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Two athletes, including a Bulgarian weightlifting medalist, have tested positive for banned drugs at the Sydney Olympics.
The International Olympic Committee has said it has stripped the silver medal in the 56-kilogram weightlifting class from Ivan Ivanov. He tested positive for a diuretic. Diuretics are used to flush fluid from an athlete’s body to reduce weight, but also can be used to mask the presence of other performance-enhancing drugs.
The other athlete was a hammer thrower from Belarus whose identity was not immediately released. He tested positive for nandrolone in an out-of-competition test in the athletes’ village.
Simon Fairweather of Australia beat Vic Wunderle of Chula Vista, Calif., for the gold medal in men’s archery. Wunderle trailed from the start of the final round as Fairweather won in windy conditions, 113-106.
The two finalists were a surprise after the South Korean men were expected to dominate, going 1-2-3 in the individual rankings.
Indonesia’s Taufik Hidayat, the world No. 2 singles player, lost out in the quarterfinals to China’s unheralded Ji Xinpeng, 15-12, 15-5.
Kim Dong-moon’s quest for a third Olympic badminton gold failed when the world’s top-ranked Indonesian duo knocked the South Korean and partner Ha Tae-kwon out of the men’s doubles.
Tony Gunawan and Candra Wijaya took 59 minutes to beat the South Koreans in the semifinals, 15-3, 15-10.
Another South Korean pair did make the final. Lee Dong-soo and Yoo Yong-sung beat Malaysia’s Tan Fook Choong and Wan Wah Lee, 15-12, 7-15, 15-4.
Netherlands beat Cuba 4-2 to give the Cubans their first Olympic baseball loss. Hensley Meulens’ bases-loaded double drove in three runs and the Netherlands held on.
Cuba (3-1) had breezed through the first two official Olympic tournaments, winning the gold in Barcelona and Atlanta while going unbeaten.
Down by as many as eight points, the U.S. women finally went ahead to stay early in the second half and got three key baskets from Ruthie Bolton-Holifield en route to a 88-77 victory over Russia.
Now 3-0 in Sydney, the U. S. squad secured a berth in next week’s quarterfinals and is just about assured of winning its pool. The Americans have only New Zealand and Poland left to play and neither has the talent to match the United States.
Ricardo Williams Jr. of Cincinnati became the ninth American to advance.
Williams fell behind 3-0 to Australia’s Henry Collins and was tied 3-3 after one round. The 19-year-old Williams then routed Collins and the 139-pound bout was stopped in the fourth round on the 15-point rule, 21-5.
Thomas Schmidt of Germany won the men’s one-kilometer slalom kayak gold medal, with Paul Ratcliffe of Britain taking the silver and Pierpaolo Ferrazzi of Italy the bronze.
A 2-point penalty for touching a gate on his first run kept nine-time U.S. champion kayaker Scott Shipley from winning his first Olympic medal.
Shipley finished fifth with a score of 226.67. Without the infraction, he would have finished ahead of Ferrazzi.
Marty Nothstein of Trexlertown, Pa., won the gold medal in the men’s match sprint, delivering the first American cycling gold since the boycott-marred Los Angeles Olympics.
Nothstein beat Florian Rousseau of France 2-0 in the gold medal race after sweeping two races against Jens Fiedler, the two-time defending Olympic champion who beat Nothstein at Atlanta.