ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Yelena Isinbayeva of Russia broke the
world record in the women's pole vault for the fourth time this
year, easily clearing 16 feet, 1 1/4 inches (4.91 meters) to take the
gold medal Tuesday night.
Before her record vault, Isinbayeva celebrated clinching the
Olympic title after the final failed attempt by her last remaining
competitor, teammate Svetlana Feofanova.
Isinbayeva then cleared the height without touching the bar,
bettering her own record of 16 feet, 3/4 inches (4.90) set in London
on July 30. The vault also broke by a wide margin the inaugural
Olympic record of 15 feet, 1 inch (4.60); the event debuted four
years ago in Sydney.
Feofanova, the 2003 world champion, won the silver with a vault
of 15 feet, 7 inches (4.75). Anna Rogowska of Poland took bronze
with 15 feet, 5 inches (4.70).
Four-time world 1,500 champion Hicham El Guerrouj of Morocco, a
heartbreak loser at the last two Olympics, held off Bernard Lagat
down the stretch to win in 3 minutes, 34.18 seconds.
El Guerrouj edged Lagat by .12 seconds. Rui Silva of Portugal
won the bronze. El Guerrouj has lost just four races in the last
eight years, but two of those defeats came at the 1996 and 2000
Roman Sebrle of the Czech Republic won the gold in the decathlon
with an Olympic-record score of 8,893. Bryan Clay of Azusa, Calif.,
got the silver with 8,820 and Dmitriy Karpov of Kazakhstan won the
bronze with 8,725.
American Joanna Hayes of Los Angeles won the gold in the
100-meter hurdles in an Olympic-record time of 12.37 seconds. Olena
Krasovska of Ukraine got the silver medal and Melissa Morrison of
Columbia, S.C., won the bronze.
Tonique Williams-Darling of the Bahamas won the gold medal in
the 400-meter run with a time of 49.41 seconds. Ana Guevara of
Mexico got the silver medal and Natalya Antyukh of Russia won the
Kenyans swept the 3,000-meter steeplechase. Ezekiel Kemboi won
the gold in 8:05.81. Brimin Kipruto got the silver medal and Paul
Kipsiele Koech took the bronze.
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- The Hungarian gold medalist in the men's
discus was stripped of his title for failing to provide a drug test
sample in an apparent attempt to beat the screening system.
Robert Fazekas, who won the discus on Monday night with an
Olympic record throw of 232 feet, 8 inches, was disqualified from
the competition and expelled from the games by the International
Olympic Committee executive board.
He is the second athlete in two days to lose a gold medal for
doping. Russian shot putter Irina Korzhanenko's gold was revoked
Monday after she tested positive for steroids.
In another case Tuesday at the drug-tainted Athens Games,
Belarusian high jumper Aleksey Lesnichiy was kicked out after
testing positive for the steroid clenbuterol, the IOC said. He
failed to clear a height in Friday's qualifying round.
Fazekas never got to wear the gold medal because the award
ceremony wasn't held until Tuesday night. The title went instead to
Lithuania's Virgilijus Alekna, who had finished second with a throw
of 229 feet, 3 inches. Another Hungarian, Zoltan Kovago, was bumped
from bronze to silver. Fourth-place finisher Aleksander Tammert of
Estonia moved to third.
Australia 1, Japan 0
Cuba 8, Canada 5
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Brendan Kingman's sixth-inning single sent
Australia to a 1-0 victory over stunned Japan, putting the Aussies
in the gold medal baseball game.
Australia will play Cuba for the title, after the Cubans rallied
to beat Canada 8-5 in the other semifinal. Japan faces Canada for
Cuba scored six runs in the eighth inning to take the lead, but
Canada got two back in the top of the ninth and nearly tied it.
With two runners on-base and two out, Canada's Kevin Nicholson hit
a deep fly ball that Frederich Cepeda caught at the top of the
Kingman singled off right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka to score the
lone run for Australia.
Right-hander Chris Oxspring gave up five hits and struck out
five in 6 2-3 innings. Oxspring pitched out of the bullpen for San
Diego's Triple-A Portland Beavers before heading for Athens.
Japan's best threat came in the bottom of the seventh, when
Oxspring retired the first two batters. A pair of errors put
runners on first and third, but right-hander Jeff Williams retired
Atsushi Fujimoto on a popup. Japan didn't get a hit the rest of the
way. Williams appeared in 37 games for the Los Angeles Dodgers
before signing with Japan's Hanshin Tigers last year.
Determined to reach the gold medal game, Japan sent a roster
loaded with players from its pro leagues after it didn't win a
medal in 2000. A bunch of career minor leaguers led the Aussies to
their biggest victory in international play.
Argentina 3, Italy 0
Paraguay 3, Iraq 1
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Argentina will meet Paraguay in an all
South American Olympic final.
The Iraqi soccer team's improbable run at the gold medal ended
with a loss to Paraguay in Thessaloniki. The Iraqis still have a
chance for a bronze, which would be their war-weary nation's first
medal in 44 years.
Paraguay made history of its own, getting two goals from Jose
Cardozo and one from Fredy Bareiro to advance to Saturday's
gold-medal game. Gold or silver, it will be the first Olympic medal
of any sort for Paraguay. Iraq and Italy will play for the bronze
Budding star Carlos Tevez scored his seventh goal in five
matches to give Argentina the lead over Italy in the 16th minute.
River Plate's Luis Gonzalez scored in the 69th and Mariano Gonzalez
put the game out of reach six minutes from the end. Argentina has
outscored the opposition 16-0 in five matches.
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Top-ranked American beach volleyball pair
Misty May and Kerri Walsh defeated second-seeded Brazilians Shelda
Bede and Adriana Behar 21-17, 21-11 , capping the most dominant run
in the sport's history with a gold medal.
Earlier, Americans Holly McPeak and Elaine Youngs won the bronze
medal, beating Australia's Natalie Cook and Nicole Sanderson 21-18,
May and Walsh didn't drop a set in Athens, with the 6-foot-3
Walsh dominating at the net and the quick May scrambling and diving
for every dig.
On match point in a surprisingly lopsided final, Walsh hammered
a spike just inside in the line. Walsh fell to her knees as May ran
to embrace her. They raced to the stands and grabbed American flags
as "Born in the USA" blared over the speakers at the Olympics'
May and Walsh have been gold-medal favorites since last year,
when they began an unprecedented 90-match, 15-tournament winning
Nigeria 68, South Korea 64
China 82, Japan 63
In women's classification games, Nigeria earned its first win of
the competition, beating winless South Korea to finish 11th. The
Nigerians, making their first appearance at the Olympics,
celebrating in the middle of the court after the game. China
outscored Japan 31-15 in the fourth quarter to take ninth place.
Serbia-Montenegro 85, Angola 62
Australia 98, New Zealand 80
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Serbia-Montenegro, the two-time defending
world champion, beat Angola to finish 11th in the Olympic men's
tournament. The Serbs dropped to last place in their first-round
group on Monday, after losing to Yao Ming and China, which grabbed
the last quarterfinal berth in Group A.
Australia's Shane Heal was carried off the court on his
teammates' shoulders after Australia won the game for ninth place.
The four-time Olympian scored 30 points in his last game. Heal, 33,
has announced his retirement from basketball.
Heal was 6-of-7 from 3-point range and had 20 points at halftime
as Australia (2-4) took a 48-34 lead. Like five-time Olympian
Andrew Gaze, who retired after the Sydney Games, Heal will retire
without a medal because Australia's best finish remains fourth -- in
1988, 1996 and 2000.
Women's Water Polo
Italy 6, United States 5
Greece 6, Australia 2
Russia 12, Hungary 11, OT
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Manuela Zanchi scored with two seconds
left to give Italy an upset victory over the world champion
Americans, setting up a matchup against Greece in the women's
Greece beat defending Olympic champion Australia. The United
States will play Australia for bronze in a rematch of the Sydney
"I'm very shocked. I didn't expect to lose with two seconds to
go. I really thought we could hold them off," said American
attacker Brenda Villa. "Our goal was the gold medal, but that's
gone. We came here for a medal and we must finish that -- only now
it's for bronze."
Russia scored twice in extra time to edge Hungary for fifth
place after their game was tied 10-10 at the end of regulation.
SCHINIAS, Greece (AP) -- Kayak racer Rami Zur, a former Israeli
Olympian with dual citizenship, looks like the U.S. canoe-kayak
flatwater team's best chance for its first medal since 1992. He
nearly won his 500-meter single kayak (K-1) heat race, finishing
only .26 seconds behind winner Alan van Coller of South Africa,
meaning Zur will race in a semifinal on Thursday.
Zur also raced with Bartosz Wolski in the K-2 500, finishing
fourth, about 2.8 seconds behind heat winners Marek Twardowski and
Adam Wysocki of Poland. That meant a second semifinal berth for
Meanwhile, seven-time gold medalist Birgit Fischer of Germany
continued to make a case that, at 42, she's still the world's best
in her sport. Setting the pace from the front of her pairs kayak,
Fischer and 22-year-old Carolin Leonhardt (born four years after
Fischer's first gold in Moscow) led their 500-meter race from
beginning to end, getting a bye straight to Saturday's final.
No American boats have been eliminated yet, but none made it
straight to the finals.
Women's Field Hockey
Netherlands 2, Argentina 2, Netherlands won 4-2 on penalty
Germany 0, China 0, Germany won 4-3 on penalty strokes
Australia 3, Japan 1
New Zealand 3, South Korea 2, OT
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- In a matchup of 2000 medalists, the
Netherlands defeated Argentina on penalty strokes after playing to
a tie score after regulation and overtime. Argentina, which won the
silver in Sydney, tied the game 2-2 in the 68th minute on when
Maria Magdalena Aicega scored off a penalty corner. After 15
minutes of extra time couldn't break the tie, the game progressed
to penalty strokes.
Janneke Schopman, Ageeth Boomgaardt, Mijntje Donners and Lieve
van Kessel all scored for the Netherlands. Argentina's second
shooter, Maria Cecilia Rognoni, missed her shot wide left. With
Dutch leading 4-2, Netherlands goalkeeper Clarinda Sinnige made a
stick save on Ayelen Iara Stepnik's shot to end it.
The Dutch, who have won bronze medals at the past two Olympics,
will face Germany for the gold medal on Thursday. The Germans
played China to a scoreless tie and got two saves from Louisa
Walter in the penalty-stroke shootout to win. Walter stopped
China's second shot from Gao Lihua. All other shooters scored until
Nie Yali stopped Franziska Gude on Germany fifth attempt to keep
China alive. But Walter saved Zhou Wanfeng on the next shot to
advance to the gold medal match.
Argentina will face China for the bronze.
In classification games, New Zealand needed overtime to defeat
South Korea. Lisa Walton scored the winner in the 80th minute. New
Zealand will face rival Australia on Thursday in the fifth-place
game after the Aussies defeated Japan. South Korea and Japan will
play for seventh.
China 3, Japan 0 (25-20, 25-22, 25-20)
Russia 3, South Korea 0 (25-17, 25-15, 25-22)
Cuba 3, Italy 2 (25-23, 14-25, 22-25, 25-14, 15-12)
Brazil 3, United States 2 (25-22, 25-20, 22-25, 25-27, 15-6)
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Erika Coimbra scored 20 points to lead
unbeaten Brazil to a five-set quarterfinal victory over the United
The Americans overcame erratic serving and several unforced
errors to rally from two sets down and send it to a fifth set. The
drama quickly disappeared when the Brazilians took an 8-2 lead,
though, and the gold medal hopes of the U.S. team vanished a few
The United States and Brazil were the top two ranked teams in
the world when the tournament began, but the Americans lost three
of their five preliminary matches, and got stuck with the lowest
seed for the quarterfinals.
The Brazilians advance to play Russia in the semifinals on
China moved a step closer to its first gold medal in volleyball
since 1984, sweeping Japan in three sets in the quarterfinals
Lina Wang and Ping Zhang scored 12 points apiece for China,
whose superior blocking and patient, controlled offense -- guided by
setter Feng Kun -- proved too much for the Japanese.
China will face Cuba in the semifinals. The Cubans outlasted
Italy in five sets, led by 22 points from Zoila Barros Fernandez.
Ekaterina Gamova, Russia's 6-foot-8 opposite, had 24 points to
lead her team in a sweep of South Korea.
Men's Team Handball
Hungary 30, South Korea 25
Croatia 33, Greece 27
Germany 32, Spain 30, Shootout
Russia 26, France 24
Slovenia 30 Egypt 24
Iceland 29 Brazil 25
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Hungary beat South Korea to advance to the
semifinals. Hungarian captain Istvan Pasztor scored seven times.
Carlos Perez, one of two former Cubans on the Hungarian team, added
four goals. Yoon Kyung-shin scored nine goals for the Koreans.
Hungary will face 2003 world champion Croatia, which defeated
host Greece. Croatia jumped out to a 23-13 lead in the second half
but Greece cut the margin. Croatia's Mirza Dzomba had a game-high
11 goals while Ivano Balic added eight.
Russia, the defending Olympic champion, eliminated France,
putting the 1995 and 2001 world champions out of the tournament.
Vitali Ivanov and Eduard Kokcharov scored five goals each for the
Russia will now meet Germany in the semifinals after the Germans
edged Spain in shootout. The two teams were tied at 27 at the end
of regulation, 28 at the end of the first overtime and 30 at the
end of the second overtime. Germany scored twice in the shootout,
and goalkeeper Henning Fritz saved three Spanish penalty shots,
while a fourth hit the post.
Iceland beat Pan American Games champion Brazil to finish ninth
and Slovenia topped Egypt for 11th.
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- American sailors Tim Wadlow and Pete
Spaulding lost their chance to win a medal in their first Olympics
because of the fickle shifts in the Meltemi wind.
In one race, they picked the left side of the course and watched
the wind swing dramatically to the right. In the next race, they
went to the right and the wind went left. They won their third
race, but it was too late.
Crews from Spain, Ukraine and Britain have locked up the medals,
with only the order to be decided in Thursday's final race. Wadlow,
of Boston, and Spaulding, of Miami, can do no better than fourth
after finishing 10th and 11th in the first two races.
America's Cup star Paul Cayard and crew Phil Trinter battled the
same shifting breeze, and managed to keep themselves in medal
contention in the Star class by rallying again to finish sixth in
the day's only race.
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Ryan Bayley rallied from behind to upset
Dutch world champion Theo Bos 2-1 in the track sprint final, taking
his first major title and confirming Australia's dominance of the
Olympic cycling tournament. Rene Wolff of Germany won the bronze.
In the women's event, Canadian veteran Lori-Ann Muenzer beat
Russia's Tamilla Abassova for Canada's first cycling gold medal,
capping an injury-marred career for the 38-year-old. Australia's
Anna Meares, the time trial gold medalist, took bronze.
Russian teenager Mikhail Ignatyev upset the favorites to win the
points race, relying on his endurance to beat Spain's Joan Llaneras
(silver) and German Guido Fulst (bronze).
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- The Russians and Japanese have a lock on
the top two spots in synchronized swimming and Americans have a
chance at third.
Russia was first with 99.001 points and Japan second with 98.000
after the Olympic duet free preliminary routine. Americans Alison
Bartosik and Anna Kozlova were third with 96.751.
The top 12 teams advanced to Wednesday night's final.
The Americans are in contention for the first U.S. synchro
Olympic medal since 1996. Kozlova was fourth in duet with a
different partner at the Sydney Games four years ago, while the
United States finished fifth in team competition. They will try to
hold off the duo from Spain, who were fourth with 96.084.
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- China's Peng Bo held off Canadian teenager
Alexandre Despatie and four-time Olympian Dmitri Sautin of Russia
to win the 3-meter springboard, giving the Chinese men their third
straight gold medal in the event.
Overall, the Chinese have won four diving golds in Athens,
putting the powerful team in position to equal or beat its five
golds from Sydney in 2000.
The Americans have yet to win a medal of any color, setting up
the possibility of their first Olympic diving shutout since 1912.
Troy Dumais climbed to fourth with a strong opening dive but
couldn't follow it up, slipping back to sixth at the end.
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Dmitri Berestov of Russia took advantage
of a weakened field and a series of missed lifts by the favored
Said Saif Asaad of Qatar to win the Olympic 231 pounds (105kg)
weightlifting gold -- his first title against world-level
Ferenc Gyurkovics of Hungary was an equally surprising silver
medalist, putting up an Olympic record 429 pounds in the snatch
that was quickly matched by Berestov.
Berestov took the gold with a 506-pound lift in the clean and
jerk, while Gyurkovics missed twice before raising 495 pounds.
Bronze medalist Igor Razoronov of Ukraine missed a final attempt of
5111/2 pounds in the clean and jerk that would have given him the
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Andre Ward saved the U.S. boxing team from
its most embarrassing Olympics ever by upsetting two-time world
champion Evgeny Makarenko of Russia in a light heavyweight bout few
gave him a chance to win. Ward won 23-16.
Ward was smaller, less experienced and entered the ring to
resounding boos from the crowd. By the time he left, though, he had
guaranteed himself at least a bronze medal -- and quite possibly
made himself a favorite for the gold.
Ward and middleweight Andre Dirrell are the only two Americans
left in the boxing competition, and the United States was looking
at the real possibility of being shut out of medals for the first
time ever in the Olympics.
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Rulon Gardner, trying to become the first
U.S. Greco-Roman wrestler to win two golds, had a busy day.
He started in the 2641/2-pound (120kg) competition with a
workmanlike 3-0 victory over Lithuania's Mindaugas Mizgaitis,
followed it with a tie-breaking decision over 1996 Olympic bronze
medalist Sergei Moreyko of Bulgaria and, about five hours later, a
3-0 decision over Poland's Marek Mikulski.
The other three Americans to wrestle all were eliminated. Dennis
Hall, of Plover, Wis., trying for a second Olympic medal eight
years after winning his first, beat Petr Svehla of the Czech
Republic 3-2 at 121 pounds (55kg) but was eliminated with a 3-0
loss to pool winner Aleksey Vakulenko of Ukraine.
Brad Vering, from Howells, Neb., was ousted from a three-man
pool at 184 pounds (85kg) pool with a 4-0 loss to Egypt's Mohamed
Mohamed, who won both his pool matches.
Oscar Wood, of Fort Carson, Colo., lost three bouts at 1451/2
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- The Germans clinched their third
equestrian team gold in as many Olympics -- even before their last
rider finished with eight total faults -- followed by the United
States and Sweden for silver and bronze.
Five teams were hoping for their last riders to jump clean to
win the silver, with U.S. hopes riding on Beezie Madden and
Authentic. Madden, of Syracuse, N.Y., came through, tying for
silver with Sweden at 20 faults each and forcing a jump-off.
Madden's teammates flew as well, with three clean rounds to
match three from Sweden, but in a faster total time. The Americans
saved precious seconds by cutting across decorative stones that
were supposed to be circled, and Sweden caught on to the shortcut
too late to catch up.