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Headlines from around the Rio Olympics

  • Cuba's Robeisy Ramirez, left, and United States' Shakur Stevenson exchange punches during a men's bantamweight 56-kg final boxing match at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) Frank Franklin II

  • United States' Shakur Stevenson reacts as he walks off the ring after losing a men's bantamweight 56-kg final boxing match against Cuba's Robeisy Ramirez at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) Frank Franklin II

  • Cuba's Robeisy Ramirez displays his gold medal for the men's bantamweight 56-kg boxing at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) Frank Franklin II

  • Members of the the United States team celebrate after defeating the Netherlands during a women's bronze medal volleyball match at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016. The United States won 3-1. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) Jeff Roberson

  • United States' Rachael Adams (5) celebrates with her team after scoring against the Netherlands during a women's bronze medal volleyball match at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) Jeff Roberson

  • United States' Kayla Banwarth (2) celebrates a win after a women's bronze medal volleyball match against the Netherlands at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) Matt Rourke

  • Gwen Jorgensen, of the United States, waves after receiving the gold medal for winning the women's triathlon event on Copacabana beach at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016. (AP Photo/David Goldman) David Goldman

  • Gwen Jorgensen of the United States, right, leads Nicola Spirig Hug of Switzerland, during the women's triathlon competition of the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull) Gregory Bull


Sunday, August 21, 2016
BoxingCuba edges Team USA for gold

Robeisy Ramirez of Cuba won his second Olympic boxing gold medal Saturday, claiming a split decision over U.S. bantamweight Shakur Stevenson in a tremendously competitive bout.

Nicola Adams also claimed her second Olympic gold for Britain, defending her London flyweight title with a unanimous decision over France’s Sarah Ourahmoune.

Middleweight Arlen Lopez capped the session by claiming Cuba’s third gold and sixth overall medal in Rio, beating Uzbekistan’s Bektemir Melikuziev by unanimous decision.

Ramirez and Stevenson put on a high-level exhibition for the crowd at Riocentro Pavilion 6, showing off athleticism and sophisticated boxing skill for three perilous rounds. Ramirez backed up his flyweight gold medal from the London Olympics by moving up in weight and winning perhaps the most talented division in the Rio Games, capped by three thrilling rounds with Stevenson.

Women’s volleyballResilient U.S. team takes bronze

Before they took the court and won bronze, they gathered in the locker room one final time. Each player on the U.S. women’s volleyball took a turn to speak.

Jordan Larson told her teammates she loved them and would fight for every one of them.

Alisha Glass made sure they all knew there was nowhere she’d rather be now than right here in Rio.

Captain Christa Dietzen? She didn’t need an Olympic medal. She already understood what this tight-knit team was all about, and she also knew it sure would be nice to wear one home as she heads into retirement and prepares to start a family. They thanked one another for the time and effort over four hard years.

Beach star Kerri Walsh Jennings sent a note of her own: Go get a bronze. Just as Walsh Jennings and April Ross did.

The top-ranked Americans did just that, bouncing back to beat the Netherlands, 25-23, 25-27, 25-22, 25-19, on Saturday.

Track & fieldU.S. track teams take gold in 4x400

LaShawn Merritt anchored the U.S. 4x400-meter relay team to win an Olympic gold medal and regain control of the event at the games.

Four years after the Bahamas beat the U.S. team, the Americans finished with a time of 2 minutes, 57.30 seconds. The Jamaicans brought the baton home .86 seconds later. The defending champion Bahamas took bronze in 2:58.49.

Arman Hall, Tony McQuay, and Gil Roberts set up Merritt for the win. The veteran already has two gold medals from the 2008 Beijing Olympics and eight world championship gold medals stretching as far back as 2005.

Allyson Felix won a women’s track record sixth Olympic gold medal, helping her team win the women’s 4x400, with a time of 3 minutes, 19.06 seconds. Courtney Okolo ran the first leg, followed by Natasha Hastings and Phyllis Francis.

Jamaica took silver and Britain got bronze.

A historic gold for Team USA in 1,500

Matt Centrowitz of the United States ran from the front and held off Taoufik Makhloufi of Algeria at the line to win the gold medal in the men’s 1,500 meters.

Centrowitz won the silver medal at the 2013 world championships and took fourth at the 2012 London Games.

His last lap Saturday was 50.62 seconds.

Nick Willis of New Zealand took bronze.

The last American to win the men’s 1,500 was Mel Sheppard at the 1908 London Olympics.

TriathlonJorgensen gives U.S. first gold

As she wobbled along on a flat tire four years ago in London, Gwen Jorgensen promised to turn that heartbreak at Hyde Park into a conquering of Copacabana Beach at the Rio Games.

She crushed both the course and the competition Saturday, giving the U.S. its first Olympic triathlon gold medal by cruising across the finish line in 1 hour, 56 minutes, 16 seconds.

That was 40 seconds ahead of silver medalist Nicola Spirig of Switzerland, who won gold at the 2012 Games after Jorgensen’s flat tire relegated her to a 38th-place finish. Vicky Holland outsprinted British teammate Non Stanford for the bronze.