* Shields first two-time American boxing champ
* Mongolian weightlifter tests positive for testosterone
RIO DE JANEIRO — Red-hot favorite Eliud Kipchoge stormed to a runaway gold medal in a wet men’s marathon Sunday, the final day of competition at the Rio Olympics.
The Kenyan broke away from his rivals at the 35km mark and romped home to win in a time of two hours, eight minutes, 44 seconds, more than a minute quicker than Ethiopia’s Feyisa Lilesa, who took silver.
American Galen Rupp took bronze a further 11 seconds back.
Kipchoge produced a virtuoso performance as he added gold to the 5,000m silver he won in Beijing in 2008 and his bronze from Athens 2004.
It was a seventh victory in eight marathons for the 31-year-old phenomenon, who won the London Marathon for the second year running in April, coming within eight seconds of Dennis Kimetto’s world record of 2:02:57.
A morning downpour put paid to any thoughts of a world record as 155 runners representing 80 countries splashed around the course snaking through the heart of Rio’s historic centER in conditions miles removed from the holiday brochures of sun-kissed Rio.
Tokyo champion Lilesa looked in the mood to push Kipchoge while Rupp kept pace after the trio dropped Ethiopian Lemi Berhanu just after the halfway point.
But Kipchoge proved too strong, coming home to loud roars along the home straight of the Sambadrome, home of Rio’s famed carnival, before dropping to his knees and crossing himself in celebration.
Brazil’s men’s volleyball team defeated Italy in straight sets Sunday to win its third gold medal in the sport.
The Brazilians had lost to the Italians in a preliminary match but won the final 25-22, 28-26, 26-24, handing Italy its third silver medal.
Brazil won gold in 2004 when it beat Italy in Athens.
The United States beat Russia 3-2 in the battle for bronze between the last two Olympic champions.
In the ring, Claressa Shields defended her middleweight title to become the first US boxer in 112 years to win two Olympic gold medals.
Shields beat Nouchka Fontijn, whose silver medal was the first by a Dutch boxer since heavyweight Arnold Vanderlyde won bronze in 1992, by a unanimous points decision.
Kazakhstan’s Dariga Shakimova and China’s Li Qian took the bronze medals as losing semi-finalists.
Uzbekistan’s Shakhobidin Zoirov won the men’s Olympic flyweight boxing gold medal with a unanimous points victory over Russia’s two-time world champion and 2012 bronze medalist Misha Aloyan.
The gold was the second of the boxing competition for Uzbekistan.
Venezuela’s Joel Segundo Finol and China’s Hu Jianguan won the bronze medals.
Russia won a fifth straight gold in the rhythmic gymnastics group all-around event.
The five-woman team — Vera Biriukova, Anastasia Bliznyuk, Anastasiia Maksimova, Anastasiia Tatareva and Maria Tolkacheva — keep a title Russia has won at every Olympics since Sydney 2000.
Spain took silver and Bulgaria bronze in the Rio Olympic Arena.
Switzerland’s Nino Schurter, third in Beijing and second in London, struck Olympic gold at his third attempt in Sunday’s men’s mountain bike competition.
The world champion was followed across the line by 2012 champion Jaroslav Kulhavy of the Czech Republic with Spanish rider Carlos Coloma taking bronze.
A Mongolian weightlifter was disqualified from the Rio Olympics on the last day ahead of the closing ceremony in what was the Court of Arbitration’s final decision during the Games, sport’s highest court said Sunday.
Chagnaadorj Usukhbayar, 19, who competed in the 56kg category but did not finish, tested positive for testosterone, becoming the seventh athlete to test positive for drugs during the Olympics in Brazil. — Agencies