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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.