In its latest effort to quiet a controversy over disputed judging decisions in the Rio Olympic boxing competition, the International Boxing Assn. on Thursday removed the executive director in charge of the tournament.
Francco Falcinelli, vice president of the AIBA executive board and the chief of the European Boxing Confederation, will oversee the final four days of bouts.
On Wednesday, the AIBA said it had reviewed the decisions in the first 239 Rio bouts and found reason to send an undetermined number of judges home. The BBC and the Guardian reported six judges had been expelled.
Adeline Gray’s footwear pretty much said it all on Thursday.
Gray, the face of women’s wrestling in the United States, was done much earlier than almost everyone expected at the Olympics, having lost, 4-1, in the quarterfinals of the 165-pound weight class (75 kg) to Vasilisa Marzaliuk of Belarus. It was Gray’s first defeat in more than two years.
“This is going to be something that takes a while to sink in,” Gray said. “I mean, I thought I wasn’t going to be taking my shoes off and now I’m in sandals. It’s definitely a different feeling. I haven’t had a loss in a long time, so I don’t know what it’s supposed to feel like.”
In the ring, Claressa Shields is as direct and imposing as a punch to the jaw, something she wielded with uncommon regularity Wednesday in a unanimous-decision victory over Russian Iaroslava Iakushina in a Rio Olympics middleweight quarterfinal.
The win guarantees her at least a bronze medal, to go with the gold she won as a teenager four years ago in London. She hasn’t lost since the 2012 world championships; with the victory over Iakushina her record is 75-1. Her coaches call her the best boxer in the world, male or female.
“Claressa came out of nowhere,” said associate Coach Kay Koroma, “and now the world loves her because of the way she fights.”
In a hallway underneath the Rio Olympic Arena, a crush of journalists pushed against the metal fence in front of the world's best gymnast. Simone Biles, not even 5 feet tall, seemed to be swallowed up by the crowd. She fiddled with the green strap of her credential, but otherwise appeared at ease with another day as one of the most recognizable faces at the Summer Olympics.
"We have an idea of just how big it is back home," the 19-year-old said.
Biles won four gold medals, including the coveted all-around title, during an adjective-defying week where she made the sport's most difficult feats look routine. The performance cemented her place as perhaps the most gifted gymnast in history.
Two-time world champion Tianna Bartoletta finally has an Olympic gold medal, winning the long jump final with a lifetime best 7.17 meters.
The 30-year-old American, who won her world titles a decade apart in 2005 and 2015, responded to two big jumps from Ivana Spanovic and Brittney Reese on the fifth attempt to regain the lead with one round remaining. The lead stood.
Defending Olympic champion Reese of the United States, after three fouls on her first four attempts, took silver Wednesday with a best of 7.15 on her last go.
NBC News is reporting that two U.S. swimmers who were in a group with Ryan Lochte that were allegedly mugged in Rio were pulled off a plane at the airport there as they attempted to return to the United States.
According to tweets by NBC national correspondent Peter Alexander, Gunnar Bentz and Jack Conger were on a plane leaving Rio when authorities asked them to deplane and their passports were seized.