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Olympic Updates: Rio Games Come To A Close

After 17 days of sport featuring 10,000 athletes taking part in some 300 events, the competition has officially wrapped up with the closing ceremony.

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Here's What's Happening:

  • After 17 days of sport featuring 10,000 athletes taking part in some 300 events, the competition has officially wrapped up with the closing ceremony on Sunday.
  • The USA crushed the medal tally, with China, the UK, Russia, and Germany rounding out the top five.
  • On Sunday, Kenyan runner Eliud Kipchoge won the men's marathon, traditionally one of the final events of the games. Galen Rupp became the first American man to medal in the event since 2004.
  • The US men's basketball team won gold against Serbia, marking the star-studded team's third consecutive Olympic victory. The US women's basketball team won its sixth straight Olympic gold medal on Saturday.
  • Also on Saturday, Team USA dominated yet another night of athletics, with the men's and women's teams winning gold in the 4x400 meter relay races.
  • On the soccer field, Brazil bested Germany in a 5-4 in a nail-biting penalty shoot-out that thrilled the home crowd and restored some pride after an embarrassing 7-1 loss in the 2014 World Cup.
  • And the Ryan Lochte saga continues. In an interview with NBC News on Saturday, the swimmer apologized for "over-exaggerating" parts of his story, blaming his "immature behavior."

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Athletes gathered for one final celebration in Rio on Sunday, as the Olympic games officially came to a close.

Fireworks and music greeted national teams in the Maracana stadium. Performers celebrated Brazilian landmarks, and singers shared traditional and new songs.

See the best photos from the ceremony here.

—Claudia Koerner

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A star-studded US team beat Serbia in the men's basketball finals 96-66 on Sunday.

After a relatively close first quarter, the US pulled ahead and hung onto an easy lead of about 30 points for the rest of the game. Players included NBA stars including Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant, and Carmelo Anthony.

Anthony is now the first man in Olympic history to win three gold medals in basketball.

In the preliminary round, Serbia had come close to the dominant US team, losing by only three points.

It was the 15th men's basketball gold for the US out of 18 appearances at the Olympic games.

—Claudia Koerner

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Ganzorigiin Mandakhnaran of Mongolia and Ikhtiyor Navruzov of Uzbekistan wrestled for an Olympic bronze medal in the Men's Freestyle 65kg in Rio on Sunday.

With less than five seconds remaining, Mandakhnaran began to celebrate and was given a penalty point, costing the Mongolian wrestler the bronze medal.

That's when Mandakhnaran's coaches began to take off their clothes and protest in front of the judges.

See how the naked protest went down here.

— Talal Ansari

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Kyle Chandler won gold in the Men's Freestyle 97 kg wrestling final in Rio on Sunday.

The 20-year-old became the youngest ever American to win a wrestling medal in US Olympic history.

Khetag Gazyumov of Azerbaijan won silver.

—David Mack

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Kenyan runner Eliud Kipchoge took home the gold medal in the men's marathon event on Sunday.

Kipchoge finished the race in 2:08:44.

Ethiopia's Feyisa Lilesa won the silver, while Team USA's Galen Rupp won bronze.

Rupp is the fist American man to medal in the marathon since 2004.

"You know I was watching Happy Gilmore the other day and you know he fights being a golfer for a while saying he's a hockey player," he said after the race. "And I fought being a marathoner and wanted to run on the track, but, you know, maybe this is my best event."

The men's marathon is traditionally one of the last events of an Olympic Games.

—David Mack

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The US won the men's 4x400-meter competition in Rio, taking home the gold medal Saturday.

The US team was leading for the majority of the race, and Lashawn Merritt crossed the finish line to clinch the victory.

Merritt nearly lost his balance in the last turn of the race, almost stepping off the track but regaining his balance and keeping his lead over Jamaica.

Jamaica won the silver medal, while the Bahamas won the bronze.

Salvador Hernandez

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The US women won the 4x400-meter relay in Rio Saturday, continuing the American streak with the sixth consecutive time the US has taken gold in the Olympic competition.

The US led the pack of runners throughout race, while Jamaica followed in a close second for the relay.

But Allyson Felix pulled away during the last leg of the race, taking a decisive victory in the race, and her sixth gold medal.

Jamaica won the silver medal. Great Britain took the bronze.

Salvador Hernandez

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Brazil will take home the gold medal in soccer after beating Germany in a nail-biting 5-4 game that ended in a dramatic penalty shootout Saturday.

Despite being a top competitor in the world of soccer, including five World Cup titles, Brazil had never won a gold medal in the sport until Saturday.

Brazil's Weverton Pereira da Silva stopped a kick from Germany's Nils Peterson, clinching the victory for the Olympic host.

It was a redeeming victory for Brazil, who had lost against Germany in the last World Cup semifinals two years ago.

Read more here.

Salvador Hernandez

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The US women's basketball team won its sixth straight Olympic gold medal in Rio on Saturday, soundly defeating Spain 101-72.

For three players — Sue Bird, Diana Taurasi, and Tamika Catchings — it is their fourth medal for Team USA.

Saturday's championship win marks only the second time the US women's basketball team earned a triple-digit score in a final. The first was in 1996 when they faced Brazil.

—Tamerra Griffin

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Nine Australian Olympic athletes were detained and later fined by Brazilian police Friday night for altering their credentials in order to gain entry into a men's basketball semifinal game between their home country and Serbia.

The athletes— who represented Australia in cycling, rugby, archery, rowing, and hockey — "had tampered credentials" according to a statement by Rio police obtained by Agence France-Press.

They were charged with "the crime of the use of false documents."But the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) insists it was an honest mistake, and has apologized to the athletes for their troubles.

Read more here.

—Tamerra Griffin

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US Olympic swimmers Gunnar Bentz and Jack Conger, speaking out for the first time since their teammate Ryan Lochte falsely claimed they and two other Americans were robbed at gunpoint in Rio de Janeiro, apologized to their team and offered a new account of what occurred during the Sunday morning incident that has made headlines around the world.

Bentz, 20, laid out his version of events — which has resulted in a police investigation and $11,000 payment after Lochte first claimed he was held up at gunpoint — in a statement Friday.

On Saturday, teammate Conger released a statement of his own that mirrored most of Bentz's account.

Read more here.

—David Mack

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The US Olympic Team announced Friday that four-time gold medal champion gymnast Simone Biles would be the flag-bearer in the Closing Ceremony for the games.

She will be the first female gymnast to lead the team during either the opening or closing celebrations.

"It's an incredible honor to be selected as the flag bearer by my Team USA teammates," Biles said in a statement for Team USA. "This experience has been the dream of a lifetime for me and my team and I consider it a privilege to represent my country, the United States Olympic Committee, and USA Gymnastics by carrying our flag."

"I also wish to thank the city of Rio de Janeiro, and the entire country of Brazil, for hosting an incredible Games," she added.

—Tamerra Griffin

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Great Britain's women won their first-ever Olympic hockey gold medal Friday night.

They beat reigning world and two-time Olympic champions the Netherlands 2-0 in a penalty shootout after a 3-3 draw.

Also making history were Team GB captain Kate Richardson-Walsh and wife Helen, who have become the first same-sex married couple to win an Olympic gold on the same team.

"To get one of these [gold medal] is special, but to share it with somebody like Kate is truly amazing," Helen said.

Read more about the pair and their win here.

—Matthew Champion

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Kimia Alizadeh Zenoorin has made history by becoming the first Iranian woman to ever win an Olympic medal.

The 18-year-old took home bronze when she bested Sweden's Nikita Glasnovic in the Women's 57 kilogram Taekwondo event in Rio on Thursday.

"I am so happy for Iranian girls because it is the first medal, and I hope at the next Olympics we will get a gold," Zenoorin said after her win.

Read more about the historic moment here.

—David Mack

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Usain Bolt achieved his coveted triple-triple record Friday night after helping his Jamaican team win gold in the 4X100-meter relay.

After Friday's hair-raising race, Bolt has gone three-for-three in his events in each of his three Olympics, winning gold a total nine times.

He won the 100-meter, 200-meter, and 4x100 in 2008 in Beijing, and repeated the feat in London 2012.

On Friday, Bolt did the same in Rio.

His historic feat with accompanied by drama on the track after Trinidad and Tobago and the US were disqualified for apparent line violations.

That put the final times and standings at Jamaica with 37.27, Japan 37.60, and 37.64 for Canada, which had finished just two one-hundredths of a second behind the US.

—Jason Wells

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The US women's team rebounded from a disastrous qualifying round to win the 4X100 relay on Friday, beating Jamaica and defending the gold medal they won in 2012.

After a snafu in the qualifying rounds that saw a trip, a dropped baton, and, eventually, a successful case filed with the Rio Games' Jury of Appeals for a re-do, USA Track and Field's showing in the final race on Friday served as a firm affirmation of their ability to deliver.

The Americans won the final in 41.01 seconds. The Jamaicans crossed the line at 41.36, and Britain, which won bronze, at 41.77.

Team USA's performance also brought Allyson Felix a record fifth Olympic gold medal.

—Jason Wells

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Vivian Cheruiyot of Kenya set an Olympic record to win gold in the 5,000 meters on Friday, beating Almaz Ayana of Ethiopia, the favorite in the race, with just two lapse to go.

Cheruiyot pushed hard in the final leg, finishing far ahead of the group at 14 minutes 26.17 seconds. Hellen Obiri, also of Kenya, took silver after crossing the line 3.60 seconds later.

Ayana took the bronze with a time of 14:33.59.

—Jason Wells

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RIO DE JANEIRO — US Olympic swimmer Jimmy Feigen has agreed to make a charitable donation of nearly $11,000 in exchange for being allowed to leave Brazil after becoming embroiled in a dispute over a robbery he and three teammates falsely claimed to have occurred in Rio.

Feigen's passport was returned to him Friday and he was given permission to leave the country after donating 35,000 Reals ($10,800) to Brazilian charity Instituto Reacao (Reaction Institute), the Associated Press reported.

Prosecutors wanted Feigen to pay a 150,000 reais fine ($47,000), but during the negotiations his lawyers said that he wouldn't able to pay that much and that the amount was "disproportionate" to the circumstances.

Also Friday, the International Olympic Committee formed a disciplinary commission to investigate the actions of Feigen, 26, as well as fellow swimmers Ryan Lochte, 32, Gunnar Bentz, 20, and Jack Conger, 21, according to the AP. The commission was organized the same day Lochte apologized for the false robbery claim.

—Alexandre Aragão reporting from Rio de Janeiro, and Jim Dalrymple II in LA

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Germany defeated Sweden 2-1 on Friday to win its first gold medal in women's soccer.

While Sweden, which eliminated the US team in the quarterfinals, ended its historic run with a silver, it was sweet silver — the women's soccer team has never made it to the Olympic podium. Germany, on the other hand, is a world champion and three-time Olympic bronze medal winner.

The Swedes came into the match having taken some ire from US goalie Hope Solo, who called them "a bunch of cowards" for their defensive style of play. She was later criticized for the comment.

—Jason Wells

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The US women's water polo team extended its dominance in the pool Friday after crushing Italy 12-5 to win its second consecutive Olympic gold medal.

Goalkeeper Ashleigh Johnson, the first black woman to make the national team, made nine saves as Italy tried to at least give the Americans a fight. But Team USA smothered the pool, converting turnovers into points and hardly giving Italy a chance to score.

Team USA has been so dominant, the gold medal match extended their winning streak 22 games.

Russia captured the bronze after an edge-of-your-seat penalty shoot out that gave them a 19-18 win over Hungary.

—Jason Wells

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It was by a fraction of a second, but USA's gold medal drought in the homegrown sport of BMX ended Friday.

Connor Fields won with a time of 34.622 seconds, beating Jelle van Gorkom of the Netherlands by .684 seconds, giving Team USA its first BMX win since the sport was introduced at the Olympics in 2008.

Carlos Ramirez Yepes of Colombia took the bronze, also by a fraction of a second.

In the women's competition, Colombia's Mariana Pajon and fan favorite defended her gold medal by beating Alise Post of the US, 34.09 seconds to 34.43 seconds.

Venezuela's Stefany Hernandez won the bronze.

—Jason Wells

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Russia's synchronized swimming team won gold on Friday with a near perfect score in the free routine adding to an already impressive showing that the Rio Olympics.

Russia had been heavily favored to take team gold and did not disappoint with a rousing free routine angel costumes set to string music. It earned a near-perfect score of 99.1333 for a total of 196.1439.

And with duet gold medalists Natalia Ishchenko and Svetlana Romashina on the team, the pair tied the record for most decorated Olympic synchronized swimmers with five golds.

China took the team silver with a score of 192.9841, and Japan scored 189.2056 to earn bronze.

The US did not qualify to send a team to Rio.

—Jason Wells

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Rio Paralympics faces major budget cuts

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President of the Organizing Committee of the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games Carlos Arthur Nuzman talks during the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Maracana Stadium.

The Paralympics will face budget cuts of its 56-year history, according to the International Paralympic Committee.

"Never before in the 56-year history of the Paralympic Games have we faced circumstances like this," IPC president Sir Philip Craven said.

"At the IPC we are a relatively small but united organisation. It's in our Paralympic DNA to see obstacles as an opportunity to do things differently and that's what we are doing here. We are problem solvers by nature and fight for what we believe in."

Though the games will still go on as scheduled next month, the cuts will affect venues, the workforce, and transport.

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US Olympic swimmer Jimmy Feigen has agreed to make a charitable donation of nearly $11,000 in order to be allowed to leave Brazil after becoming embroiled in a dispute over a robbery he and three teammates claimed to have occurred in Rio.

Breno Melaragno Costa, his legal representative in Rio, announced that an agreement had been reached with Brazilian authorities following a four-hour meeting with a judge and government officials at a police station on Thursday evening, ABC News reported.

Once Feigen has donated 35,000 Reals ($10,800) to Braziian charity Instituto Reacao (Reaction Institute), he will have his seized passport returned and be free to leave the country, Costa said.

Read the full story here.

-Francis Whittaker

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Ryan Lochte apologized Friday over fabricating a story about being robbed at gunpoint with his teammates by a man impersonating a police officer in Rio.

The US Olympic swimmer and his teammates became embroiled in an international controversy after they claimed to have been robbed at gunpoint during a night out in Rio. However, police discredited their account, saying that that Lochte and his teammates got into a confrontation with a security guard after they trashed a gas station's bathroom after leaving a party. Lochte behaved so erratically that the guard, an off-duty police officer, was forced to pull a gun on him, according to Rio officials. The guards then demanded money from Lochte and his teammates to pay for damages in cash.

Lochte, 32, and Jimmy Feigen, 26, were indicted by Brazilian authorities for falsely reporting a crime. Lochte returned to the US Monday, two days before the indictment was issued. Feigen agreed to make a charitable donation of nearly $11,000 in order to be allowed to leave Brazil on Thursday.

Read the full story here.

-Tasneem Nashrulla

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Ryan Lochte apologized Friday over fabricating a story about being robbed at gunpoint with his teammates by a man impersonating a police officer in Rio.

The US Olympic swimmer and his teammates became embroiled in an international controversy after they claimed to have been robbed at gunpoint during a night out in Rio. However, police discredited their account, saying that that Lochte and his teammates got into a confrontation with a security guard after they trashed a gas station's bathroom after leaving a party. Lochte behaved so erratically that the guard, an off-duty police officer, was forced to pull a gun on him, according to Rio officials. The guards then demanded money from Lochte and his teammates to pay for damages in cash.

Lochte, 32, and Jimmy Feigen, 26, were indicted by Brazilian authorities for falsely reporting a crime. Lochte returned to the US Monday, two days before the indictment was issued. Feigen agreed to make a charitable donation of nearly $11,000 in order to be allowed to leave Brazil on Thursday.

Read the full story here.

-Tasneem Nashrulla

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Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt wowed audiences Thursday night, finishing the 200-meter dash in under 20 seconds.

Bolt crossed the finish line at 19.78, a season best time. Canadian Andre De Grasse followed at 20.02 for the silver medal, and France's Christophe Lemaitre won bronze at 20.12.

It was Bolt's third Olympics in a row winning the 200-meter, a record. It was also his eighth Olympic gold medal, and his second at the Rio games.

Despite the gold medal finish, Bolt seemed a bit unimpressed by the feat.

"I'm always happy for the win, but I wanted a faster time," Bolt told NBC in an interview after the race. "I felt good, but when I came into the straight, my body wouldn't respond to me. So I guess it's just age and all the rounds that's taken toll."

— Claudia Koerner

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The USA's Dalilah Muhammad won gold, and her American teammate Ashley Spencer won bronze on Thursday in the 400-meter hurdles.

Muhammad was first with a time of 53.13 seconds, and Spencer clocked in at 53.72. Sara Slott Petersen of Denmark won silver with a time of 53.55.

It was the first Olympic medal for both Muhammad and Spencer. Their wins came a day after US women swept the 100-meter hurdles, taking gold, silver, and bronze.

— Claudia Koerner

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Team USA's Ashton Eaton won gold in the decathlon on Thursday for the second time in his career.

Eaton also finished first in the event, which combines 10 track and field sports, in the 2012 London games.

On Thursday, Eaton's combined score tied with the Olympic record set in 2004. He earned top positions in the 100-meter dash, long jump, 400-meter dash, 110-meter hurdles, and pole vault.

His placement within the top three in those events pulled him above the competition in spite of lower scores in javelin throw and high jump.

—Claudia Koerner

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American shot putters Ryan Crouser and Joe Jovacs used some muscle, and lung, power to take the top two spots in Rio on Thursday.

Crouser won gold after throwing 22.52 meters, and Kovacs snagged silver with 21.78 meters.

Tomas Walsh got bronze, throwing for 21.36.

—Jason Wells

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US women's soccer player said she was "really disappointed" in teammate Hope Solo for comments the goalie made after they were eliminated from competition by Sweden.

After the match, which ended in penalty kicks, Solo called the Swedes "a bunch of cowards" for focusing on defense and not taking many offensive risks.

"We played a bunch of cowards. The best team did not win today. I strongly, firmly believe that," Solo told reporters. "Sweden dropped back. They didn't want to open play. They didn't want to pass the ball around. They didn't want to play great soccer, entertaining soccer."

But speaking to NBC Sports on Thursday, Rapinoe said members of the defending US champion team should be more gracious when things don't go their way.

"We've been on the winning side quite a bit, and when we find ourselves on the other side, we need to handle that graciously, and unfortunately that wasn't the case," she said.

—Jason Wells

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Helen Maroulis won the first ever gold medal for the US in women's wrestling on Thursday after defeating Japan's Saori Yoshida 4-1 in the 53-kilogram freestyle.

As Yoshida wept, Maroulis celebrated with the US flag draped around her back as she toured the mat. Yoshida was a 16-time world champion going for her fourth gold medal and hadn't lost a major tournament in years, the Associated Press reported.

Maroulis told reporters that she had admired Yoshida for years and considered it honor to go up against her on the mat. While she had become a world champion last year, this was Maroulis' first Olympics.

"I've dreamed of this my whole life," she said. "I put it on this pedestal."

—Jason Wells

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Canoe sprint bronze medalist Serghei Tarnovschi of Moldova was suspended Thursday after failing a pre-competition doping test, officials announced.

Tarnovschi, 19, placed third in the 1,000-meter single's final Tuesday and was due to compete in the 1,000-meter men's double event on Friday with his brother, Oleg. However, the International Canoe Federation said Serghei would "now no longer be eligible" to compete under anti-doping rules.

Also on Thursday, the Court of Arbitration for Sport disqualified three other Olympians — Chinese swimmer Xinyi Chen, Brazilian road cyclist Kleber Da Silva Ramos, and weightlifter Izzat Artykov of Kyrgyzstan — after their drug tests came back positive.

Chen, 18, came in fourth in the women's 100-meter butterfly, but later tested positive for a banned diuretic that can help mask performance enhancing substances.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport also removed Indian wrestler Narsingh Yadav from the Olympics and slapped him with a four-year suspension based on his test results.

Champion Polish weightlifter Tomasz Zielinksi and Bulgarian 3,000-meter steeplechase runner Silvia Danekova were the first athletes banned from the Games after the court determined they had been doping.

—Jason Wells

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RIO DE JANEIRO — Authorities here on Thursday said that champion US Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte lied when he said he and three teammates were held up at gunpoint on Sunday by robbers impersonating police.

It was the latest twist in a bizarre, reportedly alcohol-fueled case that reportedly began with a lie from Lochte to his mother. It resulted in two swimmers being dramatically dragged off a flight from Rio at the last second and involving law enforcement officials on two continents.

"There was no robbery as it was reported," Chief of Civil Police Fernando Veloso said at a news conference Thursday. "The robbery they said they were victims did not happen."

The swimmers — Lochte, Gunnar Bentz, Jack Conger, and Jimmy Feigen — were coming home from a party at France House on Sunday evening when they vandalized a gas station restroom, Veloso said, damaging mirrors and a door.

For more on the controversy, go here.

—Alexandre Aragão

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Cuban boxer Julio Cesar La Cruz won his nation's first gold medal in the light heavyweight.

La Cruz defeated Kazakhstan's Adilbek Niyazymbetov decisively, with the third round decision in his favor being unanimous.

—Jason Wells

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Alistair Brownlee of Britain defended his gold medal in the men's triathlon on Thursday, crossing the finish line six seconds ahead of his younger brother, Jonathan, who took silver.

The Brownlee brothers collapsed together after finishing, with Alistair clocking in at 1 hour, 45 minutes and 1 second.

Henry Schoeman of South Africa won the bronze, finishing 42 seconds after Alistair.

For more on the Brownlee brothers' emotional finish, go here.

—Jason Wells

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For the first time, the US women's team earned gold, silver, and bronze in an Olympic event. Brianna Rollins won the 100m hurdles in 12.48 seconds, followed by silver medalist Nia Ali in 12.59 seconds, and bronze medalist Kristi Castlin in 12.61.

Rollins led the run over the 10 hurdles, but the other medals came down to just a fraction of a second.

The fourth place spot went to Britain's Cindy Ofili with 12.63 seconds.

–Michelle Broder Van Dyke

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Americans Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross earned bronze in the final women's beach volleyball game on Wednesday. They beat out Brazilians Larissa Franca and Talita Antunes to medal.

Walsh Jennings made her debut at the 2000 Sydney Olympics on the US indoor volleyball team. She earned three consecutive beach volleyball gold medals at the 2004, 2008, and 2012 Olympics with her then partner Misty May-Treanor.

Ross played in the London games with Jen Kessy, earning silver.

–Michelle Broder Van Dyke

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Two American swimmers pulled off airplane and detained by Brazilian law enforcement

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Austin Surhoff, Ryan Lochte and Gunnar Bentz compete in a semi-final heat.

Two American Olympic swimmers who said they were with Ryan Lochte during an armed robbery in Rio de Janeiro were pulled off an airplane and detained by Brazilian law enforcement, the U.S. Olympic Committee confirmed to BuzzFeed News Wednesday.

Gunnar Bentz and Jack Conger were headed back to the US when federal law enforcement pulled them off the flight, Patrick Sandusky, a spokesman for the United States Olympic Committee said.

"Jack Conger and Gunnar Bentz were detained Wednesday night shortly before their flight was scheduled to depart from Rio. They were released by local authorities with the understanding that they would continue their discussions about the incident on Thursday," a statement released by the USOC said.

An attorney for the swimmers said they will not be allowed to leave Brazil until they testify about the robbery, the Associated Press reported.

The USOC statement also mentioned a third swimmer, James Feigen, although his location was not immediately clear.

"James Feigen is also communicating with local authorities and intends to make further statements regarding the incident on Thursday as well," the USOC statement said.

News that the swimmers were detained in Brazil came after a Brazilian judge ordered Ryan Lochte to surrender his passport and stay in the country as the investigation into the robbery continue.

Lochte, however, had already left the country.

Read more here.

–Salvador Hernandez

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Japan's Kaori Icho on Wednesday became the first Olympic wrestler ever to win four gold medals.

Icho won the 58-kilogram women's freestyle after beating Valeriia Koblova Zholobova of Russia 3-2.

Icho also became the first woman to win an individual gold medal in four straight Olympics since the inaugural women's tournament in 2004, according to the Associated Press.

Her teammate, Saori Yoshida, is trying to match the four consecutive gold medal record with a wrestling even scheduled for Thursday.

—Jason Wells

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Kazakhstan continued its dominance Wednesday after its fourth straight gold in the men's welterweight competition.

Daniyar Yeleussinov defeated Shakhram Giyasov of Uzbekistan despite suffering a a large cut in his semifinal fight.

Kazakhstan boxers Serik Sapiyev and Bakhyt Sarsekbayev won the last three welterweight gold medals.

—Jason Wells

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A member of the International Olympic Committee's executive board was accused Wednesday of plotting to illegally sell an estimated $3 million worth of tickets for the Rio Games.

Patrick Hickey of Ireland was arrested at his hotel but transferred to a hospital when a doctor determined the 71-year-old appeared shaken, the Associated Press reported.

Authorities allege Hickey conspired with at least nine others to transfer Rio tickets through the Ireland Olympic Council to an unauthorized vendor disguised the transaction as a hospitality package with high fees.

The alleged scheme's profits were estimated at $3 million.

Hickey, who is president of the European Olympic Committee, has served on the IOC executive board since 2012. Charges against include conspiracy and ticket scalping and he will be detained as the investigation continues and other arrest warrants are served.

International Olympic Committee spokesman Mark Adams said the organization would "fully cooperate" with police and had full confidence in the system.

—Jason Wells

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A Brazilian judge on Wednesday ordered US swimmer Ryan Locthe and teammate James Feigen to surrender their passports and remain in Brazil as police continue to investigate an alleged robbery.

However, Lochte's lawyer, Jeff Ostrow, told BuzzFeed News that the swimmer had already returned to the US "in the last day or so."

"He came home as he was planning to do," Ostrow said. "They never asked him to stay for any further investigation. Had they asked, he would have participated in any way he could."

Lochte, Feigen, and two other US swimmers say they were robbed at gunpoint while returning from a party early on Sunday morning.

Lochte told NBC their car was pulled over by men purporting to be police, when a man pointed a gun at his head and demanded the men hand over their valuables.

Police told the Associated Press they have uncovered little evidence of the robbery and said the swimmers were unable to provide officers with key details of the alleged robbery.

Ostrow maintained his client was telling the truth and said Lochte had "cooperated with Brazilian authorities."

"They provided the details they were able to recall when they had a gun pointed to their head in the early mourning hours," he said.

—David Mack

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French pole vaulter Renaud Lavillenie, who is the current world record holder, was in tears Tuesday as he was awarded the silver medal amid a swarm of boos and whistles from Brazilian fans.

On Monday night, Lavillenie was beaten by Brazil's Thiago da Silva, who won the host nation's first gold medal for this year's games in the process. The vocal home crowd booed Lavillenie throughout his attempts.

In reaction, Lavillenie compared the crowd's treatment toward him to how the Nazi Germany crowd acted during the1936 Olympics in Berlin towards American track and field athlete Jesse Owens.

"In 1936 the crowd was against Jesse Owens," he said. "We've not see this since. We have to deal with it."

Lavillenie has since taken to Twitter to apologize.

Read more here.

–Brad Esposito

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Jenny Simpson won bronze in the women's 1500m race, earning the USA its first-ever medal in the event.

Simpson's time was 4 minutes 10.53 seconds. She was followed by American Shannon Rowbury who placed fourth.

Kenya's Faith Chepngetich Kipyegon won gold with a time of 4 minutes 8.92 seconds, while Ethiopia's Genzebe Dibaba earned silver running at 4 minutes 10.27 seconds.

It was Simpson's third Olympics, but her first medal. She won the 1500m at the US Olympic Trials in Eugene, Oregon, last month.

Dibaba beat Kipyegon at last year's world championships and had been the favorite to win on Tuesday. The race between the two rivals was close, but Kipyegon swept past Dibaba at the final turn and opened up a gap.

–Michelle Broder Van Dyke

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Danell Leyva clinched a silver medal for Team USA in the men's gymnastics horizontal bar final on Tuesday, putting a shiny end to the team's most successful Olympics.

Germany's Fabian Hambuechen won gold, while Britain's Nile Wilson took home the bronze.

Earlier on Tuesday, Levya won a silver in the men's parralell bars.

With 12 gymnastics medals, the American gymnastics team is celebrating its most successful Olympic Games in history, according to the sport's US governing body.

—David Mack

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Simone Biles won a fourth gold medal at the Rio Olympics on Tuesday, taking out the final of the women's floor exercise.

Fellow Team USA gymnast Aly Raisman won silver with a final score of 15.500, behind Biles' 15.966.

Amy Tinkler of Team GB won bronze.

The fourth gold came after Biles won bronze on the balance beam on Monday.

Tuesday's win means she has tied the record for most gold medals won by a gymnast in a single Olympics, a feat last recorded in 1984.

Her five medals means she has also tied the record for the most medals won by one American gymnast in a single games, according to USA Gymnastics.

Not to be forgotten, Raisman has now won six Olympic medals in her career, second only to Shannon Miller.

—David Mack

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Chinese swimmer Fu Yuanhui has been a big break-out star of the Rio Olympics because of her charming post-race interviews and hilarious facial expressions.

On Sunday, Fu gave a particularly candid interview where she mentioned getting her period the night before the race.

The interview came after her team placed fourth in the 4×100m medley relay.

The comments lit up the internet in China, were it is still considered taboo by many people to speak openly about menstrual cycles.

Read more here.

—Casey Gueren and Beimeng Fu

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Brazil's 22-year-old Thiago Braz da Silva won the gold medial the men's pole vault with a record-breaking 6.03. It was the second gold medal for the host country of the Olympics.

Da Silva beat Olympic champion Renaud Lavillenie of France, who held the previous set Olympic record at 5.98 meters.

America's Sam Kendrick's won bronze with 5.85.

–Michelle Broder Van Dyke

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Shaunae Miller of Bahamas dove across the finish line to win gold in the women's 400-meter race, narrowling beating out American Allyson Felix.

Miller's time was 49.44 seconds, while Felix finished .07 seconds later.

For Felix, a second place win in the race still made her the most decorated woman in track and field with seven Olympic medals, breaking a tie with Jackie Joyner-Kersee. Felix is coached by Jackie's husband Bob Joyner-Kersee.

Felix won her first medal when she was 18 in the 200-meter race at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, and she's not finished yet. On Saturday, she will take part in the relay pool for the 4x400m, a competition she has previously won two gold medals in.

Jamaica's Shericka Jackson earned bronze with a time of 49.85 seconds in the women's 400-meter. Americans Natasha Hastings and Phyllis Francis finished fourth and fifth.

–Michelle Broder Van Dyke

Got her by a hand. LITERALLY. #Rio2016

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Kenya's David Rudisha won his second gold medal in consecutive Olympic Games in the men's 800m race. He did not beat his record-breaking time of 1:40.91 from London in 2012, but still performed his season's best at 1:42.15.

America's Clayton Murphy won the bronze medal with 1:42.93, while Algeria's Taoufik Makhloufi took home silver with 1:42.61.

The race took place after track and field events resumed following a severe rain event.

–Michelle Broder Van Dyke

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Track and field events were postponed Monday evening amid heavy rain and high winds.

The pole vault final, women's discus preliminaries, and men's 110-hurdles were the events most immediately affected as officials waited for conditions to improve.

Strong winds can affect how high pole vaulters get and the trajectory of a discus, never mind the issues created by wet surfaces.

—Jason Wells

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Uzbekistan wins first gold in men's 105-kilogram weightlifting