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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Wednesday, August 10, 2016
8:05 pm---Defending champion Serena Williams is
out of the Rio de Janeiro Olympics after a stunning
loss in the third round of singles.
The No 1-seeded American was beaten 6-4, 6-3
last night by Elina Svitolina of Ukraine. Williams made
37 unforced errors, including eight double-faults---five
in one game.
She entered the night with a 4-0 record against
Svitolina. But all those mistakes added up, and now
the 2012 London gold medalist in singles and doubles
is finished in Rio. She and sister Venus lost in the first
round of doubles.
7:20 pm---The Belgian Olympic committee says judo
competitor Dirk Van Tichelt was hit in the face during
celebrations of his bronze medal performance on
It said that his phone was stolen late Monday on
the popular strip and that he was hit as he was chasing
the local thief.
Van Tichelt was taken to hospital for observation
but needed no further treatment. He appeared with
a black eye at a media event on Tuesday.
6:55 pm---No more throwing volleyballs into the
stands at the Copacabana venue.
After a collision going for one of the signed souvenirs
yesterday, organizers are now pulling a child out of
the stands and having a member of the winning team
hand them the ball.
The new system makes for feel-good video and
eliminates the chaos of fans fighting for the ball.
For the first few days, the winning team would be
given a ball to sign and kick, throw or hit into the
stands. A nasty collision later, the process was changed.
6:55 pm---The International Olympic Committee
has stripped a Ukrainian javelin thrower of his silver
medal from the 2012 London Olympics after he tested
positive in a new analysis of his doping samples.
The committee says Oleksandr Pyatnytsya tested
positive for the steroid turinabol and was retroactively
disqualified from the games and ordered to return his
medal. He was one of four more athletes sanctioned
by the IOC yesterday after the retesting of stored sam-
ples from London and the 2008 Beijing Games. A
total of 98 athletes were caught in those retests.
Also disqualified were Turkish weightlifter Nurcan
Taylan, Armenian weightlifter Hripsime Khurshudyan,
and Belarusian hammer thrower Pavel Kryvitski. None
of those were medalists.
6:35 pm---For American archer Brady Ellison, there s
no better feeling than moving on---and no worse feeling
that it was at the expense of his best friend.
Ellison made it through the second round of the
men s archery tournament by knocking off
teammate/hunting buddy Jake Kaminski.
At one point in the match, the second-seeded Ellison
put six straight arrows in the top scoring ring in a 6-
"I look at it two ways: It sucks because you train
for years and have an American bracket, just like an
American tournament," said Ellison, who s been drawing
comparisons to actor Leonardo DiCaprio on social
media. "On the other side, we advanced someone.
For Team USA, it s good. For the individuals, it sucks."
4:40 pm---Rafael Nadal s first tennis tournament in
2½ months is going exactly to plan.
The 14-time Grand Slam champion and 2008
Olympic gold medalist is into the third round at the
Rio Games after beating Italy s Andreas Seppi 6-3, 6-
3. Spain s Nadal had been sidelined since May, when
he withdrew from the French Open because of an
injured tendon sheath in his left wrist.
He has lost nine games through two matches in
singles in Brazil, and is scheduled to play in the third
round of men s doubles later.
Nadal also is entered in mixed doubles with Garbine
Muguruza, the French Open champion who lost in
singles to Puerto Rico s Monica Puig 6-1, 6-1.
4:25 pm---The Brazilian crowd has taken a liking to
the Egyptian women s beach volleyball team.
Overmatched on the sand, the partnership of Doaa
Elghobashy and Nada Meawad lost their second match
in as many tries.
But they stood out in their full-length uniforms---
Elghobashy also wears a hijab---amid all the bikinis
and board shorts. The crowd serenaded the players
with "E-Gi-To!" during their points.
They lost 21-10, 21-13 in only 38 minutes.
...the latest in Rio
Serena Williams, of the United States, throws up her arms as she faces the
scoreboard while trailing Elina Svitolina, of Ukraine, during the second set at
the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, yesterday. AP PHOTO
Serena loses in third round of Olympics
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