RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) _ There was no beating Simone Biles in the women’s gymnastics all-around at the Rio Games.
The 19-year-old American entered the event as the overwhelming favorite and was dominant in becoming the fourth straight American and fifth overall to win the all-around. Biles totaled 62.198 to finish well clear of silver medalist and American teammate Aly Raisman. The bronze went to Russian Aliya Mustafina.
The victory comes after Biles helped the U.S. team capture gold in the team event.
Also at Rio:
_ Michael Phelps finished a full body-length ahead of the field in the 200-meter individual medley to earn his fourth gold medal of the Rio Games and 22nd overall. Phelps became the first swimmer ever to win the same event at four straight Olympics. U.S. teammate Ryan Lochte (LAHK’-tee) led at the midway point before finishing fifth.
_ Ryan Murphy has completed a U.S. sweep of the men’s backstroke events by taking gold in the 200. Murphy touched first again in 1 minute, 53.62 seconds, three days after winning the 100 back. Australian Mitch Larkin was second, followed by Evgeny Rylov of Russia.
_ Simone Manuel of the United States and Canadian Penny Oleksiak tied for the gold medal in the women’s 100-meter freestyle. Manuel is the first African-American woman to win a gold medal in swimming. Sarah Sjostrom (SHOO’-struhm) of Sweden picked up the bronze.
_ Kayla Harrison has become the first American to successfully defend her judo title, clutching gold after she forced France’s Audrey Tcheumeo to tap out in the final of 78-kg competition. Harrison is the only American to win a Judo gold.
_ Australia’s Marcus Fraser shot an 8-under 63 to take the lead in the first Olympic golf competition since the 1904 London ames. Fraser is three shots ahead of British Open champ Henrik Stenson of Sweden and Canada’s Graham DeLaet (deh-LAY’). Matt Kuchar’s (KOO’-churz) 69 was the best score for the Americans.
_ Phil Dalhausser and Nick Lucena have reached the knockout stage of the beach volleyball tournament after a three-set win over Italy. The Americans are unbeaten heading into the Round of 16.
_ Madison Keys has advanced to the women’s tennis semifinals with a convincing 6-3, 6-1 triumph over Russia’s Daria Kasatina. The seventh-seeded Keys is joined in the Final Four by Petr Kvitova (kuh-VIH’-toh-vah), Angelique Kerber and Monica Puig (pweeg).
_ Rafael Nadal (rah-fay-EHL’ nah-DAHL’) is into the quarterfinals at the men’s tennis tournament after beating 15th-seeded Gilles Simon (see-MOHN’) of France 7-6, 6-3. Also advancing to the men’s quarters were Juan Martin del Potro (wahn mar-TEEN’ dehl POHT’-roh), Wimbledon champ Andy Murray, Kei Nishikori (kay nee-shee-KOHR’-ee) and American Steve Johnson.
_ The U.S. women’s field hockey team has improved to 4-0 and will play Britain on Saturday to determine who will win Pool B. Katie Bam scored twice in helping the Americans defeat India 3-0.
_ Belgium’s Evi Van Acker became sick after racing on polluted Guanabara Bay, the first sailor to fall ill from the waters that were heavily scrutinized leading to the Rio Games. The governing body for World Sailing said the 2012 bronze medalist reported feeling sick after Wednesday’s races. Her poor performances have put her at risk of missing out on a medal in the Laser Radial class.