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.

Baseball

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.

Boxing

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.

Canoe/Kayak

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