Olympics Highlights: Day 11

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International track officials say American shot put world champion C.J. Hunter has tested positive for a banned substance. The case is being turned over to USA Track and Field, and American officials will decide what to do next.

Hunter isn’t competing at the Olympics because of recent surgery, but he is in Sydney as a coach for his wife, 100-meter gold medalist Marion Jones. Jones now has to deal with this distraction in her attempt to win a total of five gold medals.

Hunter tested positive for nandrolone, which helps athletes gain strength and muscle bulk.

“I know what’s going on and I am aware of the allegations and am going to defend myself vigorously,” Hunter told NBC. There were no reports linking Jones to the use of banned performance enhancers.

Obadele Thompson’s Olympic medal was bronze, not gold, but for his home country of Barbados it was still precious.

“It is truly great for Barbados to have the third fastest human being in the world,” Sports Minister Rudolph Greenidge said. Acting Prime Minister Billie Miller called the medal “historic.”

Thompson came third in the Olympic 100-meter dash in Sydney on Saturday to the first Olympic medal ever for the island of 260,000 since it gained independence from Britain in 1966.

His win set off a national celebration. Whooping fans poured into bars to celebrate and radio stations blared a calypso tribute song, “Oba” as politicians and sports figures lauded Thompson.

Basketball

The Dream Team looked drowsy at the start and the finish. In between, they ran a highlight film’s worth of dunks over France to win a fifth straight game in Sydney, 106-94. The win, which puts the two-time defending gold medalist Americans into the quarterfinals, was highlighted by Vince Carter’s sky-walking dunk over Frenchman Frederic Weis.

Antonio McDyess finished with 20 points, Kevin Garnett with 19 and Carter had 13.

Lithuania, guaranteed a slot in the quarterfinals, improved to 30-2 by knocking off winless New Zealand 85-75.

Russia clinched a quarterfinal berth with an 88-to-65 romp over Angola.

Beach Volleyball

The home team won again.

Already having its best overall Olympic performance ever, host nation Australia picked up a gold in women’s beach volleyball. Natalie Cook and Kerri Pottharst edged out Brazilians Shelda Bede and Adriana Behar 12-11, 12-10 in front of yet another rowdy crowd of Aussies.

The Brazilian team of Sandra Pires and Adriana Samuel beat Yukiko Takahashi and Teru Saiki of Japan for the bronze.

Diving

America’s momentum at the diving pool continued as Mark Ruiz and Troy Dumais moved into the semifinals of 3-meter springboard. Defending Olympic champion Xiong Ni of China was the semifinal leader, with Ruiz fourth and Dumais seventh.

On Sunday, Laura Wilkinson ended America’s 36-year skein of diving futility by shocking the defending champion Chinese on the 10-meter platform.

Equestrian

Rhythmical, ridden by Nona Garson of Lebanon, N.J., fell on a turn during the qualifying round, eliminating her from the individual event. Horse and rider were unhurt and will be in the team event Thursday.

The mare Liberty, ridden by Laura Kraut of Oconomowoc, Wis., lowered two fences for 8 faults. Kraut finished 21st in the group of 74 riders, Lauren Hough of Ocala, Fla., 37th and Margie Goldstein Engle of Wellington, Fla., 49th. The scores will be wiped clean if they move forward to the final event on Sunday.

Gymnastics

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