USA women take soccer gold

Published 12:00 am Friday, August 27, 2004

ATHENS, Greece (AP) - Abby Wambach scored in the 112th minute with a powerful 10-yard header off a corner kick from Kristine Lilly to give the United States to a 2-1 overtime victory over Brazil for the soccer gold medal.

The game marked the final competitive appearance together for the remaining players from the first World Cup championship team in 1991. The five helped bring their sport to national prominence and captured the country's imagination by winning the World Cup in 1999.

Mia Hamm, Julie Foudy and Joy Fawcett are retiring from the national team - although they might play in some farewell exhibitions this fall - leaving Lilly and Brandi Chastain as the last of the old guard.

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After the game, the team took a victory lap, waving flags to the crowd of 10,416 at Karaiskaki Stadium.

Brazil received its first women's soccer medal after finishing fourth at the last two Olympics. Germany, which beat Sweden 1-0 in the third-place game, took the bronze.


Men's basketball

United States 102, Spain 94

Lithuanians 95, China 75

Italy 83, Puerto Rico 70

Argentina 69, Greece 64

ATHENS, Greece (AP) - Stephon Marbury broke a U.S. Olympic record with 31 points, leading the Americans to a 102-94 victory over Spain in the Olympic quarterfinals Thursday.

Marbury made six of his team's 12 3-pointers and helped push the previously undefeated Spaniards out of medal contention.

In the U.S. team's first five games, Marbury scored just 21 points, missing 24 of 30 shots. The Americans lost two of those games: an embarrassing blowout against Puerto Rico and a last-minute loss to against Lithuania.

The Lithuanians remained unbeaten with a 95-75 victory over China, setting up a semifinal game against Italy, which beat Puerto Rico 83-70. Lithuania has settled for bronze in the last three Olympics.

In the late game, Argentina earned a semifinal matchup against the United States by defeating Greece 69-64.


Track and Field

ATHENS, Greece (AP) - Shawn Crawford and two teammates capped a big night for Americans at the track, sweeping the 200-meter medals despite a rowdy crowd that booed loudest when the U.S. sprinters were announced before the race.

In a race missing disgraced Greek hero and defending Olympic champion Kostas Kenteris, Crawford ran a personal-best 19.79 seconds. That was just good enough to edge Bernard Williams, who tied his personal best of 20.01 seconds for silver. Justin Gatlin, the 100 champion, won bronze in 20.03.

Dwight Phillips led a 1-2 American finish in the men's long jump, with NCAA champion John Moffitt taking the silver.

The start of the 200 was delayed for four minutes because spectators were booing, whistling in derision and chanting Kenteris' name and ''Hellas, Hellas'' - the Greek word for Greece. The whistles were loudest when the three U.S. sprinters were announced.

Felix Sanchez gave the Dominican Republic its first Olympic gold medal when he won the men's 400-meter hurdles in 47.63 seconds.

Marion Jones helped the U.S. 400-meter relay team to a time of 41.67, matching the mark it set earlier this month that is best in the world this year.



ATHENS, Greece (AP) - The U.S. diving team is staring at its first medals shutout in 92 years after Rachelle Kunkel finished ninth in the 3-meter springboard, far behind a 1-2 finish by the powerful Chinese.

Guo Jingjing easily won her country's fifth diving gold of the Athens Games, while teammate Wu Minxia edged out Russia's Yulia Pakhalina for the silver.


Women's Water Polo

Gold Medal

Italy 10, Greece 9, 2OT

Bronze Medal

United States 6, Australia 5

ATHENS, Greece (AP) - Melania Grego's lob goal with 2:04 remaining in the second overtime gave Italy a come-from-behind victory over Greece for the Olympic water polo gold medal.

With the game tied 7-7 at the end of regulation, Greece went ahead 9-7 on goals by Kyriaki Liosi - her fifth - and Aikaterini Oikonomopoulou.

But Grego and Tania di Mario scored to pull Italy even with nine seconds remaining in the first extra period.

Ellen Estes scored three times for the United States, which won the bronze. The Australians edged the United States for gold four years ago.


Rhythmic Gymnastics

ATHENS, Greece (AP) - Upset with marks given to American Mary Sanders in qualifying, the U.S. team filed an inquiry with the International Gymnastics Federation seeking a review of her hoop routine.

Sanders finished 18th out of 24 gymnasts in the first of two qualifying rounds. The top 10 gymnasts after Friday's second round advance. Sanders received a technical score - the measure of difficulty - of 4.6 in hoop.

The 4.6 was lower than anyone in the field except for competitors from Australia, South Africa and Cape Verde. The technical score is one of three elements judged in a rhythmic routine. The others are artistic value and execution. Sanders' marks in the other two elements were more in line with the other competitors.


Synchronized Swimming

ATHENS, Greece (AP) - Russia, Japan and the United States were 1-2-3 after the Olympic team technical event, the same places they finished in the duet competition a day earlier.

Russia was first with 49.667 points and Japan second with 49.167.

The Americans were third with 48.584, giving them a chance for their first team medal since they claimed the first Olympic gold in team competition in 1996.


Men's Triathlon

ATHENS, Greece (AP) - Hamish Carter pulled away from Bevan Docherty on the final lap of the triathlon, giving New Zealand a 1-2 finish in the endurance race. Sven Riederer of Switzerland got the bronze after fading from the leaders down the stretch.

Carter, Docherty and Riederer ran together for most of the final leg of the swim-cycle-run event. During the last three kilometers, the two New Zealanders pulled away, turning it into a two-man race.

Hunter Kemper, the top American, finished ninth.



ATHENS, Greece (AP) - Iker Martinez and Xavier Fernandez of Spain won the gold medal in the 49er class. They finished seventh in the deciding 16th race aboard their fast skiff to win gold by five points over Rodion Luka and George Leonchuk of Ukraine.

Britain's Chris Draper and Simon Hiscocks got the bronze.

Brazil's Torben Grael and Marcelo Ferreira clinched the Star class gold medal with one race left. Grael, 44, won a record fifth Olympic sailing medal and his second Star gold. He and Ferreira have won two golds and one bronze together.



SCHINIAS, Greece (AP) - Frenchman Babak Amir Tahmasseb edged U.S. kayaker Rami Zur at the finish, ending the American team's best hope for a medal.

With a last desperate stroke, Tahmasseb launched his boat so violently that he fell into the water, but managed to take third in the 500-meter single kayak race. Zur failed to advance to the finals.

The medal races Friday and Saturday will be dominated by the traditional powerhouses in flatwater canoe and kayak racing - eastern European countries that were once part of the communist bloc.


Modern Pentathlon

ATHENS, Greece (AP) - Andrey Moisev of Russia won the gold medal in modern pentathlon, beating out Andrejus Zadneprovskis of Lithuania. Libor Capalini of the Czech Republic took bronze.

Michal Michalik of the Czech Republic started just 11 seconds behind longtime leader Moiseev going into the final running discipline.

Michalik, fifth after the third discipline, completed the unpredictable show jumping course with only two gates down, and then saw trouble strike the men in front of him.

Fourth-place Rustem Sabirkhuzim of Russia had three refusals; Deniss Cerkovskis of Latvia knocked down seven gates to lose third place; and Marcin Horbacz of Poland retired after his horse refused six times.

Moiseev, too, had six gates down.


Greco-Roman Wrestling

ATHENS, Greece (AP) - Egypt's Karam Gaber threw around Ramaz Nozadze of Georgia, beating him 12-2 for the gold at 211 1/2 pounds (96kg). Gaber's gold is Egypt's first since two weightlifters won in London in 1948 and its first wrestling medal since 1960.

South Korea's Jung Ji-hyun completed a rapid ascension to gold medalist by beating Cuba's Roberto Monzon 3-0 at 132 pounds (60kg).

Uzbekistan's Alexander Dokturishivili won at 163 pounds (74kg), beating Finland's Marko Yli-Hannuksela 4-1 after eliminating 2000 Olympic champion Varteres Samourgachev of Russia in the semifinals.


Field Hockey

Gold Medal

Germany 2, Netherlands 1

Bronze Medal

Argentina 1, China 0


Australia 3, New Zealand 0

South Korea 3, Japan 1

South Africa 4, Spain 3, OT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) - Franziska Gude scored in the 20th minute, leading Germany to a 2-1 victory over the Netherlands in the first all-European field hockey final since 1992.

Luciana Paula Aymar scored with less than a minute remaining to lift Argentina over China in the bronze medal match.

In placement matches, Australia, which took the gold in Atlanta and Sydney, beat rival New Zealand to take fifth; South Korea beat rival Japan to place seventh, and Jenny Wilson scored in overtime to give South Africa a ninth-place finish.



ATHENS, Greece (AP) - Shih Hsin Chen got Taiwan's first gold medal of the Athens Games by winning her 49-kilogram match.

About 15 minutes later, Mu Yen Chu added another. Chen beat Yanelis Yuliet Labrada of Cuba 5-4 in the final. Chu won his gold in the 58-kilogram division by beating Oscar Francisco Salazar of Mexico 5-1.


Women's Handball


South Korea 26, Brazil 24

France 25, Hungary 23

Ukraine 25, Spain 23

Denmark 32, China 28


Angola 38, Greece 23

ATHENS, Greece (AP) - France advanced to the semifinals of the Olympic handball tournament for the first time with a win over Hungary. Leila Lejeune scored six goals for France, which will play South Korea.

Also in the quarterfinals, Ukraine advanced behind four goals each from Maryna Vergelyuk, Galyna Markushevska and Nataliya Lyapina.

Denmark moved one step closer to its third straight gold medal.

Angola beat Greece to finish ninth.