Sunday's highlights from the Athens Olympics
Posted: Monday August 16, 2004 4:38AM; Updated: Tuesday August 17, 2004 3:58AM
Sunday, Aug. 15
--Carlos Arroyo of the NBA's Utah Jazz scored 24 points in Puerto Rico's 92-73 win over the United States.
--Manu Ginobili of the San Antonio Spurs hit an off-balance shot just before the buzzer to give Argentina a thrilling 83-82 victory over Serbia-Montenegro.
--Alexei Alipov of Russia won the trap shooting gold with a perfect final round. He shot all 25 targets to finish with an overall score of 149, tying the Olympic record.
--The U.S. elite women's eight crew set a world record of 5:56.55 in a semifinal victory that kept the Americans undefeated this year. The U.S. men's elite eight crew won in 5:19.85, another world record.
--Halil Mutlu of Turkey won his third consecutive Olympic weightlifting gold medal, taking the 123-pound class.
--Australian Sara Carrigan sneaked past Judith Arndt of Germany in the final straightaway to win gold in road cycling.
MAKE IT SEVEN
There's no way American swimming star Michael Phelps can break Mark Spitz's record of seven golds. The best Phelps can do is tie Spitz after the South Africans won the 400-meter freestyle relay with a world record 3:13.17.
Lisa Fernandez allowed one disputed hit and the American softball team dominated its Olympic nemesis, beating the Australians 10-0 in a game called after five innings.
Fourth-seeded Tim Henman of Britain was upset in the first round of the Olympic tennis tournament by Jiri Novak of the Czech Republic. He also lost his opening singles match at the 2000 Sydney Games and was beaten in the second round in 1996 at Atlanta.
Sprinters Kostas Kenteris and Katerina Thanou, suspended by the Greek team for missing a drug test, plan to contest any IOC decision to kick them out of the Olympics. They face a Monday hearing.
Michael Phelps vs. Ian Thorpe in Monday's much-hyped 200-meter swimming final. The 19-year-old American phenomenon goes head-to-head against "The Thorpedo," the Australian who dominated four years ago at the Sydney Games.
Greece's notorious Meltemi wind, with 20-mph currents and 32-mph gusts, capsized at least 30 boats in sailing competition and blew over fences along cycling's road course. It also helped two American rowing teams set world records.
--"I'm humiliated, not for the loss -- I can always deal with wins and losses -- but I'm disappointed because I had a job to do as a coach, to get us to understand how we're supposed to play as a team and act as a team, and I don't think we did that." -- U.S. basketball coach Larry Brown after an opening-round loss to Puerto Rico.
--"I think Puerto Rico right now is celebrating big because of this. By far it's the happiest victory of my career." --Puerto Rico guard Carlos Arroyo.
--"We are disappointed, but we're fortunate to win a medal. It's a learning experience." -- U.S. swimmer Michael Phelps, after a bronze in the 400-meter freestyle relay made it impossible for him to win a record eight golds in Athens.
--"I am 31, but I can still play PlayStation like I was 12. I think I will feel young when I am 60. One of my positive qualities is that I train and try harder than my younger competitors." --Turkish weightlifter Halil Mutlu, rebuffing a rival's claim that he's too old.