Olympics Highlights: Day 12

The women’s all-around gymnastic champion has had her gold medal taken away. Sixteen-year old Romanian gymnast Andreea Raducan took a banned stimulant contained in two cold medicine pills the team doctor gave her. An IOC official says it was a common, over-the-counter drug.

But Raducan’s been stripped of her all-around gymnastics gold medal. She’s being allowed to keep her team and vault medals.

The team doctor has been banned from the next two Olympics, 2002 in Salt Lake City and 2004 in Athens, Greece.

Raducan is the first gymnast to be stripped of a medal because of failed drug test. Hers is the sixth positive drug test of the Sydney Games.

That same IOC official says U.S. shot putter C.J. Hunter failed four separate tests for steroids this summer. Hunter, the coach and husband of runner Marion Jones, denied the allegations at a news conference today and said he’d never do anything to jeopardize his family’s opinion of him.

Jones attended a news conference with Hunter, and asked reporters to leave them alone so she can concentrate on her goal of winning five gold medals.

A Ugandan swimmer charged with raping a 17-year-old girl near the main Olympic venue had been granted bail.

Joe Atuhaire, 22, appeared in court Monday night after being extradited from Adelaide in southern Australia, where he was arrested Saturday.

Atuhaire was ordered to appear in court Oct. 19 to enter a plea. He faces a maximum sentence of 14 years in prison if convicted.

He was released on $10,940 bail and had his passport confiscated. His Olympic credential, which acts as an entry visa for Australia during the Sydney Games, has been canceled.

Atuhaire was expected to be released from custody later Tuesday after a Ugandan official agreed to post the bail.

Atuhaire has been ordered to stay at an accommodation provided by the Salvation Army until authorities issue him a new visa.

Atuhaire, from the Ugandan capital of Kampala, was eliminated from competition on the first morning of the games on Sept. 16. He recorded 1 minute, 22.35 seconds in the first heat of the 100-meter breaststroke, the slowest of 65 competitors.


Orestes Kindelan, the cleanup hitter on Cuba’s two gold medal teams, drove in three runs with a pair of singles for a 3-0 victory over Japan in the semifinals. The Cubans will play either the United States or South Korea, who met in the other semifinal.

Beach Volleyball

Americans Dain Blanton and Eric Fonoimoana refused to wilt beneath unrelenting Brazilian pressure, defeating favored Ze Marco de Melo and Ricardo Santos 12-11, 12-9 in the final.

It was a bitter defeat for the Brazilians, who won three medals — the silver and bronze in women’s and the men’s silver — but failed to grab the top prize in a sport they have dominated in recent years.


Felix Savon had just too much experience and size for Michael Bennett and the vaunted Cuban heavyweight took another step toward a record-equaling third Olympic boxing gold medal.

Bennett, who first boxed in an Illinois prison and has had fewer than 50 fights in open competition, was stopped on the 15-point rule (23-8) in the third round by the 6-foot-6 Savon. The put Savon into the semifinals.

Jeff Lacy of St. Petersburg, Fla., showed virtually nothing in being stopped by Gaidarbek Gaidarbekov of Russia on the 15-point rule (18-3) in the third round. Gaidarbekov became the fourth Russian to advance to the semifinals.


U.S. flagbearer Cliff Meidl and Phillipe Boccara were eliminated in the two-man, 1,000-meter kayak event with the slowest time of the 18 entries. Meidl was picked to lead the U.S. Olympic team into the opening ceremony to honor his amazing recovery from a 30,000-volt electrical jolt that blew off several toes, cracked his skull and burned his back.

Angel Perez, the former Cuban Olympian who won a legal battle to represent the United States, helped guide his four-man squad into the finals with a third-place finish in their 1,000-meter heat.

However, Jordan Malloch, the U.S. entry in the solo 1,000-meter canoe, failed to advance.


Leontien Zijlaard of the Netherlands won her second gold medal of the Sydney Games, sprinting out of a soggy pack to win the women’s road race to add to her world record in the women’s individual pursuit.

Beset by crashes and mechanical problems, Karen Kurreck of Los Altos Hills, Calif., and Mari Holden of Colorado Springs, Colo., dropped out during the race. Nicole Freedman of Stanford, Calif., finished 47th, almost 22 minutes behind Zijlaard.


Excluding the boycotted 1980 Moscow Games, the United States hadn’t missed out on a 3-meter men’s springboard medal since William Howard Taft was president—until Tuesday.

Xiong Ni of China won the event. Troy Dumais of Ventura, Calif., finished sixth, and American medal hopeful Mark Ruiz had an off night and wound up seventh. The U.S. had medaled at every nonboycotted games since 1912.


U.S. dressage riders sat securely in third place midway through the team competition with the Germans and Dutch out to their accustomed lead.

The United States finished the day with 3,403 points, behind Germany with 3,765 and the Netherlands with 3,661.

Robert Dover of Flemington, N.J., and Susan Blinks of Wellington, Fla., rode for the United States.

Two riders from each team rode, and the last two will go Wednesday, with the top three scores to determine the medals. The German, Dutch and American teams finished 1-2-3 in 1996.

Field Hockey

Jay Stacy’s 62nd-minute goal sent Australia into the semifinals with a 2-1 victory over South Korea. Australia’s victory gave it 11 points from five matches, best in Pool B.


Jonathan and Charlie McKee of Seattle won a bronze medal in the new 49er class. They won the 16th and final match race.

It’s the first sailing medal for the Americans in these games, and leaves them just one short of matching their disappointing total in 1996.

The two U.S. 470 skippers, Paul Foerster of Rockwall, Texas, and J.J. Isler of San Diego, are in position to join the McKees as medalists.


The American men took their first loss of the Olympic tournament 3-1 to Spain in the semifinal at the Sydney Football Stadium to tumble out of gold medal contention.

The win sent Spain, gold medalists at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, into the final Saturday against Cameroon, a 2-1 winner over Chile in the other semifinal in Melbourne.

The U.S. men, who carried the tag of perennial underachievers into the tournament, will play for bronze Friday night against Chile.

Midfielder Jose Mari Romero had two assists in the first half and scored the clincher in the 87th minute, swooping in on a rebound after U.S. goalkeeper Brad Friedel made a diving fingertips save on Raul Tamudo.

The Cameroon-Chile was scoreless until the 78th minute when Chile scored through an own goal from Patrice Abanda, after a shot by substitute Sebastian Gonzalez rebounded off the goalkeeper.

Cameroon drew level six minutes later when Patrick Mboma shot in from the edge of the penalty area.

Then Lauren won the match with an 89th penalty coolly placed to the right of the Chilean keeper.


The United States repeats as the Olympic softball champion. Japan’s left fielder misplayed Laura Berg’s liner to deep left in the bottom of the eighth, allowing the Americans to score the deciding run in a 2-1 victory. Stacey Nuveman had singled home the other U.S. run in the fifth with the team’s only hit of the game.

On their march through the playoffs, the Americans beat all three teams that had beaten them in the preliminary round.

Synchronized Swimming

For the first time since the sport made its debut in 1984, Americans failed to climb the medal stand.

Anna Kozlova, a former Russian now living in Santa Clara, Calif., and Tuesday Middaugh, still on the mend from back surgery, settled for fourth behind a near-perfect Russian duo and teams from Japan and France.

Americans have won five golds and two silvers in the past four Olympics. Russians Olga Brusnikina and Maria Kisseleva used a karate routine performed to the beat of Japanese drums to defeat a team from Japan.


Venus Williams clinched her second Olympic medal, teaming with sister Serena for a semifinal victory in doubles.

The Williamses won 11 of the final 13 games to beat Els Callens and Dominique Van Roost of Belgium 6-4, 6-1.

The sisters’ opponents in Thursday’s final will be the winners of the other semifinal between Kristie Boogert and Miriam Oremans of the Netherlands and Olga Barabanschikova and Natasha Zvereva of Belarus.

Monica Seles beat Australian Jelena Dokic to win the women’s singles bronze medal.

The medal was the first for Seles, who also played at the Atlanta Games. She lost to U.S. teammate Venus Williams in the semifinals.

In the mens singles, Yevgeny Kafelnikov of Russia and unseeded Tommy Haas of Germany will meet in the final. Kafelnikov beat Arnaud Di Pasquale of France 6-4, 6-4, while Haas defeated Roger Federer of Switzerland 6-3, 6-2.

Track and Field

World champion Inger Miller is officially out of the women’s 200 meters. The left hamstring injury that forced her out of the 100 last week has not healed.

A U.S. Track and Field official says Miller still hopes to run in the 400-meter relay on the weekend.

Miller hurt her hamstring while training at UCLA earlier this month, two days before she left for Sydney.


The United States women’s volleyball team is in the Olympic semifinals after a terrific quarterfinal battle against South Korea.

The U.S. squad prevailed 3-to-2 in a very close match full of long rallies. The scores were 26-24, 17-25, 25-23, 25-27, 16-14.

The Americans will face Russia in the semifinals.

Elena Godina provided crucial points for Russia, which was down 24-21 in the third game against China but struggled back to win 27-25. Godina’s kill put Russia ahead by one, and on match point Liobov Chachkova drilled a comeback attempt to earn the 27-25, 25-23, 27-25 victory.

Cuba, seeking an unprecedented third straight gold medal, will play Brazil in the first of Thursday’s semifinals. Cuba and Brazil had a memorable scuffle on the court and in the locker room when they faced each other in the semifinals in Atlanta.

Cuba advanced by shutting down Croatia’s Barbara Jelic, the top scorer in the tournament, in a 25-18, 25-23, 25-21 victory.

Croatia rallied from a 16-10 deficit in the second game to get within 22-20. Ana Fernandez slammed a shot that froze the Croatians for a 24-21 lead before Croatia saved two straight game points to get within one. But Ruiz ended the comeback with a clean shot into the back row.

Croatia trailed the entire third game but cut the lead to 22-20 before Cuba closed it out.

Brazil cruised past Germany 25-22, 25-18, 25-17.

Brazil kept getting stronger as its match with Germany went on, but team leader Leila Barros kept pushing them. When Germany scored to pull within 17-12 on a block off the hands of Janina Conceicao, Barros scolded her. Brazil went on to win 25-17, losing three of the points on service errors.

Water Polo

The American men’s water polo team led Hungary three times in the second half but lost, 10-9. The Hungarians (3-1-0) controlled the final quarter and, ultimately, the game. After the United States (1-3-0) took its last lead at 9-8 on Tony Azevedo’s goal with 6:17 left, Tibor Benedek and Gergely Kiss scored to move Hungary into the Olympic quarterfinals.


U.S. champion Shane Hamman set national records for the snatch and total lift while finishing second in the B group of the super heavyweight division.

Hamman substantially broke his U.S. record in the snatch, lifting 429¾ pounds or 16½ pounds more than the record he raised during the Olympic trials in July.

Hamman’s total lift of 925¾ pounds also broke his U.S. record set at the trials.


Matt Lindland, who successfully overturned his loss in the U.S. trials with a lengthy legal fight, lost 3-0 to Mourat Kardanov of Russia for the Olympic gold medal in 167½ pound in Greco-Roman wrestling.

Lindland wasn’t expected to get even a silver—he didn’t place in last year’s world championships, and he has had relatively few high world finishes.

Another Russian, Varteres Samourgachev of Russia defeated Juan Luis Maren of Cuba to win 138¾ pound-class.

Sim Kwon-ho of South Korea captured the 119-pound class over Lazaro Rivas of Cuba and Mikael Ljungberg of Sweden took the 213¾ pound class with a 2-1 overtime victory over Davyd Saldadze of Ukraine.

Garrett Lowney of the United States won the bronze.