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Rio Day 12: Lochte Robbery Controversy, an American Sweep and Other Memorable Moments

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    Gold medalist Brianna Rollins, left, silver medallist Nia Ali, right, and bronze medallist Kristi Castlin celebrate after completing a U.S. sweep of the women's 100m at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on Aug. 17, 2016.

    A Brazilian judge ordered American swimmers to stay in Rio while their robbery account is probed, the sailing tournament fizzled and records were set in wrestling and soccer. Here are some of the memorable moments from Day 12 of the Rio Games.

    Lochte Decamps As Judge Doubts Robbery
    U.S. Olympic swimmers Ryan Lochte and Jimmy Feigen were ordered by a Brazilian judge on Wednesday to remain in the country while authorities investigated their report of being robbed at gunpoint in Rio — but Lochte already was back in the United States. Feigen remains in Brazil, according to his lawyer, though he and the rest of the U.S. swim team had left the Olympic Village.

    Two other swimmers who were with them — Gunnar Bentz and Jack Conger —were removed from a plane in Rio by Brazilian authorities Wednesday night and will not be allowed to leave the country until they testify about the alleged robbery, their lawyer said. All three swimmers were set to be questioned on Thursday

    Judge Keyla Blanc De Cnop, who authorized the swimmers’ passports be seized, said the swimmers had given police contradictory accounts of what had happened. Lochte said there was one robber, while Feigen said there were several, though only one with a gun, the judge said.

    Blanc De Cnop also questioned their demeanor on security video obtained by the DailyMail.com as they returned to the Olympic Village passing through detectors.

    "You can see the supposed victims arriving without signs of being physically or psychologically shaken, even joking amongst themselves," the judge said.

    The men could be liable for punishment if they filed a false police report.

    Lochte's lawyer, Jeff Ostrow, told NBC News that Lochte had always said that there were a number of thieves.

    "This is a complete circus, and shame on Brazilian authorities for trying to flip the script and make it sound like Ryan isn’t telling the truth," Ostrow said. "They have a dark cloud around these Olympics, and they're trying to get out from under it and trying to use Ryan as a pawn."

     

    Lochte, a 12-time Olympic medalist, told NBC News that he, Feigen and the other swimmers, Bentz and Conger, were returning from a night of partying early Sunday when their taxi was pulled over by men who appeared to be police officers. They ordered the swimmers to the ground, and when Lochte refused — he said he told them they'd done nothing wrong — one of the assailants aimed a pistol at him.

    But NBC's Matt Lauer said Wednesday evening that Lochte had changed some details of his account. He said that that they were robbed after stopping at a gas station and the gun had been pointed in his direction, not pressed to his forehead. 

    Wind Knocked From Their Sails
    It was a beautiful 79-degree day on Guanabara Bay but for one thing.

    No wind.

    In the end, Olympic officials had to cancel the men's and women's 470 medal race.

    The uncooperative weather put an end to some races on Monday too — first because of too little wind and then too much. When wind speed reached 38 knots, races were canceled because of unsafe conditions.

    Annie Haeger, right, and Briana Provancha of the United States wait to compete as light wind delays the start of the Women's 470 class race on Day 12 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Marina da Gloria on Aug. 17, 2016, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
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    The wind is predicted to pick up again Thursday and the sailing to resume.

    Before the Rio Games began, the concern was pollution in Guanabara Bay, into which the city still pours untreated sewage. An independent study by The Associated Press showed high levels of viruses and sometimes bacteria from human sewage in the waters where hundreds of sailors are competing

    Swift Feet on the Soccer Pitch
    Brazil's Neymar scored in the first 15 seconds of a match against Honduras for the fastest goal in men's Olympic history, then scored again in the final minutes in Brazil's 6-0 win.

    The victory at Rio's historic Maracana Stadium moves the host nation into the   gold medal match against Germany. 

    Brazil has never won an Olympic gold in soccer. Germany dealt Brazil an embarrassing defeat during World Cup play in 2014 in Brazil and went on to win the competition.

    An American Sweep
    U.S. women swept the 100-meter hurdles at the Rio Games on Wednesday, the first time one country has taken the top spots in the event. 

    American Brianna Rollins started out fast and won gold in 12.48 seconds. Nia Ali won silver with 12.59 and Kristi Castlin won 12.61 for bronze.

    Brianna Rollins of the United States, left, wins the gold medal in the Women's 100m Hurdles Final ahead of silver medalist Nia Ali of the United States and bronze medalist Kristi Castlin of the United States on Day 12 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on Aug. 17, 2016, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
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    A Historic Win in Wrestling
    Japan swept the first day of women’s wresting, winning three medals and setting a record.

    Kaori Icho became the first wrestler to ever win four gold medals on Wednesday. She is also the first woman in any sport to win gold in individual events at four Olympics.

    Icho trailed late in the 58 kilogram match against Russia's Valeria Koblova, but ended with a dramatic 3-2 win.

    Eri Tosaka won in the 48 kilogram match, while Sara Dosho rallied to take the 69 kilograms.

    Another teammate, Saori Yoshida, will try to match Icho's four consecutive medals on Thursday.

    Boxing Judges Sent Home
    An undisclosed number of referees and judges were removed from the Olympics after the International Boxing Association determined they had not met the organization's standards, The Associated Press reported.

    The association did not disclose the judges' names or which fights they officiated at but the results of all bouts will stand.

    The banished judges apparently didn't include some of those involved in the two most prominent disputed decisions: Russian heavyweight Evgeny Tishchenko's victory over Kazakh power-puncher Vassiliy Levit and Russia's Vladimir Nikitin win over Irish bantamweight world champion Michael Conlan.

    Judges in both of those fights were on the organization's list of working officials on Wednesday.

    Bronze in Beach Volleyball
    The U.S. volleyball team, Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross, on Wednesday won the bronze medal in women's beach volleyball.

    Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross of the United States celebrate a point during the Beach Volleyball Women's Bronze medal match against Larissa Franca Maestrini and Talita Rocha of Brazil on day 12 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games on Aug. 17, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
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    They defeated a tough Brazilian team for the medal. 

    Walsh Jennings described her Tuesday night loss, which ended the team’s dream of gold, as "a terrible feeling."

    Some Lighters Moments 
    With the final Olympic gymnastics event behind him and two Rio silver medals to his name, American Danell Leyva let loose on the parallel bars during the gymnastics gala.

    Meanwhile out on the golf course, the wildlife ruled.