Four seconds is virtually nothing for a gifted runner like Gwen Jorgensen.
Jorgensen was a mere four seconds behind the leader, Mari Rabie of South Africa, in the bike-to-run transition of the women’s Olympic triathlon on Saturday morning.
Just like that Jorgensen erased the lead and surged into first in a matter of seconds. The only runner to stay right with Jorgensen during the 10-kilometer run along the scenic Copacabana course was veteran Nicola Spirig Hug of Switzerland.
Two of the U.S. swimmers involved in the incident with Ryan Lochte at a gas station in Rio early Sunday morning have apologized in separate statements that both assert that Lochte initiated a confrontation with two security guards at the business when he ripped a poster off a wall.
Gunnar Bentz said that the four swimmers -- including Lochte, Jack Conger and Jimmy Feigen -- stopped at the gas station near Olympic Park and urinated on the side of the building. At that point, Bentz said, Lochte pulled a “framed metal advertisement” off a wall.
Bentz disputed accounts by local police that the swimmers also damaged a restroom.
Ryan Lochte apologized Friday for his role in an altercation at a gas station near Olympic Park and for “not being more careful and candid” in how he described the incident.
Lochte, the 12-time Olympic medalist, initially gave a dramatic account of being robbed at gunpoint along early Sunday morning along with three other U.S. swimmers.
The story unraveled Thursday when Brazilian authorities said it was fabricated and the four swimmers instead damaged a bathroom at a gas station. They were detained by security guards, one of whom pulled a gun to prevent them from leaving, until the athletes paid about $50 in dollars and reals to resolve the matter.
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.