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Rio update: A look at the top events

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Kazakhstan's Daniyar Yeleussinov got inside against Uzbekistan's Shakhram Giyasov to secure a boxing gold medal.

A look at the day's top events from the Rio Olympics:


The International Boxing Association removed an undisclosed number of referees and judges from the Olympics after determining they had not met the organization’s standards of competence.

AIBA officials declined to disclose the judges’ names or the bouts in which they failed.

The results of all bouts, however, will stand.

Russian heavyweight Evgeny Tishchenko’s victory over Kazakh Vassiliy Levit sparked a wide public outcry over the decision, which rewarded Tishchenko’s retreat over Levit’s power and excitement.

... Daniyar Yeleussinov  defeated Uzbekistan’s Shakhram Giyasov and became the fourth straight boxer from Kazakhstan to win the Olympic welterweight gold medal.


Wednesday was a tough day for the leading taekwondo fighters — none of the top four ranked athletes in the women’s or men’s divisions made it out of the quarterfinals.

The current men’s world champion and top-ranked athlete, Iran’s Farzan Ashourzadeh Fallah, lost in the last seconds of his preliminary match, and South Korea’s Taehun Kim, the second seed, was eliminated in his first fight.

By the time the quarterfinals were over, the women’s double Olympic champion, China’s Jingyu Wu and all the other top six seeds were gone. So too were the men’s third- and fourth-ranked fighters.

Japan's Kaori Icho, top, takes down Russia's Valeriia Koblova Zholobova in the 58kg freestyle final match.


Japan’s Kaori Icho is the first wrestler in Olympic history to win four gold medals after scoring a takedown with less than five seconds left to beat Russia’s Valeriia Koblova Zholobova, 3-2, in 58-kilogram freestyle.

Icho also is the first woman to win an individual gold medal in four straight Olympics, having started her historic run at the inaugural women’s tournament in Athens in 2004.

Icho’s teammate, Saori Yoshida, will try to match Icho’s four consecutive golds today.

Russia’s Alexander Karelin leads the short list of men with three wrestling golds.

... Eri Tosaka won wrestling gold in the 48-kilogram division, giving Japan its eighth Olympic gold in women’s freestyle.

Medal musings

China swept all five gold medals at the 2012 Games in badminton — not Rio after Indonesia’s Tontowi Ahmad and Liliyana Natsir won gold in badminton mixed doubles.

Podium points

Patrick Hickey, head of the Olympic Council of Ireland, will “step aside temporarily” as an IOC member and all other positions following his arrest in a ticket scalping investigation.