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.


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.


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.


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.


Blaine Wilson finished sixth in the vault finals and Elise Ray was eighth in the balance beam, ending any hope the Americans had of winning a gymnastics medal in the 2000 Games.

The American women finished fourth and the men fifth, and no one won any individual medals. It’s the first time since 1972 the United States has been shut out of a gymnastics medal.

Russia’s Alexei Nemov, who won the men’s all-around, won the gold on the high bar. He also won a bronze on the floor. Nemov won six medals in Sydney, matching his total from Atlanta.

Svetlana Khorkina added a silver from the floor exercise to the gold she won in the uneven bars Sunday. Her teammate, Yelena Zamolodchikova, won gold on the floor with an energetic routine that had the audience rocking.

Gervasio Deferr of Spain won gold in the men’s vault, and Li Xiaopeng won gold on the parallel bars. China’s Liu Xuan won the gold in the balance beam.


South Korea issued a challenge to the Scandinavian superpowers of women’s handball with their fourth straight win of the Olympic tournament.

The super-slick Koreans rallied from a slow start to defeat Angola 31-24 and finished on top of Group A in the preliminary round.

Victories over France, Romania, Hungary and Angola in Sydney have confirmed a remarkable turnaround in the fortunes of the South Koreans, a dominant force in the sport for two decades.


Ian Barker and Simon Hiscocks of Britain won the silver medal in sailing’s 49er class and Americans Jonathan McKee and Charlie McKee won the bronze. The Seattle brothers captured the first U.S. sailing medal of the games with a strong finish in Sydney Harbor.

The bronze leaves the U.S. team just one short of matching their disappointing total in 1996.

The gold medal had been determined Saturday. It went to Thomas Johanson and Jyrki Jarvi of Finland.

470 skipper Paul Foerster of Rockwall, Texas, moved into second place overall with one race to go. Women’s 470 skipper J.J. Isler is third with one race to go. Both are former Olympic medalists. The deciding races will be sailed Wednesday.

Finn skipper Russ Silvestri of Tiburon, California, is seventh overall, and Star skipper Mark Reynolds of San Diego, a four-time Olympian and former gold medalist, is eleventh. Each of those two classes has seven races left.


Having beaten China and Australia in a day-night doubleheader, the Americans will have a chance at the third team to beat them in the round-robin: Japan.

Lisa Fernandez struck out 13 in the nightcap to beat Australia 1-0. She fanned eight in a row before Peta Edebone, who hit a 13th-inning homer off her to win the first meeting, grounded out to third with one out in the seventh.

Japan advanced to the gold medal game as Mariko Masubichi pitched a one-hitter and Reoka Utsugi homered to beat Australia 1-0.

With the two losses in one day, the Aussies finished with a bronze medal.

Earlier in the day, the Americans beat China 3-0 in 10 innings when Stacey Nuveman homered in the third extra inning. That game was spiced up by Tom Lasorda and the U.S. baseball team, which had been practicing on an adjacent field.

Synchronized Swimming

Americans Tuesday Middaugh and Anna Kozlova are fourth in the synchronized swimming duet competition. They’ll compete in the final on Tuesday.

Russia’s duet of Maria Kissleyeva and Olga Brusnikina led. The Japanese duo of Miya Tachibana and Miko Takeda was second.

The Russians’ karate routine to Japanese drums was so technically difficult the nearly-packed Aquatic Center would burst into applause in the middle of a move.

Table Tennis

Kong Linghui of China defeated Jan-Ove Waldner of Sweden in five games to win the Olympic gold medal in men’s table tennis.

Liu Guoliang of China won the bronze, defeating Sweden’s Joergen Persson in four games.

Wang Nan beat countrywoman Li Ju in the women’s singles final. The two paired up to beat the Chinese team of Sun Jin and Yang Ying in doubles.

Kong and Liu earned the silver medal in men’s doubles, losing to teammates Wang Liqin and Yan Sen.


Two U.S. teammates, just one winner — and no surprise, that winner was Venus Williams.

U.S. Open and Wimbledon champion Williams, undefeated in her last 31 matches, advanced to the Olympic finals by knocking off Monica Seles, 6-1, 4-6, 6-3. Williams clinched at least a silver with her victory.

The survivor of the all-American semifinal now faces No. 10 Elena Dementieva of Russia, who defeated unseeded Australian Jelena Dokic 2-6, 6-4, 6-4. Dokic faces the third-seeded Seles for the bronze.

Williams advanced to the semifinals in doubles with her sister Serena by beating top-seeded Julie Halard-Decugis and Amelie Mauresmo of France 6-3, 6-2.

Track and Field

Michael Johnson is the first repeat winner at the Olympics in the men’s 400. He followed his Olympic-record performance in Atlanta with a second straight gold-medal performance, winning in 43.84 seconds. Fellow American Alvin Harrison grabbed the silver. It’s the eighth time Americans have swept the top two spots in the 400.

Just before Johnson won, the 110,000 people in Stadium Australia got to see what they wanted. Australia’s Olympic cauldron-lighter, Cathy Freeman, won the women’s 400. She’s the first Aborigine to win an individual Olympic gold medal.

Later, Pocatello, Idaho’s world record-holder Stacey Dragila won the women’s pole vault. In the men’s 110 hurdles, Terrence Trammell won the silver and fellow American Mark Crear the bronze.

American James Carter and Angelo Taylor have advanced to the men’s 400-meter hurdles final. Eric Thomas of the U.S. did not get through the semifinals.

Three-time Olympic gold medalist Gail Devers is in the semifinals of the women’s 100 hurdles after winning two heats. Fellow Americans Sharon Couch and Melissa Morrison are also in the semifinals. Dwight Phillips of Stone Mountain, Ga., is the lone American still in the men’s long jump.

World record-holder Hicham El Guerrouj of Morocco and defending champion Noureddine Morceli of Algeria both advanced through the first round of the men’s 1,500 meters. So did Americans Michael Stember, Gabe Jennings and Jason Pyrah.

Gabriela Szabo of Romania set an Olympic record while winning the women’s 5,000.


Playing an Italian team resting most of its starters to prepare for a run at the gold medal, the Americans still couldn’t end their run of futility in Sydney, losing 21-25, 25-18, 25-18, 25-18.

The United States (0-5) finished tied for 11th, its worst showing ever at the Olympics and the only time it has failed to win at least once.

Brazil completed a perfect 5-0 run through Group A of the Olympic men’s volleyball tournament by defeating Cuba in three grueling games. Giovanne Gavio had 10 kills and 19-year-old star Dante Amaral had nine for the Brazilians in the 28-26, 30-28, 25-18 victory.

Brazil will play Argentina (2-3) in the quarterfinals.

Cuba dropped to third in Group A by losing a tiebreaker to the Netherlands. Both teams went 4-1, but the Netherlands had a better record in games won versus games lost.

The Netherlands, the 1996 gold medalist, closed out group play by getting past Spain 25-18, 25-17, 25-26, 25-21. Spanish hitter Rafael Pascual had 27 kills.

The Dutch advance to play Yugoslavia (2-3), which eliminated South Korea 24-26, 25-20, 25-23, 19-25, 15-8. The South Koreans, playing the best defense of the tournament, lost two five-gamers, and the rest of the field is glad to be rid of them.

Spain (1-4) was eliminated when Australia beat Egypt 25-17, 25-23, 25-22. The victory by the Aussies (1-3) put them in the quarterfinals against Italy, marking a stunning Olympic debut for a program that started from nothing in 1993.

Russia clinched second place in Group B by defeating Argentina 25-23, 25-15, 25-20. Roman Yakovlev had 13 kills and Igor Chulepov 11 for the Russians (4-1). Russia will play the Cubans in the best matchup of the quarterfinals.

Water Polo

The American men, led by four goals from Chris Humbert, kept their medal hopes alive with a 12-8 victory over the winless Netherlands. The first U.S. win after two losses in Sydney made it likely that the Americans will advance into the medal round.

Playing in his third Olympics with as many countries, Andrei Kovalenko scored three goals to lift Australia to an 11-6 victory over Slovakia.

Kovalenko won bronze with the Unified Team in 1992 and finished last with Ukraine four years later. The 29-year-old moved to Australia soon after.

Kovalenko and Sean Boyd had first-quarter goals to get Australia, 1-1-1, going against Slovakia, 0-3-0 in its Olympic water polo debut.


Hossein Tavakoli of Iran won the gold medal in the 231¼-pound (105 kg) weightlifting, but Alan Tsagaev of Bulgaria — given the right to lift only hours before — got the silver medal.

Bulgaria had previously won a weightlifting gold, a silver and a bronze in the Olympics, but lost all three when each lifter was tossed out for testing positive for a banned drug, a diuretic.

Tavakoli lifted 518 pounds (235 kg) on his final lift to overtake Tsagaev, who had led for most of the clean and jerk after also raising 518 pounds. Tsagaev could have won the gold, but couldn't make his final lift of 523½ pounds (237.5 kg).


Greco-Roman wrestler Matt Lindland, whose fight to wrestle in Sydney reached the Supreme Court, gained the finals at 167½ pounds (76 kg), but not without another controversy concerning whether a result should count.

Lindland rallied from a 4-1 deficit to beat David Manukyan of the Ukraine 7-4 in the semifinals for his fourth victory in two days.

However, Lindland had a few uncertain moments after the victory, as Manukyan protested the scoring. Manukyan argued in the Olympic appeals process for a rematch, but it was denied.

Garrett Lowney, the inexperienced 20-year-old who beat a five-time world champion en route to the semifinals, lost to former world champion Mikael Ljungberg of Sweden at 213¾ pounds.

Lowney of Appleton, Wis., who will wrestle Tuesday for the bronze medal, scored three consecutive upsets — including a stunning ouster of five-time world champion Gogui Koguachvili of Russia on Sunday.

The Associated Press and Reuters contributed to this report.