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Phelps frustrated by Rio Olympics doping fears

Feb 28, 2017 - 2:20 PM

Michael Phelps in a written testimony says he and teammates are left wondering whether they were competing on a level playing field in Rio

FINAL SALVO. USA's Michael Phelps competes in the Men's swimming 4 x 100m Medley Relay Final at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on August 13, 2016. Odd Andersen/AFP

Olympic white elephants? Rio's got a herd of them

Feb 18, 2017 - 6:50 PM

You don t have to look far to see the unfulfilled promises of South America s first Olympic Games

WHITE ELEPHANT. View of the Tennis Court at the Olympic Park after it was covered by sand to be used for beach volley in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on February 17, 2017, about 6 month after the Rio 2016 Olympic games. Yasuyoshi Chiba / AFP

Bolt, Phelps cap era of excellence

Dec 20, 2016 - 4:04 PM

The two athletes inspired a legion of young competitors determined to flourish on sport s biggest stage even as Olympic officials grapple with soaring costs corruption and the ever present specter of doping


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Nov 02, 2016 - 5:18 PM

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Pemerintah menyerahkan bonus uang tunai kepada atlet dan pelatih peraih medali dalam ajang Olimpiade dan Paralimpiade Rio 2016. Foto dari Facebook/Kemenpora RI

Obama says Olympic host decisions are 'a little bit cooked'

Oct 04, 2016 - 1:09 AM

US President Barack Obama compares the IOC s decision making to the scandal hit FIFA

SECOND CITY SNUB. US President Barack Obama hints at corruption in IOC decisions over which cities host the Olympics. File photo by AFP

Rio Paralympics: 5 highlights to remember

Sep 18, 2016 - 2:27 PM

From victories to controversy here are highlights of the first Games ever held in South America

Marlou Van Rhijn (NED) celebrates victory in the Women's 100m category - T44 - at Engenhao Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on September 17, 2016. TASSO MARCELO/AFP

Paralympian Josephine Medina to get P1M under new law

Sep 14, 2016 - 12:38 PM

This is truly one of the noblest intentions of the law – to include our winning athletes with disabilities in the grant of cash awards from the government says Senator Sonny Angara author of the new athletes incentives law

PARALYMPIC MEDALIST. Josephine Medina clinches the bronze medal at the 2016 Rio Paralympics. Photo from ITTF.com

Paralympics: Reprimand for new protest by Ethiopian runner

Sep 13, 2016 - 7:00 PM

The International Paralympic Committee sternly rebukes Tamiru Demisse 22 for making a political statement at the Games

PROTEST. Ethiopia's Tamiru Demisse (C) reacts after the final of men's 1500 m (T13) of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games at the Olympic stadium in Rio de Janeiro on September 11, 2016. YASUYOSHI CHIBA / AFP

On horseback, disabled Paralympians find 'freedom'

Sep 13, 2016 - 5:00 PM

Riders talked about two distinct realities: one is being on the ground trapped in a crippled body The other is being in the saddle gifted with all the strength of a large beautiful animal

FREEDOM. The UK's Anne Dunham gestures to the audience after competing in the dressage team test (grade 1a) during the Paralympic Games at the Olympic Equestrian Centre in Rio de Janeiro on September 12, 2016. YASUYOSHI CHIBA / AFP

PH Paralympian bags table tennis bronze, ends 16-year medal drought

Sep 13, 2016 - 2:07 PM

Josephine Medina defeats Germany s Juliane Wolf for the Philippines first Paralympic medal since 2000

PARALYMPIC MEDALIST. Josephine Medina clinches the bronze medal at the 2016 Rio Paralympics. Photo from ITTF.com

Polish Olympian sells silver medal to save boy battling cancer

Aug 26, 2016 - 10:01 AM

Poland s Piotr Malachowski auctions his silver medal to help a boy battling eye cancer

THROWING FOR A CAUSE. Poland's Piotr Malachowski, who won silver in the men's discus throw at the Rio Games, has found a greater cause for his medal. Photo by Franck Robichon/EPA

Duterte & UN, war on illegal drugs, Tokyo 2020 | 6PM wRap

Aug 22, 2016 - 9:51 PM

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'Marvelous' Rio flames out as Japan takes the baton

Aug 22, 2016 - 8:16 AM

UPDATED The Rio Olympics ends in a blaze of color with an exuberant closing ceremony as Tokyo takes up the baton promising to host the best Games yet in 2020

Fireworks explode at the start of the closing ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro on August 21, 2016. Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP

Live: Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games

Aug 22, 2016 - 3:22 AM

Tune in to Rappler Sports for live updates on the 2016 Rio Olympics Includes schedule of the Philippine athletes medal tally and breaking news

Brazil delivers men's volleyball gold for hometown crowd

Aug 22, 2016 - 3:14 AM

Brazil finally earns another men s volleyball gold after losing the last two finals

HOMETOWN SPIKERS. Brazil's Wallace Leandro De Souza spikes the ball during the men's gold medal volleyball match between Italy and Brazil. Photo by Juan Mabromata / AFP

Neymar's nerves of steel hand Brazil first football gold

Aug 21, 2016 - 8:31 AM

The 5 4 shoot out win exacted revenge for a humiliating 7 1 World Cup semi final defeat to Germany two years ago

FOR THE WIN. Brazil's forward Neymar scores the winning goal during the penalty shoot-out of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games men's football gold medal match between Brazil and Germany at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro on August 20, 2016. Odd Andersen/AFP

Tearful Stevenson eyes pro stardom after Olympic heartbreak

Aug 21, 2016 - 4:13 AM

Shakur Stevenson will turn pro under Floyd Mayweather with plans to win a world title and break records

HEARTBREAK. Shakur Stevenson was set on winning the USA's first boxing gold since 2004. Now he turns his attention to the pro game. Photo by Yuri Cortez/AFP

Olympian Kirstie Alora fails to make quarterfinals

Aug 20, 2016 - 9:46 PM

The first time Olympian Alora falls to her veteran opponent

Meet Ryan Lochte, the world's latest 'ugly American'

Aug 20, 2016 - 3:59 PM

Lochte is under heavy fire after fabricating a story of being robbed at gunpoint during the Olympics

RETRACTION. Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte has taken a 180 turn after claiming to have been robbed by a mugger posing a police officer in Rio de Janeiro. Photo by Patrick Kraemer/EPA

Tragic Venezuela boxer says Olympic medal will change his life

Aug 20, 2016 - 12:51 PM

Yoel Finol wins Venezuela s first boxing medal in 32 years

IOC launches inquiry into Ryan Lochte mugging scandal

Aug 20, 2016 - 6:02 AM

4 Olympic swimmers face a disciplinary inquiry after fabricating a story about being robbed at gunpoint to cover up a drunken incident at a gas station

RETRACTED. Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte is one of 4 US athletes involved in a controversy which caused a distraction at the Rio Games. File photo by Christophe Simon/AFP

USA NBA stars dunk Spain to reach Rio final

Aug 20, 2016 - 5:03 AM

Klay Thompson scores 22 and Kevin Durant adds 14 as USA moves to within one win of its third straight Olympic gold

MILESTONE. Kevin Durant moved to second all-time in scoring for Team USA in the win over Spain. Photo by Eric Gay/Pool/AFP

Usain Bolt argues he's among the greatest athletes ever

Aug 19, 2016 - 3:32 PM

Usain Bolt feels he should be ranked among Pele Muhammad Ali and Michael Phelps in the pantheon of sports greats

CATCH ME IF YOU CAN. Usain Bolt has been without peer as a sprinter over the past several Olympiads. He believes he should be ranked among the highest athletes of all-time. Photo by Antonio Lacerda/EPA

IN PHOTOS: Hidilyn Diaz visits Senate, gets reward from Pacquiao

Aug 17, 2016 - 9:30 PM

Hidilyn Diaz s victory tour continues with an appearance at the Senate and a visit with Manny Pacquiao

Filipino weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz visits the Philippine Senate where she was recognized and honored for bagging the silver medal at this year's Summer Olympics in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. Sen. Manny Pacquiao entertains the Olympic silver medalist at his Senate Office where she was given a financial reward (undisclosed amount).

'Contagious' Bolt inspired me, says Jamaica's McLeod

Aug 17, 2016 - 1:19 PM

The 22 year old McLeod became the first athlete from Jamaica to win gold in the 110m hurdles

Irish boxer Conlan blasts 'corrupt' judging after controversial loss

Aug 17, 2016 - 8:23 AM

They ve robbed me of my Olympic dream says reigning bantamweight world champ Michael Conlan claims which AIBA dismisses

IRATE. Michael Conlan tore his shirt off and voiced his disgust after the decision went against him in his quarterfinal match. Photo by Valdrin Xhemaj/EPA

Conceicao wins first-ever Brazil Olympic boxing gold

Aug 17, 2016 - 8:06 AM

Robson Conceicao makes history after defeating France s Sofiane Oumiha in the lightweight final

USA faces Argentina, Spain vs France as Rio hoops hits knockout phase

Aug 16, 2016 - 6:43 PM

Other quarterfinal matchups include Australia vs Lithuania and Croatia vs Serbia

MAMA SAID KNOCK YOU OUT. Team USA will facing the aging Argentina squad as the knockout phase starts. Photo by Mark Ralston/AFP

Dominant US women's hoops team has yet to show its best

Aug 16, 2016 - 3:00 PM

We haven t reached our peak performance yet so we ve still got a lot left in the tank says US forward Seimone Augustus

SIMPLY THE BEST. Team USA has won 5 straight Olympic gold medals and are favored to add a sixth. Photo by Javier Soriano/AFP

Spain beats Argentina to rescue Rio basketball hopes

Aug 16, 2016 - 9:50 AM

Spain regroups after a pair of close losses and eliminates hosts Brazil in the process

ON THE REBOUND. Rudy Fernandez finished with a game-high 23 points in Spain's win over Argentina. Photo by Andrej Isakovic/AFP

WATCH: PH Olympian Eric Cray speeds to 3rd place finish in hurdles heat

Aug 15, 2016 - 11:42 PM

Eric Cray finishes just 07 over his personal best to advance to the men s 400m hurdles semifinals

GONE WITH THE WIND. Eric Cray finished third in his heat with a time of 49.05. Photo by Olivier Morin/AFP

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Aug 15, 2016 - 12:20 PM

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Van Niekerk 'massacres' Michael Johnson's record to win 400m Olympic gold

Aug 15, 2016 - 9:49 AM

South Africa s Wayde Van Niekerk running in the unfavored lane 8 blasted off the final corner to time 43 03sec 0 15sec quicker than Johnson s previous world best set in Seville in 1999

SURPRISE! South Africa's Wayde van Niekerk reacts after he broke the world record in the Men's 400m Final during the athletics event at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on August 14, 2016. Olivier Morin/AFP

Murray wins historic second Olympic gold in epic final

Aug 15, 2016 - 9:15 AM

The final will go down as one of the best in the Olympics lasting over 4 hours and ending with both men embracing at the net

Britain's Andy Murray returns the ball to Argentina's Juan Martin Del Potro during their men's singles gold medal tennis match at the Olympic Tennis Centre of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro on August 14, 2016. Martin Bernetti/AFP

Eric Cray's mission: run faster than ever in Rio

Aug 14, 2016 - 1:43 PM

Filipino Olympian Eric Cray hopes to set a new personal best to make it out of the preliminaries

EYE ON THE PRIZE. A personal best or close to it should get Eric Cray into the next round. File photo by Lynn Bo Bo/EPA

Golfer Tabuena plays through pain for the Philippines

Aug 14, 2016 - 12:48 PM

Normally Miguel Tabuena wouldn t risk serious injury in a golf tournament but playing for country at the Rio Olympics makes the risk worth it

IN THE ROUGH. Miguel Tabuena shot a 2-over in round 3 despite favorable playing conditions. File photo by Erik S Lesser/EPA

Phelps' Olympic career of gold, anger and contentment

Aug 14, 2016 - 12:29 PM

Michael Phelps past and present converged at the Rio Olympics in a last explosion of gold for a swimming icon who showed he is more than a medal machine

ALL SMILES. USA's Michael Phelps poses with his gold medal during the podium ceremony of the Men's swimming 4 x 100m Medley Relay Final at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on August 13, 2016. Gabriel Bouys/AFP

PH golfer Tabuena falls further behind after round 3

Aug 14, 2016 - 1:44 AM

Miguel Tabuena is now at 8 over after 3 rounds

FLAG AND COUNTRY. Miguel Tabuena has not found his form in Rio. Photo by Erik S Lesser/EPA

WATCH: Olympian Marestella Torres proves there's athletic life after motherhood

Aug 13, 2016 - 10:21 PM

Three time Olympic long jumper Marestella Torres Sunang is a mom who can jump really far Now the mother of a two year old son she has more inspiration than ever before

Screenshot by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Aunty Yolly: The Filipina nanny behind Singapore's Joseph Schooling

Aug 13, 2016 - 8:17 PM

UPDATED Aunty Yolly – 56 year old Filipina nanny Yolanda Pascual – has played a major part in the life of the Olympics newest star

PH marathoner Mary Joy Tabal is racing against herself in Rio

Aug 13, 2016 - 5:04 PM

Mary Joy Tabal is aiming for a two hour 40 minute finish at the Rio Olympics

EYE ON THE PRIZE. Mary Joy Tabal has set a reasonable target for herself ahead of the marathon event. Photo by PJ Estan/Rappler

Singapore rejoices over first Olympics gold

Aug 13, 2016 - 12:01 PM

Singaporean social media erupts in celebration as Schooling wins in Brazil as cheers break out in public housing estates where most Singaporeans live

Rio 2016: Slew of surprises in record-breaking day

Aug 13, 2016 - 11:47 AM

Schooling beats Phelps Ledecky obliterates competition Ayana smashes 10 000m record 3 suspended for doping – all in one Olympic day

OPPOSITE DIRECTIONS. USA's Katie Ledecky (C) crosses Hungary's Katinka Hosszu (top) and Canada's Hilary Caldwell during the Women's 800m Freestyle Final during the swimming event at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on August 12, 2016. Martin Bureau/AFP

LOOK: Joseph Schooling met Michael Phelps 8 years before beating him

Aug 13, 2016 - 9:57 AM

Eight years after taking a photo with Michael Phelps Joseph Schooling defeats him on the biggest stage

FRIENDS. USA's Michael Phelps (L) and Singapore's Schooling Joseph talk after competing in the Men's 100m Butterfly Final during the swimming event at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on August 12, 2016. Gabriel Bouys/AFP

Schooling stuns Phelps for Singapore's 1st Olympic gold

Aug 13, 2016 - 9:18 AM

UPDATED Singapore earns its first ever Olympic gold medal as Joseph Schooling beats Michael Phelps in the men s 100m butterfly

WINNING FORM. Singapore's Schooling Joseph competes to win the Men's 100m Butterfly Final during the swimming event at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on August 12, 2016. Odd Andersen/AFP

Jesus is my doping says record-breaking runner Ayana

Aug 13, 2016 - 1:37 AM

The Ethiopan athlete brushes off doping concerns after smashing a 23 year old long distance record

IRON WOMAN. Almaz Ayana of Ethiopia wins the women's 10000m final in Rio. Photo by Srdjan Suki/EPA

Kenyan coach dismissed from Rio after trying to take drug test for runner

Aug 13, 2016 - 12:40 AM

Athletics gets underway in Rio as doping continues to be an issue at the Olympics

SUSPICIOUS. A few eyebrows were raised when a Kenyan coach attempted to submit a urine sample on behalf of Ferguson Rotich after he competed in the men's 800m heats. Photo by Sergei Ilnitsky/EPA

PH hurdler Eric Cray not intimidated by Olympic competition

Aug 12, 2016 - 6:00 PM

After acceding to his mother s request to try and change the athletic culture in the Philippines the Filipino American hurdler is in Rio to give it his all

OPENING DAY. Eric Cray has set his goal on making the finals. File photo by Singapore SEA Games Organizing Committee/Action Images via Reuters

Stardom awaits 'Cinderella' Biles after gymnastics gold

Aug 12, 2016 - 1:54 PM

The 19 year old Biles whose life reads like a Hollywood story has etched her name among the greats of the sport

Spain gets first basketball win despite security scare

Aug 12, 2016 - 1:40 PM

In other action Lithuania emerged victorious against Argentina