Tuesday's highlights at the Athens Olympics
Posted: Friday August 20, 2004 2:56AM; Updated: Friday August 20, 2004 2:56AM
Tuesday, Aug. 17
-- Michael Phelps won gold in the 200-meter butterfly with an Olympic-record time of 1:54.04. He added another in the 800-meter freestyle relay after U.S. teammate Klete Keller held off Australian Ian Thorpe on the final leg.
-- Mariel Zagunis of the United States won gold in saber and teammate Sada Jacobson took the bronze. It was the first gold for the U.S. fencing team since 1904 and first medal ever for the women.
-- U.S. star Venus Williams beat Maja Matevzic of Slovenia 6-0, 6-0 -- the first shutout for a man or woman since tennis returned to the Olympics as a medal sport in 1988.
-- Right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka pitched eight shutout innings, leading Japan to a 6-3 win over Cuba -- only Cuba's third loss in four Olympics.
-- Pau Gasol of the NBA's Memphis Grizzlies had 26 points and eight rebounds to lead Spain to an 87-76 victory over Argentina.
-- Yao Ming had 39 points, hitting 15-of-20 from the floor, with 13 rebounds in China's 69-62 win over New Zealand.
-- Lori Harrigan allowed only a first-inning bunt single and Crystl Bustos homered, leading the United States to its fourth straight softball shutout, 4-0 over China.
-- Clay Stanley scored 21 points and Reid Priddy had nine kills as the United States beat the Netherlands, ending a nine-match men's volleyball losing streak that dated to the 1996 Atlanta Games.
ALL THAT GLITTERS
The U.S. women's gymnastics team settled for silver Tuesday evening after a series of minor mistakes and a gold medal performance by Romania. The Americans had errors on every event, costing them valuable fractions of points. They finished with 113.584, just behind the Romanians, who won their second straight gold medal. Russia won the bronze.
U.S. sprinter Torri Edwards was knocked out of the Olympics when an arbitration panel upheld her two-year drug suspension. Considered a medal contender in the 100 and 200 meters, her spots will go to Gail Devers and LaShaunte'a Moore, respectively.
The U.S. softball team has outscored its opponents 24-0 in Olympic preliminaries. After a 5-0 win over China, the Americans have won 74 straight international games.
ROGER AND OUT
Top-seeded Roger Federer, the world's No. 1 player, lost in the second round to No. 74 Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic. The Swiss star's Olympics ended altogether when he and doubles partner Yves Allegro lost to Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi of India.
The Olympics go retro for the shot put at Ancient Olympia -- the first Olympic competition at the site in 1,611 years. ... Defending world all-around champion Paul Hamm of the United States goes after his first individual gymnastics medal. ... Natalie Coughlin and Jenny Thompson lead the American swimmers in the 800-meter freestyle relay. ... Cycling time trials are staged along the Saronic Gulf, a snaking course that should be ideal.
The mercury climbed to 86 degrees under mostly clear skies. Wednesday's forecast was for partly cloudy skies and a high of 86.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
"It hurt like hell. I could see [Thorpe] coming up. But when I was breathing, I saw my team going crazy -- and that really kept me going."
-- Swimmer Klete Keller, who held off Australian star Ian Thorpe with a lunge to the wall that gave the United States gold in the 800-meter freestyle relay.