Rio de Janeiro Brazil - updates

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Party's over: Rio reels from deadly disasters

Apr 17, 2019 - 2:51 PM

The havoc caused by the unusually heavy downpour is amplified by rampant construction in neighborhoods controlled by heavily-armed gangs and militias

RIO BUILDING COLLAPSE. People watch as an injured person is carried onto a rescue helicopter after two buildings collapsed in Muzema, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on April 12, 2019. Photo by Carl de Souza/AFP

Violence mars Brazil's anti-austerity general strike

Apr 29, 2017 - 1:12 PM

The ugly scenes come at the close of a day in which unions and leftwing groups managed to paralyze much of Brazil in protest at the reforms especially a steep cut to the generous pension system

In this file photo, students protest in front of the Congress in Brasilia against the bill that freezes government spending for 20 years, on November 29, 2016. File photo by Andressa Anholete/AFP

Rio Paralympics end with music – and relief

Sep 19, 2016 - 3:45 PM

The famous Maracana football stadium was packed with the Paralympians themselves seated across the field as proceedings kicked off with fireworks

Athletes celebrate during the closing ceremony of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro on September 18, 2016. Yasuyoshi Chiba / AFP

Rio Paralympics stages final show in shadow of tragedy

Sep 18, 2016 - 7:08 PM

At the closing ceremony in Rio de Janeiro s Maracana football stadium Brazilian officials ware officially to hand over to Tokyo for the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games

LAST DAY. The Rio Paralympics comes to a close. Seen in the photo is Michelle Stilwell of Canada celebrating after winning the 100M T52 wheelchair race. CHRISTOPHE SIMON / 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

Paralympians, poor Rio kids teach each other about overcoming limits

Sep 17, 2016 - 7:54 PM

Meeting about 30 young judo students in rough edged Rocinha is a distinct reality check for the French

EYE-OPENER. Paralympic French athlete Sandrini Martinet (R) is pictured during a visit by French athletes to the Reaction Institute, created by Brazilian Olympic bronze medalist, judoka Flavio Canto, in 2003 at the Favela da Rocinha shantytown, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on September 16, 2016. The Reaction Institute is a non-governmental organization that promotes human development and social inclusion through sport and education. TASSO MARCELO / AFP

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

PNP chief Dela Rosa, Oslo talks, Clinton vs Trump | 6PM wRap

Aug 26, 2016 - 8:44 PM

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Hidilyn Diaz, other ASEAN Olympic medalists get free AirAsia flights

Aug 24, 2016 - 4:00 PM

The 18 Olympic medalists from Southeast Asian countries will get free flights from AirAsia either for life gold for the next 5 years silver or for 3 years bronze

Philippine silver medallist at the Rio Olympics, Hidilyn Diaz shows her medal during a press conference as she arrives at the Manila International Airport in Manila on August 11, 2016.  Diaz is the country's first Olympic winner in 20 years. / AFP PHOTO / NOEL CELIS

Olympic flag arrives in Tokyo for 2020 Games

Aug 24, 2016 - 12:25 PM

After stepping off a plane from the Brazilian host city Tokyo governor Yuriko Koike carries the flag at a ceremony at the city s Haneda airport

ARRIVAL. Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike (R) waves the Olympic flag beside Japan Olympic Committee (JOC) President Tsunekazu Kakeda (L) as she gets out of a plane upon its arrival at Haneda Airport in Tokyo. The Olympic flag arrived in Tokyo as Japan's capital gears up to host the 2020 Games. TORU YAMANAKA / AFP

Ethiopia pledges safe return for protest runner

Aug 23, 2016 - 2:30 PM

Silver medalist Feyisa Lilesa crossed his arms as he finished the marathon in protest against the Ethiopian government s crackdown on political dissent

Feyisa Lilesa of Ethiopia reacts while crossing the finish line to take the second place in the men's Marathon race of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games Athletics, Track and Field events at the Sambodromo in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 21 August 2016. EPA/FRANCK ROBICHON

PH looks to improve at Tokyo 2020 as Rio Games close

Aug 22, 2016 - 5:11 PM

Chef de mission Jose Romasanta gives an assessment of the Philippines Olympic participation calling it a good run

END OF THE JOURNEY. Kirstie Alora (L) is the last Filipino Olympian to leave Rio. Kirill KUDRYAVTSEV / AFP

The Olympics are over for Brazil – was it worth it?

Aug 22, 2016 - 3:09 PM

How did Rio de Janeiro and the country as a whole come out in the end?

A general view shows the closing ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro on August 21, 2016. Manan Vatsyayana/AFP

Olympics: Athletics nervously enters post-Bolt world

Aug 22, 2016 - 2:59 PM

Usain Bolt has consistently been a beacon for clean athletes amid doping and corruption scandals

LIFE AFTER BOLT. Usain Bolt of Jamaica kisses the finish line after winning the men's 4x100m relay final of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. EPA/LUKAS COCH

Veterans rule in USA's run to Olympic basketball gold

Aug 22, 2016 - 2:50 PM

Carmelo Anthony 32 brings the experience and Kevin Durant 27 the scoring as the USA capped its 2016 Olympic run by mauling Serbia

SENIORS TAKE CHARGE. Carmelo Anthony of USA takes charge during the men's basketball gold medal game of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. EPA/SAM MOOY

Boxing on brink after Rio Olympics judging controversies

Aug 22, 2016 - 2:35 PM

The Games would not be complete without boxing controversy of one kind or another

CONTROVERSY. Evgeny Tishchenko of Russia (red) is declared winner against Vassiliy Levit of Kazakhstan during the men's heavyweight 91kg final bout of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. The result sparked controversy as the Russian is booed by the crowd. EPA/VALDRIN XHEMAJ

Groundbreaking Olympics for women in Rio

Aug 22, 2016 - 2:24 PM

Of the 11 444 athletes in Rio 45 – 5 175 – were women slightly higher than in London 2012

Simone Biles of the USA reacts after performing during the women's floor exercise final for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games Artistic Gymnastics events. EPA/TATYANA ZENKOVICH

Let's make Tokyo best Olympics ever, says PM Abe

Aug 22, 2016 - 12:02 PM

The Japanese Prime Minister meets with the country s Olympic medalists and urges them to make Tokyo 2020 the best ever Olympics

ON TO TOKYO. The flag of Japan is displayed after the flag handover during the Closing Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. EPA/MICHAEL REYNOLDS

Duterte vs drugs, Marcos burial, PH in Olympics | 12PM wRap

Aug 17, 2016 - 1:04 PM

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Olympic road ends for Eric Cray in 400m hurdles semis

Aug 17, 2016 - 8:47 AM

Cray fails to qualify for the final after coming up 7th in the first semifinal heat with a time of 49 37 seconds

END OF THE ROAD. Eric Cray's Rio Olympics road ends as he fails to qualify into the men's 400m hurdles final. Jewel SAMAD / AFP

Robredo vs Marcos, Duterte on terrorism, Eric Cray | 12PM wRap

Aug 16, 2016 - 12:35 PM

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PH Olympic bet Eric Cray advances to 400m hurdles semifinals

Aug 15, 2016 - 11:02 PM

The 27 year old finishes third in heat 4 of round 1 of competition with a time of 49 05 seconds

SEMIS-BOUND. Eric Cray moves on to the semifinals of the men's 400m hurdles. File photo by Lynn Bo Bo/EPA

PH's Mary Joy Tabal finishes Olympic women's marathon in 124th place

Aug 14, 2016 - 11:37 PM

The Cebu native is unable to meet her target finishing time in her first Olympic women s marathon

124TH PLACE. Mary Joy Tabal finishes the Rio Olympics women's marathon in 124th place. Photo by PJ Estan/Rappler

Kenya's Sumgong wins Rio Olympics women's marathon

Aug 14, 2016 - 11:18 PM

Jemima Sumgong times 2 hours 24 minutes and 4 seconds for Kenya s first ever women s marathon gold over the 42km course

Jemima Jelagat Sumgong of Kenya wins the women's Marathon race of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games Athletics, Track and Field events at the Olympic Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 14 August 2016. EPA/BERND THISSEN

Mayweather turns up at Rio Olympics boxing – only to watch

Aug 14, 2016 - 1:10 PM

The former world champion makes a surprise appearance in Rio de Janeiro in the afternoon boxing session a pair of headphones planted in his ears

RIO SPECTATOR. Retired boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. (R) attends a boxing match at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro on August 13, 2016. YURI CORTEZ / AFP

Tearful Monica Puig wins Puerto Rico's first ever Olympic gold

Aug 14, 2016 - 12:37 PM

Before the tennis player s golden breakthrough Puerto Rico had won just 8 Olympic medals two silver and 6 bronze Six of that total had come in boxing

FIRST GOLD. Monica Puig of Puerto Rico celebrates defeating Angelique Kerber of Germany during the women's tennis singles gold medal match of the Rio 2016 Olympics. EPA/BERND THISSEN

Olympics: Neymar takes Brazil closer to Germany World Cup rematch

Aug 14, 2016 - 12:22 PM

Brazil sets up a semifinal meeting with Honduras and is on course for a mouthwatering World Cup rematch with Germany in the final

SEMIFINAL-BOUND. Neymar of Brazil celebrates after scoring against Colombia during their Rio 2016 Olympic Games men's football quarterfinal match. Miguel SCHINCARIOL / AFP

Argentina wins Brazil clash in double OT, Spain stays alive

Aug 14, 2016 - 11:51 AM

Decades of football rivalry spice any Argentine Brazil matchup but no incidents are reported

VICTORIOUS. Argentina's Luis Scola, Manu Ginobili, Facundo Campazzo and Marcos Delia celebrate after defeating Brazil during a men's basketball Group B match. Mark RALSTON / AFP

Olympics: Bronze for hijab-wearing US fencer Muhammad

Aug 14, 2016 - 11:39 AM

The 30 year old from New Jersey the first US Olympian to wear a hijab during competition comes away with a bronze medal in the women s team sabre event

BRONZE. US Ibtihaj Muhammad reacts during the women’s team sabre bronze medal bout between US and Italy as part of the fencing event of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, on August 13, 2016, at the Carioca Arena 3, in Rio de Janeiro. Kirill KUDRYAVTSEV / AFP

PH long jumper Torres-Sunang takes cue from silver medalist Diaz

Aug 10, 2016 - 1:37 PM

Marestella Torres Sunang like Hidilyn Diaz is in her third Olympics She s hoping the third time is the charm for her as well

LONGEST JUMP. Marestella Torres-Sunang is now a 3-time Olympian with hopes of finally making her mark on the world stage. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

French swimmer slams China's champion Sun over doping scandal

Aug 09, 2016 - 2:20 PM

Camille Lacourt who came fifth in the 100m backstroke final just after Sun Yang s triumph says swimming was becoming like athletics with two or 3 doped in each final

Camille Lacourt of France reacts after competing in the men's 100m backstroke heats of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games Swimming events. EPA/ESTEBAN BIBA

Michael Phelps says dopers shouldn't be allowed to compete

Aug 09, 2016 - 2:01 PM

Phelps says it breaks my heart after controversy over athletes who have previously failed drugs tests broke out at the Rio swimming competition

NO TO DOPERS. Michael Phelps speaks out about not letting drug cheats back into swimming. EPA/PATRICK B. KRAEMER

NBA star Paul George will visit French gymnast with broken leg

Aug 09, 2016 - 1:47 PM

After going through a similar broken leg injury in 2014 George wants to pass along the lessons he learned from his experience to the gymnast

TOUGH BREAK. Samir Ait Said says he will try to return to the Olympics in 2020 after his 2016 campaign ended on an unexpected note. Photo by Tatyana Zenkovich/EPA

Meet Alfonsito Aldanete, the weightlifting coach who helped Diaz win silver

Aug 09, 2016 - 12:00 PM

Alfonsito Aldanete the Philippine team s Olympic weightlifting coach once aspired to be a boxer Now he s molding the next generation of PH lifters

epa05462666 Hidilyn Diaz (R) of the Philippines celebrates with her coach after winning the silver medal in the women's 53kg category of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games Weightlifting events at the Riocentro in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 07 August 2016. EPA/NIC BOTHMA

After Rio loss, PH weightlifter Colonia looks ahead to Tokyo 2020

Aug 09, 2016 - 9:00 AM

The first time Olympian is already setting his sights on the next Olympics 4 years from now in Tokyo

Nestor Colonia of the Philippines competes during the men's 56kg category competition of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games Weightlifting events at the Riocentro in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 07 August 2016. EPA/NIC BOTHMA

PH weightlifter Nestor Colonia shuts down basher on Facebook

Aug 08, 2016 - 11:32 PM

Filipino Olympian Nestor Colonia slays in the comments section in response to criticism

Nestor Colonia of the Philippines competes during the men's 56kg category competition of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games Weightlifting events at the Riocentro in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 07 August 2016. EPA/NIC BOTHMA

WATCH: Hidilyn Diaz eats pizza after winning Olympic silver

Aug 08, 2016 - 10:08 PM

Diaz indulges herself in pizza and adobo after her Olympic success

epa05462707 Hsu Shu-ching (C) of Taiwan poses with her gold medal on the podium after winning the women's 53kg category of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games Weightlifting events at the Riocentro in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 07 August 2016. Hsu Shu-ching won ahead of second placed Hidilyn Diaz (L) of the Philippines and third placed Yoon Jin-hee (R) of South Korea. EPA/NIC BOTHMA

PH weightlifter Nestor Colonia falls short of Olympic medal

Aug 08, 2016 - 7:39 AM

Colonia does not register a successful lift in the clean and jerk as he drops out of competition

IN PHOTOS: Silver medalist Hidilyn Diaz's historic Olympic moment

Aug 08, 2016 - 5:52 AM

Filipina weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz proudly climbs the Olympic podium to receive her silver medal

A HISTORIC SILVER. Hidilyn Diaz of the Philippines celebrates on the podium after winning the silver medal in the women's 53kg category of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games Weightlifting events. EPA/NIC BOTHMA

Hidilyn Diaz nabs silver, first PH Olympic medal in 20 years

Aug 08, 2016 - 3:54 AM

2nd UPDATE Hidilyn Diaz becomes the first female athlete to win an Olympic medal for the Philippines

epa05462511 Hidilyn Diaz of the Philippines competes during the women's 53kg category of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games Weightlifting events at the Riocentro in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 07 August 2016. EPA/NIC BOTHMA

PH swimmer Jessie Lacuna bows out of Rio Olympics

Aug 07, 2016 - 1:01 AM

3rd UPDATE The 23 year old Lacuna finished 6th in the second heat of 7 swimmers with a time of 4:01 70 with a final ranking of 46th out of 50

Jessie Lacuna prepares to compete in the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea. AFP PHOTO / MARTIN BUREAU / AFP PHOTO / MARTIN BUREAU

Olympics: Russian doping ban appeals rejected

Aug 03, 2016 - 1:20 PM

Daniil Andrienko and 16 other rowers lodge a case against the World Rowing Federation and International Olympic Committee IOC

A file picture dated 23 February 2014 of the Olympic flag (L) and the Russian flag (R) during the Closing Ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games in the Fisht Olympic Stadium in Sochi, Russia. Photo by HANNIBAL HANSCHKE/EPA

Doping for gold, Olympians ignore health risks

Aug 03, 2016 - 1:09 PM

As revelations of Russian doping have shown going into the Rio Olympics top level competitors are willing to take almost any concoction to go faster higher stronger despite risks to body mind and reputation


Neymar tasked with delivering Brazil's elusive gold

Aug 03, 2016 - 12:59 PM

Olympic gold is the only international title to elude Brazil in an illustrious history that has seen A Selecao win 5 World Cups

Neymar (L) of Brazil in action against Harakawa (R) of Japan during a friendly match between the Olympic teams of Brazil and Japan at the Serra Dourada stadium in Goiania, Brazil, 30 July 2016. EPA/Fernando Bizerra Jr.

Tennis battles to save image after Olympic pullouts

Aug 02, 2016 - 7:53 PM

Tennis players have withdrawn due to injury – most notably 17 time major champion Roger Federer – scheduling fears and worries over the Zika virus

OUT OF RIO. Roger Federer is one of the high-profile tennis players who will miss the Rio Olympics. EPA/Gary Hershorn

US NBA stars, women chase more history in Rio

Aug 02, 2016 - 7:46 PM

The US Olympic men s team is seeking a third consecutive gold medal while the women s team is out for a 6th gold and extending its 41 game win streak

MORE GLORY. Team USA's basketball teams, led by Kevin Durant for the men's team and Tamika Catchings for the women's, are out for more Olympic success. Photos by PETER POWELL and MIKE NELSON/EPA

A look back at 8 landmark moments from the Olympics

Aug 02, 2016 - 7:27 PM

Key Olympic moments to look back on ahead of the Rio Games

This photo dated September 5, 2012 shows two women viewing the wreaths which were laid previously to commemorate the Israeli athletes who were murdered in a terrorist attack on the Olympic Games in Munich, Germany in 1972. The ceremony took place at Connolly Street at the Olympic Village where the hostage-taking began. EPA/PETER KNEFFEL

Muslim fencer pierces bigotry in Olympic first

Aug 02, 2016 - 7:03 PM

Ibtihaj Muhammad will become the first American athlete to compete at the Olympics wearing a hijab

OLYMPIC FIRST. Fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad (R) will make history in Rio as the first American athlete to compete in the Games wearing a hijab. She is seen here together with her compatriots after winning the bronze medal in the women’s saber team competition of the World Fencing Championships in 2013. EPA/IMRE FOLDI

Olympics: Sri Lanka sprint star bitter after state neglect

Aug 02, 2016 - 6:12 PM

From Sri Lanka s first woman Olympic medalist to a struggling single mother with only bitterness towards her home country

BITTER. Olympic medalist Susanthika Jayasinghe of Sri Lanka, seen here celebrating after her bronze medal win at the 11th IAAF World Championships in 2007, shares her bitterness towards a country she says has given her nothing in return. EPA/HOW HWEE YOUNG