The Latest: Solo calls Swedish team 'cowards' after US loss

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The Latest on the Olympics being held in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):

5:45 p.m.

U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo didn't shy away from what she thought of the Swedish team that eliminated the Americans from the Olympics in a penalty shootout.

Following Friday's loss, Solo said she thinks the U.S. team ''played a bunch of cowards. The best team did not win today, I strongly and firmly believe that.''

Solo was criticizing Sweden's style of play, which was defensive throughout the match.

In response, Sweden coach Pia Sundhage said: ''It's OK to be a coward if you win.''

Until Friday's loss, the reigning World Cup champions and four-time Olympic champions had not dropped a match this year.

Sundhage coached the U.S. team for five years and led the squad to gold medals in both Beijing and London.

5:40 p.m.

WORLD RECORD: Bradley Wiggins became Britain's most decorated Olympian when he led his pursuit team past New Zealand in record time in the semifinals of the Rio Olympics.

Wiggins, Ed Clancy, Steven Burke and Owain Doull stopped the clock in 3 minutes, 50.570 seconds, wiping out the mark of 3:51.659 they set at the London Games. They assured themselves of no worse than a silver medal but will face Australia later Friday night for gold.

It will be the eighth medal overall for Wiggins. The former Tour de France winner was tied with retired British track cyclist Chris Hoy, who has seven Olympic medals.

He is teaming with Ed Clancy, Steven Burke and Owain Doull in the team pursuit.

5:40 p.m.

MEDAL ALERT: As soon as the final arrow struck the board, Ku Bonchan pumped his fist, doubled over and came up looking to the sky.

The Korean then gave his chest a double tap knowing the gold was officially his after a 7-3 defeat of Frenchman Jean-Charles Valladont in the men's individual archery Friday.

Ku had to outlast American Brady Ellison in a shootout in the semifinal just to advance, but then rolled through Valladont with all 10s and nines – except for the final eight that clinched the gold.

Valladont defeated Netherlands' Sjef van den Berg 7-3 to reach the gold medal round before taking silver.

Ellison rallied from a poor final arrow in the shootout against Ku to defeat van den Berg 6-2. He had to immediately put away the disappointment of the loss because the bronze medal round began moments later. Ellison has two team silver medals, but this was his first as an individual.

5:25 p.m.

MEDAL ALERT: France's fifth-ranked Emilie Andeol has beaten defending Olympic judo champion Idalys Ortiz in the women's over-78 kilogram division, in a lengthy final that went into overtime.

It is France's first judo gold of the Rio Games.

Neither fighter managed to score within the prescribed four-minute fight time, forcing the bout into a ''golden score'' period. After about three minutes, Andeol managed to trip Ortiz onto her back and then proceeded to hold her down to the mat for 20 seconds, earning an immediate victory.

Andeol jumped over the barriers into the crowd afterward, hugging supporters waving the French flag.

The country will have another shot later this afternoon when top-ranked Teddy Riner fights in the men's heavyweight final.

The bronze medals were won by Japan's Kanae Yamabe and current judo world heavyweight champion Song Yu of China.

5:25 p.m.

FAILED TO QUALIFY: Sun Yang of China won't be defending his Olympic title in the men's 1,500-meter freestyle.

Sun finished 16th in Friday's preliminaries and only the top eight advanced to the final Saturday, the last day of swimming at the Rio Olympics.

World champion Gregorio Paltrinieri of Italy had the fastest time of 14 minutes, 44.51 seconds.

Connor Jaeger of the United States was second in 14:45.74. American Jordan Wilimovsky, who also qualified in open water swimming, was third at 14:48.47.

Mack Horton of Australia, who beat Sun to win the 400 free, was fourth.

Another former 1,500 champion also is out. Ous Mellouli of Tunisia, who won at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, finished 21st. He will compete in the 10-kilometer race next week at Copacabana Beach.

5:10 p.m.

Rafael Nadal made it to the semifinals in his bid for a second Olympic singles gold, overcoming his Brazilian opponent and a raucous, flag-waving home crowd in the Rio Games' main tennis stadium.

Spain's Nadal, the No. 3 seed, came back to beat 54th-ranked Thomaz Bellucci 2-6, 6-4, 6-2 in 2 hours on Friday.

Nadal was the singles champion at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, then missed the London Games four years ago because of a knee injury.

These Olympics represent the left-hander's first competition since sitting out 2+ months with an injured left wrist he says is not fully healed.

Nadal and Marc Lopez are scheduled to play in the men's doubles final later Friday.

5 p.m.

MEDAL ALERT: North Korea has its first gold medal of the Rio Olympics after Rim Jong Sim won the women's 75-kilogram weightlifting class.

Rim was utterly dominant, lifting 117 kilograms in the snatch and 153 in the clean and jerk for a total of 274, way ahead of the 258 managed by Belarusian silver medalist Darya Naumava, or 257 for Spain's Lidia Valentin Perez.

North Korea won four gold medals in London four years ago but has started slowly in Rio, with only two silver and two bronze medals before Rim's win.

Rim was gold medalist in the 69kg class four years ago and had few serious rivals at 75kg partly because the gold, silver and bronze medalists from that event in 2012 are all suspended after failing drug tests.

4:55 p.m.

Brazil has put another team into the quarterfinals of the Olympic beach volleyball tournament.

Defending world champions Larissa and Talita beat Germany in straight sets Friday on the opening day of the knockout round. Earlier, the other Brazilian women's team advanced when Agatha and Barbara beat China.

Brazil was one of four countries to qualify the maximum of four teams – two men's, two women's – for the Olympics. But the host nation was the only one to have all four make it out of pool play.

The two Brazilian men's teams play Saturday in the Round of 16.

4:55 p.m.

A German Olympic canoeing coach is fighting for his life in a Rio de Janeiro hospital after suffering serious head injuries in a car accident early Friday, officials said.

Stefan Henze, a canoe slalom silver medalist at the 2004 Games, underwent emergency surgery in a Rio hospital to treat the craniocerebral injury.

''His head injuries are live threatening,'' the German Olympic Sports Confederation said in a statement.

Sports scientist Christian Kaeding, who was in the taxi with Henze, was slightly injured and has already been released from hospital.

The Germans were heading back to the athletes' village in the taxi, Rio Olympics spokesman Mario Andrada said earlier Friday.

4:40 p.m.

MEDAL ALERT: Rosie MacLennan of Canada defended her Olympic title win women's trampoline, edging Great Britain's Bryony Page for gold on Friday afternoon.

MacLennan posted a score of 56.465 in the finals, just a touch better than Page's 56.040. Li Dan of China earned bronze.

MacLennan was third during qualifying but put together an aggressive series of 10 skills that sends gymnasts two stories repeatedly into the air over the course of their one-minute routine. MacLennan appeared to wander outside of the target box on the tramp midway through her set but recovered and received a massive roar as she settled her feet on the tramp during her dismount.

4:30 p.m.

MEDAL ALERT: Germany won gold in the dressage on Friday, edging out defending champion Britain despite another brilliant performance from Charlotte Dujardin.

The German team of Isabell Werth, Kristina Broring-Sprehe, Dorothee Schneider and Sonke Rothenberger posted a score of 81.936 percent, with the British team of Dujardin, Carl Hester, Spencer Wilton and Fiona Bigwood finishing on 78.602.

The United States was third on 76.667, with former hairdresser Laura Graves recording a personal best of 80.644 in her first Olympic Games.

The results are calculated using the average of the three best riders' scores from each

nation from Friday's Grand Prix Special as well as the previous day's Grand Prix.

Three of the top four finishers were German, with Dujardin posting the second highest score after an uncharacteristic error from her horse Valegro.

The individual Olympic champion still managed a score of 83.025, with Werth achieving 83.711 on Weihegold Old.

4:25 p.m.

Britain has topped the qualifying heats for the men's 4×100-meter medley relay in the Olympic pool.

Chris Walker-Hebborn, Adam Peaty, James Guy and Duncan Scott were clocked in 3 minutes, 30.47 seconds Friday.

The U.S. team of David Plummer, Kevin Cordes, Tom Shields and Caeleb Dressel were second fastest in 3:31.83.

Also moving into the nighttime final was host country Brazil, which grabbed the seventh spot, ensuring fans at the Olympic Aquatics Center will be cheering loudly.

Michael Phelps will join the Americans for the final, giving him a chance to add to his gold-medal haul in Rio.

4:25 p.m.

Cuba continues to be the surprise of men's beach volleyball after a straight-sets victory over Austria sent Nivaldo Diaz and Sergio Gonzalez into the quarterfinals.

The Cuban team had played in only one major international competition before and took an unusual path to the Olympics through a regional qualifier.

The Cubans went unbeaten in pool play by beating Brazil's No. 2 team, the fourth-overall seed, as well as Canada, Latvia and a German team that had a pair of three-time Olympians.

4:25 p.m.

The Argentine women's volleyball team has an Olympic victory at last.

The team made history with its first Olympic volleyball victory during pool play Friday in the Rio Games, and it took a hard-fought five-setter against Cameroon to finally taste success on the sport's biggest stage.

Captain Paula Yamila Nizetich called the win ''very special'' but noted there's ''another very important match coming up in order to keep playing in this tournament.''

4:15 p.m.

The three-time defending champion U.S. women's national team will miss the Olympic final for the first time after the Americans were ousted from after falling to Sweden on penalties following a 1-1 draw in the quarterfinals on Friday.

Even after three rounds, Sweden captain Caroline Seger beat Hope Solo, and Christen Press' attempt against Hedvig Lindhal went over the net. With the next kick, Lisa Dahlkvist beat an outstretched Solo to for the win.

As Sweden celebrated the victory, captain Carli Lloyd crouched in defeat on the field at Mane Garrincha Stadium. It was the first time that an Olympic women's match had gone to penalties.

It also was the earliest the United States had ever been eliminated from the Olympics since women's soccer became a sport in 1996.

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