Gray skies and green water at the Rio de Janeiro Games

Cyclist Ellen van Dijk of Netherlands rides along Pontal beach during the women's individual time trial event at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)
United States' Carmelo Anthony (15) watches the final seconds of a basketball game against Australia at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
Officials dance during a weather delay at the rowing venue of the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016. Rowing competition was postponed Wednesday due to weather. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
Cyclist Kristin Armstrong of the United States, right, shows her gold medal to his son Lucas William Savola after winning the women's individual time trial event at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Pontal beach, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
United States' Carmelo Anthony (15) and teammates walk off the court after their win over Australia in a men's basketball game at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
Britain's Jack Laugher and Chris Mears compete during the men's synchronized 3-meter springboard diving final in the Maria Lenk Aquatic Center at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)
Boats are stored in the team area during a weather postponement during the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
Fiji's Semi Kunatani, left, scores a try as United States's Perry Baker, watches during the men's rugby sevens match at the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

RIO DE JANEIRO — Skies and pools both darkened Wednesday as the sun-splashed Olympics in Rio de Janeiro gave way to gray clouds and murky green waters.

The Rio Games were drenched in rain and continued questions about why the diving well and water polo pools look so much like neglected aquariums.

The first American male basketball player to appear in four Olympics, Carmelo Anthony passed LeBron James as the national team's most prolific scorer. The U.S. men's basketball team needed every one of his 31 points as they got their first good test in fending off Australia 98-88.

Katie Ledecky's strong final leg helped the U.S. women win the 4x200 freestyle relay over silver medalist Australia.

Brazil finally found its scoring touch in the men's soccer tournament at the Olympics, the host country advancing to the quarterfinals by beating Denmark 4-0 and avoiding an embarrassing elimination in front of the home fans. Brazil plays Colombia in Sao Paulo on Saturday.

The third day of the men's water polo tournament began in green-tinged water, though not nearly as dark as the neighboring diving pool at the aquatics center. It was crystal blue the day before.

Water quality has been a major issue surrounding the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, but in the ocean and lagoons, not pools.

A decrease in the alkaline level in the diving well Tuesday afternoon led to the green color, organizing committee spokesman Mario Andrada said. He added that the pool for water polo and synchronized swimming is being affected in the same way but "we expect the color to be back to blue very shortly."

Rio organizers insisted the athletes weren't at risk in the green pools.

They were on the waters and slippery roadways, though.

Strong winds rattled palm trees along the coast and whipped up waves on the scenic lagoon where rowing was postponed for a full day for the second time this week. With winds too blustery, rowers packed up their oars for the day as cyclists hit slick roads on skinny time-trial bikes unsuited to harsh weather conditions.

Under dark skies, the cyclists faced lashing rain and wind on the time-trial course along Rio's southern coast. The conditions might have cost Ellen van Dijk of the Netherlands a medal. She slid off the road and got tangled in weeds before finishing fourth.

American Kristin Armstrong won the race.

With the cooler weather, away went the bare skin and out came the full leggings and long-sleeve shirts in beach volleyball as temperatures dipped into the lower 60s after sunset, the coldest night yet.

Other highlights from Day 5 at the Rio Games:

SWIMMING SHOCKER : Kazakhstan has its first Olympic swimming medal, and it's golden. Dmitriy Balandin pulled off a stunning upset in the men's 200-meter breaststroke, winning from the eighth lane to put his central Asian country on the swimming medal stand for the first time. Yosuhiro Koseki of Japan went out fast and was more than a second under world-record pace at the final turn but faded to fifth. Josh Prenot of the United States claimed silver and Anton Chupkov of Russia landed the bronze.

EBNER ELIMINATED : Nate Ebner, the safety for the New England Patriots who took a break from training camp to fulfill his Olympic dream, sprinted from almost halfway to score a try in the right corner against Fiji to make it 24-19, piling the pressure on Madison Hughes. But the U.S. captain and goal kicker missed the conversion from out wide, leaving the margin at five. Less than that and the Americans would have advanced.

ROWING AT RISK : Twenty-two races, including the first two medal races, were postponed in the regatta but international rowing federation director Matt Smith said there's still room on the schedule without having to resort to drastic measures — even if competition is also called off Thursday.

LIFE'S A BEACH : The American beach volleyball team of Jake Gibb and Casey Patterson were eliminated from the Olympics on a tiebreaker. That's the first U.S men's team to fail to advance out of pool play since the 2004 Athens Games. On the women's side, April Ross and Kerri Walsh Jennings defeated Switzerland and boisterously celebrated after the match. But the Americans lost a set — something that has happened only once to Walsh Jennings in the last three Olympics.

___

AP Summer Games website: http://summergames.ap.org

___

Follow AP Sports Writer Arnie Melendrez Stapleton on Twitter: http://twitter.com/arniestapleton

People also read these

Where's Messi? Tributes missing in his native...

May 28, 2018

Where's Messi? Tributes missing in his native Argentina city of Rosario

Argentina: cocaine seized in World Cup trophy...

Jun 23, 2018

The security minister of Buenos Aires province said Friday that police have broken up an...

Meunier leads Belgium in 9-0 masterclass over...

Aug 31, 2017

Thomas Meunier orchestrated a showtime Belgium performance against the part-timers from Gibraltar...

Lukaku gives Belgium 1-0 win over Japan in...

Nov 14, 2017

Romelu Lukaku turned into Belgium's savior again and became the nation's all-time top scorer as he...

Kompany exits early as Portugal holds Belgium to...

Jun 2, 2018

European champion Portugal held Belgium to a tame 0-0 draw Saturday amid fears that defender...

About Us

Daily Sports Global, your guide to the best sports news on the Internet. Access to the world’s biggest sports events right here even if you’re not physically there.

Contact us: sales[at]dailysportsglobal.com

Subscribe Now!