August 13, 2016 2:27:48 am
No gold for Hope Solo in Rio.
The United States women’s soccer team was eliminated by Sweden in the quarterfinal at the Rio Olympics. The Friday match was a stunning loss for the U.S. team, which has played in the final every year since women’s soccer became an Olympic sport 1996, winning gold four times.
Even as another round of rain made for a steamy day once the skies cleared in Rio de Janeiro, South America’s first Olympic Games lingered under clouds of grief, doping and disrespect.
Brazil’s government declared a day of official mourning for a Rio Olympics police officer who died after being shot in the head making a wrong turn into one of the city’s slum.
A polish weightlifter and a Bulgarian steeplechaser were kicked out of Olympics for doping and a Chinese swimmer received a provisional suspension in the first positive doping tests of these games.
And in a serious breach of judo etiquette with political overtones, an Egyptian judoka refused to bow or shake the hand of his Israeli opponent after his loss.
Day 7 of the Rio Games features a heavy slate of medal action in swimming, track and field, track cycling, fencing, judo and more.
Almaz Ayana of Ethiopia set a world record in the 10,000 meters with a stunning solo run to win the first gold medal in track. Her time of 29 minutes, 17.45 seconds bested the old mark set in 1993 by more than 14 seconds.
In later action Friday, Michael Phelps looks to add to his gold medal haul in the men’s 100 meter butterfly finals 24 hours after winning the 200 individual medley final for a fourth consecutive Olympics and his fourth gold of 2016.
Fellow American Katie Ledecky will return to the pool for the 800 freestyle, where she set an Olympic record on Thursday. She’s seeking to complete a sweep of the 200, 400 and 800 freestyles for the first time since the 1968 Mexico City Games.
Other highlights from Day 7 of the Rio Games:
BRONZE BOXER : Nico Hernandez’s chance for a gold medal ended Friday when he lost to Uzbekistan’s Hasanboy Dusmatov by unanimous decision. With a gnarly gash over his left eye, Hernandez had blurred vision and needed stitches. His consolation: his bronze medal in the light flyweight division ends a medal drought for the American boxers that stretched to 2008. “We said when we get there, we’re going to medal,” Hernandez said. “We’re finally here.”
PUIG’S PUSH : Tennis player Monica Puig is one victory away from Puerto Rico’s first gold medal in Olympic history. Puig continued her surprising run at the Rio Games by reaching the women’s singles final, eliminating two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic 6-4, 1-6, 6-3 on Friday. Puig is ranked 34th and unseeded but is guaranteed leaving Brazil with no worse than a silver.
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