Usain Bolt won what he called his final Olympic race, boxer Claressa Shields is trying for a U.S. record, and two women hit aces on the golf course. Memorable moments on Day 14 at the Rio Games — in case you missed them.
Bolt Gets Gold, Again
Usain Bolt won his third Rio gold medal in the 4x100 relay final as part of the Jamaican team Friday -- and his ninth Olympic gold medal overall. Bolt and Jamaica won the relay in Beijing and in London, where the team set the world and Olympic records.
Bolt had already won the gold in the 100 and 200 meters -- and both for the third time. He is the first runner to win those three events three straight times.
The United States team crossed the line third in the 4x100 but was disqualified for an early baton pass. That gave Canada the bronze medal. The USATF filed an appeal following the disqualification. A post on their Twitter account said they expect a decision Saturday.
American Women Win After Second Chance
The U.S. women's 4x100 relay team was victorious Friday, giving Allyson Felix the fifth gold medal of her Olympic career — the most among women in track and field.
The gold in the relay came a day after the women qualified for the final by racing against the clock on an otherwise empty track. Earlier, Felix was jostled by another runner and had dropped the baton, but an appeal gave the American women another shot.
U.S. Boxer Tries for a Record
U.S. middleweight boxer Claressa Shields — in a unanimous decision on Friday — moved a step closer to becoming the United States' first Olympian to win back-to-back boxing gold.
Shields, the Olympic and world champion, defeated Kazakhstan’s Dariga Shakimova in the semifinals to advance.
Shields has already clinched the silver medal.
Sunday's gold medal bout will be a rematch between Shields and the Netherlands’ Nouchka Fontijn, whom Shields defeated in the spring to win her second world title.
Aces on the Golf Course
New Zealand's Lydia Ko rocketed up the women's golf leaderboard Friday after making her first hole-in-one.
She made the ace at par-3 8th hole at the 140-year in the third round.
It was the second ace made at the hole that day. China's Xi Yu Lin made a hole-in-one at the 8th earlier that round.
Germany Takes Soccer Gold
Germany's women's soccer team defeated Sweden 2-1 to win an Olympic gold medal for the first time.
A two-time World Cup champion, Germany had previously won three bronze medals.
The silver medal was also a first for Sweden.
When the United States was knocked out of the competition by Sweden last week, goalkeeper Hope Solo called the team "a bunch of cowards," in reference to its conservative play. Her comment immediately drew criticism.
"That's not our team," responded Solo's teammate Megan Rapinoe. The U.S. women needed to handle defeat graciously and humbly, she said.
Another teammate, Alex Morgan, said she did not share Solo's opinion.
Lochte Apologizes for His Behavior
U.S. swimmer Ryan Lochte on Friday said he was sorry for his behavior in Rio de Janeiro last weekend when he and three teammates lied about having been robbed at gunpoint while returning to the Olympic Village from an early morning party.
In a posting on Instagram, Lochte said he wanted to apologize "for not being more careful and candid" in describing what happened after he and the others stopped a gas station to use a bathroom — and for taking the focus away from the athletes competing in the Olympics. He had returned to the United States before authorities said publicly that the men were lying.
But his apology was not without reservation. He said it was traumatic to have been out late with his friends in a foreign country — with a language barrier — and to have had a stranger point a gun at him and demand money to allow him to leave.
"But regardless of the behavior of anyone else that night, I should have been much more responsible in how I handled myself and for that am sorry," he said.
Brazilian authorities say that a gun was pointed at Lochte during a confrontation with security guards after the men vandalized a gas station and were told to pay for the damage. In a statement to police released on Friday, one of the others, Jack Conger, said that he and Lochte urinated behind the gas station, and that Lochte ripped a board from the side of the building.
Conger and Gunnar Bentz were taken off a plane and detained briefly in Brazil but have since returned to the United States. The fourth swimmer, James Feigen, was ordered to pay $10,800 to a charity before leaving Brazil.
Everyone in the Pool
The U.S. women’s water polo team won its second consecutive Olympic gold medal on Friday, crushing Italy 12-5.
And as has become its custom, the team celebrated with a dunking — of the coach that is.
The victory was likely especially sweet for the coach, Adam Kirkorian, who had to leave the Rio Games before the opening ceremony when his brother, Blake, died suddenly. He returned the day before the tournament began.