Olympics roundup: Furey qualifies for Rio in javelin

Associated Press

Turns out, 11th place wasn’t so bad for javelin thrower Sean Furey.

The 11th-place finisher at U.S. Track and Field Trials will be heading to Rio, because he was one of only three throwers in the final who had the Olympic standard.

Fourth-place finisher Sam Crouser is also going, as is the winner, Cyrus Hostetler, whose throw of 273 feet, 1 inch, was good for the title.

Normally, the top three finishers in an event would qualify. But since second-place Curtis Thompson and third-place Riley Dolezal hadn’t thrown the Olympic standard of 272 feet 3 inches this year, they are not eligible to go.

Basketball

Hosts Italy and Serbia got off to winning starts in the final qualifying tournaments for men’s basketball.

In Turin, Italy’s Andrea Bargnani scored 15 points to help the two-time silver medalist down Tunisia, 68-41, in Group B.

In Belgrade, 2014 world championship runner-up Serbia led Puerto Rico by 20 points before winning 87-81 in Group A.

A third qualifying tournament starts in Manila, Philippines today. From each of the three six-nation events, one team will earn an Olympic berth to complete the 12-team draw in Rio.

Also in Turin, Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 16 for Greece, which downed Iran 78-53 in Group A, while Dairis Bertans’ 20 points led Latvia in an 88-48 routing of Japan in Group B of the Belgrade event.

Boxing

Cam F. Awesome, Paul Kroll and Brandon Lynch of the United States lost their opening bouts tournament in Vargas, Venezuela., failing to earn spots at the Olympics next month.

Sailing

A new pollution problem has surfaced in Guanabara Bay, the venue for sailing.

Sailors complained about an oil slick that turned white boats brown with crews in town practicing for the Games..

Finnish sailor Camilla Cedercreutz says “we’ve never seen anything like this. It was all over the place.”