The Latest on the Olympics ahead of the Rio Games (all times local to Rio):
Abbey Weitzeil is the top qualifier for the 100-meter freestyle at the U.S. Olympic swimming trials.
The 19-year-old sprinter based in California was timed in 53.58 seconds in Thursday’s preliminaries. Amanda Weir, a 30-year-old former Olympian, was second-fastest in 53.76.
Among others advancing to the 16-woman evening semifinals is Dana Vollmer, Simone Manuel, Kelsi Worrell, Katie Ledecky, Lia Neal, Missy Franklin, Olivia Smoliga, Natalie Coughlin, and Allison Schmitt.
Olympic gold medalist Nicola Adams will headline Britain’s largest Olympic boxing squad in 32 years at the Rio Games.
Britain, the third-most successful country in Olympic boxing, will have a 12-strong squad in Brazil — 10 men and two women.
Adams, who won gold in the flyweight category in London in 2012, will look to become Britain’s first two-time Olympic boxing champion.
Mark England, Britain’s chef de mission, says it “demonstrates the strength this sport and our boxing program can boast across the weight divisions.”
Britain has won 53 medals in boxing at the Olympic Games — 17 gold, 12 silver and 24 bronze.
Former No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki has won her appeal for a tennis spot in the Rio Olympics, while 14-time major champion Rafael Nadal’s status is still up in the air.
The International Tennis Federation released a provisional entry list for Rio on Thursday, and 2008 gold medalist Nadal’s participation is contingent on either making himself available for Spain’s Davis Cup matches in July or an ITF Olympic Committee appeal.
Wozniacki already has been picked as Denmark’s flag-bearer for the Olympics. She appealed for a berth in the event, saying injuries prevented her from meeting the Fed Cup requirements.
The top three men’s players in the world — Novak Djokovic of Serbia, 2012 gold medalist Andy Murray of Britain, and Roger Federer of Switzerland — are all in the field for Rio, where tennis begins Aug. 6.
The U.S. tennis team is led by past gold medalists Serena and Venus Williams. The American men on the provisional list include 589th-ranked Brian Baker.
Kanak Jha is having quite a year. He spent nine months playing professional table tennis in Europe, threw out the first pitch at a New York Mets game on his birthday and qualified for the Rio Olympics.
And the kid from California is only 16.
U.S. Olympic coach Massimo Costantini says Jha has “a good fighting spirit.” Players need “a strong mental balance,” especially when competing against the Chinese, who dominate the sport in the Olympics.
Since 1988, China has won 47 medals, followed by South Korea (18) and Germany (5). The U.S. has never won a medal.
Olympic teammate Jennifer Wu moved from Beijing to New York eight years ago and became an American citizen. Wu says “table tennis in China is like the NBA here, everybody plays.”
Michael Phelps will see several new faces on the U.S. team at the Rio Games. Phelps was just 15 when he made the first of his five Olympic teams in 2000. Now he’s 31 and getting ready to hang up his suit after Rio.
David Plummer made the Olympic team on his third try. The 30-year-old from Oklahoma City recently finished second in the 100 backstroke at the U.S. swimming trials to qualify. Like Phelps, he’s the father of a baby boy.
Among the Olympic hopefuls are Lilly King and Olivia Smogliga. The 19-year-old King broke the American record in the 100- and 200-yard breaststrokes while winning a pair of NCAA titles for Indiana in March.
Smogliga is one of the taller female athletes at 6-foot-2. She won NCAA titles in the 50 and 100 freestyles for Georgia. Her biggest previous international competition was the 2015 Pan Am Games, where she qualified to swim the 100 back in Rio by finishing second.
Kacey Oberlander is missing her dogs back home, and she’s more than a little stressed competing in the high-pressure environment at the U.S. Olympic swimming trials in Omaha, Nebraska.
That’s where Holly comes in. The adorable, 4-year-old Havanese is available for petting and furry hugs. Yep, these Olympic trials have gone to the dogs — and the athletes are loving it.
USA Swimming, in an effort to ease some of the anxiety accompanying such a major meet, has partnered with Domesti-PUPS — a nonprofit organization based in Lincoln, Nebraska. It’s providing the four-legged companions for the athletes’ lounge.
Oberlander says its calms her down “to see the happy puppy dogs running around when everything is so intense and everyone’s so serious.”
Oberlander swims for York YMCA in Pennsylvania and will attend Alabama in the fall.
Double shooting gold medalist Michael Diamond has been ruled ineligible to represent Australia at the Rio Olympics.
Diamond was charged by police last month with drunk driving and firearms offenses, which he denies. But he’d not due in court again until July 25, which is past the Australian Olympic Committee’s deadline of July 4 for selection.
The 44-year-old Diamond appeared before the AOC’s executive committee Thursday to argue his case for selection. The committee later upheld Shooting Australia’s decision not to nominate Diamond for selection in trap shooting.
Possible new slogan for the U.S. Olympic track team: Higher, Faster, Younger.
There could be a youth movement underway on the track over the next two weeks.
A group of up-and-comers are angling for spots on America’s Olympic track team, hoping to duplicate the success a new crop of swimmers is making at that sport’s trials in Omaha, Nebraska.
That includes 17-year-old sprinter Candace Hill, longshot possibility to make the U.S. squad for the Rio Olympics in the 100 meters, 200 meters or perhaps even both.
Hill is already the world’s fastest girl ever, courtesy of a number of youth records she set last season, including in the 200, which she ran in 22.43 seconds.