ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- The International Gymnastics Federation
suspended three judges Saturday for a mistake in scoring the men's
all-around final, but said results won't be changed and American
Paul Hamm will keep his gold medal.
The error Wednesday cost bronze medalist Yang Tae-young of South
Korea a tenth of a point that would have given him the gold.
Yang received a start value -- the maximum value a routine can
earn -- of 9.9 for the parallel bars, 0.1 points lower than he
received for the same set in team qualifying and finals.
Federation officials later determined he should have been
awarded a start value of 10. He scored a 9.712 on the event. With
the extra 0.10, he would have finished with 57.874 points and
defeated Hamm by 0.051
Hamm won the meet over Kim Dae-eun of South Korea by 0.012 in
the closest men's all-around in Olympic history. Yang finished
0.037 behind Kim.
Although there are no signs of impropriety by the gymnastics
judges, the South Koreans will now ask the Court of Arbitration for
Sports to determine if Yang deserves a gold medal.
"We want obvious mistakes to be corrected," said Jae Soon-yoo,
an official with the South Korean delegation.
USA Gymnastics president Bob Colarossi compared the mistake to a
bad call in football that wasn't discovered until after the game.
He insisted the federation's decision should not put an asterisk on
Hamm's gold medal.
"Paul Hamm's performance the other night was absolutely
incredible," Colarossi said. "It's unfortunate the judges didn't
have the right start value."
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- The United States won the men's 400-meter
medley relay in world-record time, giving Michael Phelps his
record-tying eighth medal of the Athens Olympics without him
getting into the pool.
Aaron Peirsol, Brendan Hansen, Ian Crocker and Jason Lezak won
in 3 minutes, 30.68 seconds, lowering the mark of 3:31.54 set by
the Americans at last year's world championships in Barcelona,
Germany took silver in 3:33.62. Japan earned bronze in 3:35.22.
Phelps gave up his spot in the final to Crocker, who finished
second to the 19-year-old in the 100 butterfly Friday. Phelps sat
with the U.S. team on the deck during the final, leading cheers
during the race.
He earned a gold for swimming in the preliminaries, giving him
six golds and two bronzes in the eight-day swimming competition.
That ties Soviet gymnast Aleksandr Dityatin's record of eight
medals in one Olympics, set at the boycotted 1980 Moscow Games.
Grant Hackett successfully defended his Olympic 1,500-meter
freestyle title, winning gold in an Olympic record of 14:43.40 --
nearly five seconds faster than his winning time at the Sydney
Larsen Jensen earned silver in 14:45.29, lowering his American
record by more than 111/2 seconds. David Davies of Britain took
bronze in 14:45.95.
Petria Thomas overtook Jenny Thompson on the third leg of the
Olympic women's 400-meter medley relay, helping Australia upset the
United States in a world-record time of 3:57.32. It broke the
record of 3:58.30 set by the United States at the Sydney Games.
Americans Natalie Coughlin, Amanda Beard, Thompson and Kara Lynn
Joyce got silver in 3:59.12. Germany took bronze in 4:00.72.
Thompson became the most decorated American athlete in the
Olympics with her record 12th career medal, including 10 from
relays. She broke a tie with swimmers Mark Spitz and Matt Biondi
and shooter Carl Osburn.
Inge de Bruijn of the Netherlands won the 50-meter freestyle,
becoming the first woman to win consecutive swimming sprint titles
since the event was added to the Olympics in 1988.
De Bruijn won in 24.58 seconds. Malia Metella of France earned
silver in 24.89 and Lisbeth Lenton of Australia took bronze in
Argentina 98, New Zealand 94
Puerto Rico 87, Australia 82
Spain 76, Serbia-Montenegro 68
Italy 89, China 52
Lithuania 94, United States 90
Greece 88, Angola 56
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Lithuanian guard Sarunas Jasikevicius,
whose off-target 3-pointer kept his team from pulling off the
biggest upset of the Sydney Olympics, didn't miss when it counted
against the Americans in a thrilling 94-90 victory.
He hit three in a row from behind the arc as the fourth quarter
wound down, including a rare four-point play that put Lithuania
ahead to stay. He finished with 28 points.
The loss was the second of the Athens Games for the Americans,
matching their total from the country's first 68 years of Olympic
competition. The U.S. team can make it to the quarterfinals with a
victory Monday over Angola.
Luis Scola scored 25 points and Manu Ginobili added 19, leading
Argentina past New Zealand and into the Olympic quarterfinals for
the first time since 1952.
Behind the 3-point shooting of Pero Cameron, New Zealand turned
a 90-84 deficit with four minutes to play into a one-point game
with 1:08 left. Argentina scored the next five points from the free
throw line to seal the victory.
A late three-point play by Carlos Arroyo gave Puerto Rico a lead
over Australia, and the Puerto Ricans qualified for the
Spain clinched first place in its group and put
Serbia-Montenegro into a must-win situation against China in its
final preliminary round game Monday.
Giacomo Galanda scored 22 points for Italy, handing China it's
third loss of the tournament.
Italy (2-2) put itself in good position to advance to the
quarterfinals. It moves on to the round of eight with a win over
Argentina in its final preliminary round game Monday, and can still
advance with a loss by virtue of most of the tiebreakers over the
three teams tied at 1-3, New Zealand, China and Serbia-Montenegro.
Yao Ming and Li Nan each had nine points for China, which has
little hope of advancing even if it beats Serbia-Montenegro Monday.
Track and Field
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Yuliya Nesterenko broke a 20-year American
lock on the Olympic 100 meters, edging a 20-year-old who may be the
next great U.S. sprinter.
Nesterenko, a Belarusian who had never broken 11 seconds before
the Olympics but did it in all four rounds here, won gold in 10.93
Lauryn Williams, the NCAA champion from the University of Miami,
was second in a personal-best 10.96. Veronica Campbell of Jamaica
got the bronze in 10.97. Americans had won the previous five gold
medals in the women's 100.
There was a stunning suprise in the pole vault, where defending
Olympic champion Stacy Dragila failed to make it out of qualifying.
The American won when the vault debuted as a women's event at the
2000 Sydney Olympics.
Dragila missed three attempts at 14 feet, 51/4 inches (4.40
meters). After her third miss, she shook her head in dismay.
Her shocking elimination was a blow to U.S. hopes of surpassing
its total of 20 medals from Sydney. It came three days after a
disappointment in the men's shot put, in which the U.S. squad hoped
for a sweep but ended up with only Adam Nelson's silver.
Americans Lauryn Williams and LaTasha Colander sped into the
100-meter final behind Yuliya Nesterenko of Belarus, but two-time
winner Gail Devers was eliminated along with gold-medal favorite
Christine Arron of France.
Williams, the 20-year-old NCAA champion from the University of
Miami, won her heat in 11.01 seconds. Colander was fourth in that
heat, barely edging 44-year-old Merlene Ottey for a spot in the
final later Saturday.
In the other heat, Arron got a terrible start, appearing to
stumble in the opening meters. She quickly found herself behind the
field and finished sixth in 11.21. Devers was seventh in 11.22.
In the men's 100, five men broke 10 seconds. Shawn Crawford's
time of 9.89 was the best of the round but several top competitors
slowed before the end -- which means there could be some incredibly
fast times in Sunday's semifinals and final.
Thirteen days after undergoing knee surgery, world champion Jana
Pittman of Australia made a remarkable comeback by winning her
preliminary heat of the women's 400-meter hurdles in 54.83 seconds.
Carolina Kluft of Sweden won the gold medal in the heptathlon
with a score of 6,755. Austra Skujyte of Lithuania won the silver
with 6,435. Kelly Sotherton of Britain won bronze.
Natalya Sadova of Russia won the discus gold medal with a throw
of 209-10. Anastasia Kelesidou of Greece won silver and Irina
Yatchenko of Belarus the bronze.
Iraq 1, Australia 0
Paraguay 3, South Korea 2
Argentina 4, Costa Rica 0
Italy 1, Mali 0
IRAKLION, Greece (AP) -- Emad Mohammed's 12-yard bicycle kick in
the 64th minute gave Iraq a 1-0 victory over Australia in the
quarterfinals, putting the war-torn country in position to compete
for only the second Olympic medal in the nation's history.
Iraq will play either Paraguay or South Korea in the semifinals
Tuesday. Even a loss would put the Iraqis in the bronze medal game,
where they could become the first athletes from their country to
win a medal since Abdul Wahid Aziz's weightlifting bronze in Rome
In other quarterfinals, Argentina beat Costa Rica and Italy beat
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- South Korea beat Taiwan 251-245 to win the
gold medal in men's team archery.
Im Dong-hyun, Park Kyung-mo and Jang Yong-ho won South Korea's
third archery gold of these Olympics. Ukraine beat the United
States 237-235 to win the bronze.
The Koreans also won three golds in 2000.
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Zhang Jiewen and Yang Wei of China won the
gold medal in women's badminton, beating Huang Sui and Gao Ling of
China 7-15, 15-4, 15-8. Ra Kyung-min and Lee Kyung-won of South
Korea won the bronze.
Taufik Hidayat of Indonesia won the men's gold, beating Shon
Seung-mo of South Korea, 15-8,15-7. Soni Dwi Kuncoro of Indonesia
Japan 4, Taiwan 3, 10 innings
Cuba 5, Canada 2
Greece 12, Italy 7
Australia 22, Netherlands 2
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Greece won for the first time ever in
Olympic baseball, getting 14 hits from its Greek-American lineup to
beat Italy 12-7 in a showdown between the two weakest teams in the
Japan beat Taiwan on Michihiro Ogasawara's sacrifice fly. With
runners on second and third, Yoshimoto Tani was intentionally
walked with one out. Ogasawara's fly to left scored Yoshinobu
Takahashi, whose homer in the seventh tied it at 3.
Antonio Scull hit a two-run home run in the second for Cuba,
which improved to 5-1.
Australia (4-2)is assured, along with Canada (4-2), of advancing
to the semifinals.
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- The two American women's pairs advanced to
the quarterfinals with straight-set victories in their medal-round
Fourth-ranked Holly McPeak and Elaine Youngs defeated
12th-seeded Czech pair Eva Celbova and Sona Novakova 21-16, 21-16.
Misty May and Kerri Walsh, the No. 1 seeds, beat seventh-seeded
Chinese duo Tian Jia and Wang Fei 21-11, 21-18.
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Andre Dirrell advanced into the boxing
quarterfinals, needing just two rounds to beat Algeria's Nabil
Kassel 27-7 in a middleweight bout.
Earlier, flyweight Ron Siler was the fifth American to be
eliminated, losing 45-22 to Uzbekistan's Tulashboy Doniyorov.
Three other U.S. fighters also reached the quarterfinals: light
heavyweight Andre Ward, heavyweight Devin Vargas and super
heavyweight Jason Estrada.
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Britain's Bradley Wiggins won the gold
medal in men's individual pursuit, finishing the 4,000-meter final
in 4 minutes, 16.304 seconds.
Wiggins' time was 4.132 seconds ahead of silver medalist Brad
McGee of Australia. Spain's Sergi Escobar, with a time of 4:17.947,
beat Britain's Rob Hayles for bronze.
Germany's team sprint trio of Jens Fiedler, Rene Wolff and
Stefan Nimke edged Japan for the gold medal. The Germans finished
in 43.980 seconds. Japan's time for the three-lap gold medal race
was 44.246 seconds. France won the bronze medal in 44.359 seconds.
In the 3-kilometer pursuit, New Zealand's Sarah Ulmer set a
world record to lead qualifying. She was timed in 3:26.400 to
improve the mark of 3:29.945 Australia's Katie Mactier had set
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Defending Olympic champion Laura Wilkinson
of the United States was fourth after the platform diving
semifinals, needing a comeback and some mistakes by competitors for
a chance at another medal.
Chinese teammates Lao Lishi and Li Ting were 1-2 heading into
Sunday's final. The duo already won gold in the synchronized
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- France was awarded the gold medal in the
three-day equestrian team event and Britain's Leslie Law got the
individual gold after three countries won a joint appeal against an
earlier decision that gave both victories to Germany.
The ruling Saturday by the Court of Arbitration for Sport means
Germany drops to fourth in the team event while Britain gets silver
and the United States takes the bronze.
Since the team event was also a qualifier for the individual
medals, the decision stripped Bettina Hoy of her gold medal, giving
it to Law. American Kim Severson moved up to silver from bronze and
Pippa Funnell of Britain took third.
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- After upsetting Germany in the
quarterfinals, the United States men's foil fencing squad lost to
China in the semifinals and then to Russia in the bronze-medal
Italy won the gold medal, fending off a late run by China to win
In their medal match, the Americans were tied with 10 points to
go, then were down 41-38 when Dan Kellner and Youri Motchan both
recorded touches. The referee awarded the point to Russia and
Moltchan went on to close it out.
New Zealand 2, India 1
South Korea 11, Egypt 0
Spain 4, Pakistan 0
Germany 4, Britain 1
Netherlands 4, Argentina 2
Australia 3, South Africa 2
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- New Zealand scored a last-minute goal for
a 2-1 win that denied India a chance at winning a ninth Olympic
men's field hockey gold medal.
New Zealand's winning goal was scored by Hayden Shaw on a
penalty corner. Claiming the game had ended, the Indian delegation
lodged an official complaint immediately after the game. The appeal
Also, Lee Jung-seon scored five goals to help South Korea beat
Egypt. Eduardo Tabau scored three for Spain. The Netherlands
improved to 4-0 in Group B, and Australia improved to 3-0-1.
United States 3, Australia 1 (25-19, 23-25, 25-13, 25-19)
Italy 3, Netherlands 0 (25-19, 25-21, 25-20)
Poland 3, Tunisia 1 (25-18, 23-25, 25-19, 25-23)
Serbia and Montenegro 3, Argentina 1 (21-25, 25-17, 25-21, 25-23)
Greece 3, France 2 (25-22, 14-25, 26-24, 23-25, 15-10)
Brazil 3, Russia 0 (25-19, 25-13, 25-23)
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Delighting the home crowd, Greece beat
France to reach the medal round in the country's first Olympic
men's volleyball appearance.
The Greeks won in five sets, 25-22, 14-25, 26-24, 23-25, 15-10,
and clinched a berth in the quarterfinals with its third victory of
Ryan Millar scored 17 points for the United States, which
grabbed the fourth and final spot in the quarterfinals from Pool B.
The Americans got a place in the medal round with a four-set
victory over Australia and Italy's sweep of the Netherlands.
In Pool A, Michal Bakiewicz scored 18 points to lead Poland to a
four-set victory over winless Tunisia. The Poles and the French are
in contention for the final spot in the medal round.
Vladimir Grbic had 14 kills for defending gold medalist Serbia
and Montenegro, which beat Argentina in four sets to move into a
tie for first place in Pool A.
The Serbs, without starter Ivan Miljkovic because of a fever,
and the Argentines have clinched spots in the quarterfinals.
Brazil remained undefeated.
SCHINIAS, Greece (AP) -- Britain's Matthew Pinsent won his fourth
gold medal after his boat beat Canada in the coxless four in a
finish that left every Briton in the venue cheering wildly.
Britain was first with a time of 6:06.98, or .08 seconds ahead
of Canada. Italy took bronze, 3.43 seconds behind Britain.
Hungary 35, Brazil 26
Ukraine 29, Greece 20
South Korea 36, Spain 21
France 29, Angola 21
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Bojana Radulovics scored 10 goals to lead
Hungary over Brazil.
Woo Sun-hee and Lee Sang-eun each scored seven goals for South
Korea, Nataliya Lyapina had seven for Ukraine, and Veronique
Pecqueux Rolland led France with eight.
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Americans Paul Foerster and Kevin Burnham
won the first Olympic titles of their long careers, dominating
their British rivals in the 470 class.
Foerster and Burnham gained control over Nick Rogers and Joe
Glanfield during pre-start maneuvers and never let up. Rogers and
Glanfield got the silver, and Kazuto Seki and Kenjiro Todoroki of
Japan got the bronze.
Britain's Ben Ainsley won the gold medal in the Finn class.
Silver went to Rafael Trujillo of Spain, while Mateusz
Kusznierewicz of Poland took bronze.
In the 470, Natalia Via Dufresne and Sandra Azon of Spain took
silver and Sweden's Therese Torgersson and Vendela Zachrisson got
bronze. The gold was clinched earlier by Sofia Bekatorou and
Aimilia Tsoulfa of Greece.
In the Yngling class, Ruslana Taran, Ganna Kalinina and Svitlana
Matevusheva of Ukraine took the silver medal. The Danish crew of
Dorte Jensen, Helle Jespersen and Christina Borregaard Otzen took
bronze. The gold was clinched earlier by Britain's Shirley
Robertson, Sarah Webb and Sarah Ayton.
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Ralf Schumann of Germany shot 102.9 in the
final round to win the gold medal in 25-meter rapid-fire pistol.
Russian Sergei Poliakov shot 100.7 in the final to finish with
692.7 and the silver. His countryman, Sergei Alifirenko shot 100.3
and won bronze.
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Chen Qi and Ma Lin of China won the gold
medal in doubles table tennis, beating Lai Chak Ko and Ching Li of
Hong Kong 11-6, 11-9, 7-11, 11-8, 8-11, 11-5.
Michael Maze and Finn Tugwell of Denmark won the bronze.
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Yuri Nikitin of Ukraine won the men's
trampoline gold with 41.5 points, topping five-time world champion
Alexander Moskalenko of Russia.
Moskalenko, who came out of retirement to win trampoline's first
gold medal in Sydney, won silver with 41.2 points. World champion
Henrik Stehlik of Germany won the bronze with 40.80 points.
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Justine Henin-Hardenne of Belgium won the
singles gold medal, beating Amelie Mauresmo of France 6-3, 6-3 in
the final. Alicia Molik of Australia beat Anastasia Myskina of
Russia 6-3, 6-4 for the bronze.
Sidelined by a viral infection, Henin-Hardenne had won once in
the past four months. She hadn't played at all since May, when she
was upset in the second round of the French Open as the defending
Fernando Gonzalez of Chile saved two match points and outlasted
Taylor Dent of the United States 6-4, 2-6, 16-14 to win the men's
singles tennis bronze medal in a 31/2-hour match.
Paola Suarez and Patricia Tarabini gave Argentina its first
Olympic tennis medal since 1992 by beating Shinobu Asagoe and Ai
Sugiyama of Japan 6-3, 6-3 for the doubles bronze.
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- A former world champion Russian
weightlifter was pulled from the Olympics because of a positive
Albina Khomich was barred from competing in the 165-pound
(75-kg) heavyweight division by the international weightlifting
federation after testing positive in a pre-competition screening by
the Russian federation.
Also, Tang Gonghong of China broke world records in the clean
and jerk and total lift for women's super heavyweights while
winning the gold medal.
Tang raised 402 pounds (182.5 kg) on her final attempt in the
clean and jerk to break her own record of 3851/2 pounds (175 kg), set
in April. She used the record lift to overtake silver medalist Jang
Mi-ran of South Korea. Agata Wrobel of Poland took bronze.
Tang's total of 672 pounds (305 kg) also was a record,
surpassing the 667 pounds (302.5 kg) she lifted in April.
George Asanidze of Georgia won the gold medal in the 85-kilogram
class with 843 pounds (382.5 kg). Andrei Rybakou of Belarus won the
silver medal. Pyrros Dimas of Greece, trying for a record fourth
straight gold, won the bronze.
Hungary 14, Kazakhstan 4
Italy 13, Egypt 4
Germany 11, Spain 5
Greece 10, Australia 9
Russia 9, United States 7
Serbia-Montenegro 11, Croatia 8
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Russia got three goals each from Alexander
Eryshov and Revaz Chomakhidze, forcing the United States into a
make-or-break match against Serbia-Montenegro.
Monday's last round will determine who reaches the
quarterfinals. The loser of the Serbia-United States match drops
out of medal contention.
Aleksandar Sapic scored five goals as the Serbians held off
Tamas Kasas and Gergely Kiss scored three goals apiece and Tibor
Benedek and Peter Biros each scored twice as world and Olympic
champion Hungary improved to 4-0 at the Athens Games.
Alberto Angelini and Roberto Calcaterra each scored three times
in Italy's win over Egpyt, while Greek center Theodoros
Chatzitheodorou scored three goals, including the winner with 17
seconds remaining, against Australia.
The Germans beat Spain, with Tim Wollthan scoring three times.
Italy, Greece and Germany are all 3-1 in Group B with one round
remaining. Spain is 2-2 and in danger of missing the quarterfinals.