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Sole Russian track athlete banned from Rio, quickly appeals

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The IAAF said Saturday it has banned the only Russian in Olympic track and field from competition and that she is appealing the ruling. The eligibility of long jumper Darya Klishina was revoked by the IAAF based on new information it received last week, spokesman Yannis Nikolaou told The Associated Press. He would not specify what the new information is or who delivered it. Klishina, a former European indoor champion, previously was the only one of 68 Russians allowed to…

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Empty seats give track a decidedly blue feel

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The pools at the diving venue are green. The seats at the track stadium are blue. Blue, as in, empty. Runners and throwers played to a 60,000-seat stadium that wasn’t half full on the opening day of track at the Olympics on Friday. AP Photo/Matt Dunham The fans missed some good stuff. In the morning session, running in front of a quarter-filled stadium, Ethiopian Almaz Ayana broke the world record at 10,000 meters by more than 14 seconds. In the evening, where…

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Missy Franklin not in freestyle relay final

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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…

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