Elite officers shot in slum

Three elite police officers protecting Rio's Olympic Games came under fire Wednesday when they made a wrong turn and entered a slum run by drug gangs, authorities said. "They were three officers with the National Force who accidently went into the Vila do Joao community. Their car was hit by drug traffickers' (gunfire)," a police officer told AFP on condition that he not be named. The incident took place in one of the sprawling slums known as favelas in the Complexo da Mare area, near the city's international airport. "One of the police was shot in the head and underwent surgery and is now under observation. Another officer was shot but not seriously hurt," a Justice Ministry statement said. "This was a regrettable and cowardly attack," Justice Minister Alexandre de Moraes said in Rio.–AFP


Second bullet found in equestrian centre

A second bullet inside the Olympic equestrian center was found close to the stable area on Wednesday, the second time a stray shot has been picked up at the venue over the past week, police said. No one was injured and the first day of the dressage competition finished as normal. On Saturday, a stray bullet tore through the roof of the equestrian press center, passing over the head of the New Zealand press attache and landing at the feet of a photographer. The defence minister said it may have been fired by a gang member trying to shoot down a police blimp. The police blimp, which carries cameras to monitor the surrounding area, was flying on Tuesday during the final day of the eventing competition.



Ripped cap trigger sponsorship war


For one split second, Michael Phelps' dream of a 21st gold medal turned into a nightmare for his swimwear maker, Aqua Sphere. Phelps' self-branded "MP" cap split in half as he pulled it over his head in front of a global TV audience at the Rio Games on Tuesday night, just as he prepared to swim the anchor leg of the 4x200 metre freestyle relay. After a moment of panic, Phelps turned to teammate Conor Dwyer who came to the rescue with his own cap - though Dwyer, who is sponsored by Speedo, saved the swimming super star's blushes by inverting the cap to hide the rival logo. "Certainly not a moment you dream about," said Todd Mitchell, business line manager of Aqua Sphere.–AFP


Armenian lifter rushed to hospital

Armenian weightlifter Andranik Karapetyan was rushed to hospital in agony after appearing to dislocate his elbow during the men's 77kg competition at the Rio Olympics. The 20-year-old was in contention for a bronze medal when he attempted to lift 195kg in the clean and jerk. Halfway through the attempt his left elbow seemed to pop out and Karapetyan screamed in agony before being helped off the platform in tears by members of his coaching team. A short while later he was loaded into an ambulance on a stretcher, with a saline drip attached to him, as several of his team-mates and Armenian staff looked on distraught. Kazakhstan's Nijat Rahimov won gold while Lyu Xiaojun of China took silver and Egypt's Mohamed Mahmoud claimed bronze. It comes after China's Xiang Yianmei earlier dropped a barbell stacked with 118kg on the back of her head, drawing gasps from the crowd.–AFP