ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Abby Wambach scored in the 112th minute
with a powerful 10-yard header off a corner kick from Kristine
Lilly to give the United States to a 2-1 overtime victory over
Brazil for the soccer gold medal.
The game marked the final competitive appearance together for
the remaining players from the first World Cup championship team in
1991. The five helped bring their sport to national prominence and
captured the country's imagination by winning the World Cup in
Mia Hamm, Julie Foudy and Joy Fawcett are retiring from the
national team -- although they might play in some farewell
exhibitions this fall -- leaving Lilly and Brandi Chastain as the
last of the old guard.
After the game, the team took a victory lap, waving flags to the
crowd of 10,416 at Karaiskaki Stadium.
Brazil received its first women's soccer medal after finishing
fourth at the last two Olympics. Germany, which beat Sweden 1-0 in
the third-place game, took the bronze.
United States 102, Spain 94
Lithuanians 95, China 75
Italy 83, Puerto Rico 70
Argentina 69, Greece 64
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Stephon Marbury broke a U.S. Olympic
record with 31 points, leading the Americans to a 102-94 victory
over Spain in the Olympic quarterfinals Thursday.
Marbury made six of his team's 12 3-pointers and helped push the
previously undefeated Spaniards out of medal contention.
In the U.S. team's first five games, Marbury scored just 21
points, missing 24 of 30 shots. The Americans lost two of those
games: an embarrassing blowout against Puerto Rico and a
last-minute loss to against Lithuania.
The Lithuanians remained unbeaten with a 95-75 victory over
China, setting up a semifinal game against Italy, which beat Puerto
Rico 83-70. Lithuania has settled for bronze in the last three
In the late game, Argentina earned a semifinal matchup against
the United States by defeating Greece 69-64.
Track and Field
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Shawn Crawford and two teammates capped a
big night for Americans at the track, sweeping the 200-meter medals
despite a rowdy crowd that booed loudest when the U.S. sprinters
were announced before the race.
In a race missing disgraced Greek hero and defending Olympic
champion Kostas Kenteris, Crawford ran a personal-best 19.79
seconds. That was just good enough to edge Bernard Williams, who
tied his personal best of 20.01 seconds for silver. Justin Gatlin,
the 100 champion, won bronze in 20.03.
Dwight Phillips led a 1-2 American finish in the men's long
jump, with NCAA champion John Moffitt taking the silver.
The start of the 200 was delayed for four minutes because
spectators were booing, whistling in derision and chanting
Kenteris' name and "Hellas, Hellas" -- the Greek word for Greece.
The whistles were loudest when the three U.S. sprinters were
Felix Sanchez gave the Dominican Republic its first Olympic gold
medal when he won the men's 400-meter hurdles in 47.63 seconds.
Marion Jones helped the U.S. 400-meter relay team to a time of
41.67, matching the mark it set earlier this month that is best in
the world this year.
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- The U.S. diving team is staring at its
first medals shutout in 92 years after Rachelle Kunkel finished
ninth in the 3-meter springboard, far behind a 1-2 finish by the
Guo Jingjing easily won her country's fifth diving gold of the
Athens Games, while teammate Wu Minxia edged out Russia's Yulia
Pakhalina for the silver.
Women's Water Polo
Italy 10, Greece 9, 2OT
United States 6, Australia 5
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Melania Grego's lob goal with 2:04
remaining in the second overtime gave Italy a come-from-behind
victory over Greece for the Olympic water polo gold medal.
With the game tied 7-7 at the end of regulation, Greece went
ahead 9-7 on goals by Kyriaki Liosi -- her fifth -- and Aikaterini
But Grego and Tania di Mario scored to pull Italy even with nine
seconds remaining in the first extra period.
Ellen Estes scored three times for the United States, which won
the bronze. The Australians edged the United States for gold four
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Upset with marks given to American Mary
Sanders in qualifying, the U.S. team filed an inquiry with the
International Gymnastics Federation seeking a review of her hoop
Sanders finished 18th out of 24 gymnasts in the first of two
qualifying rounds. The top 10 gymnasts after Friday's second round
advance. Sanders received a technical score -- the measure of
difficulty -- of 4.6 in hoop.
The 4.6 was lower than anyone in the field except for
competitors from Australia, South Africa and Cape Verde. The
technical score is one of three elements judged in a rhythmic
routine. The others are artistic value and execution. Sanders'
marks in the other two elements were more in line with the other
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Russia, Japan and the United States were
1-2-3 after the Olympic team technical event, the same places they
finished in the duet competition a day earlier.
Russia was first with 49.667 points and Japan second with
The Americans were third with 48.584, giving them a chance for
their first team medal since they claimed the first Olympic gold in
team competition in 1996.
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Hamish Carter pulled away from Bevan
Docherty on the final lap of the triathlon, giving New Zealand a
1-2 finish in the endurance race. Sven Riederer of Switzerland got
the bronze after fading from the leaders down the stretch.
Carter, Docherty and Riederer ran together for most of the final
leg of the swim-cycle-run event. During the last three kilometers,
the two New Zealanders pulled away, turning it into a two-man race.
Hunter Kemper, the top American, finished ninth.
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Iker Martinez and Xavier Fernandez of
Spain won the gold medal in the 49er class. They finished seventh
in the deciding 16th race aboard their fast skiff to win gold by
five points over Rodion Luka and George Leonchuk of Ukraine.
Britain's Chris Draper and Simon Hiscocks got the bronze.
Brazil's Torben Grael and Marcelo Ferreira clinched the Star
class gold medal with one race left. Grael, 44, won a record fifth
Olympic sailing medal and his second Star gold. He and Ferreira
have won two golds and one bronze together.
SCHINIAS, Greece (AP) -- Frenchman Babak Amir Tahmasseb edged
U.S. kayaker Rami Zur at the finish, ending the American team's
best hope for a medal.
With a last desperate stroke, Tahmasseb launched his boat so
violently that he fell into the water, but managed to take third in
the 500-meter single kayak race. Zur failed to advance to the
The medal races Friday and Saturday will be dominated by the
traditional powerhouses in flatwater canoe and kayak racing --
eastern European countries that were once part of the communist
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Andrey Moisev of Russia won the gold medal
in modern pentathlon, beating out Andrejus Zadneprovskis of
Lithuania. Libor Capalini of the Czech Republic took bronze.
Michal Michalik of the Czech Republic started just 11 seconds
behind longtime leader Moiseev going into the final running
Michalik, fifth after the third discipline, completed the
unpredictable show jumping course with only two gates down, and
then saw trouble strike the men in front of him.
Fourth-place Rustem Sabirkhuzim of Russia had three refusals;
Deniss Cerkovskis of Latvia knocked down seven gates to lose third
place; and Marcin Horbacz of Poland retired after his horse refused
Moiseev, too, had six gates down.
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Egypt's Karam Gaber threw around Ramaz
Nozadze of Georgia, beating him 12-2 for the gold at 2111/2 pounds
(96kg). Gaber's gold is Egypt's first since two weightlifters won
in London in 1948 and its first wrestling medal since 1960.
South Korea's Jung Ji-hyun completed a rapid ascension to gold
medalist by beating Cuba's Roberto Monzon 3-0 at 132 pounds (60kg).
Uzbekistan's Alexander Dokturishivili won at 163 pounds (74kg),
beating Finland's Marko Yli-Hannuksela 4-1 after eliminating 2000
Olympic champion Varteres Samourgachev of Russia in the semifinals.
Germany 2, Netherlands 1
Argentina 1, China 0
Australia 3, New Zealand 0
South Korea 3, Japan 1
South Africa 4, Spain 3, OT
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Franziska Gude scored in the 20th minute,
leading Germany to a 2-1 victory over the Netherlands in the first
all-European field hockey final since 1992.
Luciana Paula Aymar scored with less than a minute remaining to
lift Argentina over China in the bronze medal match.
In placement matches, Australia, which took the gold in Atlanta
and Sydney, beat rival New Zealand to take fifth; South Korea beat
rival Japan to place seventh, and Jenny Wilson scored in overtime
to give South Africa a ninth-place finish.
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Shih Hsin Chen got Taiwan's first gold
medal of the Athens Games by winning her 49-kilogram match.
About 15 minutes later, Mu Yen Chu added another. Chen beat
Yanelis Yuliet Labrada of Cuba 5-4 in the final. Chu won his gold
in the 58-kilogram division by beating Oscar Francisco Salazar of
South Korea 26, Brazil 24
France 25, Hungary 23
Ukraine 25, Spain 23
Denmark 32, China 28
Angola 38, Greece 23
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- France advanced to the semifinals of the
Olympic handball tournament for the first time with a win over
Hungary. Leila Lejeune scored six goals for France, which will play
Also in the quarterfinals, Ukraine advanced behind four goals
each from Maryna Vergelyuk, Galyna Markushevska and Nataliya
Denmark moved one step closer to its third straight gold medal.
Angola beat Greece to finish ninth.