Olympics Highlights: Day 9

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Adelaide police have arrested a 22-year-old Olympic athlete from Uganda sought in connection with the sexual assault of a 17-year-old woman.

Investigators will fly to the South Australian state capital 685 miles southwest of Sydney to interview the man, New South Wales police said.

Police had announced Friday that a warrant had been issued for the athlete’s arrest. A police statement said the alleged assault occurred in the early hours of Wednesday at a western Sydney suburb adjoining the main Olympic site.

No further details were released.

Sydney’s trouble-free Olympics are facing an unlikely bug — big, fat, hairy moths called bogongs.

The dive-bombing moths, something of an Aboriginal delicacy, have hit town early on their annual migration and headed straight for the games.

The insects, which are quite harmless, have descended on Olympic Park in their millions over the past two nights, drawn by the glare of floodlights from Stadium Australia and other venues.

They had spectators ducking and swatting at Friday night’s athletics. At tennis, Australian doubles player Todd Woodbridge had to flick one into submission with his racket when it would not leave the court.

Sydney Olympics organizers said today they had turned to a scientific research body and some of the best experts on the 200,000 types of insect in Australia for advice on how to deal with the bogong swarms.


Ji Xinpeng of China beat Hendrawan of Indonesia in two games to win the men’s singles gold medal. Xia Xuanze of China beat Peter Gade of Denmark for the bronze.

Ge Fei and Gu Jun of China beat teammates Huang Nanyan and Yang Wei in the women’s doubles. Gao Ling and Qin Yiyuan won the bronze to make it a Chinese sweep.


Jose Ibar struck out eight in seven innings as Cuba shut down the United States 6-1 in a game that was as raw and one-sided as in the old days, when Cuba never lost.

Except for the shouting and the cussing, it wasn’t very entertaining. There could be a rematch, though — both teams are 5-1 and headed for the medal round.

Benches cleared in the fourth when Ernie Young was hit by a pitch and got into it with the Cuban catcher. Tempers flared when first baseman Doug Mientkiewicz dove and took down a Cuban runner in the bottom of the inning.

Finally, 37-year-old catcher Pat Borders cussed a Cuban runner who flew into home plate spikes-high as he scored in the eighth.


After a close game against Lithuania, the U.S. men’s basketball team is back to blowing out the opponent.

The Americans scorched winless New Zealand 102-56.

Vince Carter had 18 points, Allan Houston 17, Antonio McDyess 15, and Kevin Garnett 14.

The U.S. squad was up by 10 points eight minutes into the game, and up by 20 by the 12-minute mark.

In other basketball games, Lithuania beat China 82-66, Yugoslavia downed Spain 78-65, and Australia defeated Angola 86-75.

Beach Volleyball

Both U.S. women’s beach volleyball teams lost Olympic quarterfinal matches to end medal hopes each thought were in reach.

Jenny Johnson Jordan and Annett Davis tried smashing kills, power serves and anything else, but had no answer to the precision shots of Japan’s Yukiko Takahashi and Teru Saiki in losing 15-9.

Then Holly McPeak and Misty May came up short against Brazil’s Adriana Samuel and Sandra Pires, losing 16-14.

Pires and Samuel now face defending bronze medalists Natalie Cook and Kerri Pottharst of Australia in the semifinal. Takahashi and Saiki take on the other Brazilian team — Adriana Behar and Shelda Bede.

In men’s play, both U.S. men’s teams advanced to the quarterfinals and face each other Sunday (Saturday ET).


Rocky Juarez helped set up an Olympic quarterfinals match between featherweight champions with a narrow victory in a second-round bout today.

The 20-year-old Juarez, the world 125-pound champion from Houston, will box Somluck Kamsing of Thailand, the 125-pound champion at the 1996 Olympics on Wednesday.

Jermain Taylor of Little Rock, Ark., became the fifth American to reach the round of eight by pounding out a 23-9 decision over Scott McIntosh of Canada at 156 pounds.

Then super heavyweight Calvin Brock of Charlotte, N.C., became the fourth U.S. boxer to lose. He took a standing out count, was knocked down and stopped in the fourth round on the 15-point rule (21-5) by Italy’s Paolo Vidoz.


Paola Pezzo of Italy won the women’s cross-country mountain bike race in 1 hour, 49 minutes, 24 seconds. She survived a collision that dropped another racer on the fourth of five laps, successfully defending the Olympic title she won in Atlanta.


Mark Ruiz paired with David Pichler for a disappointing seventh-place showing on the men’s 10-meter platform as synchronized diving made its Olympic debut.

The Russians swept the first two events, also taking the women’s 3-meter springboard gold. Both times, they defeated the powerful Chinese.

Dmitry Sautin added to the individual gold medal he won in Atlanta, teaming with Igor Lukachin on platform to score 365.04 points. They edged the Chinese team of Hu Jia and Tian Liang, who took silver with 358.74.

Jan Hempel and Heiko Meyer of Germany captured bronze at 338.88.

Vera Ilina, in her third Olympics, teamed with Yulia Pakhalina to give Russia the gold in springboard.

China’s Fu Mingxia was denied a record-tying fourth gold medal, taking silver with Guo Jingjing. The bronze went to Ganna Sorokina and Olena Zhupina of Ukraine.


It was a tough way for the U.S. women’s fencers to be denied a medal again.

The foil team, bidding to become the first women’s squad to win a fencing medal, lost a thrilling bronze medal match 45-42 to Germany. The final point was awarded when Ann Marsh was penalized for covering her target on the last touch by Germany’s Rita Koenig.

Italy — the world champion, which beat the United States 45-38 in the semifinals — knocked off Poland 45-36 to win the gold.

Gymnastics (Trampoline)

Russia’s Alexandre Moskalenko, who came out of retirement and lost weight to realize his Olympic dream, claimed the first gold medal awarded in the men’s trampoline.

Moskalenko’s winning effort of 41.70 points gave Russia a sweep of the trampolining gold with Irina Karavaeva having captured the women’s title on Friday when the sport made its official Olympic debut.

Australia’s Ji Wallace brought the soldout Superdome crowd of 15,000 to its feet taking the silver with a mark of 39.30.

Canada’s Mathieu Turgeon got the bronze with 39.10.


Missy Ryan and Steven Redgrave can compare the scars they’ve acquired since Atlanta. The rowers also can show off the medals they won.

Ryan won a bronze in the women’s pairs, with American teammate Karen Kraft, capping her comeback after donating a kidney to her brother weeks after winning a silver medal in 1996.

Redgrave fought diabetes, appendicitis and an arm injury in the past four years, but still pulled his British crew to victory in the men’s fours, making him only the third person to win gold at five straight Olympics.


Light, shifting winds plagued the Olympic regatta again, bringing mixed results for two Americans sailing their first races.

Star skipper Mark Reynolds and Finn skipper Russ Silvestri each had a third-place finish and a bad race in the fluky winds and choppy seas.

Silvestri, in his first Olympics, was eighth overall in the 25-boat Finn fleet. Reynolds, in his fourth straight games, was 10th in the 16-boat Star fleet.

The 49er class gold medal was secured by Finland’s Thomas Johanson and Jyrki Jarvi with one race to go.

After a two-hour delay in Sydney Harbor, brothers Jonathan and Charlie McKee of Seattle struggled a bit, but remained in contention for a medal.

The 470 class had a reserve day. Paul Foerster of Rockwall, Texas, sailed into the lead in the men’s class by winning two straight races on Thursday.

J.J. Isler of San Diego is in fifth place in the women’s 470 class.


Todd Graves of Laurel, Miss., won the bronze medal in men’s skeet to join Nancy Johnson as the only Americans to win shooting medals at the Sydney Games.

Slovenia’s Rajmond Debevec had an Olympic-record 1,275.1 to win the men’s 50-meter rifle three-position. Juha Hirvi of Finland won the silver and Harald Stenvaag of Norway took the bronze.

Mykola Milchev of Ukraine won the skeet gold medal, tying the world record with a perfect score of 150. Petr Malek of the Czech Republic won the silver.

Graves, a three-time Olympian, joins Matt Dryke as the only Americans to win an Olympic skeet medal.

China led the overall shooting competition with three of the 16 gold medals.


U.S. substitute Sasha Victorine blasted a penalty kick just past the desperate dive of goalkeeper Seigo Narazaki for a 5-4 shootout victory over Japan and a berth in the Olympic men’s soccer semifinals.

The Americans won the shootout after tying the game 2-2 on Pete Vagenas’ penalty kick in the final minute of regulation.

Japan, which led twice, stood back bewildered, jaws dropped.

In other quarterfinal matches, Cameroon edged Brazil 2-1 in double overtime, Spain defeated Italy 1-0 and Chile easily beat Nigeria 4-1.


The Olympic softball medal round has its field: Japan, Australia, China and the United States.

The Americans were the only ones that needed to win to make the playoffs, and they advanced easily with a 6-0 victory over Italy. Lisa Fernandez retired all six outs on strikeouts before hitting a homer that made it unnecessary for her to pitch anymore.

The United States will play China in the medal round, while Australia takes on Japan. The loser of the U.S.-China game will be eliminated and the winner will play the loser of the other semifinal.

The Australia-Japan winner earns a berth in the gold medal game.


Gary Hall Jr. anchored the United States to a world-record victory in the 400-meter medley relay after the American women set a world relay mark on the final day of Olympic swimming.

The team of Lenny Krayzelburg, Ed Moses, Ian Crocker and Hall won in 3 minutes, 33.73 seconds, lowering the mark of 3:34.84 set by Americans at the 1996 Atlanta Games.

The United States won 33 medals, including 14 golds, during the meet in which 14 world records were set or tied. Australia claimed 18 medals and five golds.

Jenny Thompson won her eighth career relay gold — her 10th medal overall — as the United States women cruised to their world record of 3:58.30 in the 400 medley relay.

With eight gold medals — all in relays — Thompson ended her swimming career one short of gymnast Larissa Lathynina of the former Soviet Union for most golds by a woman.

B.J. Bedford, Megan Quann, Thompson and Dara Torres erased the mark of 4:01.67 set by China at the 1994 world championships. Australia’s men and women settled for silver in both medley relays.

Torres also won bronze in the 50 freestyle.

Inge de Bruijn of the Netherlands won the 50 freestyle for her third individual Olympic gold. Grant Hackett of Australia won the grueling 1,500 freestyle.

Table Tennis

Wang Liqin and Yan Sen of China defeated teammates Kong Linghui and Liu Guoliang to win the men’s table tennis doubles title.

Patrick Chila and Jean-Philippe Gatien of France won the bronze.


Venus and Serena Williams recovered from a slow start to reach the quarterfinals in doubles, beating Elena Likhovtseva and Anastasia Myskina of Russia 4-6, 6-2, 6-3.

The Williams sisters, who have three Grand Slam doubles titles, won for the 30th time in their last 31 matches.

Two-time French Open champion Gustavo Kuerten became the first quarterfinalist in men’s singles, beating Ivan Ljubicic of Croatia 7-6 (2), 6-3 in the third round.

Kuerten, seeded second, is one of only six seeded men remaining.

Track and Field

Marion Jones barely finished her victory lap when Maurice Greene joined her as an Olympic 100-meter champion.

Jones won the women’s 100-meter final in 10.75 seconds right before fellow American Greene won the men’s event in 9.87 seconds.

Jones, shooting for five medals in these games, won by 37 hundredths of a second over Ekaterini Thanou of Greece — the second biggest in Olympic 100-meter history.

The only bigger winning margin in an Olympic 100-meter final, either men’s or women’s, was Marjorie Jackson’s win by .38 over Daphne Hasenjager in 1952.

Greene defeated training partner and Sydney housemate Ato Boldon of Trinidad & Tobago, who took silver after getting the bronze medal in Atlanta. Boldon finished in 9.99 seconds. Obadele Thompson of Barbados was third in 10.04.

Jan Zelezny of the Czech Republic won his third straight Olympic javelin title and broke his own Olympic record with a throw of 295 feet, 9½ inches.

Michael Johnson and Cathy Freeman easily won second-round heats in the 400 and advanced to Sunday’s semifinals.

All three American men in the 800 meters — Mark Everett, Bryan Woodward and Richard Kenah — flopped in the first round.

Lance Deal, a silver medalist at the 1996 Atlanta Games and the grand old man of U.S. hammer throwing, ended his Olympic career in disappointment.


Once again making too many blunders, giving up too many easy points and making a lesser team look great, the U.S. men’s volleyball team lost its fourth straight match, eliminated from contention in the tournament by South Korea.

The U.S. team needed to defeat both South Korea and gold medal favorite Italy to have any chance of overtaking Argentina for the fourth and final qualifying spot from Group B.

Now, the Americans face the likelihood of going winless in Sydney, making their ninth-place finish in Atlanta look decent by comparison.

Water Polo

The American men’s water polo team lost to Atlanta silver medalist Croatia, 10-7 in the tournament opener for both.

It doesn’t get easier Sunday for the U.S. team as it meets powerful Yugoslavia, which won gold medals in 1984 and 1988, both times beating the United States in the final.

In a wild ending to the first-ever women’s Olympic water polo tournament, Yvette Higgins scored with 1.3 seconds left as Australia beat the United States 4-3 for the gold medal.

It was one of the United States’ best storylines: A team few knew about led by Maureen O’Toole, the greatest player in the history of water polo, playing her final game.