By Jeb Blount

Sailing: New Zealand 49er men clinch gold; women's medal-hunt tight

By Jeb Blount RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - The New Zealand duo of skipper Peter Burling and crew Blair Tuke clinched gold in the men's 49er two-person skiff class one day ahead of the final medal race, continuing their dominance of the event....

Wednesday, August 17, 2016, 4:15 AM

Sailing: Britain's Scott wins Finn gold, Paine takes first U.S. medal

By Jeb Blount RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Britain's Giles Scott, who has carried the bulk of his country's medal hopes since the legendary Ben Ainslie retired from Olympic sailing, secured the Finn gold in the medal race on Tuesday that he...

Wednesday, August 17, 2016, 12:36 AM

Sailing: Australia's Burton takes Laser gold; Scheidt misses out

By Jeb Blount RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Australia's Tom Burton used a tense pre-start battle on Tuesday to snatch the gold medal from Croatia's Tonci Stipanovic who had led the Olympic Laser regatta for 10 straight tests before the final...

Wednesday, August 17, 2016, 12:13 AM

Sailing: France wins RS:X women's title, Scott locks up Finn gold

By Jeb Blount RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - France's Charline Picon claimed Olympic gold in the women's RS:X sailboard competition in a fiercely contested medal race that pushed Italy's Flavia Tartaglini, the leader before the medal round, out of the podium...

Monday, August 15, 2016, 4:30 AM

Sailing: Stipanovic clinches Croatia's maiden sailing medal

By Jeb Blount RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Tonci Stipanovic clinched Croatia's maiden sailing medal on Saturday as he stood first overall after the opening-round races in the men's Laser class, assuring him a gold or silver on points before Monday's final race...

Sunday, August 14, 2016, 5:29 AM

Sailing: Belgians suspect dirty water for Laser sailor illness

By Jeb Blount RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Doctors for the Belgian Olympic medical team suspect polluted water in Rio's Guanabara Bay is responsible for a serious illness that sapped the strength of Evi Van Acker, Laser Radial 2012 bronze...

Friday, August 12, 2016, 6:39 AM

Sailing: Belgians suspect dirty water for Laser sailor illness

By Jeb Blount RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Doctors for the Belgian Olympic medical team suspect polluted water in Rio's Guanabara Bay is responsible for a serious illness that sapped the strength of Evi Van Acker, Laser Radial 2012 bronze...

Friday, August 12, 2016, 12:33 AM

Brazil cheers, hopes, suffers as home team hunts glory

By Jeb Blount RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Brazil won its first medal of the Rio Olympics on Saturday, but its hard cheering fans also suffered deep disappointment as a top gold-medal hope was eliminated from the judo competition, left in tears on the mat with...

Sunday, August 7, 2016, 5:43 AM

Laser's 'El Demolidor' seeks last medal at home

By Jeb Blount RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Robert Scheidt, one of three Olympic sailors to win five medals, two of them gold, reckons he has a good chance of making it six when racing begins on Aug. 8 at home in Rio de Janeiro. And if the medal is...

Saturday, July 30, 2016, 3:08 PM

Laser's 'El Demolidor' seeks last medal at home

By Jeb Blount RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Robert Scheidt, one of three Olympic sailors to win five medals, two of them gold, reckons he has a good chance of making it six when racing begins on Aug. 8 at home in Rio de Janeiro. And if the medal is gold,...

Saturday, July 30, 2016, 4:38 AM

German sailors downplay Rio water health risk; worry about wind, debris

By Jeb Blount RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - German Olympic sailors, one of whom was infected last year by a flesh-eating bacteria after a test run in Rio de Janeiro's sewage-tainted Guanabara Bay, said this week they are less worried about health risks than...

Wednesday, July 13, 2016, 5:28 PM

Brazil police arrest 19 in Eletrobras nuke-plant bribe probe

By Jeb Blount RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Brazilian police arrested 19 people on Wednesday as part of a probe into a graft scheme at a nuclear power plant owned by state-led utility Eletrobras that has allegedly paid out more than 200 million reais ($60 million) in...

Wednesday, July 6, 2016, 5:16 PM

Brazil's sailors say Rio water worries overblown

By Jeb Blount RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - The last thing members of Brazil's Olympic sailing team want to talk about is the water. Presented to the international press as a team for the first time on Wednesday, the sailors were buffeted with...

Thursday, June 23, 2016, 4:06 AM