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Four people who were the victims of a carjacking near the main site of the Olympics might have become hostages if not for an alert prison guard.
Prison officials say the guard grappled with two escaped convicts long enough to allow the four occupants of a minivan to flee, before the convicts drove off.
The van leased to the South Korean Olympic Committee was carrying a South Korean Olympic official and three volunteer workers. They were all treated for shock after the incident.
The van has been recovered but the escapees from a minimum security prison adjacent to the Olympic site are still on the loose.
Alexander Bagach of the Ukraine, the 1999 world indoor shot put champion and 1996 Olympic bronze medalist, has been suspended from competition for testing positive for steroids for a third time.
Simon Kemboi, a member of the Kenyan 1,600-meter relay team, also was suspended for testing positive for steroids.
Neither will be allowed to compete in the Sydney Games.
The ruling council of the International Amateur Athletic Federation announced the suspensions Tuesday after an eight-hour meeting.
South Korea swept the medals as 17-year-old Yun Mi-jin, still eligible for junior competition, beat teammate Kim Nam-soon in the individual competition.
Yun broke the Olympic record by five points by scoring 173 earlier in the day. She beat Kim Soo-nyung in the semifinal; Kim was the individual gold medalist in 1988 and silver medalist in 1992 before retiring, then making a comeback this year.
Kim beat North Korea’s Choe Ok Sil in the bronze medal match.
The three South Koreans set a team world record earlier in the Olympics.
World champion Camilla Martin of Denmark and three Chinese made it to the quarterfinals all with easy straight-set victories in the quarterfinals.
Martin downed Mia Audina Tjiptawan, 11-2, 11-1. Martin was the only non-Asian in the final eight.
Kurt Ainsworth settled down after a shaky first inning and shut down a lineup spiced with former major leaguers, leading the unbeaten United States to a 6-2 victory Tuesday over the Netherlands.
Ernie Young, a 31-year-old outfielder, doubled home a pair of runs and hit a solo homer.
Slam dunks by Ray Allen and Antonio McDyess and a rejection by Alonzo Mourning as part of a 14-0 run near the midpoint of the second half that spurred the United States to a 93-61 victory over Italy.
The Italians gave the U.S. team something to think about by keeping the game close for longer than many would have expected. It was a two-point game with less than three minutes left in the first half, but it became a blowout not long after.
Vince Carter led the Americans with 13 points, Mourning had 12 and Vin Baker 11.
Americans Rob Heidger and Kevin Wong kept their medal hopes alive with a quick 15-2 victory over France’s Jean-Philippe Jodard and Christian Penigaud. The U.S. pair now has a chance to advance to the final 16 with another victory.
Jose Navarro, after nine silver medals from various competitions, took a step toward what he hopes will be Olympic boxing gold by outpointing Hermensen Ballo of Indonesia 16-10 at 112 pounds.
Watching and shouting instruction was Navarro’s older brother, Carlos, who failed to make the 1996 Olympic team, but who is 22-1 as a pro featherweight.
Jermain Taylor became the eighth American to advance when he landed three more rights before a final crushing right dropped Dimitriy Usagin of Bulgaria before the referee stopped the fight with 10 seconds remaining in the first round.
Germany broke the four-minute barrier as its 4,000-meter team pursuit set a world record of 3 minutes, 59.710 seconds in beating Ukraine, which broke the world record in the semifinal.
Ukraine received the silver but was its final time was more than almost four second slower than it did in the afternoon.
Britain took the bronze medal.
Marty Nothstein, of Trexlertown, Pa.advanced to the semifinals of the match sprint.
Australia won the gold for the third consecutive Olympics,leading from the start with rider Andrew Hoy on all three teams. Britain took the silver.
The U.S. team won a bronze in the three-day event, helped when New Zealand had to drop out because two horses went lame after the cross-country section.
In the team epee women’s final Russia defeated Switzerland for the gold medal.
China took the bronze, upsetting favored France in the quarterfinals. France had won the team event in 1996 with the individual gold and silver medalists among its team. They managed just one medal now in both events.
Eight-time gold medalist India earned a 2-2 draw with favored Australia in the preliminaries to keep alive its chances of making the semifinals after 20 years.
India has not made the Olympics semifinals since winning the gold in 1980 after dominating the sport.
Off the field, Britain’s head coach Jon Royce was suspended by the sport’s governing body after allegedly making “crude and inappropriate language to a female doping control escort following Britain’s 1-0 loss to Argentina on Monday.
Four years after winning the gold medal in Atlanta, the Americans finished fourth in the women’s team final competition.
World champion Romania won its second gold medal, clinching it with 154.608 points. Russia, which beat the Romanians at the European championships, won the silver and China took the bronze.
The United States just didn’t have the tricks it needed to get on the medals podium. Still, after a humiliating sixth at last fall’s world championships it was progress for the U.S. team.
Japan won its third gold medal in judo out of six events as Makoto Takimoto of Japan defeated Cho In-chul of South Korea to win the men’s 81-kilogram judo.
World champion Graeme Randall of Britain showed his frustration after a loss by not bowing to the referee or his Iranian opponent. The referee insisted that Randall complete the bows before leaving the mat.
Severine Vandenhende of France defeated Li Shufang of China to win the women’s 63-kilogram.
Carol Skricki and Ruth Davidon of the United States double sculls tandem advanced to the finals on Tuesday through a second-chance classifying heat.
The other three U.S. teams that competed Tuesday advanced to Thursday’s semifinals: single scullers Monica Tranel Michini and Don Smith, and the men’s double scull of Henry Nuzum and Mike Ferry.
Another round of repechage will be held Wednesday for the other seven rowing events. The United States is the only country that qualified for all 14 events and so far is on pace to make all the finals.
The Olympic sailing regatta continued at a snail’s pace with just marginal racing affected by light breezes for the third straight day.
U.S. skipper Madrigali, of Novato, Calif., finished second in the first Soling race of the da then finished 15th — next-to-last — in the second race to drop into ninth place overall after four races.
The final two Soling fleet races are scheduled for Wednesday, and each crew gets to drop its worst race. The 16-boat fleet will be pared to 12 for a series of match races, with the medals to be decided in the harbor off the Sydney Opera House on Sept. 30.
Tanyu Kiriakov of Bulgaria, a gold medalist at the 1988 Olympics, won the men’s 50-meter pistol ahead of Igor Basinsky of Belarus, who also won the silver at Atlanta.
Martin Tenk of the Czech Republic took the bronze. Wang Yifu of China, the current world champion, finished sixth. Wang was the 10-meter air pistol silver medalist in these games.
Pia Hansen of Sweden won gold in the women’s double trap shooting. Deborah Gelisio of Italy won the silver, Kim Rhode of the United States the bronze.
The U.S. men’s team advanced out of the first round of an Olympic soccer tournament for the first time, beating Kuwait 3-1.
Danny Califf scored in the 40th minute, Chris Albright in the 63rd and Landon Donovan in the 89th as the Americans dominated their Middle East opponents.
It was only the fifth victory for an American men’s soccer team in 25 games (5-12-8) in 12 Olympic appearances dating to 1924. Two of those wins have come against Kuwait.
Dot Richardson committed two errors in the top of the 11th inning as Japan beat the United States 2-1 to snap the defending Olympic champions’ 112-game winning streak.
“I apologized to everyone because I feel responsible,” said Richardson, who is an orthopedic surgeon when not playing second base for the U.S. team. “The two mistakes I made cost us the game.”
The loss doesn’t diminish the team’s gold medal hopes. The top four in the eight-team tournament advance to the medal round and the United States is still favored.
Another night, another American victory and yet even more world records.
American Tom Malchow won Olympic gold in the 200-meter butterfly Tuesday, swimming an Olympic record time of 1 minute 55.35 in giving the U.S. team its sixth gold medal.
Dutchman Pieter Van den Hoogenband broke the world record in the 100 freestyle in winning the semifinals in 47.84 a night after tying his own world record in the 200 freestyle.
Then Ian Thorpe, whom Van den Hoogenband beat for the 200 gold, led off Australia’s 800-meter relay which finished in 7:07:05, another world record. The United States won the silver and the Netherlands won the bronze.
Australia’s record was the 11th world mark set or tied in four days at the Olympic pool.
Australian Susie O’Neill added another gold for Australia, winning in the women’s 200 freestyle. Also, Ukraine’s Yana Klochkova won her second gold of the games in an Olympic record in the 200 individual medley.
Wimbledon and U.S. Open champion Venus Williams started her Olympics with an easy 6-2, 6-2 victory over Henrieta Nagyova of Slovakia. American Monica Seles played the opening match on center court and beat Katalin Marosi-Aracama of Hungary 6-0, 6-1 in 48 minutes.
American Vince Spadea (2-25 in 2000), missed an overhead on a set point and lost to former two-time U.S. Open champion Pat Rafter, 6-4, 6-3.
The U.S. men, who are without Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi, started 0-2. Todd Martin, making his Olympic debut at age 30, lost to Rainer Schuttler of Germany 6-2, 6-0.
American Monica Seles played the opening match on center court and beat Katalin Marosi-Aracama of Hungary 6-0, 6-1 in 48 minutes.
Another loss for the U.S. men’s volleyball team. At least this time, it was to powerful Russia, 25-18, 25-23, 21-25, 25-17.
The U.S. team showed vast improvement after its surprising opening-round defeat, but still dropped to 0-2 in Olympic pool play.
Russia has beaten the Americans seven out of the eight times they have played since the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. The U.S. won the world title in 1986 and the 1988 gold medal over the Soviet Union.
The U.S. women’s water polo team lost 7-6 to Australia, its first-ever Olympic loss but it meant little. It had already qualified for the medal round.
The Americans’ last preliminary comes Wednesday against Kazakstan, considered the weakest of the group here. It has been outscored 27-11 in losing its first three games.
China added two gold medals in women’s events.
Chen Xiaomin set two more world records by winning the gold medal at 138¾ pounds. Chen lifted world records of 248 pounds in the snatch, added 286½ pounds in the clean and jerk for an overall world mark of 534½ pounds.
Lin Weining won the the 152 pounds with a total of 534½ pounds.