Highlights of action Saturday at the Games
Posted: Sunday August 22, 2004 3:12AM; Updated: Sunday August 22, 2004 3:12AM
Saturday, Aug. 21
--With star swimmer Michael Phelps watching from the stands after giving his spot to teammate Ian Crocker, the United States won gold in the men's 400-meter medley relay in a world-record time of 3:30.68.
--Yuliya Nesterenko of Belarus won the gold medal in the 100-meter sprint with a time of 10.93 seconds, breaking a 20-year American lock on the event.
--Sarunas Jasikevicius scored 28 points, including a late four-point play that put Lithuania in control during a 94-90 win over the United States.
--Emad Mohammed's 12-yard bicycle kick gave Iraq a 1-0 win over Australia in men's soccer, putting the Iraqis in position for only their second-ever Olympic medal.
--Petria Thomas overtook Jenny Thompson on the third leg of the women's 400-meter medley swimming relay, helping Australia upset the United States in a world-record time of 3:57.32.
The International Gymnastics Federation determined a scoring mistake at the all-around gymnastics final cost Yang Tae-young the gold that went to American Paul Hamm. The South Korean got bronze instead. Three judges were suspended, but results will not be changed.
American pole vaulter Stacy Dragila failed to make it out of qualifying, a shocking disappointment for the medal favorite and former world record holder. The defending Olympic champion missed three attempts at 14 feet, 51/4 inches, well below her best of 15-10.
Olympic organizers said track and field events at the main stadium were sold out Saturday and overall sales were closing in on the projections. Ticket sales were at 3.3 million out of a total of 5.3 million available. The goal was to sell 3.4 million.
Greek officials found 641 boxes containing food supplements with the stimulant ephedrine in a warehouse used by Christos Tsekos, the coach at the center of a doping scandal involving star sprinters Kostas Kenteris and Katerina Thanou.
Two Greek anarchists were arrested on charges they attacked and slightly injured four Spanish television journalists in Athens to cover the Olympics. The crew from Televisiona Espanola was taping around Monastiraki square, a tourist district at the foot of the Acropolis.
The women's marathon will follow part of the 26.2-mile path the race covered in 1896, when Athens hosted the first modern Olympics. The men run one week later. ... Paul Hamm and Svetlana Khorkina return to the gym -- Hamm on the floor and pommel horse and Khorkina going for her third straight gold on the uneven bars. ... Maurice Greene tries to keep his title as the world's fastest man in the 100-meter finals. ... The dominant U.S. women's softball team has a rematch with rival Australia, with the winner advancing to Monday's gold-medal game.
The mercury climbed to 98 degrees under clear skies Saturday at the Olympic stadium. The forecast for Sunday is for 100 with mostly clear skies.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
"Wow. I did something no one's ever done in the sport of swimming before."
-- Phelps, who tied an Olympic record with his eighth medal when the United States swimmers won the 400-meter individual medley.