and dropping its final three games.


12:25 p.m.

Conseslus Kipruto took his turn to win Kenya’s Olympic gold medal in the steeplechase, winning in a games record time to continue the country’s incredible streak.

The two-time world championship silver medalist took the early lead and then settled behind American Evan Jager, timing his run until surging back into the lead as the bell sounded and finishing in 8 minutes, 03.28 seconds. He started his celebrations as soon as he’d cleared the last barrier, looking to the crowd and waving his arms around for the last 50 meters of the race. Kenya has won the event at every Olympics dating back to 1984.

Jager split the Kenyans on the podium, overhauling two-time Olympic champion Ezekiel Kemboi on the last straight to take silver in 8:04.28. The 34-year-old Kemboi, who won the Olympic titles in 2004 and 2012 and has won the last four world titles, settled for bronze.


12:25 p.m.

Indian wrestler Yinesh Yinesh was taken off the mat on a stretcher after injuring her right knee during the women’s freestyle tournament.

Yinesh was wrestling China’s Yanan Sun in the quarterfinals at 48 kilograms when her knee gave out.

Yinesh was quickly surrounded by medical staffers, who put a heavy wrap on Yinesh’s knee and transported her out of Carioca Arena 2.

Yinesh, 21, finished 22 at last year’s world championships.


12:20 p.m.

Brazilian canoeist Isaquias Queiroz will race for his second medal of the Rio Olympics after qualifying for the final of the men’s 200-meter sprint.

Buoyed by the home crowd, 22-year-old Queiroz posted the fastest time in the semifinals on Wednesday. London 2012 gold medalist Yuriy Cheban of Ukraine didn’t qualify for the final.

Queiroz’ silver in the 1,000 meters canoe single on Tuesday was Brazil’s first Olympic medal in flatwater canoeing. He is also competing in the men’s 1,000 meters canoe double.

In other events, New Zealand’s Lisa Carrington is set to compete for her second gold in the Rio Olympics after making the final of the women’s 500 meters kayak single. However, the 200-meter gold medalist was beaten Wednesday by Maryna Litvinchuk of Belarus in the semifinals.

Ken Wallace and Lachlan Tame of Australia posted the fastest time in the men’s 1,000 meters kayak double while Danuta Kozak of Hungary was quickest in the women’s 500 meters kayak single. All are through to the finals on Wednesday.

The United States’ only competitor in the canoe sprint competition, kayaker Maggie Hogan, is out after finishing sixth in her heat in the women’s 500-meter race.


12:15 p.m.

MEDAL ALERT: Conseslus Kipruto has continued Kenya’s streak of Olympic titles in the men’s steeplechase, winning the gold medal in a games record of 8 minutes, 03.28 seconds. The Kenyans have won the event at every Olympics since 1984.

Evan Jager earned the silver medal for the United States, running strongly and leading until the bell, to finish one second behind and split up the Kenyan runners.

Two-time Olympic champion Ezekiel Kemboi took the bronze in 8:08.47.


12:10 p.m.

A senior international Olympic official was taken to a hospital Wednesday after police came to his hotel to arrest him as part of a probe into ticket scalping.

Ireland’s Patrick Hickey, a member of the International Olympic Committee’s executive board, is accused of plotting with at least six others to illegally sell tickets for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, police said.

“Continuing our investigation, civil police discovered the involvement of Patrick (Hickey) in the international scheme of ticket scalping,” the Rio police fraud unit said.

IOC spokesman Mark Adams said Hickey was taken to a local hospital by ambulance at about 7:30 a.m.

“We will fully cooperate with the police investigation if there is one,” Adams said. “We don’t know what the allegations or charges are yet.”

He said the allegations centered on 1,000 tickets belonging to the Irish national Olympic committee, of which Hickey is the president.

“We have full confidence in the system here, and we believe everyone is innocent until proven guilty or any charges filed,” Adams said. “Let’s wait to see what to see what charges are even made yet.”

Hickey, 71, is also president of the European Olympic Committees, and has served on the IOC executive board since 2012.


12:10 p.m.

A Brazilian judge has ordered that the passports of American swimmers Ryan Lochte and James Feigen be seized as authorities investigate their claim they were robbed at gunpoint during the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games.

The office of Judge Keyla Blank confirmed the request Wednesday in a statement, but Rio police did not say whether the order was carried out.

Lochte and three of his teammates say they were robbed at gunpoint in a taxi Sunday morning as they returned to the athletes village from a party, several hours after the last Olympic swimming events were held.

Police have found little evidence so far to support their accounts, and say the swimmers were unable to provide key details in police interviews.

A police official with knowledge of the investigation told The Associated Press that police cannot find their taxi driver or witnesses. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation is ongoing.

Lochte’s attorney, Jeff Ostrow, has said there is no question the robbery happened.


12:05 p.m.

Defending champion Ashton Eaton took the lead in the decathlon after the second event, the long jump.

Eaton won the long jump with a leap of 7.94, overtaking Damian Warner of Canada, who had beaten the American in the opening 100 meters. Warner’s long jump of 7.67 was still good enough for second place overall.

Eaton has 2030 points going into the shot put, 30 more than Warner as the two opened up a sizable gap with their rivals. Kai Kazmirek of Germany was in bronze medal position with 1,892.

Eaton has not lost a decathlon in four years.


11:40 a.m.

The American 5,000-meter runner who stopped to help a fallen competitor back to her feet tore a ligament in her knee and will not be able to run in the final.

Abbey D’Agostino finished the race Tuesday after helping Nikki Hamblin of New Zealand back up and urging her to finish. The two clipped heels during the late part of the race and tumbled to the ground.

Race officials allowed both runners into Friday’s final, but D’Agostino won’t be there. She was carted off the track in a wheelchair and an exam later showed she has torn her right ACL and strained her MCL.

In a statement Wednesday, she said she had known all along that her trip to Rio de Janerio was going to be more about her race performance, and as soon as Hamblin got up after the fall, her purpose for being in Brazil was clear.


11:20 a.m.

Mo Farah’s bid for a repeat distance double is still on track at the Rio Olympics despite another stumble in the heats of 5,000 meters.

Farah, who won both the 5,000 and the 10,000 at the London Olympics in 2012, successfully defended his title at the longer distance in a dramatic final last Saturday when he recovered after tumbling to the track.

He had a slight trip after being clipped by another runner on the last lap of the 5,000 on Wednesday morning as well, but was quickly back into stride and ran comfortably with the leading pack to finish third in 13 minutes, 25.25 seconds. Hagos Gebrhiwet of Ethiopia won the heat in 13:24.65 and Bernard Lagat of the United States also progressed in fifth spot.

“I’ve got such a long stride … I always get tripped up or tangled up with someone,” Farah said. “But I managed to stay on my feet. It’s quite nerve wracking.”

The Somali-born British runner is a strong favorite for the 5K final on Friday, having won all major races over 5,000 since 2011 and minutes.



Caster Semenya of South Africa cruised into the semfinals of the 800 meters, easily winning her heat to confirm her as the favorite for the Olympic title.

Semenya is at the heart of a heated debate on hyperandrogenism, a condition where a woman has much higher levels of testosterone than normal. Because of it, Wednesday’s performance at the Olympic Stadium was eagerly anticipated.

Semenya was ordered to undergo gender tests when she won the world title in 2009, and wasn’t allowed to compete for 11 months after the tests. The IAAF was forced to drop rules that limited testosterone levels in female athletes last year after they were challenged by another runner at the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Semenya has dominated the season so far and she ran with the ease of the champion she once was. She won her heat in 1 minute, 59.31 seconds, almost 4 seconds off her season’s best time.


11:10 a.m.

Reigning world champion and top-ranked taekwondo fighter Farzan Ashourzadeh Falleh of Iran has been knocked out of gold medal contention at the Olympics at Rio de Janeiro in the last second of his first-round fight by Morocco’s Omar Hajjami.

Falleh had been leading throughout and scored three points for a head kick after his coach requested a video replay in the second round. Falleh is nicknamed “The Tsunami” for his whip-like spinning kicks.

Hajjami repeatedly tried to catch Falleh with various spinning techniques but often misjudged his distance. But in the last few seconds of the final round, he spun before throwing a roundhouse kick that connected in the last second, giving him a 4 to 3 victory. Hajjami knelt on the mat afterwards and clasped his hands together.

Falleh bowed and shook the hand of Hajjami and his coach before leaving the mat looking shocked.


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