Whipping winds affect day 2 of Rio Games
RIO DE JANEIRO >> Day two of the Rio Games proved quite the breeze for some athletes and much too windy for others.
China won yet another medal in air rifle on a day nasty winds sent the clay targets in the trap event bobbing and bouncing through the air, forced delays on the tennis courts and whipped up treacherous waves in the Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon.
The Americans had another shattering disappointment in the women's road race when three cyclists blew past Mara Abbott within sight of the finish line. Dutch rider Anna van der Breggen led the charge, giving the Netherlands back-to-back golds in the event.
Van der Breggen was greeted first by a light mist and then moments later by compatriot Marianne Vos, who won gold in London, where a puncture near the finish line cost American rider Shelley Olds a spot on the podium.
Sunday's rowing regatta was called off after a two-hour delay when the choppy seas didn't let up. Race officials said winds gusting up to 34 mph (15 meters per second) pushed buoys into the lanes and capsized two boats during morning practice.
Wind also complicated racing on Saturday when Serbia's men's pair capsized and other competitors struggled to keep their boats from taking on the filthy water .
There are 14 golds up for grabs, including four swimming finals, where Michael Phelps is eager to get started on his fifth Olympics now that his flag-carrying duties are done. That will likely come in the 4x100-meter freestyle relay final later Sunday.
Katie Ledecky nearly broke her own world record in the preliminaries of the 400-meter freestyle, setting herself up as the overwhelming favorite to capture her first gold medal of these games in the final Sunday night.
Other highlights from Day 2 of the Rio Games:
CHINA GOLD : China's bid for a gold in shooting seemed to take a hit when a two-time defending gold medalist failed to qualify. But Zhang Mengxue picked up the slack, earning China's fourth air pistol gold in the last five Games. China has dominated the air rifle and pistol shooting events at the Olympics, earning nine gold medals since the 2000 Sydney Games.
SWEET HOME : Monumental upsets have been the theme of the fencing tournament, and the men's foil competition produced the biggest stunner yet. Brazil's Guilherme Toldo, ranked 66th in the world, beat No. 2 Yoki Ota of Japan 15-13 to advance to the round of 16. Toldo's win came a day after the top three fencers in women's epee were knocked out before the semifinals.
BAD BREAK : A day after gruesomely breaking his left leg while vaulting during men's preliminaries, French gymnast Samir Air Said posted a Facebook video from his hospital bed on Sunday thanking people for their support and pledging to shoot for Tokyo in 2020. Said underwent surgery to repair his fibula and tibia he fractured while trying to land a vault.
RUSSIAN DOPING : Swimmer Yulia Efimova made her first public comments since her doping ban was lifted. The reigning world champ told the AP the last six months were "crazy" and said she didn't "understand what's going on." Revelations of a state-sponsored doping ring in Russia led to Efimova's ban from Rio because of a previous 16-month doping suspension. Another positive test this year for the now-banned substance meldonium was placed on hold.
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