Led by Usain Bolt, Jamaica won the men's 400-meter relay at the Rio Olympics, with Japan taking silver.
The U.S. initially was declared third but was disqualified because of an illegal exchange outside the zone between leadoff runner Mike Rodgers and Justin Gatlin. Canada was elevated to third, with former USC star Andre De Grasse becoming a three-time Rio medalist as the anchor.
It was the ninth time since 1995 that a U.S. men’s relay team was disqualified or couldn’t get the baton around at an Olympics or world championship.
It was less than three minutes to play in Friday’s women’s Olympic water polo final when the emotions started to kick in for Adam Krikorian.
No women’s team had ever won consecutive gold medals in the sport, something Krikorian’s team was about to do. No team had ever scored more goals, given up fewer or won by a larger margin than Krikorian’s U.S. team did in its 12-5 rout of Italy.
Yet Krikorian’s emotions had nothing to do with joy or accomplishment. Two days before the opening ceremony of the Rio Games, Krikorian’s brother Blake was found dead in his car at a Northern California beach. The coroner said he had gone paddle boarding and died of a heart attack. He was 48.
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In the climactic scene of the iconic boxing moving “Rocky,” a bloodied and battered Apollo Creed pulls Rocky Balboa close and says, “There ain’t gonna be no rematch.”
But they do meet again.
It’s tough to pass up a rematch. Win once? Maybe you got lucky. Do it again, and no one can question who’s better. That’s why Muhammad Ali fought Joe Frazier three times. It’s why the Yankees play the Red Sox 19 times each season.
In perhaps the final Olympic race of his remarkable career, Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt went a perfect three for three in his third consecutive Summer Games, an unprecedented feat and one that might stand untouched for years to come.
Bolt, who added the Rio 100- and 200-meter dash titles to the crowns he won in Beijing and London, anchored Jamaica’s 400-meter relay team to victory Friday at Olympic Stadium in 37.27 seconds.
Japan was a surprising second in 37.60 seconds. The U.S. team of Mike Rodgers, Justin Gatlin, Tyson Gay and Trayvon Bromell that took third in 37.62 seconds was later disqualified for what's believed to be a lane violation on their first baton exchange. Fourth-place Canada (37.64 seconds) was elevated to the bronze.