Americans remain impressive after 10 days at the Olympics

Posted: Sunday, September 24, 2000

Laura Wilkinson, The Woodlands, Texas, won the first gold in 36 years by an American woman on the 10-meter platform.

Monica Seles, Sarasota, Fla., advanced to the women's tennis singles semifinals. Seles will next take on fellow American Venus Williams.

American rowers Christine Collins and Sarah Garner won the bronze medal in lightweight double sculls.

Naoko Takahashi became the first Japanese woman to win an Olympic track and field gold medal, taking the marathon in a games record 2 hours, 23 minutes, 14 seconds.

MEDALS

After Sunday's 25 gold medals were awarded, and 162 overall, the United States led with 52 total medals (21 gold, 12 silver and 19 bronze), China was next with 44 (18, 14, 12). Australia was third with 40 (10, 19, 11). Eighteen medals are scheduled to be awarded Monday.

WEATHER

The temperature was 57 degrees with 91 percent humidity, under partly cloudy skies, Sunday morning at the start of the women's marathon. It was 70 degrees at the conclusion. Rain and cold dominated the night session of track and field.

The U.S. men's eight crew finished fifth and the women's eight finished last. ... The United States took a bronze in the lightweight women's double sculls. ... The Yugoslav water polo team handed the United States its second straight loss 8-5.

SENT PACKING

The United States finished off its preliminaries by eliminating Australia 12-1 in the rain behind Brent Abernathy's four hits. The United States (6-1) is headed for a medal-round matchup with South Korea (4-3) on Tuesday. Cuba (6-1) will play with Japan (4-3) in the other game with the two winners meeting for the gold medal on Wednesday.

SWEET SCIENCE

Jose Navarro (112 pounds) of Los Angeles and Ricardo Williams Jr. (139 pounds) of Cincinnati advanced to the quarterfinals, bringing the number of U.S. fighters in the round to seven. The lone loser was 178-pounder Olanda Anderson.

SANCTIONS

Latvian rower Andris Reinholds, who testing positive for the steroid nandrolone, was the fifth Olympian to be kicked out for positive tests. Reinholds, who finished ninth in the men's single sculls failed a random test during competition last week.

STEPPING UP

Booed and jeered throughout the second half, the U.S. women's basketball team rolled past Poland 76-57 to remain unbeaten and claim first place in its preliminary group. The Americans (5-0), who haven't had a game closer than 11 points, advanced to the quarterfinals.

SMASH

The U.S. women's volleyball team has a chance to play for a medal after beating Brazil 25-17, 20-25, 25-15, 25-15. ... Americans Dain Blanton and Eric Fonoimoana are one win away from a beach volleyball gold medal. The pair won two matches, including one over the second American team of Rob Heidger and Kevin Wong, to reach the gold medal game against Brazil.

SPEAKING

``It's going to be a very tough match, but that's how it should be -- it's the semifinals of the Olympics. Obviously it would be fun to play Venus. We're teammates.'' -- Monica Seles, who next plays fellow American Venus Williams in women's tennis.



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