Ethiopia's Almaz Ayana breaks 10,000m world record
RIO DE JANEIRO, Aug. 12 (UPI) -- An astonishing 15 seconds lagged behind Almaz Ayana and the silver medalist Friday in the women's 10,000-meter run.
The Ethiopian crossed the finish line in a world-record 29 minutes, 17.45 seconds. She gassed Kenya's Vivian Cheruiyot and teammate Tirunesh Dibaba for the victory. Her time annihilated Chinese runner Junxia Wang's 1993 time of 29:31.78.
Ayana's gold was the first track and field medal handed out during the 2016 Rio Olympics. She also has the fastest time ever in the 5,000 meter race.
Katie Ledecky nearing nearly 50-year-old record
RIO DE JANEIRO, Aug. 12 (UPI) -- Someone not named Michael Phelps could wind up leaving Rio de Janeiro as this Olympics' most decorated swimmer.
American Katie Ledecky already has three gold medals and a silver medal. Phelps has four gold medals. Both claimed the top prize in the 4x200-meter freestyle relay. Phelps also has gold medals in the men's 200-meter butterfly, 4x100-meter freestyle relay, and the 200-meter individual medley.
Ledecky, 19, has gold medals in the women's 400-meter freestyle and 200-meter freestyle. Her team placed second in the 4x100-meter freestyle relay.
But Ledecky's biggest feat lies ahead. She has a chance to match a 48-year-old record, set by Debbie Meyer. If Ledecky wins the gold medal in the 800-meter freestyle Friday night, she would become the second woman all-time to win gold in the 200-, 400-, and 800-meter races.
The women's 800-meter freestyle is set for 9:20 p.m. in Rio. Ledecky qualified for first place in the event Thursday with an Olympic record swim of 8:12.86.
Athletes of North, South Korea show friendlier side during Rio Olympics
SEOUL, Aug. 12 (UPI) -- As tensions prevail between North and South Korea, a different kind of atmosphere has carried the day between athletes of the two Koreas at the Rio Olympic Games.
It began innocently enough with a request for a selfie from South Korean gymnast Lee Eun-ju to her North Korean counterpart Hong Un Jung on Aug. 4.
The photograph of the two young women standing side by side, as Lee, 17, gestures with a V- or victory sign while holding up her smartphone camera, went viral this week.
The photo prompted dozens of people, including Ian Bremmer of the Eurasia Group, to applaud the gestures.
"This is why we do the Olympics," Bremmer tweeted the next day.
International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach called the selfie a "great gesture."
Indian sports minister's Olympic pass could be revoked over 'aggressive and rude' behavior
RIO DE JANEIRO, Aug. 12 (UPI) -- Rio de Janeiro Olympic organizers are threatening to cancel the Indian sports minister's accreditation over "aggressive and rude" behavior.
Olympic officials accuse Vijay Goel and his entourage of repeatedly attempting to enter competition zones without proper credentials. Goel and his group are accused of sometimes forcing their way in to certain areas.
"We have had multiple reports of your minister for sports trying to enter accredited areas at venues with unaccredited individuals," Sarah Peterson, continental manager for the Rio Olympic committee, said in a letter to Rakesh Gupta, who is in charge of India's Olympic delegation. "When the staff try to explain that this is not allowed, they report that the people with the minister have become aggressive and rude and sometimes push past our staff."
Goel said the accusations are a misunderstanding.
Team USA weightlifter engaged at Olympics
RIO DE JANEIRO, Aug. 12 (UPI) -- Morghan King is adding something else to the record books other than her American record of 182.9 pounds in the snatch.
She's also newly engaged. King announced her engagement to coach Dean Kruse Thursday on Instagram.
"I would rather share one lifetime with you than face all the Ages of this world alone," King wrote on Instagram. "My life has been a non stop adventure with you since we met. You've changed my life for the better in every aspect. Without you, this Olympic dream would never have been possible. No one will ever understand the amount of coaching and work you put into my weightlifting career but I am forever in your debt. Thank you for loving me day in and day out. I'm the luckiest girl in the world to be forever yours. Love you!"
King leaves Rio after placing No. 6 in the women's 48g Final out of Group A.
Russian swimmer: Should Michael Phelps be banned for life?
RIO DE JANEIRO, Aug. 12 (UPI) -- Yulia Efimova has two silver medals in Rio de Janeiro but they have been overshadowed by boos.
The Russian swimmer has been flagged twice for taking banned substances. One of the drugs she tested positive for, Meldonium, is the same drug that booted superstar Maria Sharapova from tennis for two years. Efimova served a 16-month suspension from 2013 to 2015.
American swimmer Lilly King brought Efimova to the forefront at the Summer Games when she said that she thinks that she and other substance offenders should be banned for life.
"You're shaking your finger No. 1 and you've been caught for drug cheating," King told NBC after winning a semifinal race. "I'm just not a fan."
Efimova responded Thursday, by asking King if she thinks American swimming legend Michael Phelps should be among those banned for life.
"What would she say about Michael Phelps," Efimova told reporters, according to Yahoo Sports.
Phelps was suspended once in 2014 after an arrest for driving under the influence. He was also suspended after a photograph emerged of the 22-time Olympic gold medalist smoking from a bong. Phelps has never tested positive for performance enhancing drugs. He backed King's comments on Efimova.