2016 Rio Olympics

Australian athletes banned from beaches after dark

Australia's athletes have been banned from two of Rio de Janeiro's popular beaches after dark due to security concerns.

American six-time Olympic gold medallist Ryan Lochte was confirmed to have been held up at gunpoint on Sunday, while two Australian rowing coaches were robbed at knifepoint shortly after the Games' opening ceremony.

US swimmer Ryan Lochte and three others robbed

Lochte, Gunnar Bentz, Jack Conger and Jimmy Feigen were stopped by people posing as armed police, the US Olympic Committee (USOC) said in a statement.

The robbers demanded money and other personal belongings.

After reports emerged of the incident, the USOC initially denied that Lochte had been robbed.

"All four athletes are safe and co-operating with authorities," the USOC's statement said.

The group had been attending a party at the French Olympic team's hospitality house when their taxi was stopped on the way back to the athletes' village.

Justin Rose wins Olympic Golf event

Rose, who hit a hole in one on his first day, carded a final round four-under-par 67 to beat Sweden's Henrik Stenson by two shots in a competition that went all the way to the final putts. American Matt Kuchar claimed bronze.

"I've been thinking about Rio for a long, long time," Rose said. "To come out of it with a medal is incredible, and to come out of it with gold, unbelievable."

Tupenu a show of Tongan pride

RNZ reports the rules state that athletes are meant to shoot in shorts but the 18 year old said he wanted to do something different to showcase his heritage and the judges agreed to the request.

"It gives you a bit of a boost to know, to actually feel the tradition and the culture. The last couple of days I was thinking of it and I tried it on and I shot fine in it with the wind but it was mainly just to show how proud we are to be Tongan, the team in general...there's a line called "Tongan Pride"...it had to show some of my culture, some of what we actually have in Tonga."

Rio Olympics a stepping stone for Marshalls

RNZ reports the Micronesian country has five athletes competing in Rio in weightlifting, swimming and athletics.

Twenty-three year old swimmer Giordan Harris is the veteran of the group, having competed at the London Games four years ago.

The other four are all between 17 and 19 years-old.

The Secretary General of the Marshall Islands National Olympic Committee, Terry Sasser, said they are building a group of athletes who would reach their peak over the next decade.

Fiji fans celebrate winning rugby sevens gold medal

Banks closed, shops shut and revellers took over the streets of Suva dancing, singing and cheering.

Fiji claimed the gold medal after defeating Great Britain 43-7 in the rugby sevens final at Deodoro Stadium.

Thousands of people across the island nation had stopped what they were doing to watch the history-making match.


Meeting and beating your childhood idol

Singapore's Joseph Schooling competed against decorated US Olympian Michael Phelps in the qualifying heats for the Rio 2016 100m butterfly stroke semi-finals.

Schooling took first place, clocking in 51.41s, while Phelps came in second with a time of 51.60s.

Schooling went on to top the main event and made Singaporean history on Friday by becoming its first-ever male swimmer to qualify for an Olympic final.

NZ men’s sprint team take home silver

The trio of Eddie Dawkins, Sam Webster and Ethan Mitchell were beaten by Great Britain by just over a 10th of a second in the final.

New Zealand finished with a time of 42.542 seconds with Great Britain ahead of them finishing with Olympic record time of 42.440 seconds.

New Zealand had easily overcome Germany in their heat in a new Olympic record time of 42.545 seconds.

Who's Tougher: Victoria's Secret Models or Olympians

E! News recently caught up with Alessandra Ambrosio at the Omega House's Gold Night celebration for medal-winning athletes in Rio, and when asked to weigh in who's the fiercest competitor between Olympians and Victoria's Secret models, she didn't hesitate to answer. 

"Well, you know we do work very hard, but the athletes. It's hours and hours and they give everything they can," the Brazilian beauty dished. 

Simone Biles wins all-around gold at Rio

Bile gave a stunning performance to win the women’s all-around Olympic gold medal.

Bile has won 10 World Championship medals since 2013 and becomes the first woman in 20 years to win back-to-back world and Olympics all-around titles.

Compatriot Alexandra Raisman won a silver with Russia's Aliya Mustafina third.