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The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):

9:40 p.m.

If Missy Franklin is going to claim her first swimming medal of the Rio Olympics, it will have to come while she’s on dry land.

Franklin competed in the preliminaries of the 4×200-meter freestyle relay, but her time wasn’t fast enough for the coaches to give her a spot in the evening final. Allison Schmitt posted what was by far the fastest split time for the Americans, and she’s the only swimmer from the afternoon to be picked for the final.

Schmitt will swim the leadoff leg before handing off to three more rested swimmers: Maya DiRado, Leah Smith and Katie Ledecky, who will be going for her third gold medal of these games.

Franklin said after the prelims that she was fine with whatever the coaches decided and merely wants what’s best for the team.

Even though Franklin isn’t swimming, she would receive whatever medal the team earns in the final, as would the other preliminary swimmers. With Ledecky as the anchor, the Americans are favored to win gold.

9:40 p.m.

MEDAL ALERT: Third-ranked Aron Szilagyi of Hungary beat upstart American fencer Daryl Homer to win gold in men’s sabre.

Despite the Wednesday loss, Homer earned the second silver medal for the U.S. men’s fencing team in Rio.

Homer’s final touch gave him a thrilling 15-14 victory over Iran’s Mojtaba Abedini in the semifinals and put him within a win of the first gold for the U.S. men in the modern era. But Szilagyi proved to be too much for the 10th-ranked American, who fell 15-8.

Junghwan Kim won bronze.

9:40 p.m

Kim Song I of North Korea has won a bronze medal over veteran Ai Fukuhara of Japan in women’s table tennis.

Kim’s 4-1 victory on Wednesday caps a surprising run through the tournament. She was ranked 31st at the Olympics and is currently world No. 50, but the “chopper,” or defensive specialist, took down higher-ranked opponents repeatedly in Rio.

Fukuhara who has been famous for her table tennis in Japan since she was a toddler, had rolled easily through the tournament until getting obliterated 4-0 in the semifinals by China’s Li Xiaoxia.

Later Wednesday, Li will face China’s Ding Ning in the women’s table tennis finals. Both women played for gold in London, too, with Li winning that match.

Ding is now the favorite.

9:25 p.m.

WORLD RECORD: Kazakhstan’s Nijat Rahimov shattered the clean and jerk world record to take gold in the men’s 77-kilogram weightlifting class.

With reigning champion Lyu Xiaojun of China looking a surefire bet for gold, Rahimov took the audacious step of moving up 12 kilograms on his second clean and jerk attempt for a world-record 214.

That gave him a total of 379, equal with Lyu. Rahimov won thanks to weighing in lower for the competition. Lyu took silver.

Rahimov served a doping ban between 2013 and 2015 and had been in doubt for the Olympics after the International Weightlifting Federation tried to exclude the entire Kazakh team over repeated doping positives, but the procedure was not completed in time for Rio.

Bronze went to Egyptian Mohamed Mahmoud on 361.

Armenia’s Andranik Karapetyan had been second after the snatch but an arm injury during a lift left him screaming in pain and he had to withdraw.

9:20 p.m.

Third-ranked Aron Szilagyi of Hungary beat upstart American fencer Daryl Homer to win gold in men’s sabre.

Despite the loss, Homer earned the second silver medal on Wednesday for the U.S. men’s fencing team in Rio.

Homer’s final touch gave him a thrilling 15-14 victory over Iran’s Mojtaba Abedini in the semifinals and put him within a win of the first gold for the U.S. men in the modern era. But Szilagyi proved to be too much for the 10th-ranked American, who fell 15-8.

Junghwan Kim won bronze.

9:20 p.m.

Teo Gutierrez and Dorlan Pabon scored a goal each as Colombia defeated Nigeria 2-0 to reach the quarterfinals of the men’s Olympic soccer tournament.

Nigeria had already advanced, but Colombia needed a win to guarantee a spot in the knockout round. Japan defeated Sweden 1-0 in the other Group B game, but both teams were eliminated.

Nigeria won the group with six points, one more than Colombia. Japan ended with four points and Sweden with one.

Gutierrez’s opened the scoring for Colombia on Wednesday in the fourth minute and Pabon sealed the victory in the 63rd minute at the Arena Corinthians in Sao Paulo.

Japan’s winner at the Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador was scored by Shinya Yajima.

9 p.m.

Carmelo Anthony and Kyrie Irving had the answers in the first test for the U.S. Olympic men’s basketball team.

Anthony scored 31 points on the night he became the U.S. men’s Olympic career scoring leader, combining with Irving for all of the Americans’ baskets in the fourth quarter of a 98-88 victory over Australia on Monday night.

Kevin Durant capped off the scoring with two free throws, making him the only other player than Irving or Anthony to score in the period.

Irving – born in Australia – added 19 points, including a 3-pointer with 1:35 left after Australia had closed within four.

A U.S. team that had won its first two games without breaking a sweat trailed early in the fourth quarter before Anthony hit a flurry of 3-pointers to put the Americans on top.

Patty Mills scored 30 points for Australia

8:45 p.m.

MEDAL ALERT: Russian Inna Deriglazova won gold in women’s foil, giving her country its second fencing title of the Rio Games.

Deriglazova beat Italy’s Elisa Di Francisca, the gold medalist from the London Olympics, 12-11 to claim a world title for the second year in a row.

Tunisia’s Ines Boubakri took bronze.

Italian Arianna Errigo, the heavy favorite entering the tournament, was upset in the round of 16. So was third-ranked American Lee Kiefer, who said afterward that this will likely be her last Olympic appearance.

8:15 p.m.

Carmelo Anthony is the most prolific scorer in U.S. men’s Olympic basketball history.

The first American male basketball player to appear in four Olympics, Anthony passed LeBron James on the career scoring list during Wednesday’s game against Australia. Anthony opened the game by making three 3-pointers and then moved past James, his close friend, with another 3 from the left wing with 1:08 left in the first quarter.

James, who skipped a chance to play in his fourth games after leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to an NBA title this season, scored 273 points during appearances in Athens, Beijing and London. David Robinson (270) is third on the scoring list followed by Michael Jordan (256) and Charles Barkley (231).

Anthony has played in 26 Olympic games, another U.S. record.

7:30 p.m.

Even away from doping, there’s little good news for track and field right now.

For one, IAAF President Seb Coe says he’s “not confident” that there will be full crowds during the athletics competitions at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

That came at a news conference with Coe in Rio that was filled with questions on doping, banned athletes and what the IAAF is doing to change the way it works after 12 months that rocked the sport and its governing body.

Coe was also asked about the International Olympic Committee’s decision not to enforce a ban on all Russian athletes despite the country’s state-sponsored doping scheme, and why doping whistleblower Yuliya Stepanova couldn’t compete in Rio when sprinter Justin Gatlin, banned twice for doping, could.

Coe’s response: “It is the IOC’s event.”

7:30 p.m.

All 26 matches slated for Day 5 of the Rio Olympic tennis competition have been postponed because of rain.

After slowly whittling and juggling the schedule while showers fell Wednesday, organizers finally called off everything about 8 hours after play originally was supposed to begin.

None of the nine courts at the Olympic tennis venue has a roof.

It all creates a logjam of matches in a sport that is meant to wrap up in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday. But the schedule does have an extra day built in on Monday in case it ends up being needed.

6:55 p.m.

Kohei Uchimura‘s gold-medal haul keeps growing.

The superstar gymnast from Japan won the men’s all-around title on Wednesday, edging Oleg Verniaiev by less than a tenth of the point to capture his second straight Olympic title.

Uchimura trailed heading into the final rotation but put up a dazzling 15.8 on high bar. Verniaiev followed with a less challenging routine and hopped forward on the dismount.

Needing 14.9 to win, Verniaiev instead earned a 14.8. The crowd groaned when the score was revealed, though Verniaiev shrugged his shoulders as if to say “what can you do?”

Max Whitlock of Great Britain was third, just ahead of Russia’s David Belyavskiy.

6:40 p.m.

The United States women’s field hockey team advanced to the Olympic quarterfinals after defeating Japan 6-1.

Melissa Gonzalez scored on a penalty corner 21 seconds into the match to set the tone on a rainy Wednesday evening. Katie Bam scored the first of her three goals four minutes later.

Katie Reinprecht scored late in the second period to make it 3-0 at halftime. Jill Witmer scored for the United States in the third period, and Bam scored twice in the fourth.

The Americans improved to 3-0 and moved to the top of Pool B by moving ahead of Britain in goal differential.

The United States will face India on Thursday and will close pool play with a showdown against Britain on Saturday.

6:40 p.m.

The head of the host broadcasting service for the Olympics says Brazilian organizers have failed to dress up the venues for the Rio Games.

Yiannis Exarchos, chief executive officer of Olympic Broadcasting Services, says the “look of the games” has been a disappointment, adding that the venues are “not what we expected or hoped for.”

OBS is the broadcasting arm of the International Olympic Committee and delivers the live video and sound from all the venues to television rights-holders around the world.

Exarchos says broadcasters are disappointed by the absence of the games’ official colorful designs, graphics, logos, banners and other decoration at the venues. �

He says “the surrounding area around the field of play is in pretty good shape but the overall venues are not yet where they should have been.”

6:40 p.m.

There’s another showdown looming between highly-ranked Americans in the men’s archery tournament.

Zach Garrett won his first two matches on Wednesday at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics. He’ll face Team USA teammate Brady Ellison on Friday, with the winner of that match moving on to the quarterfinals.

Ellison had advanced on Tuesday after beating another American, his best friend Jake Kaminski.

Ellison, the No. 2 seed in the Olympics, is ranked sixth in the world. Garrett is seeded 15th at the Games, and ranked third in the world.

6:40 p.m.

Italian beach volleyball player Adrian Carambula woke up with a stomach bug before his match against the defending world champions from Brazil.

A few hours later, the Italians lost in straight-sets to Bruno and Alison in the pool play finale at Copacabana.

After the match, Carambula told reporters to take it easy on him because he was sick. He thinks he did not feel well because of something he ate.

The Italians advanced out of pool play anyway with a 2-1 record. They were waiting for the rest of the group round to play before learning of their next opponent, and Carambula said he thinks he will be better by then.

The Brazilians have health problems of their own: Alison limped off after the match, favoring his right leg.

Bruno said it wasn’t a problem and hopes in two more days he will feel better.

6:25 p.m.

Sprinter Justin Gatlin says he’s served his doping ban and isn’t paying attention to those who say he shouldn’t be competing at the Olympics.

In an interview with The Associated Press on Wednesday, Gatlin said he’s dealt with his punishment and moved forward.

Some athletes, including swimmer Lilly King, have suggested Gatlin shouldn’t be in Rio de Janeiro because of his doping past.

But Gatlin says that’s what it is – the past.

He was reinstated in 2010 after a four-year ban and will take to the track Saturday to begin the men’s 100 meters. Gatlin is considered the biggest threat to world-record holder Usain Bolt.

6:20 p.m.

FAILED TO ADVANCE: Defending champion Mexico has been eliminated from the men’s soccer tournament after 1-0 loss to South Korea.

Kwon Chang-hoon scored a 77th-minute winner in Brasilia to end Mexico’s hopes of repeating as Olympic champion on Wednesday. The Mexicans upset Brazil in the final of the London Games four years ago.

South Korea finished Group C with seven points, two more than Germany and three more than Mexico.

Germany secured its spot in the quarterfinals by thrashing newcomer Fiji 10-0. Nils Petersen scored five goals and Maximilian Meyer added three in Germany’s win 10-0 win against Fiji at the Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte, the same place where the senior team routed Brazil 7-1 in the semifinals of the 2014 World Cup.

Fiji had already lost 5-1 to Mexico and 8-0 to South Korea.

6:05 p.m.

Four years after an embarrassing shutout, the U.S. will medal in the Olympic boxing tournament.

Kansas fighter Nico Hernandez is guaranteed to win at least a bronze and become the first American to medal in the tournament since 2008.

Hernandez moved to 3-0 with a tight unanimous decision victory over Ecuador’s Carlos Quipo.

Hernandez won 29-28 on all three cards and leaped in the air when the decision was read. Quipo dropped to his knees in stunned disbelief, losing the third round 10-9 after the judges scored it 19-19 through two.

Hernandez was coming off an upset win over the No. 2 seed in the light flyweight bracket, Vasilii Egorov of Russia.

The U.S. team is a surprising 5-1 at the Olympics with one more fight Wednesday night. The nine-man American team won only five fights in London and failed to bring home any medals for the first time ever.

5:50 p.m.

Fiji is into the rugby sevens Olympic medal round, beating struggling New Zealand 12-7 in a quarterfinal match featuring the teams most people expected to see competing for gold.

The back-to-back world series champion Fijians are vying for their country’s first ever Olympic medal and have overcome one of world rugby’s toughest hurdles by beating New Zealand in a knockout match.

The New Zealanders have been the biggest flops in rugby’s return to the Olympics after 92 years, losing to Japan 14-12 in their opening game in one of the biggest upsets ever in rugby sevens. Japan reached the quarterfinals and will play France later Wednesday.

The Fijians opened the scoring in the quarterfinals phase when captain Osea Kolinisau scored in the left corner in the second minute. Gillies Kaka chipped and chased through to give New Zealand a 7-5 halftime lead, before an individual burst from Jerry Tuwai gave Fiji a five-point margin that saw them into the semis.

5:45 p.m.

While there was mayhem and shifting wind on the Nacra 17 catamaran course, order has been restored in the Finn class at the Olympic sailing regatta.

The Nacra 17s made their Olympic debut with a wild first race in which the Greek boat capsized on polluted Guanabara Bay. The Brazilians also had a breakdown and the Swiss crew won the first of Wednesday’s three scheduled races.

The second race was plagued by wildly shifting wind and the race had to be postponed.

The Nacra 17 is the first time men and women have been on the same crews in Olympic sailing. It’s also the fastest Olympic class, and gives spectators a thrill when crews fly a hull.

Out on one of the ocean courses, Britain’s Giles Scott finished 2-1 to jump into first place in the Finn class. Favored to win the gold medal, Scott was 10th after the first two races on Tuesday.

In the men’s Laser class, Brazil’s Robert Scheidt had a good day with finishes of 11-2 to jump into fourth place. He’s trying to become the first sailor and first Brazilian to win six Olympic medals.

5:35 p.m.

There won’t be a golden sweep in the green Olympic diving pool.

Britain upset China to win gold in men’s 3-meter synchronized springboard Wednesday. Jack Laugher and Chris Mears totaled 454.32 points.

Americans Sam Dorman and Mike Hixon took silver at 450.21. China’s Cao Yuan and Qin Kai settled for bronze at 443.70, ending their country’s bid to sweep the eight diving medals at the Rio Games.

The Chinese had won the first three synchro diving events.

On a dreary day at Maria Lenk Aquatic Centre, a steady drizzle fell throughout the six-round final. The pool’s water was green for the second straight day, with games officials struggling to correct what they say is decreased alkalinity that is to blame for the change from clear blue to murky green.

5:35 p.m.

Japan’s Mashu Baker has won the judo gold medal in the men’s 90-kilogram division, in a clean sweep for the country of Wednesday’s judo medals at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics. Compatriot Haruka Tachimoto earlier won the judo women’s gold in the 70-kilogram category.

The second-seeded Baker defeated Georgia’s Varlam Liparteliani in a cagey final where Baker managed to score only once. In an otherwise scoreless fight, however, that was enough.

Baker, whose father is American, trained at the Kodokan, the spiritual home of the Japanese martial art and its most famed dojo after starting judo at age six. Baker has won four judo Grand Slam titles and took a bronze at last year’s world championships.

Liparteliani was seeded fifth and fought at the London Olympics but got knocked out in the second round.

The men’s bronze medals were won by South Korea’s Donghan Gwak and China’s Xunzhao Cheng.

5:25 p.m.

Chinese weightlifter Xiang Yanmei survived a nasty collision with the bar to win gold in the women’s 69-kilogram class on Wednesday.

Xiang had appeared dazed after the bar hit the back of her head on a failed snatch attempt, but recovered well to take the gold with 116 kilograms in the snatch and 145 in the clean and jerk, for a total of 261. She adds Olympic gold to the world titles she won in 2013 and 2015.

Silver went to Kazakhstan’s Zhazira Zhapparkul with a 259 total. Zhapparkul had faced possible exclusion from the Olympics after the International Weightlifting Federation proposed to bar the entire Kazakh team for numerous doping failures, but the procedures were not completed in time for Rio.

Egypt’s Sara Ahmed won bronze with 255 kilos.

5:25 p.m.

Japan’s Haruka Tachimoto has won the judo gold medal in the women’s 70-kilogram division at the Rio Games, after defeating Colombia’s Yuri Alvear.

Despite being penalized for passivity in the first minutes of the final – and a partisan crowd cheering against her – Tachimoto managed to pin Alvear to the ground for 20 seconds, scoring an ippon victory that automatically ends the bout.

Alvear is a triple world judo champion and won a bronze at the London Olympics. She was Colombia’s flag-bearer at the opening ceremonies of the Rio Games

Until the Grand Slam in Paris in February where she won silver after losing to South Korea’s Seongyeon Kim in the final, Tachimoto had been undefeated since 2014. She finished seventh at the London Games. Tachimoto’s gold is the second gold medal for Japan’s judo team at Rio.

The women’s bronze medals were won by Great Britain’s Sally Conway and Germany’s Laura Vargas Koch.

5 p.m.

Because of near-constant rain on Day 5 of the Olympic tennis competition, 20 of the 26 matches on the schedule have been postponed.

There is no roof on any court at the Rio tennis venue.

Fans who held tickets for Wednesday’s day session can apply for ticket refunds at the Rio Games website.

One player who went from a busy day to a day off: Rafael Nadal.

The 2008 singles gold medalist was originally slated to play three matches Wednesday – in singles, doubles and mixed doubles. Now he won’t play at all.

At the Olympic diving venue, judges are wearing clear plastic hooded jackets because of the rain, and athletes competing in men’s synchronized 3-meter springboard are staying warm between dives in two hot tubs tucked behind the boards.

The Rio 2016 organizing committee is increasing security at the Olympic Equestrian Centre amid reports of a second stray bullet at the venue.

A bullet fired from a nearby slum flew through the roof of a media tent at the center on Saturday and on Wednesday it was reported that a second one had come into the stables.

A statement from the organizing committee says security is “on-site now establishing the facts.”

It adds that “additional security has been deployed to the venue to support the investigation and to ensure the safety of everyone on site, which is our top priority.”

The entire competition venue is situated on military land and gunshots could be clearly heard throughout the day as the dressage competition continued.

There have been no reports of any injuries.

4:25 p.m.

British slalom canoeist Joseph Clarke, initially turned away from his local club because he was too young to join, has won the kayak gold medal at Whitewater Stadium.

He’s only the second British Olympic champion in canoe slalom.

Coming down the course eighth in the 10-man final, Clarke enjoyed a clean run in 88.53 seconds. He took over first place 0.17 seconds faster than the previous paddler, Peter Kauzer of Slovenia, a two-time world champion and the world series titleholder.

There were two paddlers left, but Jiri Prskavec of the Czech Republic, the current world champion, was penalized for touching a gate with his head. Last man Jakub Grigar of Slovakia, the world junior champion, could place only fifth.

Kauzer finished with the silver, and Prskavec the bronze.

Republished with permission of the Associated Press.

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