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Olympic Capsules

Posted: Sunday, September 24, 2000

SYDNEY, Australia (AP) BASKETBALL

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.

Now it's on to the quarterfinals for the Americans (5-0), who haven't had a game closer than 11 points.

Margo Dydek, the 7-foot-2 shot-blocking specialist for the WNBA's Utah Starzz, did not play when the United States beat Poland 86-39 in an exhibition game in Adelaide on Sept. 7.

Having Dydek helped Poland, but Yolanda Griffith, DeLisha Milton and Natalie Williams kept her from dominating early. Dydek finished with 24 points and 10 rebounds, getting most of her points after the game was out of reach.

Sheryl Swoopes and Yolanda Griffith led the United States with 16 points each.

BASEBALL

The United States finished off its Olympic preliminaries with its best performance, beating Australia 12-1 behind Brent Abernathy's four hits.

There was little drama and nothing at stake for the United States (6-1), which knew before the final out that it was headed for a medal-round matchup with South Korea (4-3) on Tuesday.

Cuba (6-1) will get a rematch with Japan (4-3) in the other game. The winners will play for the gold medal on Wednesday.

It was a bitter finish for Australia (2-4), which had hopes of contending for a medal with former major league All-Star Dave Nilsson behind the plate. Nilsson batted .565 in the tournament.

BOXING

With his father and older brother cheering him on, Jose Navarro scored half of his 12 points in the fourth round for a 12-9 decision over Hicham Mesbahi of Morocco at 112 pounds.

Ricardo Williams also won, stopping Olusegon Ajose of Nigeria on the 15-point rule (21-6) in the fourth round at 139 pounds to give the United States seven boxers in the quarterfinals. So far, eight Cubans have reached the quarters.

Another American was eliminated. Army Sgt. Olanda Anderson, who drew a first-round bye, was beaten 13-12 at 178 pounds when Rudolf Kraj of Czech Republic landed a scoring blow with three seconds left.

CYCLING

Miguel Martinez of France added an Olympic gold medal to the one he claimed three months ago at the mountain bike world championships.

Martinez took control late in the sixth lap, passing silver medalist Filip Meirhaeghe of Belgium. Then he steadily pulled away from the field, adding a gold medal to the bronze he won in Atlanta.

DIVING

Laura Wilkinson jumped from fifth to capture the women's 10-meter platform diving.

Wilkinson, of The Woodlands, Texas, was diving on a foot broken in March. She wore a kayak shoe to protect the bones in her foot, then tossed it off the 33-foot tower before diving.

Wilkinson took over first place for good on her third dive and held on to break up the Chinese stranglehold on the platform, where they had won four-straight Olympic titles.

Wilkinson finished first with 543.75 points, just 1.74 points ahead of China's Li Na, who had 542.01. Anne Montminy of Canada earned bronze with 540.15.

FENCING

Russia ended the fencing competition of the Sydney Games by beating France in the men's team sabre 45-32. Germany defeated Romania 45-27 to take the bronze.

Russia won four medals in fencing, including gold in men's individual epee and women's team epee.

Italy also finished with three golds and five medals overall. South Korea, Romania, France and Hungary each won a gold.

FIELD HOCKEY

Argentina upset the Netherlands -- the 2000 women's Championship Trophy winners -- 3-1, forging a three-way tie for fourth-place.

Luciana Aymar intercepted a Dutch clearance and opened the scoring for Argentina (1-2-0) in the fourth minute.

In other women's medal pool games, China and Spain played to a scoreless tie and Australia beat New Zealand 3-0.

In men's action, Canada and Britain tied 1-1 and South Korea edged Poland 3-2.

GYMNASTICS

Alexei Nemov has a medal of every color after the Russian won the silver medal in the floor exercise. He also has a gold in the all-around and a bronze from the team competition.

Svetlana Khorkina got a new haircut and a gold. Khorkina, who lost her shot at the all-around gold Thursday when she fell on a vault that was set two inches two short, won the gold medal on the uneven bars

In the event finals, Igors Vihrovs gave Latvia its first gymnastics medal since it regained its independence following the breakup of the Soviet Union in 1991. Vihrovs outperformed everyone on the floor exercise.

Marius Urzica of Romania won the gold in the pommel horse and Silveszter Csollany of Hungary won the gold in the still rings.

Yelena Zamolodtchikova, a last-minute replacement for Khorkina in the vault, ended up with the gold medal in that event.

ROWING

The U.S. men's eight crew thought it had fixed all its problems. A fifth-place finish in the Olympics proved otherwise.

It was a huge failure for a boat that won the last three world championships, one that was supposed to revive an American tradition in racing's most glamorous event. Instead, they wound up with the same finish as in 1996.

The women's eight was almost as big of a flop as the men, finishing last by more than 10 seconds. The lone saving grace was a bronze medal in the lightweight women's double sculls. Christine Collins and Sarah Garner led for the first half of the race, then saw Romania and Germany zip by.

The United States won only three medals -- one silver, two bronze -- for the worst performance since 1972.

SAILING

The strongest winds yet in the Olympics blew U.S. Soling skipper Jeff Madrigali right out of the regatta.

Madrigali, the 1996 bronze medalist from Novato, Calif., and reigning world champion, won just one of five match races and was eliminated.

Christoph Sieber of Austria won the Olympic gold medal in men's windsurfing.

SOCCER

Moments after she drew a third yellow card from a Brazilian player for a hard tackle, Hamm scored a disputed goal in the 60th minute Sunday as the defending champion United States advanced to the gold medal game with a 1-0 victory.

The goal came when Brandi Chastain took a free kick 40 yards away from the Brazil net. Lorrie Fair outleaped a defender in the box to head the ball toward the net. Tiffeny Milbrett gave chase and collided with goalkeeper Andreia, leaving Hamm alone beyond the far post to tuck the ball in for her 127th international goal.

The Brazilians thought Swiss referee Nicole Petignat should have disallowed the goal for interference with the goalkeeper.

SYNCHRONIZED SWIMMING

Anna Kozlova, in her first major international competition since becoming an American citizen, was fourth with Tuesday Middaugh after the technical routine in duet synchronized swimming.

Eight years ago, Kozlova was competing for the Unified Team as a Russian in the event.

Russia, which hasn't lost a duet since 1997, was first and Japan was second.

TEAM HANDBALL

Sweden waited until the very end to keep its perfect record alive. Andreas Larsson snapped a 27-all tie with 23 seconds left to give Sweden a victory over Spain (3-2). The Swedes, the world's top-ranked men's team, improved to 5-0.

In other action, Slovenia beat Tunisia 22-20, South Korea topped Cuba 35-28, France defeated Australia 28-16, Egypt edged Germany 22-21 and Russia finished first in Pool A by nipping Yugoslavia 27-25.

TENNIS

Monica Seles and Venus Williams will meet in the semifinals. Seles advanced to the semifinals by beating Dominique Van Roost of Belgium 6-0, 6-2. She will meet the second-seeded Williams, who eliminated No. 5 Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario of Spain, 3-6, 6-2, 6-4. Sanchez-Vicario was the last player to beat Williams, more than three months ago.

Unseeded Jelena Dokic, the only Australian still in singles, beat No. 7 Amanda Coetzer of South Africa 6-1, 1-6, 6-1.

In men's play, No. 6 Alex Corretja of Spain lost to Tommy Haas of Germany 7-6 (7), 6-3. Max Mirnyi of Belarus beat Mariano Zabaleta of Argentina 7-6 (4), 6-2.

TRACK

Sergei Kliugin of Russia, the only competitor to clear 7 feet, 8 1/2 inches, won the men's high jump. Cuba's Javier Sotomayor, whose drug suspension was reduced in time for him to compete, settled for silver in pouring rain. Denise Lewis of Britain won the women's heptathlon, Tereza Marinova of Bulgaria took the women's triple jump and Szymon Ziolkowski of Poland won the hammer throw.

Naoko Takahashi, running alone in the women's marathon for the last four miles, overcame 91 percent humidity to win Sunday in an Olympic-best 2 hours, 23 minutes, 14 seconds. She is the first Japanese woman to win an Olympic track and field gold medal.

Sergei Kliugyin of Russia ignored the rain in the evening session and won the high jump.

In the men's 110-meter hurdles, defending champion Allen Johnson ignored a hamstring injury that still requires regular treatment and breezed to victory in his first-round heat in 13.50 seconds. He narrowly lost in the second round but still advanced to the semifinals as did fellow Americans Mark Crear and Terrence Tammell.

VOLLEYBALL

The U.S. women's volleyball team stole one game from Brazil, and that was enough -- even in the Americans' first Olympic loss.

The United States gained valuable confidence in a 25-17, 20-25, 25-15, 25-15 defeat and still exceeded everyone's expectations by finishing second in Group A.

The U.S. team will enter the quarterfinals with a 4-1 record.

VOLLEYBALL (BEACH)

Americans Dain Blanton and Eric Fonoimoana, penalized a point for wasting time late in their semifinal against Portugal's Luis Maia and Joao Brenha, went on a five-point run that gave the U.S. team a 15-12 victory and a place in the gold medal match.

Blanton and Fonoimoana will play for the gold against Brazil's Ze Marco de Melo and Ricardo Santos.

WATER POLO

Yugoslavia, the water polo team that made the United States men settle for silver medals in the 1984 and 1988 Olympics, has again left the Americans in hot water after an 8-5 loss -- the United States' second straight defeat.

The Americans still must deal with gold-medal favorite Hungary and an improved Greek team to advance out of its six-team pool.

The top four teams move on.

WEIGHTLIFTING

Kakhi Kakiasvilis of Greece, forced to set world records on his final lift to win in the last two Olympics, Kakiasvilis needed only one attempt in the clean and jerk Sunday to win in the 207-pound weight class.

Kakiasvilis, who emigrated to Greece after winning in 1992, became the second Greek in as many nights to join Naim ``Pocket Hercules'' Suleymanoglu of Turkey as a three-time gold medalist. Pyrros Dimas won Saturday at 187 1/4 pounds.

WRESTLING

Greco-Roman wrestler Matt Lindland, who spent two months fighting in the legal system for the right to wrestle in the Olympics, won his first match of the games.

Lindland, saying he wasn't fatigued from a legal battle that extended to the Supreme Court, won 3-0 over Tarieli Melelashvili of Georgia at 167 1/2 pounds.

Three of the four U.S. wrestlers competing Sunday won their opening matches as Kevin Bracken and Garrett Lowney were also victorious.

Steven Mays of Pensacola, Fla., lost at 119 pounds.



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