In Brief: Lochte and team-mates safe after taxi mugging

Lochte and team-mates safe after taxi mugging

Armed robbers held a gun to the forehead of US gold medallist Ryan Lochte in a taxi hold-up in Rio on Sunday, prompting further concern over safety at the first Olympic Games in South America.

The swimmer was returning to the Games Village from a party hosted by the French Games delegation with team-mates Gunnar Bentz, Jack Conger and Jimmy Feigen, when armed men posing as police officers pulled them over.

"While it is true that my team-mates and I were the victims of a robbery early Sunday morning, what is most important is that we are safe and unharmed," Lochte said in a statement.


China's Meng lifts gold, Robles wins rare bronze

China's Meng Suping grabbed gold in the women's over-75kg category on Sunday as Sarah Robles claimed a rare weightlifting medal for the United States.

Meng lifted a combined total of 307kg, just 1kg ahead of North Korea's Kim Kuk-hyang. Robles took bronze with 286kg.


Knee injury takes its toll on India's Nehwal

Saina Nehwal, India's top medal hope in badminton, limped out of the singles event after losing to unseeded Ukrainian Maria Ulitina on Sunday.

Nehwal, who took bronze in London to become India's first medallist in the sport, slumped to a 21-18, 21-19 defeat by world No. 61 Ulitina, with her problem right knee heavily strapped.

"I got the injury before the Olympics almost 11/2, two weeks back, so I was not fully prepared," the three-time Olympian and fifth seed told reporters.


Uzbek Dusmatov is first boxing champ in Brazil

Uzbekistan's light-flyweight Hasanboy Dusmatov won the first gold medal of the Olympic boxing competition on Sunday when he beat Colombia's Yurberjen Martinez on a unanimous points decision.

Martinez took the silver. Losing semi-finalists Joahnys Argilagos of Cuba and Nico Hernandez of the United States won the bronze medals.


Russia's Klishina given green light to compete

The world sports tribunal Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) overturned a last-minute International Association of Athletics Federations ban on long-jumper Darya Klishina competing in Rio.

Klishina, 25, was the only Russian accepted for the Olympic track and field but the sport's world body suspended her on Friday after new information on her doping record emerge,d.

After a day of hearings, CAS announced that Klishina's appeal had succeeded and she "remained eligible to compete in the Olympic Games in Rio."


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 16, 2016, with the headline 'In Brief'. Print Edition | Subscribe