Olympics Highlights: Day 6

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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.

Archery

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.

Badminton

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.

Baseball

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.

Basketball

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.

Boxing

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.

Canoe/Kayak

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.

Cycling (Track)

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.

In the women’s gold medal match, five-time world champion Felicia Ballanger of France beat Oxana Grichina of Russia 2-1.

Equestrian

David O’Connor of The Plains, Va., was in first place after the opening day of the individual three-day event.

O’Connor performed a graceful, mistake-free test on Custom Made to score 29.0. He was part of the U.S. bronze medal-winning three-day team.

Fencing

Kim Young-ho won South Korea’s first-ever Olympic gold medal in the sport defeating Ralf Bissdorf of Germany 15-14 in the men’s foil.

Kim’s surprising run to the gold included a quarterfinal victory over Ukrainian Sergiy Golubytsky, who has won the last three world championships and most world titles since 1992.

Sailing

Wind finally blew across the Olympic sailing courses and American sailors responded by posting several strong finishes.

Leading the way was J.J. Isler of San Diego, who won the second fleet race in the women’s 470 class to take the overall lead. Isler, 36, the 1992 bronze medalist, had to take time off from training for this Olympics after giving birth to her second daughter.

Brothers Jonathan and Charlie McKee of Seattle won the fourth fleet 49er fleet race to move into second place overall.

Soling skipper Jeff Madrigali, the 1996 bronze medalist, finished second in each of the final two fleet races, losing the lead both times to Roy Heiner of the Netherlands. Madrigali will get a high seeding for the match races.

Each skipper will toss out his worst score and the fleet will be pared from 16 to 12 for match racing.

Shooting

Richard Faulds of Britain won the men’s double trap in a shootoff with defending gold medalist Russell Mark of Australia.

Mark led through most of the competition, but faltered in the final regulation round and the playoff, taking silver.

Renata Mauer-Rozanska of Poland won the gold medal in the women’s 50-meter rifle.

Soccer

The defending champion U.S. women’s soccer team advanced to the Olympic medals round by beating Nigeria 3-1. It was joined in the semifinals by Norway, which beat China 2-1.

Swimming

American Misty Hyman stunned defending champion Susie O’Neill to win Olympic gold in the 200-meter butterfly.

Hyman led all the way to win in an Olympic record 2 minutes, 5.88 seconds, just missing O’Neill’s world record. O’Neill finished second in 2:06.58.

Jenny Thompson swam the anchor leg to beat Australia in the women’s 800 relay to gain her seventh gold, an all-time record for women — but with no individual golds.

Pieter van den Hoogenband of the Netherlands won the 100-meter freestyle in 48.30 seconds, far off the world record of 47.84 he set in the semifinals. Alexander Popov of Russia won the silver and Gary Hall Jr. of the United States the bronze.

Domenico Fioravanti of Italy won the 200-meter breaststroke.

Lenny Krazyelburg, who already has one gold at the Sydney Games, cruised to an Olympic record in preliminaries of the 200-meter backstroke in 1:58.40.

Inge de Bruijn of Netherlands broke her own world record in the 100 freestyle semifinals with 53.77, her second world record of the games.

Table Tennis

Jun Gao Chung of Gaithersburg, Md., the only American ever to make it past the preliminary phase of the Olympic competition, lost in the second round to Ryu Ji-hye of South Korea, 21-17, 15-21, 21-15, 21-10.

Tennis

Jeff Tarango, the fiery Californian better known for his temper than his tennis, beat Diego Camacho of Bolivia 6-0, 6-1 to become the only American man to pass the first round.

The other remaining American, No. 16 seeded Michael Chang, then lost to Sebastien Lareau of Canada 7-6 (6), 6-3. Todd Martin and Vince Spadea were eliminated Tuesday.

U.S. Open winner Marat Safin lost to Fabrice Santoro of France 1-6, 6-1, 6-4,

On the women’s side, top-seeded Lindsay Davenport, the 1996 gold medalist in women’s singles, won her opening match against Paolo Suarez of Argentina, 6-2, 6-2, to make the U.S. women 3-0.

Water Polo

Veteran Maureen O’Toole scored the Americans’ first goal and assisted on the one that put ahead in a 9-6 victory over Kazakstan.

Brenda Villa had four goals for the United States, 3-1-1, in the first-ever women’s Olympic tournament.

Weightlifting

With China limited to four weightlifters in the seven classes, other countries took advantage and won gold.

Maria Isabel Urrutia won the first gold medal in any sport for Colombia in 165-pound weightlifting, because she weighed less than the other two medalists who also lifted the same total.

Galabin Boevski of Bulgaria won 152 pounds with a total of 788 pounds.