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Bolt leads Jamaica to 4x100m gold
Usain Bolt on Friday led Jamaica to the men's 4x100 metres relay gold medal at the Rio Olympics.
 
Jamaica clocked 37.27 seconds, beating second-placed Japan by 0.33. The United States came third in 37.62 but was disqualified, Xinhua news agency reported.
 
Canada finished third with a timing of 37.60 seconds to take the bronze medal.
 
Bolt has won an Olympic sweep of 100m, 200m and 4x100m for the third straight time.
 
Surprise World Championship 2015 runner-up China was fourth.
 
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US swimmer Feigen fined USD 10,800 for lying about attack in Rio
Brazil's justice system imposed a fine of 35,000 reais (around $10,800) on the United States swimmer James Feigen so that he could leave the country after falsely stating he had been a victim of an armed assault along with three of his other teammates in Rio de Janeiro, local media reported on Friday.
 
According to information announced via television channel Globo, Feigen was accused of "communicating a false crime" and after testifying for four hours before the court, Feigen agreed to pay the set fine. The money will go towards a non-governmental organisation (NGO) that teaches judo to children and teenagers in a Rio de Janeiro slum, Xinhua news agency reported.
 
Feigen, along with his teammates Gunnar Bentz, Jack Conger and 12-time Olympic medal winner Ryan Lochte testified to having been attacked in the early hours of Sunday morning while returning to the Olympic Village in a taxi after attending a party.
 
Repercussions from the case led to Brazilian police investigating and proving that the swimmers lied about what happened. The swimmers actually caused a fight in a gas station close to the Olympic Village as they arrived drunk and ended up brawling with the security guards after damaging property inside the shop.
 
Due to suspicion surrounding what really happened, the justice system asked for the four swimmers to hand over their passport but Lochte, who made the initial allegation, was already back in the United States when the request was made.
 
Bentz and Conger were banned from flying back to the US on Wednesday evening and after providing a police statement admitting that the original accusation was a lie.
 
In their statement, Bentz, Conger and Feigen blamed the more famous and absent Lochte for inventing the story even though he had previously appeared on US television to talk about the alleged assault at gunpoint in Rio, where the swimmers had been competing in the Olympics.
 
Through the justice system, Feigen apologised to the Brazilians and the authorities that had been involved in solving the case which has generated a lot of controversy in Brazil.
 
The US Olympic Committee (USOC) also apologised to Brazil for the swimmers' behaviour.
 
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Shuttler Sindhu adds silver lining to India's Rio campaign
Shuttler P.V. Sindhu's silver in the women's singles competition of the Rio Olympics lifted India's spirits as the nation erupted in joy at the 21-year-old's historic feat, while others continued to disappoint.
 
World No.10 Sindhu on Friday settled for the white medal after being beaten 21-19, 12-21, 15-21 by World No.1 Carolina Marin of Spain as the Hyderabadi shuttler became the first Indian woman to bag a silver in the Olympics.
 
The silver took India's medal tally to two after woman wrestler Sakshi Malik settled for the bronze in the 58 kilogram Freestyle category on Wednesday.
 
On Friday evening, the nation came to a standstill with people glued to television sets as Sindhu took on Marin at the Riocentro -- Pavilion 4 in the hard-fought summit clash, which lasted one hour and 20 minutes.
 
The Hyderabadi started on a positive note but after 3-3, the Spaniard dominated the proceedings and took four consecutive points to lead 7-3 and then 9-5.
 
Unperturbed by the pressure of the occasion and her towering opponent, Sindhu controlled her nerves and displayed swift court movements and hit bodyline smashes to diminish the lead to 13-15.
 
Sindhu, who was trailing 16-19 at one point, fought her heart out and took five points on the trot to claim the first game in 27 minutes. 
 
Carolina, who can annoy any player with her shuttle retrieving techniques, looked like a spectator as it was Sindhu who reversed the roles to clinch the first game 21-19.
 
In the second game, Carolina, dubbed the "Girl Nadal in Spain" after male tennis star Rafael Nadal, attacked from the start. The Indian couldn't manage to control the torrent of attacks and trailed 2-11 at the mid-game break. 
 
After the break, Sindhu tried to bounce back and displayed a lot of power and strength to dismantle the strategy of the Spanish opponent but failed and relinquished the second game 12-21.
 
In the decider, Carolina got off to a flying start as she took a five-point lead in the initial stage at 6-1. 
 
But Sindhu, who was on a giant-killing spree after dismissing two higher-ranked opponents in competition, displayed grit to pull level at 10-10. Carolina went into the mid-game interval leading by a slender one-point margin.
 
After the breather, the duo continued to fight for each point valiantly but it was the more experienced Carolina who proved superior. Sindhu though kept herself within a touching distance of Carolina at 14-16.
 
But Sindhu was left powerless when Carolina upped the ante to pull ahead 19-14. She edged closer to match point with a half smash and eventually clinched the contest 21-15 to become the first non-Asian to bag the title.
 
Irrespective of the colour of the medal, Sindhu emerged the apple of the eye for every Indian citizen as President Pranab Mukherjee, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress President Sonia Gandhi took to social networking website Twitter to congratulate the shuttler.
 
"Great game played with grit; Hearty congrats #PVSindhu on creating history by winning for India Olympic Silver medal," Mukherjee tweeted.
 
In his congratulatory message, PM Modi said: "Congrats for the Silver @Pvsindhu1. Very well fought. Your accomplishment at #Rio2016 is historic & will be remembered for years."
 
Calling the silver medal feat as "the most precious jewel in the crown of Mother India", Sonia said: "Her silver medal is the most precious jewel in the crown of Mother India today and she has set examples for generation to come." 
 
Immediately after her historic feat, Badminton Association of India (BAI) President Dr. Akhilesh Das Gupta announced a cash award of Rs 50 lakh for Sindhu and Rs. 10 lakh for her coach Pullela Gopichand. 
 
Apart from Sindhu, the other Indians in action -- wrestler Sandeep Tomar and Racewalker Sandeep Kumar -- had a disappointing outing in their respective disciplines.
 
Tomar was beaten by Victor Lebedev of Russia 3-7 in the men's Freestyle 57 kilogram 1/8 final round while Kumar clocked four hours, seven minutes and fifty five seconds to finish 35th in men's 50km Race Walk event.
 
In the women's 20km Race Walk event, Khushbir Kaur finished 54th, while Sapna failed to finish the race.
 
The 23-year-old Khushbir took one hour, 40 minutes and 33 seconds to complete the distance.
 
In the 4X400 metres relay races, the women's team failed to qualify for the final, while the men's team was disqualified.
 
The women's team comprising of Nirmala Sheoran, Tintu Lukka, M.R. Poovamma and Anilda Thomas on Friday clocked 3:29.53 minutes to finish seventh in its Heat and 13th overall in the 16-team contest.
 
Meanwhile, woman golfer Aditi Ashok went through a horrendous third round of eight-over 79 to drop 23 places to be tied 31st.
 
The 18-year-old, who scored two successive three-under 68 to be tied eighth till the 36 holes, played a poor back-nine where she was bogged down by five bogeys.
 
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