In Brief: Dutch expel gymnast for absence, alcohol in Rio

Dutch expel gymnast for absence, alcohol in Rio

Dutch gymnast Yuri van Gelder has been expelled from the Olympics for "gravely" violating team rules by going out drinking in Rio after qualifying for the finals of the rings event, according to team management.

The 33-year-old left the Olympic Village on Saturday evening and spent the night celebrating before he returned in the early hours of Sunday morning, having violated strict rules regarding alcohol consumption and leaving the team base.

"It's terrible for Yuri, but this kind of behaviour is unacceptable," Dutch team chef de mission Maurits Hendriks said in a statement yesterday.


Defending champion Serena gets past Cornet

Women's singles defending champion Serena Williams ended a three-match losing streak against France's Alize Cornet in the second round on Monday to keep alive her hopes of a fifth Olympic tennis gold.

But it was a roller-coaster 7-6 (7-5), 6-2 victory for the 34-year-old world No. 1, who 24 hours earlier had suffered her first-ever Olympic Games women's doubles loss with her elder sister Venus.


S'pore's Teo is 30th in 25m air pistol event

Singapore shooter Teo Shun Xie did not qualify for the knock-out stage of the women's 25m air pistol event yesterday.

She had a combined score of 571 for the precision and rapid fire rounds and finished 30th of 40 competitors at the Olympic Shooting Centre.

She needed a score of at least 582 to finish in the top eight and advance to the semi-finals.

Daley insists Chinese divers can be beaten

British star Tom Daley said China's divers are "beatable" after getting just a bronze medal in the Olympic 10m synchronised event.

Daley and his partner Daniel Goodfellow finished behind gold medallists Chen Aisen and Lin Yue and second-placed Americans David Boudia and Steele Johnson.

"But going into an individual competition, as David will be able to tell you, they are beatable," Daley said, referring to Boudia's upset of Qiu Bo in the thrilling platform final in London, one of only two golds won in 2012 by non-Chinese divers.


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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 10, 2016, with the headline In Brief: Dutch expel gymnast for absence, alcohol in Rio. Subscribe