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Coach strips to underwear to protest Olympic wrestling match

It's common for emotions to run high during the final seconds of any Olympic event. Sometimes, outcomes are contested.

But one man undressed Sunday afternoon as he contested the final scoring of a wrestling match.

In the 65kg freestyle wrestling bronze medal match, Uzbekistan’s Ikhtiyor Navaruzov beat Mongolia’s Mandakhnaran Ganzorig 8-7 in a match that ended in controversy and two Mongolian coaches taking off their clothes at the Olympic venue.

In the final seconds of the match, Ganzorig led by one and began dancing to celebrate his imminent medal. That celebration didn't last long.

According to The Associated Press, Uzbekistan challenged the scoring. Officials awarded Navaruzov a penalty point, which also gave him the bronze medal because tie matches are decided by the wrestler who last scored a point. 

Then began the unlikely turn of events.

Two Mongolian coaches stormed the mat in protest and began angrily shedding their clothes, with one getting all the way down to his blue briefs while the crowd chanted "Mongolia! Mongolia!"

That led to match officials awarding yet another penalty point.

Police eventually escorted the coaches from the mat.

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What makes an Olympic swimming pool 'fast'?

The oldest Olympic swimming records are from the 2008 games in Beijing. Setting new record times has become a bit of a trend since then.

Yes, these are some of the most capable swimmers on the planet. But experts think the pools themselves might have something to do with it, too.

"It's by far the fastest pool in the world. And when I say fast, I'm talking about deep water," NBC's Rowdy Gaines told NPR in 2008.

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Since the Beijing games, all the Olympic pools have been 3 meters deep, the recommended Olympic depth set by swimming's world governing body.

By accident or by design, it's deep enough that the waves the swimmers generate don't rebound off the bottom, so the water at the surface stays calmer.

Lane lines, unoccupied buffer lanes on either side and special gutters along the edges of the pool all help reduce the effect waves and turbulence have on the swimmers.

And the benefit would seem to be in the numbers. During the Rio Olympics, swimmers set more than 10 new world or Olympic records.

Simone Biles beats out Gabby Douglas, advances to represent Team USA

The U.S. women’s gymnastic team dominated the qualifying round on day 2 of the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

On Sunday night, Simone Biles, Gabby Douglas, Aly Raisman, Madison Kocian, and Laurie Hernandez made their country proud, but it was Biles who truly outshone the competition. She posted top scores in three of the four rotations -- floor exercise, vault and balance beam. Biles scored 62.366 to win by more than 1.7 points.

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This is somewhat sad news for Douglas, whose hope to become the first American woman to win back-to-back golds in the all-around has ended as Biles’ star continues to shine brighter and brighter.

There is a rule in the Olympics that stipulates each country can only send two athletes through to the final round of a sport, even if all of its athletes receive the top scores.

At this year’s games, those two athletes in the women’s all-around gymnastics category representing the United States will be Biles and Raisman, who edged out Douglas by just .476.

But Douglas is taking the news in stride.

"I feel like the two-per-country rule is fine," the London 2012 Olympic gold medalist said. "I'm feeling pretty confident, and I'm rejoicing now. It's been an amazing experience so far. I would have loved to go back and defend my title, but you know what? It's been an amazing ride. I can't complain."

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Biles’ vault set her apart from the competition Sunday night, earning her an outstanding score of 16.050.

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Watch: Boy's epic staredown at NCAA College World Series game

An NCAA College World Series game Saturday night between the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers and the Texas Christian University Frogs was a normal game.

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The players worked for a win, fans cheered and booed at appropriate times and the cameramen panned their equipment around, capturing footage to be broadcast on television.

But then one ESPN camera landed on a very interesting subject -- a boy who immediately engaged in a staring contest, looking directly into the camera lens.

The boy's staring contest arguably became more intense and competitive than the baseball game he was attending.

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He locked eyes with the camera and continued staring at it for nearly 30 seconds. At one point, the boy turned to look at his mother -- who was completely unaware of what was going on -- but then resumed his dedicated staredown with the camera. 

He even wiggled his eyebrows and shoulders to assert his confidence.

Coastal Carolina went on to win the championship. But the real winner is this kid.

Here's what the 2016 Rio Olympic medals look like

Less than two months ahead of opening day for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio, the gold, silver and bronze medals have been unveiled.

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"To the victors go these spoils," the official Twitter account for the games captioned images of the front and back of each of the three medals.

The medals for the Olympic and Paralympic Games were revealed Tuesday at an event in Barra Olympic Park.

The new medals were unveiled after days of promoting the new designs on social media. 

"Today marks the start of the final countdown to the first Olympic Games to be staged in South America," International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach said Tuesday.

The reveal, 52 days before the Opening Ceremony, is the closest date to the ceremony that Olympic medals have been unveiled since the Sydney 2000 Olympics, when the medals were revealed one month before the games began.  

According to Rio 2016, the medals "have been made with sustainability at their heart."

The gold medals are free of mercury, and recycled materials comprise 30 percent of the silver and bronze medals. The ribbons for the medals were made from recycled plastic bottles and other materials. The cases that hold the medals were made from wood certified by the Forest Stewardship Council.

In total, 812 gold, 812 silver and 864 bronze medals were crafted.

The front of each medal features the Rio 2016 logo with surrounding laurel leaves. The leaves represent the connection between nature and Olympians. The back of the medals features an image of Nike, the Greek goddess of victory, with the Panathinaiko Stadium and the Acropolis in the background.

Each winning athlete's event is etched on the edge of the medal.

For Paralympians, visually impaired winners can shake their medals to sound off a noise-maker inside the medal. Gold medals make the loudest noise, while silver and bronze make quieter noises. "Rio 2016" is also etched in braille.

All Olympians and Paralympians who perform well enough to make it to the podium will be awarded with other prizes.

Rio officials also unveiled the design of the podiums to be used at the Olympics and Paralympics Tuesday. The podiums were made from wood and other organic materials to celebrate the tropical nature of Brazil. They can be reused as furniture after the Games.

The slogan for the Rio Olympics is centered on the idea of "a new world," in which all people celebrate difference cultures and come together in unity.

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Brother of Brussels bomber to compete in Rio Olympics

The brother of one of the suicide bombers in the Brussels terror attacks will compete in taekwondo at the 2016 Olympics.

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Mourad Laachraoui won the European Taekwondo Championships on Thursday, which means he's headed to Rio de Janeiro this summer to compete for Belgium.

He beat 18-year-old Jesus Tortosa in a 6-3 match to claim the title in Montreux, Switzerland.

Shortly after it was revealed Mourad Laachraoui's brother, Najim Laachraoui, was involved in the attacks, the 21-year-old condemned his actions, saying he was "ashamed and sad" about what his brother had done.

"Our family has the same questions you all have," he said. "He used to be a nice, intelligent guy. I couldn't believe it."

Najim Laachraoui was one of two men who carried out the bombings at Brussels airport on March 22. Thirty-two people were killed in the attacks.

Najim Laachraoui has also been connected to the November 2015 Paris terrorist attacks, where over 130 people were killed.

Prosecutors say his DNA was found on a suicide vest and a piece of cloth at the Bataclan Concert Hall -- the site were terrorists shot and killed 90 concertgoers. Belgian officials have said he was an expert bombmaker.

Mourad Laachraoui says his family hadn't had contact with Najim since he left for Syria in 2013.

Mourad Laachraoui told reporters he attempted to contact his brother once over Facebook to try to convince him to return home to their family, but he wasn't able to reach him.

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Two horses die at early Preakness Day races

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Two horses died Saturday during early Preakness Day races at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland.

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In the opening race of the day, 9-year-old Homeboykris won the race by a half-length. After having his picture taken in the winner's circle, he collapsed and died. Track officials believe the 9-year-old gelding suffered cardiovascular collapse.

"So apparently, not long after leaving the winner’s circle, the boy that takes care of him said they had gone probably 100 yards, and he got wobbly and fell over and he pretty much was dead when he hit the ground," said Francis Campitelli, Homeboykris' trainer. "They’re thinking at this point it was some sort of heart attack -- you know, ruptured aorta or something like that. We won’t know until they do a necropsy on him, just to find out exactly what happened."

Homeboykris won the Champagne Stakes in 2009 and finished 16th in the Kentucky Derby in 2010. He had just won his 14th race in 63 career starts.

The horse will be taken to New Bolton Center in Pennsylvania for an autopsy.

"The horse was in really good health for a 9-year-old horse," Campitelli said. "When we claimed him, I was really amazed at how good of health (he had). He had no infirmities in his legs. He was just in such good health, you know? The horsey was a champion. I mean, he went out a winner. He was a brave horse at his age. And this was a very tough race that he was in today. He ran a great race. We’re all proud of him." 

Later in the day, Pramedya fell while racing around a turn in the fourth race.

Racing officials said the 4-year-old filly was euthanized on the track after breaking her left front cannon bone. It was only her fifth career start.

Jockey Daniel Centeno was thrown off the horse onto to the turf. Centeno broke his right collarbone. He was transported to Sinai Hospital by ambulance, the Baltimore Sun reported.

The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals have requested that the horses' owners release veterinary records and a complete list of medications that the two horses were administered before the races.

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