The Latest: Congo’s Bukase loses, but wins all the same

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):

11:40 a.m.

Even losing was a victory for judoka Yolanda Bukase.

The refugee Olympian from Congo may have lost in judo’s first round of the women’s 70-kilogram division, but said it was significant just to be able to fight on sport’s biggest stage.

Bukase fled her war-torn country years ago after being separated from her parents. On Wednesday, she faced off against Israel’s Linda Bolder, the 11th seed. In their first-round fight, Bolder quickly took control and managed to throw Bukase once and then held her down for 20 seconds, scoring an automatic victory.

After the match, Bukase said that she was “happy even having lost because I had the chance to fight at the Olympics.” She said her message for family back home was that she was continuing to fight, “not just for judo, but for my life.” And that they should do the same.



The Olympic fencing tournament has been marked by massive upsets so far.

The biggest one yet came Wednesday morning in Carioca Arena 3.

Unheralded Canadian Eleanor Harvey stunned the world’s top-ranked foil fencer, Italy’s Arianna Errigo, 15-11 in the round of 16.

Errigo was considered by some to be the top fencer regardless of weapon in the world. She was expected to take her place as Italy’s next great Olympic champion in Rio after the retirement of Valentina Vezzali, a six-time gold medalist.

But Harvey’s elusive style flummoxed Errigo, and the match quickly got away from the Italian.

After clinching the bout, Harvey took off the mask, turned to the Canadian fan contingent near her piste in disbelief and pointed to her breast plate as if to say “Me? I did that?”


11:20 a.m.

Rain is delaying the start of play on Day 5 of the tennis competition at the Rio Olympics.

Among the players on Wednesday’s schedule are the last two men’s singles gold medalists, Andy Murray of Britain and Rafael Nadal of Spain, in third-round action.

Nadal is supposed to play three matches, weather permitting, including in the men’s doubles semifinals with Marc Lopez, and the first round of mixed doubles with Garbine Muguruza.


11:15 a.m.

Rowing officials say they can deal with the Olympic regatta being canceled one more day without having to resort to drastic measures like dropping races.

But if the bad weather continues into Friday, then things start getting complicated, says Matt Smith, executive director of FISA, the international rowing federation.

Right now there’s enough room to fit in the canceled races in coming days without having to use the regatta’s reserve day on Sunday, Smith told reporters. But if the challenging weather conditions persist beyond Thursday, officials may have to cancel some races for lower-ranked rowers or shorten the 2-kilometer race course.

“If Friday morning at 10 o’clock we are sitting here, we may have to lose some races,” Smith said.

The course on the Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon needs to be reworked Sunday afternoon for the canoe sprint competition, which starts Monday.


11:10 a.m.

Sitting right next to the murky diving well at the Maria Lenk Aquatics Centre, it looks as if the water polo pool is turning green with envy.

The third day of the men’s water polo tournament kicked off in green-tinged water after the diving pool turned green on Tuesday. A spokesman for the venue said they would have a statement from the organizing committee soon.

There was no sign of any issue with the water polo pool during the first day of the women’s competition.

For now, at least, the black lines on the bottom of the pool are clearly visible, and there is no sign of any effect on play. But if the water gets any darker, it could grow more physical since it will be hard for the referees to determine what’s going on underwater.


9:55 a.m.

MEDAL ALERT: Kristin Armstrong of the United States won her third consecutive Olympic time trial Wednesday, her golden effort on the brutal course leaving her in an exhausted heap on the road at the finish line.

Armstrong covered the course through driving wind and rain in 44 minutes, 26.42 seconds, beating reigning bronze medalist Olga Zabelinskaya of Russia by just 5.55 seconds.

Anna van der Breggen of the Netherlands added a bronze medal to her gold from the road race.

Armstrong, who turns 43 on Thursday, joined speed skater Bonnie Blair as the only American women to win three gold medals in the same event at any Olympics. She also won in Beijing and London.

Dutch rider Ellen van Dijk slid off the course, likely costing her a medal. She finished fourth.


8:50 a.m.

The first riders are off in the women’s and men’s Olympic time trials, greeted at the Pontal area of Rio de Janeiro by hard rain and cold winds buffeting off the coast.

The miserable conditions should make a brutal course even more grueling.

Ireland’s Dan Martin, who competed over part of it in the road race, tweeted that he was “not sure I’d want to ride down that descent in the wet nevermind race.”

USA Cycling chief executive Derek Bouchard-Hall called the conditions “rather bleak.”

Two-time gold medalist Kristin Armstrong is last off in the women’s race for the U.S., while reigning bronze medalist Chris Froome of Britain is last off in the men’s race.


8:25 a.m.

Rowing officials have canceled all racing Wednesday due to high winds.

It’s the second day lost to bad weather at the Olympic regatta and officials will have to try to cram in the remaining races in coming days.

Twenty-two races were on the schedule for Wednesday, including finals in the men’s and women’s fours, the first medal races on the rowing calendar in Rio.

Racing officials announced at 8:09 a.m. local time that there would be no racing Wednesday, and that a new schedule would follow.


8 a.m.

Annemiek van Vleuten has been released from the hospital following her crash in the Olympic road race Sunday and has been cleared to fly home to the Netherlands on Friday.

Van Vleuten flipped hard onto her head on the final descent with her bike catapulting farther down the road. She lay motionless as the rest of the field passed her on the way to the finish.

She sustained a concussion and three spinal fractures in the crash.

Van Vleuten said she is staying in a hotel rather than the Olympic village to better recover, and “the concussion is the reason they want to keep me here” a couple more days.

Her teammate Anna van der Breggen won the Olympic road race.


7:50 a.m.

Eleven sports will be awarding 20 gold medals at the Rio Olympics on Wednesday, with four of them coming at the Olympic Aquatics Center.

The men will be seeking gold in the 200 meter breaststroke and the 100 meter freestyle, while the women will be competing in the 200 meter butterfly and the 4×200 meter freestyle relay. In the 100 meter freestyle, Australian Kyle Chalmers had the fastest qualifying time but American Caeleb Dressel was nipping at his heels.

At the men’s individual all-around gymnastics final, defending gold medalist Kohei Uchimura of Japan is the favorite, since he is also a three-time world champion.

Individual road race time trials for both the men and the women will take place on Rio’s challenging Grumari circuit.

Other medals will be awarded in canoe slalom, diving, fencing, judo, rowing, shooting, table tennis and weightlifting.


6:40 a.m.

Rio Olympic officials say military police are stepping up security after a bus carrying journalists had two windows broken after being struck by what it calls “unknown projectiles.”

Britain’s Press Association, however, is quoting Lee Michaelson, a retired U.S. Air Force captain who covers women’s basketball, as saying she instinctively hit the floor when she heard the gunfire.

The Rio organizing committee says patrols have been stepped up after the incident Tuesday involving a bus traveling toward the Olympic Park. The committee says the driver heard a noise from inside the bus, which he thought was photography equipment falling down.

The Rio statement says when the driver checked his mirror, he found journalists lying on the floor. He saw a police car and stopped.

The International Olympic Committee says the matter is under investigation.

The incident raises security concerns at the Rio games. Some 85,000 soldiers have been deployed — twice that of the 2012 London Olympics.


6:25 a.m.

Polish media are reporting the head of the Polish Weightlifting Federation is stepping down after two athletes have tested positive for using illegal substances.

The federation head, Szymon Kolecki, has announced he will step down on Aug. 16, according to the state-run news agency PAP.

The announcement comes after Polish weightlifter Tomasz Zielinski was banned from competing at the Rio Olympics and sent home because he tested positive for a banned substance.

In announcing his resignation, Kolecki said a second weightlifter, Krzysztof Szramiak, had tested positive for an above-normal level of growth hormone. Szramiak did not make the 2016 Polish Olympic team.


5:25 a.m.

A retired U.S. Air Force captain who now covers women’s basketball says an Olympic media bus in Rio de Janeiro was hit by gunfire en route from a venue.

Britain’s Press Association on Wednesday quoted Lee Michaelson, who was on the bus Tuesday, as saying that she instinctively hit the floor when she heard the sound of gunfire and “hollered to the others … ‘Get down! Get down! We are taking fire.'”

Michaelson says “I know what a gun sounds like.”

Police are investigating but Olympic officials say it’s not clear whether the incident was caused by bullets or stones.

Michaelson says both the bus driver and Olympic officials sorely lacked training. The driver slowed down and pulled over, which she says is “precisely the opposite of what he should have done, which was to put the gas on and floor it.”

When they returned to the Olympic park, she says there was no medical help waiting, despite some passengers being injured and bleeding.


5 a.m.

Host nation Brazil must play big or go home Wednesday when its men’s soccer team takes on Denmark — for the country scarred by a 2014 World Cup debacle is facing another possible embarrassing elimination at home.

The team has had two deeply disappointing scoreless draws in this Olympic tournament — to South Africa and Iraq, not exactly world soccer powerhouses — and fans have been booing and mocking the team, especially superstar Neymar.

Brazil coach Rogerio Micale has leapt to the defense of his misfiring 24-year-old star striker, who has been criticized for poor performances and a lack of leadership.

The coach says “Neymar will become the best player in the world, we need to respect him … He is young. I know that at times he behaves in a way that we may not like, but at his age, wouldn’t we do the same things that he does?”

Micale said the criticism could hurt future generations of Brazilian players who dream of being on the national soccer team.


5 a.m.

All eyes will be on Japan’s Kohei Uchimura as the men’s individual all-around gymnastics final takes place on Wednesday.

That’s because Uchimura won the worlds in 2013, 2014 and 2015 and is the defending gold medalist from the 2012 games in London.

He starts on the floor exercise and comes to the event with a gold in hand from the men’s team finals on Monday.


5 a.m.

Olympic cyclists are surely hoping that the treacherous Grumari circuit at the Rio de Janeiro games does not claim any more victims.

British cyclist Chris Froome, who is coming off his third Tour de France victory in four years, goes last as the men’s individual time trial takes place Wednesday. The race will be run on the same hilly, winding Grumari circuit that produced a number of crashes in both the men’s and the women’s Olympic road races.

Defending gold medalist Kristin Armstrong of the United States is going last Wednesday in the women’s individual cycling time trial, but Anna van der Breggen of the Netherlands will be eager to follow her Rio Olympic road race gold with another medal. Dutch teammate Ellen van Dijk is also a strong contender.


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