RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Simone Biles closed her Rio Olympics with more gymnastics gold. Usain Bolt breezed through another sprint as he makes a run at one final Olympic title in his favorite race.
United States’ Simone Biles displays her gold medal for floor during the artistic gymnastics women’s apparatus final at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2016. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)
Bolt easily won a qualifying race Tuesday in the 200 meters, the first step in his bid for the gold Thursday. His prowess on the track is the dominant story line of the final week of the Olympics along with Biles’ resounding success in gymnastics.
“I came out here to qualify,” Bolt said, “and that’s what I did.”
Biles won the floor exercise Tuesday for her fourth gold of the games — only the fourth Olympic gymnast to do so.
“It’s been a long journey,” the 19-year-old Biles said. “I’ve enjoyed every single moment of it.”
She added a bronze in the balance beam Monday in what marked the first day of a Summer Olympics since 2008 the United States didn’t win a gold medal. The U.S. had claimed gold on every day of the 2012 and 2016 Olympics.
The drought proved brief. Christian Taylor won gold in the triple jump, and teammate Will Claye came in second — a familiar result for the Americans. Taylor and Claye finished 1-2 in triple jump in London as well.
United States’ gold medal winner Christian Taylor (right) and United States’ silver medal winner Will Claye (left), during the medal ceremony for the men’s triple jump during the athletics competitions of the 2016 Summer Olympics at the Olympic stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2016. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
It ended up being a pretty eventful day for Claye. Moments after earning his silver, Claye bounded into the stands, dropped to a knee and proposed to his longtime girlfriend , hurdler Queen Harrison. She said yes.
Brazil hasn’t enjoyed anywhere near the success in the Olympics as the Americans, but the host nation has been competitive in several events. One day after a Brazilian pulled off an upset to win the pole vault Monday night, the women’s soccer team lost to Sweden in a shootout. The Brazil men are still alive, however, and play a soccer semifinal against Honduras on Wednesday.
And Rio Olympic officials have one less trouble to worry about following robberies, stray gunfire and a falling camera outside the basketball arena. The Olympic diving pool, its water turned a murky green a week ago, reverted to its usual blue Tuesday.
One off-the-field issue remains unresolved, however. Police investigating reports that American swimmer Ryan Lochte and three teammates were robbed at gunpoint so far have found no evidence supporting the account. Lochte insists he has been upfront about what happened.
Other highlights from Day 11:
— BRAZILIANS ON THE BEACH: The raucous beach volleyball crowd at Copacabana Beach was left with a split decision for the home teams in early matches. In the women’s semifinals, Germany eliminated Brazil’s top-seeded beach volleyball team, beating tournament favorites Larissa and Talita. Brazil’s men reached the title match, and the host country still has a women’s team alive in the gold-medal hunt.
— SERBIA STUNNER : Australia was seen as a solid contender in women’s basketball, but Serbia dashed those hopes. The Serbs raced to midcourt in celebration after a desperation put-back by the Australia was off the mark and they won 73-71. The Australia women had medaled in every Olympics dating to 1996.
— CLUTCH CROATIAN : Sandra Perkovic escaped early elimination twice in as many days before producing last-ditch throws to win the women’s discus. She became frustrated after hitting the protective netting but came through with a throw of 69.21 meters to repeat as Olympic champion.
— BADMINTON BLUES : China swept all five gold medals in badminton at the 2012 London Games, but China won’t win a single gold in the event this year. China won’t have the same problem in table tennis — they are going for a sweep in all four events.
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