By Ian Ransom

Badminton: China coach Li calls for calm after Rio blow

By Ian Ransom RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - China's failure to defend three of its badminton titles at the Rio Games was a shock for a nation used to dominating the Olympic courts but head coach Li Yongbo called for calm amid a storm of criticism...

Monday, August 22, 2016, 4:02 AM

Badminton: Marin fends off brave Sindhu to win gold

By Ian Ransom RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Carolina Marin overhauled a brave Pusarla Sindhu in the women's singles final on Friday to win Spain's first badminton title and crush India's hopes of a maiden gold medal at the Rio Olympics...

Friday, August 19, 2016, 11:09 PM

Badminton: Lee fends off nemesis Lin in classic battle

By Ian Ransom RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Malaysia's Lee Chong Wei shrugged off eight years of Olympic heartbreak on Friday to defeat his nemesis Lin Dan 15-21 21-11 22-20 and reach the final of the men's badminton after another classic encounter...

Friday, August 19, 2016, 6:40 PM

Badminton: Champion Lin survives to set up Lee showdown

By Ian Ransom RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Twice-Olympic champion Lin Dan survived a huge scare against India's Kidambi Srikanth in the men's badminton singles in Rio on Wednesday to set up a semi-final with Malaysia's Lee Chong Wei, the man he...

Wednesday, August 17, 2016, 7:36 PM

Badminton: Defiant Danes make stand for Europe

By Ian Ransom RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Asia's stranglehold over world badminton loosened on Tuesday as two gritty Danish women toppled a Chinese dynasty and gave Europe hope of a first Olympic title in 20 years. Veterans...

Wednesday, August 17, 2016, 7:08 AM

Badminton: Lee presses on, De Oliveira exits to wild applause

By Ian Ransom RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Top seed Lee Chong Wei cruised into the last 16 of the men's singles at the Olympic badminton on Sunday as home fans bade a raucous farewell to slum-raised teenager Ygor Coehlo de Oliveira. Lee, bidding...

Monday, August 15, 2016, 5:05 AM

Badminton: India's top hope Nehwal succumbs to injury

By Ian Ransom RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Saina Nehwal, India's top medal hope in the Olympic badminton, limped out of the singles tournament on Sunday after an injury-hampered loss to unseeded Ukrainian Maria Ulitina. Nehwal, who took bronze in London...

Monday, August 15, 2016, 1:39 AM

Archery: Big game hunter Ellison bags elusive medal

By Ian Ransom RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - American archer Brady Ellison shot with the steely gaze of a game hunter but wept in relief after securing the men's individual bronze at the Olympics on Friday, having nearly tossed away the medal...

Saturday, August 13, 2016, 4:10 AM

Archery: Cool Ku secures South Korean sweep

By Ian Ransom RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Ku Bon-chan outlasted Frenchman Jean-Charles Valladont in the final of the men's individual archery on Friday to capture his second gold of the Rio Olympics and ensure South Korea completed an...

Saturday, August 13, 2016, 1:38 AM

Archery: U.S. young gun Garrett sets up Ellison showdown

By Ian Ransom RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Olympic debutant Zach Garrett capitalized on the advice of U.S. team mate Brady Ellison to reach the last 16 of the Rio Games archery competition on Wednesday but does not expect to receive any more help from his...

Thursday, August 11, 2016, 6:51 AM

Archery: US young gun Garrett sets up Ellison showdown

By Ian Ransom RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Olympic debutant Zach Garrett capitalized on the advice of U.S. team mate Brady Ellison to reach the last 16 of the Rio Games archery competition on Wednesday but does not expect to receive any more help from his...

Thursday, August 11, 2016, 4:48 AM

Archery: 'Sucks' beating a team mate, says American Ellison

By Ian Ransom RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Three days after taking their second silver medal in the men's team event at the Olympics, Americans Brady Ellison and Jake Kaminski shared another embrace tinged with regret after facing off in the...

Wednesday, August 10, 2016, 4:12 AM

Archery: American Kaminski sees silver lining in Rio

By Ian Ransom RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - When form, motivation or confidence threaten to wane, United States archer Jake Kaminski takes comfort from a two-word reminder inked on the back of his left hand. "I am," a simple but open-...

Tuesday, August 9, 2016, 3:19 AM

Archery: Unflappable South Koreans protect proud legacy

By Ian Ransom RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Carrying a country's expectations and an Olympic legacy of astonishing over-achievement, South Korea's archers were hardly going to let the wind at the Sambadrome blow their chances of an eighth successive women's...

Monday, August 8, 2016, 5:56 AM

Archery: Unflappable South Koreans protect proud legacy

By Ian Ransom RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Carrying a country's expectations and an Olympic legacy of astonishing over-achievement, South Korea's archers were hardly going to let the wind at the Sambadrome blow their chances of an eighth successive women's...

Monday, August 8, 2016, 2:04 AM

Archery: Perfect Ku shoots down U.S. redemption bid

By Ian Ransom RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - A breath of wind, a shaky floorboard or an untimely attack of nerves can all affect the fickle flights of arrows but nothing could stop Ku Bon-chan as he unleashed a perfect volley to drive South Korea to the men'...

Sunday, August 7, 2016, 5:12 AM

Archery: South Korea restore order with men's team gold

By Ian Ransom RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - South Korea's archers routed the United States to win the men's team gold at the Rio Olympics on Saturday and restore a dynasty broken by the Americans at London four years ago....

Sunday, August 7, 2016, 2:02 AM

Archery : U.S. coach Lee plots Korea's downfall

By Ian Ransom RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - South Korea is not thrilled that its top archery brains are guiding other Olympic nations but the sport's superpower is especially uncomfortable about master coach Lee Ki-sik's American success. The man who...

Friday, August 5, 2016, 4:11 AM

Archery : London let-down still vivid for U.S. men's team

By Ian Ransom RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Explaining the difference between Olympic gold and silver can be a tough ask for a disappointed runner-up, but for American archer Jake Kaminski, heartbreak can be distilled down to three-eighths of an inch...

Thursday, August 4, 2016, 2:38 AM

Martial art mixes it up at Rio

By Ian Ransom MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Taekwondo's battle for relevance at the Olympics continues at the Rio de Janeiro Games, with tournament organizers introducing colored pants and a mixed martial arts flavor in a bid to spice up the competition...

Friday, July 29, 2016, 10:51 AM