The Latest: Usain Bolt relaxed, confident as 200 heats begin

Jamaica's Usain Bolt celebrates with the gold medal after winning the men's 100-meter final during the athletics competitions of the 2016 Summer Olympics at the Olympic stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday, Aug. 15, 2016. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):

4:55 a.m.

He's feeling good. And that's never good for his competition.

The heats for Usain Bolt's favorite race — the 200 meters — are beginning Tuesday at the Rio Olympics and the Jamaican sprinter is remarkably relaxed.

"I'm always confident going into the 200 meters," said Bolt, who surged past Justin Gatlin to win the 100 meters on Sunday, his seventh Olympic gold.

Also Tuesday, American Christian Taylor will try to defend his triple jump title, while Jamaica's Omar McLeod and American Devon Allen, the University of Oregon football/track standout, are among those seeking gold in the men's 110-meter hurdles.

Medals also will be awarded in the women's discus, the women's 1500 meters and the men's high jump.


4:30 a.m.

On most days at the Summer Olympics, the talk focuses on times and medals and world records.

On Monday in Rio de Janeiro, it was all about the weather.

High winds and driving rain flipped sailboats over like tub toys, caused throwers to foul or release their discus early, threw pole vaulters off their stride and made running on parts of the Olympic track like splashing through puddles.

The 110-meter hurdles heats were hard hit, prompting organizers to run a special race later in the night for those who did not quality when the weather was the worst.

"It's atrocious. It's hard to compete in weather like this," said Jamaican hurdler Omar McLeod, who won the first heat amid heavy rain. "The water is beaming down in your face and your eyes and it's real hard."

Some sailing races were canceled and the boats raced to get back to shore safely.

At the Olympic Stadium, someone had some fun: "Singin' in the rain" was blaring on loudspeakers.


3:50 a.m.

The Russian runner who blew the whistle on Russia's doping scandal fears for her safety and has switched residences after hackers breached a database that records her whereabouts.

Yulia Stepanova and her husband, Vitaly, spoke up about a state-run doping system in Russia that led to the ouster of the country's athletes from the Rio Olympic track meet.

Recently, their email was hacked and the password stolen for Stepanova's account on a database controlled by the World Anti-Doping Agency. Like hundreds of athletes, Stepanova accesses the WADA system to enter her whereabouts, so doping-control officers can find her if she's selected for out-of-competition testing. The database also contains personal contact information, such as phone numbers and addresses.

Stepanova told reporters Monday "if something happens to us, you should know it's not an accident ... we are trying to take every measure possible to keep ourselves safe."


3:30 a.m.

Brazilian female athletes are shining at the Rio Olympics — and people here are paying attention, some for the first time.

In a country where men's soccer is king, Brazilian women have found it difficult to find their place in sports because of the lack of athletic programs, funding and what they call unfair marketing decisions that promote men.

But now each victory of Brazil women's soccer team is being savored. And when Rafaela Silva won gold in women's judo — Brazil's first gold medal of this Olympics — major newspapers splashed her photo on their front pages.

The country's most famous female soccer player, Marta, told reporters "all the love we are getting during the Olympics, we hope that it doesn't go away ... with that much-needed support, women's soccer can grow."

Her team faces Sweden in Tuesday's semifinal.

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