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Dutch cyclist Annemiek van
Vleuten sustained three small
fractures to her spine and is in
intensive care at a Rio de Janeiro
hospital after her crash during the
women s Olympic road race.
Van Vleuten was leading on the
fast, slippery downhill toward the
final stretch when she appeared to
lock up her brakes. She tumbled
onto the road and lay on the pave-
ment as the field swept past.
Chef de Mission Maurits Hen-
driks and team doctors were with
van Vleuten Sunday night, and said
she was conscious and speaking.
It was still unknown when she
would be released. Her compatriot
Anna van der Breggen went on to
win the gold medal.
Serena and Venus Williams lost
an Olympic doubles match for the
first time, stunned in the opening
round of the Rio Games by the
Czech Republic s Lucie Safarova
and Barbora Strycova 6-3, 6-4.
The Williams sisters entered
Sunday s match with a 15-0 career
record in the Olympics, winning
the gold medal in women s doubles
every time they entered the event:
in 2000, 2008 and 2012.
The American duo was seeded
No. 1 in Rio and coming off a 14th
Grand Slam championship togeth-
er, at Wimbledon a month ago.
The Egyptian women s beach
volleyball team of Nada Meawad
and Doaa Elghobashy took the
court for their match against Ger-
many wearing long sleeves and
Elghobashy also had her head
covered by a hijab.
It was a stark contrast to the
usual beach volleyball uniform ---
bikinis for women and boardshorts
for men. Although the International
Volleyball Federation used to have
standards regulating the size of
uniforms, those were loosened
heading into the London Olympics
to allow full sleeves and pants.
FIVB spokesman Richard Baker
said that the move was made to
open up the game culturally.
By one measure, it s worked.
Baker said there were 169 different
countries involved in the Conti-
nental Cup qualifying process for
the 2016 Olympic, compared to
143 for London.
The US women s gymnastics
team s going away party for nation-
al team coordinator Martha Karolyi
is off to a near perfect start.
The women breezed to the top
of the leaderboard in Olympic pre-
liminaries. Their total score of
185.238 was nearly 10 better than
second-place China through four
subdivisions, a massive gap in a
sport where the margins are often
measured in fractions.
Three-time world champion
Simone Biles led the way. Her all-
around total of 62.366 was more
than two points clear of teammate
Aly Raisman. Defending all-around
champion Gabby Douglas finished
third but will not compete in the
all-around final due to rules that
stipulate a two-gymnast maximum
Karolyi is retiring after closing
ceremonies. Her team put on a
dominant display at Rio Olympic
Arena, cementing their status as
heavy favorites to back up the team
gold the "Fierce Five" won in Lon-
don four years ago.
New Zealand survived a tough
encounter against an energized U.S.
team to win their quarterfinal 5-
0 and join world series champion
Australia, Canada and Britain in
playing off for the first Olympic
medals in rugby sevens.
Rugby is back in the Olympics
for the first time since the last 15-
a-side tournament in 1924, this
time in the condensed sevens for-
mat in Rio de Janeiro and with
women s and men s medals at
The Australians rebounded from
a surprising 12-12 draw with the
United States in the last game of
the pool stage to trounce Spain
24-0 on Sunday night and set up
a semifinal match against Canada.
The British advanced 26-7 over
Fiji and then watched as semifinal
opponent New Zealand struggled
to put away the Americans. Portia
Woodman s try broke the deadlock
for New Zealand just before half-
The Americans dropped into the
classification matches for 5th-8th
Officials say the bullet that flew
through the roof of a media tent
at the Olympic Equestrian Center
came from a nearby slum and was
aimed at a police blimp.
A bullet pierced the roof of the
tent on Saturday and landed on
the floor. The competition was not
disrupted and nobody was hurt.
spokesman Mario Andrada said
Sunday that the bullet "came from
a community far from here, they
were aiming at the police blimp
which carried cameras."
Security has been increased
nearby and from the areas where
officials say the bullet originated.
Andrada said the Minister of
Defense confirmed the Rio Games
were "never the target."
Serge Gnabry scored two min-
utes into second-half injury time-
out to give Germany a 3-3 draw
against South Korea in a thrilling
match at the men s Olympic soccer
South Korea had taken the lead
with a goal by Hyunjun Suk in the
87th, but Gnabry got the equalizer
in one of the game s last plays at
the Arena Fonte Nova Stadium in
Gnabry also had netted in the
33rd after South Korea opened the
scoring with Heechan Hwang in
the 25th. Davie Selke put the Ger-
mans ahead in the 55th but Heung-
min Son evened the match again
just two minutes later.
South Korea and Mexico, which
routed Fiji 5-1 earlier Sunday at
the Arena Fonte Nova, lead Group
C with four points each. Germany
has two points and Fiji zero.
Mexico plays South Korea in its
final group game, while Germany
They started their day by res-
cuing tennis star Juan Martin del
Potro from a broken elevator, but
Argentina s handball players could-
n t save themselves from defeat in
their opening game.
Del Potro s spokesman says the
team helped former U.S. Open
champion out of the elevator in
the athletes village due to a power
outage, hours before he was due
to play against world No. 1 Novak
Argentina s handball team kept
pace well with Denmark, the 2012
European champion, to go into
halftime at 10-10, but struggled in
the second half to lose 25-19.
Argentina also had to cope with
an often hostile Brazilian crowd.
Both teams can still reach the
quarterfinals if they finish in the
top four in preliminary round
Dutch cyclist in intensive care
The Latest on Rio
Egypt's Doaa Elghobashy passes a ball during a women's beach volleyball match against Germany at the 2016
Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, yesterday. Elghobashy and teammate Nada Meawad took the court for
their match against Germany wearing long sleeves and long pants. AP PHOTO
Portugal s Education Minister was
robbed at knifepoint while walking
near the posh Ipanema beach in the
latest mugging involving foreign offi-
cials and athletes attending the Rio
games. Tiago Rodrigues told Portugal s
RTP television network that he was
with other officials from Portugal s
Olympic delegation when the group
was confronted on a busy street near
their hotel Saturday afternoon by two
individuals with a knife and demanding
their belongings. Onlookers reacted and
the thieves tried to escape but were
caught by police. All the belongings
were recovered. The incident follows
the assault of two rowing coaches from
Australia and other security scares
involving teams or tourists from China,
Sweden and Great Britain.
Portugal Minister mugged along Ipanema beach
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