Thursday, February 22, 2018
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Olympic sports highlights: Day 9

U.S. women's eight get third straight gold

The U.S. boat was in third place halfway through the race when coxswain Katelin Snyder shouted the magic words: "This is the U.S. women's eight!" The crew responded and did what it always does: win. As Canada faded after its aggressive start that gave it the lead at 1,000 meters, the Americans charged ahead Saturday to win their third straight gold and their 11th consecutive world and Olympic title since 2006. Britain took the silver and Romania the bronze. It was the first U.S. gold in the regatta and second medal overall. Genevra Stone took silver in the single sculls earlier in the day, finishing second to world champion Kimberley Brennan of Australia. "It's so funny because people think that silver medalists are unhappy because they didn't get gold," Stone said. "I could not be happier."

Puig wins first gold for Puerto Rico

Monica Puig (right) won Puerto Rico's first gold medal in any Olympic sport, upsetting Angelique Kerber of Germany 6-4, 4-6, 6-1 in the women's singles final. Puig also became the first woman to medal representing Puerto Rico and, at No. 34, the lowest-ranked woman to win gold. Kerber is ranked No. 2. "I think I united a nation," said Puig, 22, who lives in Florida. Petra Kvitova earned the bronze for the Czech Republic by beating American Madison Keys 7-5, 2-6, 6-2. Juan Martin del Potro ended Rafael Nadal's bid for a second singles gold in a thrill-a-minute 5-7, 6-4, 7-6 (7-5) semifinal win. He faces defending champ Andy Murray, who beat Japan's Kei Nishikori 6-1, 6-4. Two American teams face off in the mixed doubles final, Venus Williams and Rajeev Ram versus Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Jack Sock.

Rose takes lead; Stenson 1 back

Justin Rose made two eagles in the opening five holes of Round 3 and shot 6-under 65 for a one-shot lead at 12-under 201 over Henrik Stenson (68) going into today's medal round at Olympic Golf Course. Australia's Marcus Fraser, the leader after the first two rounds, shot 72 and was 9 under. Among those three back was Bubba Watson, who kept American hopes alive with 5-under 67. Matt Kuchar (69) was another shot back. Rickie Fowler had the low round of the blustery day with 64, though he remained nine shots behind. Patrick Reed (73) was 1 over.

Cycling silver, fencing bronze

The U.S. team of Kelly Catlin, Chloe Dygert, Jennifer Valente and Sarah Hammer took silver in cycling's women's team pursuit, behind Great Britain, which won its second straight gold in world-record time. Canada beat New Zealand for bronze. … Fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad, who became the first U.S. Olympian to wear a hijab during competition last week, won a bronze in the women's team sabre with two-time Olympic champion Mariel Zagunis, Dagmara Wozniak and Monica Aksamit. The U.S. routed Italy 45-30 to clinch third. Russia won its fourth gold of the Games, beating Ukraine 45-30.

Railey advances; no Milev medal

With a fourth-place finish in her second race of the day, Clearwater's Paige Railey made the women's laser radial medal race in sailing by placing 10th overall after the first 10 races of the regatta. The medal race is Monday. … Temple Terrace's Emil Milev missed making the six-man final in men's rapid fire pistol. In 20th place after Friday's first qualification round, he ended up 12th after the second round.

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