Gatlin wins 'fastest human' title

Posted: Monday, August 23, 2004

ATHENS, Greece Justin Gatlin ran the race of his life, barely holding off the field to win the 100 meters in 9.85 seconds.

Francis Obikwelu of Portugal got the silver in 9.86 and defending champion Maurice Greene won bronze in 9.87. A third American, Shawn Crawford, was fourth in 9.89.

Five runners broke the 10-second mark, and another world champion Kim Collins finished in exactly 10 seconds.

It was the closest finish in an Olympic 100 final since the U.S.-boycotted 1980 Moscow Games, when Allan Wells of Britain held off Silvio Leonard of Cuba as the two were timed in 10.25.

Gail Devers, the most talented yet star-crossed hurdler of her generation, failed once again in the Olympics as she was struck by injury in preliminaries of the 100-meter event.

Devers, 37, who has three world championships in the 100, pulled up short and screamed as she slid under the first hurdle. She hurt her leg in practice a week ago but has refused to discuss the injury in detail.


The following are some highlights from various Olympic events in Athens, Sunday, Aug. 22, 2004 at the 2004 Summer Olympics. Top, AP Photo OLYROW142 by AP Photographer David Guttenfelder shows members of the American Men's Eight boat throwing their coxswain Pete Cipollone in the water after they won the gold medal; center, AP Photo OLYSOF107 by AP Photographer Elaine Thompson shows Australian left fielder Simmone Morrow diving for a fly ball from United States' Laura Berg in the fifth inning during their preliminary softball game; bottom left, AP Photo OLYVBB109 by AP Photographer Dave Martin shows Brazil's Adriana Behar digging out a spike by the other Brazilian team during their match; bottom center, AP Photo OLYEQU118 by AP Photographer Susan Walsh shows Australia's Tim Amitrano and Mr. Innocent taking out a rail during the first individual equestrian qualifying round; lastly bottom right, AP Photo OLYSHO103 by AP Photographer Douglas C. Pizac shows a dejected Matthew Emmons from the USA reacting after firing at the wrong target in the men's 50m rifle 3 position shooting finals, costing him the gold medal. (AP Photo/stf)

Mizuki Noguchi of Japan won the marathon in 2:26:20, retracing the historic route from Marathon to Athens. Catherine Ndereba of Kenya won the silver and American Deena Kastor got the bronze the first U.S. medal in the event since Joan Benoit's gold 20 years ago.

Fani Halkia of Greece thrilled the sold-out Olympic Stadium crowd with an Olympic record of 52.77 seconds in the 400-meter hurdles semifinals. The old record was 52.82, set by Jamaica's Deon Hemmings at the 1996 Atlanta Games.

Stefan Holm of Sweden won the high jump, clearing 7 feet, 8 3/4 inches (2.36 meters). Matt Hemingway of the United States took the silver and Jaroslav Baba of the Czech Republic the bronze. Both cleared 7-8 (2.34).

Christian Olsson of Sweden won the gold medal with a triple jump of 58-4 1/2 (17.79 meters). Marian Oprea of Romania won silver and Danila Burkenya of Russia got bronze.

Adrian Annus of Hungary won the hammer throw gold medal with an effort of 272-11 inches (83.19 meters). Koji Murofushi of Japan won the silver medal. Ivan Tikhon of Belarus got the bronze.


ATHENS, Greece Americans Terin Humphrey and Courtney Kupets took the silver and bronze medals on uneven bars, giving the United States its sixth and seventh gymnastics medals of the Athens Olympics.

Emilie Lepennec of France won the gold. Two-time Olympic champion Svetlana Khorkina of Russia fell during her routine and finished last of the eight competitors.

Humprhey and Kupets joined Annia Hatch, who won silver on the vault, as medalists in the event finals. The Americans also won silver medals in both team competitions and golds in both all-arounds.

The seven medals are the most for the United States in a non-boycotted Olympics since 1932. At the boycotted 1984 Los Angeles Games, the Americans won 16.


AP Photo/David Guttenfelder

USA's Men's Eight boat celebrate their gold medal at the 2004 Olympic Games in Schinias near Athens, Greece, Sunday, Aug. 22, 2004. From bottom are Pete Cipollone, Bryan Volpenhein, Beau Hoopman, Dan Beery, Matt Deakin, Joseph Hansen, Chris Ahrens, Wayatt Allen and Jason Read.

Kyle Shewfelt won the men's floor exercise, giving Canada its first Olympic gold medal in gymnastics. Marian Dragulescu of Romania was second with the same score as Shewfelt, a 9.787, but tiebreakers dropped him to second. Jordan Jovtchev of Bulgaria won bronze.

Paul Hamm, who became the first U.S. man to win all-around gold Wednesday in what has become a disputed finish, was fifth on floor.

Dimosthenis Tampakos of Greece sent the gym into a frenzy, winning gold on the rings with 9.862 points. Jovtchev took silver with 9.850 points. Five-time world champion Yuri Chechi of Italy won bronze with 9.812.

Monica Rosu of Romania won the gold medal in the vault, followed by Hatch and Anna Pavlova of Russia.

Teng Haibin of China won gold on the pommel horse with a score of 9.837. Marius Daniel Urzica of Romania won silver with 9.825. Takehiro Kashima of Japan won bronze with 9.787.

In a controversy over men's gymnastics scoring, South Korean team leaders met with lawyers to plan an appeal of the all-around gold given to Hamm. However, the Court of Arbitration for Sport indicated it won't take the case.

''If it's a dispute related to scoring or judging, it would be very difficult for CAS to review the decision of the gymnastics federation,'' general secretary Matthieu Reeb said. ''As a practice, CAS does not review field-of-play decisions.''

Judges failed to give enough points for the parallel bars routine by Yang Tae-young, and he ended up with the bronze. Had it been scored correctly, he would have beaten Hamm for gold.


United States 5, Australia 0

Australia 3, Japan 0

Japan 1, China 0

ATHENS, Greece Lisa Fernandez pitched a three-hitter and Crystl Bustos drove in two runs as the Americans rolled to their eighth shutout in eight days, beating Australia to put them in the gold medal game.

Natasha Watley had three more infield hits, Kelly Kretschman homered and the U.S. team (8-0) dominated again. The Americans have won 78 straight games since last July, and have yet to yield a run in the Athens Games.

They've outscored their opponents 46-0 while allowing just 14 hits.

Reika Utsugi hit an RBI double in the eighth inning and Yukiko Ueno pitched a shutout, giving Japan a win over China. It wasn't sealed until Li Chunxia was thrown out at the plate to end the game.

Later, Kerry Wyborn hit a three-run double and Tanya Harding pitched her fourth shutout of the tournament as Australia beat Japan 3-0, setting up a rematch Monday with the United States in the gold medal game.


Taiwan 5, Netherlands 1

Japan 6, Greece 1

Cuba 5, Italy 0

Canada 11, Australia 0

ATHENS, Greece Japan earned the top seed in the medal round by defeating Greece while Cuba beat Italy to complete group play. The Cubans lost to Japan earlier, the difference in the seedings.

Canada routed Australia to earn the No. 3 seed in the semifinals, where it will face Cuba. Australia, which beat Japan 9-4 on Wednesday, will face the Japanese again in the other semifinal.

Taiwan beat the Dutch team led by former major league manager Davey Johnson to place fifth.

Beach Volleyball

ATHENS, Greece Holly McPeak and Elaine Youngs beat the German pair of Stephanie Pohl and Okka Rau 21-17, 21-17 and top-seeded Misty May and Kerri Walsh beat Canadians Guylaine Dumont and Annie Martin, 21-19, 21-14. It will be an all-American final Monday.

Stein Metzger and Dax Holdren lost to Swiss pair Patrick Heuscher and Stefan Kobel 21-16, 21-19 in the Olympic quarterfinals, ending U.S. hopes of a third straight gold medal on the men's side.


ATHENS, Greece Heavyweight Devin Vargas couldn't land the big punch he needed against Viktar Zuyev of Belarus, dropping a 36-27 decision in the latest in a string of losses for the U.S. boxing team.

Vargas would have been guaranteed at least a bronze had he won.

Three of the nine U.S. boxers remain in medal contention, and none has an easy road to the semifinal medal round. Middleweight Andre Dirrell and super heavyweight Jason Estrada must beat Cubans to win medals and light heavyweight Andre Ward faces two-time world champion Evgeny Makarenko of Russia.


SCHINIAS, Greece The American men's elite eight crew ended a 40-year drought in rowing gold medals, taking a big lead and fending off a late charge by runner-up the Netherlands. Australia won the bronze.

The U.S. women's eight won the silver medal.


ATHENS, Greece Nicolas Massu of Chile won his second gold medal of the Athens Olympics twice as many medals as the entire star-studded U.S. tennis team managed.

Massu got past American Mardy Fish 6-3, 3-6, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 in an error-strewn men's singles final that lasted 4 hours.

Chile had never won a gold medal in any sport until Massu and Fernando Gonzalez won the doubles title in a match that lasted more than 3 1/2 hours and ended early Sunday.

Gonzalez won the singles bronze, beating Taylor Dent of the United States. Fish's silver is the only tennis medal for a U.S. squad that included Andy Roddick, Venus Williams and Martina Navratilova.

Women's Basketball

Russia 93, Nigeria 58

Australia 84, Brazil 66

Czech Rep. 74, New Zealand 57

Greece 93, Japan 91

United States 100, China 62

Spain 64, South Korea 61

ATHENS, Greece Katie Smith, the U.S. team's best outside shooter, reinjured her right knee early in a 100-62 win over China. The initial diagnosis was a sprain and Smith will undergo an MRI on Monday.

The win extended the U.S. winning streak in the Olympics to 22. The United States already had secured first place in Group B.

Women's Volleyball

United States 3, Cuba 0

Germany 3, Dom. Republic 0

Japan 3, Kenya 0

China 3, Russia 0

Italy 3, Greece 0

Brazil 3, South Korea 0

ATHENS, Greece Desperate for a victory and in danger of an embarrassing elimination from the women's volleyball tournament, the United States finally played like a gold medal contender.

Logan Tom scored 19 points to lead the Americans to a win over Cuba and a spot in the quarterfinals.

Zoila Barros Fernandez had a team-high nine points for three-time defending gold medalist Cuba, which fell to third in the group and will play Italy in the next round.

Gold medal favorite China, behind 16 points from Hao Yang, beat Russia in three sets to earn the top spot in Group B. The Chinese will face Japan in the quarterfinals.

Germany swept the Dominican Republic, but needed the United States to lose to gain the final berth in their group.

Kana Oyama had 13 points for the Japanese in a sweep of winless Kenya.

The Brazilians completed a perfect first round with a sweep of South Korea and will play the United States, the No. 4 seed from Pool B.

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