(Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) — Two U.S. Olympic swimmers detained by police are heading home after being questioned by police in Rio about claims they were robbed at gunpoint. Jack Conger and Gunnar Bentz had their passports released a day after they were taken off their scheduled flight back to the States. Days ago, Ryan Lochte said he Conger, Bentz and fellow swimmer Jimmy Feigen were robbed and that one of the robbers put a gun to his forehead. However, earlier Thursday, Brazilian police said the swimmers were not victims of a robbery and that they vandalized a gas station. Police are reportedly recommending charges against Lochte and Feigen. Lochte has already returned to the U.S. Feigen however, is still in Brazil. The U.S. Olympic Committee said Feigen provided police with a revised statement and hopes to have his passport released as soon as possible.
>>USOC Apologizes Over Actions Of Swimmers
(Rio de Janeiro) — The United States Olympic Committee is apologizing for the actions of four members of their men’s swimming team involved in an incident at a Rio gas station. Ryan Lochte and three other swimmers are accused of lying about being robbed at gunpoint during the games. The U.S.O.C. issued a statement apologizing to the city of Rio and the people of Brazil for a “distracting ordeal in the midst of what should be a celebration of excellence.” They called the behavior of the swimmers unacceptable and said it doesn’t represent the values of Team USA.
>>Bolt Wins Third Straight Gold In 200m
(Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) — The world’s fastest man is in the record books once again. Jamaican track star Usain Bolt blew away the field en route to winning the gold medal in the 200-meter race last night in Rio. The 29-year-old is the first man ever to win the race in three straight Summer Games. Earlier this week, Bolt also became the first man to win three straight Olympic titles in the 100-meter dash. Meanwhile, Canada’s Andre De Grasse took silver. France’s Christophe Lemaitre claimed bronze. American LaShawn Merritt came in sixth.
>>Muhammad Wins Gold In 400m Hurdles
(Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) — Americans continue to make Olympic history in Rio. Dalilah Muhammad captured the gold medal in the 400-meter hurdles Thursday night. She’s the first American woman ever to win the event. U.S. athletes had previously won silver five times. Meanwhile, fellow American Ashley Spencer claimed the bronze. Denmark’s Sara Petersen took silver.
>>American Eaton Defends Decathlon Title
(Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) — American Ashton Eaton is the world’s greatest athlete once again. Eaton successfully defended his Olympic title in the men’s decathlon Thursday night in Rio. Eaton tied the Olympic record with a final score of 8,893 points. He’s the first man to win back-to-back Olympic gold in the 10-event competition since 1984. He’s only the third man ever to accomplish the feat. Eaton’s wife, Canada’s Brianne Theisen-Eaton, captured bronze in the heptathlon earlier this week.
>>U.S. Men Win Gold, Silver In Shot Put
(Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) — A pair of Americans are taking home medals in men’s shot put. Ryan Crouser set a new Olympic record en route to winning the gold medal in Rio. The record had stood since 1988. American teammate Joe Kovacs claimed silver. The duo took the top two prizes after Team USA’s Michelle Carter captured gold in the women’s shot put earlier this week.
>>U.S. Women’s Basketball Advances To Gold Medal Game
(Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) — The U.S. women’s basketball team will play for the gold medal. Team USA coasted into the gold medal game with an 86-67 win over France in the semifinals in Rio. Diana Taurasi scored 18 points for the Americans, who have won 48 straight games in Olympic play. The U.S. will go after an unprecedented sixth straight gold medal against Spain on Saturday. France will square off with Serbia in the bronze medal game.
>>U.S. Men’s Basketball Battles Spain In Olympic Semis Today
(Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) — The U.S. men’s basketball team will look to secure a spot in the finals with a win today. Team USA takes on Spain in the Olympic semifinals, with tip-off at 2:30 p.m. Eastern. After three straight close games to close out the preliminary round, the Americans rallied from an early 10-point deficit to blow out Argentina 105-78 in Wednesday’s quarterfinals. The U.S. men are seeking their third straight gold medal in Rio.
>>LeBron Hints At Return For Tokyo 2020
(Cleveland, OH) — LeBron James isn’t ruling out playing for Team USA at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. The Cleveland Cavaliers star didn’t make an appearance in Rio this year but told ESPN that he wished he had been out on the court playing. He said he didn’t leave Team USA, he just didn’t play this time around. James played in 2004, 2008 and 2012, helping to bring home two golds and a bronze.
>>American Clement Wins Gold In Men’s 400M Hurdles
(Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) — American Kerron Clement [[ keh-RON KLEM-ent ]] is the winner of the men’s 400-meter hurdles. He finished in a time of 47.73 seconds to win the gold medal on Thursday. It’s the first career individual Olympic gold medal for the 30-year-old, two-time world champion. Clement captured silver in this event in Beijing back in 2008. He earned his first Olympic gold medal in Beijing as part of the men’s four-by-400 relay team.
>>Volleyball Star Kerri Walsh Jennings Won’t Rule Out 2020 Games
(Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) — U.S. beach volleyball star Kerri Walsh Jennings won’t commit to playing in the 2020 Olympics, but she isn’t ruling it out. Walsh Jennings and teammate April Ross took the bronze medal last night, with a come-from-behind win over Brazilians Larissa and Talita. The three-time gold medal winner and mother of three turned 38 this week. After she and Ross won last night, Walsh Jennings said she hasn’t “spent one second thinking about” competing in another Olympics. She said she knows whatever choice she makes will be right for her and her family.
>>U.S. Reaches 100 Medals For Fourth Straight Summer Games
(Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) — The United States has hit the century mark in Rio. Team USA has captured exactly 100 medals through 13 days of competition. The Americans won another seven medals on Thursday to reach 100 for the fourth straight Summer Olympics. The U.S. has 35 gold, 33 silver and 32 bronze with three days of competition remaining. China is second in the overall standings with 58 medals, 20 of which are gold. Great Britain has 22 gold medals and 56 overall.
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