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Latest: Saturday September 23, 2000 11:36 AM

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  • By Mitch Gelman and Adam Levine,

    SYDNEY, Australia -- They promised gold and turned in 14-karat performances.

    Modesty does not become the sprinter, and Maurice Greene and Marion Jones were brash, bold -- and victorious.

    Greene lived up to the license plate on his black Mercedes Benz: MO GOLD. He was able to climb the medal stand and use the bend-and-bow pageantry that he had practiced in front of the mirror.

    Jones showed that she is the dominant track and field athlete of these Games. All that remains, it seems, between Jones and five gold medals is a little luck in the long jump and some help from her friends in the relays.

    And for the United States, the twin wins meant a return to sprint supremacy, giving the U.S. Olympic champions in the men's and women's 100-meter races for the first time since 1988.

    Marion Jones returns to Olympic Stadium on Wednesday for heats in the 200 meters and long jump qualifying. The next test will be Thursday's 200 final when she'll be challenged by an inspired Cathy Freeman.
    The U.S. men's soccer team won a penalty-kick shootout with Japan to advance to a semifinal game on Tuesday vs. Spain. Meanwhile, the defending World Cup champion women's team plays in a semifinal match against Brazil on Sunday.
    The U.S. softball team finally found its bats, beating Italy 6-0 in a game the U.S. had to win to advance. Also moving on are Australia, Japan and China, the three teams that have already defeated the U.S. in round-robin competition.
    With a win in the men's coxless fours, British rower Chris Redgrave, 38, became only the third person to ever win gold medals in five consecutive Olympics, joining Hungarian fencers Aladar Gerevich and Pal Kovacs.
    The men's and women's U.S. 4x100-medley-relay teams, which both won gold medals and set world records on Saturday. After losing a few early races, the U.S. swimmers dominated the relays at the Sydney Aquatic Centre.
    Three events. Three gold medals. Three world records. Dutch swimmer Inge de Bruijn was the queen of the pool, winning the 50- and 100-meter freestyle and 100-meter butterfly.
    U.S. women's beach volleyball teams, both of which were eliminated in quarterfinal matches at Bondi Beach.
    The Australian women's water polo team became the first to win an Olympic gold when a last-second shot broke a 3-3 tie with the United States.
    The best seat in the house at Olympic Stadium is a perch up on the roof where a black-and-white magpie has settled in, built a nest and is currently hatching four, light green eggs.
    On the first day of track and field, a slew of white moths invaded Olympic Stadium, drawn by the light. Athletes and spectators compared it to a plague. Hopefully, the Games organizers will find a few guys with butterfly nets to hold the moths back for the remainder of the competition.

    Congratulations on winning that gold. Do you expect to keep it? Sports Illustrated's Jack McCallum laments how
    questions of doping are the first asked of weightlifters in these Olympics.

    Canada's Donovan Bailey made it a memorable night with a
    world record in the 100 in 9.84 seconds, breaking Leroy Burrell's two-year-old world record by .01 of a second. -- Sports Illustrated's Tim Layden
    Today's Finals | SI's Brian Cazeneuve: Daily Medal Picks
    Cycling  Men's Cross Country Mountain Bike 
    Diving  Women's 10-Meter Platform 
    Fencing  Men's Team Sabre 
    Gymnastics  Men's Floor Exercise | Pommel Horse | Rings 
       Women's Vault | Uneven Bars 
    Rowing  Men's lightweight Doubles Sculls | Lightweight Coxless Four | Quadruple Sculls | Eight 
       Women's lightweight Double Sculls | Quadruple Sculls | Eight 
    Sailing  Men's Windsurfing 
       Women's Windsurfing  
    Table Tennis  Women's Singles 
    Track and Field  Women's Marathon | Triple Jump | Heptathlon 
       Men's Hammer Throw | High Jump 
    Weightlifting  Men's 94 Kilograms 
    U.S. swimmer Tom Malchow won a silver medal in Atlanta and set his sights on gold in Sydney. The butterfly specialist spoke to about his quest, and talked about how the U.S. swim team approached these Games like a championship boxing match.
    The conversion of the Olympic Village into suburban housing and a bedroom community with schools and a child-care center is under way. Two-bedroom apartments are available for $180,000, with four-bedroom houses on the market for up to $325,000.
    In the equivalent of lapping the field, Marion Jones won the 100-meter dash by .37 of a second.
    The United States men's rowing eights, which came into these Games as gold-medal favorites, have been struggling. To win, they will need to find what they like to call "gold-medal speed."

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