The Latest: Simone Manuel get silver, Blume gold in 50m free




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

10:05 p.m.

MEDAL ALERT: Pernille Blume of Denmark wins gold in women's 50-meter freestyle. Simone Manuel of the United States takes silver. Aliaksandra Herasimenia of Belarus earns bronze.

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10 p.m.

The heptathlon is going to the wire, with the clash for gold set up in the concluding 800 meters between defending champion Jessica Ennis-Hill of Britain and Belgium's Nafissatou Thiam.

Despite a sore elbow, Thiam set a personal best of 53.13 meters to extend her lead of Enis-Hill. Thiam has 5,939 points for an edge of 142 over Ennis-Hill.

Ennis-Hill is a much better 800 runner, where she has a 10-second edge in personal bests, setting up a thrilling finish in the last event of the evening. The edge translates to 8.87 seconds between the two.

Brianne Theisen-Eaton is in bronze medal position with 5,681 points.

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9:57 p.m.

MEDAL ALERT: Mo Farah of Britain recovers from fall to defend Olympic 10,000-meter title in Rio Games.

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9:45 p.m.

Britain's Mo Farah was tripped by American training partner Galen Rupp on the 10th lap in the men's 10,000-meters.

Farah quickly got up and signaled all is OK with a thumbs up on Saturday.

Farah is the favorite to repeat in the 10,000 meters.

He has not lost a major race since taking silver in the 10,000 at the 2011 worlds. But Ethiopia's Yigrem Demelash is hoping to renew his nation's ownership of the race.

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9:45 p.m.

Captain John Obi Mikel scored one and set up another as Nigeria beat Denmark 2-0 to set up a men's Olympic soccer semifinal with Germany.

Mikel met Ezekiel's cross to side-foot Nigeria's opener into the net from close range in the 19th minute on Saturday. Aminu Umar connected with Mikel's corner to double the lead in the 59th.

Nigeria's players, who are chasing their first Olympic gold since the 1996 Atlanta Games, have extended their stay in Brazil after arriving late in the country. They will play Germany on Wednesday.

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9:30 p.m.

Defending champion Kirani James set the tone for the 400-meter final by leading the semifinals in his season-best 44.02 seconds.

James, who won the Olympic gold as a 19-year-old at London in 2012, held off 2008 champion LaShawn Merritt in 44.21 in the first of three semifinal heats.

Michel Cedenio of Trinidad and Tobago won the second heat in 44.39, holding off world champion Wayde van Niekerk, who finished in 44.45.

Bralon Taplin of Grenada had the fourth-fastest qualifying time, winning the third heat in 44.44. The final is scheduled for Sunday night.

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9:30 p.m

Honduras continued its surprising run at the Olympics by defeating South Korea 1-0 and reaching the semifinals of the men's soccer tournament.

Forward Alberth Elis took advantage of a fast counterattack in the 59th minute on Saturday to score the winner and send Honduras to the final four for the first time.

South Korea played well and created many scoring chances at the Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte, but it couldn't get past a solid performance by Honduras goalkeeper Luis Lopez, who made key saves throughout the match.

South Korea was trying to replicate its unprecedented performance from London, when it eliminated host Great Britain in the quarterfinals and eventually finished with the bronze medal.

Honduras will play against either Brazil or Colombia, which meet later Saturday in Sao Paulo.

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9:30 p.m.

Double defending champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce ran a season's best of 10.88 seconds to reach the final of the 100 meters.

Only her compatriot Elaine Thompson matched the time in the third heat of the semifinals on Saturday.

In a direct confrontation with European champion Dafne Schippers, the Jamaican dominated from the start and even had time to let up a bit at the line. Schippers was late out of the blocks and the Dutchwoman struggled all the way to finish second in 10.90, hardly a race to impress her rivals.

Tori Bowie of the United States won the first semifinal. Compatriot English Gardner also made it into Saturday's final.

Among those who did not make it were American Tianna Bartoletta and Murielle Ahoure of Ivory Coast and Blessing Okagbare of Nigeria.

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8:50 p.m.

Iran won its second gold medal in two days as Sohrab Moradi was victorious in the men's 94-kilogram weightlifting.

Moradi's first lift in the clean and jerk was enough for gold, hoisting 221 kilograms, which combined with his 182 in the snatch for a total of 403 on Saturday.

There was silver for Belarusian Vadzim Straltsou on 395 and bronze for Lithuania's Aurimas Didzbailis on 392.

It was a depleted field after Polish brothers Adrian and Tomasz Zielinski both failed drug tests in the days before the event. Adrian Zielinski was 2012 gold medalist in the 85kg class.

Also missing was Ilya Ilyin, reigning Olympic champion and world record holder at 94kg, who failed retests of his samples from his 2008 and 2012 Olympic wins.

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8:50 p.m.

Paralympic leadership says crucial payments to fund the travel of teams to Brazil have not been transferred, threatening the participation of some countries.

The International Paralympic Committee said the payments, which are vital for funding travel and logistics, must be sent to its members next week.

The IPC is expecting around 160 countries to participate in the Paralympics but fears withdrawals if the cash isn't received.

The late payments are one of the problems threatening the successful delivery of the Sept. 7-18 Paralympics by the financially-challenged Rio organizers.

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8:50 p.m.

Countries are starting to turn against each other at the Copacabana beach volleyball venue.

Twice in the round of 16, two teams from the same country faced each other, with the Italian men and the Canadian women both sending their compatriots home.

Now there's an all-Dutch quarterfinal after Alexander Brouwer and Robert Meeuwsen advanced to a matchup with Reinder Nummerdor and Christiaan Varenhorst.

Meeuwsen and Brouwer went unbeaten in the preliminary round. Nummerdor and Varenhorst lost a match in pool play, dropping them to a No. 2 seed, and they wound up in their countrymen's bracket in the blind draw.

Brouwer says" That's the way it is in beach volleyball. Sometimes you beat each other."

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8:10 p.m.

Leave it to the super heavyweights to bring knockouts back to Olympic boxing.

Three straight fighters in the sport's most hulking division finished their opponents by stoppage Saturday night, a rare occurrence in the three-round world of the amateur sport.

Britain's Joe Joyce, Uzbekistan's Bakhodir Jalolov and Nigeria's Efe Ajagba all ended their fights early with punishing knockouts. Ajagba's first-round stoppage of Trinidad and Tobago's Nigel Paul was particularly brutal, leaving Paul facedown and motionless on the canvas for a few moments.

The fourth heavyweight fight of the evening session also ended quickly, but it was because Azerbaijan's Muhammadrasul Majidov injured his eye in an exchange with Kazakhstan's Ivan Dychko, ruining a highly anticipated rematch.

The sweeter aspects of the sweet science were on display moments before the knockout array. Kazakhstan's Vassiliy Levit reached the heavyweight final with a decision over Cuba's Erislandy Savon, the nephew of three-time Olympic champion Felix Savon.

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8:10 p.m.

Floyd Mayweather Jr. dropped in to see the next generation of Olympic boxers in Rio.

The U.S. bronze medalist at the 1996 Atlanta Games stood on a platform to watch Saturday evening's fights, starting with the welterweight quarterfinals.

He stuck around through a major heavyweight semifinal and a first-round knockout by Britain super heavyweight Joe Joyce.

Mayweather was besieged by a stream of autograph-seekers and photo-takers even with most of the U.S. men's basketball team sitting a few rows behind him, but Mayweather kept one eye on the ring.

Mayweather retired last year after a 49-0 career. The International Boxing Association changed its rules this year to allow professionals to fight at the Olympics, but Mayweather had no interest.

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7:50 p.m.

MEDAL ALERT: Monica Puig won Puerto Rico's first gold medal in any sport in Olympic history, upsetting Angelique Kerber in the women's tennis singles final at the Rio Games.

Even before Saturday's victory, Puig already was assured of being the first woman representing Puerto Rico to earn a medal of any color at any Olympics.

Puig is ranked 34th and is the first unseeded women's singles gold medalist since tennis returned to the Olympics in 1988.

Kerber was seeded No. 2, won the Australian Open in January, and was the runner-up at Wimbledon last month. She was trying to give Germany its first singles gold since Steffi Graf in 1988, but instead goes home with a silver.

Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic won the bronze.

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7:50 p.m.

Seemingly down and out in these Olympics only a few days ago, the U.S. men's volleyball team is suddenly right back in the mix of the Rio de Janeiro Games.

Fresh off Thursday night's stunning four-set victory against host Brazil, the Americans rallied from way down in the first set Saturday to beat France 25-22, 25-22, 24-25, 25-22 and improve their position in Pool A.

Next up is Mexico on Monday in the final preliminary match before the knockout quarterfinals.

After being swept in their Olympic opener by Canada and then losing to Italy, the Americans found their groove against Brazil and carried that into Saturday. This young group, with eight first-time Olympians and a trio of veterans leading the charge, has shined during this four-year cycle leading up to Rio when under the most pressure.

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7:50 p.m.

Great Britain scored two goals in the fourth period to defeat the United States 2-1 and win Pool B in women's field hockey Saturday night.

Britain evened the score when Sophie Bray redirected a shot into the goal midway through the final, then Alex Danson barely got the stick on a long shot three minutes later for the clincher.

The matchup of unbeaten teams was critical because the winner would top the pool and avoid the No. 1-ranked Netherlands, the Group A winner, until the final. The Netherlands, the two-time defending Olympic champion, has allowed just one goal at the Games.

The Americans, who haven't medaled since 1984, still qualified for the quarterfinals.

Britain outshot the United States 6-1 in the first half, but the match was scoreless at the break. Britain failed to score on four penalty corners, and U.S. goalkeeper Jackie Briggs had three saves in the first half.

Michelle Vittese scored for the United States at the 38:23 mark.

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7:50 p.m.

Russia has won its fourth fencing gold medal of the Rio Games, trouncing Ukraine 45-30 in the women's team sabre event.

It was the seventh overall medal in fencing for the Russians, by far the most of any nation.

The top-ranked Russians on Saturday won their first four bouts and seven of nine — and top-ranked fencer Sofya Velikaya went undefeated to lead the way.

The U.S. took bronze, its fourth medal in the sport in Rio.

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6:45 p.m.

An American crew has finally won a race in the Rio Olympic regatta, Brazilian star Robert Scheidt sailed himself out of a chance for a gold medal and Belgium's Evi Van Acker recovered from her illness to have a shot at medaling.

The U.S. 49erFX crew of Paris Henken of Coronado, California, and Helena Scutt of Kirkland, Washington, won the fifth race of their series. Coupled with two other top-five finishes in their four races Saturday, they're ninth overall. Henken and Scutt had capsized earlier.

The 49erFX is making its Olympic debut at Rio.

Scheidt, 43, is trying to become the first sailor and first Brazilian to win six Olympic medals. He finished 28th and 11th overall to drop to fifth with 87 points, meaning he can only win a bronze if things fall his way in the medals race on Monday.

Van Acker, the first competitor to report falling ill during the games from sailing on polluted Guanabara Bay, had finishes of first and fifth to jump into fourth in the Laser Radial. She's nine points out of podium position going into the medals race. She said she feels better after "a lot of rest, a lot of food and a lot of smiling, I guess."

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6:10 p.m.

Venus Williams will leave the Rio Olympics with a medal after all.

Williams is guaranteed to tie the Olympic tennis record with her fifth medal after she and teammate Rajeev Ram rallied to win their mixed doubles semifinal on Saturday.

Williams owns three women's doubles golds with sister Serena and a singles championship from 2000. But she was upset in the first round in both draws in Rio de Janeiro.

Initially not expected to enter mixed doubles, Williams wound up teaming with Ram. On Saturday, they beat India's Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna 2-6, 6-2, 10-3 tiebreak.

Williams couldn't stop jumping up and down afterward.

Kathleen McKane won five medals — one gold — in the 1920s.

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6 p.m.

U.S. fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad came to the Rio Games determined to show the world that sports is a place where Muslim-American women can excel.

Muhammad will return to New Jersey with proof that she was right.

Muhammad, who became the first U.S. Olympian to wear a hijab during competition, won a bronze medal Saturday along with her teammates in the women's team sabre event.

The U.S. beat Italy 45-30 to clinch third place and the first women's medal in fencing for the Americans in Rio.

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6 p.m.

China is 1-2 in women's 3-meter springboard diving after the semifinals.

Shi Tingmao totaled 385.00 points to lead the way Saturday. Her teammate, He Zi, is second at 364.50.

Jennifer Abel of Canada is third at 343.45. American Abby Johnston also made Sunday's final in fifth at 324.75.

American Kassidy Cook, a first-time Olympian, failed to advance. She missed the 12th and last qualifying spot by four points.

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6 p.m.

MEDAL WATCH: Elis Ligtlee of the Netherlands held off charging Becky James and Anna Meares to win the women's keirin at the Olympic velodrome.

Ligtlee led the six-rider sprint entering the last lap. James was last at that point but charged hard on the outside, passing most of the field along the back stretch as the crowd roared.

The extra distance caused by her route was just a bit too much and she was unable to overcome Ligtlee. Meares was flanked by both of them as she finished in third.

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