ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Rulon Gardner was in another Olympic
wrestling upset -- his own.
One of the biggest stars of the 2000 Summer Games, Gardner was
thrown to the mat in overtime Wednesday by Kazakhstan's Georgi
Tsurtsumia and lost 4-1 in his Greco-Roman semifinal match. He won
the bronze medal later in the day, defeating Sajad Barzi of Iran
Gardner was as surprised as anyone when Tsurtsumia somehow
pulled off the winning 3-point move in their 264 1/2-pound (120kg)
match, especially after spending much of the match visibly wearing
down the younger wrestler.
Tsurtsumia looked upward at the scoreboard, still unsure for
just a moment that he'd won, then jumped jubilantly into his
Gardner went from obscurity to celebrity after his stunning
upset four years ago of the once-invincible Alexander Karelin,
generally considered the greatest wrestler of all time. But Gardner
has fought through a long succession of physical ailments since
He lost a toe -- and nearly his life -- after a February 2002
snowmobiling accident left him stranded for 18 hours in the
wilderness of Wyoming. He survived a motorcycle crash earlier this
year, only to severely dislocate his right wrist in a pickup
The short version of the match from Gardner: He aggressively
went at Tsurtsumia, trying to take the lead against a tiring
opponent, but left himself unguarded and Tsurtsumia stepped around
and took him to the mat.
"One throw and that's the whole match," Gardner said. "One
Winning golds were Hungary's Istvan Majoros at 121 pounds
(55kg); Azerbaijan's Farid Mansurov at 1451/2 pounds (66kg); and two
Russians, Alexei Michine at 185 pounds (84kg) and Khasan Baroev at
264 1/2 pounds (120kg).
Track and Field
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Marion Jones will be part of the U.S.
Olympic 400-meter relay team, coach Sue Humphrey announced.
Jones' participation had been a subject of speculation because
she is being investigated by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency. However,
she has not been charged with any doping offense.
Jones also qualified for the long jump finals with the
seventh-best jump of the qualifying round: 21 feet, 113/4 inches.
Allen Johnson, a four-time world champion and the 1996 Olympic
gold medalist, made a shocking exit from the second round of the
110-meter hurdles. He tripped over the ninth hurdle, then stumbled
and fell underneath the last one.
Allyson Felix narrowly missed becoming a teenage gold medalist
when she was beaten in the 200 by Jamaica's Veronica Campbell.
Campbell won in a personal-best 22.05 seconds.
The biggest thrill of the night for Greek fans came when
countrywoman Fani Halkia won the 400-meter hurdles in 52.82
Olga Kuzenkova of Russia won the gold medal in the hammer throw
with an Olympic record of 246 feet, 1 inch.
U.S. 102, Greece 72
Russia 70, Czech Republic 49
Brazil 67, Spain 63
Australia 94, New Zealand 55
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- The United States hushed a boisterous
crowd, putting six players in double figures and advancing to the
Shannon Johnson and Tina Thompson led the Americans with 20
Russia beat the Czech Republic and will meet the Americans in
the semifinals, a rematch of the final of the 2002 world
championships, which the U.S. team won.
Janeth Arcain went 6-for-6 from the free throw line over the
final 37 seconds, and Brazil advanced to the semifinals for the
third straight Olympics.
Lauren Jackson had 28 points and nine rebounds to lead Australia
over New Zealand.
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- A windsurfer whose first name means
"wave" in Hebrew gave Israel its first Olympic gold medal ever.
Gal Fridman sailed a remarkably consistent regatta, never
finishing worse than eighth in the 11-race series. He placed second
in Wednesday's decisive race.
After Fridman crossed the finish line, he took a victory dip and
then wrapped himself in an Israeli flag when he came out of the
In 12 previous Olympics dating to 1952, Israel had won only one
silver and three bronze medals. Fridman won a bronze in his event
Faustine Merret of France won the gold in the women's race.
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Kate Allen of Austria passed half of the
field during the final leg of the swim-cycle-run endurance test,
finishing in 2 hours, 4 minutes, 43.45 seconds.
Closer to the rear of the pack than the front for most of the
race, she passed everyone during the closing 10-kilometer run,
including leader Loretta Harrop of Australia only a few strides
before the finish.
Susan Williams, the last American to qualify for the race over
the summer, won the bronze despite crashing early in the cycling
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Anky van Grunsven and her horse Salinero
danced their way to gold in the Olympic individual dressage finals.
Van Grunsven of the Netherlands finished first in the musical
freestyle to overtake Germany's Ulla Salzgeber on Rusty, who had
been leading. Final scores were 79.278 percent for Van Grunsven to
78.833 percent for Salzgeber. Bronze went to Spain's Beatriz
Ferrer-Salat on Beauvalais, who finished with 76.667 percent.
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Ryan Bayley of Australia added the Keirin
title to his sprint gold medal, highlighting Australia's
overwhelming dominance of cycling at the Athens Games.
Bayley is the double individual gold medalist, and teammate
Graeme Brown won gold in both the team pursuit and Wednesday's
Brown teamed up with Stuart O'Grady for the Madison.
Russian veteran Olga Slyusareva controlled the points race from
start to finish and finally added an Olympic gold to her impressive
list of titles.
The United States failed to win a track cycling medal for the
first time since 1976.
Cuba 6, Australia 2
Japan 11, Canada 2
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- With a relentless, balanced offense, Cuba
rolled over upstart Australia to win the gold medal -- its third in
four tries since the sport gained Olympic status.
The Cubans pounded out 13 hits, including a two-run home run by
Frederich Cepeda, a two-run double by Eduardo Parent and a two-run
single by Eriel Sanchez.
With the United States failing to even make the eight-team
field, Cuba had been expected to vie for the gold medal with a
Japanese "dream team" stocked with top pros. But Australia
stunned the favored Japanese 1-0 in the semifinals.
Openly frustrated by its loss, Japan routed Canada to win the
bronze medal. Kenji Jojima hit a two-run home run, and Tsuyoshi
Wada struck out six in five innings.
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Yulia Pakhalina of Russia led the Olympic
preliminaries of 3-meter springboard diving, beating out Canada's
Blythe Hartley and China's Guo Jingjing.
The Americans had another frustrating day at the pool. Rachelle
Kunkel advanced to the semifinals with a 12th-place showing, but
Kimiko Soldati was quickly eliminated from her only event.
SCHINIAS, Greece (AP) -- Atlanta Olympic champion Martin Doktor
of the Czech Republic will get a chance to regain his flatwater
canoe crown in a race against the man who took it from him in
Doktor easily won his semifinal heat in the 1,000-meter single
canoe (C-1), setting up a showdown in the finals with defending
gold medalist and three-time defending world champion Andreas
Dittmer of Germany.
Men's Water Polo
Russia 12, Germany 5
Serbia-Montenegro 7, Spain 5
Australia 10, Kazakhstan 5
Croatia 12, Egypt 1
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Revaz Chomakhidze scored three first-half
goals, and Russia overpowered Germany to set up an Olympic water
polo semifinal against defending champion Hungary.
Aleksandar Sapic scored three times -- including twice in a
minute in the last quarter to break a 5-5 deadlock -- to propel
Serbia-Montenegro into a semifinal against Greece.
Pietro Figlioli and Nathan Thomas scored twice each to help
Australia beat Kazakhstan.
Damir Buric scored three goals for Croatia.
Russia 3, Serbia-Montenegro 1 (29-27, 23-25, 27-25, 28-26)
Italy 3, Argentina 1 (22-25, 25-22, 26-24, 28-26)
United States 3, Greece 2 (25-20, 22-25, 25-27, 25-23, 17-15)
Brazil 3, Poland 0 (25-22, 27-25, 25-18)
ATHENS, Greece -- Russia defeated defending Olympic champion
Serbia-Montenegro in a four-set quarterfinal match -- avenging a
loss in the 2000 final in Sydney to the team then known as
Serguey Tetyukhin scored 22 points, including the winning kill
in the crucial third set after Russia fended off game point twice.
Up next for the Russians in Friday's semifinals is Italy, which
beat Argentina in four sets.
The United States beat Greece with a wild five-set comeback and
advanced to play Brazil in the other semifinal. The Americans
overcome a 20-12 deficit in the fourth set and fended off match
point in the fifth.
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Emanuel Rego and Ricardo Santos, the
world's top-ranked beach volleyball team, overpowered Spain's
Javier Bosma and Pablo Herrera 21-16, 21-15 to capture the gold
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Americans Alison Bartosik and Anna Kozlova
earned a bronze medal in the Olympic duet final, finishing behind
the Russians and Japanese.
Anastasia Davydova and Anastasia Ermakova won the gold with
99.334 points. Miya Tachibana and Miho Takeda took silver with
Bartosik and Kozlova totaled 96.918.
Netherlands 3, Germany 2
Australia 6, Spain 3
Pakistan 3, India 0
New Zealand 4, South Korea 3
Britain 4, Argentina 1
South Africa 5, Egypt 1
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Australia and the Netherlands advanced to
the final of the men's Olympic field hockey tournament, with the
Aussies overcoming Spain and the Dutch defeating Germany in the
Grant Schubert and Michael McCann each scored twice for
In a highly anticipated classification showdown, Pakistan won
its sixth game in six meetings with India this year.
Greg Nicol scored three goals for South Africa.
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Iran's Hossein Rezazadeh won the Olympic
super heavyweight lifting title. He had a 581-pound (263.5-kg)
clean and jerk, setting a world record and matching the record
total lift of 1,041.7 pounds (472.5 kg) he set four years ago in
Silver medalist Viktors Scerbatihs of Latvia was 38.6 pounds
(17.5 kg) behind Rezazadeh. Velichko Cholakov of Bulgaria won the
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Andre Dirrell of the United States
narrowly beat Cuba's Yordani Despaigne to advance to the Olympic
In another quarterfinal, Thailand middleweight Suriya
Prasathinphimai upset Ukraine's Oleg Mashkin 28-22.
Suriya next faces Russia's Gaydarbek Gaydarbekov, the silver
medalist four years ago in Sydney. Gaydarbekov beat Cameroon's
Hassan Ndam Njikam 26-13.