The Latest on the Olympics ahead of the Rio Games (all times local to Rio):
Kevin Cordes is putting on quite a breaststroke show at the U.S. Olympic swimming trials.
Cordes made a run at the world record before settling for a time of 2 minutes, 7.81 seconds in the semifinals of the 200 meters Wednesday night.
He’ll be the top qualifier in Thursday’s final, looking to add another individual event to his Rio itinerary. He already won the 100 breast to clinch his first trip to the Olympics.
Cordes was under world-record pace at the last turn, but eased up to save some energy for the final. He’ll likely make a run at the mark of 2:07.01, which has been held since 2012 by Japan’s Akhiro Yamaguchi.
Maya DiRado has done it again.
The swimmer has qualified for a second individual event at the Rio Olympics. She won the 200-meter individual medley in 2 minutes, 9.54 seconds Wednesday night. The Stanford graduate also made the team in the 400 IM.
DiRado plans to retire from the sport after Rio to work at the business analyst job that awaits her in Atlanta.
Grabbing the second spot for Rio was Melanie Margalis, who touched in 2:10.11.
QUALIFICATION ALERT: Maya DiRado has qualified for the Rio Olympics in the 200m individual medley.
Cammile Adams has advanced to the 200-meter butterfly final at the U.S. Olympic swimming trials.
She swam the top qualifying time of 2 minutes, 7.31 seconds in the semifinals on Wednesday night. Earlier in the day, her disqualification in the preliminaries was overturned by officials after a video review showed that she was on her stomach and not her back as she came off the race’s last turn.
Also advancing to Thursday’s final was Hali Flickinger, who was second-quickest in 2:07.79. Kelsi Worrell, who is already made her first Olympics, advanced to the final as fourth-fastest.
Michael Phelps is heading to his fifth Olympics.
The most decorated athlete in Olympic history held off a stiff challenge from Tom Shields to win the 200-meter butterfly at the U.S. swimming trials in 1 minute, 54.84 seconds.
After whipping around to look at his time – which was likely a bit slower than Phelps would’ve preferred – he held up all five fingers on his right hand to signify Olympics No. 5.
Shields came on strong to take the second spot on the Olympic team in 1:55.81.
Watching from the stands was Phelps’ fiance and their 7-week-old son Boomer, who was wearing noise-canceling headphones adorned with American flags.
Phelps still has two more events at the trials: the 100 fly and 200 individual medley. He could swim as many as six events in Rio, counting relays, looking to build on his 18 golds and 22 medals overall.
QUALIFICATION ALERT: Michael Phelps has qualified for the Rio Olympics in the 200m butterfly.
Bouncing back from a huge disappointment, Missy Franklin has qualified for the Rio Olympics with a second-place finish in the 200-meter freestyle at the U.S. swimming trials.
Katie Ledecky was an easy winner in the race, earning her second individual event of the games. The 19-year-old touched in 1 minute, 54.88 seconds, following up her victory in the 400 free with another dominant performance.
But all eyes were on Franklin, who had finished seventh the night before in the 100 backstroke – a race she won at the London Games.
Sounding as though she’d be happy merely to land a spot in the relays, Franklin did even better. Rallying over the final half of the race, she grabbed the second spot – and a chance to swim the race in Rio – with a time of 1:56.18.
QUALIFICATION ALERT: Katie Ledecky and Missy Franklin have qualified for the Rio Olympics in the 200m freestyle.
Nathan Adrian has posted the top qualifying time in the semifinals of the 100-meter freestyle at the U.S. Olympic swimming trials in Omaha, Nebraska.
Adrian posted a time of 47.91 seconds on Wednesday night, second-fastest in the world this year. He advances to Thursday’s final knowing he’ll be competing right in the middle of the pool in the prime No. 4 lane.
Adrian is the defending Olympic gold medalist in the 100 free.
Anthony Ervin, the oldest swimmer at the meet at age 35, also advanced to the final with the fifth-fastest time of 48.71.
But Matt Grevers saw his Olympic hopes snuffed out, only managing the 15th-best time out of 16 swimmers. He already missed out in the 100 backstroke, the event he won four years ago in London.
An injured right ankle won’t keep Allyson Felix from attempting to qualify for the 200 and 400-meter sprints at U.S. Olympic trials this week.
Olympic officials changed the schedule for the track meet in Rio de Janeiro to allow for the 2-4 double.
All was on course for Felix, who already has six Olympic medals – all won in relays and the 200 – until she hurt the ankle in the spring and was sidelined for nearly a month.
She called this the most challenging year she’s ever faced because of the injury, but said she’s optimistic that she can still qualify for both events. The 400-meter heats start Friday.
Popular and polarizing 100-meter hurdler Lolo Jones has withdrawn from the Olympic track and field trials, saying she didn’t have enough time to heal from hip surgery in November.
The 33-year-old Jones posted a heartfelt video Wednesday on Instagram in which she said she wasn’t retiring and simply giving her hip more time to heal.
She’s one of the most marketable and high-profile athletes in track. But she’s drawn her fair share of detractors for cashing in off the track without winning a major outdoor championship on it.
Jones made the U.S. bobsled squad for the 2014 Sochi Games.
Sidney Levy seems to have gotten part of his wish granted.
Levy, the chief executive officer of the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, says he asked Brazil’s interim president Michel Temer to make sure the impeachment trial of President Dilma Rousseff takes place before or after the games. The Olympics are set for Aug. 5-21.
Levy told reporters Tuesday in the United States that he would prefer it take place before the Olympics.
On Wednesday, Rio’s O Globo newspaper reported the impeachment trial will not begin before Aug. 26. The newspaper cited advisers of Ricardo Lewandowski, head of the country’s supreme court.
Reports in the last month have suggested the trial would take place during the Olympics, which would be a major distraction to Olympic organizers.
Cammile Adams says she’ll be doing a few extra turns during her warmups before the semifinals of the 200-meter butterfly at the U.S. Olympic swimming trials.
Adams was initially disqualified after posting the fastest time in the Wednesday morning preliminaries. The poolside judge ruled that she did an illegal turn, but the decision was overturned after officials reviewed a replay by an underwater camera.
Adams says her reaction when she saw “DSQ” beside her name was “a lot of panic.” But she’s thankful that USA Swimming has a system in place that allows all disqualifications to be reviewed.
Her plan going into the semifinal is more focus on her turns during warmups to make sure she’s doing everything legally, but not to “overthink it too much.”
The 24-year-old Adams is a native of Houston who swims out of Swim MAC in Charlotte, North Carolina. She’s considered one of the top medal contenders in the 200 fly after winning a silver medal at last year’s world championships in Kazan. She was fifth in that event at the 2012 London Olympics.
Ryan Lochte is dropping out of the 200-meter freestyle at the U.S. Olympic swimming trials.
The 11-time Olympic medalist qualified sixth in the preliminaries on Wednesday before deciding not to swim in the evening semifinals.
Lochte has been competing hurt since pulling his groin last Sunday, the opening day of the eight-day meet.
His coach, David Marsh, says Lochte has been getting treatment daily and is focused on preparing for the 200 individual medley, which starts Thursday.
International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach has met for the first time with the team of doctors, coaches and officials who will work with the Olympic refugee team in Rio.
Bach says “we want to offer them (refugees) the same opportunity as all the other athletes of the world.”
The meeting follows Tuesday’s talks with Filippo Grandi, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.
The 10 refugee athletes will complete in swimming, track and field and judo. They come from Syria, South Sudan, Ethiopia, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Kevin Cordes has qualified fastest in the 200-meter breaststroke at the U.S. Olympic swimming trials.
He won his preliminary heat in 2 minutes, 8.54 seconds Wednesday, finishing a whopping 4.26 seconds ahead of Cody Miller, who touched second in 2:12.80.
Miller qualified sixth-fastest overall for the evening semifinals. Both Cordes and Miller are already on the Olympic team, having finished 1-2 in the 100 breast on Monday.
Will Licon advanced as second-fastest in 2:09.43, nearly a second behind Cordes, silver medalist at last year’s world championships in Russia.
Nathan Adrian sees the changing tide at the U.S. Olympic swimming trials, with at least 17 first-timers making the team for Rio and some veterans getting cast aside.
Adrian says he knew there would be several new faces coming up in the sport, he just didn’t know when it would happen. He credits the deep talent pool in the U.S. for the influx of newcomers.
The 27-year-old sprinter says he’s just trying to keep up. Adrian qualified fastest for the 100-meter freestyle on Wednesday morning.
Officials at the U.S. Olympic swimming trials have overturned Cammile Adams’ disqualification in the 200-meter butterfly preliminaries.
They decided Adams didn’t commit an infraction coming off the 150-meter wall. Initially, referees ruled Adams was on her back and not her stomach coming out of the last turn of the four-lap race.
Adams’ time of 2 minutes, 8.29 seconds was the fastest of the morning heats. Now she moves on to the evening semifinals. She finished fifth in the 200 fly at the London Olympics.
Cammile Adams has been disqualified from the 200-meter butterfly preliminaries at the U.S. Olympic trials after swimming the fastest qualifying time.
Adams won the last of 10 heats in 2 minutes, 8.29 seconds, but was DQ’d after officials ruled she was on her back and not her stomach coming off the 150-meter wall. Her club team can appeal the decision. Adams’ coach, David Marsh, will be the head coach of the U.S. women’s team in Rio.
Adams finished fifth in the 200 fly at the London Olympics.
With Adams out, Hali Flickinger became the top qualifier in 2:09.20. Kelsi Worrell was second at 2:09.40. Worrell has already made the team for Rio.
Brazil has named its Olympic soccer team, which includes two key players who did not play in the Copa America – Barcelona’s Neymar and Douglas Costa of Bayern Munich.
The team was announced Wednesday by Brazil coach Rogerio Micale, who took over the when Dunga was fired after Brazil was knocked out of the Copa America.
Two of the young stars to watch will be forwards Gabriel Jesus of Palmeiras and Gabriel Barbosa of Santos, the former club of Neyman and Pele.
Brazil has won five World Cup titles, but the men have yet to win an Olympic gold in soccer. Brazil lost the final to Mexico four years ago in London.
Cullen Jones has failed to advance out of the preliminaries in the 100-meter freestyle at the U.S. Olympic swimming trials.
The 32-year-old sprinter finished 29th in the morning heats. Only the top 16 moved on to the evening semifinals.
Jones still has his best event coming up on Friday. He earned a silver medal in the 50 free four years ago in London. Jones has won four medals in the last two Olympics.
Defending Olympic champion Nathan Adrian has qualified fastest for the semifinals of the 100-meter freestyle at the U.S. Olympic swimming trials.
Adrian won his preliminary heat with a time of 48.43 seconds. The top 16 swimmers advanced to the evening semifinals.
Other big names moving on were Anthony Ervin in fourth (48.76), Jimmy Feigen in fifth (49.03) and Ryan Lochte in sixth (49.13). At 35, Ervin is the oldest man competing in Omaha. Lochte is already on the team.
Conor Dwyer is already on the U.S. team and qualified in 15th (49.51). Matt Grevers eked into the semifinals, grabbing the 16th and last position with a time of 49.55. Grevers is on the brink of not making his third straight Olympic team. He finished third in the 100 backstroke final on Tuesday night, preventing him from defending his title in Rio de Janeiro. Only the top two finishers qualified.
Michael Phelps has dropped the 100-meter freestyle from his schedule at the U.S. Olympic swimming trials.
He wasn’t among the swimmers listed in the preliminary heats on Wednesday morning in Omaha, Nebraska. That leaves Phelps with three events over the eight-day meet.
Earlier, the 18-time Olympic gold medalist dropped the 200 free from his plans. Phelps famously swam and won a historic eight gold medals at the 2008 Beijing Games.
The IAAF will rule this week on whether a group of Russian track athletes can compete at the Rio Olympics as individuals.
Russia was banned in November from international track and field because of widespread doping, and the ban was upheld this month.
The international track governing body can allow individual Russians to compete as “neutral athletes” if they can show they have been regularly tested by a reliable agency.
The IAAF’s Doping Review Board will meet “by the end of this week” to rule on the applications it has already received. The deadline to apply is July 4.
While the IAAF refused to say how many Russians had applied, Russian officials have said around 10 applications have already been sent and as many as 67 athletes could apply.
Australia’s Sally Pearson will not defend her Olympic hurdles title in Rio de Janeiro after tearing a tendon in her hamstring, yet another setback in a year beset by injuries.
Pearson, the 100-meter hurdles Olympic gold medalist at the 2012 London Games and silver medalist at Beijing in 2008, told Australia’s Channel Nine news Wednesday that she was “gutted” by the extent of the training injury.
The 29-year-old Pearson missed 12 months of competition because of surgery and recovery after breaking her wrist during an event. She said this month her preparation was hampered by a hamstring.
She returned to competition on June 5, a year and a day after crashing over a hurdle at a Diamond League meet in Rome. She had three races in Europe before returning to Australia to work on her speed.
The United States is assembling an Olympic swimming team that Michael Phelps hardly recognizes.
Nearly halfway through the eight-day trials, the team bound for Rio next month has as many as 17 first-timers. Left in their wake so far are such stalwarts as Missy Franklin, Natalie Coughlin, Matt Grevers, Tyler Clary and Jessica Hardy.
Phelps, who turns 31 on Thursday, and teenager Katie Ledecky appear to be the only sure things at a meet described by Phelps as more pressure-packed than the Olympics.
Four years ago, Franklin was a bubbly teenager who became a star at the London Games, winning five medals, including four golds. But Franklin won’t be defending her gold medal in the 100-meter backstroke after finishing a stunning seventh in the final Tuesday night.