Highlights of action Thursday in Athens
Posted: Friday August 27, 2004 3:32AM; Updated: Friday August 27, 2004 3:32AM
Thursday, Aug. 26
--Abby Wambach scored in the 112th minute with a 10-yard header off a corner kick by Kristine Lilly, lifting the United States to a 2-1 win over Brazil for gold. It was the final game with the national team for World Cup champion veterans Mia Hamm, Julie Foudy and Joy Fawcett
--Shawn Crawford won the 200-meter dash in 19.79 seconds, leading an American sweep. Bernard Williams got silver and 100-meter champion Justin Gatlin won bronze.
--Stephon Marbury set a U.S. Olympic record with 31 points and the Americans made 12 3-pointers in a 102-94 quarterfinal win over previously unbeaten Spain.
--Dwight Phillips led a 1-2 U.S. finish in the long jump, going 28 feet, 21/4 inches on his first try to win gold. NCAA champ John Moffitt won silver with a personal best of 27-91/2.
--Felix Sanchez gave the Dominican Republic its first Olympic gold medal by winning the 400 meter hurdles in 47.63 seconds.
--Guo Jingjing won the women's 3-meter springboard, giving China its fifth diving gold medal in Athens.
--Hamish Carter pulled away from teammate Bevan Docherty on the final triathlon lap for a 1-2 finish by New Zealand.
The United States easily won its first-round heat in the 400-meter relay, with Marion Jones carrying the baton on the second leg. She will compete Friday in the long jump final and the relay -- her only events in Athens.
--Under suspicion of doping, Olympic hammer throw champion Adrian Annus of Hungary retired rather than deal with what he called a campaign to manipulate test results against him. IOC officials said Annus passed a drug test but doping control officials want additional testing.
--The Ukrainian four-woman rowing team was stripped of its bronze medal after a member tested positive for a banned drug. It was the fourth medal lost over doping during the Athens Games. Hungarian weightlifter Zoltan Kovacs was also expelled for failing to provide a urine sample.
They protest scores in rhythmic gymnastics, too. Upset with technical 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 routines.
Track's governing body began investigating whether two Greek sprinters who withdrew from the Olympics have tried repeatedly to avoid doping testers. During the probe, Kostas Kenteris and Katerina Thanou are free to participate in other track competitions.
Olympic organizers said more than 3.5 million tickets have been sold, surpassing the initial goal. Organizers said they had hoped to sell 3.4 million of the 5.3 million available tickets for the games.
Stephon Marbury and the rest of the American men's basketball players meet Argentina in the Olympic semifinals. The U.S. women play Russia. ... U.S. boxers Andre Dirrell and Andre Ward fight in the Olympic semifinals. ... Tammy Crow joins the U.S. synchronized swimmers in the free routine. She'll serve three months in jail after returning home after pleading no contest in a well-publicized vehicular manslaughter case. ... U.S. mountain biker Mary McConneloug, the world's No. 2 rider, competes on Mount Parnitha.
The temperature reached 95 degrees under sunny skies at Olympic stadium. Friday's forecast called for occasional clouds and a high of 93.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
"Dean Smith would have never done a thing like that."
-- Spain's basketball coach, Mario Pesquera, angry about a U.S. timeout with a 10-point lead and 23 seconds remaining.