The Latest: Rio’s Olympic cauldron a popular selfie backdrop




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

8:35 p.m.

Rio's downtown cauldron has become selfie central. A day after it was lit to formally open the games, thousands of Rio's residents have been taking turns snapping images of themselves in front of the Olympic flame.

Residents such as Thiago Rodrigues say that even some once opposed to hosting the games are now happy they are taking place in their city.

The flame was moved to its new location on Olympic Boulevard at the end of the opening ceremony Friday night in Maracana stadium. The newly-renovated precinct on Guanabara Bay features big screens and live entertainment during the games.

It is also home to architect Santiago Calatrava's iconic Museu do Amanha, or Museum of Tomorrow. Its soaring silhouette provided the perfect backdrop for more sunset selfies.

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7:45 p.m.

The leading contenders for the first Olympic gold medal in women's rugby qualified for the quarterfinals with two wins each Saturday, with world series champion Australia, New Zealand and Canada posting lopsided wins.

New Zealanders Portia Woodman and Kayla McAlister had a share of the lead in the try-scoring stakes with four each, along with Australia's Charlotte Caslick and Bianca Farella of Canada. Rugby is returning to the Olympics for the first time in 92 years — the sevens format and the women's competition are on debut at the Summer Games.

Second-seeded New Zealand topped Pool B with wins over Kenya and Spain, and France was unbeaten behind them to also qualify for the finals.

Canada had convincing wins over Japan and Brazil and will progress along with Britain, which was also unbeaten.

The Australians were atop Pool A with wins over Colombia and Fiji, which earlier edged the United States 12-7. The Americans recovered from that to beat Colombia 48-0 to improve their chances of advancing.

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7:45 p.m.

Brazilian fighter Michel Borges had the home country and the judges behind him, defeating professional fighter Hassan N'Dam in the boxing tournament.

N'Dam, out of Cameroon, fought in the 2004 Olympics in Athens and won two bouts before he lost in the quarterfinals. As a pro, the 32-year-old fought twice for the middleweight championship and has a 34-2 record.

N'Dam is one three professional fighters in the Olympics this year after 112 years of amateurism. He was easily the most high-profile one who accepted the International Boxing Association's plan to entice prominent pros to Rio de Janeiro.

The 25-year-old Borges won on the scorecard by judges from Russia, Vietnam and Sweden. The fans stomped so much on the metal bleachers it sounded like thunder inside the arena. Then they gave him a thunderous ovation once the decision was announced.

Italy's Carmine Tommasone became the first professional fighter to win a bout earlier in the day.

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7:30 p.m.

Russia's first champion at the Rio Olympics suggests his win will help to lift the gloom from the country's doping scandal.

Beslan Mudranov, who won gold in the men's 60-kilogram judo class, is "really pleased I could get a gold on the first day, because everyone knows what kind of situation we had in Russia before the Olympics."

Russia's team at the Olympics has lost over 100 athletes to various measures related to its doping scandals, including large-scale bans on its track and field, weightlifting and rowing teams.

Mudranov says that, besides him, "many (Russian) athletes who could also have won gold, many of them weren't let in." Still he adds, his win is "not our last gold" in Rio.

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7:10 p.m.

Goalkeeper Hope Solo came up big as the United States fought off France 1-0 on Saturday in an Olympic group stage match at Mineirao Stadium. Carli Lloyd scored the lone goal for the Americans.

Solo became the first goalkeeper, male or female, to reach the 200th-cap mark in international play. She also became just the 11th U.S. player all time — across all positions — to reach that number of appearances.

Despite the milestone, Solo was still peppered with jeers from the crowd, who were riled up about social media posts she made about the threat of the Zika virus. The boos first started during the team's 2-0 tournament-opening win against New Zealand on Wednesday.

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6:50 p.m.

The United States has claimed one of the biggest wins in its Olympic women's field hockey history, defeating world No. 2 Argentina 2-1 in its opening match.

Argentina's Agustina Albertarrio appeared to break a scoreless tie two minutes into the third period on Saturday, but the goal was nullified. Three minutes later, USA's Katie Reinprecht slipped one under the goalkeeper to give the Americans a 1-0 lead.

Michelle Kasold scored for the USA on a penalty corner with 10:26 to play. Delfina Merino scored for Argentina with 3:27 remaining, but he Americans held on.

The Americans haven't medaled since 1984, when they claimed bronze in Los Angeles. The United States gained momentum this summer by placing third in the Champions Trophy event in June, and its No. 5 world ranking is its highest slot ever.

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6:30 p.m.

The boos just keep coming for U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo.

Solo riled some Brazilians before the Rio Games started with when she posted a photo of herself on social media decked out in mosquito netting and armed with insecticide, with the caption: "Not sharing this!!! Get your own! (hashtag) zikaproof."

As a result, fans at Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte were booing her and shouting "Zika!" each time she touched the ball Saturday night during a group stage match against France.

It was a tradition that started for the U.S. Olympic opener against New Zealand on Wednesday.

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6:30 p.m.

Hungary's Emese Szasz rallied to win the gold medal in women's epee fencing Saturday at the Carioca Arena 3.

Szasz, ranked seventh in the world, stunned two-time world champion Rossella Fiamingo of Italy 15-13 after trailing by as many as four points.

China's Yiwen Sun won bronze, beating Lauren Rembi of France 15-13 on a stab with 37 seconds to go.

Szasz's win capped an opening day marked by big upsets. Top-ranked Anqi Xu of China, third-ranked Tatiana Logunova of Russia and all three U.S. fencers were eliminated in the round of 32.

Second-ranked Sarra Besbes of Tunisia was knocked out in the quarterfinals.

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6:30 p.m.

Brazilian military and police "have absolute confidence" that the bullet which flew through the roof of a media tent at the Olympic Equestrian Center was simply "an unfortunate incident."

There was a scare during the lunch break at the dressage event Saturday as a military-looking bullet pierced the roof of the tent and landed on the floor. The competition was not disrupted and nobody was hurt.

Rio 2016 communications head Mario Andrada says authorities are investigating the incident and "they can clearly determine this area was not the target, it was a stray bullet."

Andrada adds "they can confirm it has nothing to do with the games but they cannot be more precise at the moment."

The security around the Deodoro competition venue has been reinforced.

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6:15 p.m.

South Korea was nearly flawless to beat the United States in the men's team archery final Saturday at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

The Korean powerhouse scored in the 10 range on 15 of its 18 arrows to knock off the Americans, 6-0. South Korea has now captured five of the eight Olympic gold medals in the men's team event.

The U.S. took home silver for a second straight Olympics. Australia beat China for bronze.

New world-record holder Kim Woojin scored a 10 on five of his six shots in the final. His teammate Ku Bonchan was 6 for 6.

So convincing was the win that American Jake Kaminski bowed to the Koreans after the match. Kaminski, Zach Garrett and Brady Ellison combined for 10 shots that scored a 10.

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6:15 p.m.

Make it 2-0 for USA Boxing in Rio.

Nico Hernandez won a unanimous decision over two-time Olympian Manuel Cappai. Hernandez looked sharp over the final two rounds against the Italian fighter in the opening session of the boxing tournament.

There are only six men on the boxing team and just one serious medal contender. The American men failed to win any Olympic medals for the first time in London.

Hernandez is from Wichita, Kansas, and his parents were set to leave the U.S. for the first time to watch their son.

American fans starting "U-S-A!" chanted were quickly drowned out by boos by fans who again seemed to enjoy rooting against the United States. Lightweight Carlos Balderas also heard boos when he became the first American in the boxing tournament to win his bout earlier in the day.

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6:05 p.m.

Beslan Mudranov is Russia's first medalist of the Rio Olympics after beating Kazakhstan's Yeldos Smetov in a judo final between representatives of two countries recently buffeted by doping scandals.

Mudranov took gold in the men's 60-kilogram division, beating Smetov on a golden score.

Russia is competing in Rio with a team diminished by doping scandals and bans, particularly in track and weightlifting.

Neighboring Kazakhstan faces losing five weightlifting gold medals from the 2008 and 2012 Olympics after its champions' drug test samples were retested and found to contain steroids.

Japan's Naohisa Takato and Uzbekistan's Diyorbek Urozboev took the bronze medals in the 60kg division.

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6 p.m.

The first judo gold medal of the Olympic games went to Argentina's Paula Pareto, a former bronze medalist from the Beijing Games and now a qualified doctor.

The third-ranked Pareto jumped repeatedly in victory when she defeated South Korea's Bokyeong Jeong in the women's 48-kilogram division, much to the delight of a crowd packed with Argentinians waving their national flag. Pareto climbed into the crowds afterward to be enveloped not only by giddy fans, but numerous flags.

After hugging one particularly patriotic fan whose face was painted in blue and white, Pareto was left with faint traces of blue paint on the right side of her face.

The two bronze medals went to Japan's Ami Kondo and Kazakhstan's Otgontsetseg Galbadrakh.

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5:25 p.m.

Hoang Xuan Vihn's first gold medal also was Vietnam's first Olympic gold medal ever.

Hoang rallied to beat hometown favorite Felipe Almeida Wu on the final shot of men's 10-meter air pistol. Vietnam had previously won two medals, both silver, in previous Olympic games.

Wu trailed by as many as 2.3 points, but moved 0.2 ahead of Hoang with a 10.2 on his penultimate shot. The Brazilian hit 10.1 on his final shot, setting off a raucous chant of "Wu!" from the crowd, but Hoang shot 10.7 to earn gold.

Hoang raised his arms in triumph following the final shot and the Brazilian fans sent Wu off with another chant.

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5:10 p.m.

The U.S. men's gymnastics team is on top through two subdivisions in preliminary qualifying.

Led by four-time national champion Sam Mikulak, the Americans posted a score of 270.405 to move ahead of reigning world champion Japan, which topped the first subdivision with a score of 269.294.

Mikulak is currently third in the all-around despite a fall on pommel horse. U.S. team captain Chris Brooks is 14th. The top eight teams move on to Monday night's team final. The top 24 individual qualifiers move to the all-around final on Thursday night.

Great Britain is third and Brazil fourth. China and Russia are scheduled to compete in the final subdivision later Saturday.

The U.S. put up the best score during preliminaries in London four years ago but faded to fifth in the team final.

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5:10 p.m.

After a buildup dominated by doping scandals, Russia is guaranteed its first medal of the Rio Olympics.

Beslan Mudranov will leave Rio with at least a silver medal after he beat Georgia's Amiran Papinashvili in the semifinal of the men's 60-kilogram division in judo.

Mudranov will fight Yeldos Smetov of Kazakhstan in the final later Saturday.

Russia is competing in Rio with a team diminished by doping scandals and bans, with the entire weightlifting team banned and all but one athlete excluded in track and field.

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5:10 p.m.

Katie Ledecky has positioned herself to swim for the United States in the final of the 4x100-meter freestyle relay.

Ledecky took the anchor leg in the preliminaries Saturday and posted what was by far the fastest time among the four American swimmers. Her split was 52.64 seconds, good enough to rally the U.S. to second in the heat behind the favored Australians.

Amanda Weir was next fastest at 53.60, followed by Lia Neal (53.63) and Allison Schmitt (53.72).

Abbey Weitzeil and Simone Manuel rested up for the evening final. They'll likely be joined by Ledecky and one other swimmer, with Dana Vollmer also a possibility.

Ledecky is favored to win gold in her three individual events, and she'll also be the anchor on the 4x200 freestyle relay.

That means she could leave Rio with as many as five medals.

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5:10 p.m.

Brazil's defending judo champion, Sarah Menezes, is leaving the Rio Games empty-handed.

After a loss in the quarter finals this morning, Menezes returned to the mat against top-ranked Urantsetseg Munkhbat, but failed to find the form that won her the title at the London Olympics.

The two were locked in a largely defensive match, with both judokas struggling to knock the other off balance.

In the decisive "golden score" round, Munkhbat swung her legs over Menezes head after the two fell to the ground. The Mongolian quickly applied an armbar — hyperextending Menezes' arm to the point it might break. Menezes tapped out in submission, automatically giving Munkhbat the victory.

In the men's division, Brazil's other judo medal hope on Saturday, Felipe Kitadai, was beaten by Diyorbek Urozboev of Uzbekistan, eliminating him from the bronze medal match.

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5:10 p.m.

South Korea and the United States will meet in the final of the men's team archery competition Saturday at the Rio Olympics.

The countries are the top two seeds and turned in easy wins in the semifinals. Led by new world-record holder Kim Woojin, South Korea beat Australia 6-0 in the first semifinal match at the Sambadrome.

Bolstered by the shooting of Brady Ellison, the Americans knocked off China 6-0. The United States is trying for its first Olympic gold medal in the event since 1996.

The bronze-medal match will be between Australia and China.
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