Bolt, Eaton win gold...Swimmer's story not holding water

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RIO DE JANIERO (AP) -- Usain Bolt's speed, Ashton Eaton's athleticism and Ryan Lochte's allegation were among the highlights during the Rio Olympics on Thursday.

BOLT:
Bolt cruised in what he says is his final Olympic 200-meter race.

However, Bolt initially displayed disappointment when he saw the clock read 19.78 seconds, more than a half-second slower than his own world record of 19.19. The Jamaican had said he wanted to top the mark on Thursday, but he was good enough to earn his eighth Olympic gold medal.

Bolt will go for a ninth gold as part of Jamaica's 4x100-meter relay on Friday,

Silver medalist Andre de Grasse of Canada was .24 seconds behind, followed by Frenchman Christophe Lemaitre.

EATON:
Eaton successfully defended his Olympic decathlon title.

The 28-year-old finished with 8,893 points to match the Olympic mark set in 2004.

Eaton closed out the victory with a surge on the final lap of the 1,500 meters.

Kevin Mayer of France was 59 points behind to take silver. Canadian Damian Warner earned the bronze.

LOCHTE:

Meanwhile, Brazilian police say that Lochte and three U.S. teammates were not robbed after a night of partying, as the swimmer alleged.

Instead, the intoxicated athletes vandalized a gas station bathroom and were questioned by armed guards before they paid for the damage and left.

The police account raises questions about whether it's possible Lochte and the swimmers believed they were victims of a robbery.

Lochte's attorney had earlier maintained that one took place and insisted the swimmer had nothing to gain by making the story up.

Earlier Thursday, a Brazilian police official told The Associated Press that two of the swimmers said Lochte had made the story up and that the gas station manager actually demanded money from them to pay for the door. The swimmers handed over money and left.



 
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