In Brief: President Tan to visit Team Singapore

President Tan to visit Team Singapore

President Tony Tan Keng Yam will be visiting Team Singapore athletes in Rio de Janeiro for the Olympic Games from Aug 11 to 15.

During his visit, President Tan will also meet the Singaporean community in Brazil at a National Day Reception.

Mr J. Y. Pillay, chairman of the Council of Presidential Advisers, will exercise the functions of the office of the President for the period from Aug 11 to 17.

Shooter ends 12-year Greek gold duck

Anna Korakaki picked up Greece's first gold at the Rio Olympics, and first since Athens 12 years ago, in the women's 25m pistol at the Deodoro shooting range on Tuesday.

The 20-year-old student beat German Monika Karsh 8-6 in the gold medal match. Swiss shooter Heidi Diethelm Gerber took bronze after comfortably accounting for China's Zhang Jinging 8-4 in their face-off.


Park snares fencing win for South Korea

Park Sang Young staged an incredible late rally to strike Olympic gold for South Korea on Tuesday with victory in the men's epee gold medal bout.

Park's hopes of becoming only the third Korean to win an individual fencing gold looked to be dead and buried as he trailed Hungary's Geza Imre 14-10 in the final. But Park produced a remarkable run of five points to snatch victory 15-14 and leave Imre heartbroken after an agonizing defeat.


Judoka twice a knockout for Russia

Russia climbed to the top of the judo medal table on Tuesday as Khasan Khalmurzaev earned his country's second judo gold of the Rio Games in emphatic fashion, thrilling the crowd at the Carioca Arena.

Ending his campaign with a bang, the Russian won his final two matches by ippon, judo's equivalent of a knockout, over Sergiu Toma of the United Arab Emirates in the semi-final and then American Travis Stevens in the final of the men's 81kg category.


Ukrainian forced to return London silver

Ukraine's Oleksandr Pyatnytsya was stripped of his London 2012 Olympics javelin silver medal on Tuesday after he tested positive for banned substances in re-tests conducted by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

The IOC said the athlete had tested positive for banned steroid turinabol and was disqualified.


Pele on the mend to be at Games' closing

Brazil football legend Pele said he will try to take part in the Olympics closing ceremony, after poor health prevented him from attending the opening gala.

"I am continuing my physiotherapy and focused on joining you for the closing festivities on Aug 21. I love you!" he wrote on Twitter.

Pele has undergone several hip operations and walks with a cane. He is widely regarded as the greatest footballer of all time but never competed at the Olympics.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 11, 2016, with the headline 'In Brief'. Print Edition | Subscribe