ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Carly Patterson, the 16-year-old American
who has drawn comparisons to Mary Lou Retton, delivered a dazzling
floor routine to win the all-around gold medal Thursday night.
She spoiled Russian superstar Svetlana Khorkina's final chance
at the Olympic title in gymnastics' premier event.
Patterson became the first American woman to win the all-around
since Retton in 1984, and she matched Paul Hamm's first-place
finish on the same floor Wednesday.
"I don't even know what to say right now," Patterson said.
"I'm so happy and excited. You dream about this your whole life.
Then you win the gold medal, and it's just amazing."
Like Khorkina, Patterson closed the night on the floor. On all
four tumbling passes, she jumped higher than any of the other 23
women in the meet. Just as importantly, she pulled off perfect
landings that almost always make the difference between first and
When it was over, Patterson jumped into coach Evgeny Marchenko's
embrace and wrapped her arms around his neck. He then carried her
around for almost a minute -- and that was before the final results.
Patterson scored a 9.712 on floor to finish with 38.387 points
and defeat Khorkina by .176. Zhang Nan of China won bronze.
The other American in the competition, Courtney Kupets,
struggled all night and finished ninth.
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- American Aaron Peirsol reclaimed the gold
medal in the Olympic 200-meter backstroke after initially being
disqualified Thursday night over what an official deemed an illegal
The United States filed a protest and the disqualification was
overturned on appeal by FINA, the sport's governing body, about 30
minutes after the race -- just before the medal ceremony was held.
He then had to survive another protest by Austria and Great
Peirsol, the world record-holder and current world champion, led
most of the race and easily beat the field, touching in 1 minute,
54.95 seconds. He was more than two seconds ahead of Austria's
The silver went to Rogan in 1:57.35, while Romania's Razvan
Florea settled for bronze (1:57.56). Great Britain's James Goddard,
who initially had a bronze, dropped back to fourth in 1:57.76.
American Michael Phelps won his fourth gold of the Olympics in
the 200-meter individual medley, leading the entire race. Phelps
set an Olympic-record of 1:57.14, lowering his own mark of 1:58.52
set in the semifinals one night earlier.
Ryan Lochte of Daytona Beach, Fla., earned silver in 1:58.78.
George Bovell of Trinidad took bronze in 1:58.80.
Amanda Beard captured the first individual gold of her career,
in the 200-meter breaststroke. Only a victory by Australian Jodie
Henry in the women's 100-meter freestyle prevented an American
Inge de Bruijn of the Netherlands won silver in 0:54.16 and
American Natalie Coughlin got the bronze in 0:54.40.
United States 7, Greece 0, 5 innings
China 1, Taiwan 0
Japan 1, Italy 0
Australia 1, Canada 0
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Lisa Fernandez pitched a one-hitter
Thursday as the two-time defending gold medalist United States won
its sixth straight shutout in softball, a shortened-game victory
Greece (2-4) did all it could. The United States (6-0) simply
wore down the Greeks -- whose team includes several Americans of
Greek ancestry -- and put an opponent away after five innings for
the fourth time under the so-called mercy rule.
China (3-3) beat Taiwan, scoring the only run on a fifth-inning
fielding error by first baseman Chang Li Chiu. Taiwan (2-4) missed
a chance to tie it when Chen Miao Yi was tagged at home by Chinese
catcher Guo Jia to end the fourth.
Also, Juri Takayama and Yukiko Ueno combined on a three-hitter
for Japan. Another loss would have eliminated Japan (3-3) from the
semifinals. Italy (1-5) got runners to first and third with none
out in the third, but Takayama got out of the jam.
Melanie Roche pitched a complete-game shutout as Australia (5-1)
clinched one of the top two spots in the playoffs and at least a
Simmone Morrow drove in the only run with a single in the second
inning off Lauren Bay. Canada (2-4) can still make the semifinals
but must beat Italy on Friday and hope China (3-3) beats Japan
(3-3) in the preliminary round finale.
United States 89, Australia 79
New Zealand 90, Serbia-Montenegro 87
Spain 71, Italy 63
Puerto Rico 83, Angola 80
Argentina 82, China 57
Lithuania 98, Greece 76
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Tim Duncan scored 18 points, Allen Iverson
and Shawn Marion each added 16 and Dwyane Wade scored 12, leading
the United States to an 89-79 win over Australia. The Americans
shot 57 percent from the field: 71 percent from 2-point range, but
3-for-17 on 3-point shots.
The Americans improved their defense, kept their turnovers down
and found better shots than in their first two games, which
included an upset loss in the opening round to Puerto Rico.
Shane Heal led Australia with 17 points.
New Zealand rallied from an 11-point deficit in the final 5
minutes to beat Serbia-Montenegro, but not before a controversial
Dillon Boucher's driving layup with 20 seconds left brought New
Zealand (1-2) to 87-86. As Serbia-Montenegro was inbounding, New
Zealand's Mark Dickel wrapped his arms around Milos Vujanic to draw
the foul and stop the clock.
Instead, an offensive foul was called on Vujanic, and Sean Marks
dunked on the resulting inbounds play to give New Zealand an 88-87
Spain clinched a berth in the quarterfinals by pulling away over
the final 6 minutes behind big men Pau Gasol and Jorge Garbajosa.
Garbajosa, who had 17 points, and Gasol, who added 16, combined
for all but five of the points in Spain's closing 18-8 run.
Daniel Santiago blocked Carlos Almeida's 3-point attempt as time
expired to help Puerto Rico hold off Angola, 83-80.
Andres Nocioni had 17 points for Argentina, while Luis Scola
added 15 and Manu Ginobili had 14, and Argentina used its press and
passing to negate Yao Ming's size for an 82-57 victory over China.
Ramunas Siskauskas had 25 points and Saulius Stombergas added 22
for Lithuania (3-0), which became the first team from Group B to
clinch a quarterfinal berth. Nikolaos Zisis had 18 points for
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Marco Galiazzo won Italy's first archery
gold medal while the South Korean men kept up an unsuccessful
Galiazzo beat Hiroshi Yamamoto of Japan 111-109 for the gold.
Tim Cuddihy of Australia, who beat two South Koreans along the way,
The 21-year-old Galiazzo, who placed 49th at last year's world
championships, became Italy's first-ever Olympic champion in the
The South Korean men are still looking for their first Olympic
individual medal. Their women have taken every Olympic gold medal
Cuddihy and Park Kyung-mo of South Korea set Olympic records
earlier. Park set an 18-arrow record of 173 in the round of 16.
Cuddihy set a 36-arrow mark of 340 over three rounds on his way to
He beat the record of 339 set only hours before by Szu Yuan Chen
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- China won the first two gold medals in
badminton, with world champion Zhang Ning beating Indonesian-born
Dutchwoman Mia Audina 8-11, 11-6, 11-7 in the singles final.
China also flaunted its dominance of the sport in mixed doubles,
with Zhang Jun and Gao Ling edging the British pair of Nathan
Robertson and Gail Emms 15-1, 12-15, 15-12 in a thrilling final.
The bronze medal in the mixed doubles went to Jens Eriksen and
Mette Schjoldager, who beat compatriots Jonas Rasmussen and Rikke
Olsen 15-5, 15-5. China also won bronze in the singles, with Zhou
Mi defeating fellow Chinese Gong Ruina 11-2, 8-11, 11-6.
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Brazilians Emanuel and Ricardo routed
Americans Dax Holdren and Stein Metzger 21-17, 21-10 to finish a
perfect run through pool play.
Despite the loss, the 12th-seeded Americans advanced to the
Later, top-ranked American women Misty May and Kerri Walsh got
their toughest test of the tournament but stayed unbeaten with a
21-17, 21-17 win over 10th-seeded Czechs Eva Celbova and Sona
The Americans and second-seeded Brazilians Shelda and Adriana
are the only duos -- men's or women's -- who have not dropped a set.
The Brazilian women, silver medalists in 2000, capped their run
through pool play with a 21-14, 21-19 win over Cubans Fernandez
Grasset and Larrea Peraza.
U.S. medal prospect Andre Ward beat Italy's Clemente Russo 17-9
to advance to the quarterfinals as the Americans finished 6-1 in
preliminaries. The Americans sent eight fighters into the second
round, with two advancing on byes.
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Former Olympic champion canoe racer Joe
Jacobi and partner Matt Taylor clinched a semifinal berth in
whitewater slalom event. Single American kayakers Brett Heyl and
Scott Parsons also advanced to Friday's semifinals and finals.
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Britain, France and the United States will
jointly appeal a decision to award Germany the gold medal in the
three-day equestrian event.
The judges gave Germany the gold Wednesday and France the
silver, while Britain took bronze. The same officials, concerned
that Germany's Bettina Hoy might have crossed the start line twice
on the show jumping course, probed further.
Judges docked Germany 14 points, dropping it from first to
fourth in a decision that lifted the United States to the bronze.
Germany then lodged a protest, an equestrian appeals committee
reversed the decision of the judges and the Germans reclaimed the
gold. Again, France was awarded the silver and Britain the bronze.
The United States was left empty-handed.
Germany 6, Egypt 1
Pakistan 3, South Korea 0
Spain 5, Britain 1
Netherlands 3, South Africa 2
New Zealand 3, Argentina 1
Australia 4, India 3
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Defending Olympic champion Germany pulled
away from a 1-1 halftime tie with Egypt at the men's field hockey
tournament, moving into first place in Group A.
In other Group A matches, Pakistan shut out South Korea and
Spain beat Britain.
In Group B play, the Netherlands edged South Africa and New
Zealand beat Argentina. Australia beat India on three second-half
goals in the final match of the day.
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Damien Touya scored the final touch to
give France the team saber title over Italy, 45-42.
Touya also scored the winning touch in a 45-44 semifinal win
over the United States. In that bout, he badly cut his right hand
and needed medical assistance with the score 44-44. The lengthy
delay added even more drama to a day full of it.
After the loss to France, the Americans lost the bronze-medal
bout to Russia, again 45-44. The United States had upset Hungary
45-43 a round earlier.
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Noriko Anno won the 78kg class in judo,
giving Japan its sixth gold medal in 12 judo classes with one day
of competition remaining.
One of Japan's surest hopes for a gold lost early in the men's
Ihar Makarau of Belarus beat Jang Sung-ho of South Korea to win
the gold medal in the 100-kilogram class after defending Olympic
champion and three-time world champion Kosei Inoue lost in the
quarterfinals, his first defeat in major international competition
in four year.
Russia 3, United States 1 (22-25, 25-20, 25-16, 25-23)
Italy 3, Australia 0 (25-20, 25-18, 25-21)
Brazil 3, Netherlands 1 (25-22, 24-26, 25-21, 25-19)
France 3, Poland 0 (25-15, 25-18, 25-17)
Serbia-Montenegro 3, Tunisia 0 (25-16, 25-18, 25-21)
Argentina 3, Greece 1 (16-25, 25-21, 25-22, 25-22)
Stanislav Dineykin had 20 kills to lead the Russians to a
four-set victory over the Americans.
Russia, after a five-set loss to the Netherlands, has won two
straight. With opposite Clay Stanley struggling against the
towering Russian block, the United States fell to 1-2.
Russia took its first lead of the fourth set at 14-13, and
things went back and forth until Alexey Kuleshov blocked a kill
attempt by Stanley to make it 24-22.
The Americans were only able to fend off match point once.
Brazil remained the only unbeaten team in Pool B with a four-set
victory over the Netherlands. Italy, bouncing back from a five-set
loss to Brazil, stayed right behind with a sweep over Australia.
In Pool A, Argentina is 3-0 after handing host Greece its first
loss. France picked up its first win by beating Poland in three
sets, and defending gold medalist Serbia-Montenegro swept Tunisia.
SCHINIAS, Greece (AP) -- The American lightweight double sculls
team of Steve Tucker and Greg Ruckman gave up too much distance in
the six-boat semifinal and was fourth behind Poland, Greece and
Denmark -- one spot and 3.6 seconds out of contention for Sunday's
The U.S. quadruple scull, which reached the semifinals with an
impressive win in its repechage, placed fifth. Belarus and Estonia
The U.S. lightweight double sculls boat of Lisa Schlenker and
Stacey Borgman also was eliminated, finishing .73 of a second
behind Germany in fourth place.
The lightweight four, which includes coach Mike Teti's younger
brother, Paul, fell to last at the finish, 4 seconds behind Canada,
the third and final boat to advance from that race behind Italy and
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Greek teammates Sofia Bekatorou and
Aimilia Tsoulfa clinched the women's 470 gold medal by building an
insurmountable lead following 10 races.
Shirley Robertson, Sarah Webb and Sara Ayton of Great Britain
clinched the gold medal in the Yngling class with one race left,
then took a dip.
The silver and bronze medals in both events will be determined
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Diana Igaly of went a perfect 25-for-25 to
win the gold medal in skeet shooting, finishing with a score of 97
to easily outdistance silver medalist Wei Ning of China and bronze
medalist Zemfira Meftakhetdinova of Azerbaijan.
Earlier, Manfred Kurzer Germany had the worst final round of any
shooter in 10-meter running target, but his world-record qualifying
score gave the German a lead so big it didn't matter.
He won gold with a 682.4. Alexander Blinov of Russia took
silver, and Dimitri Lykin of Russia, the 2002 world champion, won
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- World and Olympic champion Wang Nan of
China was eliminated from the women's table tennis quarterfinal by
Singapore's Li Jia Wei.
Wang, who won two golds in Sydney, was beaten 11-7, 11-7, 11-13,
Top-seeded Zhang Yining of China advanced to the semifinals with
a 12-10, 15-13, 13-11, 11-3 win over Tamara Boros of Croatia.
In doubles there will be all-China and all-South Korea
semifinals. New Olympic rules put teams from the same country in
the same bracket to avoid the all-Chinese final that occurred at
the last three Olympics.
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Two-time Olympic champion Denmark held off
a late rally by Spain to win 23-21 in Olympic women's handball,
improving to 2-0-1 in Group B.
Denmark won gold in Atlanta and Sydney and beat current world
champion France in the opening match in Athens, however the Danes
are playing without most of the stars from their gold medal teams.
In another Group B match, South Korea broke open a close game to
beat Angola 40-30.
In Group A, China routed Greece 33-13 and Ukraine beat Brazil
21-19, erasing an 18-17 deficit late in the game. Ukraine is 2-0
and tied with Hungary in the group.
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Third-seeded Martina Navratilova won't win
an Olympic medal after she and partner Lisa Raymond lost 6-4, 4-6,
6-4 to fifth-seeded Shinobu Asagoe and Ai Sugiyama of Japan in the
quarterfinals, one step shy of the medal round.
In women's singles, top-ranked Justine Henin-Hardenne beat
two-time major champion Mary Pierce of France 6-4, 6-4, while No. 2
Amelie Mauresmo outlasted No. 5 Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia 7-6
(5), 4-6, 6-2.
French Open champion Anastasia Myskina was the first woman to
reach the semifinals, beating Francesca Schiavone of Italy 6-1,
The upsets continued on the men's side, with No. 3 Carlos Moya
joining Roger Federer and Andy Roddick on the sideline after a 6-2,
7-5 quarterfinal loss to Nicolas Massu of Chile.
Chile is guaranteed to win a tennis medal for the first time
because Massu's teammate, No. 16 Fernando Gonzalez, followed up his
surprise victory over Roddick by beating No. 8 Sebastien Grosjean
of France 6-2, 2-6, 6-4.
No. 10 Massu is the highest-seeded men's player left.
Hungary 7, United States 5
Serbia-Montenegro 9, Kazakhstan 5
Spain 8, Australia 4
Italy 10, Germany 5
Greece 15, Egypt 3
Russia 9, Croatia 8
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Defending Olympic champion Hungary handed
the United States its first loss in men's water polo preliminaries.
Tamas Varga scored his second goal on an extra-man play to seal
the match with 1:27 remaining. Tony Azevedo scored two goals before
he hit the post with an attempted equalizer at 6-5, then the
Hungarians blocked shots by Layne Beaubien and Wolf Wigo to thwart
a furious American comeback attempt in the last minute.
Serbia-Montenegro, Italy and Spain all improved to 2-1 in the
Ioannis Thomakos scored five goals and Christos Afroudakis had
four for Greece. Egypt, Croatia and Kazakhstan are 0-3.
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Liu Chunhong of China broke three of her
own world records in winning the 152-pound (69kg) weightlifting
Taner Sagir of Turkey won the gold medal in the 77-kilogram
class with 826.5 pounds (375 kg). Sergey Filimonov of Kazakhstan
won silver and Oleg Perepetchenov of Russia the bronze.
The 19-year-old Chunhong, the defending world champion, set
records in the snatch of 270 pounds (122.5kg), the clean and jerk
of 337 pounds (153kg) and total lift of 606 pounds (275kg).
Five weightlifters were suspended for flunking drug tests they
took before the Olympics, and 21 world-class weightlifters have
been suspended this year. Weightlifting officials insisted they
will clean up the sport.