The United States maintained their iron grip on the Olympic women’s 4×400 meters relay on Saturday when they held off Jamaica for their sixth straight victory in the event to give anchor Allyson Felix her sixth career gold, a world record.
Well, the Olympics have turned up. What a night this was in the Maracaña, as Brazil’s long-nursed dreams of a first Olympic football gold medal were stretched thin, wrung out a little more and then finally delivered via Neymar’s winning kick in the decisive penalty shootout.
South African Wayde van Niekerk chopped 15 hundredths of a second off Michael Johnson’s 400m record, set in 1999, en route to a dominating gold medal performance in Rio.
They put a scare into the US basketball team that no one imagined was possible. For most of a game that seemed impossible to happen, Australia taunted the best collection of NBA players in the world, throwing up-jumpers, shaking the rim with dunks, and sending a message that America might not be as mighty as it thought it was.
A Dutch Olympic cyclist remains hospitalized after suffering a brutal wipeout on a Rio de Janeiro course that left several other athletes injured.
Brazil were held to a goalless draw by 10-man South Africa on the opening day of the men’s Olympic football tournament in Brasilia.
Sport’s highest tribunal on Thursday rejectedRussia’s appeal against a doping ban for its entire athletics team from the Rio Olympics starting in 15 days’ time, drawing swift and angry condemnation from Moscow.