Lange, 54, helms Argentina to Nacra 17 sailing gold

Santiago Lange helmed Argentina to an emotional Narca 17 catamaran sailing gold in Rio on Tuesday, a first Olympic gold for the 54-year-old sailor in his sixth Olympic tilt. "We didn't expect it," said Lange, who added gold to the two bronze medals he'd won in prior Olympic campaigns. "I was rooting for a gold medal since the 1980s, so I've spent a lot of time working for this," added the veteran who had lung cancer surgery last year and spent months out of the sport. He and crew Cecilia Carranza Saroli overcame a poor start to finish sixth in the medal race -- good enough to beat Australian sailing cousins Jason Waterhouse and Lisa Darmanin, with Austrians Thomas Zajac and Tanya Frank taking bronze with the same total points as the Aussies. Darmanin called the runner-up finish "bittersweet" after the Australian pair were knocked from first to fourth in a preliminary race on Sunday.–AFP

 

 

Ex-street hawker wins first Brazil boxing gold

Robson Conceicao said he felt like he was still in a dream after he became the first Brazilian to win Olympic boxing gold on Tuesday in front of an exhilarated Rio crowd. The man who sold vegetables and popsicles on the streets as an impoverished child is now a national hero after he defeated Frenchman Sofiane Oumiha on unanimous points in a thrilling lightweight final showdown. The 27-year-old, who previously said that growing up he once feigned an arm injury so he could get hospital treatment and then used the bandages to tape his hands for boxing training, was a deserved winner after another day of judging controversy in Rio. "My life has changed with this, this is an incredible moment in my life," he told reporters.–AFP

 

 

 

China's Cao Yuan wins men's 3m springboard

China's Cao Yuan captured gold in the men's 3m springboard on Tuesday to continue Chinese dominance in the Rio Olympics diving competition. Britain's Jack Laugher took silver and Patrick Hausding of Germany won bronze. It was Cao's second medal of the competition and exacts revenge against Britain after Laugher and diving partner Daniel Goodfellow took gold to relegate Cao and Qin Kai to bronze last week in the 3m synchronised event. Cao led throughout the contest and finished at 547.60 points, 23.75 points ahead of Laugher. China has now won five out of six diving events in Rio, keeping them on course to match their seven-gold haul from Beijing in 2008. There are two events left, the men's and women's 10m platform dive. Cao's chances improved after China's reigning world champion He Chao and 2012 gold medallist Ilya Zakharov of Russia tumbled out of the competition in earlier rounds.–AFP

 

 

Vogel loses seat but edges sprint gold

Germany's Kristina Vogel edged Becky James of Britain by four-thousandths of a second to win the Olympic women's track cycling sprint gold on Tuesday, despite losing her saddle in the process. James, who also won silver in the keirin, was the fastest qualifier but two-time former world champion Vogel used all her experience to prevail in the best-of-three final. Vogel won the first leg and in the second, which needed a photo finish to determine the winner, she pushed her bike a fraction in front of the Briton's despite her saddle flying off as she crossed the line. "I won the second ride without a saddle, I was just struggling not to crash -- it was crazy," said Vogel. James, who suffered a cancer scare two yeas ago that required an operation, was happy with two silver medals from her tournament. "I really wanted to win this gold but Vogel is an incredible rider. I'm still very happy," said James, the girlfriend of Welsh rugby star George North, who watched her in the arena.–AFP