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Latvian rower Andris Reinholds has been kicked out of the Olympics after testing positive for the banned steroid nandrolone. He’s the fifth athlete sent home after a positive drug test.
Gymnastics’ governing body has reprimanded officials who didn’t notice the vault was almost two inches shorter than it should have been during the women’s all-around competition.
The shortened vault resulted in a series of falls and crashes.
“It is very unfortunate that this situation occurred during the Olympic Games and FIG regrets the duress that the situation placed on some gymnasts,” the International Gymnastics Federation said in a statement.
The federation didn't release details of the officials’ punishment.
Showing the type of offense missing all tournament, the United States completed its Olympic preliminaries with a 12-1 victory over host Australia. The game ended after seven innings to due the 10- run mercy rule.
A day after taking its only loss against Cuba, the United States (6-1) headed into the medal round on an upbeat note. Brent Abernathy had four hits as the Americans played their most complete game of the tournament.
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. Rather than play in the majors this year, Nilsson passed up millions of dollars and played in Japan so he would be eligible for the Olympics.
In other baseball action, Orestes Kindelan hit a three-run homer as Cuba clinched the top seed for medal-round play by beating Japan 6-2.
The United States and Australia closed out the preliminary round of the women’s Olympic basketball tournament with wins to stay on course for a gold medal clash.
The Americans cruised past Poland 76-57 to run their Group B record to 5-0 and extend their Olympic winning streak to 14 consecutive games in a bid for a fourth gold in the last five Olympics. The advance to the quarterfinals.
Australia, which also finished the preliminary round at 5-0 after teenage sensation Lauren Jackson lifted her squad to a 69-62 victory over France, is looking to blur that golden image.
The 19-year-old Jackson had 17 points and 12 rebounds to inflict the first loss of the tournament on France (4-1).
Slovakia kept alive its hopes of reaching the quarterfinals with a 68-32 smashing of Senegal. Russia, already guaranteed a quarterfinal berth, crushed New Zealand 92-54. And South Korea topped Cuba 69-to-56.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Russia closed out the fencing competition of the Sydney Games by beating France to win the men's team sabre, winning the final match 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.
The Russians won seven of the nine bouts in the team sabre final and had draws in the other two.
Stanislav Pozdniakov, who surprisingly failed to medal in the individual event, won three of his bouts. Sergei Charikov, who appeared to hurt his ankle in today’s quarterfinals, performed well, as did final team member Alexei Frossine.
France’s Damien Touya, the 1999 world champion, lost his three bouts.
Alexei Nemov has a medal of every color after the Russian won the silver medal in the floor exercise. He also has 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.
In team handball, Slovenia beat Tunisia 22-20, and South Korea beat Cuba 35-28. France also beat Australia 28-16, and Egypt was victorious over Germany 22-21.
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 won medals — one silver, two bronze — for the worst performance since 1972.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 second-seeded Venus 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 and Field
Naoko Takahashi, running alone in the women’s marathon for the last four miles, overcame 91 percent humidity to win 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 and narrowly lost in the second round but still advanced to the sermifinals as did fellow Americans Mark Crear and Terrence Tammell.
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.
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.
Kakhi Kakiasvilis of Greece, forced to set world records on his final lift to win in the last two Olympics, needed only one attempt in the clean and jerk 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 at 187¼ pounds.
The United States had one of its best days ever in Olympic Greco-Roman wrestling as three wrestlers advanced.
An American newcomer to major international competition pulled off a mammoth upset. Twenty-year-old Garrett Lowney of Minneapolis reached his division’s quarterfinals by beating a Russian five-time world champion Gogui Koguachvili.
Matt Lindland, the former Nebraska wrestler whose legal appeal to make the team went all the way to the Supreme Court, won three matches to reach his weight division’s semifinals.
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 167½ pounds.
Kevin Bracken moved into the quarterfinals at 138¾ pounds.
Steven Mays of Pensacola, Fla., lost at 119 pounds.