ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Michael Phelps' quest for seven gold
medals ended after just three events, when he had to settle for
another bronze Monday night in the most anticipated race at the
Olympic pool -- the head-to-head showdown with Australia's Ian
Thorpe in the 200-meter freestyle.
Thorpe has ruled this event for years, but Phelps couldn't
resist seeing what he could do against him -- part of his larger
goal to break Mark Spitz's record of seven golds at the 1972 Munich
Defending Olympic champion Pieter van den Hoogenband of the
Netherlands won the silver.
Natalie Coughlin, the top female swimmer on the American team,
won the 100 backstroke, holding off Kirsty Coventry of Zimbabwe.
France's Laure Manaudou took bronze, her second medal of the games.
Aaron Peirsol was first in the men's 100 back. Markus Rogan of
Austria claimed silver and Japan's Tomomi Morita held off American
Lenny Krayzelburg for the bronze.
Luo Xuejuan of China won gold in the women's 100 breaststroke,
beating Australians Brooke Hanson and Leisel Jones.
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- The American men's gymnastics team, long
overlooked and often unappreciated, won the Olympic silver to take
home a medal for the first time since the boycotted 1984 Games.
After faltering in the middle two rotations, Paul and Morgan
Hamm led a rally. The Americans hit their last six routines, on
parallel bars and high bar, to push past Romania and finish with
The Japanese went last and needed to average about 9.5 over
three sets on the high bar to win. They did it with ease, winning
by 0.888 points.
This was only the third team medal for the U.S. men, and their
first at a non-boycotted Olympics since 1932.
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Venus Williams and Chanda Rubin lost 7-5,
1-6, 6-3 to eighth-seeded Li Ting and Sun Tian Tian of China in the
first round of the Olympic doubles tournament.
Williams won the doubles gold medal at the 2000 Sydney Games
with her sister, Serena, who pulled out of these Olympics last
week, citing a left knee injury. Rubin filled in, marking the first
time Venus Williams ever played a tournament doubles match with
anyone but her sibling.
In men's doubles, the top-seeded Bryan twins, Bob and Mike,
routed Russians Marat Safin and Mikhail Youzhny 6-1, 6-2.
In singles play Roger Federer of Switzerland, the top-ranked
player in the world, struggled but rallied to beat Russia Nikolay
Davydenko 6-3, 5-7, 6-1.
United States 80, Czech Republic 61
Japan 79, Nigeria 73
New Zealand 81, South Korea 73
Spain 75, China 67
Brazil 87, Greece 75
Australia 75, Russia 56
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- The U.S. women's team overcame another
slow start and beat the Czech Republic. With key contributions from
Tina Thompson and reserve Yolanda Griffith, the Americans went on a
14-point spurt to take the lead for good, then blew the game open
with a 16-2 run at the start of the second half.
Lisa Leslie led the United States with 15 points, Thompson
scored 12 and Griffith had 10. Quicker than their taller opponents,
the United States outrebounded the Czechs 43-22.
Earlier, Ryoko Yano had 21 points and Mutsuko Nagata added 20 to
help Japan rebound from an opening loss.
Donna Loffhagen had 19 points and 14 rebounds, and New Zealand
bounced back from a 52-point, opening-game loss to the United
Spanish forward Madariaga Valdemoro scored 30 points against
China as her team clinched a spot in the quarterfinals.
Two days after setting an Olympic record for points and matching
the mark for margin of victory in a 128-62 win over Japan, Brazil
was tied 64-64 with Greece after three quarters. Brazil opened the
final quarter with a 14-0 run to take control and silence a
frenzied home crowd of 2,200.
Penny Taylor had 26 points and 10 rebounds to lead Australia.
United States 3, Japan 0
China 4, Canada 2
Greece 2, Italy 1
Australia 1, Taiwan 0
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Helped by two errors, the United States
scored three runs in the eighth inning for a win over Japan. The
Americans extended their winning streak to 73 games.
Cat Osterman pitched a one-hitter with 11 strikeouts, and the
United States (3-0) remained the only unbeaten team in the
Earlier, China rallied for four unearned runs in the sixth
inning for a victory over Canada. China is now 2-1 in the
Sarah Farnworth pitched a six-hitter as Greece (2-1), making its
first appearance in Olympic softball, won its second straight. The
Greeks, who have 13 American-born players on their roster, scored
both runs in the first on RBI bunts by Farnworth and Jessica
Bashor, who played college ball at Iowa.
Tanya Harding pitched a two-hitter for the Aussies (2-1).
Harding, a three-time Olympian, has only given up two hits in 13
1-3 innings in these games.
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Zhu Qinan of China set a world record,
winning the gold medal in 10-meter men's air rifle.
Zhu scored 702.7, topping the mark of 702.5 set by American
Jason Parker in 2003. China's Li Jie took the silver and Slovakia's
Jozef Gonci won the bronze.
Suzanne Balogh of Australia pulled away from the field to win
the gold medal in trap shooting. Maria Quintanal of Spain took the
silver. American Collyn Loper, of Indian Springs, Ala., finished
fourth, one point behind Lee Bo-na of South Korea, who won the
Argentina 3, Japan 1
Australia 3, South Africa 0
China 2, New Zealand 0
Netherlands 3, South Korea 2
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Reigning world champion Argentina defeated
Japan in the group stage of the women's field hockey tournament.
Tied 1-1, Argentina took control with goals by Agustina Soledad
Garcia and Marina Emilce di Giacomo.
Australia bounced back from Saturday's surprising loss to
Germany by blanking South Africa. In its first match of the
Olympics, New Zealand was shut out by China. Two goals from Macha
van Der Vaart helped the Netherlands erase an early 1-0 deficit
against South Korea.
United States 7, Hungary 6
Australia 6, Italy 5
Russia 8, Canada 6
Greece 8, Kazakhstan 6
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Brenda Villa scored four goals and Kelly
Rulon had a pair as the world champion United States began the
pursuit for an Olympic gold medal with a win over Hungary.
The Americans led by three goals after the first quarter, but
the Hungarians rallied to 5-5 late in the third quarter and took a
6-5 lead in the final period.
Villa pulled the United States to 6-6. Then Rulon -- celebrating
her Olympic debut and her 20th birthday -- scored the winning goal a
In the other Group B match, Russian captain Sofya Konukh scored
three goals and Maria Yaina scored twice. Susan Gardner had two
goals for Canada.
In Group A, Olympic champion Australia edged No. 2-ranked Italy,
with Kelly Heuchan and Kate Gynther contributing two goals apiece.
Greece defeated Kazakhstan.
Canada 9, Italy 3
Taiwan 3, Australia 0
Japan 8, Netherlands 3
Cuba 5, Greece 4
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Wang Chien-ming combined with reliever
Tsao Chin-hui to lead Taiwan past Australia. Wang gave up three
hits and no walks in seven innings, and Tsao finished to earn the
Canada scored seven runs in the second inning against Italy.
Atsushi Fujimoto went 2-for-4 with a home run to lead Japan past
a Dutch team that is coached by former major league manager Davey
Greece scored three runs in the ninth to pull within one, but
Pedro Luis Lazo struck out James Kavourias to end the rally.
SCHINIAS, Greece (AP) -- Forecasts of strong winds prompted
organizers to postpone Monday's races -- organizers hoped to move
them to Tuesday.
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- The strong Meltemi wind that led to the
cancellation of rowing also claimed the 49er event in sailing after
sailors weren't able to get their boats in the water.
The wind didn't help Kevin Hall of Bowie, Md., who finished 16th
and 14th in the two Finn races to drop to 14th overall.
He was buried in 19th at the first mark of the first race
because he was unable to gain from a wind shift.
Monday's wind averaged 21 knots, gusting higher at times,
although the swell was down from Sunday, when at least 30 boats
capsized on the wild Saronic Gulf.
While the conditions had the Finns flying across the waves, the
anticipated first three races of the 49er class were postponed
because of the stiff breeze that kept the flags at the Agios Kosmas
Sailing Center whipping toward the gulf.
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- France's Brice Guyart rallied from an
early deficit in the final to defeat Italy's Salvatore Sanzo and
win the gold medal in men's foil. Guyart trailed 4-0 but quickly
tied the bout and won 15-13. Andrea Cassara of Italy defeated
Russia's Renal Ganeev 15-12 to take the bronze.
Dan Kellner, of Warren, N.J., fell one touch short of reaching
the quarterfinals. He upset No. 7 seed Cedric Gohy of 15-12 in the
round of 32, and led 14-12 in his next bout but couldn't close out
the win, as Britain's Richard Kruse rallied to win 15-14.
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- World champion Lee Won-hee of South Korea
defeated American Jimmy Pedro in the third round and went on to
claim the gold medal in the 73kg class, beating Vitaliy Makarov of
Russia in the final.
Pedro bounced back for a bronze, which he shared with Leandro
Guilheiro of Brazil.
Lee and Pedro had been the focus of the competition ever since
the draw was announced.
Pedro, a 1996 bronze medalist and four-time Olympian, ended
Lee's 48-match winning streak last December. Pedro (Lawrence,
Mass.) retired after the Sydney Olympics before making a comeback.
After losing to Lee, Pedro had to fight his way through the
repechage bracket to win the bronze medal.
In the women's 57kg final, Yvonne Boenisch of Germany beat North
Korea's Kye Sun Hui, the two-time world champion. Deborah
Gravenstijn of the Netherlands and Yurieleidys Lupetey of Cuba
shared the bronze.
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Nikolaos Siranidis and Thomas Bimis of
Greece won the gold medal in synchronized 3-meter springboard
diving with a score of 353.34. It was Greece's first gold at the
Andreas Wels and Tobias Schellenberg of Germany won the silver
medal. Robert Newbery and Steven Barnett of Australia got the
Lao Lishi and Li Ting earned China its third diving gold medal
in these Olympics by easily winning the women's 10-meter
synchronized platform competition.
Natalia Goncharova and Yulia Koltunova of Russia won the silver
and Blythe Hartley and Emilie Heymans of Canada took the bronze at
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- China swept the gold medals in two events
and finished 1-2 at men's 137 pounds (62kg).
Shi Zhiyong, not deterred by either the pro-Greece crowd or his
own teammate, held off countryman Le Maosheng and Greece's Leonidas
Sampanis to win the 137-pound gold. Le won the silver and Sampanis,
a silver medalist in the last two Olympics, was happy to get the
bronze at age 32. His was Greece's first medal of its homeland
Earlier, Chen Yanqing won gold at 127 pounds (58 kg), her first
major title since winning the 1999 world championship in Athens.
North Korea's Ri Song Hui took the silver and Wandee Kameaim won
the bronze, Thailand's second weightlifting medal in as many days.
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Defending Olympic champion Simon
Fairweather of Australia was knocked out by Anton Prylepav of
Belarus in the first men's elimination round at Panathinaiko
Stadium. Fairweather, seeded 20th, lost 141-137. Australia's David
Barnes was also eliminated.
Vic Wunderle of Mason City, Ill., who won a silver in individual
and bronze in the team competition in Sydney, was the only American
to advance. Butch Johnson (Worcester, Mass.) and John Magera
(Carterville, Ill.) lost.
Bhutan's Tashi Peljor pulled the biggest upset of the day,
beating 13th seed Jocelyn de Grandis of France. Archery is the
national sport of Bhutan.
South Korea 35, Russia 32
Croatia 27, Slovenia 26
Spain 31, Iceland 23
France 29, Greece 25
Hungary 20, Brazil 19
Germany 26, Egypt 14
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Croatia, the 2003 world champion, trailed
3-0 but then turned up the pressure after Slovenia lost Zoran
Jovicic, who broke his nose and could be out the remainder of the
Spain stayed even with Croatia atop Group A by topping Iceland.
France, a world champion twice since 1995, defeated host Greece for
its second straight victory in Group B. Hungary edged Pan Am Games
champion Brazil 20-19 to stay even with France on top of their
MARKOPOULO, Greece (AP) -- Britain led the team competition of
the three-day dressage event with 113.2 penalty points after two
days. France is second with 113.6 and Germany is next with 114.4.
The United States is fourth.
Current European champion Nicolas Touzaint riding Galan De
Sauvagere for France led the individual standings with a score of
29.40. Britain's Philippa Funnell atop Primmore's Pride was second.
The top American is Kim Severson of Keen, Va., riding Winsome
Adante in fourth.
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Two doubles teams and a singles player
lost for the United States, leaving Gao Jun as the lone American
left in the table tennis competition.
Ilija Lupulesku lost in men's singles -- and in doubles with Mark
Hazinski. Gao and Tawny Banh lost their doubles match, but Gao will
play her first women's singles match Tuesday in the round of 32.
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Americans Kevin Han and Howard Bach were
eliminated by Denmark's Jens Eriksen and Martin Lundgaard 15-6,
15-4 in the doubles round of 16.
China's Gong Ruina, Zhou Mi and Zhang Ning all reached the
semifinals in women's singles.
South Korea had a surprise loss in the mixed doubles
quarterfinals, with Kim Don-moon and Ra Kyung-min losing to Danes
Jonas Rasmussen and Rikke Olsen.
Brazil 3, Kenya 0 (25-16, 29-27, 25-12)
China 3, Dominican Republic 0 (25-20, 25-16, 25-16)
Italy 3, Japan 0 (25-16, 25-13, 25-17)
Korea 3, Greece 1 (20-25, 25-19, 25-15, 25-22)
United States 3, Germany 1 (25-22, 25-22, 22-25, 27-25)
Cuba 3, Russia 2 (26-24, 19-25, 25-27, 25-19, 15-13)
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- The U.S. women bounced back from an
opening defeat to China by beating Germany in four sets. Olympic
rookie Tayyiba Haneef (17 kills) and veteran Keba Phipps (16
points) led the Americans. Angelina Grun had 20 points, three on
aces, for the scrappy Germans, who beat Cuba on Saturday.
With 20 kills, Nancy Carillo De La Paz helped three-time
defending Olympic champion Cuba outlast Russia in five sets. The
Russians staved off match point twice, until Carillo De La Paz --
with her fingertips -- dumped a ball over the net to end the final
set at 15-13. Lioubov Shashkova had 27 kills for Russia.
Pool B leader China swept the Dominican Republic in a match that
lasted only 75 minutes.
Italy and Brazil, both 2-0, are tied for the Pool A lead after
each team posted another sweep. The Italians beat Japan behind 16
points from Simona Rinieri-Dennis.
Brazil, paced by 15 kills from Welissa Gonzaga, was tested in
its win against overmatched Kenya -- which staved off set point five
times in the second set. Korea won its first match, beating Greece
in four sets.
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Vicente Escobedo dominated from the
opening bell to stop Jose David Mosquera of Colombia in the third
round and keep the United States undefeated through three Olympic
The fight was stopped 31 seconds into the third round by the
mercy rule with Escobedo ahead 30-10.
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Dain Blanton and Jeff Nygaard, the top
American men's pair, were flat and out of synch for the second
straight match, losing to Canadians John Child and Mark Heese
21-16, 21-10 in preliminary pool play.
The eighth-seeded Americans must upset the fifth-seeded Swiss
pair Patrick Heuscher and Stefan Kobel on Wednesday to have any
chance of reaching the single-elimination medal round.
Americans Holly McPeak and Elaine Youngs overcame a sluggish
second set to beat Canadians Guylaine Dumont and Annie Martin
21-13, 12-21, 15-9.
The fourth-seeded U.S. team looked sharp at the start, then fell
behind 9-2 in the second set after a flurry of unforced errors. The
Americans resumed their solid play midway through the final set and
finished the match with a 7-2 spurt.