Russian snaps pole vault mark

El Guerrouj finally wins 1,500 meters

Posted: Wednesday, August 25, 2004

ATHENS, Greece Yelena Isinbayeva of Russia broke the world record in the women's pole vault for the fourth time this year, easily clearing 16 feet, 1 1/4 inches (4.91 meters) to take the gold medal Tuesday night.

Before her record vault, Isinbayeva celebrated clinching the Olympic title after the final failed attempt by her last remaining competitor, teammate Svetlana Feofanova.

Isinbayeva then cleared the height without touching the bar, bettering her own record of 16 feet, 3/4 inches (4.90) set in London on July 30. The vault also broke by a wide margin the inaugural Olympic record of 15 feet, 1 inch (4.60); the event debuted four years ago in Sydney.

Feofanova, the 2003 world champion, won the silver with a vault of 15 feet, 7 inches (4.75). Anna Rogowska of Poland took bronze with 15 feet, 5 inches (4.70).

Four-time world 1,500 champion Hicham El Guerrouj of Morocco, a heartbreak loser at the last two Olympics, held off Bernard Lagat down the stretch to win in 3 minutes, 34.18 seconds.

El Guerrouj edged Lagat by .12 seconds. Rui Silva of Portugal won the bronze. El Guerrouj has lost just four races in the last eight years, but two of those defeats came at the 1996 and 2000 Olympics.

Roman Sebrle of the Czech Republic won the gold in the decathlon with an Olympic-record score of 8,893. Bryan Clay of Azusa, Calif., got the silver with 8,820 and Dmitriy Karpov of Kazakhstan won the bronze with 8,725.

American Joanna Hayes of Los Angeles won the gold in the 100-meter hurdles in an Olympic-record time of 12.37 seconds. Olena Krasovska of Ukraine got the silver medal and Melissa Morrison of Columbia, S.C., won the bronze.

Tonique Williams-Darling of the Bahamas won the gold medal in the 400-meter run with a time of 49.41 seconds. Ana Guevara of Mexico got the silver medal and Natalya Antyukh of Russia won the bronze.

 

Bryan Clay, of the United States, celebrates after winning the silver medal in the decathlon at the Olympic Stadium during the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Tuesday, Aug. 24 2004. Roman Sebrle, of the Czech Republic, won the gold.

AP Photo/Thomas Kienzle

Kenyans swept the 3,000-meter steeplechase. Ezekiel Kemboi won the gold in 8:05.81. Brimin Kipruto got the silver medal and Paul Kipsiele Koech took the bronze.

Doping

ATHENS, Greece The Hungarian gold medalist in the men's discus was stripped of his title for failing to provide a drug test sample in an apparent attempt to beat the screening system.

Robert Fazekas, who won the discus on Monday night with an Olympic record throw of 232 feet, 8 inches, was disqualified from the competition and expelled from the games by the International Olympic Committee executive board.

He is the second athlete in two days to lose a gold medal for doping. Russian shot putter Irina Korzhanenko's gold was revoked Monday after she tested positive for steroids.

 

USA's Kerri Walsh, left, and teammate Misty May celebrate after beating Brazil in the gold medal beach volleyball finals during the 2004 Summer Olympics at Faliro Beach Volleyball Stadium in Athens, Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2004.

AP Photo/Adam Butler

Beach Volleyball

ATHENS, Greece Top-ranked American beach volleyball pair Misty May and Kerri Walsh defeated second-seeded Brazilians Shelda Bede and Adriana Behar 21-17, 21-11 , capping the most dominant run in the sport's history with a gold medal.

Earlier, Americans Holly McPeak and Elaine Youngs won the bronze medal, beating Australia's Natalie Cook and Nicole Sanderson 21-18, 15-21, 15-9.

May and Walsh didn't drop a set in Athens, with the 6-foot-3 Walsh dominating at the net and the quick May scrambling and diving for every dig.

Women's Water Polo

ATHENS, Greece Manuela Zanchi scored with two seconds left to give Italy a 6-5 upset victory over the world champion Americans, setting up a matchup against Greece in the women's final.

Canoe-Kayak

SCHINIAS, Greece Kayak racer Rami Zur, a former Israeli Olympian with dual citizenship, looks like the U.S. canoe-kayak flatwater team's best chance for its first medal since 1992. He nearly won his 500-meter single kayak (K-1) heat race, finishing only .26 seconds behind winner Alan van Coller of South Africa, meaning Zur will race in a semifinal on Thursday.

Zur also raced with Bartosz Wolski in the K-2 500, finishing fourth, about 2.8 seconds behind heat winners Marek Twardowski and Adam Wysocki of Poland. That meant a second semifinal berth for Zur.

Volleyball

ATHENS, Greece Erika Coimbra scored 20 points to lead unbeaten Brazil to a five-set quarterfinal victory over the United States.

The Americans overcame erratic serving and several unforced errors to rally from two sets down and send it to a fifth set. The drama quickly disappeared when the Brazilians took an 8-2 lead, though, and the gold medal hopes of the U.S. team vanished a few minutes later.

Boxing

ATHENS, Greece Andre Ward saved the U.S. boxing team from its most embarrassing Olympics ever by upsetting two-time world champion Evgeny Makarenko of Russia in a light heavyweight bout few gave him a chance to win. Ward won 23-16.

Ward was smaller, less experienced and entered the ring to resounding boos from the crowd. By the time he left, though, he had guaranteed himself at least a bronze medal and quite possibly made himself a favorite for the gold.

Wrestling

ATHENS, Greece Rulon Gardner, trying to become the first U.S. Greco-Roman wrestler to win two golds, had a busy day.

He started in the 264 1/2-pound (120kg) competition with a workmanlike 3-0 victory over Lithuania's Mindaugas Mizgaitis, followed it with a tie-breaking decision over 1996 Olympic bronze medalist Sergei Moreyko of Bulgaria and, about five hours later, a 3-0 decision over Poland's Marek Mikulski.

The other three Americans to wrestle all were eliminated. Dennis Hall, of Plover, Wis., trying for a second Olympic medal eight years after winning his first, beat Petr Svehla of the Czech Republic 3-2 at 121 pounds (55kg) but was eliminated with a 3-0 loss to pool winner Aleksey Vakulenko of Ukraine.

Brad Vering, from Howells, Neb., was ousted from a three-man pool at 184 pounds (85kg) pool with a 4-0 loss to Egypt's Mohamed Mohamed, who won both his pool matches.

Oscar Wood, of Fort Carson, Colo., lost three bouts at 145 1/2 pounds (66kg).



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