The Latest on the Olympics ahead of the Rio Games (all times local to Rio):
Defending Olympic champion Nathan Adrian has qualified fastest for the semifinals of the 100-meter freestyle at the U.S. Olympic swimming trials.
Adrian won his preliminary heat with a time of 48.43 seconds. The top 16 swimmers advanced to the evening semifinals.
Other big names moving on were Anthony Ervin in fourth (48.76), Jimmy Feigen in fifth (49.03) and Ryan Lochte in sixth (49.13). At 35, Ervin is the oldest man competing in Omaha. Lochte is already on the team.
Conor Dwyer is already on the U.S. team and qualified in 15th (49.51). Matt Grevers eked into the semifinals, grabbing the 16th and last position with a time of 49.55. Grevers is on the brink of not making his third straight Olympic team. He finished third in the 100 backstroke final on Tuesday night, preventing him from defending his title in Rio de Janeiro. Only the top two finishers qualified.
Michael Phelps has dropped the 100-meter freestyle from his schedule at the U.S. Olympic swimming trials.
He wasn’t among the swimmers listed in the preliminary heats on Wednesday morning in Omaha, Nebraska. That leaves Phelps with three events over the eight-day meet.
Earlier, the 18-time Olympic gold medalist dropped the 200 free from his plans. Phelps famously swam and won a historic eight gold medals at the 2008 Beijing Games.
The IAAF will rule this week on whether a group of Russian track athletes can compete at the Rio Olympics as individuals.
Russia was banned in November from international track and field because of widespread doping, and the ban was upheld this month.
The international track governing body can allow individual Russians to compete as “neutral athletes” if they can show they have been regularly tested by a reliable agency.
The IAAF’s Doping Review Board will meet “by the end of this week” to rule on the applications it has already received. The deadline to apply is July 4.
While the IAAF refused to say how many Russians had applied, Russian officials have said around 10 applications have already been sent and as many as 67 athletes could apply.
Australia’s Sally Pearson will not defend her Olympic hurdles title in Rio de Janeiro after tearing a tendon in her hamstring, yet another setback in a year beset by injuries.
Pearson, the 100-meter hurdles Olympic gold medalist at the 2012 London Games and silver medalist at Beijing in 2008, told Australia’s Channel Nine news Wednesday that she was “gutted” by the extent of the training injury.
The 29-year-old Pearson missed 12 months of competition because of surgery and recovery after breaking her wrist during an event. She said this month her preparation was hampered by a “niggly hamstring.”
She returned to competition on June 5, a year and a day after crashing over a hurdle at a Diamond League meet in Rome. She had three races in Europe before returning to Australia to work on her speed.
The United States is assembling an Olympic swimming team that Michael Phelps hardly recognizes.
Nearly halfway through the eight-day trials, the team bound for Rio next month has as many as 17 first-timers. Left in their wake so far are such stalwarts as Missy Franklin, Natalie Coughlin, Matt Grevers, Tyler Clary and Jessica Hardy.
Phelps, who turns 31 on Thursday, and teenager Katie Ledecky appear to be the only sure things at a meet described by Phelps as more pressure-packed than the Olympics.
Four years ago, Franklin was a bubbly teenager who became a star at the London Games, winning five medals, including four golds. But Franklin won’t be defending her gold medal in the 100-meter backstroke after finishing a stunning seventh in the final Tuesday night.
This story has been corrected to show Phelps’ birthday is Thursday, not Friday.