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2680d ago / 3:20 AM UTC

Australian Olympic Rowing Coaches Robbed at Knifepoint

Two Australian Olympic rowing coaches were robbed at knifepoint Friday night while walking between hotels in Ipanema, a spokesperson for Australia’s Olympic Committee confirmed Saturday.

A reporter for Network Ten in Australia earlier reported the robbery on Twitter, and said one of the robbers with a large knife grabbed one of the coaches by the throat. Neither coach was hurt.

The committee spokesman, Mike Trancred, told NBC News the coaches were walking from one hotel to another about three blocks away when they were robbed by youths with a large knife. Their wallets, phones and one of their team blazers were taken, he said.

Australia’s sailing, triahtalon, beach volleyball and rowing teams, including the athletes, are staying at hotels in Ipanema. 

2668d ago / 4:26 PM UTC

Jordan Burroughs Can Still Win Bronze Medal

Jordan Burroughs will get another chance to win a medal in Rio.

The world's No. 1-ranked wrestler lost to Russian Aniuar Geduev in the quarterfinals, but since Geduev reach the final, Burroughs qualified for repechage. If Burroughs wins two matches, he'll win the bronze.

Burroughs will face Bekzod Abdurakhmonov of Uzbekistan at 4 p.m. ET. If he wins that match, he'll face Jabrayil Hasanov from Azerbaijan in the bronze medal match at 6 p.m. ET.

2669d ago / 2:51 PM UTC

Ashton Eaton in Decathlon Lead After 6 Events

With six events complete in the men’s decathlon competition, notable standings can be found below.

The next event, the discus, will feature two groups. The first group starts at 10:25a (Rio) and the second, 11:40a (Rio). Ashton Eaton (USA) leads Damian Warner (CAN) by 103 points. The discus is Ashton Eaton’s weakest event of the ten – look for the field to play catch-up here unless he can find good form and a personal best throw.

  1. Ashton Eaton (USA) - 5621
  2. Damian Warner (CAN) - 5518
  3. Kevin Mayer (FRA) - 5407
  4. Kai Kazmirek (GER) - 5396
  5. Jeremy Taiwo (USA) - 5321
  6. Luiz Alberto de Araujo (BRA) - 5234
  7. Zach Ziemek (USA) - 5148
2670d ago / 3:22 PM UTC

Team USA's Evan Jager Wins the Silver Medal in Men's 3000m Steeplechase and Makes History

Another history-making moment in the Rio Olympics for Team USA. 

Evan Jager had a breakthrough race Wednesday as he finished second to take the silver medal in the 3,000-meter steeplechase in 8:04.28. Jager became the first American to earn a medal in the steeplechase since 1984, when Brian Diemer took bronze in the Los Angeles Olympics.

Here are the results: 

Gold: Conseslus KIPRUTO (Kenya)

Silver: Evan JAGER (USA)

Bronze: Ezekiel KEMBOI (Kenya)

2671d ago / 3:15 PM UTC

Team USA's Stevenson Defeats Mongolia's Erdenebat in Men's Bantam Boxing Quarters

Team USA's Shakur Stevenson secured at least a bronze medal after beating Mongolia's Tsendbaatar Erdenebat in Men's Bantam Boxing Quarterfinals. 

The fourth-seeded Stevenson will take on eighth-seeded Russia's Vladimir Nikitin in the semifinals Thursday afternoon.

It marks the first time since 2004 that U.S. men’s boxing has won two medals at an Olympic Games. Gary Russell would clinch another medal if he wins the light welterweight quarterfinal.

2672d ago / 8:02 PM UTC

U.S. Men Eliminated From Olympic Beach Volleyball

The American beach volleyball dream now rests with the women's team after the men were eliminated by No. 1-seeded Brazil. 

Brazil's Alison Cerutti and Bruno Schmidt defeated the U.S.'s Phil Dalhausser and Nick Lucena, the No. 3 seed, 2-1(21-14, 12-21, 15-9).

Brazil will face the winner of Nummerdor/Varenhorst (Netherlands) vs. Brouwer/Meeuwsen (Netherlands).

2672d ago / 7:13 PM UTC

Simone Biles out of Gold or Silver Medal Contention on Balance Beam

With a mishap on the balance beam, Team USA's Simone Biles is out of contention to win the gold or silver medal. It's a disappointing turn for the 19-year-old as she was contending for her fourth gold medal in a row and her third individual one.

Biles has already been outscored by The Netherlands' Sanne Wevers and her teammate Laurie Hernandez. Biles still has a shot at another gold medal in the floor exercise final on Tuesday but she misses out on the opportunity to be the first female to win five gold medals in gymnastics. 

2672d ago / 3:53 PM UTC

Team USA Men's Indoor Volleyball Seals Trip to Quarterfinals

The U.S. is on to men's indoor volleyball quarterfinals thanks to a big win over rival Mexico. 

The Yanks defeated Mexico 3-0 (25-23, 25-11, 25-19). After losing the opening two games to Canada and Italy, the team managed to make it to the next step. The team can finish second, third or fourth in Pool A.

Mexico finishes the tournament without a win. 

2673d ago / 6:51 PM UTC

Simone Biles is First U.S. Gymnast to Win Three Golds in Single Olympics

Simone Biles continues to make history at the Rio Olympics. 

The 19-year-old has become the first U.S. gymnast, man or woman, to win three gold medals in a single Olympics.

She also has a chance to further add to that history. If she wins her remaining competitions (the balance beam final and floor final), she will become the first-ever female Olympian to win five Gymnastics gold medals in the tournament. 

2674d ago / 2:26 PM UTC

U.S. Women's Rowing Team Earns Team USA 998th Gold Medal

Team USA has won the women's rowing final with a time of USA 6:01.49, securing the country's 998th gold medal. 

The U.S. women’s eight has won every World Championship and Olympic gold medal awarded since 2006 (although they are not technically undefeated after having lost world cup events). U.S. coach Tom Tehaar has built something of a dynasty in this event.

Elle Logan (seventh seat) is now a three-time Olympic champion in this event, while Meghan Musnicki (6th seat) is now a two-time Olympic champion in this event. The other seven athletes, including coxswain Katelin Snyder, are participating in their first Games.

With this gold medal, USA now has more gold medals (four) in this event than any other country. USA was previously tied with ROU (3).

2675d ago / 5:12 PM UTC

Team USA is Only Seven Gold Medals Away From 1000th Gold Medal at Olympics

The United States is currently 7 medals away from its 1000th gold medal at the Olympic Games.

According to NBC Olympics research the U.S. had 977 gold medals entering the Rio Games. 

NBC Olympics and the United States Olympic Committee each now have the U.S. gold medal total at 993.

2677d ago / 6:02 PM UTC

U.S. Women Finish First in Freestyle Relay Preliminaries

Here are the results from the 4x200 freestyle relay preliminaries on Wednesday. 

1.USA – 7:47.77

Allison SchmittMissy FranklinMelanie MargalisCierra Runge

2.AUS – 7:49.243.CHN – 7:49.58