In brief: No protests, so silver goes to Cavendish

No protests, so silver goes to Cavendish

British cyclist Mark Cavendish survived to win silver in the omnium, despite colliding with South Korea's Park Sang Hoon in the final event, a 160-lap points race. Three riders ended up falling with 109 laps to go, including Italy's Elia Viviani, who went on to win gold.

The Italian got back on his bike, while Park suffered mild concussion, burns and bruises.

"It was my fault, I should have been looking where I was going," admitted Cavendish, who could have been disqualified if his rivals had submitted a protest.

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Judoka sent packing for not playing nice

Egyptian judoka Islam El Shehaby was sent home from the Olympics on Monday after earlier refusing to shake hands with an Israeli opponent, sports officials said.

El Shehaby was beaten by Or Sasson in their heavyweight first-round encounter last week but at the end of the bout, he refused to either bow to the Israeli or shake his hand, which are customary fair-play acts in judo.

"The Egyptian Olympic Committee has strongly condemned the actions of Mr Islam El Shehaby and has sent him home," said an International Olympic Committee spokesman, following a meeting of the body's disciplinary commission.

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Falling TV camera in Rio park hurts seven

An overhead television camera suspended by cables crashed to the ground at the Olympic Park on Monday, injuring seven people, including two children, in the latest of a string of mishaps to hit South America's first Games.

The camera, encased in a heavy black cover, belonged to the official Olympics broadcast unit and fell about 20m after cables snapped, sending screams through the crowd, witnesses and officials said.

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Murray sets sights on Flushing Meadows

Andy Murray believes his historic second Olympic tennis gold medal will provide the perfect platform for a fresh assault on the US Open in two weeks' time.

"The US Open is the next goal. I have played in the finals of all the Slams this year and I want to have a good one this year in New York," he said.

Murray also admitted that his Serb rival Novak Djokovic, who has 12 Majors to his three and completed a career Grand Slam with his win in Paris in June, remains the benchmark challenge in the sport.

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IOC to launch official television channel

Tyre and rubber manufacturer Bridgestone Corp has signed a four-year deal to help fund the International Olympic Committee (IOC)'s new television channel, becoming the first company to do so, the firm and the IOC said on Monday.

The US$450 million (S$603 million) Olympics channel will launch officially on Aug 21, the last day of this year's Games, and is aimed at keeping the Games in the public eye in the two-year period between summer and winter Olympics and winning over a new generation of younger fans.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 17, 2016, with the headline 'In brief:'. Print Edition | Subscribe