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August 31, 2004

Games' over, now for the debts

"The 2004 Olympics will leave Greeks with wonderful memories, a greatly improved infrastructure - and a mountain of public debt.

The Games ended yesterday morning (Singapore time) in a blaze of light and sound at the closing ceremony. But today's hangover may include economic difficulties and increased unemployment.

So far, Greece has spent as much as US$9.6 billion (S$16.5 billion) on the Games, said Stefanos Anagnostou, a journalist and an adviser to the country's Ministry of Economy and Finance.

But the full cost will not be known until October, after the Paralympics are over.

Outside observers say the cost could rise to US$12 billion."

Read more at Games' over, now for the debts

Posted by Darren at 12:28 PM | Comments (0)

Athlete caught with pants down [31aug04]

"AUSSIE water polo player Craig Miller was dragged from the closing ceremony of the Athens Games after pulling his pants down while celebrating centre stage with fellow athletes.

Miller, 32, was grabbed by security staff and rushed from the stadium. "He pulled down his trousers," a Greek official said after bundling Miller away.

The veteran water polo player looked stunned and a little shaken as he was taken away for questioning, his belt hanging loose and his trousers askew.

It was the only sour note during a ceremony in which an exuberant Australian team celebrated the close of their most successful overseas Olympic Games."

Read more at Athlete caught with pants down [31aug04]

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U.S. says China breaks in upon new level in Athens

"Years of dedication and efforts have paid off for China as it has made surprises and reaped successes in the Athens Olympic Games, a leading official of the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) said.

"The United States Committee is extremely impressed with the performances of the Chinese athletes at these Olympic Games in Athens," Steven M. Roush, acting chief of Sport Performance of theUSOC, told Xinhua on Saturday.

China has ranked in an unprecedented second place on the medal table with 32 golds, 17 silvers and 14 bronzes at the fortnight Athens Games.

"The medal total, especially the gold count, for these Olympics shows an increase from Sydney 2000 and a trend that would indicate a strong showing for 2008 in Beijing.""

Read more at Official Website of the Chinese Olympic Committee

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Athens marathon attacker sentenced

"A former Catholic priest has been given a one-year suspended sentence in Greece after pushing the leader of the men's marathon into the crowd during the Athens Olympics.

Vanderlei De Lima, from Brazil, was at the head of the race Sunday, just three miles from the finish, when he was attacked by Cornelius Horan, who was wearing a kilt and beret.

After a scuffle, De Lima managed to get away, but he was clearly upset and finished third.

Horan, 57, originally from Kerry, Ireland, had a note pinned to his back, reading: "The Grand Prix Priest. Israel Fulfillment of Prophecy Says The Bible.""

Read more at Athens marathon attacker sentenced

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Marathon result disputed

"The Brazilian Olympic Committee will lodge an appeal against the result of Sunday's Athens marathon, after it was disrupted by a spectator.

Late in the race, a man in a kilt ran into the road, bundling Brazil's leader Vanderlei de Lima into the crowd.

De Lima restarted the race but then faded into third place as Italy's Stefano Baldini won the gold medal.

Brazil are now appealing to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, saying De Lima was not given enough protection."

Read more at Marathon result disputed

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Campbell hints at exit

"Olympic gold medallist Darren Campbell has revealed he may quit athletics.

The 30-year-old sprinter said winning the 4x100m relay was the pinnacle of his career, and admitted he could struggle for motivation in the future.

"I just want to go home now, and relax and really assess what I want to do, whether I'm going to continue or just knock it on the head," he said.

"To have Olympic gold is everything I ever dreamt since I was a small child. It was all I wanted from the sport.""

Read more at Campbell hints at exit

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And the Unexpected Olympics Winner Is...Athens

"The greatest race of the Olympics produced the most unlikely winner.

In the organizational marathon preceding the Games, Athens spent seven long years chasing time, an implacable and shadowy opponent glimpsed, more often than not, disappearing over the horizon.

But, with the countdown ticking fast as the Games approached, Athens came from nowhere to reach the finish line first, earning itself the right to celebrate the staging of an improbably successful Olympics.

Olympic chiefs at their Swiss base in Lausanne had fretted. The world's media had doubted.

But, as if by magic, it really was all right on the night."

Read more at And the Unexpected Olympics Winner Is...Athens

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Idle Olympic venues couldgive Athens big problems

"The athletes have packed up. Olympic banners are coming down.

The challenge is just beginning.

It's a realization that's just starting to hit the Olympic hosts: The venues and facilities they struggled so hard to build could create even greater problems after the games.

The chief fear -- especially after Athens' budget-busting Olympics -- is expensive idleness. World-class sports centers ring up serious maintenance bills. Finding relevant and revenue-producing roles for the arenas is the long-term quest of any former Olympic city.

In Athens, however, there's an added complication. Olympic planners dedicated so much effort to overcome delays, there was no time to think about the future. There's now more than $3 billion in new or refurbished venues begging for attention.

"There are ideas. Some plans are being studied. But there is no definite solution," said Christos Hadjiemmanuel, head of Olympic Properties, a state company created as a temporary caretaker for the venues and other sites.

Time is truly money in the post-Olympic landscape."

Read more at Idle Olympic venues couldgive Athens big problems

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Greece bids Games farewell

"The 2004 Olympic Games officially came to an end in Athens with a spectacular closing ceremony on Sunday.

Greek music and dance kicked off an evening of celebration before the flame was extinguished and the flag lowered.

A firework display welcomed the athletes into the Olympic Stadium, with double gold-medallist Kelly Holmes carrying Great Britain's flag.

The torch has now been passed to China as Beijing prepares to host the Games in 2008."

Read more at Greece bids Games farewell

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Canada's athletes face inquest over Olympics flop

"Canada's athletes trailed back from Athens into the teeth of a national inquest over their performance at the Olympics which garnered just 12 medals.

The modest haul, two fewer than the Canadian team managed in Sydney in 2000, and good for only 21st on the medal table, set off a media inquest that blared from radio and television and consumed acres of newsprint.

"Unless we make major changes in how we support and train our athletes, we will likely be suffering through the same national angst after the 2008 Games," the Toronto Star warned in an editorial.

For many, the team's performance was summed up by world champion 100m hurdler Perdita Felicien, who entered the Olympic final as heavy favourite -- then crashed into ignominy by falling at the first hurdle.

The Canadian Olympic Committee made an immediate request Sunday for more money to support athletes, calling for a 7,000 dollar (5300 US) increase in government money for senior athletes to a minimum of 20,000 dollars a year."

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August 30, 2004

'Great escape' begins from Athens airport

"Hundreds of thousands of Olympic athletes and visitors began what Greek media termed the Great Escape from Athens on Monday in an exodus expected to tax airport staff to the limit.

Officials estimate up to 200,000 people will leave for overseas destinations over the next 48 hours while thousands of Athenians who delayed summer holidays until the end of the Games will head for Aegean islands and family reunions across Greece.

Until August 31 we expect a huge wave of departures, said Athens airport spokeswoman Marina Papageorgiou.

The day after (Sundays) closing ceremony is the toughest one, she said."

Read more at 'Great escape' begins from Athens airport

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Marathon Drama as Vanderlei de Lima is Ambushed

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"Greece staged an exuberant closing ceremony on Sunday to bring the curtain down on the Athens Games, which took the Olympics back to their roots and provided drama right down to the last gold medal.

A spectator ran onto the course of men's marathon, the final event of the Games run along the route of the first modern Olympics, and bundled Brazilian Vanderlei de Lima into the crowd as he led the race with about 15 minutes to go.

De Lima was able to rejoin the race after about five seconds but he looked shaken and was passed soon afterwards by Stefano Baldini of Italy, who had already been gaining on him. Baldini won the race ahead of American Meb Keflezighi.

The intruder was Cornelius Horan, an Irish former priest who interrupted the British Formula One Grand Prix last year. He was dressed in a kilt and beret and police said he was drunk.

De Lima said the incident may have cost him the gold medal and Brazilian officials said they would appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport for a review of the results."

Read more at Games Close with Drama Down to Last Medal

"With Vanderlei de Lima of Brazil unexpectedly leading the race - the final event of these Games - by close to 30 seconds near the 22-mile mark, a man emerged from the crowd and pushed Lima from the middle of the road to the side of the course into a group of spectators, stopping him completely.

Spectators and security guards intervened, but it took the bewildered Lima several seconds to shake free. As he emerged from the crowd with about four miles remaining, his expression was even more pained than a marathoner's customary grimace down the stretch. And as security guards took his attacker, 57-year-old Cornelius Horan of Ireland, into custody, Lima spread his slender arms as if to ask, "Why?"

Seven minutes after the attack, with about 2.3 miles remaining in the race, Lima was caught from behind by the eventual winner, Stefano Baldini of Italy, and then by the eventual silver medalist, Meb Keflezighi of the United States." Read more at A Spectator Disrupts the Marathon With a Shove

Also read about it at:
- Marathoner finishes Third after attack
- Former priest halts marathon leader in his tracks

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Triumphant Olympics end with pride and relief

"A nervous world learned the Greek word for thank you and repeated it endlessly at an astonishingly successful Athens Olympics that quelled fears, surprised skeptics and greatly honored the birthplace of the games.

Efharisto, Athens, for architectural masterpieces of stadiums and arenas that showcased record performances. The fountain sprays, reflecting pools and soaring arches. The undulating, giant white Wall of Nations that caught the whispering wind, bringing music to our ears and smiles to our faces.

Efharisto for the thousands of security forces who stood guard day and night, keeping terrorism away. An undercurrent of danger, a sense of tranquility. We saw guns everywhere, walked in peace.

Fireworks and spectacular lighting kicked off the closing ceremony Sunday night, a two-hour extravaganza of folk dancing and music in the Olympic tradition that summed up the glee and relief the games brought to Greece. Afterward, thousands of athletes marched into Olympic stadium, waving their arms and flags, snapping photos of each other, hugging, and basking in the cheers of 70,000 fans."

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Stefano Baldini wins Men's Marathon Gold Medal

The winner of the Gold Medal: Stefano Baldini from Italy
The winner of the
Silver Medal: Mebrahtom Keflezighi from United States
The winner of the
Bronze Medal: Vanderlei de Lima from Brazil

Posted by Darren at 01:08 PM | Comments (0)

Matthew Helm's perfect 10

"MATHEW Helm reckons it's a dive he has practised thousands of times.

And the two-and-a-half back somersaults with one and a half twists in a pike position turned out to be his ticket to a silver medal.

Helm pulled off one of the best dives of his life to clinch second in the men's 10m platform, capping off Australia's greatest Olympics in diving -- one gold, one silver and four bronze."

Read more at Helm's perfect 10

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Alina Kabaeva wins Women's Individual Rhythmic All-Round Gold Medal

The winner of the Gold Medal: Alina Kabaeva from Russia
The winner of the
Silver Medal: Irina Tchachina from Russia
The winner of the
Bronze Medal: Anna Bessonova from Ukraine

Posted by Darren at 02:16 AM | Comments (1)

Croatia Wins Men's Handball Gold Medal

The winner of the Gold Medal: Team from Croatia
The winner of the
Silver Medal: Team from Germany
The winner of the
Bronze Medal: Team from Russia

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Zhong Chen wins Women's Over 67kg Taekwondo Gold Medal

The winner of the Gold Medal: Zhong Chen from China
The winner of the
Silver Medal: Myriam Baverel from France
The winner of the
Bronze Medal: Adriana Carmona from Venezuela

Posted by Darren at 02:09 AM | Comments (0)

Dae Sung Moon wins Men's Over 80kg Taekwondo Gold Medal

The winner of the Gold Medal: Dae Sung Moon from Korea, South
The winner of the
Silver Medal: Alexandros Nikolaidis from Greece
The winner of the
Bronze Medal: Pascal Gentil from France

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Hungary win Men's Water Polo

The winner of the Gold Medal: Team from Hungary
The winner of the
Silver Medal: Team from Serbia and Montenegro (Yugoslavia)
The winner of the
Bronze Medal: Team from Russia

Posted by Darren at 02:07 AM | Comments (0)

Hammer Gold Medallist Annus Loses Medal


"Olympic men's hammer champion Adrian Annus has been stripped of his gold medal after failing to take a drugs test, the International Olympic Committee said Sunday.


The Hungarian failed to meet an IOC deadline Friday to submit a urine sample or lose the gold.


The IOC's disciplinary commission opened its hearing on the final day of the Games, exactly one week after Annus won the gold.


Annus, who returned to Hungary and announced his retirement from sport after winning his medal, provided a negative dope test after the competition."


Read more at Hammer Gold Medallist Annus Loses Medal

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Colombian cyclist stripped of medal


"Colombian cyclist Maria Luisa Calle Williams has been stripped of her bronze medal after testing positive for a banned stimulant, the International Olympic Committee said on Sunday. Calle Williams tested positive for the substance heptaminol, the IOC said.


She was third in the women's points race in the velodrome on Wednesday, giving Colombia its first medal of any colour in the short history of women's Olympic track cycling."


Read more at Colombian cyclist stripped of medal

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Mia Hamm closes career as U.S. flag bearer

"Retiring soccer star Mia Hamm was elected by her fellow U.S. athletes to carry the nation's flag in Sunday's closing Olympic ceremony.

Hamm won her second Olympic gold medal this week when the U.S. team beat Brazil in Thursday's final. She also was part of the 1996 gold medal team, as well as the 2000 team that took silver."

Read more at Hamm closes career as U.S. flag bearer

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Aussies win surprise relay silver

"Australia has won an unexpected silver medal in the men's 4x400 metre relay at the Athens Olympics.

The Australian team of John Steffensen, Mark Ormrod, Patrick Dwyer and Clinton Hill finished second behind the United States (2:55.91) in a time of 3:00.60.

Nigeria ran home in 3:00.90 to claim the bronze medal.

It was the first time since the 1956 Olympics that Australia had medalled in the event.

Steffensen, who celebrates his birthday on Monday, could hardly believe the team's achievement.

"Who would have thought us boys getting second, I'm speechless, you don't know how hard we have had to work," he told Channel Seven.

"All us boys have done some real hard yards and right now its hard to believe."

Read more at Aussies win surprise relay silver

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Petria Thomas to carry flag at closing ceremony

"Triple gold medallist in swimming, Petria Thomas, will carry the Australian flag at this morning's closing ceremony of the Athens Olympics.

In her third and final Olympic campaign, Thomas won the 100 metres butterfly and was a member of the women's 4X100m freestyle and medley relay teams, which both won gold in world record breaking fashion.

She also won silver in the 200m butterfly to add to four previous medals she had won in Atlanta and Sydney.

Thomas's success in Athens was especially significant due to the fact she has undergone three shoulder reconstructions during her 10-year international career."

Read more at Thomas to carry flag at closing ceremony

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Kelly Holmes given Olympic honour

"Double Olympic gold medallist Kelly Holmes has been given the honour of carrying the flag for Great Britain at Sunday's closing ceremony in Athens.

Holmes, who added 1500m gold to her 800m triumph on Saturday night, has revealed she has no plans to bow out of athletics just yet.

"I don't plan to retire. I'm in the best shape of my life.

"The most important thing is to enjoy it," she told BBC Radio Five Live's Sportsweek programme."

Read more at Holmes given Olympic honour

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Doping cases at the Athens Games

This is a summary article of all of the doping cases at the Athens Olympics....

"Greek weightlifter Leonidas Sampanis was the first athlete in Athens stripped of a medal because of a doping offense. Sampanis lost his bronze from the 62-kilogram class.

-- Russian shot putter Irina Korzhanenko tested positive for steroids after she won the gold and was stripped of her medal.

-- Hungary's Robert Fazekas lost his gold medal in discus for allegedly tampering with a doping test.

-- Hungarian weightlifter Ferenc Gyurkovics was stripped of his silver medal and kicked out of the Olympics for using the steroid oxandrolone.

-- Ukrainian rower Olena Olefirenko tested positive for a banned stimulant, costing her four-woman crew the bronze medal in lightweight sculls.

-- Hungary's Adrian Annus was stripped of his gold medal in hammer throw Sunday for failing to take a follow-up drug test demanded by the IOC.

-- Weightlifter Zoltan Kovacs of Hungary, who finished last in the 105-kilogram class, was banished from the games for failing to provide a urine sample.

-- Greek sprinters Kostas Kenteris and Katerina Thanou pulled out of the games while the IOC was investigating their missed doping tests."

Read more at Doping cases at the Athens Games

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Arabs strike gold at Olympics

"Arab countries will walk away from the Olympics with a higher number of gold medals than ever before and squads are now looking to build on this success in future tournaments.

Morocco was the Arab country highest on the medals table at the end of the Olympics, winning two gold medals and a silver in running events.

Egyptian athletes did well in wrestling and boxing events, winning one gold and three bronze medals, the first medals for the country since the 1984 Olympics."

Read more at Arabs strike gold at Olympics

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Olympic Gold Hero Accuses Bush

"America's biggest Olympic hero yesterday accused George Bush of exploiting the Athens Games for his own political advantage in the run-up to the presidential election.

Carl Lewis, who won nine Olympic gold medals in athletics in a record-breaking career, condemned Bush for using the presence of Iraqi and Afghan teams in Athens in a television advertisement to boost his chances of re-election.

Criticizing Bush for linking his foreign policy with the two countries being allowed to compete here, Lewis said: 'I felt that was disingenuous. It is funny that we boycotted the 1980 Games [in Moscow] in support of Afghanistan, and now we're bombing Afghanistan,' he told the Athens News yesterday.

'Of course, we've invaded Iraq and are in there and are using it for political gain. It bewilders me, and I understand why the Iraqi players are offended.

'To support the players or the community is fine, but for political gain I disagree.'"

Read more at Olympic Gold Hero Accuses Bush

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Olympics' return to roots compelling

"History should be kind to the 2004 Summer Olympics and this lusty, energetic city.

Olympic officials awarded Greece the Games for sentimental reasons in 1997, a risky recognition of the Greeks having invented the event in 776 B.C. and then staging their 1896 A.D. rebirth.

Nothing better, one could assume, than a homecoming to reacquaint the human race with the 100-meter dash and a simpler, more virtuous time.

But the Games were a massive, expensive - more than $8 billion and rising - undertaking for a small nation with limited financial resources and a placid persona. Greece soon seemed ill-equipped to organize, manage and actually present such an event.

The talk at the 2000 Games in Sydney, Australia, was that the Olympics might have to go back there in 2004. The joke leading up to the 2004 Games here was that Beijing, China, host of the 2008 Summer Olympics, was more prepared than Greece was for its imminent Games."

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Athens awaits grand finale

"The biggest sporting extravaganza, the Olympics 2004, will come to an end today.

For the 10,500 athletes from a record 202 countries, tonight's closing ceremony will be the perfect opportunity to let their hair down at last.

All those disastrous pre-games headlines about construction chaos and security concerns will finally be forgotten as Greece gets set to bid farewell in style.

The stadium is being turned into a giant wheatfield. About 250,000 balloons will cascade down from a night sky exploding with fireworks."

Read more at NDTV.com - Athens awaits grand finale

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Marathon men bring down curtain on Athens Olympics

"Finals in boxing, wrestling and taekwondo herald the symbolic finale to the Athens Olympics, the men's marathon, tracing the legendary route ran by Pheidippides in 490 BC to announce the Athenian victory at the battle of Marathon.

Favourite for the 301st and last medal of the games was Kenya's world record holder Paul Tergat, the silver-medallist over 10,000 metres at Atlanta and Sydney.

"This is going to be my final Olympics. If I could win the gold medal, everything would be complete and I could go on to other things with a free mind." said Tergat."

Read more at Marathon men bring down curtain on Athens Olympics

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Cuban Kindelan stops Khan's run to gold


"Cuban master Mario Kindelan has stopped the amazing run of British teenager Amir Khan by outpointing him in the lightweight final of the Olympic boxing tournament.


Khan, 17, was trying to become the youngest boxer to win an Olympic boxing gold medal in over 50 years on Sunday but Kindelan had other ideas.


Nearly twice Khan's age at 33, the defending champion relied on his greater experience to counter-punch methodically and win a 30-22 decision.


Khan, who fought bravely but seemed a bit nervous, leaves Athens with the silver medal but a bright future ahead."


Read more at Cuban Kindelan stops Khan's run to gold

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Andre Ward Redeems U.S. Boxing With Gold


"Andre Ward won the gold medal in the light heavyweight division Sunday, beating Magomed Aripgadjiev of Belarus to claim a bit of redemption for an American team that took a beating at the Olympics.


Fighting in the last bout of the games, Ward found his mark with quick inside punches in the third round to win the first boxing gold for the United States since David Reid in 1996."


Read more at Andre Ward Redeems U.S. Boxing With Gold

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Brazil win Men's Volleyball Gold Medal

The winner of the Gold Medal: Team from Brazil
The winner of the
Silver Medal: Team from Italy
The winner of the
Bronze Medal: Team from Russia

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August 29, 2004

Khasjimourat Gatsalov wins Men's 96kg Freestyle Wrestling Gold Medal

The winner of the Gold Medal: Khasjimourat Gatsalov from Russia
The winner of the
Silver Medal: Magomed Ibragimov from Uzbekistan
The winner of the
Bronze Medal: Alireza Heidari from Iran

Posted by Darren at 11:07 PM | Comments (0)

Buvaysa Saytiev wins Men's 74kg Freestyle Wrestling Gold Medal

The winner of the Gold Medal: Buvaysa Saytiev from Russia
The winner of the
Silver Medal: Gennadiy Laliyev from Kazakhstan
The winner of the
Bronze Medal: Ivan Fundora from Cuba

Posted by Darren at 11:04 PM | Comments (1)

China breaks record Olympic medal haul

"China achieved its best performance at an Olympics on Saturday with four more gold medals, a day after Liu Xiang and Xing Huina created athletics history.

China advanced to 31 gold medals, three behind medal standings leader the United States to continue their record-breaking exploits in Athens.

Luo Wei won the women's taekwondo under-67kg beating Elisavet Mystakidou of Greece for only China's second Olympic taekwondo gold medal since the Korean-born combat sport made its debut at the 2000 Sydney Games.

Canoeists Meng Guanliang and Yang Wenjun had a thrilling men's flatwater canoe C2 500 meters final in which six boats finished within 0.58 seconds of each other.

The gold medals kept on coming in the evening with China's women downing Russia in the volleyball and Hu Jia coming from behind to give his nation a record sixth Olympic diving gold in the men's ten-meter platform gold.

China had a total of 62 medals, eclipsing its record total medal tally of 59 from Sydney."

Read more at China breaks record Olympic medal haul

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S.Koreans Lodge Appeal Over Hamm's Gold Medal


"South Korea appealed to sport's supreme legal body Sunday in an attempt to secure the Olympic gymnastics all-round gold medal for Yang Tae-young, who was robbed of the title 11 days ago by a scoring error.


Paul Hamm, who became the first American man to win the Olympic all-round title, should not have been awarded the gold, the governing body of gymnastics (FIG) ruled last Saturday.


Despite admitting the error, the FIG refused to redistribute the medals and the Koreans have now applied to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) to overturn the federation's decision.


CAS spokesman Matthieu Reeb said although its decisions are usually made public in 24 hours, it may take longer to evaluate an outcome in the Korean's case due to the technicalities involved."


Read more at S.Koreans Lodge Appeal Over Hamm's Gold Medal

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Danish women win another handball gold

"Denmark won its third straight Olympic gold medal in women's team handball Sunday, beating South Korea 4-2 on penalty throws to break a tie after two overtimes.

Henriette Mikkelsen scored the decisive goal in a dramatic shootout to seal Denmark's undefeated run through the tournament.

The two nations have split the title in the last five Olympics, with Denmark winning titles in 1996 and 2000, and South Korea in 1988 and 1992."

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Yandro Miguel Quintana wins Men's 60kg Freestyle Wrestling Gold Medal

The winner of the Gold Medal: Yandro Miguel Quintana from Cuba
The winner of the
Silver Medal: Masuod Jokar from Iran
The winner of the
Bronze Medal: Kenji Inoue from Japan

Posted by Darren at 10:45 PM | Comments (0)

Mario Cesar Kindelan Mesa wins Lightweight (60kg) Boxing Gold Medal


The winner of the Gold Medal: Mario Cesar Kindelan Mesa from Cuba

The winner of the
Silver Medal: Amir Khan from United Kingdom (Great Britain)

The winner of the
Bronze Medal: Serik Yeleuov from Kazakhstan

The winner of the
Bronze Medal: Murat Khrachev from Russia

Posted by Darren at 10:40 PM | Comments (0)

Guillermo Rigondeaux Ortiz wins Bantamweight (54kg) Boxing Gold Medal

The winner of the Gold Medal: Guillermo Rigondeaux Ortiz from Cuba
The winner of the
Silver Medal: Worapoj Petchkoom from Thailand
The winner of the
Bronze Medal: Aghasi Mammadov from Azerbaijan
The winner of the
Bronze Medal: Bahodirjon Sooltonov from Uzbekistan

Posted by Darren at 10:32 PM | Comments (0)

China women rally to volleyball gold

"With the next Summer Games set for Beijing, China will have a chance to defend its women's gold medal without leaving home.

Ping Zhang led a determined rally past Russia with 25 points in the Olympic final in Athens yesterday, winning 28-30, 25-27, 25-20, 25-23, 15-12. After dropping the first two sets, China came back to tie staying a step ahead of the Russians in the final set. Yuehong Zhang ended it with a spike from the left side.

China's players began hugging and crying with joy on their side of the court, while a stunned Russian team sat on its bench in tears. This was China's first medal since a silver at Atlanta in 1996 and first gold since 1984.

"I don't remember the Chinese team's first victory I was too young," said setter Kun Feng, China's captain. "I didn't think about it at all. I was only fighting for the glory of victory.""

Read more at China women rally to volleyball gold

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Boxing | Egypt suffer boxing blow

"Egypt's Mohamed Aly will not contest Sunday's Olympic super heavyweight boxing final in Athens after failing a pre-fight medical.

The decision means that his Russian opponent, Alexander Povetkin, is awarded the gold medal without throwing a punch.

Aly, who upset Cuban favourite Michel Lopez Nunez 18-16 in his semi-final, has a shoulder injury.

Povetkin succeeds Britain's Audley Harrison as super heavyweight champion.

The 24-year-old won the world title last year and has received several offers to turn professional.

On Friday, Egypt heavyweight Mohamed Elsayed was also disqualified before his semi-final bout for failing a medical test."

Read more at Egypt suffer boxing blow

Posted by Darren at 10:15 PM | Comments (0)

NBA culture clashes with FIBA

"SHORTLY AFTER THE U.S. Olympic men's basketball team defeated Lithuania, 104-96, in Saturday night's bronze-medal game, coach Larry Brown called for changes in the process of selecting American players for international competition.

Shortly after that, Stu Jackson, chairman of the USA Basketball senior national team, added a few thoughts of his own.

Brown and Jackson are bright men with interesting ideas. Unfortunately for the future of American basketball as practiced on the international stage, at some point Tim Duncan's voice is going to be heard. And here is what Duncan had to say after Saturday's game:

"I'm about 95 percent certain my FIBA career is over," Duncan said. "FIBA sucks.""
Read more at ContraCostaTimes.com | 08/29/2004 | NBA culture clashes with FIBA

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Golds All Round for Athens from IOC Chief


"Olympic supremo Jacques Rogge Sunday offered gold medals all round to Athens for organizing a superb Olympics after years of doom and gloom leading up to the opening.


"I am an extremely happy President of the IOC," he told reporters on the day the Games wrap up. They really did a fantastic job. I am very, very happy about the Games."


From security to ticket sales, he was glowing in praise of the organizers, who faced a barrage of criticism in the run-up to the Games over construction chaos, security concerns and budget overruns."


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Is Olympics glass half-empty or half-full?

"What you remember about an Olympics probably says a lot about who you are. Is it Paul Hamm and the ugly gymnastics controversy that continues to fester like an unwashed wound? Or is it the golden performances of Michael Phelps, the American sprinters, and the American womens soccer and softball teams?

Do you think of the failure of the outfit formerly known as the Dream Team as an embarrassment and a blot on the glorious history of U.S. basketball, or as the dawn of a new era of intense international competition that will ensure that future Olympics are packed with excitement and emotion?

Is the record for Olympic drug busts a stain on sports or a positive sign that the I.O.C. and strict anti-doping testing are finally catching up on the cheaters and cleaning up the competition?"

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Bronze as good as it gets for U.S. Men's Basketball


"The United States men didn't leave Olympic basketball's drastically altered landscape empty-handed on Saturday.


A bronze medal was hardly what the Americans wanted or expected out of these Summer Games. But it was the best they could manage, and the 104-96 win over Lithuania at the Olympic Indoor Hall did provide a measure of satisfaction after an uneven and disappointing tournament.


The result was warmly applauded by the many Americans in an audience of 14,500."


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Cuba wins Light Flyweight (48kg) Boxing Gold Medal

The winner of the Gold Medal: Yan Bhartelemy Varela from Cuba
The winner of the
Silver Medal: Atagun Yalcinkaya from Turkey
The winner of the
Bronze Medal: Shiming Zou from China
The winner of the Bronze Medal: Sergey Kazakov from Russia

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Denmark win Women's Handball Gold Medal

The winner of the Gold Medal: Team from Denmark
The winner of the
Silver Medal: Team from Korea, South
The winner of the
Bronze Medal: Team from Ukraine

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China clinch dream title of women's volleyball


"China embraced its first volleyball Olympic title in 20 years after beating Russia 3-2 on Saturday to finish the women's tournament at the Athens Olympic Game.


After trailing two sets, China came from behind to trounce Russia 28-30, 25-27, 25-20, 25-23 and 15-12 to claim the title.


The Chinese took an early lead but Ekaterina Gamova's three consecutive points helped Russia catch up to 18-18. After tied at 24-24, both teams beat off four set-points and it was Gamova again spiked home the final point of the set for Russia.


Russia replay the scenario again at the second set when they made a 6-2 run after fell behind with 15-17, Gamova scored three points in a row to make it 22-20."


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British Stun U.S. in Sprint Relay


"Britain took a shock gold in the men's Olympic 4x100 meters relay Saturday, pipping favorites the United States by one hundredth of a second.


Mark Lewis-Francis held off 2000 Olympic 100 meters champion Maurice Greene in a blistering last leg to clinch the gold in 38.07 seconds. It was Britain's first gold in the event for 92 years.


"We have gone and proved everyone wrong, all the people who were talking negative about us," said Lewis-Francis. "This is the greatest thing that has ever happened to me in my whole life.


"I knew I had it won as soon as I got the baton."


The U.S. quartet had to be content with silver in 38.08 seconds with Nigeria taking bronze in 38.23."


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United States Retains Both 4x400 Titles


"The United States retained both Olympic 4x400 meters relay titles Saturday with individual champion Jeremy Wariner running the third leg for the men's team.


The Americans were already well in front when Wariner received the baton and he in turn gave Darold Williamson a clear lead.


Williamson completed victory for the United States in two minutes 55.91 seconds with Australia second almost five seconds back and Nigeria third.


None of the American team were in the squad who competed in Sydney four years and who are now certain to lose their gold medals.


The world governing body has annulled the results and recommended that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) take back the medals because one of the American team, world 400 meters champion Jerome Young, should have been serving a doping ban."


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Borzakovskiy wins 800m

"Russia's Yuriy Borzakovskiy landed a shock Olympic 800m victory from South Africa's Mbulaeni Mulaudzi.

Borzakovskiy, 23, burst from a long way back to clock one minute 44.45 seconds to pip the fast-finishing Commonwealth champion on the line.

Mulaudzi edged out Denmark's world record holder Wilson Kipketer, who ran 1:44.65 in third.

Algeria's Djabir Said Guerni led at halfway in 51.84 before Kenya's Wilfred Bungei took over to set up the finish."

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2 More Olympic Athletes Expelled from Games on Doping Charges


"Two more Olympic athletes have been expelled from the 2004 Games because of doping. The International Olympic Committee says Puerto Rican wrestler Mabel Fonseca and Hungarian weightlifter Ferenc Gyurkovics both tested positive for banned steroids.


Gyurkovics will be stripped of his silver medal in the 105 kilogram class because of the failed drug test. Fonseca finished fifth in the women's 55 kilogram category. In addition to being expelled from the 2004 Games, both athletes face a possible two-year ban each from their international federations."


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Goal and gold: Argentina reigns in men's soccer

"Thousands of Argentine fans, still hung over from their basketball team's upset of Team USA, showed up 12 hours later for an unusually early men's Olympic soccer final. Their bleary eyes witnessed history. Argentina, off the foot of rising star Carlos Tevez, beat Paraguay 1-0 for its first gold medal in any sport in 52 years.

The last time the Argentine anthem, "Oid Mortales," was heard at the Olympics was in Helsinki in 1952, when Argentina won a double sculls rowing gold. As the light blue and white flag made its way up the flag pole Saturday, Argentine players and fans belted out the anthem proudly. After an early exit in the 2002 World Cup and settling for second at the Copa America last month, Argentine soccer fans were ready to rejoice."

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Russia's Slesarenko Wins High Jump

"Yelena Slesarenko of Russia set an Olympic record in the women's high jump Saturday night, winning the gold medal with a jump of 6 feet, 9 inches.

The previous Olympic record was 6 feet, 8 3/4 inches, set in Atlanta by Stefka Kostadinova of Bulgaria.

Hestrie Cloete of South Africa won silver with a jump of 6 feet, 7 1/2 inches. Viktoriya Styopina of Ukraine won the bronze with a jump at the same height, but finished below Cloete because she had one more miss.

Amy Acuff of the United States was fourth, clearing 6 feet, 6 1/4 inches."

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China wins Women's Volleyball Gold Medal

The winner of the Gold Medal: Team from China
The winner of the
Silver Medal: Team from Russia
The winner of the
Bronze Medal: Team from Cuba

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US win Men's 4 x 400m Relay Gold Medal

The winner of the Gold Medal: Team from United States
The winner of the
Silver Medal: Team from Australia
The winner of the
Bronze Medal: Team from Nigeria

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Andreas Thorkildsen wins Men's Javelin Gold Medal

The winner of the Gold Medal: Andreas Thorkildsen from Norway
The winner of the
Silver Medal: Vadims Vasilevskis from Latvia
The winner of the
Bronze Medal: Sergey Makarov from Russia

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US win Women's 4x 400m Relay

The winner of the Gold Medal: Team from United States
The winner of the
Silver Medal: Team from Russia
The winner of the
Bronze Medal: Team from Jamaica

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Odlanier Solis wins Heavyweight Boxing Gold Medal

The winner of the Gold Medal: Odlanier Solis from Cuba
The winner of the
Silver Medal: Viktor Zuyev from Belarus
The winner of the
Bronze Medal: Mohamed Elsayed from Egypt
The winner of the
Bronze Medal: Naser Al Shami from Syria

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Jia Hu wins Men's 10m Platform Gold Medal

The winner of the Gold Medal: Jia Hu from China
The winner of the
Silver Medal: Mathew Helm from Australia
The winner of the
Bronze Medal: Liang Tian from China

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Yelena Slesarenko wins Women's High Jump

The winner of the Gold Medal: Yelena Slesarenko from Russia
The winner of the
Silver Medal: Hestrie Cloete from South Africa
The winner of the
Bronze Medal: Viktoriya Styopina from Ukraine

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Britain's Holmes Wins Women's 1,500


"Kelly Holmes surged from behind to take the 1,500 meters gold and clinch a rare middle-distance Olympic double on Saturday. The Briton already won the 800 earlier this week.


In the finishing straight, Holmes kicked for home and easily beat Tatyana Tomashova of Russia and Maria Cioncan of Romania.


Holmes hung back for most of the race and had a lot of work left to do with 300 meters to go. She finished in 3 minutes 57.90 seconds, holding a .22 second edge over Tomashova. Maria Cioncan of Romania crossed in 3:58.39."


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El Guerrouj fends off Bekele for historic win

"Hicham El Guerrouj completed an historic Olympic 1,500-5,000 metres double this evening after a battle royal with Kenenisa Bekele.

The Moroccan emulated the achievement of Finn Paavo Nurmi in 1924 as he cruised to victory in the 5,000 in one of the most mouth-watering head-to-heads of the Athens Games.

He timed 13 minutes 14.39 seconds. Silver went to Ethiopia's Bekele, a metre back, with 19-year-old world champion Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya taking bronze.

Ireland's Alistair Cragg finished in 12th position in a time of 13:43.06."

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Great Britain wins 4x100m Relay Gold Medal

The winner of the Gold Medal: Team from United Kingdom (Great Britain)
The winner of the
Silver Medal: Team from United States
The winner of the
Bronze Medal: Team from Nigeria

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Women's Dream Team doesn't Disappoint

"They missed shots, threw the ball away and got beat on defense. In the end, though, Shannon Johnson and Tina Thompson helped the Americans pull out another gold-medal victory.

Johnson and Thompson gave the United States a huge lift with their second-half scoring, and the Americans beat Australia 74-63 today for their third straight Olympic basketball title.

The U.S. players finally got their game together after falling behind by four points in the second half. They turned up the defense, crashed the boards harder and, most important, found their shooting touch -- something the U.S. men's team failed to do."

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Hicham El Guerrouj wins Men's 5000m Gold Medal

The winner of the Gold Medal: Hicham El Guerrouj from Morocco
The winner of the
Silver Medal: Kenenisa Bekele from Ethiopia
The winner of the
Bronze Medal: Eliud Kipchoge from Kenya

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Manus Boonjumnong wins Light Welterweight (64kg) Boxing Gold medal

The winner of the Gold Medal: Manus Boonjumnong from Thailand
The winner of the
Silver Medal: Yudel Johnson Cedeno from Cuba
The winner of the
Bronze Medal: Boris Georgiev from Bulgaria
The winner of the Bronze Medal: Ionut Gheorghe from Romania

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Artur Taymazov wins Men's 120kg Freestyle Wrestling Gold Medal

The winner of the Gold Medal: Artur Taymazov from Uzbekistan
The winner of the
Silver Medal: Alireza Rezaei from Iran
The winner of the
Bronze Medal: Aydin Polatci from Turkey

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Yuri Borzakovskiy wins Men's 800m Gold Medal

The winner of the Gold Medal: Yuriy Borzakovskiy from Russia
The winner of the
Silver Medal: Mbulaeni Mulaudzi from South Africa
The winner of the
Bronze Medal: Wilson Kipketer from Denmark

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Kelly Holmes wins Women's 1500m Gold Medal

The winner of the Gold Medal: Kelly Holmes from United Kingdom (Great Britain)
The winner of the
Silver Medal: Tatyana Tomashova from Russia
The winner of the
Bronze Medal: Maria Cioncan from Romania

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Cael Sanderson wins Men's 84kg Freestyle Wrestling Gold Medal

The winner of the Gold Medal: Cael Sanderson from United States
The winner of the
Silver Medal: Eui Jae Moon from Korea, South
The winner of the
Bronze Medal: Sazhid Sa

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Steven Lopez wins Men's Under 80kg Taekwondo Gold Medal

The winner of the Gold Medal: Steven Lopez from United States
The winner of the
Silver Medal: Bahri Tanrikulu from Turkey
The winner of the
Bronze Medal: Yossef Karami from Iran

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Wei Luo wins Women's Under 67kg Taekwondo Gold Medal

The winner of the Gold Medal: Wei Luo from China
The winner of the
Silver Medal: Elisavet Mystakidou from Greece
The winner of the
Bronze Medal: Kyung Sun Hwang from Korea, South

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Yuriolkis Gamboa wins Flyweight (51kg) Gold Medal - Boxing

The winner of the Gold Medal: Yuriolkis Gamboa from Cuba
The winner of the
Silver Medal: Jerome Thomas from France
The winner of the
Bronze Medal: Fuad Aslanov from Azerbaijan

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Elbrus Tedeyev wins Men's 66kg Freestyle Gold Medal - Wrestling

The winner of the Gold Medal: Elbrus Tedeyev from Ukraine

The winner of the Silver Medal: Kelly Jamill from United States
The winner of the
Bronze Medal: Makhach Murtazaliev from Russia

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Mavlet Batirov wins Men's 55kg Freestyle Gold Medal - Wrestling

The winner of the Gold Medal: Mavlet Batirov from Russia
The winner of the
Silver Medal: Stephen Abas from United States
The winner of the
Bronze Medal: Chikara Tanabe from Japan

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Dream come true for silver medalist

It was nine years ago that a young volunteer working at a World Cup mountain bike race at Mont Ste-Anne, Que., became swept up in the emotion of the riders.

"I was looking at the girls and the feelings they seemed to have at the finish line," Marie-Helene Premont remembered with a smile. "All the effort they gave. That's what I wanted to do." Premont created her own excitement and enthusiasm Friday when she rode to a silver medal in the women's mountain bike race at the Olympics Games.

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Russia win Women's Group Rhythmic All-Round Gold Medal

The winner of the Gold Medal: Team from Russia
The winner of the
Silver Medal: Team from Italy
The winner of the
Bronze Medal: Team from Bulgaria

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Brazil win Men's Keelboat Gold Medal - Sailing

The winner of the Gold Medal: Team from Brazil
The winner of the
Silver Medal: Team from Canada
The winner of the
Bronze Medal: Team from France

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Austria win Open Multihull Gold Medal - Sailing

The winner of the Gold Medal: Team from Austria
The winner of the
Silver Medal: Team from United States
The winner of the
Bronze Medal: Team from Argentina

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Canada sails to silver medal in Olympic star class competition

Canadians Ross Macdonald and Mike Wolfs won a silver medal in the Olympic sailing Star class regatta on Saturday.

Brazil's Torben Grael and Marcelo Ferreira clinched the gold Thursday, essentially leaving the Canadians and French team of Xavier Rohart and Pascal Rambeau to fight it out for the other medals in the final race Saturday.

Macdonald, Wolfs sail to silver medal

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Canadian kayakers win gold and bronze

Canadian kayaker Adam van Koeverden won Olympic gold in the K-1 500 metres Saturday, adding to the bronze he won Friday in the K-1 1,000, while veteran Caroline Brunet collected a bronze in her fifth trip to the Games.

Van Koeverden beat two-time world champion Nathan Baggaley of Australia, who had to settle for the silver. Britain's Ian Wynne got the bronze.

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August 28, 2004

Austrians win Tornado gold

"Austria's Roman Hagara and Hans Peter Steinacher defended their Olympic Tornado title in Athens on Saturday.

The pair won the 11th and final race to easily beat Americans John Lovell and Charlie Ogeltree into silver.

Argentines Santiago Lange and Carlos Espinola finished in bronze, while Britons Mark Bulkeley and Leigh McMillan were 13th overall.

In the Star class, Brazil, Canada and France took the medals with Britain's Iain Percy and Steve Mitchell sixth."

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Another bleak show for one-medal India

"India completed another dismal Olympic showing at the Athens Games, the team from the world's second most populous nation returning home with one medal and shamed by two doping expulsions.

Representatives of the country of over 1.1 billion people hardly caused a ripple in Athens and their solitary medal came when army major Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore bagged a silver in men's trap shooting.

India had won just three individual bronze medals before going to Athens, one each at the Atlanta and Sydney with the third coming in 1952.

They promised more in 2004 but were unable to shake off their tag as a one-medal nation."

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Argentina wins soccer gold

"Argentina won its first Olympic gold medal in soccer Saturday, beating Paraguay 1-0 on Carlos Tevez's eighth goal of the tournament.

Despite the loss, Paraguay captured its first medal in any sport. Italy won the bronze Friday, beating Iraq 1-0.

The victory gave Argentina its third Olympic soccer medal. It finished second to Nigeria in 1996 and to Uruguay in 1928.

In a game the Argentines controlled from the beginning, Mauro Rosales helped set up the winning goal in the 18th minute with a cross from the right side. Tevez ran between Paraguay defenders Julio Manzur and Carlos Gamarra and shot the ball into the net from about 20 feet out.

The Paraguayan defenders had trouble with Tevez for most of the game, and Gamarra and Manzur were given yellow cards for hauling him down after he scored."

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U.S. to Play Lithuania Again for Bronze


"For the first time since the 1988 Seoul Olympics, the team standing atop the podium for the gold medal ceremony wont be wearing red with its white and blue.


Argentina and Italy will play for the gold after a stunning day that included the United States being humbled 89-81 by Argentina and the Italians using their 3-point prowess to knock off previously unbeaten Lithuania 100-91.


Allen Iverson promised a full effort in the bronze-medal game against Lithuania on Saturday night, but that will do little to erase the stigma that always will be associated with this Olympic team.


Theyve already lost three times, hammering home the reality that the world has not only caught up to the Americans, it has surpassed them."


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Paul Tergat seeks peace of mind with marathon gold

"Paul Tergat is a man on a mission, to finally capture an Olympic Games gold medal, and the Kenyan world record holder for the men's marathon is tipped to fulfil his ambition in the classic event here Sunday.

"This is going to be my final Olympics. If I could win the gold medal, everything would be complete and I could go on to other things with a free mind," Tergat recently said.

The Kenyan air force seargent's career credentials include a record five consecutive world cross country titles, two world half marathon titles and a 10,000 metres world record on the track."
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Birgit Fischer wins second medal in kayak

"Germany's Birgit Fischer settled for silver, giving the 42-year-old Olympian two medals in two days against decidedly younger competition.


A two-woman crew from Hungary overtook Fischer and her partner in the second half of their 500-meter kayak race Saturday, ending her quest for a ninth gold medal a day after winning her eight in the fours kayak.


``I'm not at all disappointed,'' said Fischer, who only came out of retirement a year ago. ``At 42 years old, what else can you expect -- and I didn't train as long as the others.''


Natasa Janics and Katalin Kovacs maintained their margin despite a strong finish by the Germans. Poland got the bronze."


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Argentina wins Men's Football Gold Medal

The winner of the Gold Medal: Team from Argentina
The winner of the
Silver Medal: Team from Paraguay
The winner of the
Bronze Medal: Team from Italy

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Julien Absalon wins Men's Cross Country - Gold Medal - Cycling

The winner of the Gold Medal: Julien Absalon from France
The winner of the
Silver Medal: Jose Antonio Hermida from Spain
The winner of the
Bronze Medal: Bart Brentjens from Netherlands

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Hungary wins Women's K2 500m Gold Medal

The winner of the Gold Medal: Team from Hungary
The winner of the
Silver Medal: Team from Germany
The winner of the
Bronze Medal: Team from Poland

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China Win Men's C2 500m Gold Medal

The winner of the Gold Medal: Team from China
The winner of the
Silver Medal: Team from Cuba
The winner of the
Bronze Medal: Team from Russia

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Olympics Wrap: U.S. Eclipsed as Olympic Superpower

"With the United States suffering its worst day at the Athens Olympics, China took center stage as sporting superpowers on a night to remember on the athletics track.

The Chinese national anthem exhorts the masses to "Arise! Arise! Arise!" and their athletes did just that Friday with two stunning track golds.

Liu Xiang, who won the men's 110 meters hurdles in a world record-equaling time of 12.91 seconds, said: "My victory has proved that athletes with yellow skin can run as fast as those with black and white skin."

With Beijing hosting the next Olympics in 2008 and China eager to show its global clout, he said of his win: "This is a miracle but I believe a lot more miracles will take place in China.""

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Tearful Marion Jones finishes Olympics without a medal

"American superstar Marion Jones made a tearful exit from the Olympics, finishing an unhappy campaign empty-handed four years after being the golden girl of the Sydney Games.

The 28-year-old came fifth in the long jump and was then involved in a baton change blunder in the 4x100 metres relay which left the United States quartet out of the medals for the first time since 1980.

It completed a miserable year for Jones, who has found herself at the centre of an ongoing drugs scandal investigation that has already wrecked the career of sprinter boyfriend Tim Montgomery (news - web sites).

Asked about her whole experience at the Olympics, Jones said: "It was a rough one," before breaking down in tears and vowing to return."

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Powell Cancels Plans to Visit Athens


"Secretary of State Colin Powell canceled plans to attend the Olympics closing ceremonies in Greece because of the "press of business" including crises in Iraq and Sudan, U.S. officials said on Saturday.


The decision was unrelated to anti-U.S. protests by about 1,000 people in Athens Friday that were broken up when police hurled tear gas at demonstrators headed toward the U.S. Embassy, said State Department spokesman Kurtis Cooper.


Greek activists hoisted a massive banner saying "Powell Killer Go Home" on the Acropolis hillside towering over Athens Saturday protesting against his planned 24-hour visit to attend Sunday's closing ceremonies."


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NBC's Hot Olympics Cool Down Thursday


"Viewership of the summer Olympics cooled off for NBC on Thursday as the competition in Athens winds down.


NBC averaged 21.5 million viewers and 7.3 rating/21 share in the adults 18-49 demographic with its primetime coverage of various track and field, men's triathlon and women's volleyball events. Viewership peaked in the 10-11 p.m. hour with an average of 23.6 million viewers and 8.5/24 in the key demo, but Thursday looks to be the lowest-rated night of the games -- which wrap Sunday -- for NBC so far, according to preliminary estimates from Nielsen Media Research."


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Hammer winner Annus retires


"Under suspicion of doping, Olympic hammer throw champion Adrian Annus retired from sports Thursday rather than deal with what he called a campaign to manipulate test results against him.


"I'm putting an end to my career," the 31-year-old Annus told the state-run news agency MTI in a statement. "It isn't worth going through all this even for an Olympic champion's title."


International Olympic Committee officials said Annus passed a drug test after winning the hammer throw Sunday, but doping control officials have been trying to track him down since then for further testing.

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Even rhythmic gymnastics touched by scoring controversy

"They protest scores in rhythmic gymnastics, too.

Upset with the technical marks given to American Mary Sanders in qualifying Thursday, the U.S. team filed a protest with the International Gymnastics Federation seeking a review of her routines.

Sanders finished 18th out of 24 gymnasts in the first of two qualifying rounds. The top 10 gymnasts after today's second round advance to finals.

Sanders received technical scores, which judge difficulty, of 4.6 in hoop and 6.8 in ball. The 4.6 was lower than anyone in the field except for competitors from Australia, South Africa and Cape Verde.

"They felt it was absolutely too low for that routine," USA Gymnastics spokesman Brian Eaton said. "There were no major errors. She didn't leave out any elements.""
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Bryan Nickson - Diminutive diver makes a big splash with fans and press

"Montreal had Nadia. Athens has Bryan.

Fourteen-year-old diver Bryan Nickson of Malaysia made a big splash Friday night, morphing into one of the darlings of the Athens Olympics with his modest 19th-place finish in the 10-meter platform event.

He barely passes for 10 -- with his baby face, bony body and shy, soft voice. And at only 4-foot-6 and 66 pounds, Nickson was dwarfed atop the 33-foot-high platform, yet fans went wild each time he ascended the ladder.

After each dive, Nickson climbed out of the pool and bowed.

"The crowd was with me," said Nickson, who barely spoke above a whisper. "It supported me a lot, even though that made me a bit nervous.""
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U.S. and Australia: A golden matchup - Women's Basketball

"There had been an air of inevitability throughout the Olympic women's basketball tournament that the United States and Australia would meet for the gold medal.

Yesterday that matchup was realized, with both of the tournament's undefeated teams advancing through their semifinal games at the Olympic Indoor Hall. First, the United States edged Russia, 66-62. Then, Australia ran away from Brazil, 88-75.

Today, when the championship tips off at 9:15 a.m., Pittsburgh time, the Australians aim to undo the final remaining feeling of inevitability.

The one that says the Americans are a lock to win."

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Germany wins Men's K2 500m Gold Medal - Kayaking

The winner of the Gold Medal: Team from Germany
The winner of the
Silver Medal: Team from Australia
The winner of the
Bronze Medal: Team from Belarus

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Natasa Janics wins Women's K1 500m Gold Medal - Kayaking

The winner of the Gold Medal: Natasa Janics from Hungary
The winner of the
Silver Medal: Josefa Idem from Italy
The winner of the
Bronze Medal: Caroline Brunet from Canada

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Andreas Dittmer wins Men's C1 500m Gold Medal

The winner of the Gold Medal: Andreas Dittmer from Germany
The winner of the
Silver Medal: David Cal from Spain
The winner of the
Bronze Medal: Maxim Opalev from Russia

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Adam van Koeverden wins Men's K1 500m - Kayaking

The winner of the Gold Medal: Adam van Koeverden from Canada
The winner of the
Silver Medal: Nathan Baggaley from Australia
The winner of the
Bronze Medal: Ian Wynne from United Kingdom (Great Britain)

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El Guerrouj and Bekele vie for supremacy

"Hicham El Guerrouj and Kenenisa Bekele move up and down respectively from their favoured distances for what could be an epic Olympic 5,000 metres clash. El Guerrouj, 29, has finally claimed the Olympic 1,500 title which escaped him at the 1996 Atlanta Games and again in Sydney four years later. Bekele, seven years his junior, won the 10,000 metres gold and is now attempting to become the first Ethiopian since Miruts Yifter in 1980 to complete the long-distance double. Victory on Saturday would complete a perfect year for Bekele and give him a legitimate claim to the mythical title of best track distance runner in history." Read more at El Guerrouj and Bekele vie for supremacy

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Bad Day for U.S., New Dawn for China


"The United States suffered their worst day of the Athens Olympics on Friday when a tearful Marion Jones flopped, their basketball "Dream Team" were humiliated and they captured only one of the 20 golds on offer.



But China, who had never won an Olympic gold in athletics, had a night to remember with Liu Xiang winning the men's 110 meters hurdles in a world record equaling 12.91 seconds.


"My victory has proved that athletes with yellow skin can run as fast as those with black and white skin," said Liu, 21.


"This is a miracle, but I believe a lot more miracles will take place in China," he said, as a new generation of his compatriots signaled they will be a force to be reckoned with on the track when Beijing hosts the next Olympics in 2008.


Xing Huina beat the Ethiopians at their own game to win the women's 10,000 in one of the biggest upsets of the athletics."


Read more at Bad Day for U.S., New Dawn for China

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Iraq Falls Short in Bid for Soccer Medal

"The Iraqi men's soccer team fell just short of earning a medal at the Athens Olympics when they lost 1-0 to Italy on Friday at Kaftanzoglio Stadium.

Iraq, a surprise to even make it out of the first round, was looking for just its second medal ever at the Olympic Games. Abdul Wahid Aziz won a bronze medal in weightlifting during the 1960 Games. But Alberto Gilardino's goal in the first half for Italy was too much for the underdog Iraqis.

A medal looked like a possibility for Iraq after it won its first two matches of the competition to earn a spot in the quarterfinals. They then edged out Australia to move even closer to glory. Two straight losses -- to Paraguay and now Italy -- ended the run for a medal, but, still, the accomplishment of advancing this far in the competition was a victory for the war-ravaged country."

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Athens Offers No Comfort to Paula Radcliffe

"Im Paula Radcliffe get me out of here.

The sooner Radcliffe leaves Athens, the better, and perhaps tonight she will reflect that Monday would have been an opportune moment to head home on the next available plane. We learned in Sundays marathon that Radcliffe is mortal, when it was choking to see her bawling at the roadside four miles from the finish. But if anyone had the capacity to recover from such a knockdown then surely it would be the Bedford Blonde.

But no, not tonight. The dream of redemption turned into further indignation as Radcliffe pulled out two thirds of the way through the 10,000metres final. Radcliffe had announced just 10 hours before lining up alongside the cream of long-distance talent that she would race despite her obvious agony of Sunday, pain which ran over into her tearful press conference and live TV interview the next day. "

Read more at Athens Offers No Comfort to Radcliffe

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Athens Police Break Up Powell Protest

"Police used tear gas Friday night to disperse more than 2,000 demonstrators who lit fires, smashed windows and beat up journalists while marching through downtown Athens to protest the weekend visit of Secretary of State Colin Powell. The demonstrators, who scuffled with police in front of the Parliament, fought running battles with riot squads trying to prevent them from reaching the U.S. Embassy. The embassy is not near any Olympic venues, but it is near the hotel being used by the International Olympic Committee and located on a major Olympic traffic lane."

Read more at AP Wire | 08/27/2004 | Athens Police Break Up Powell Protest

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Brazil defeat US in Men's Beach Volleyball


"Brazil rolled to a convincing three-set victory over the United States in their men's volleyball semifinal Friday, joining Italy in the gold medal match. The Brazilians, whose perfect record was snapped in a four-set loss to the U.S. on Monday, erased any doubt that they are the better team with a 25-16, 25-17 and 25-23 victory."


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No medal for Marion Jones in long jump or relay


"Marion Jones' chances for a medal at the Olympics ended abruptly Friday night with a fifth-place finish in the long jump and a disaster in the women's 4x100 meter relay. Running second, Jones had a poor exchange of the baton with Lauryn Williams. Williams left too early and she couldn't connect with Jones until it was too late. The U.S. didn't finish because Williams was already out of the handoff zone. The race was won by the Jamaican foursome of Tayna Lawrence, Sherone Simpson, Aleen Bailey and Veronica Campbell in 41.73 seconds. Russia was second and France was third."


Read more at No medal for Marion Jones in long jump or relay

Also read Jones fifth in long jump

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Timothy Mack wins Men's Pole Vault Gold Medal

The winner of the Gold Medal: Timothy Mack from United States
The winner of the
Silver Medal: Toby Stevenson from United States
The winner of the
Bronze Medal: Giuseppe Gibilisco from Italy

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Hunt is on for Olympic hammer champ Annus


"Anti-doping authorities were trying to track down Olympic champion Adrian Annus on Friday amid suspicions the Hungarian may have duped drug-testers after winning a gold medal in the hammer throw. Annus, who announced his retirement from the sport on Friday, left Greece immediately after striking gold in the hammer on Sunday. Mandatory drug tests carried out on the athlete after the event were negative. But following the controversy over Hungary's discus champion Robert Fazekas - who was stripped of his Olympic gold medal for failing to provide a urine sample - questions have now been raised over his friend Annus. International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Jacques Rogge confirmed to AFP that the athlete was being sought by drug-testers. "


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Kookaburras clinch historic gold

"Jamie Dwyer scored a golden goal as Australia's field hockey men discarded the tag of Olympic chokers with a 2-1 victory over reigning champions the Netherlands in a rousing final this morning. Dwyer slammed the goal in the eighth minute of extra-time following a penalty corner after both teams were locked 1-1 at the end of regulation time."

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Russia Finish 1-2-3 in Long Jump

"Russia's Tatyana Lebedeva has added the Olympic women's long jump title to her her triple-jump bronze. Lebedeva's second-round leap of 7.07m was good enough for victory, with compatriots Irina Simagina and Tatyana Kotova completing a Russia 1-2-3. Simagina won the silver with 7.05m - the same as Kotova - but having recorded a longer second-best effort."

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Hungarians, Serbs Make Water-Polo Final

"Tamas Kasas scored three goals to help Hungary move within one victory of an eighth Olympic men's water polo gold medal in a 7-5 semifinal win Friday over archrival Russia. Hungary will face Serbia-Montenegro, which downed Greece 7-3. Aleksandar Sapic, the tournament's leading shooter, scored only once against Greece - in the last four minutes - to increase his haul to 16 goals in Athens."

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Jamaca win Women's 4x 100m Relay Gold Medal

The winner of the Gold Medal: Team from Jamaica
The winner of the
Silver Medal: Team from Russia
The winner of the
Bronze Medal: Team from France

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Liu Wins 110 Meter Hurdles


"Liu Xiang of China won the gold medal in the men's 110-meter hurdles Friday night at the Olympics in an Olympic record time of 12.91 seconds. Terrence Trammell of the United States was the silver medalist with a time of 13.18 seconds, while Anier Garcia of Cuba took the bronze in a time of 13.20 seconds."


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Russia wins Synchronized Swimming Team Gold Medal

The winner of the Gold Medal: Team from Russia
The winner of the
Silver Medal: Team from Japan
The winner of the Bronze Medal: Team from United States

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Huina Xing wins Women's 10,000m Gold Medal

The winner of the Gold Medal: Huina Xing from China
The winner of the
Silver Medal: Ejegayehu Dibaba from Ethiopia
The winner of the
Bronze Medal: Derartu Tulu from Ethiopia

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Osleidys Menendez wins Women's Javelin Gold Medal

he winner of the Gold Medal: Osleidys Menendez from Cuba
The winner of the
Silver Medal: Steffi Nerius from Germany
The winner of the
Bronze Medal: Mirela Manjani from Greece

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Tatyana Lebedeva wins Women's Long Jump Gold Medal

The winner of the Gold Medal: Tatyana Lebedeva from Russia
The winner of the
Silver Medal: Irina Simagina from Russia
The winner of the
Bronze Medal: Tatyana Kotova from Russia

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Ireland wins Individual Jumping Gold Medal - Equestrian

The winner of the Gold Medal: Cian O\'Connor from Ireland
The winner of the
Silver Medal: Rodrigo Pessoa from Brazil
The winner of the
Bronze Medal: Chris Kappler from United States

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Xiang Liu wins Men's 110m Hurdles Gold Medal

The winner of the Gold Medal: Xiang Liu from China
The winner of the
Silver Medal: Terrence Trammell from United States
The winner of the
Bronze Medal: Anier Garcia from Cuba

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Paula Radcliffe fails to finish

Britain's Paula Radcliffe has failed to finish in the Women's 10,000m final.

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Australia wins Men's Hockey Gold Medal

Australia have just defeated the Netherlands in the Men's Hockey competition.

They scored a tie breaking goal in the dying seconds of a first period of extra time.

the score was Australia 2 - Netherlands 1.

The winner of the Gold Medal: Team from Australia
The winner of the
Silver Medal: Team from Netherlands
The winner of the
Bronze Medal: Team from Germany

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Jang Ji Won win Women's 57kg Taekwondo Gold Medal

The winner of the Gold Medal: Ji Wong Jang from Korea, South
The winner of the
Silver Medal: Nia Abdallah from United States
The winner of the
Bronze Medal: Iridia Salazar Blanco from Mexico

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Hadi Saei Bonehkohal wins Men's 68kg Taekwondo Gold Medal

The winner of the Gold Medal: Hadi Saei Bonehkohal from Iran
The winner of the
Silver Medal: Chih Hsiung Huang from Taiwan (Chinese Taipei)
The winner of the
Bronze Medal: Myeong Seob Song from Korea, South

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Argentina defeat USA 89 - 81 - Men's Basketball

"The United States fell behind 50-40 to Argentina early in the third quarter in the semifinals of the Olympic men's basketball tournament. The Argentines had a 43-38 halftime lead and quickly built on it. The winner advances to the gold-medal game against either Lithuania or Italy, who play at 3:15 p.m. Lithuania used a barrage of 3-pointers to beat the U.S. team in the preliminary round 94-90 last Saturday. Italy routed the Americans by 17 points in an exhibition 12 days before their Olympic opener."

Read more at Argentina Leads U.S. 53-40 in Third

Update - early in the 4th Argentina leads the US 73-61

Argentina have upset the Gold Medal Favorites the USA with a final score of Argentina 89 - USA 81.

Read more at the match in the following articles.

"Argentina snapped the U.S. Senior National Team's 58-game winning streak two years ago at the World Championships. Now Manu Ginobili and the Argentines have ended the United States' chances for a gold medal at the Athens Games, scoring an 89-81 victory over Larry Brown's team in the semifinals. Last summer the Americas Olympic Qualifying Tournament, Argentina finished runner-up to the United States. Meeting the Americans twice, Argentina suffered a narrow 94-86 loss in second round play, and was handed a 106-73 setback in the gold medal game."

Read more at What a Nightmare: U.S. Men Fall to Argentina


"Bronze is the best the American men's basketball team can do, and the reason is simple: They were beaten by a better team, Argentina. Manu Ginobili scored 29 points to lead his nation to another victory over the country that used to dominate the sport, an 89-81 win in the Olympic semifinals Friday night. For the first time since 1988, the gold medal will not go to the Americans. And for the first time since pro players were added for the original Dream Team in 1992, the United States will not be the Olympic champion."

Read more at ARDMOREITE.COM
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Fashion highs and lows from the Olympics

"Seeing all those taut and tanned bodies jumping hurdles in Athens and sculling in Schinias reminds us why we like the summer Olympics so much. We also enjoy looking at what the athletes are wearing and wonder if we would dare get near a track or pool in similar get-ups.

With just a few days to go until the Summer Games are over for another four years, here's the medals ceremony we've all been waiting for: the fashion Olympics. Boatloads of style: We give Nike's racer-back tank top suit a gold even though the women took only a silver in the eights rowing contest. We could see Nike's offering this with a separate top and shorts as an outfit for any number of active sports or workouts. Let's also hear it for the ladies' visors and mirrored shades. 50-meter swagger: Swimmer Gary Hall Jr. took the gold in the 50-meter freestyle contest and gets another for the "Rocky"-style boxing robe he wore into the aquatic center. Sure he's cocky, but he delivered the goods, didn't he?"

Read more at Fashion highs and lows from the Olympics (August 27, 2004)

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Aussie Helm leads platform diving; Americans shut out of medals

"Caesar Garcia and Kyle Prandi failed to advance out of the 10-meter platform preliminaries Friday and that meant one thing: No medals for American divers, their first Olympic shutout in 92 years. Caesar Garcia (seen here) and Kyle Prandi didn't make it out of the men's 10-meter platform prelims the event would have been the USA's last shot at a medal. By Mark Humphrey, AP Garcia, of Baton Rouge, finished 23rd with 388.77 points. Prandi, of Strongsville, Ohio, dropped from second-place to 21st after the second round and wound up 29th out of 33 divers with 346.53 points."

Read more at USATODAY.com - Aussie Helm leads platform diving; Americans shut out of medals

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Zsuzsanna Voros wins the Women's Modern Pentathlon Gold Medal


The winner of the Gold Medal: Zsuzsanna Voros from Hungary

The winner of the
Silver Medal: Jelena Rublevska from Latvia

The winner of the
Bronze Medal: Claudia Corsini from Italy


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Olympics "Real" U.S. Dominance

Eric over at Blogcritics.org has written an interesting piece on how the medal table isn't a true reflection of the US dominance of the Olympics. Interestingly it seems that Eric thinks the medal table under estimates the dominance of the US - something which surprised me a little as I've seen many articles arguing the exact opposite. He writes: (my opinion follows)

"By any reasonable measure the American medal count is impressive as hell, leading its closest rival Russia by 23 medals as of Friday morning. The lead at the moment in golds is only 28 to 25 over China, but the total medal lead over China is about 30, and recall that China has well over a billion people AND a sports system now similar to that of the former Soviet bloc, where promising athletes are farmed off to (hopefully benign) athletic concentration camps and their entire waking life is devoted to training for their sport....

But what stuck out last night in particular is the number of athletes representing other nations who live and train in the U.S., many going to college here. In fact, based on the divers -- the "Russian Texans" Vera Ilyina and bronze medalist in the women's 3m springboard Yulia Pakhalina, for example -- and track athletes -- 400m hurdles gold medalist Felix Sanchez was born in the U.S., has always lived in the U.S., but competes for the Dominican Republic, ALL of the Caribbean runners seem to train in the U.S. -- in action on NBC last night last night (and in the swimming events, basketball, baseball, etc. etc), it seems easier to name the top competitors who DON"T have a strong U.S. connection....

When you combine the actual American medalists with the "virtual" American medalists in the Games, you get a much truer picture of American dominance in the world of (summer, anyway) sport."

Read more at Blogcritics.org: Olympics: "Real" U.S. Dominance

I find myself seeing things a little differently - here is what I wrote in their comments section.

'Nice post - but I suspect you'll find this is an argument no one will ever win. I tend to agree with those who 'disagree' above. Once we start unravelling things like population we find the US could perhaps more accurately be placed as 35th according to the ABS Population based Medal Table (as of day 13).

Another interesting way of thinking about it is taking into consideration the Economy of the countries concerned. Of course the Aussies won't be as excited about this one cause it ranks them down at 21 (the US is 51st and Canada 52nd) according to thisMedal Table that takes into consideration Country's GDP. I tend to like this medal table because it reminds us that so many countries that are competing just don't have the resources that many of us take for granted.

I was reminded of this when I saw the Afghani runner the other day who barely seemed to even own a 'proper' running kit. To be honest I'm a bit over the beating of chests that many of us in the west have been doing over the Olympics - I wonder if we've lost something of what the true spirit of the Olympics could have been.

Just my humble opinion.'

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Iraq, Italy to wear armbands in soccer

"Iraqi and Italian soccer players plan to wear black armbands on their uniforms during their Olympic bronze medal game today. The armbands are in honor of an Italian journalist killed in Iraq. The International Olympic Committee has approved Iraq's request for the armbands. Italy's delegation is proposing that all its athletes be allowed to wear the armbands for the rest of today."

Read more at Iraq, Italy to wear armbands in soccer

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Olympics Athlete Felled by Bee Sting


"Top News Bush Admits Iraq 'Miscalculations' in Times Interview Iraq Rebels Leave Najaf Shrine, Hand in Weapons Investigators Find Explosives in Russia Plane Wreck MORE ATHENS (Reuters) - Danish mountain biker Mette Andersen had to pull out of the women's Olympic cross country race Friday after being attacked by a bee. Anderson was stung on the second lap of the five-lap race and had a bad reaction, the whole of the left side of her chest swelling up."


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Paul Hamm Asked to Give Up Gold Medal

"Gymnastics officials asked Paul Hamm to give up his gold medal as the ultimate show of sportsmanship, but the U.S. Olympic Committee told them to take responsibility for their own mistakes. In a dispute over scores that has turned into a political squabble, the head of the International Gymnastics Federation suggested in a letter to Hamm that giving the all-around gold medal to South Korea's Yang Tae-young "would be recognized as the ultimate demonstration of fair play by the whole world." FIG president Bruno Grandi tried to send the letter Thursday night to Hamm through the USOC, but the USOC refused to deliver it."

Read more at AP Wire | 08/27/2004 | Paul Hamm Asked to Give Up Gold Medal

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Unforgiving Greeks Boo as Games Turn Ugly

"The Olympics turned ugly when unforgiving Greeks, incensed that fallen hero Costas Kenteris was missing from the 200 meters, delayed the final by booing and chanting for five minutes.

The American athletes who took the first three places on Thursday evening refused to be fazed by the uproar and a delighted Kenteris said he felt vindicated. The spectators were enraged because defending champion Kenteris was absent from the final after withdrawing from the Olympics following a missed dope test."

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Greek police may block U.S. embassy march

"Police may block demonstrators marching to the U.S. embassy in Athens on Friday to protest against a weekend visit by Secretary of State Colin Powell to attend the Olympics. Government officials said there would be a heavy police presence to ensure Friday night's demonstration goes smoothly, but one organiser said protesters would ignore authorities' pleas to stay away from the embassy compound. "We must respect the democratic right to protest but we will not allow any demonstrators to get out of hand and cause any damage," a senior government source told Reuters."

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Researchers to develop 'designer athletes'

"Scientists have begun using DNA samples from Australia's top sportsmen and women in an attempt to develop "designer athletes" who can protect the nation's sporting reputation, The Daily Telegraph reported on Friday.

The technology will allow experts to tell parents which sports their children could excel in and whether they have the genes that are most likely to produce sporting superstars, the Sydney newspaper quoted scientists as saying. Australia, a nation of only 20 million, has long punched well above its weight in the world of sport. "

Read more at Researchers to develop 'designer athletes'

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Coaches survive as India, Pakistan reserve their best for last

"Former champions India and Pakistan ended the Olympic men's field hockey with impressive wins, giving a new lease of life to their respective foreign coaches. Pakistan came from behind to defeat New Zealand 4-2 and take fifth spot in the 12-nation competition, while arch-rivals India blasted Asian Games champions South Korea (news - web sites) 5-2 to finish seventh. The win helped India retain the same position they took at Sydney four years ago and ensured their new German coach Gerhard Rach will survive at least till the end of the year."

Read more at Yahoo! News - Coaches survive as India, Pakistan reserve their best for last

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Khan goes for glory

"Britain's Amir Khan will face the biggest fight of his young career as he goes against Serik Yeleuov on Friday in boxing's lightweight semi-final.

Khan could become the youngest Olympic boxing champion in 52 years.

The 17-year-old's attacking style has become an enduring Olympic image after his three impressive victories.

Guaranteed at least a bronze after reaching the semi-finals, another win would ensure Khan would take home a minimum of a silver."

Read more at BBC SPORT | Olympics 2004 | Boxing | Khan goes for glory

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Nathan Deakes to assess his technique

"Nathan Deakes's coach says the Olympian's technique will be reassessed following his disqualification from the 50-kilometre walk in Athens. Deakes was leading the field with the eventual winner, Poland's Robert Korzeniowski, when he was disqualified at the 33-kilometre mark. The 26-year-old did not receive any warnings during his bronze medal effort in the 20-kilometre walk last week. Deakes's coach Brett Vallance said his charge's disqualification came as a surprise."

Read more at Deakes to assess his technique - Athens Olympics 2004 - ABC Sport.

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August 27, 2004

U.S. Is Angry at the Pressure on Paul Hamm


"The United States Olympic Committee (USOC) have accused the governing body of world gymnastics of putting "outrageous and improper" pressure on gold medallist Paul Hamm to give his medal to a South Korean rival. The International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) has said Hamm placed first in the all-round event due to a judging error and bronze medallist Yang Tae-young should have been awarded gold. It has suspended the judges involved but said there is no mechanism for overturning a decision made in the competition. "


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U.S. women move into basketball gold medal game


"Tina Thompson led a balanced attack with 14 points, as the United States women's basketball team assured themselves of a medal after beating Russia, 66-62, in the semifinals at the Summer Olympics on Friday.


The Americans will now face the winner of the Brazil/Australia game in Saturday's gold medal game. Lisa Leslie and Tamika Catchings each added 11 points, while Yolanda Griffith finished with 10, as the two-time defending gold medalists held off a late rally by Russia. Tatiana Shchegoleva had 13 points, while Maria Stepanova added 11 for Russia. Russia cut its deficit to 60-58 on a three-pointer by Oxana Rakhmatulina with 4:23 left, but the U.S. scored the next six points to put the game away. Sheryl Swoopes had two buckets and Thompson scored from inside the paint to push the Americans to a 66-58 cushion with 2:39 left."


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Kate Allenby raises medal hopes

"Kate Allenby's quest for Olympic glory in the modern pentathlon gathered steam today after a magnificent swim elevated her into second place overall. It is the same position Allenby held after three events in Sydney four years ago when she went on to claim the bronze medal. Today, she followed up an average performance in the shooting with second place in the fencing and the fifth fastest time in the 200metres freestyle swimming."

Read more at Ananova - Allenby raises medal hopes

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Romanian judge under investigation

"The Olympic gymnastics official who pressured a Calgary judge to increase his scoring of a Russian athlete's horizontal-bar routine is facing an investigation and possible censure, says the vice-president of the sport's international governing body. "Obviously some things have transpired and will have to be looked at, and that's what we'll do," said Slava Corn, Canada's highest-ranking executive with the International Gymnastics Federation. Romanian judge Adrian Stoica, president of the International Gymnastics Federation's technical committee and chief official during the controversy-plagued Olympic men's competition, has come under fire over several incidents."

Read more at Romanian judge under investigation

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I-O-C says no duplicate medals

"Greece International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge (ROH'-geh) says the I-O-C rejects South Korea's request to have a duplicate gold medal awarded in men's all-around gymnastics. A scoring mistake gave the title to American Paul Hamm. The I-O-C also is turning down an official German request for duplicate gold medals following a judging error in the three-day equestrian competition."

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U.S. to meet Argentina in Men's basketball Semi Final

"The United States and Argentina will go after each other again in the Olympic men's basketball semifinals, and if their latest performances carry over, it'll be difficult for the South American rivals to win. The game is scheduled for a 1 p.m. EDT tipoff, with the winner advancing to the gold-medal game against either Lithuania or Italy, who play at 3:15 p.m. Lithuania used a barrage of 3-pointers to beat the U.S. team in the preliminary round 94-90 last Saturday. Italy routed the Americans by 17 points in an exhibition 12 days before their Olympic opener."

Read more at U.S. men's basketball team faces Argentina for a spot in gold-medal game; Lithuania plays Italy

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Greece to deal with Olympic cost of Olympic proportions after Games

"Greek taxpayers could use some advice from the country's celebrated weightlifting champions to shoulder the sizeable cost of the Athens Olympics after the Games. AFP/DDP/File Photo Seven billion euros (8.7 billion dollars) reads the latest price tag Greek officials have attached to the Games, up from an initial budget of 4.6 billion euros. But the final tally will not be known until after the Games, Greek Economy and Finance Minister Yiorgos Alogoskoufis said. Greece has financed the Games entirely out of state funds."

Read more at Yahoo! News - Greece to deal with Olympic cost of Olympic proportions after Games

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Kenteris Says He Did Nothing Wrong

"Greek sprinter Kostas Kenteris was overwhelmed by the outpouring of support in his absence at Olympic Stadium. Thousands of fans chanted his name Thursday night at the 200-meter sprint, an event Kenteris pulled out of after missing a drug test. "When I heard all these people - the thousands of people - shout my name, it was the most beautiful thing that I have heard in recent years," Kenteris told the TV Mytilini channel."

Read more at AP Wire | 08/27/2004 | Kenteris Says He Did Nothing Wrong

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IOC Rejects S. Korea's Request for Gold

"The International Olympic Committee rejected South Korea's request to have a duplicate gold medals awarded in men's all-around gymnastics because of a scoring mistake that gave the title to American Paul Hamm, IOC president Jacques Rogge said. The IOC also turned down an official German petition for duplicate gold medals following a judging error in the three-day equestrian competition. "We are not going to give medals for so-called humanitarian or emotional reasons," Rogge said Friday at a breakfast meeting with reporters."

Read more at AP Wire | 08/27/2004 | IOC Rejects S. Korea's Request for Gold

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Mascots are a mystery, but they sell well

"Atlanta had a blob named Izzy. Nagano had the creepy, bug-eyed foursome: Sukki, Nokki, Lekki and Tsukki. Not to be outdone in the curious mascot department, Athens 2004 has Phevos and Athena, two androgynous Bart Simpson-esque dolls separable only by the two bull's-eyes on the girl's chest to mark her femaleness. "I took them out of the box, and thought, 'What the heck is this?' " said Adonis Diplarides, whose family shop at the foot of the Acropolis is selling everything from baby bibs to shot glasses with Athena and Phevos cartoons on them. On a day a breath away from 100 degrees, he was also trying to sell umbrellas decorated with the mascots."

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Rumors running rampant as more athletes get caught

" It was just a rumor, and as with most rumors, no one knew how or where it started. It didn't matter. It was hot, a big-time doping rumor, so it kept spreading, proliferating in a climate ripe for this kind of thing. First it was a male sprinter, then a female sprinter; it was a medalist, no, not a medalist; an American, no, not an American. It lasted about two days, this rumor, but it's the kind of thing that has permeated these Games. With three days of competition remaining, the Athens Olympics have caught more athletes doping -- 16 -- than any previous Olympics, and there have been four medals stripped, two gold."

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Gunn-Rita Dahle takes Olympic gold in mountain bike

"Gunn-Rita Dahle of Norway captured the gold medal on Friday in the women's mountain bike competition at the Summer Olympics in Athens. Dahle, a winner of five World Cup cross-country events in 2004, covered the five-lap, 19.4 miles in 1 hour, 56:51 minutes. Marie-Helene Premont of Canada was second, 59 seconds behind Dahle. Sabine Spitz of Germany took the bronze."

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The Australian: Aussie cyclists get belated gold [August 27, 2004]

"AUSTRALIAN track cyclists Peter Dawson and Stephen Wooldridge are to receive belated Olympic gold medals. The International Olympic Committee has agreed to give gold medals to the pair, who rode in the heats but missed out on the team which won the final of the 4000m team pursuit on Sunday.

The Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) lodged an appeal for the medals and announced today the IOC had heeded its plea. In cycling team events only those who ride in the finals normally get medals, unlike swimming, where heat swimmers in relays are also rewarded. Wooldridge and Dawson were delighted when told of the decision by cycling team high performance manager Michael Flynn."

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Athlete rushed to hospital

"BERTRAND Gbongou Liango of the Central African Republic was taken to hospital after being knocked unconscious in the Olympic taekwondo tournament today.

The 22-year-old was caught by a sickening reverse round-house kick to the head in his first round match against Austria's Tuncay Caliskan. He was knocked out cold and medical staff rushed on to the mat to free his air-passage and revive him before he was taken away on a stretcher.

Team doctor Jacques Ndemanga confirmed he was in a stable condition."

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Tickets remain for Games closing ceremony

Several hundred tickets to the Olympic closing ceremony remained unsold Friday, two days before the end of the Athens Games. Local organizers said about 500 of the highest priced tickets, which cost $900, remain available for Sunday's ceremony.

The celebrations of the Olympics' opening and closing usually sell out. The Olympic Stadium has about 72,000 seats, but not all are put on sale. Some tickets are given to dignitaries, Olympic officials and media.

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Egyptian boxer DQ'ed after failing medical test


Egyptian heavyweight Mohamed Elsayed failed a medical test Friday and was disqualified from the semifinals of the Olympic boxing tournament, organizers said. The decision wasn't drug-related.


Elsayed beat American Devin Vargas on Sunday to clinch a medal. Egypt had three boxers in the semifinals after winning just one medal in its Olympic boxing history.


Elsayed's injury, which wasn't specified, allowed Belarus' Viktar Zuyev to advance to the finals on a walkover. Zuyev will face Cuba's Odlanier Solis or Syria's Naser Al Shami.


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The Athens Look: Sweatshop Chic Valley Advocate: The Athens Look: Sweatshop Chic

Non-union, underpaid labor is sewing the shirts, gluing the shoes and putting zippers to running suits and track apparel branded as Olympic in Athens.

A t the Olympic Games in Athens this year, the logos of McDonalds, Samsung, Coca-Cola, and other multinational advertisers are saturating the festivities to the tune of $1.339 million. But the corporate self-promotion and commercial branding wont end when the games come to a close. Sportswear companies have negotiated $81 million worth of licenses from the International Olympic Committee, allowing them to adorn their products with Olympic emblems. Behind the five intertwined rings and the Athens 2004 kotinos laurel wreath insignia, hidden from the eyes of the world, non-union, underpaid labor will be sewing the shirts, gluing the shoes and putting zippers to running suits and track apparel branded as Olympic in working conditions that would make even the most highly trained athlete sweat.
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Radcliffe Runs

Paula Radcliffe has confirmed she will definitely run in the Olympic 10,000m.
Radcliffe quit Sunday's marathon four miles from the end but is ready to line up for the 1950BST start on Friday.

She is the fastest woman in the world this year over 10,000m by 26 seconds and the 30-year-old will be keen to hit back after her marathon failure.

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Let the Web Games Begin

Among the unplanned international sporting events at the 2004 Summer Olympics could be the dodging of regional Internet broadcast restrictions and the unsanctioned relay of live online Olympic broadcasts to Americans. The Summer Olympics, which began Friday in Athens, is the first Olympic Games to be broadcast from a collection of websites. The BBC and other European networks are offering live, on-demand Internet video streaming of Olympic events to broadband viewers. But the BBC and fellow members of the European Broadcasting Union are required by their Olympic broadcast contracts to block U.S. Internet users and others from outside their home counties.
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Gunn-Rita from Norway wins Women's Cross Country Gold Medal

The winner of the Gold Medal: Gunn-Rita Dahle from Norway
The winner of the Silver Medal: Marie-Helene Permont from Canada
The winner of the Bronze Medal: Sabine Spitz from Germany

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Korea Hoping for Late Medal Rush KoreaTimes : Korea Hoping for Late Medal Rush

With the Athens Olympics heading into their final weekend, South Korean is looking for one last medal push in the fighting events such as taekwondo, wrestling and boxing, which have traditionally been strong events for the country. In taekwondo, 17-year-old Hwang Kyung-sun is among the medal hopefuls in the womens -67kg category as she beat Kim Yun-ji, a two-time world champion, at the domestic Olympic trials. Hwangs gold hunt is expected to depend on the projected bout with Chinas rival Luo Wei in the round-of-16. Preliminaries begin today at 15:25 (KST) and the final starts at 01:20 on Sunday.
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Anton Galkin - Russian athlete fails test

Russian athlete fails test A Russian 400m runner has been thrown out of the Olympics after failing a drugs test. Anton Galkin is the 18th athlete to be expelled from the Games for alleged doping offences - a new record. Galkin tested positive for stanozolol after finishing fourth in his semi-final last Saturday.
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Robert Korzeniowski wins Men's 50km Walk Gold Medal

The winner of the Gold Medal: Robert Korzeniowski from Poland

The winner of the Silver Medal: Denis Nizhegorodov from Russia

The winner of the Bronze Medal: Aleksey Voyevodin from Russia

Hungary win's Men's K4 1000m Gold Medal

The winner of the Gold Medal: Team from Hungary

The winner of the Silver Medal: Team from Germany

The winner of the Bronze Medal: Team from Slovakia

Germany win Men's C2 1000m Gold Medal

The winner of the Gold Medal: Team from Germany

The winner of the Silver Medal: Team from Russia

The winner of the Bronze Medal: Team from Hungary

Olympic party picks up after a slow start

"Everything in Athens is late. Even the party.

At the start of the Olympics, thousands of stadium seats stood empty and the capital's neighborhoods were quiet. Many people feared the games were destined to be an organizational success and an entertainment failure.

But as Sunday's closing ceremony approaches, the buzz is definitely back.

It's 3 a.m., and traffic is moving at a crawl on central Athens' Ermou Street.

Taxis barely have time to unload their passengers before being flagged down by others. Flag-waving sports fans rub shoulders with athletes, media and volunteers still dressed in their distinctive orange and blue uniforms, stopping to watch street jugglers and drummers performing in Monastiraki Square.

"Where did all these people come from?" said taxi driver Spyros Kefis. "All the foreigners are gathered in Monastiraki and Plaka. This is where it's all happening.""

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Media watchdog launches website calling for Beijing Olympics boycott

" Reporters Without Borders launched a website calling for a boycott of the Beijing 2008 Olympics over the human rights record of "one of the world's bloodiest dictatorships".

The Paris-based media watchdog said Thursday China had failed to improve its rights record since being controversially awarded the Games in 2001.

"History has shown that totalitarian regimes are more sensitive to a balance of power than to 'constructive dialogue'," the group said on the website, www.boycottbeijing2008.net.

"A boycott therefore seems the only strategy to force Chinese authorities to respect human rights before 2008.""

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The pain in Spain: 'Explain'

" In an arena where anti-American sentiment was running about 100-to-1, the men's Olympic basketball team from the United States of America walked off the floor to the universal language of displeasure. Boos are boos in any language.

In the aftermath of their 102-94 victory over Spain that moved the men within two victories of the gold medal that is their supposed birthright, the crowd was unhappy for many things, among them the fact that U.S. coach Larry Brown had the bad form to call a timeout with 23 seconds left and the game out of reach.

As he would spell out for the media later, Brown said he had asked for the timeout with about a minute to play, after two turnovers that caused him concern. But as is not uncommon in international basketball, the scorekeeper didn't award him the timeout immediately and Brown later, satisfied all was well, tried to cancel the request. "But they wouldn't let me do that, they gave it to me anyway," the coach said.

After the game ended, one of Spain's coaches screamed at Brown, inciting the crowd. "I tried to apologize," Brown said, "but it was like a disagreement with my son. Sometimes he doesn't want to hear your explanation.

"I said I was sorry. I would never try to embarrass someone like that."

There was almost a palpable relief as Brown, who coached the Detroit Pistons to their unexpected NBA title over the Los Angeles Lakers in June before collecting the assortment of mostly young, inexperienced NBA players willing to represent U.S. basketball in these Olympics, responded to the short-lived international incident. It was much more pleasant discussing a questionable timeout than talking about a 19-point loss to Puerto Rico or a fourth-quarter collapse to Lithuania."

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Fab Five of women's soccer disband with gold

"They went out the way they came in, acting as if it was all such a surprise and this was the greatest day of their lives.

They gave the impression they would have played this way, this hard, this gosh-darn giddily, whether the entire world was watching or they simply were kicking the ball around a playground.

When soccer's Fab Five and the rest of the U.S. women's Olympic team heard all the cheers Thursday night at Karaiskaki Stadium and felt the love of a raucous crowd, it was as if the attention floored them. Then, in a brilliant, emotionally charged soccer show, the Americans beat Brazil 2-1 in overtime for the Olympic gold medal."

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Germany win Women's K4 500m Gold Medal

The winner of the Gold Medal: Team from Germany

The winner of the Silver Medal: Team from Hungary

The winner of the Bronze Medal: Team from Ukraine

Sweden wins Men's K2 1000m Gold Medal

The winner of the Gold Medal: Team from Sweden

The winner of the Silver Medal: Team from Italy

The winner of the Bronze Medal: Team from Norway

Disappointed South African women keep best for last

"With their very last move of the Olympics, the South African women's hockey team provided the touch of class they always knew they were capable of, but just didn't produce consistently enough at the Games.

A splendid Jenny Wilson golden goal winner from a well-worked short corner enabled them to sink Spain 4-3. Unfortunately for them, the best, which they saved for last yesterday, was enough only to help them stave off the dreaded wooden spoon and finish in ninth place.

It was tough going in Athens for a team who had high hopes leading up to the Games, but who just didn't get out of the starting blocks here.

An opening 6-2 defeat to the Dutch was followed by successive 3-0 defeats by Australia and Korea."

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David Cal wins Men's C1 1000m Gold Medal

The winner of the Gold Medal: David Cal from Spain

The winner of the Silver Medal: Andreas Dittmer from Germany

The winner of the Bronze Medal: Attila Vajda from Hungary

Eric Veraas Larsen wins Men's K1 1000m Gold Medal

The winner of the Gold Medal: Eric Veraas Larsen from Norway

The winner of the Silver Medal: Ben Fouhy from New Zealand

The winner of the Bronze Medal: Adam van Koeverden from Canada

Leave the wreaths in Greece, New Zealand tells medallists

"New Zealand's medal winning Olympic stars should just take a picture of their wreaths and leave them in Greece because they will not be allowed into the country, a government spokeswoman said Friday.

Each medal winner at the Athens Games has received wreaths made of olive branches, chrysanthemums and roses.

Agriculture Minister Jim Sutton's spokeswoman said biosecurity was vitally important for New Zealand and the rules would not be bent.

"If they want to hold on to their memories they will have to take a picture," the spokeswoman said.

Ministry of Agriculture biosecurity official Veronica Herrera said the wreaths would not get past border control.

"A lot of the material is still viable, so if you plant it and the conditions are right, they could develop roots and grow," she said."

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China the new Olympic Superpower - Red storm coming

"If you're wondering why the past few Olympiads have lacked drama, blame Mikhail Gorbachev. Sure, his decision to green-light the fall of Soviet totalitarianism was pretty popular with the people who had been living under the USSR's iron fist, using D-grade toilet paper and lining up to buy shoelaces, but it ruined that us-versus-them vibe that made the pre-glasnost Games so great.

You remember the fun. We tried to imagine Kornelia Ender playing linebacker for the Bears. We wondered which Soviet weightlifter -- other than the mighty Alekseev -- had ingested the most illegal enhancements. We boycotted them. They boycotted us. Hollywood couldn't have come up with a better script. Then came Gorbachev. And before you knew it, the Grateful Dead was designing Lithuania's hoops uniforms and we were wondering where all that facial hair on the Hungarian women's gymnasts went.

That old furor is gone from the Athens Games. The American team is running away with the overall medal title, proving itself to be the world's lone athletic superpower, just as we are the sole global purveyor of military might. Ho-hum.

But, wait. There, on the horizon. It's coming. China."

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Bra manufacturer ends 56-year gold medal wait

"Beefy Greco-Roman wrestler Karam Ibrahim, a women's underwear manufacturer back in Egypt, won his country's first Olympic gold medal in 56 years on Thursday. Professional wrestling chiefs in the United States are already wooing Ibrahim to join their ranks and the gold will only increase his value. But Ibrahim has other business interests to consider. He runs the "Blue Gym" fitness club in Alexandria. "I also have a factory for clothes, girls'' clothes," the big man grinned. "Bras and underwear." Ibrahim took little more than three minutes to grapple Georgian Ramaz Nozadze to defeat in an unusually spectacular 96kg final. He raised a finger in triumph, kissed the mat and flipped his exultant coach to the floor before performing a perfect somersault. Carried around on the shoulders of another member of the Egyptian team, the national flag fluttering from his broad shoulders, the emotions flooded out as tears streamed down the cheeks of officials."

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Canadian Olympic Committee looking for answers

COC demands answers on score that scuppered Shewfelt

Kyle Shewfelt initially said he doesn't want to get involved in the judging controversy that denied him a bronze medal in the men's vault, but the Canadian Olympic Committee isn't letting the matter rest.

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Five Canadian boats go for gold Friday

The Canadian crew of Ross MacDonald and Mike Wolfs remained in contention for a medal in star class sailing while two more of the country's boats advanced in flatwater canoe-kayak events Thursday at the Olympic Games

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Two Canadians in track finals

Carmen Douma-Hussar, of Cambridge, Ont., advanced to Saturday's final in the women's 1,500-metre, even though she finished sixth in her semifinal race.

The top five racers from each heat automatically qualified for the finals, however Douma-Hussar's time of four minutes, 5.09 seconds was fast enough among the remaining pack to advance. Her time was 1.60 seconds faster than the winner of the first heat.

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Taiwan wins two gold medals in taekwondo, by Shih Hsin Chen and Mu Yen Chu

"Taiwan won its first gold medal Thursday in taekwondo, then had to wait only a few minutes more for another. Shih Hsin Chen won her 49-kilogram match for the breakthrough, aware as the seconds counted down that a lot was at stake.

"I know that this is our first gold medal and I'm very proud of it," said Chen, who beat Yanelis Yuliet Labrada of Cuba. "It means a lot to me and my family."

About 15 minutes later, Mu Yen Chu won another gold medal in the men's 58-kilogram division."

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Invincible Felix Sanchez storms to gold

"Red-hot favourite Felix Sanchez of the Dominican Republic streaked to victory in the men's Olympic 400 metres hurdles final this morning.

Just four days shy of his 27th birthday, the New York-born world champion flowed over the barriers to take gold in a time of 47.63 seconds.

Jamaica's Danny McFarlane took silver in 48.11 with France's Naman Keita collecting bronze in 48.26.

Sanchez, who is unbeaten in more than 40 races and last lost in July 2001, is the Dominican Republic's first Olympic gold medallist.

Their only other Olympic medal was a boxing bronze won by bantamweight Pedro Nolascos in the 1984 Los Angeles Games."

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US win Women's Football/Soccer Gold Medal

The winner of the Gold Medal: Team from United States

The winner of the Silver Medal: Team from Brazil

The winner of the Bronze Medal: Team from Germany

Shawn Crawford wins 200m in Crowd Disrupted Race

"Shawn Crawford denied fellow American Justin Gatlin an Olympic sprint double as he stormed to victory in the Olympic men's 200 meters to set up a United States clean sweep....

The race, though, was marred by ugly scenes and delayed for five minutes when the packed 75,000 crowd at the Olympic Stadium began booing and chanting "Kenteris, Kenteris!" and "Hellas, Hellas!

Costas Kenteris, Greece's 2000 Olympic champion in the event, withdrew from the Games after missing a drugs test in mysterious circumstances the day before the opening ceremony. There was no Greek runner in Thursday's race.""

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China wins another diving gold

"The names may change. Not the results. China still rules the Olympic diving pool.

The Chinese earned another gold medal -- their fifth of the Athens Games -- when Guo Jingjing easily won the women's 3-meter springboard Thursday night. Teammate Wu Minxia made it a 1-2 finish for the world's diving superpower, taking the silver.

The bronze went to Russia's Yulia Pakhalina.

It was the fifth straight win on springboard for the Chinese women, and the five gold medals match the country's total from the Sydney Games in 2000. It can surpass that standard in the final diving event of these games: men's 10-meter platform, which begins Friday."

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Dramatic Kayak Splash Frustrates U.S.

"A splash at the finish line made for an Olympic highlight and a day that the U.S. canoe and kayak flatwater team would rather forget. With a last desperate stroke that rocked his kayak so hard he fell into the water, Frenchman Babak Amir Tahmasseb edged America's Rami Zur at the finish line Thursday and ended the U.S. team's best hope for a medal.

Zur's fourth-place finish in his 500-meter single kayak (K-1) race -- he needed a top three to advance -- was the most frustrating moment for the American team, which failed to get a boat in the finals.

They've now gone three Olympics without a medal, a streak that left the U.S. program's executive director, David Yarborough, shaking his head in disbelief at how far the team had fallen since 1988, when Greg Barton was part of two gold-medal winning boats."

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Canadian Olympic Committee wants explanation of gymnastics vault marks

"The Canadian Olympic Committee has vaulted into the controversy surrounding the judging irregularities that resulted in Calgary's Kyle Shewfelt being denied a bronze medal.

The COC has sent a letter to Burno Grandi, president of the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) demanding an explanation for the marks awarded to Romania's Marian Dragulescu.

"What we're asking from them is we'd like to get a response within 24 hours and an idea of how they are going to rectify the situation," said Jackie DeSouza, the COC's director of communications.

Shewfelt finished fourth in the vault even though Dragulescu muffed the landing on his second of two vaults.

Canadian gymnastics officials argue the mistakes Dragulescu made on his final vault make it mathematically impossible for him to receive the score he did."

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Shawn Crawford wins 200m Gold Medal

The winner of the Gold Medal: Shawn Crawford from United States

The winner of the Silver Medal: Bernard Williams from United States

The winner of the Bronze Medal: Justin Gatlin from United States

Marion Jones' presence on relay could have implications after Olympics

"Marion Jones took the baton and sped down the straightaway. By the time she handed it off to 100-meter silver medalist Lauryn Williams, the United States was well on its way to victory in the first round of the 400-meter relay.

It was a quick burst of speed that helped the relay squad to a time of 41.67 seconds Thursday night, matching the mark it set earlier this month that is best in the world this year.

But the race may have implications for the relay squad long after the Olympics. Jones is under investigation by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, and if she is found guilty of using banned drugs it could impact any medal the team might win.

Dwight Phillips led a 1-2 American finish in the men's long jump Thursday. Phillips won gold with a leap of 28 feet, 2 1/4 inches and U.S. teammate John Moffitt won silver with a jump of 27-9 1/2. Joan Lino Martinez of Spain took the bronze medal."

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Felix Sanchez wins Men's 400m Hurdles Gold Medal

The winner of the Gold Medal: Felix Sanchez from Dominican Republic

The winner of the Silver Medal: Danny McFarlane from Jamaica

The winner of the Bronze Medal: Naman Keita from France

Jingjing Guo wins Women's 3m Springboard Gold Medal

The winner of the Gold Medal: Jingjing Guo from China

The winner of the Silver Medal: Minxia Wu from China

The winner of the Bronze Medal: Yulia Pakhalina from Russia

Dwight Phillips wins Men's Long Jump Gold Medal

The winner of the Gold Medal: Dwight Phillips from United States

The winner of the Silver Medal: John Moffitt from United States

The winner of the Bronze Medal: Joan Lino Martinez from Spain

Germany win Women's Hockey Gold Medal

The winner of the Gold Medal: Team from Germany

The winner of the Silver Medal: Team from Netherlands

The winner of the Bronze Medal: Team from Argentina

US and China battle for Medal Table Supremacy

"Calls of "cut it out" and "give it back" have competed with a hot United States-vs-China medals race as the 28th Olympiad in Athens went into its final days with over 70 medals still to be won....

With many eyes on China's rising pile of gold, the Middle Kingdom tried to cool overheated hopes at home, forecasting a late Russian medals surge to second place behind the United States when the medals are unofficially tallied on Sunday night.

"The risk of China not being able to hold on to second place is very great," Xiao Tian, a Chinese Olympic Committee vice-president told a news conference.

"I am not being falsely modest here, but speaking after analysing numbers," he said, citing boxing, rhythmic gymnastics and athletics events where Russia have title hopes.

With perfect timing, student Andrey Moiseev of Russia won the men's modern pentathlon, so far ahead in the competition grouping running, fencing, shooting, swimming and show jumping that he was able to stop and accept a flag from a spectator before the finish line.

Russia climbed to fourth equal with Japan on the table after a bad start, with 15 golds. Australia has 16, China 24, and the United States leads with 25.

The days of U.S. domination of Olympic basketball appeared to be over and so did the fans' love affair with the American Dream Team, kings of Barcelona in 1992 when Michael Jordan led the squad of NBA superstars.

The U.S. was jeered off the floor in a wave of anti-American sentiment after an ill-tempered 102-94 quarter-final win over Spain, complete with red-faced coaches screaming at each other near centre court as officials stepped in to separate them.

Drugs dogged the sports spectacle as rower Olena Olefirenko tested positive for a prohibited stimulant, costing Ukraine a bronze. Weightlifter Zoltan Kovacs became the second Hungarian to be chucked out, after refusing to take a dope test."

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U.S. leads Brazil 1-0 in soccer final

" The U.S. women's soccer team was 45 minutes away from winning back the Olympic gold medal Thursday, taking a 1-0 halftime lead over Brazil on a goal by Lindsay Tarpley in the 39th minute. The goal could be controversial, however, as replays showed that Brandi Chastain's hand may have touched the ball moments before she passed to Tarpley for the goal.

U.S. captain Julie Foudy started the game despite spraining her right ankle in a quarterfinal victory over Germany on Monday."

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Update - At Full time the scores are 1 - 1. Extra time is now about to start.

With 8 minutes of extra time still to play the US have just scored taking it to 2 - 1.

The final score was 2 - 1 to the US.

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Italy women win water polo Gold, Greece win Silver and U.S. takes bronze

" Melania Grego scored less than a minute into the second overtime to lead Italy over Greece, 10-9, in the women's water polo gold medal match Thursday.

The United States team beat Australia, 6-5, earlier in the day to win bronze.. Italy and Greece were tied 7-7 at the end of regulation, and both teams scored twice in the first overtime to send the match into an extra three-minute frame. Italy's Tania DiMarco tallied with just nine seconds left in the first OT period to deny Greece a celebration. Grego's game-winner, at 2:04, was the only goal of the second overtime. She scored three times on the day. "I couldn't believe we could lose," Greece's Kyriaki Liosi said. "For sure, this is a huge success, but when you get this high, you want to get gold." Italy's Francesca Conti made eight saves on 17 shots."

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Egypt wins first gold medal since 1948

"Egypt had been shut out of the medal table at the 2004 Olympics, but on Thursday the country won a bronze in taekwondo and a gold medal in Greco-Roman wrestling. In fact it was the first gold for the country in 56 years.

Karam Ibrahim won the gold medal in the men's 96kg class of Greco-Roman wrestling, as he beat Ramaz Nozadze of Georgia in the final. He surrendered the first point, but then stormed to a 12-1 victory to give Egypt its first gold medal in any sport since 1948. "I came here to win gold. "

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Athens Olympics Over For Indonesia

"Indonesias hopes of improving its medal tally in the Athens Olympics came to an abrupt end after its taekwondo stars were eliminated on Thursday (26/8/04), while earlier the countrys entrants in the mens sailing and womens cycling failed to finish among the place getters.

In the womens taekwondo under 49 kilogram category, Indonesias Juana Wangsa Putri was defeated 2-3 in the qualifying round 16 by Columbias Gladys Alicia Mora Romero.

Wangsa Putri had been widely expected to win a medal as she finished first in the world qualification tournament in Paris last December. "

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Italy 83, Puerto Rico 70 - Men's Basketball

"Italy (4-2) will face Lithuania on Friday night with the winner advancing to the gold medal game. Lithuania (6-0), which has won the last three bronze medals, beat China 95-75 in the quarterfinals.

Gianluca Basile added 18 points for Italy, including the 3-pointer that capped a 13-5 run to open the second half and gave his team a 54-42 lead."

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Womens Pole Vault Provides Stirring Drama at Olympics

"The women's pole vault provided one of the stirring dramas of the 2004 Olympic track and field competition.

Until the mid 1990s, women's pole vault was not taken very seriously, mainly because the heights being cleared were so far behind the men. But between 1995 and 1999, Australian Emma George broke the women's world record 12 times.

The event was finally added to the Olympics in 2000 in Sydney, but much to the dismay of the partisan crowd, George failed to qualify for the final. The gold medal was won by American Stacy Dragila with a vault of four meters 60 centimeters, three centimeters less than her world record at the time."

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Canada judge says pressured to raise marks

"A Canadian judge, who raised his marks in an Olympics gymnastics final, says he was under intense pressure from a crowd that "was out of control" and an official who wanted him to do something about it.

"It was difficult to describe the pressure you're in. Thirteen thousand people yelling and screaming and the head of the competition asking you do something," Chris Grabowecky said in remarks published on Thursday.

Grabowecky raised his marks for Russian Alexei Nemov in Monday's horizontal bar final at the Athens Olympics after a booing crowd stalled the proceedings.

He said Adrian Stoica, the event's chief official, had emphatically urged him to up his rating of Nemov."

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Dream Team finally hits its jump shots, beats Spain 102-94 to advance to Friday's semifinals

"Larry Brown was right. The Americans did start hitting their jump shots, and suddenly they look as if they might be the team to beat at the Athens Games. Stephon Marbury broke the U.S. men's Olympic record with 31 points, helping to beat Spain 102-94 in the quarterfinals Thursday and transform a team that had spent the first 1 1/2 weeks missing jumpers.

"Stephon shot the ball like Stephon today," Lamar Odom said.

After spending 90 minutes working on his shot on the team's day off, Marbury made six of his team's 12 3-pointers and was a big reason the previously undefeated Spaniards are now out of medal contention. They weren't happy about it.

As the teams left the court, Spanish coach Mario Pesquera and Brown yelled and pointed at each other about a late U.S. timeout, and they had to be separated by their assistants."

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Olympians on cutting edge of technology

"Super-heavyweight power lifter Shane Hamman squeezes his face into a grimace as he grips a metal bar and hoists nearly 400 pounds of iron disks over his 62-inch chest, past his signature braided goatee and above his spiky brown hair before letting the weights crash to the platform.

Sheer strength, of course, is largely responsible for the performance. But so is technology for him and other Olympians.

Hamman uses a setup known as a bar tracking system -- a collection of wires, sensor pads and a video camera that records his lifts.

When Hamman calls up a clip of one of his lifts on a computer screen, accompanying charts and graphs tell him where he put pressure on his feet, how much power he exerted and whether he was able to keep the bar horizontal, among other sorts of feedback.

The Olympian uses the data to adjust his stance in various ways to make his lifts more effective. America's strongest man -- so called for his U.S. record of lifting 518 pounds -- credits the techno-logy for perfecting his technique. He finished seventh in Athens, after having finished 10th at the games in Sydney four years ago.

"I feel a lot more confident with this new technology," said Hamman, 32. "I'm able to see I have room to improve, and this shows me the way to do it right.""

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Mu Yen Chu wins Men's Under 58kg Taekwondo Gold Medal

The winner of the Gold Medal: Mu Yen Chu from Taiwan (Chinese Taipei)

The winner of the Silver Medal: Oscar Francisco Salazar Blanco from Mexico

The winner of the Bronze Medal: Tamer Bayoumi from Egypt

Shih Hsin Chen wins Women's Under 49kg Taekwondo Gold Medal

The winner of the Gold Medal: Shih Hsin Chen from Taiwan (Chinese Taipei)

The winner of the Silver Medal: Yanelis Yuliet Labrada Diaz from Cuba

The winner of the Bronze Medal: Yaowapa Boorapolchai from Thailand

Italy wins Women's Water Polo Gold Medal

The winner of the Gold Medal: Team from Italy

The winner of the Silver Medal: Team from Greece

The winner of the Bronze Medal: Team from United States

Karam Ibrahim wins Men's 96kg Greco-Roman Wrestling Gold Medal

The winner of the Gold Medal: Karam Ibrahim from Egypt

The winner of the Silver Medal: Ramaz Nozadze from Georgia

The winner of the Bronze Medal: Mehmet Ozal from Turkey

Alexandr Dokturishivili wins Men's 74kg Greco-Roman Gold Medal

The winner of the Gold Medal: Alexandr Dokturishivili from Uzbekistan

The winner of the Silver Medal: Marko Yli-Hannuksela from Finland

The winner of the Bronze Medal: Varteres Samourgachev from Russia

Ji Hyun Jung win Men's 60kg Greco-Roman Wrestling Gold Medal

The winner of the Gold Medal: Ji Hyun Jung from Korea, South

The winner of the Silver Medal: Roberto Monzon from Cuba

The winner of the Bronze Medal: Armen Nazarian from Bulgaria

Andrey Moiseev wins Men's Pentathlon gold Medal

The winner of the Gold Medal: Andrey Moiseev from Russia

The winner of the Silver Medal: Andrejus Zandeprovskis from Lithuania

The winner of the Bronze Medal: Libor Capalini from Czech Republic

Spain win Open Double Handed Dinghy Gold Medal

The winner of the Gold Medal: Team from Spain

The winner of the Silver Medal: Team from Ukraine

The winner of the Bronze Medal: Team from United Kingdom (Great Britain)

No gold medal repeat for Whitfield

Whitfield finishes 11th in triathlon

Simon Whitfield didn't have another surprise in his bag of tricks.

Whitfield, who shocked the world by winning gold in the 2000 Olympics triathlon, finished 11th Thursday at the Olympic Games in Athens.

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Ten Canadian paddlers qualify for finals

Two more Canadian crews qualified for finals in the flatwater canoe-kayak competition at the Summer Olympics on Thursday, bringing the total to 10.

link @ canada.com

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August 26, 2004

U.S. teen claims silver in 200 meters

"Allyson Felix took over a spot once occupied by Marion Jones, but she hasn't replaced the queen of track entirely.

Felix, 18, ran her fastest official 200 meters to place second behind Jamaica's Veronica Campbell in the Olympic final Wednesday. Despite missing the gold medal, Felix made it clear that, for now, the 200 meters belongs to her."

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Greek labor union urges to block Powell's visit

"Greece's largest labor union the GSEE and the leftist party backed Social Forum had called for demonstrations on Friday evening against US Secretary of State Colin Powell's visit for the Olympics Games closing ceremony, local media reported Thursday.

According to the reports, protesters will march from downtown Athens to the US Embassy a few hours ahead of Powell's arrival.

The demonstrations will also be designed to remind people of the negative consequences of the Games, such as hundreds of labor accidents, damage to the environment, and repressive security measures, the leftist party Synaspismos backed daily "Avgi" reported.

Earlier on Wednesday, government spokesman Theodoros Roussopoulos said people have the constitutional right to demonstrate, but called on the organizers to protect the image of Greece in this "critical" period in the middle of the Olympic Games."

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Dream Team leads Spain 44-42 at halftime; U.S. trying to advance to semis vs. unbeaten Spaniards

"As expected, the U.S. men's basketball team had its hands full in a quarterfinal game against Spain on Thursday. The United States led the Spaniards 44-42 at halftime, with the winner advancing to play either Argentina or Greece in the semifinals Friday.

The Spaniards were the class of the tournament in the preliminary round, going 5-0, but it remained to be seen if that success would carry over. The other quarterfinals Thursday pit Puerto Rico against Italy, Lithuania against China and Argentina against Greece.

LeBron James was the latest to lower expectations for the Americans, who went a mediocre 3-2 in the preliminaries."

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update - At Three quarter time the US lead Spain 74 - 67

The final score is US 102 defeated Spain 94

The US will play the winner of Argentina and Greece.

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Two more Canadian teams to canoe-kayak finals

"Two more Canadian crews qualified for finals in the flatwater canoe-kayak competition at the Summer Olympics on Thursday, bringing the total to 10.

It's the just second time ever Canada has qualified for 10 finals in the event. The first was during the boycotted 1984 Games in Los Angeles. Canada had six boats in finals at both the 1996 Games in Atlanta and the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

In Thursday's men's K-1 (one-man kayak) 500-metre semi-final, Adam van Koeverden of Oakville, Ont., finished first in a time of one minute 38.907 seconds. Australia was second in 1:39.031 while Italy finished third in 1:40.387. The top three advance to the final, which is set for Saturday. Van Koeverden has also qualified for Friday's 1,000-metre final."

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Anju carrying India's last medal hope to final

"Carrying the hopes of an entire nation, ace long jumper Anju Bobby George will seek to grab a slice of Olympic glory and add a medal to India's kitty when she features in the women's long jump final at the Main Olympic stadium tomorrow.

Anju, the last medal hope for India, kept herself on track for a coveted medal by qualifying for the final with a leap of 6.69 m in her very first attempt, making her the first Indian to reach an athletic final in the Olympic Games in 20 years.

The 27-year-old athlete did not exert much and took a safe jump to cross the qualification mark of 6.65 m without much fuss to bring the cheer back in the Indian camp, which has struggled to make a mark in the mega event."

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Cabbie returns Olympic medal

"In a display of honesty that goes some way toward improving the reputation of his colleagues, an Athens cabbie has returned an Olympic medal left behind in his taxi by a Dutch athlete.

A spokesman for the Athens 2004 Organizing Committee said taxi-driver Ioannis Zavos found Diederik Simons lost silver medal which he won on Sunday with the Netherlands eight rowing team on Monday night, and handed it over to the cabbies union.

Simon, who had contacted Athens 2004 officials in despair, was to get the medal back later yesterday."

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As Olympics near end, organizers meet ticket goal

"Olympic organizers said Thursday that more than 3.5 million tickets have been sold for the Summer Games, surpassing the initial goal.

Organizers had said they hoped to sell 3.4 million of the 5.3 million available tickets for the Aug. 13-29 games.

Though ticket prices for some popular events have been as high as $300, most tickets have sold for between $12 and $36. Organizers have said there are no plans to discount tickets to sell more.

On Wednesday, organizers sold 38,000 tickets and said venues were about 92 percent full."

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USOC Asks Bush Campaign to Pull TV Ad

"The U.S. Olympic Committee has asked President Bush's re-election campaign to pull a television ad that mentions the Olympics.

The USOC is awaiting a response from the re-election campaign, committee spokesman Darryl Seibel said Thursday.

The ad shows a swimmer and the flags of Iraq and Afghanistan.

``In 1972, there were 40 democracies in the world. Today, 120,'' an announcer says. ``Freedom is spreading throughout the world like a sunrise. And this Olympics there will be two more free nations. And two fewer terrorist regimes.''


Some of the players on the Iraqi Olympic soccer team have complained about the ad appearing as part of a political campaign. "

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Jana Pittman look to drop hurdles

"Olympic 400m hurdles finalist and world champion Jana Pittman of Australia said on Thursday that she was considering switching to the 400m flat race to ease the pressure on her injured knee.

"It has definitely crossed my mind that next season I wouldn't mind running the 400 flat," Pittman told Sky News Australia after finishing fifth in the medal race at Athens just 17 days after undergoing knee surgery."

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Shot putter won't return medal

"Russia's Irina Korzhanenko, who won the Olympic Games shot put before being stripped of her gold after failing a drugs test, insisted on Wednesday that she would not give back her medal.

"It's so sweet to crucify the Olympic champion to prove that the war against doping is going on," she told the Izvestia newspaper.

"I don't believe either the results of the Greek laboratory or the activity of (anti-doping agency) Wada.

"I will not return my gold medal. I won it and I'm Olympic champion. I'm completely sure I did not use any doping.""

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Paula Radcliffe leaves it late for 10,000 metres decision

"British marathon flop Paula Radcliffe (news - web sites) is leaving it until the last before deciding whether or not to run in the Olympic 10,000 metres.

The 30-year-old is on the entry list, but may feel she has not recovered mentally from her nightmare run on Sunday when she ran to a standstill after 35 kilometres and broke down in tears.

Physically she is believed to be in perfect shape.

"It's now up to her whether she runs, but she does have the opportunity to pull out at any time before the race," said athletics team leader Max Jones.

"She's been entered this morning but all you are doing is confirming your original selections."

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Double medals for New Zealand in Triathlon

"Hamish Carter of New Zealand won the triathlon on Thursday in a time of one hour, 51 minutes, 7.73 seconds.

Bevan Docherty of New Zealand won the silver. Sven Riederer of Switzerland got the bronze.

Defending Olympic gold medallist Simon Whitfield of Kingston, Ont., finished 11th while Brent McMahon of Victoria was 39th.

Carter, Docherty and Riederer went together for most of the final leg of the swim-cycle-run endurance test."

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'New Zealand has moved to 18th place in the Olympic medals table with a first and second placing in the men's triathlon in Athens.

Hamish Carter and Bevan Docherty provided New Zealand with one of its greatest moments in Olympic history.

Carter won gold for New Zealand in a time of 1:51:07 and team-mate Docherty has won silver.

It is the first time in history that New Zealand has taken a first and second place in an Olympic event.

Docherty came off in the swim leg in 18th place, while Carter was 32nd out off the water.

However that was only 30 seconds behind the leaders and the kiwis quickly joined a group of 12 riders who broke away from the pack early on the bike leg.

The two kiwis then split away along with four others half way through the bike and opened up a lead of 40 seconds heading into the run.'

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Also read about it at Whitfield dethroned in Olympic Triathlon.

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Nathan Baggaley in the running for three golds

"His coach describes Nathan Baggaley as a mongrel, a racer and a big-occasion performer.

Baggaley will need to live up to his reputation to win the three gold medals he is targeting in the Olympic paddling finals, which begin tomorrow.

Australia has a shot at five kayaking medals on Friday and Saturday.

The Byron Bay surf lifesaver is the strongest hope; he is a two-time world champion in the K1 500 and finished third in the K1 1000 at last year's world championships.

He will also paddle the K2 500 final with 1992 Barcelona gold medallist Clint Robinson.

In the individual races Baggaley will be up against his arch rival, Norway's Eirik Veraas Larsen, who beat him in the heats of both events.

He has recovered from a cold that threatened his preparation and has used the heats and semi finals to fine-tune his racing.

"As soon as you line up in that final, anything can happen," he said."

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Marion Jones placed on 400 relay

"Marion Jones will be part of the U.S. Olympic 400-meter relay team, women's coach Sue Humphrey announced last night.

Jones' participation had been a subject of speculation because she is being investigated by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency. However, she has not been charged with any doping offense and qualified last night for the long jump finals.

The lineup, in order, will be Angela Williams, Jones, 100-meter silver medalist Lauryn Williams and LaTasha Colander. That team ran 41.37 seconds, three-tenths of a second off the world record, in Munich on Aug. 8."

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Ukraine Rowers Stripped of Bronze Medal

"Ukrainian rowers stripped of bronze for drug violation; Hungarian Ukrainian rowers stripped of bronze for drug violation; Hungarian weightlifter expelled Eds: UPDATES throughout to ADD comment from IOC executive board member; ADD details; RECASTS overline. By STEPHEN WILSON

ATHENS, Greece (AP) The Ukrainian four-woman rowing team was stripped of its bronze medal Thursday after one member tested positive for a banned drug, the IOC said.

It was the fourth medal lost because of doping during the Athens Olympics.

A weightlifter from Hungary also was expelled from the games on Thursday for failing to provide a urine sample after his event, the International Olympic Committee said.

Zoltan Kovacs, who finished last in the 105-kilogram class, became the 10th weightlifter punished for doping. "

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NBC isn't covering all the Olympic News

"Fearing viewers might be turned off by news of doping and judging scandals, NBC Universal has discovered a plan to calm them: Don't cover it.

In newspapers nationwide yesterday, the buzz was how the Athens Olympics surpassed the Los Angeles Games with 13 athletes ejected for drug offenses through 11 days. Also making talk around water coolers are judging mistakes in gymnastics, fencing, rowing and equestrian, making the Games fitting for one of NBC's "Law and Order" episodes as placing is decided in court.

Only NBC has decided this isn't must-see TV.

Late-night host Dan Hicks mentioned Hungarian Robert Fazekas being stripped of his gold medal in the discus, but it was nearly 2 a.m. local time when he went into a spiel about Fazekas having some religious problem with providing enough of a urine sample. And Hicks left it at that.

Hello? Some more information is needed here, such as what religion doesn't allow a person to urinate in a cup."

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Fab Five looks for a golden finish

"The Fab Five and the rest of the U.S. women's soccer team want to ride their emotions to the gold medal, rather than have those emotions get in the way.

It's a difficult balance to strike: The young players wants to send Mia Hamm Co. out as winners, but many similarly inspired teams have fallen short because they were simply trying too hard.

"I don't want them to feel that I'm putting pressure on them to have to do it for me, or for us," Hamm said. "Let's do it for each other."

The long goodbye ends for the Fab Five on Thursday when the United States plays Brazil for the Olympic title. It will be the long-anticipated chance for Hamm, Julie Foudy, Joy Fawcett, Kristine Lilly and Brandi Chastain to end their time together as world champions, a bragging right they haven't been able to claim for five years."

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Hamish Carter wins Men's Triathlon Gold Medal

The winner of the Gold Medal: Hamish Carter from New Zealand

The winner of the Silver Medal: Bevan Docherty from New Zealand

The winner of the Bronze Medal: Sven Riederer from Switzerland

Olympic Blog Traffic Boom

Thanks to our wonderful readers for the last few weeks amazing traffic to this site. You can see the rise of visitors to the site on the adjoining graph which shows us now to be ranked as around the 7000th most visited domains on the web.

These figures also include traffic from our Digital Photography Blog and LivingRoom blogs.

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Marion Jones jumps into final

"MARION JONES looked serene, immaculate, and collected, as she leapt into the women's Olympic long jump final at the second attempt last night.

Nobody would have thought this was the woman who is the most high profile target of the global anti-doping machine.

Yet the muted ripple of applause which she received when she reached 6.70 metres at the second attempt suggested the crowd's love affair with the triple Olympic champion of Sydney is cooling. This was five centimetres beyond the mandatory qualifying distance, also surpassed by Britain's European and Commonwealth silver medallist, Jade Johnson.

"It went very good," she said afterwards. "It is pretty much anybody's game. My first jump was over seven metres, but it was a foul. I am just so excited. I really can't wait."

She may yet have another shot at gold. "I wanted to be on the track, but it didn't work out this year as planned. "I'm in the long jump final, maybe I'll get a shot in the relay. We'll see."

Her task was made easier by the big-name failures: Niurka Montalvo, the 1999 world champion, two-time former champion Fiona May, and reigning champion Eunice Barber."

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No qualifying round for frantic Olympics sex scene

""Four years ago the winning medal went to Cuba, thanks to a remark from Australian basketball player Michelle Trims: "The Cubans are using up condoms as if they're about to go out of fashion."

This time around the talk of sex is slightly more discreet, but matters are still exciting when it comes to the unofficial "sport" going on in the suffocating summer heat at the Athens Games.

The debate about whether athletes should have sex or refrain on the night before a big competition was yet again broached by the Greek newspaper Ta Nea.

The newspaper found some surprising opinions: German physicians and Russian psychologists are in favor of sexual relations prior to a big sports event, but Israeli experts only approve of sex in the case of women athletes.

"If the athlete is conditioned by social or religious factors, the influence of sex is negative. But it has not been proved scientifically that sex before competing has a negative effect," said Tassos Stalikas, a Greek sports psychologist.

Durex gave 130,000 condoms and 30,000 portions of lubricating creams to Olympic village administrators for use by athletes. That was 40,000 more than the 90,000 distributed in Sydney, but considerably lower than the 250,000 condoms given away at the Salt Lake City 2002 winter games.

"It's hard to hold back and be modest when faced with so many good-looking people here," Canadian rower Marni McBin was quoted as saying by German newspaper Bild, which gave a detailed account of the sex lives of athletes."

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NBC basks in Olympic glory

"As the Summer Olympics sprint to the finish line Sunday, NBC Universal will have reason to do a victory lap over its winning performance with viewers and advertisers.

The company will clear an estimated $60 million-$70 million in profit from the 2004 Athens Games, well above the $50 million predicted before the Olympics began, NBC executives said Wednesday.

NBC Universal stands poised to break the aggregate 200 million-viewer mark by week's end, surpassing not only the 2000 Sydney Olympics but also viewership in 1992, when the broadcast networks didn't face nearly as much competition from cable/satellite channels as they do today. It will fall slightly behind the 209 million viewers who tuned in eight years ago when the Olympics were in Atlanta."

NBC Uni basks in Olympic glory

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Athens business leader expects big post-Olympic investment boom

"Self-confident Greeks, encouraged by worldwide praises for its successfully-hosting of the Olympic Games, are expecting a big boom in foreign investments in the post-Olympic era.

A country, capable of organizing such a big event as the Olympic Games in the "impeccable and smooth" manner it has done, is also capable of attracting major foreign investments, Athens Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) President Drakoulis Fountoukakos said Wednesday at a press conference in downtown Athens.

He said major sports venues constructed for the Games are expected to provide very important opportunities for investment after the Games.

The Olympic Estate S.A., a company set up for the post-Games management of the facilities, has been working on a strategic planfor this purpose, Fountoukakos added.

The ACCI leader said the Greek economy can offer great investment opportunities in the coming years, depending on the extent of the structural changes the government has pledged to proceed with."

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Greece hopes to attract tourists with Olympic success

"Greek Tourism Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos predicted Wednesday that worldwide praise for Greece's successful staging of the Olympic Games will attract more visitors to Greece in the future and help develop the post-Olympic economy.

Greece has set up a strategic plan to increase the ratio of tourism to the gross domestic products (GDP) from 18 percent to 40percent by the end of 2010, while creating 150,000 more jobs in the tourism industry which employs 800,000 people at present.

Avramopoulos believed that the dream will come true by promoting Greek cultural treasures and portraying the southern Balkan country as an ideal place to hold conventions as well, now that it has proven its ability to organize big international events like the Olympics.

Greece received 12 million visitors last year, more than its population of 11 million. However, since its adoption of the euro in 2001, Greece has struggled to compete with cheaper Mediterranean destinations like Turkey, and the number of visitorshas declined."

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McDonald's salads break Olympic record

"US fastfood giant McDonald's says that sales at its three restaurants around Olympic venues in Greece have so far exceeded its expectations, according to CRIENGLISH.com.

As the second week of the games began, McDonald's said that its outlets at the Olympic Village, Main Press Centre and Athens Olympic Sports Complex have seen a steady day by day increase in sales.

The company, which is an official sponsor of the 2004 Athens Olympic Games, noted that its salads and fruit and yoghurt products had sold particularly well."

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American boxing down for the count

"And now there are two -- only two -- Americans left to fight their way through the Olympic boxing medal rounds ... just two from the country that once dominated these Games ... just two from the country with the most money ... the most history ... the most amateur alumni to go on and rule the professional world.

This is the mysterious paradox among all those other golden United States Olympic squads in Athens. Off victories and defeats you find it hard to understand why this country has just two fighters left in the Olympic boxing medal rounds"

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Derek Miles Advances To Olympic Pole Vault Finals

"Derek Miles of the U.S. Track and Field made his final attempt at the qualifying height of 5.7 meters and is among the 16 male vaulters to qualify for the finals in the pole vault at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece.

Miles, who will jump in the pole vault finals at about 8:45 a.m. on Friday (August 27) morning, made his first two jumps (5.5 meters, 5.6 meters) before passing to the qualifying height of 5.7 meters which he made on his third try.

Both of USA's other vaulters also advanced with Toby Stevenson clearing 5.7 on his first attempt. Tim Mack made the qualifying height on his second try.

Other finalists included the reigning European champion, Alejsander Averbukh of Isreal, who cleared 5.7 on his first attempt. Reigning world champion Giuseppe Gibilisco of Italy, who has struggled much of the year, also advanced. However many of the top vaulters did not move on, including the 2001 world champion Dmitri Markov of Australia. Okkert Brits of RSA, one of the few vaulters to go over six meters, did not advance."

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Tough lesson for Perdita Felicien in hurdles spill

"When Perdita Felicien walked off the track Tuesday night, her hopes of a gold medal dashed, she forced herself to watch Olympic champion Joanna Hayes run her victory lap draped in the American flag.

It wasn't easy. But the world champion hurdler from Pickering, Ont., said there was a lesson to be learned from her horrific crash in Athens, and that's never to be complacent again. "I said, as hard as it was, 'Look at that,'" said Felicien. "'Remember how it tastes, remember how it feels.'

"I want to feel these feelings. Whenever I get complacent again, I'm going to call upon those moments and those feelings.""

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Paul Hamm prefers not to share all-around gold

"Olympic all-around champion Paul Hamm said Wednesday he would prefer not to share his gold medal with South Korea's Yang Tae-young despite a judging mistake that ultimately cost Yang the gold.

In an interview on CBS' "The Late Show with David Letterman," Hamm was asked about having another gold medal issued for Yang.

"I personally feel in my heart I was the Olympic champion that night," Hamm said. "I would be a little bit upset if another gold medal was awarded because I really felt I won the event."

The studio audience agreed, applauding and chanting "U-S-A! U-S-A!"

After a disastrous fall on the vault, Hamm dropped from first place after three rotations to 12th after four. He followed with brilliant performances on the parallel bars and high bar, allowing him to edge Yang, who finished with the bronze, just 0.049 points behind.

But the judges failed to give Yang enough points for the level of difficulty on the parallel bars. That triggered an uproar, with South Korea lobbying for another gold medal."

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Olympic Security

"If you're watching the Olympic games on television, you've already seen the unprecedented security surrounding the 2004 Games. You're seen shots of guards and soldiers, and gunboats and frogmen patrolling the harbors.

But there's a lot more security behind the scenes. Olympic press materials state that there is a system of 1250 infrared and high-resolution surveillance cameras mounted on concrete polls. Additional surveillance data is collected from sensors on 12 patrol boats, 4000 vehicles, 9 helicopters, four mobile command centres, and a blimp.

It's not only images; microphones collect conversations, speech-recognition software converts them to text, and then sophisticated pattern-matching software looks for suspicious patterns. A total of 70,000 people are involved in Olympic security, about seven per athlete or one for every 76 spectators.

The Greek government has reportedly spent $US1.5 billion on security during the Olympics. But aside from the impressive-looking guards and statistics, was the money well-spent? In many ways, Olympic security is a harbinger of what life could be like in the US. If the Olympics are going to be a security test bed, it's worth exploring how well the security actually worked"

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Holland, Australia set up summit clash in hockey

"Defending champions Holland and favourites Australia won their semifinal clashes in contrasting fashion to set up a title clash in the Olympic men's hockey competition here today.

Holland overcame a fighting Germany 3-2 to get themselves just a win away from clinching their third successive Olympic hockey gold while Australia toyed with a hapless Spain for a comprehensive 6-3 win.

In other classification matches of the day, India went down to Pakistan 0-3 for their fourth loss in six matches in the competition and New Zealand beat South Korea 4-3."

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Iran's Hossein Rezazadeh Remains World's Strongest

"Shane Hamman proved once again Wednesday night that he's the strongest man in America, adding to his legacy by breaking two of his U.S. records. But he came away from the Olympic super heavyweight lifting finals in awe of Iran's Hossein Rezazadeh, who proved once again that he's the strongest man in the world - by far.

Rezazadeh took the lead on his second lift and was guaranteed gold after his fourth. After his only miss, he came back with a 581-pound (263.5-kg) clean and jerk, setting a world record and matching the record total lift of 1,041.7 pounds (472.5 kg) he set four years ago in Sydney.

"He is intimidating to some of the guys," said Hamman, who at 5-foot-9 and nearly 350 pounds doesn't get intimidated often. "You see how easily he stands up with the bar. Even people who aren't lifters can see it.""

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Cuba wins Baseball Gold Medal

The winner of the Gold Medal: Team from Cuba

The winner of the Silver Medal: Team from Australia

The winner of the Bronze Medal: Team from Japan

Veronica Campbell wins Women's 200m Gold Medal

The winner of the Gold Medal: Veronica Campbell from Jamaica

The winner of the Silver Medal: Allyson Felix from United States

The winner of the Bronze Medal: Debbie Ferguson from The Bahamas

Greeks to Take to Streets Over Powell Visit

"Greeks opposed to U.S. policy in Iraq (news - web sites) will march to the U.S. embassy on Friday in protest at a weekend visit to the Olympics by Secretary of State Colin Powell (news - web sites).

Organizers said on Wednesday they expected thousands to turn out although the government has urged them to bear in mind tight security and any impact on Greece's image during the Games.

"He is a warmonger and we don't want him here. He is coming to watch the Olympics while American occupation forces are slaughtering hundreds of Iraqis daily," said Yannis Sfakakis, a representative of the Stop the War Coalition."

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Olympics Choreographer a Sensation

"The man behind the Athens Olympics' opening ceremony is reluctant to call his work a success, despite worldwide acclaim for his evocative tableau of 3,000 years of Greek history and culture.

"I hope this stays in the hearts and minds of people. That would honor me greatly," said the 40-year-old choreographer-director Dimitris Papaioannou, who has become an overnight cultural sensation for the opening even as he scrambles to put together the closing ceremony.

"Let's see what happens later on before we can call it a success," he said."

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Athens Shoots Past Sydney in Olympic Ratings

"Midway through the race between Olympics past and present, this year's edition is outrunning its predecessor from four years ago.

NBC has drawn to its Athens-based primetime broadcast an average of 26.6 million total viewers through Friday, up 15% from the audience that tuned in to the first eight days of the Olympics in Sydney. NBC's 16 rating/28 share in households is up 9% from the 2000 Summer Games.

NBC's eight-day ratings are also 67% higher than the combined primetime rating of ABC, CBS and Fox over the same period.

Among viewers 18-49, NBC is averaging 9.3 million and a 5.8 rating -- up 60% over the combined rating of its competitors in that demographic."

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Aussies dominate Olympic cycling with six golds

"Australia confirmed their status as the new force of world cycling after dominating the Athens Olympics with six gold medals, two of them on a memorable closing day's competition at the Velodrome.

Ryan Bayley clinched the sprint-keirin track double and Stuart O'Grady and Graeme Brown teamed for a dynamic victory in the 50km madison to round off Australia's greatest cycling performance at an Olympics.

In Wednesday's other gold medal, Russian Olga Slyusareva broke through for her first Olympic title at the age of 35 in the women's points race."

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Awesome Halkia Stuns Sad Pittman in Hurdles

"Greek sensation Fani Halkia blitzed to gold in the Olympic women's 400 meters hurdles on Wednesday to confirm her meteoric rise in the world elite.

Halkia, a no-hoper last year, raced home in 52.82 seconds to thrash Romania's Ionela Tirlea-Manolache (53.38) and Ukraine's Tetiana Tereshchuk-Antipova (53.44).

World champion Jana Pittman of Australia, running after a brave battle against injury, faded to fifth while world record holder Yuliya Pechenkina of Russia trailed in last after a wretched run.

The winner, who came from nowhere to run the sixth fastest time in history during the semi-finals, knelt on the ground to kiss the track after her triumph as the crowd bayed their support.

"I felt I would win when I came into the stadium," Halkia said, wearing a blue and white national flag around her shoulders."

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Judged sports don't belong in Olympics

"With apologies to those unmoved by the nightly exercise in unabashed patriotism that are the Olympics on NBC, The Blog feels compelled to offer a modest proposal meant not to savage, but to save.

To preface, The Blog has been a big Olympics fan since 1984, when the Games visited The Blog's home city of Los Angeles, and the hometown folks -- spooked by thoughts of gridlock and mayhem and financial ruin -- made for the hills in record numbers. My parents were among the fleeing, and so The Blog (and siblings) were packed up in the dead of night and cattle-driven seven hours north to the grandparents' home in Orinda, Calif., where the Armageddon could be watched from a safe distance. Instead, of course, the smog cleared, the San Gabriels glistened, the freeways flowed, the city made a freaking fortune and U.S. athletes dominated the Soviet-boycotted Games like never before (or since). It was those Games that gave the Olympics back its mojo."

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Hungarian Weightlifter Under Investigation

"A Hungarian weightlifter was under investigation Wednesday for failing to provide a urine sample after his competition, a spokesman for the country's Olympic committee said.

Zoltan Kovacs, who finished at the bottom Tuesday in the 105kg weightlifting, testified before the IOC disciplinary committee, according to Hungarian team spokesman Dezso Vad. A final decision on his case was expected Thursday.

"He said he made a mistake," Vad said. "He was very sorry, and that's all."

The weightlifter claimed he left the venue after his competition and learned a urine sample was needed only when he arrived at the athletes' village, Vad said. Kovacs said he went to the testing center three times, but could find no one willing to help him, the spokesman added."

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Allen Johnson falls in 100m hurdles

"World high hurdles champion Allen Johnson literally crashed out of the Olympic Games Wednesday when he fell at the ninth flight in the second semi-final.

The 1996 Olympic champion tripped on the ninth hurdle and flew headlong into the 10th. He lay sprawled on the track watching helplessly as his opponents crossed the line.

"It's unfortunate. It happens to the best of us, you just have to move on. It's just one of those breaks," the American said.

"You always have disappointments, Sydney showed that. I just have to take this one and keep going."

Johnson finished fourth at the 2000 Sydney Games"

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"Four-time world 110 metres hurdles champion Allen Johnson's bid to regain his Olympic title ended in disaster when he fell for only the second time in his 13 year career.

The 33-year-old, 1996 Olympic champion, clipped several of the hurdles in his second round heat but as he desperately tried to make the first three he went on to hit the penultimate one too hard and dived headlong onto the track.

"It was unfortunate but it happens to the best of us," said the two-time world indoor 60m hurdles champion.

"The Olympics are over for me but I will keep going because I'm the best hurdler in the world."

Johnson said he would be able to handle the disappointment.

"You always have disappointments. Sydney showed me that (he finished fourth losing his Olympic title to Anier Garcia). I've just got to take it and keep going."

Johnson admitted that despite his experience, nerves may have played a part in his downfall."

Johnson's dreams of regaining Olympic title bite the dust

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Smith dives into semi-final

British diver Jane Smith reached the women's 3m springboard semi-final after qualifying in 13th place.
The Briton scored a total 282.90 and will now start fifth of the 18 divers in Friday's final.

Russia's Yulia Pakhalina, who won the synchronised springboard gold in 2000, led the qualifiers with 347.04.

Blythe Hartley of Canada was second with two-time world champion and favourite Guo Jingjing of China in third place.

Source: BBC News

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'Unbeatable' Khan eyes gold

British boxing star Amir Khan has been called "unbeatable" by the man who tried to plot his downfall on Tuesday.
The 17-year-old produced a stunning display to stop South Korea's Baik Jong-sub in the first round of their lightweight quarter-final clash.

Baik's coach In-Suk Oh said: "This boy is unbeatable. Khan will be considered the memory of the Games."

With a bronze medal already guaranteed, Khan's next fight is on Friday against Kazakh boxer Serik Yeleuov.

Khan's coach Terry Edwards now has the task of preparing his charge for another unknown opponent.

"We don't know that much about him, but we did not know too much about the Korean before we studied the tapes," said Edwards.

Source: BBC News

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Hayes takes hurdles title

Joanna Hayes set a new Olympic record of 12.37 seconds to win 100m hurdles gold after the favourite crashed out.
Canada's Perdita Felicien came to grief at the first hurdle and took Russia's Irina Shevchenko with her.

The medal ceremony was delayed after the Russians protested and demanded a re-run. But the appeal was rejected.

Olena Krasovska of Ukraine took silver with a time of 12.45 seconds while America's Melissa Morrison came through for bronze in 12.56.


Felicien had been the pre-race favourite but walked away in tears, flinging her shoes to the ground in anger and frustration.

"The first hurdle came up, I reached for it way too much," she said.

"Before I knew it I was on the ground. I couldn't believe it, there was no coming back. This is going to take four years to sink in."

Source: BBC

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Wiggins claims third medal

Britain's Bradley Wiggins won his third cycling medal in Athens as he and Rob Hayles claimed a superb bronze medal in an eventful madison race.
Wiggins, who won the individual pursuit and took silver in the team pursuit, became the first Briton since 1964 to win three medals at one Games.

Hayles, who survived a crash with 90 laps to go, made up for missing a medal in a last-lap crash in Sydney in 2000.

Australia's Stuart O'Grady and Graeme Brown took gold and Switzerland silver.

Mary Rand was the last Briton to win three medals - in the long jump, the 4x100m relay and the pentathlon - at the 1964 Olympics in Toyko.

"It is still a bit unbelievable," Wiggins said. "I would have settled for just the first one.

The British public must think I'm an absolute idiot

Rob Hayles
"But I decided to go for three and I wouldn't have done that if I didn't think I had a chance of a medal."

"Perhaps after 10 pints tonight it might start to sink in a bit!"

Wiggins and Hayles, who also won a silver in the team pursuit, made a superb start to the 200-lap race, winning the opening sprint to pick up five points.

But Australia and Germany broke away early on to move a lap ahead of the field.

Wiggins picked up two points in the third sprint and another three on the fifth to leave the British pair in fourth place.


I thought, "Not again!"

Rob Hayles
But they courted disaster when Hayles collided with Dutch rider Robert Slippens with barely half the race gone and crashed to the track.

"The British public must think I'm an absolute idiot," Hayles said.

"But I knew as soon as I went down I was OK and it was just a question of getting my composure back and getting back on the bike."

Hayles bravely did just that but the Ukraine, Spain, New Zealand and Swiss teams all pulled a lap back to leave Britain in seventh place with 30 laps to go.

A lung-bursting charge from Wiggins saw the pair leap into second place as he caught the back of the field on a breakaway to regain the lost lap.

"When we hit them, we hit them hard," Hayles recalled.

The Swiss duo of Franco Marvulli and Bruno Risi won the ninth and penultimate sprint with 20 laps to go to join them in second place.

Britain's medal hopes appeared in jeapordy as O'Grady - with Australia already having secured the gold - appeared to block Hayles and Switzerland hit the front in the final sprint.

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But the 31-year-old - in bronze medal position four years ago before a crash heading into the final lap - kept his nerve to come home third and clinch a medal.

Australia finished with 22 points, with Switzerland scoring 15 and Britain 12.

O'Grady, 31, won his first gold medal in his fourth Olympics, to go with a silver in the team pursuit in 1992 and bronzes in the points race and team pursuit in Atlanta 1996.

It was Brown's second gold medal in Athens after helping Australia to victory in the team pursuit.

Australia also won the first-ever Olympic madison in Sydney, when Brett Aitken and Scott McGrory triumphed

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Campbell fit for 200m semi

Darren Campbell has declared himself fit to run in Wednesday's 200m semi-finals, despite a hamstring problem.
The Briton limped off the track on Tuesday after scraping through his second round heat in fourth place.

Campbell, who won the 200m silver at Sydney, confirmed he would be going for a place in the final.

Great Britain athletics team leader Max Jones said: "He's phoned in from the doctor to say he will be running. He's having ongoing treatment."

Source: BBC News

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Brazilians win gold at the beach

"Brazil's Ricardo Sanos and Emanuel Rego won their country's first-ever gold medal in men's beach volleyball Wednesday night with a straight set victory over Javier Bosma and Pablo Herrera of Spain.

The 15th-seeded Spaniards were no match for the Brazilians, reigning world champions and the No. 1 at these Games. The match lasted just 42 minutes.

Earlier, Switzerland's Patrick Heuscher and Stefan Kobel won bronze with a three-set victory over Australia's Julien Prosser and Mark Williams."

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Dempsey earns sailing bronze

British windsurfer Nick Dempsey grabbed a bronze medal with his last race in Athens on Wednesday.
Dempsey won the 11th race on the Saronic Gulf to take third behind winner Gal Fridman of Israel and Greece's Nikos Kaklamanakis.

"I sailed the best regatta of my life," said Dempsey. "It was quite a good time to do that."

In the Star, GB are sixth overall after eight races, while GB's Tornado catamaran crew are 13th.


Fridman became Israel's first ever Olympic gold medallist after finishing second in the final Mistral class race.

Dempsey, 24, who is engaged to Athens gold medallist in the Yngling class Sarah Ayton, began the day in fourth place, 10 points behind Kaklamanakis.

Source: BBC

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Shasan Baroev wins n's 120kg Greco-Roman Wrestling Gold Medal

The winner of the Gold Medal: Shasan Baroev from Russia

The winner of the Silver Medal: Georgiy Tsurtsumia from Kazakhstan

The winner of the Bronze Medal: Rulon Gardner from United States

Alexei Michine wins en's 84kg Greco-Roman Gold Medal

The winner of the Gold Medal: Alexei Michine from Russia

The winner of the Silver Medal: Ara Abrahamian from Sweden

The winner of the Bronze Medal: Viachaslau Makaranka from Belarus

Farid Mansurov wins 66kg Men's Greco-Roman Wrestling Gold Medal

The winner of the Gold Medal: Farid Mansurov from Azerbaijan

The winner of the Silver Medal: Seref Eroglu from Turkey

The winner of the Bronze Medal: Mkkhitar Manukyan from Kazakhstan

Istvan Majoros wins Men's 55kg Greco-Roman Wrestling

The winner of the Gold Medal: Istvan Majoros from Hungary

The winner of the Silver Medal: Gueidar Mamedaliev from Russia

The winner of the Bronze Medal: Artiom Kiouregkian from Greece

Russia wins Synchronized Swimming Duet Gold Medal

The winner of the Gold Medal: Team from Russia

The winner of the Silver Medal: Team from Japan

The winner of the Bronze Medal: Team from United States

Fani Halkia wins Women's 400m Hurdles Gold Medal

The winner of the Gold Medal: Fani Halkia from Greece

The winner of the Silver Medal: Ionela Tirlea-Manolache from Romania

The winner of the Bronze Medal: Tetiana Tereshchuk-Antipova from Ukraine

Brazil win Men's Beach Volleyball Gold Medal

The winner of the Gold Medal: Team from Brazil

The winner of the Silver Medal: Team from Spain

The winner of the Bronze Medal: Team from Switzerland

Hossein Reza Zadeh wins Men's +105kg Weightlifting Gold Medal

The winner of the Gold Medal: Hossein Reza Zadeh from Iran

The winner of the Silver Medal: Viktors Scerbatihs from Latvia

The winner of the Bronze Medal: Velichko Cholakov from Bulgaria

Ryan Bayley wins Men's Keirin Gold Medal - Cycling

The winner of the Gold Medal: Ryan Bayley from Australia

The winner of the Silver Medal: Jose Escuredo from Spain

The winner of the Bronze Medal: Shane Kelly from Australia

Australia wins the Men's Madison - Cycling

The winner of the Gold Medal: Team from Australia

The winner of the Silver Medal: Team from Switzerland

The winner of the Bronze Medal: Team from United Kingdom (Great Britain)

Jana Pittman finishes fifth in 400m Hurdles

Australians rose in the early hours of the morning to see comeback kid Jana Pittman race in the 400m hurdles race in Athens. After two weeks of a roller coaster ride of injury and miracle recovery Jana today saw her finish fifth behind Greece's Fani Halkia, Romania's Ionela Tirlea-Manolache and Tetiana Tereshchuk-Antipova.

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Russia thrashes Germany in Water Polo

"Revaz Chomakhidze fired three first-half goals Wednesday as Russia overpowered Germany 12-5, setting up an Olympic water polo semifinal against defending champion Hungary.

The Hungarians won a lopsided final over Russia at Sydney 2000, a rematch of the infamous "Blood in the Water" semifinal of the 1956 Melbourne Olympics.

Hungary had a 7-6 win here Monday over the Russians to cap an unbeaten run in preliminaries and gain an automatic spot in Friday's semifinals."

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Olympics-And the Winner Is ... World Metal Prices

"Greece waited 108 years to host another Olympic Games. Unfortunately it came just as a boom in world metal prices has sent the cost of winners' medals through the stadium roof.

At approximately $400,000 for the metal content of the 3,000 Athens medals alone, it may be just a drop in the Aegean Sea compared to an estimated $8.6 billion total Games cost.

But cost-conscious organizers can hardly have expected that the price of gold would increase approximately 45 percent since the summer Games in Sydney four years ago, or that silver would go up 35 percent and copper -- the key metal in bronze -- would cost 42 percent higher than in 2000. Considering that the medals struck for the Athens Games used 13 kilos (417 ounces) of gold and approximately one ton each of silver and bronze -- an alloy of 90 percent copper and 10 percent zinc -- that's a hefty increase in four years. By unofficial reckoning, it means the Athens Games needed over $166,000 worth of gold and $234,000 of silver for its medals.

The price of gold has risen dramatically since August 2000, when it was approximately $275 an ounce. It was hovering around $400 an ounce on Tuesday. Similarly, silver has risen from $4.90 an ounce when the Sydney Games were held, to $6.65 currently. Copper, which is around $2,700 a ton, was selling for $1,900 four years ago."

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Mexico still loves its Ana Gabriela Guevara - Now she's 'Goddess of Silver'

"Ana Gabriela Guevara may not have won the gold medal her country so yearned for, but the Mexican sprinter's status as a national heroine never has been clearer.

"Goddess of Silver," proclaimed the banner headline on the Web site of leading daily El Universal immediately after the 400-meter final in which Guevara was beaten in the last few meters by Tonique Williams of the Bahamas.

Mexico City's usually jam-packed highways were strangely deserted around the time of the race, which coincided with lunchtime here, as residents crowded around televisions in restaurants, in their offices and in their homes to watch "Anita" in the race of her career."

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How to win more medals at the Olympics

"The secret to winning more medals is actually very simple. The rise of China up the medal tally is enough to know that such a strategy is indeed possible. Consider this for a second, if you want to emerge as a serious contender for the medals at the Olympics, you better be good in either swimming or gymnastics. It would take nothing short of a miracle to keep you off the top ten if you are good at both.

Eastern Europe and the erstwhile Soviet Union literally ruled the gymnastics arena until the Chinese and the Americans realized the vitality of the sport for dominating the Olympics. Theoretically, building a gymnastics program doesnt take much, if the government decides to. Investment in a foreign coaching team and provision of a state-of-the-art training complex is really all you may need. You will definitely find willing students, if you promise them an Olympic medal, provided they put in adequate training, determination, and perseverance to make sacrifices."

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Closing ceremony under a full moon

IOC Press Release
Closing ceremony under a full moon

"The Closing Ceremony will take place on Sunday 29 August at 9.15 p.m. under a full moon. It will be a totally different style of ceremony, announced Dimitris Papaioannou, Concept Creator and Artistic Director of Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the Athens 2004 Olympic Games.

Eat, drink, sing and dance
The Opening Ceremony was a celebration of humanity while the Closing Ceremony will be a warm and human celebration. It will be like an invitation to eat, drink and dance and sing with us, the Greek way. It will feature a colourful mosaic, compiled of pieces of Greek celebrations gathered from all regions of Greece featuring a fast edit of a constant flow, like rivers of energy, of 2,100 volunteers, Papaioannou told journalists in a press briefing.

Sixty pontos dancers in a field of wheat
Among other things, the Closing Ceremony will feature 100 koudounatoi - a Greek custom with direct origins in the Bacchic rituals of ancient times, as well as a line of 60 Pontos dancers, one of the most powerful Greek dances. This will be staged on a field of play that will be transformed into a field of golden wheat made of 45,000 stalks of wheat.

Marathon Medal Ceremony
The medal ceremony for the men's marathon, as the last discipline of the Games, follows. Then enter the flags of all delegations and all the athletes without any distinction of nationality. The Presidents of ATHOC and the IOC are invited to deliver their speeches, and then the mayors of Athens and Beijing are introduced and the national anthems of Greece and China played. For eight minutes, a cultural show staged by Chinese artists will provide a taste of what can be expected in Beijing in 2008.

Goodbye to the flame
Eight volunteers will contribute to lowering the Olympic flag. Finally, the crowd and the world say goodbye to the flame, symbolically keeping the flame in their hearts. And all this to the sounds of great composer Manos Xatzidakis. Afterwards, seven major Greek singers invite the world to dance."

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The Washington Times: AP

"Greek protest groups urged the government Wednesday to call off a planned visit by Secretary of State Colin Powell, saying he would try to exploit the Olympics for President Bush's re-election campaign.

Powell plans to arrive in Athens on Saturday for talks with Premier Costas Caramanlis and to attend the games' closing ceremony the following night.

"He is a hawk, a war criminal and an arch murderer. .. We do not want him here," said Yiannis Sifakakis, who is organizing a march to the U.S. Embassy on Friday. "Colin Powell is coming here while the Americans are killing people in Iraq."

Sifakakis said Greek protesters have coordinated their actions with anti-globalization groups in the United States, who are planning a weekend march in New York in advance of the Republican National Convention.

Public protests are not banned during the Olympics but the government has warned demonstrators that they cannot close roads and lanes reserved for Olympic use.

The U.S. Embassy in central Athens is not close to any of the current Olympic venues but it is near the hotel being used by the International Olympic Committee."

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Athletes' medical files seized

"Prosecutors seized the hospital records on Wednesday of two disgraced sprinters who withdrew from the Olympics after missing a doping test and crashing on a motorcycle.

Prosecutors Spyros Mouzakitis and Athina Theodopoupou visited Athens' KAT trauma hospital and left with files containing the hospitalisation records of Kostas Kenteris, the 200-metre gold medalist in 2000, and Katerina Thanou, who took silver in the 100 metres in Sydney, a source in the Athens prosecutors office said.

The two athletes crashed on a motorcycle and were hospitalised a few hours after they could not be found at the Olympic Village for a drug test."

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Anky Van Grunsven wins Individual Dressage Gold Medal - Equestrian

The winner of the Gold Medal: Anky Van Grunsven from Netherlands

The winner of the Silver Medal: Ulla Salzgeber from Germany

The winner of the Bronze Medal: Beatriz Ferrer-Salat from Spain

Dutch throw a big party every night during the games

"The Dutch are getting a reputation for throwing great parties.
During every games, either Winter or Summer, Holland House provides Dutch food, Dutch drink, Dutch music and a little bit of home for athletes and fans from Holland.

People from other countries are allowed to attend the parties.

This year, Holland House is located near the National Gardens in Athens.

Local delicacies from Holland are served, news from home is posted on a bulletin board and coverage of the Summer Games can be seen on big screen T-Vs around the area, with commentary from Dutch T-V."

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Something for the runner who has everything else - Hicham el Guerrouj

"As soon as Hicham el Guerrouj crossed the finish line Tuesday night at Olympic Stadium, he collapsed on the brick-colored track that became his salvation.

The Moroccan was finally the Olympic 1,500-meter champion, having overcome a furious late charge by rival Bernard Lagat of Kenya. After tasting the bitterness of Olympic failure twice, Guerrouj wanted to extend the moment.

He would not get up.

One by one, his opponents came to him like long-lost friends. Lagat fell to his knees to hug him and hold his head in his hands. Others surrounded the Moroccan, offering pats. The 70,000 fans embraced Guerrouj's feat as he rolled on the track, sobbing.

Four years ago in Sydney, the world-record holder shared tears with his compatriots after being chased down in the final meters to finish second to Noah Ngeny of Kenya."

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Bikini girls making waves

"The Ancient Greeks would probably have scratched their heads in bemusement at the Olympic spectacle of beach volleyball.

But their 21st century counterparts cannot get enough of a sport one commentator likens to "karaoke on sand".

That sentiment may be a little harsh.

These are finely tuned athletes who play hard and are extremely proud of what they do.

They just happen to compete against a backdrop of music you would normally hear in the discos of Continental Europe.

During the women's final on Tuesday, the public address announcer urged spectators to clap their hands and stamp their feet in between points while blasting out tunes like YMCA over the loudspeakers."

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Russian Wins Women's Points Race

"Russia's Olga Slyusareva added an Olympic gold medal to her collection of world championships, easily winning the points race Wednesday. The only American in the race, Erin Mirabella of Chula Vista, Calif., was fourth with 9 points - the best finish of her Olympic career.

Mirabella was 10th at the points race in Sydney four years ago, and placed 10th in the individual pursuit competition earlier at the Athens Games.

Slyusareva, the points race bronze medalist in 2000 and winner of four consecutive world titles in the event since, finished with 20 points. Belem Guerrero Mendez of Mexico was second with 14 points and Colombia's Maria Luisa Calle Williams was third with 12 points."

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NBA, Olympics don't mix

"BRING BACK the college players.

The U.S. Olympic Committee should consider that simple and elegant cure for the poor showing the American basketball team has been making in Athens, and for the even more disgraceful refusal of many top American hoop stars to represent their country in the first place.

By now, the American team has earned condemnation for its poor fundamentals, its even worse teamwork, and its lackadaisical and arrogant attitude. Stars such as Tracy McGrady, Jason Kidd and Shaquille O'Neill made things worse by citing dubious "security concerns" for their refusal to play, and the Olympic selection committee made things worse still by repeating the 1988 mistake of failing to include enough good outside shooters."

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Radcliffe still undecided on 10,000m

"Paula Radcliffe is still to reveal whether she will run in the 10,000m.

Radcliffe is believed to have made a full physical recovery after dropping out of Sunday's marathon and has intensified her training programme.

She has until Thursday to confirm her entry in Friday's race but Team GB chief Max Jones says she is undecided.

He revealed: "She's gone for a run this morning and it will be a tougher one than yesterday. We'll see how she feels in the next couple of days."

On Monday, in a tearful BBC interview with Steve Cram, Radcliffe insisted she would wait before making a considered decision."

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Olga Slyusareva wins Women's Point Race Gold Medal - Cycling

The winner of the Gold Medal: Olga Slyusareva from Russia

The winner of the Silver Medal: Belem Guerrero Mendez from Mexico

The winner of the Bronze Medal: Maria Luisa Calle Williams from Colombia

Canada's baseball medal hopes crushed

CBC.ca - Athens 2004 - CBC Sports: Japan crushes Canada's baseball medal hopes

Canada's dream of winning its first Olympic baseball medal died Wednesday in Athens.

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Kayakers hope to make up for rowing losses

Five Canadians advance to finals

Five Canadian boats qualified for finals in the flatwater canoe-kayak competition at the Summer Olympics on Wednesday.

So far, eight Canadian boats have qualified for finals. There are three more semis scheduled for Thursday. In the men's K-1, 1,000-metre semifinal, Adam van Koeverden of Oakville, Ont., won in a time of three minutes 27.502 seconds. Hungary's Roland Kokeny of Hungary was second in 3:29.134 while Emanuel Silva of Portugal was third, 2.440 seconds off the pace.

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US Women's Basketball Team into Semi Finals

"The place and the opponent don't really matter. This U.S. basketball team is on a roll. Hushing a boisterous crowd with its all-around domination, the United States advanced to the semifinals Wednesday with a 102-72 victory over Greece, which had heart, the home court and little else.

Now, only two games stand between the Americans and a third straight gold medal. They'll play the winner of the Russia-Czech Republic game on Friday. The semifinal winners advance to the gold medal game on Saturday.

After playing their preliminary games in a small arena at the Helliniko complex on the coast, the teams moved to the spacious 19,250-seat Olympic Indoor Hall for the medal round. The Americans looked liked they belonged on the bigger stage."

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Campaign Will Highlight Rights Abuses Ahead of Beijing Olympics

"As the Olympic Games head towards a weekend finale, campaigners around the world are gearing up for a four-year campaign to draw attention to the human rights record of the authoritarian government that will host the next summer event.

At Sunday's closing ceremony, the city of Athens will hand over the Olympic flag to representatives of the city of Beijing. In 2008, China's capital will host what will likely be the most politically-charged Olympics since Hitler's Berlin hosted the Games in 1936.

Some human rights groups would like to see a boycott of Beijing 2008, but most are taking another approach, hoping that the event -- and the years leading up to it -- will provide new opportunities to highlight China's rights violations and force improvements.

When the International Olympics Committee (IOC) in July 2001 picked Beijing over four other candidate cities vying to host the 2008 games, groups like Reporters Without Borders (Reporters Sans Frontieres or RSF) called for a boycott.

The Paris-based watchdog said there were as valid reasons for boycotting Beijing as there had been to justify the U.S.-led boycott of the Moscow Olympics in 1980, when 60 nations stayed away to protest the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan."

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Yelena Isinbayeva - Russian captures women's pole vault

"Yelena Isinbayeva of Russia broke the world record in the women's pole vault for the fourth time this year, easily clearing 16 feet, 11/4 inches (4.91 meters) to take the gold medal Tuesday night.

Before her record vault, Isinbayeva celebrated clinching the Olympic title after the final failed attempt by her last remaining competitor, teammate Svetlana Feofanova.

Isinbayeva then cleared the height without touching the bar, bettering her own record of 16 feet, 3/4 inches (4.90) set in London on July 30. The vault also broke by a wide margin the inaugural Olympic record of 15 feet, 1 inch (4.60); the event debuted four years ago in Sydney."

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South Korean Olympic Athletes Begin to Return Home

"South Korean athletes that have already finished competing at the Athens Olympics, return home Thursday on a chartered flight.

Composed of athletes and officials from judo, gymnastics, shooting, swimming, badminton, table tennis, weightlifting and fencing, a total of 139 members left Greece Wednesday and will arrive at Incheon International Airport at 9:30 a.m..

Among the returnees are gold medallists such as Lee Won-hee in judo and Ryu Seung-min in table tennis, along with bronze-medal winning gymnast Yang Tae-young, who lost the gold medal due to a judging error in the mens all-around event.

Kim Dae-eun, silver medallist of the all-around event, also is returning home. He was invited to the gymnastics gala held Tuesday, but reportedly declined to perform saying he was not prepared."

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KoreaTimes : Olympic Athletes Begin to Return Home

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Gal Fridman wins Men's Mistral Gold Medal - Sailing

The winner of the Gold Medal: Gal Fridman from Israel

The winner of the Silver Medal: Nikolaos Kaklamanakis from Greece

The winner of the Bronze Medal: Nick Dempsey from United Kingdom (Great Britain)

France wins Women's Mistral Gold Medal - Sailing

The winner of the Gold Medal: Faustine Merret from France

The winner of the Silver Medal: Jian Yin from China

The winner of the Bronze Medal: Alessandra Sensini from Italy

August 25, 2004

Israel wins first-ever Olympic gold as Gal Fridman windsurfs to victory in 11-race series

" A windsurfer whose first name means "wave" in Hebrew gave Israel its first Olympic gold medal ever Wednesday, taking a plunge in the Saronic Gulf to celebrate. Gal Fridman sailed a remarkably consistent regatta, never finishing worse than eighth in the 11-race series. He placed second in Wednesday's decisive race.

After Fridman crossed the finish line, he took a victory dip and then wrapped himself in an Israeli flag when he came out of the water.

Fridman's victory finally gives Israelis the chance to hear their national anthem during a medal ceremony, scheduled for later in the day. The song is "Hatikvah" The Hope and Israeli fans sang it spontaneously last week when Ariel Zeevi won a bronze medal in judo."

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Aussie Austrian wins women's triathlon

"Kate Allen, born in Australia and competing for Austria, kicked past Australia's Loretta Harrop with about 120 meters left Wednesday and won the Olympic women's triathlon by nearly seven seconds. Allen was timed in 2 hours, 4 minutes, 43.45 seconds. Susan Williams of the United States earned the bronze medal."

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" Australia's Loretta Harrop has finished a close second in the women's Olympic triathlon event in Athens.

Austrian Kate Allen, who was born in Geelong, won the race in 2:04.43 hours, having run down Harrop in the final 150 metres of the climactic run leg.

Harrop finished seven seconds behind Allen, with Susan Williams of the United States placing third.

A former world champion, Harrop established a 30-second lead during the run leg and looked certain to take the gold.

But the 34-year-old Allen timed her race to perfection, storming through the field with a stunning run.

Harrop said she was struggling towards the end of the race.'

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Olympic victors may be left wreathless

"Greece's revival of an ancient Olympic tradition is coming into conflict with the tight bio-security regulations of the modern age.

Britain's Kelly Holmes should get her wreath back to Britain
The medal-winners' olive wreaths that are a defining image of the Athens Games have also caught the eye of customs officials around the world.

When Australia's victorious athletes step off the plane they will have to hand over their laurels so the plants can be blasted by gamma radiation.

Many other countries also have strict rules on imports to prevent pests contaminating flora and fauna."

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Kate Allen wins Women's Triathlon Gold Medal

The winner of the Gold Medal: Kate Allen from Austria

The winner of the Silver Medal: Loretta Harrop from Australia

The winner of the Bronze Medal: Susan Williams from United States

Paul Hamm makes a perfect fall guy for Olympic cronyism

"If he winds up giving back the gold medal, maybe Paul Hamm of Waukesha, Wis., could look into returning Manhattan, Alaska and the Louisiana territory next.

Incompetence may be inconvenient - criminal, even, in a few special cases - but in sports it's a way of life. If bad calls, like bad business deals, were open to review forever, no game would ever end. There would be no winners and losers, only lawyers. George Steinbrenner would own judges, not ballplayers.

If this latest scandal at the Olympics doesn't have you worried, it's only because you haven't been paying attention. Hamm, on the other hand, hasn't had time to think about anything else. He's the only one in this whole mess who didn't do anything wrong.

Which, of course, made him the perfect fall guy for inept judges, butt-covering officials and an International Olympic Committee afraid of its own shadow."

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Athletics: Jones Makes Belated Entry to Olympics

"What a difference a year makes.

Twelve months ago triple Olympic champion Marion Jones was relishing motherhood, enjoying her enforced leisure and looking forward to competing in the Athens Olympics.

Now she will enter the Games on Wednesday almost by the back door after the BALCO laboratory scandal which has sent shockwaves through her sport.

Jones, who won a record five medals in Sydney, has qualified only for the long jump in Athens although she could run one or both relays. The long jump qualifying is scheduled for Wednesday evening.

In sharp contrast to Sydney, where she was the focus of attention after announcing she was trying to go one better than Jesse Owens and Carl Lewis by winning five gold medals, Jones has given no news conferences or interviews.

Her silence is understandable."

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Japan Clinches Baseball Bronze After Beating Canada

"Japan claimed bronze in baseball Wednesday with an 11-2 drubbing of Canada, but it was a bittersweet victory for Japan, which had high hopes of a gold with their "Dream Team" of pro baseball stars.

Australia will battle Cuba for the gold later in the day, while Canada were shut out at their first chance of an Olympic baseball medal.

Japan jumped out to a two-run lead in the first inning on a homer from power-hitting catcher Kenji Jojima. They put the game out of reach with four more runs in the third, sparked by a bases-loaded single from Takuya Kimura that scored two.

The baseball medal will be the third for the Japanese team, which claimed silver in Atlanta in 1996 and bronze in Barcelona in 1992."

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Rulon Gardner Loses in Wrestling Semis

"Rulon Gardner was in another Olympic wrestling upset his own.

One of the biggest stars of the 2000 Summer Games, Gardner was thrown to the mat in overtime Wednesday by Kazakhstan's Georgi Tsurtsumia and lost 4-1 in his Greco-Roman semifinal match. He will wrestle for the bronze medal later in the day.

Gardner was as surprised as anyone when Tsurtsumia somehow pulled off the winning 3-point move in their 264 1/2-pound (120kg) match, especially after spending much of the match visibly wearing down the younger wrestler.

Tsurtsumia looked upward at the scoreboard, still unsure for just a moment that he'd won, then jumped jubilantly into his coach's arms. Gardner seemed confused, too, searching for an explanation as he turned toward his corner and U.S. coach Steve Fraser.

Just like that, Rulon's remarkable comeback from a spate of injuries and misfortune was finished. Kneeling on the mat as Tsurtsumia celebrated, Gardner thought "It's over, it's done," he said. "Beyond that, I wasn't even tired.""

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Blogger ranks Games losers

" For those who believe the adage "all Olympic athletes are winners," a Canadian man has dedicated the past 11 days to proving you wrong.

At his blog site, Jonathan Crowe has been chronicling those Olympic athletes who finished dead last in their respective events.

"I never mention the gold medallist's name here -- they get enough press," Crowe, 32, writes on his Web log -- or "blog".

In the past two days, the site has attracted thousands of Web surfers to Crowe's humorous takes on who may be the lovable losers at the Athens Olympics, reminiscent of past notables such as Eddie "the Eagle" or the Jamaican bobsled squad.

One candidate is Fumilay Fonseca of Sao Tome and Principe.

Monday, Fonseca finished 52nd in the women's 20-km walk 35 minutes and 42 seconds behind the winner and about 15 minutes behind next-to-last finisher, he reported."

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Canada to play for baseball bronze

Canada loses baseball heartbreaker to Cuba

Kevin Nicholson just missed a game-tying home run for Canada in the bottom of the ninth inning, allowing Cuba to hold on for an 8-5 win in a dramatic finish to their Olympic semifinal match on Tuesday.

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Diving silver for Canada

Despatie pulls out silver medal

Canadian diver Alexandre Despatie won silver in the Olympic three-metre springboard Tuesday, reeling off a spectacular final dive to edge Russian Dmitri Sautin.

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Athens Olympic Games Blog - 1,000,000 visitors

Wow we feel like we've just been given a Gold medal here at 'Athens Olympic Games Blog' - we just checked out page statistics and we've just passed the 1,000,000 visitor mark. All but 40,000 of them have come so far in the month of August.

Thanks to all our wonderful readers for helping to make this site the success it is.

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Iraq's Golden Football Dream Ends

"The Iraqi soccer team's improbable run at an Olympic gold medal ended Tuesday night with a 3-1 semifinal loss to Paraguay. The Iraqis still have a chance for a bronze, which would be their war-weary nation's first medal in 44 years.

Paraguay made history of its own, getting two goals from Jose Cardozo and one from Fredy Bareiro to advance to Saturday's gold-medal game against Argentina, a 3-0 winner over Italy. Gold or silver, it will be the first Olympic medal of any sort for Paraguay.

Iraq and Italy will play for the bronze Friday night."

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Argentina vs. Italy Olympic soccer results

"Argentina defeated Italy 3-0 in the men's Olympic soccer semifinals Tuesday and will play for its first gold medal in South America's favorite sport. Budding star Carlos Tevez scored his seventh goal in five matches to give Argentina the lead in the 16th minute."

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Equine epicenter

"It's a long way to the Markopoulo Olympic Equestrian Centre from the middle of Athens, an hour and 15 minutes by metro, bus and hoof, so to speak. Not that I'm complaining, because at the 1956 Games in Melbourne, the equestrian events were held in Sweden.

Wherever they are held, the horse events are on the margins of the Olympic hubbub, at least as they are seen through the filter of the mainstream U.S. media. But don't tell that to the thousands of enthusiastic fans who showed up for the second round of qualifying in jumping on Tuesday morning."

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Hicham El Guerrouj wins Men's 1500m Gold Medal

The winner of the Gold Medal: Hicham El Guerrouj from Morocco

The winner of the Silver Medal: Bernard Lagat from Kenya

The winner of the Bronze Medal: Rui Silva from Portugal

Roman Sebrie wins Men's Decathlon

The winner of the Gold Medal: Roman Sebrle from Czech Republic

The winner of the Silver Medal: Bryan Clay from United States

The winner of the Bronze Medal: Dmitriy Karpov from Kazakhstan

Bo Beng wins Men's 3m Springboard Gold Medal - Diving

The winner of the Gold Medal: Bo Peng from China

The winner of the Silver Medal: Alexandre Despatie from Canada

The winner of the Bronze Medal: Dmitri Sautin from Russia

Tonique Williams-Darling wins Women's 400m Gold Medal

The winner of the Gold Medal: Tonique Williams-Darling from The Bahamas

The winner of the Silver Medal: Ana Guevara from Mexico

The winner of the Bronze Medal: Natalya Antyukh from Russia

Joanna Hayes wins Women's 100m Hurdles Gold Medal

The winner of the Gold Medal: Joanna Hayes from United States

The winner of the Silver Medal: Olena Krasovska from Ukraine

The winner of the Bronze Medal: Melissa Morrison from United States

Ezekiel Kemboi wins Men's 3000m Steeplechase Gold Medal

The winner of the Gold Medal: Ezekiel Kemboi from Kenya

The winner of the Silver Medal: Brimin Kipruto from Kenya

The winner of the Bronze Medal: Paul Kipsiele Koech from Kenya

United States win Women's Beach Volleyball

The winner of the Gold Medal: Team from United States

The winner of the Silver Medal: Team from Brazil

The winner of the Bronze Medal: Team from United States

Dmitry Berestov wins Men's 105kg Weightlifting

The winner of the Gold Medal: Dmitry Berestov from Russia

The winner of the Silver Medal: Ferenc Gyurkovics from Hungary

The winner of the Bronze Medal: Igor Razoronov from Ukraine

Pappas Out of Decathlon With Foot Injury

"World champion Tom Pappas pulled out of the decathlon Tuesday after injuring his left foot while attempting a pole vault. Pappas ran through his first attempt at 15 feet, 5 inches after limping the last few strides.

He then went off to the side, pulled off his shoe and started to massage the lower part of his foot. Pappas got his foot rewrapped and tried to jog off the injury, but he packed up his poles and left the track after about 20 minutes.

Dr. Ed Ryan of the U.S. Olympic Committee said Pappas had sustained an acute strain of the left foot. Pappas was being treated at the Olympic stadium."

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India sacks weightlifting coaches

"The Indian government has terminated the contracts of national weightlifting coaches Pal Singh Sandhu of India and Leonid Taranenko of Belarus.

It says that both have been implicated in a doping scandal after two Indian women weightlifters tested positive for drugs at the Olympic Games.

International Weightlifting authorities have already suspended Pratima Kumari and Sanamacha Chanu pending an inquiry.

The weightlifting pair tested positive in Athens for banned substances."

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Khan crushes Korean in quick time

"Amir Khan took just 1.37 to book his place in the semi final of lightweight division at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens with a first round stoppage win over Jong Sub Baik.

The 17 year-old has looked impressive throughout this competition but the way in which he blew the seasoned world No.5 away with relative ease to win a bronze medal at the very least, was nothing short of incredible.

From the opening bell Jong Sub Baik from came out trying to rough up the young Briton. But Khan was wise to him very quickly, and rained in lightening fast short left and rights to stun the Korean almost immediately. Then from nowhere Khan floored the Sub Baik with a straight right hand that seemed to take everything out of the 24 year-old. The referee allowed Su Baik to carry on but Khan followed up with more power shots that left the referee no option but to call the bout off after 1.37. This was bout 225 in these Games and the first genuine stoppage. "

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Argentina advances to men's soccer final with 3-0 win against Italy

"Argentina defeated Italy 3-0 in the men's Olympic soccer semifinals Tuesday and will play for its first gold medal in South America's favorite sport.

Budding star Carlos Tevez scored his seventh goal in five matches to give Argentina the lead in the 16th minute. River Plate's Luis Gonzalez doubled the tally in the 69th and second-half substitute Mariano Gonzalez put the game out of reach six minutes from the end after an unselfish pass from Tevez.

The South Americans, who have now outscored the opposition 16-0 in five matches, forced the play from start to finish, while the Italians resorted to their now familiar defensive tactics and occasional counterattacks.

Sentimental favorite Iraq was to play Paraguay in the other semifinal later Tuesday, with the winner to meet Argentina in Saturday morning's final at the main Olympic Stadium. Italy meets the loser in the bronze medal match.

Andres D'Alessandro and Luis Gonzalez combined to start the play that led to Argentina's first goal."

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Athens Traffic To Worsen

"The communications experts express three fears concerning the second week of hosting the Olympic Games. The mass return of the Athens residents, the expected disappointment of using public transport means, and the drop in the initial enthusiasm about the Games constitute problems that are a priority for the communications experts and the traffic police.

"The residents of the Greater Athens area are returning, and with them thousands of cars are returning to the streets," as was pointed out at the Traffic Control Operations Center. This week, the number of cars to be circulating on Kifisou, Poseidhonos, Varis-Koropiou, Kifisias, Vasilissis Sofias, Vasileos Konstandinou, Ardhittou, Kallirois, Vourvakhi, Singrou, and Marathonos [major road arteries in Attica] is expected to increase gradually by 10 to 30 percent (as compared to last week) by next Sunday. The traffic police has already added 100 men to its manpower."

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Earthquake Rattles Olympic Venues

"A small earthquake rattled some Olympic venues Tuesday. There were no reports of injuries or damage.

The Athens Geodynamic Institute said the tremor had a preliminary magnitude of 4.5 and occurred at 3:38 p.m. local time. It was centered about 42 miles northeast of Athens, 12 miles beneath the Aegean Sea.


``There is no reason to panic. It was a very small quake,'' said Giorgos Stavrakakis, a seismologist with the Geodynamic Institute.

The press table shook at the baseball venue at the Helliniko Complex near the coastline.

``Like somebody was pounding the keyboard too hard,'' one reporter said. Other said they didn't notice anything.

Venues including the Olympic Village and the 9,000-seat Ano Liossia Olympic Hall for wrestling and judo were built near the fault line and designed to withstand a potentially massive quake. "

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Ryan Bayley wins Men's Sprint Gold Medal - Cycling

The winner of the Gold Medal: Ryan Bayley from Australia

The winner of the Silver Medal: Theo Bos from Netherlands

The winner of the Bronze Medal: Rene Wolff from Germany

Lori-Ann Muenzer wins Women's Sprint Gold Medal - Cycling

The winner of the Gold Medal: Lori-Ann Muenzer from Canada

The winner of the Silver Medal: Tamilla Abassova from Russia

The winner of the Bronze Medal: Anna Meares from Australia

Mikhail Ingatyev wins Men's Point Race Gold Medal - Cycling

The winner of the Gold Medal: Mikhail Ingatyev from Russia

The winner of the Silver Medal: Joan Llaneras from Spain

The winner of the Bronze Medal: Guido Fulst from Germany

Athens Olympics Closing Ceremony

' Leading Greek singer Marinella will open the Athens Olympic Games closing ceremony, according to information.

Music composer and singer Dionisis Savvopoulos will allegedly be responsible for the coordination of the Athens Olympic Games closing ceremony. Among the singers to appear on the stage will be Alkistis Protopsalti, Anna Vissi and Eleftheria Arvanitaki, while Sakis Rouvas will be a guest star.

Dimitris Papaioannou will be the production manager and the goal is to make the Olympic Games' closing ceremony a great celebration.'
Source - THE OLYMPIC GAMES CLOSING CEREMONY

'The closing ceremony of the Athens Olympics will include traditional Greek dances and a wedding, along with light-carrying performers dressed in black to symbolize the galaxy, The Associated Press has learned.

Organizers always refuse to give details of opening and closing ceremonies at the Olympics. But a source close to the Aug. 29 closing ceremony, speaking to the AP on condition of anonymity, provided details.

Participants will begin the ceremony at the main Olympic stadium with clapping and then perform traditional Greek dances before holding at least one symbolic wedding, when they will lay tablecloths and bring out wine, the source said.

At various points throughout the ceremony, performers will walk into the stadium dressed in black, carrying lights to reflect the galaxy, the source said.'
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' US Secretary of State Colin Powell intends to visit Athens, according to the Athens newspaper TO VIMA, to attend the Olympic Games closing ceremony.'
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Also read Olympic Closing Ceremony Protocol and Athens' Closing Ceremony to Be Traditional.

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Muenzer wins cycling gold

CBC Sports: Canada's Muenzer wins cycling gold

Muenzer won 2-0 over Tamilla Abassova of Russia in the finals of the event at the Athens Olympic Velodrome.

In the first race, 38-year-old Muenzer trailed early but overtook Abassova in the final straightaway with an impressive push to take the 1-0 lead.

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Australia plays for baseball gold

This could easily mess up Canada's chance at a baseball medal!

Australia defeats Japan 1-0 in baseball semifinal, plays for gold

Brendan Kingman's sixth-inning single sent Australia to a 1-0 victory over stunned Japan on Tuesday, putting the Aussies in the gold medal game.

A bunch of career minor leaguers led the Aussies to their biggest victory in international play. Australia failed to reach the medal round during the 2000 Sydney Games. "It's very important for the program in Australia," said manager Jon Deeble. "We were very disappointed after the Sydney Olympics. The day after the Sydney Olympics, we put a plan in place to win the gold medal in Athens."

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Canada's Brunet in kayak finals

Brunet qualifies for kayak finals

Two-time Olympic silver medallist Caroline Brunet qualified first in her women's K-1 500-metre heat, advancing her directly to Saturday's final.

"I'm very happy with the result, because the wind made things difficult for me. It is important to qualify directly for the final, because pressure is very strong. I want to do the best I can in the final," she said in a statement.

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Another Canadian medal opportunity

Muenzer will ride for gold

Edmonton cyclist Lori-Ann Muenzer will race for gold later this morning after eliminating world champion Anna Meares of Australia in the Olympic women's sprint semifinal.

Meares held off a challenge from Muenzer to claim the first race. But Muenzer rallied with wins in the last two races in the best-of-three event. Muenzer took the lead after the first lap and fought off Meares to win race two. The Canadian rider was in control of race three from the outset, cruising to victory.

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Australia reaches baseball gold medal game

"Chris Oxspring tossed 6 2/3 scoreless innings Tuesday in helping carry Australia to a 1-0 win over Japan and into the Olympic baseball gold medal game.

Brendan Kingman singled home the game's only run in the sixth.

Oxspring (2-0) struck out five batters and gave up five hits in the semifinals. Australia will play either Canada or Cuba in Wednesday's championship contest.

Australia is assured its first Olympic baseball medal."

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Olympic Discus Champion Thrown Out of Games

"Hungarian Olympic discus champion Robert Fazekas will lose his gold medal and be expelled from the Games after being caught trying to tamper with a urine sample, an International Olympic Committee source said Tuesday.

The source also said Belarussian high jumper Aleksey Lesnichiy, who was last in the qualifying round, had tested positive for the anabolic agent clenbuterol.

Fazekas was spotted by officials trying to tamper with his sample after Monday's final.

Lithuanian Virgilijus Alekna will now be awarded the gold, Zoltan Kovago (Hungary) and Aleksander Tammert (Estonia) the bronze.

Hungarian Olympic Committee spokesman Dezso Vad said he was unaware of the IOC decision.

"We have heard that he could not give enough urine and he was there (at the doping control) until 0300 in the morning and he just could not give enough. That's the only thing we know and that the IOC was meeting to discuss this," he said.

"We have not received any official notification.""

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NBC has sucked fun out of the Olympics

"If Roone Arledge invented the modern TV Olympics, Dick Ebersol has imploded it. Everyone wants to watch the Olympics, but they're just too unwatchable too much, too fragmented, too staged, too jingoistic, too hyped, too commercialized, too long, too everything.

The Olympics no longer feel Olympian. They feel like a sweeps-week sports reality show.

(Excuse me, but how am I supposed to watch all these hours of Olympics anyway? I never realized NBC had so many networks with so much programming to fill no wonder they put John McEnroe in prime time. Heck, if NBC buys any more networks, Patrick McEnroe will have his own show.)

(Still, doing due diligence as Couch Slouch, I tried to record it all. But by Day 3 of the Games, my TiVo filed a workman's comp complaint, and a local court, siding with TiVo, barred me from tuning in to MSNBC or Bravo again until Sept. 1.)

Here's all I'll say about the announcers, and then we'll move on to more important matters:

The studio hosts Bob Costas, Jim Lampley, et al. are very, very competent. On the other hand, if Rowdy Gaines ever leaves swimming behind, I think his voice could help induce labor among expectant mothers.

Ebersol, the NBC Sports chairman, uses a simple, cynical formula to broadcast the Olympics:

1. It's all about America.
2. It's all about overcoming adversity.
3. It's all about keeping us waiting to watch what we want to watch."

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August 24, 2004

Greek judo champ dies two weeks after balcony fall

"A member of the Greek judo team who fell from her third-floor apartment balcony following a quarrel with her boyfriend has died. Eleni Ioannou had been hospitalized in critical condition for more than for two weeks.

The Red Cross hospital said Ioannou, 20, died Tuesday in the intensive care unit where she had been treated since Aug. 7 for multiple fractures to her head and body.

Ioannou, a competitor in the 172-pound-plus class, fell from the balcony after an argument with her boyfriend, 24-year-old Giorgos Chrisostomides.

Police questioned Chrisostomides and released him. Relatives and neighbors said he was inconsolable, and jumped from the same balcony two days later. He remains hospitalized in critical condition at Athens' Evangelismos hospital."

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Caroline Brunet advances to two kayak finals

"It was another windy morning on the water in Athens on Tuesday, but that didn't faze Montreal kayaker Caroline Brunet one bit.

Brunet, competing in her fifth Olympic Games, earned passes to the finals of both her events with a first-place finish in the K1 500 and third-place showing in the K2 500 with new paddling partner Mylanie Barre of Lac Beauport, Que.

In conditions that were an eerie reminder of the nerve-wracking weather at the Sydney Olympics four years ago, Brunet beat arch-rival Josefa Idem of Italy in a time of one minute, 50.366 seconds in the women's K1 500."

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Russia to appeal gymnastic results

"Russia is planning a protest to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) over the results of the Olympic gymnastic competition, a team spokesman said on Tuesday.

On Monday spectators held up the horizontal bars event in protest at low marks for Russia's Alexei Nemov.

Russian Olympic Committee spokesman Gennady Shvets told Reuters the organization believed a protest was for the good of the sport.

"The public's reaction to the judges' actions (on Nemov) clearly supports our position," Shvets said.

"There will be an official protest and our lawyers are studying the grounds for giving it a legal character.

"This is in the interests of the Olympic movement and the whole sporting community.""

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Frankie Fredericks to retire after final 200m

"Veteran sprinter Frankie Fredericks said he would retire from athletics after this week's Olympic 200 meters event in Athens.

The Namibian 36-year-old, who has won four Olympic silver medals in a 20-year sprinting career, was fastest in his first round heat on Tuesday in a time of 20.54 seconds.

"This is it; the end of the 200 is the end of my career," said Fredericks, who failed to qualify for Sunday's 100 meters final.

"I will go home and spend time with my family."

Fredericks, Namibia's only Olympic medallist, finished second at both 100 and 200 meters in Barcelona in 1992 and in Atlanta in 1996, where Donovan Baily and Michael Johnson both set world records in the events.

He missed the Sydney Games in 2000 due to injury."

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Nigeria Snaps African Women's Hoops Skid

"Players ran to midcourt and jumped into each other's arms. The hugging and screaming lasted several minutes. No Olympic medal at stake, just a winless streak. For the first time, a team representing Africa won a game in women's basketball when Nigeria beat South Korea 68-64 on Tuesday and broke an 0-18 mark.

"This was a major, major win. We came here with one goal and that was to win one game," said former NBA player Sam Vincent, whose team grabbed 11th place in the 12-team tournament. "We won one game. Maybe next time we'll win three games. You have to start somewhere."

Africa began participating in women's basketball in 1996. Zaire went 0-7 in Atlanta. Senegal was 0-6 in 2000.

Nigeria lost its five preliminary-round games in Athens by an average of 17.4 points. The closest was a six-point loss to Japan, the worst a 35-point blowout to Russia.

"The ladies hung in there, dug down, showed a lot of courage and a lot of heart," Vincent said."

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Comaneci speaks out on judging blunders

"Nadia Comaneci wants gymnastics officials to get their act together to ensure athletes do not pay the price for the judging blunders that have blighted the Athens Olympics. "The judges need to re-evaluate the whole situation and make sure something like this doesn't happen again," Comaneci said.

"The judges need to re-evaluate and make sure something like this doesn't happen again," Comaneci said.

"The gymnast shouldn't be paying the price for things like this."

"People power" brought gymnastics judges to their knees on Monday during the horizontal bar final at the end of more than a week of Olympic action in which scoring irregularities left several gymnasts disgruntled.

The governing body of gymnastics ruled last week Paul Hamm had been awarded the all-round crown in error after South Korea's Yang Tae-young had been incorrectly docked a 10th of a point from his parallel bars routine."

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Kelly Holmes hunts golden double

"Newly-crowned Olympic 800m champion Kelly Holmes is aiming for a historic second gold when the 1500m heats get under way on Tuesday evening.

British middle-distance legends Seb Coe and Steve Ovett both failed to win the two events at the same Olympics.

But Holmes, riding high after storming to a sensational 800m win on Monday night, is in confident mood.

She said: "I still can't believe it. But hopefully I can get some sleep and be awake enough to run at my best."

Holmes' 1500m challenge begins with her first-round heat at 1838 BST.

If she qualifies safely, she then has the advantage of a clear rest day before Thursday's semi-final, which begins at 1830 BST."

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Australia's Women's Eight Kiss and Make up

"AUSTRALIA'S women's eight rowing crew today assured Olympics team boss John Coates they will stop publicly criticising Sally Robbins.

Robbins has been at the centre of a furore after she stopped rowing with 500m to go in the Olympic final of the women's eight two days ago.

She later dropped her oar with about 100m to go as the Australian boat came in a distant last.

Coates summoned the crew after several members breached team guidelines by publicly criticising Robbins.

He said the meeting this morning went well and the crew displayed great maturity.

"They certainly understand as a group that there have been breaches of our team guidelines which you know say that team members shouldn't talk disparagingly about other team members," Coates told reporters.

"There are certainly assurances that won't happen again."

In a media conference, Robbins said she has broken down during a race before and blamed the problem on anxiety."

  • No more, vow rowers
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    Ethiopia takes gold in women's 5,000

    "Ethiopia's Meseret Defar pulled away from Kenya's Isabella Ochichi in the final half-lap Monday to win the Olympic 5,000 meters in 14 minutes, 45.65 seconds.

    Ethiopia's Tirunesh Dibaba, the 2003 outdoor world champion at just 18 years old, took the bronze.

    "Coming here, I knew I had a chance to win, but I had my doubts," Defar said. "I feel sorry for Dibaba not getting a silver, as we planned, but gold and bronze feels good, too."

    With a little more than 1,000 meters left, Defar and Ochichi began distancing themselves comfortably from the pack, the Kenyan leading by about a stride."

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    China's Liu Xiang Hopes for Good Showing in Olympic 110-Meter Hurdles

    "China's Liu Xiang is a rising star in the men's 110-meter hurdles. At the Olympics, he will face his idol, American Allen Johnson, the four-time world champion and 1996 Olympic gold medalist.

    Liu Xiang burst on the track scene in 2002 when he set an Asian and world junior record in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 13.12 seconds. Last year, Chinese sports journalists voted him Male Athlete of the Year. Many consider him China's second most popular athlete after basketball star Yao Ming, who plays for the NBA's Houston Rockets.

    This is the first Olympics for Liu and he said he hopes he has a good showing."

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    Jerremy Wariner Leads U.S. Sweep in 400

    "Jerremy Wariner is just 20 years old. He just led a U.S. sweep in the 400 meters at the Olympic Games.

    So c'mon kid, get excited!

    Cool, calm and with a fluid running style all his own, the lean Baylor University student raced to the gold medal Monday night wearing sunglasses, two earrings and a jingling necklace. After crossing the line, he waved a U.S. flag and embraced the teammates who finished right behind him. But there was no massive show of emotion.

    That's not his style.

    "It hasn't sunk in yet," he said. "I have a four-by-four relay I've got to concentrate on. It's going to hit me in a couple of days but I've got to get focused right now."

    So it was left to others to marvel at the talent exhibited by Wariner, who outsprinted teammate Otis Harris down the stretch to win in a personal-best 44 seconds flat, the fastest time in the world this year.

    "I've never seen a white man run that fast," said Grenada's Alleyne Francique, who was supposed to be Wariner's biggest threat but finished fourth. "It was a blazing race, man. The kid is good.""

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    Booing fans shut down Olympic horizontal bar final - Judging Controversy Continues

    "Booing spectators halted the Olympic horizontal bar final for nearly 10 minutes here, expressing their frustration at what turned into the latest of several Games gymnastics judging controversies.

    In a surreal scene unlike anything gymnastics veterans had ever encountered, jeers and whistles of disgust cascaded upon judges after 2000 Olympic bar champion Alexei Nemov of Russia got a 9.725, putting him third after three men.

    As Olympic all-around champion Paul Hamm waited to follow, boos continued. Officials pleaded for silence with no avail and finally judges Teh Kin Kin of Malaysia and Chris Grabowecky of Canada changed scores so Nemov had a 9.762.

    Nemov was still last. The crowd was still upset. The noise continued.

    The Russian rose to quiet the crowd with little effect. Only when American Hamm approached the bar and began did the roar dwindle to a murmur. When Hamm received a 9.812 to grab the lead, the boos returned.

    "I was trying to block it out and get into a zone," Hamm said. "It shows our sport is a subjective sport. People are going to have different opinions."

    More jeers followed when Italy's Igor Cassina was given the same score but ranked ahead of Hamm on tie-breakers. Cassina won with Hamm second. Nemov finished fifth."

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    Dobrev of Bulgaria wins gold in men's 94kg weightlifting class

    "Milen Dobrev of Bulgaria won the gold medal in the men's 94kg weightlifting class with a total mark of 407.5kg.

    Khadjimourad Akkaev of Russia was second with a total weight of 405kg, while fellow countryman Eduard Tjukin was third with a total of 397.5kg.

    "I was well prepared for these Olympic Games and I believed I would be a medallist. I am very happy because my dreams came true," said Dobrev, the current world and European champion.

    Akakios Kakiasvilis of Greece, who was attempting to become the first athlete in history to win four straight Olympic weightlifting titles, didn't finish the event. He missed on all three of his clean and jerk attempts."

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    We're the new wave, claims American teenage star - Allyson Felix

    "America's Allyson Felix eased into the semi-finals of the Olympic Games 200 metres here and declared that her generation is about to drag United States sprinting out of its recent gloom.

    The 18-year-old had a comfortable day in the burning sun winning both her races easily with teammate Muna Lee also comfortably through although La Shauntea Moore, who replaced the banned Torri Edwards, struggled in both her heats.

    Felix was barely stretched for the second successive race as she rolled off the bend in the lead and was visibly relaxing towards the final 10 metres in front of British rival Abiodun Oyepitan.

    The teenager said that she hoped to open up a new chapter for American sprinting which has been mired in recent drug controveries with Kelli White and Torri Edwards both banned and with Marion Jones battling suspicion."

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    Kelly Holmes Wins Sensational Gold Medal

    "Britain's Kelly Holmes became Great Britain's first gold medal winner in track and field in Athens when she ran the race of her life to win a dramatic 800m at the Olympic Stadium.

    Holmes ran the perfect tactical race, sitting way off the strong pace set by American Jearl Miles Clark, before coming through with reigning champion Maria Mutola at the top of the straight.

    The 34-year-old, a bronze medallist in Sydney four years ago, would not be denied gold this time as she finally got the better of training partner Mutola with the line in sight.

    However, Moroccan Hasna Benhassie and Jolanda Ceplak of Slovenia were putting in renewed efforts on the outside and as Holmes' effort began to take its toll, the line came just in time to give her gold in one minute, 56.38 with five hundredths of a second to spare."

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    Ethiopia takes gold, bronze in women's 5,000

    "Ethiopia's Meseret Defar pulled away from Kenya's Isabella Ochichi in the final half-lap Monday to win the Olympic 5,000 meters in 14 minutes, 45.65 seconds.

    Ethiopia's Tirunesh Dibaba, the 2003 outdoor world champion at just 18 years old, took the bronze.

    ``Coming here, I knew I had a chance to win, but I had my doubts,'' Defar said. ``I feel sorry for Dibaba not getting a silver, as we planned, but gold and bronze feels good, too.''

    With a little more than 1,000 meters left, Defar and Ochichi began distancing themselves comfortably from the pack, the Kenyan leading by about a stride.

    Defar, the 2004 world indoor champion in the 3,000, stayed just off Ochichi's right shoulder until unleashing a strong kick with about 200 meters left. Defar steadily stretched her lead to about 15 meters by the end.

    ``When I attacked,'' Defar said, ``I was sure I was going to win.''"

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    Carly Patterson takes silver in beam

    "All-around champion Carly Patterson from Allen, Texas, won her third medal of these Olympics and the sixth for the U.S. women's gymnastics team Monday, taking silver behind Catalina Ponor of Romania in the balance beam finals.

    Alexandra Eremia of Romania took bronze. The Romanian women have four medals at these Olympics, including the gold in team competition.

    The six medals for the United States surpasses the total of five won by the women in 1992 and makes this the most successful team in a non-boycotted Olympics. Led by all-around champion Mary Lou Retton, the Americans won eight in 1984.

    In the floor exercise, Romania picked up two more medals in the finals Monday, with Ponor winning her second gold of the night and teammate Nicoleta Sofronie taking silver."

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    Volleyball: U.S. Beats Brazil

    "The United States men's volleyball team, already guaranteed a spot in the Olympic quarterfinals, posted a convincing four-set victory over previously undefeated Brazil on Monday night.

    The Americans carried a 2-2 record into play, good enough to assure them every tiebreaker advantage and a berth in the quarterfinals. They opened up a two- sets-to-none lead over Brazil (4-1) on the way to a 25-22, 25-23, 18-25, 25-22 victory.

    "We were really focused today. We all played very well," said USA captain Lloy Ball. "Brazil played really embarrassing. I hope they lose the rest of their matches. Greece will do great. All teams are quite equal."

    Reid Priddy and Brook Billings shared team honors with 10 points apiece."

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    Overtime goal lifts U.S. women into soccer title game

    "Now the story can end with the chance of a golden goodbye.

    With the U.S. women's soccer team's 2-1 win vs. rival Germany in overtime Monday, the retiring U.S. stars have the chance to end their Olympic careers as they began them as champions. The USA will play in the gold-medal game Thursday against Brazil, which upset Sweden 1-0 in the late game.

    In a game that was dominated by the USA until Germany tied the score in the 92nd minute, the USA was saved by the youngest player on the team, 19-year-old Heather O'Reilly, a sophomore-to-be at North Carolina who grew up with Mia Hamm posters on her bedroom wall in East Brunswick, N.J."

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    Canada protesting vault result

    Angry Canadian gymnastics officials say judging irregularities cost Kyle Shewfelt an Olympic bronze medal in the vault Monday night, an injustice exacerbated by the fact that their appeal has seemingly been ignored. Shewfelt, the Calgary gymnast who won Canada's first gold medal of the Games in Sunday's floor exercise, finished fourth in the vault. He was edged off the podium by Marian Dragulescu despite the fact the Romanian muffed his landing. more @ canada.com
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    Population and GDP Adjusted Athens Olympic Medal Table

    Athens 2004 olympic medal tally by population is as the name suggests an alternative way of looking at the medal table in athens - this time taking into consideration population. They have tables listed by:
    - Gold medals per million population
    - Total medals per million population
    - Weighted medal score per million population

    Population Adjusted Olympic Medal Table is a similar tool.

    The ABS has another medal table by population based on similar figures as at 23/8/04.

    Athens 2004 olympic medal tally by gross domestic product (GDP) is another interesting way to view the medal results based on nation's economies. They have medal tables arranged by:
    - Gold medals per GDP
    - Total medals per GDP
    - Weighted medal score per GDP

    Also of interest is this 2000 Sydney Games Medal Table by Population that sees the Bahamas, Barbados, Iceland, Australia and Cuba at the top of the tally.

    Lastly on an Aussie TV show (The Dream) tonight they made the observation that if Australia had a population of 294million people (as do the US) instead of their current 20million that it would currently have 168 Gold Medals, 112 Silvers and 182 Bronze. Quite an amusing thought.

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    Why the Olympics are making us cry

    "Why are the Olympics prompting so many tears?

    Crying is cathartic. When tears are shed by the lacrimal gland alongside the eyeball, it is a release for the emotions which have built up inside us.

    Letting those feelings out when they get too much is good for us, allowing us to deal with them....

    Paula Radcliffe's tears stemmed from her disappointment at having to pull out of such an important race, feeling the nation's hopes were resting on her.

    Professor Dryden said: "It was partly her interpretation of the nation's expectations on here. She probably feels she has let herself down and the nation....

    And why do we cry when we're watching the athletes? It's because we can relate to the highs and lows the athletes are experiencing.

    "We can see how the extremes of pride or disappointment are affecting them - and we feel it too," says Professor Dryden.

    "Watching at home, we get emotional because of empathy - it's something that is built into the human system."

    With another week of the Olympics to go, it may be worth keeping a box of tissues next to the television."

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    Ponor lands third gold of Games

    "Romania's Catalina Ponor captured her third gold medal of the Olympics when she tumbled her way to victory in the women's floor exercise on Monday. The 17-year-old thrilled the crowd with her energetic choreography and the equally impressed judges awarded her 9.750 as she led a Romanian one-two.

    Ponor's eye-catching combinations were enough to edge out compatriot Daniela Sofronie, a late replacement in the competition for injured team-mate Oana Ban.

    Such was the class of the Romanian duo they easily outscored bronze medallist Patricia Moreno of Spain.

    Catalina Ponor showed off her sublime balancing skills on the beam to win her second gold medal of the Athens Olympics on Monday.

    Having guided Romania to the team title last week, Ponor was rewarded for her precision and artistry with a winning score of 9.787."

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    New devices help track winners, losers at Games

    "From microchips on marathon runners' shoes to ultrasensitive touch pads in the pool, there's a 007 trove of gadgetry behind the Games to help separate the Olympic medal-winners from the also-rans.

    "Most people have no idea how we get the times," said Peter Huerzeler, who has been timing the Olympics for the past 36 years. He's working in Athens for Swatch, the watchmaker, keeping score at every venue.

    He's the nondescript guy with the Swiss accent who once dreamed of being an Olympic hockey player, but now moves through Athens, on a first-name basis with the megastars, in a bright blue polo shirt that says Team Timing on the back.

    As vice president of Swiss Timing, he swallowed hard when he had to disqualify the Swiss swimming team a week ago after his equipment proved one of their freestyle relay swimmers jumped off the starting block a tenth of a second before his teammate touched the wall."

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    Instant news cycle undermines Olympic coverage

    "Thanks to NBC's mostly tape-delayed coverage of the Olympics, viewers across the nation are lunging for their television remote controls in order to avoid hearing the results of Olympic competitions before NBC gets around to televising them. Svetlana Khorkinacouldn't bend over backwards any farther than American viewers have in order to avoid news of events that haven't yet been televised. I'm pretty sure I did a reverse two-and-a-half somersault as I jumped over the sofa and grabbed the clicker in time to change the channel before ESPN could tell me who won the men's 4 x 200 swimming relay the other day, because I didn't want to know the result before I could watch it that night.

    This isn't the first time that NBC has dealt with the difference in time zones by saving the most popular events for prime time, but if you want to pretend the events are live by avoiding news of the results ahead of time, you're probably finding it more difficult than ever, thanks to the constant flow of information that surrounds us. A few news shows, especially the ones on NBC cable affiliates, are thoughtful enough to give viewers fair warning before they report Olympic news, allowing us to switch the channel, turn off the TV or stick our fingers in our ears and hum Le Marseillaise in order to avoid unwanted information. But even if you dodge that bullet, you're likely to stumble into Olympic scores and results on those ubiquitous tickers at the bottom of your TV screen or by doing something innocent, like checking your e-mail. This very Web site, crack news organization that it is, spoiled the men's 100-meter dash for me by trumpeting the news of Justin Gatlin's win before I could avert my eyes."

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    Catalina Pono wins Women's Floor Exercises Gold Medal

    The winner of the Gold Medal: Catalina Ponor from Romania

    The winner of the Silver Medal: Nicoleta Daniela Sofronie from Romania

    The winner of the Bronze Medal: Patricia Moreno from Spain

    Meseret Defar wins Women's 5000m Gold Medal

    The winner of the Gold Medal: Meseret Defar from Ethiopia

    The winner of the Silver Medal: Isabella Ochichi from Kenya

    The winner of the Bronze Medal: Tirunesh Dibaba from Ethiopia

    South Africa strives for more black athletes

    "South Africa's Olympics chief is a conflicted man, proud of all his athletes yet openly disappointed the team doesn't fully reflect the dramatic changes in his country.

    Even as he celebrates the four medals won thus far -- by white swimmers and rowers -- Sam Ramsamy yearns for the day when he is no longer asked, "Why does your team have so few blacks?"

    "We can't change the demographics overnight," Ramsamy said. "But it's important that we try."

    During the apartheid era, when South Africa's white minority wielded power with an array of repressive laws, Ramsamy was an activist in exile, helping coordinate an effective international sports boycott."

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    Anabolic steroids found in Greek coachs warehouse

    "A search of a warehouse used by the coach at the center of a doping scandal involving the countrys star sprinters uncovered small amounts of anabolic steroids, Greeces National Organization of Medicines said Monday.

    The search coach Christos Tsekos facilities last week was part of an investigation into whether 2000 Olympic medalists Kostas Kenteris and Katerina Thanou tried to avoid a doping test on the eve of the Athens Games by staging a motorcycle accident.

    A prosecutor and two inspectors from the agency, the Greek equivalent of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, confiscated 641 boxes of food supplements and found that more than 1,000 of the supplements listed ephedrine as the main ingredient."

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    Milen Dobrev wins Men's 94kg Weightlifting Gold Medal

    The winner of the Gold Medal: Milen Dobrev from Bulgaria

    The winner of the Silver Medal: Khadjimourad Akkaev from Russia

    The winner of the Bronze Medal: Eduard Tjukin from Russia

    Russias Irina Korzhanenko stripped of Shot Put gold medal

    "Russias Irina Korzhanenko was stripped of her shot put gold medal Monday, the first athlete of theAthens Games to lose an Olympic title because of doping.

    Korzhanenko, the first woman to win a gold medal at the sacred site of Ancient Olympia, tested positive for the steroid stanozolol after Wednesdays competition. The backup sample confirmed the initial finding.

    The International Olympic Committee executive board expelled Korzhanenko from the games and ordered the Russian Olympic Committee to return the medal.

    The gold goes to Cubas Yumileidi Cumba Jay. Germanys Nadine Kleinert moves up to silver, and Russias Svetlana Krivelyova to bronze.

    I am surprised because we did everything to avoid such circumstances, said Nikolai Durmanov, head of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency."

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    Robert Fazekas wins Men's Discus

    The winner of the Gold Medal: Robert Fazekas from Hungary

    The winner of the Silver Medal: Virgilijus Alekna from Lithuania

    The winner of the Bronze Medal: Zoltan Kovago from Hungary

    Yao almost in tears after upset of Serbia-Montenegro

    "Yao Ming nearly broke into tears talking about China's 67-66 victory Monday over Serbia-Montenegro.

    China coach Del Harris, a veteran of 45 years on the sidelines including 14 seasons as an NBA head coach, called it the best win he's ever had.

    The emotional win put China into the quarterfinals, matching its best Olympic finish ever. It also meant no chance at a medal for the two-time defending world champions.

    Yao scored 27 points and made the decisive free throws with 28 seconds to play, leading a Chinese team that had lost three games by at least 25 points.

    "Today is indeed a day of great joy for us," said the 7-foot-6 Yao, who plays for the Houston Rockets. "Coach Harris has taught us the lesson of life. You should never give up no matter the circumstances."

    Harris took over the Chinese national program in May. It's important for China to improve toward medal contention - it hosts the next Summer Games in four years."

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    Iraqi soccer team carries nation's hopes

    "Argentina-Italy may look like a premier soccer matchup - but most eyes are on a team in Tuesday's other Olympic semifinal. Iraq has overcome unprecedented problems to get within one game of the gold-medal match. It has to beat another outsider, Paraguay, to reach the final and doesn't care who it meets when it gets there.

    "This success is very important for our people in Iraq," coach Adnan Hamad told reporters on the eve of the semifinal in Thessaloniki. "Every day we have one more win, they have more celebration. They are with us here.

    "We have to try our best to win and give our people some hope to be happy, to be smiling and to celebrate like other people.""

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    USA softball wins gold vs. Aussies USA softball wins gold vs. Aussies

    "Team USA captured the gold today by beating Australia 5-1, capping one of the most dominant team performances in Olympic history.

    The team's 79th win in a row was golden for the Tucson connection - the first gold medal for coach Mike Candrea of the University of Arizona, ex-Wildcats Jennie Finch and Lovie Jung and Tucson native Tairia Mims-Flowers. Former UA outfielder Leah O'Brien-Amico, meanwhile, won her third gold.

    Crystal Bustos was the big slugger today, hitting a two-run homer in the first inning, scoring O'Brien-Amico."

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    Valeri Goncharov wins Men's Parallel Bars Gold Medal - Gymnastics

    The winner of the Gold Medal: Valeri Goncharov from Ukraine

    The winner of the Silver Medal: Hiroyuki Tomita from Japan

    The winner of the Bronze Medal: Xiaopeng Li from China

    Matt Emmons loses gold medal after aiming at wrong target

    "With one bullet left to shoot, all Matt Emmons needed was a score of 7.2 to win his second gold medal of the Olympic Games. On his first nine shots in the finals, Emmons' lowest score was a 9.3. He took careful aim, fired ... bull's eye.

    Only Emmons' shot pierced the wrong target known as a crossfire resulting in a score of 0.

    Instead of gold, Emmons, 23, of Browns Hill, N.J., was left trying to explain the rare mistake that left him in eighth place.

    "Stuff happens," he said. "That's the Games, that's just sports. In all honesty, I was the best guy on the line. I can go away with that and be happy. I had a gold-medal performance, and that's all that matters. I don't know if I can make up for this, but I'm looking forward to Beijing. I'll live to shoot another day.""

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    'Russian roulette' Olympics death

    "There is a huge security operation at the Olympics
    A Greek policeman is being questioned after a soldier providing Olympic security was shot dead, apparently after playing Russian roulette.

    The shooting took place before dawn on Monday, at the gates of an Olympic village at Mount Parnitha in Athens.

    A 25-year-old soldier was shot in the forehead by a revolver that had held a single bullet, security sources said.

    A 20-year-old policeman, described as a new recruit, was being questioned over the incident.

    The policeman's partner on foot patrol at the time was also being questioned."

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    Francoise Mbango Etone wins Women's Triple Jump

    The winner of the Gold Medal: Francoise Mbango Etone from Cameroon

    The winner of the Silver Medal: Hrysopiyi Devetzi from Greece

    The winner of the Bronze Medal: Tatyana Lebedeva from Russia

    Catalina Ponor wins Women's Beam Gold Medal - Gymnastics

    The winner of the Gold Medal: Catalina Ponor from Romania

    The winner of the Silver Medal: Carly Patterson from United States

    The winner of the Bronze Medal: Alexandra Georgiana Eremia from Romania

    Kelly Holmes wins Women's 800m Gold Medal

    The winner of the Gold Medal: Kelly Holmes from United Kingdom (Great Britain)

    The winner of the Silver Medal: Hasna Benhassi from Morocco

    The winner of the Bronze Medal: Jolanda Ceplak from Slovenia

    Jeremy Warimer wins Men's 400m Gold Medal

    The winner of the Gold Medal: Jeremy Warimer from United States

    The winner of the Silver Medal: Otis Harris from United States

    The winner of the Bronze Medal: Derrick Dres from United States

    Holmes Gets Gold in 800m

    Great Britain's Kelly Holmes stormed to a sensational Olympic gold with a perfect piece of 800m running.

    Holmes fought past reigning champion Maria Mutola in an epic duel over the last 80 metres to take Britain's first track gold of these Games.

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    Gervasio Deferr wins Men's Vault Gold Medal - Gymnastics

    The winner of the Gold Medal: Gervasio Deferr from Spain

    The winner of the Silver Medal: Evgeni Sapronenko from Latvia

    The winner of the Bronze Medal: Marian Dragulescu from Romania

    Shewfelt falls short of second medal

    Kyle Shewfelt gave Canada its first gold medal of the 2004 Olympic Games - and first ever medal in artistic gymnastics - winning the men's floor exercise event final. Shewfelt finished fourth today in the vault final.

    canada.com

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    Xu Wang wins Women's 72kg Freestyle Wrestling Gold Medal

    The winner of the Gold Medal: Xu Wang from China

    The winner of the Silver Medal: Gouzel Maniourova from Russia

    The winner of the Bronze Medal: Kyoko Hamaguchi from Japan

    Another Silver for Canada

    Verbeek claims silver for Canada

    Canadian wrestler Tonya Verbeek won a silver medal in the 55-kilogram Olympic division Monday, beaten 6-0 by world champion Saori Yoshida of Japan in the final.

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    Kaori Icho wins Women's 63kg Freestyle Wrestling Gold Medal

    The winner of the Gold Medal: Kaori Icho from Japan

    The winner of the Silver Medal: Sara McMann from United States

    The winner of the Bronze Medal: Lise Legrand from France

    Saori Yoshida wins Women's 55kg Freestyle Wrestling Gold Medal

    The winner of the Gold Medal: Saori Yoshida from Japan

    The winner of the Silver Medal: Tonya Verbeek from Canada

    The winner of the Bronze Medal: Anna Gomis from France

    Irini Merleni wins Women's 48kg Freestyle Wrestling Gold Medal

    The winner of the Gold Medal: Irini Merleni from Ukraine

    The winner of the Silver Medal: Chiharu Icho from Japan

    The winner of the Bronze Medal: Patricia Miranda from United States

    Australia win Men's Team Pursuit - Cycling - Gold Medal

    The winner of the Gold Medal: Team from Australia

    The winner of the Silver Medal: Team from United Kingdom (Great Britain)

    The winner of the Bronze Medal: Team from Spain

    United States wins Softball gold Medal

    The winner of the Gold Medal: Team from United States

    The winner of the Silver Medal: Team from Australia

    The winner of the Bronze Medal: Team from Japan

    GB cyclists miss out on Gold

    Britain's team pursuit quartet have been beaten in the gold medal race-off against Australia.

    Steve Cummings, Paul Manning, Rob Hayles and Bradley Wiggins were behind from the first lap.

    The formidable Australian quartet, who had broken the world record qualifying for the final, clocked a time of three minutes 58.233 seconds.

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    Another Canadian medal on the way

    Verbeek to wrestle for the gold

    Canada is guaranteed at least a silver medal in women's wrestling after Tonya Verbeek advanced to the final in the 55-kilogram division at the Summer Olympics on Monday.

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    August 23, 2004

    South African 'heroes of the pool' in swimsuit drama

    "With the spectre of disciplinary action hanging over them from swimming officials back home, South Africa's medal-winning stars have been lauded at a dinner in Athens.

    The 4x100m freestyle relay team of Ryk Neethling, Darian Townsend, Roland Schoeman and Lyndon Ferns, along with Zimbabwe's triple medallist, Kirsty Coventry, were the stars at a dinner hosted last night by the National Olympic Committee of South Africa to celebrate the victories by the two southern African nations.

    Those celebrations were dimmed somewhat by the news that the four South Africans would be subject to a disciplinary hearing by Swimming SA. This was because they had not used the swimsuits made by the organisation's sponsor, Speedo, and did not swim in the events for which Swimming SA had entered them.

    'We have different opinions on certain things'
    The four apparently each used an Arena swimsuit, which they said was "faster" than the Speedo outfit Swimming SA wanted them to wear, in the relay.

    As Neethling pointed out: "We came to Athens and did our jobs. We swam fast and won.""

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    Doping scandals spoiling party for hosts

    "He swore on his children -- his "two little angels" -- that he's clean.

    In Greek terms, there's no more powerful oath. This is the Olympics, though, and the real authority rests with the anti-doping bloodhounds.

    Greece's top two sprinters bowed out of the games last week rather than face them. On Sunday, a sobbing and pleading Leonidas Sampanis returned his bronze weightlifting medal after tests showed twice the acceptable amount of testosterone.

    "I swear to God. I swear on my children, my two little angels, that I never took anything," he said on national television. "I want you all to stand by me."

    Sampanis was the first athlete at the Athens Games to lose a medal because of doping results. It took the coaxing of a teammate to persuade Sampanis to hand back the medal -- which carries the image of the winged Greek goddess Nike, or Victory.

    Losing that medal took Greece's tally down to six. Without sprinters Kostas Kenteris and Katerina Thanou to rely on, hopes of surpassing the 13 medals won by Greeks in Sydney four years ago seemed unlikely."

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    Canada guaranteed silver medal in women's wrestling after Verbeek advances

    "Canada is guaranteed at least a silver medal in women's wrestling after Tonya Verbeek advanced to the final in the 55-kilogram division at the Summer Olympics on Monday.

    Verbeek, a native of Beamsville, Ont., defeated Ida-Theeres Karlsson of Sweden 3-1 in the semifinals and will face Saori Yoshida of Japan, one of the best female wrestlers in the world, in the final later Monday.

    "This match I felt a little tighter just knowing that it makes such a huge difference in whether you're guaranteed a medal or you might still have to fight for one," said Verbeek, a silver medallist at the Pan Am Games last summer. "But if you get ahead of yourself it takes away from what you want to do out there.""

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    BBC's Sharron Davies' nipples distracting viewers

    "BBC Olympics presenter Sharron Davies says she's bemused by a row centring on her nipples.

    It's reported that the BBC has ordered cameramen to shoot Davies her from the shoulders up during broadcasts from the Olympic pool.

    The Daily Mirror says the BBC received a handful of complaints from viewers who said the 41-year-old's prominent nipples had diverted attention from the action in the pool.

    But the former swimmer said: "If it means more people are watching the Olympics, then it's a positive thing.They might learn a lot about swimming, get drawn into the sport and actually find they enjoy it!

    "If it's detracting from the swimmers - who are most the real stars - then it's a different matter.""

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    Holmes has no help!

    Kelly Holmes says there will be no repeat of the controversial team tactics she and Maria Mutola were widely believed to used to help her win a medal at the world championships in Paris last year.

    Angry rivals accused Holmes and Mutola, close friends and training partners who share a coach, of aiding each other to ensure the Briton won a silver medal in the 800 metres won by the Mozambican.

    Source Guardian Holmes flying solo

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    Spain, Lithuania wrap up 5-0 record in group play; U.S. tries to bounce back against Angola

    "Spain could have tanked its game against New Zealand, thereby eliminating European rival Serbia-Montenegro from medal contention. Instead, the Spaniards came to play Monday and won 88-84, knocking New Zealand out and keeping the defending world champions in medal contention.

    Meanwhile, the United States plays Angola (0-4) at 7:30 a.m. EDT. The Americans (2-2) are trying to recover from Saturday's 94-90 loss to Lithuania.

    The game figures to be the easiest of the Olympics for the U.S. squad, though it'll be nowhere near as lopsided as the Angola-U.S. game in 1992, when the Dream Team opened the Barcelona Olympics with a 116-48 victory over players who had holes in their sneakers.

    Lithuania also closed out a perfect preliminary round Monday by defeating Australia 100-85. Lithuania became the first team in the tournament to reach 100 points."

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    Women's wrestling makes debut without the Jell-O

    "Women's wrestling made its Olympic debut Sunday. And for all those whose minds are in the gutter, there was no mud and no Jell-O involved.

    This was the straight stuff, complete with takedowns, escapes and reversals. That's exactly what the participants wanted everyone to notice.

    "The Olympic Games give us a platform where we can speak to other countries and to U.S. citizens," said Patricia Miranda, one of four U.S. women wrestlers here in Athens. "We get a medium where we are able to say: 'Hey look at us. Is this a sport?'"

    It sure looks like one, even though many of us have been conditioned to respond: "Women wrestling? Gross!" And then visions of wrestlers who look like Roseanne Barr right after an Oreo binge dance in our heads.

    These ladies have heard it all before. They have been insulted, put down and flat out told no along the way."

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    South African hockey men lose again - Hockey

    "The South Africans played well below par and got their lone goal from Emile Smith who latched on to a pass from top goal scorer Greg Nicol.

    For the New Zealanders Dave Kosoof opened the scoring in the ninth minute, followed by a pair of converted penalty corners from Haden Shaw (38th and 46th minute) and a master slap shot from Phillip Burrows in the last minute that rattled the back boards, behind 'keeper David Staniforth.

    Even though they lost all of their games, bar the single win against seventh ranked, Argentina, Craig Jackson's men can go home with their heads held high as they earned much respect from the hockey world.

    Every other team in their pool were ranked higher than them, yet they where not overawed by the occasion and refused to roll over. They led both sixth-ranked India and second-ranked and double defending Olympic champions Holland by two goals."

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    U.S. women's softball could be golden today

    "One win from gold. One shutout from perfection.

    Lisa Fernandez reacts after the final out of the team's semifinal game agaisnt Australia Sunday.
    Click photo for larger image.

    The U.S. softball team, unbeaten, unscored upon and almost unbelievable, rolled to its eighth consecutive shutout yesterday, 5-0, against Australia, and into the gold medal game.

    "We're here for one thing," pitcher Lisa Fernandez said, "and that's to win a gold medal."

    To take their third consecutive Olympic title, the Americans will have to beat the Australians -- the closest thing they have to an archrival -- again.

    After getting beat by the United States earlier yesterday in the heat, Australia took cold showers, ate sandwiches, reapplied sun block and qualified for today's championship game by beating Japan 3-0 behind Tanya Harding's fourth shutout.

    "We want another bite of the cherry," Australian coach Simon Roskvist said. "They're tough, but so are we. We're going to come right at them.""

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    Decathletes' quest for gold starts today

    "They're staying just outside the Olympic sports complex, behind the train station where thousands of spectators have been arriving each day for the Summer Games.

    Harry Marra, director of the World's Greatest Athlete Decathlon Club, wanted to make life as comfortable as possible for his two U.S. Olympic medal hopefuls, world champion Tom Pappas and former Spartan Paul Terek.

    So the club rented a house that's a nine-minute walk from the Olympic Stadium, where the two athletes and teammate Bryan Clay will compete today in the decathlon.

    "Tom and Paul are ready to go," Marra said. "You're going to see a different Tom than you did at the Olympic trials, and Paul has been more focused than ever."

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    Athanasia Tsoumeleka wins Woman's 20km Road Walk Gold Medal

    The winner of the Gold Medal: Athanasia Tsoumeleka from Greece

    The winner of the Silver Medal: Olimpiada Ivanova from Russia

    The winner of the Bronze Medal: Jane Saville from Australia

    Bush in strife over Olympic mention

    "US President George W. Bush's re-election campaign will continue to run a television advertisement that mentions the Olympics, despite questions about whether that violates the by-laws for the Games.

    US Olympic Committee officials had contacted the campaign about the ad and were awaiting a reply, USOC spokesman Darryl Seibel said in Athens today.

    But campaign spokesman Scott Stanzel said there were no plans to pull the ad.

    "We are on firm legal ground to mention the Olympics and make a factual point in a political advertisement," he said.

    The ad shows a swimmer and the flags of Iraq and Afghanistan.

    "In 1972, there were 40 democracies in the world. Today, 120," an announcer says. "Freedom is spreading throughout the world like a sunrise. And this Olympics there will be two more free nations. And two fewer terrorist regimes."

    Some of the players on the Iraqi Olympic soccer team have complained about the ad appearing as part of a political campaign.

    Anything relating to the Olympics belongs to the International Olympic Committee in general and to the USOC in the United States."

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    Thomas Dvorak in trouble

    "Thomas Dvorak, three times world champion and former world record holder, limped across the line in the 100m, the first discipline of the Olympic decathlon on Monday, and looked unlikely to be able to complete the gruelling two-day test. The 32-year-old Czech managed only 11.53 in the first heat.

    His right knee was strapped but it appeared to be his right ankle causing the problems as he removed his shoe and limped heavily away from the arena."

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    Moroccans lead field into 1,500 final

    "Moroccan duo Hicham El Guerrouj and Adil Kaouch led the way into the Olympic men's 1,500 metres final when they each won one of Saturday's semi-finals.

    El Guerrouj, world record holder and four times world champion, is running his way back to form after struggling all season with respiratory problems.

    In a steadily-run second semi-final he eased clear to win in three minutes 40.87 seconds with Rui Silva of Portugal, Tim Kiptanui of Kenya, Mulugeta Wendimu of Ethiopia and Kamal Boulahfane joining him in the final.

    Kaouch, who used to act as pacemaker for his illustrious compatriot, showed a strong finish to stay clear of Bernard Lagat, the fastest man in the world this year, in winning the first semi-final in 3:35.69."

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    Paula Radcliffe 'devastated'

    "Paula Radcliffe would only say she was "devastated" as she left the Panathinaiko stadium in Athens after pulling out of the Olympic marathon.

    The pre-race favourite succumbed to the searing heat at the 36km mark and was later taken to a medical centre where she was put on a saline drip.

    A spokesman for the British Olympic Association described her as "emotionally and physically drained".

    Radcliffe is expected to hold a news conference later on Monday.

    There are suggestions she may yet decide to run in Friday's 10,000m following her defeat, but that is still thought to be unlikely given how drained she was after the race."

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    Rower too exhausted to carry on: team boss

    "The manager of Australia's women's rowing team has leapt to the defence of a member of the eights crew who stopped rowing during Sunday's Olympic final.

    Sally Robbins stopped rowing late in the race, leaving the Australian crew losing ground to cross the line in sixth place after going to the start line as one of the medal favourites.

    Team manager Wayne Diplock said Robbins was exhausted.

    "It basically gets to the end of the regatta and it's a combination I suppose of mental and physical exhaustion and just one of those things," he said.

    "I think we saw it in the men's eights race as well. The timing's a little bit wrong and if one rower gets exhausted a couple of hundred metres out, there's not a lot you can do.""

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    I was THG whistleblower, admits Gatlin coach

    "The coach of new Olympic 100 metres champion Justin Gatlin has admitted he was the man who sent a syringe of the designer steroid THG (tetrahydrogestrinone) to the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA).

    The receipt of the syringe from an unknown source in June last year gave drug testers their first hint of the existence of the new substance and kicked off an ongoing international doping scandal.

    "I did it. As a coach it seemed the right thing to do at the time and it still does," Trevor Graham told Reuters after Gatlin won the sprint gold in Athens this morning.

    "Would I do it again? Yes.""

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    Yelling consoles Radcliffe

    "Paula Radcliffe's worst fears came true in the searing Athens heat as her Olympic dream ended in tears.

    Radcliffe has promised to shed some light on the reasons why her bid for marathon gold went so disastrously wrong on Sunday night. In a way, she has already given the explanation, albeit in an interview a fortnight before the event.

    For it was then that she first gave an indication that running uphill on a sweltering Sunday in the middle of the Greek summer might not be to her advantage. She had said: "I am probably the fastest finisher in the field but I think you have to take into account the course and the heat. No game plan is ever set in stone, that can be dangerous if you don't feel right on the day. Hopefully the conditions will be better in the evening."

    If the conditions were playing on her mind, seeing the temperature gauge hit 35 degrees at the start of the race at Marathon itself will not have done much for her confidence and once she got under way, Radcliffe probably found the course even worse than she imagined."

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    Gatlin Proves to Be Fastest of Them All

    "Justin Gatlin shoveled the snow off his track in North Carolina, braving the cold to keep practicing, keep working, keep chasing Olympic gold. He finally caught it Sunday night, outrunning the fastest field in Olympic history to become the youngest 100-meter champion in 36 years.

    Gatlin ran a personal best 9.85 seconds, barely holding off Portugal's Francis Obikwelu, defending gold medalist Maurice Greene, outspoken teammate Shawn Crawford and Jamaica's Asafa Powell.

    It was the first time in Olympic history that five men broke 10 seconds in a race. Four did it at the 1996 Atlanta Games.

    Obikwelu finished in 9.86 for silver. Greene took bronze in 9.87 and Crawford was fourth in 9.89.

    "I said it was going to be the most exciting race in the world, and it was," said Gatlin, a 22-year-old Brooklyn, N.Y. native who now lives in Raleigh, N.C. "This is what I train for, that's why I shoveled the snow off North Carolina tracks. That's why I'm here. I'm here to win the gold medal.""

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    Anger as George W Bush bids to exploit Olympic games

    "United States President George Bush stood accused of appropriating the Olympic movement for political means on Sunday night, amid reports he was planning to visit Athens later this week to watch some sporting events, including a potential gold-medal winning bid by the Iraqi football team.

    According to unconfirmed reports in the US, the White House is examining the logistical and security implications of Bush travelling to the Greek capital in time for Saturday's football final. Iraq, whose progress to the semi-finals of the tournament has been one of the games' most captivating stories, will meet Paraguay on Tuesday night for a possible place in the finals.

    The Greek foreign ministry confirmed on Sunday night that the US secretary of state, Colin Powell, will be in Athens for the closing ceremony.

    But it is the potential presidential visit to the games that will fuel a dispute between the election campaign of Bush and his running mate, Dick Cheney, and the US Olympic Committee over an advert which links Iraq's and Afghanistan's participation in the games with the US administration's "war on terror"."

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    Interestingly if Bush decides to visit to watch the Iraq team play for Gold the team itself is not likely to welcome him as they have made it clear that they do not think highly of him - branding Bush a criminal.

    'Members of the Iraqi Olympic soccer team branded US President George Bush a 'criminal' and called for American troops to pull out of the war-torn country.

    Speaking after winning their group stage at the Games in Greece, one player said he would take up arms against US troops in his country.

    And the team attacked Mr Bush for running re-election campaign adverts featuring the Iraqi team.

    "Iraq as a team does not want Mr Bush to use us for the presidential campaign," said midfielder Salih Sadir. "He can find another way to advertise himself."

    Sadir was angered at Mr Bush's adverts, which show pictures of the Afghan and Iraqi flags with the words: "At this Olympics there will be two more free nations and two fewer terrorist regimes."

    "We don't wish for the presence of Americans in our country. We want them to go away," said Sadir, aged 21, whose home town of Najaf has been battered by the war.

    Another star player, Ahmed Manajid, aged 22, said of Mr Bush: "How will he meet his god having slaughtered so many men and women? He has committed so many crimes."'

    In Related news - Powell to Attend Athens Closing Ceremony

    update - Bush squelched rumor of Games Attendance:

    'Mr. Bush also squelched a rumor that he would swoop into Athens on a secret flight to catch an Olympic event. Last Thanksgiving, Mr. Bush secretly flew overnight to Baghdad to visit the U.S. troops stationed there.
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    �"You're not going to Athens this week, are you?" a reporter asked the president. "Athens, Texas?" Mr. Bush quipped. "The Olympics, Greece," the reporter clarified. "Oh, the Olympics. No, I'm not," Mr. Bush said.

    ����He did, however, say that he has been watching the games, noting that he liked the Iraqi soccer team and "seeing the Afghan woman carrying the flag, coming in." '

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    Olympic Swimmer - Tammy Crow - Heads to Jail

    "An Olympic Synchronized swimmer will head to jail after she competes in the summer games. Tammy Crow will serve 90 days for her role in a car accident that killed a man from Fairport.Shortly after Crow gets back from Athens, she will begin her sentence.Police say Crow lost control of her SUV in February of 2003,killingCody Tatro of Fairport. Tammy Crow pleaded "no contest" to vehicular manslaughter. She appealed the jail sentence, but last week, the appeal was rejected."

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    Olympians Pursue Marketing Gold

    "For millions of Americans, gymnast Paul Hamm's fame began only when the broad-shouldered Olympian shrugged off a fall in the vaulting competition last week and made an inspired comeback to win gold. So was credit card giant Visa U.S.A. just lucky that it's been featuring his face for months inside its customers' billing statements?

    Hardly. A new generation of Olympic athletes is just starting to enjoy its moment in the spotlight. But for the competitors -- and agents and marketers -- trying to capitalize on the short-lived glory achieved in Athens, it is increasingly about signing contracts months or even years before the games began.

    Visa signed swimmer Michael Phelps -- who won eight medals in this Olympics -- to a marketing and sponsorship contract 2 1/2 years ago, when he was just 16 and virtually unknown. Well before any medals were awarded, U.S. softball pitcher Jennie Finch had signed deals with Bank of America and Bolle sunglasses and gymnast Carly Patterson had agreed to endorsements for ATT Wireless and McDonald's. "

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    Nicolas Massu of Chile defeats Mardy Fish of the US - Men's Singles - Tennis

    "Mardy Fish, who came into the Olympics known more for being Andy Roddick's buddy and doubles partner than for his own merits as a player, walked away with the USA's only tennis medal Sunday, winning the silver.

    Fish was unseeded in the Olympic tournament but used his attacking style to overpower opponent after opponent until he ran into the hard-hitting Nicolas Massu of Chile, falling in five grueling sets 6-3, 3-6, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4. The match lasted four hours.

    "I really wanted to hear the national anthem played after the match," Fish said. "That's what kept me going to try to do everything I could to win the match.""

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    Traffic Troubles In Greece Turn Deadly

    "When Greek authorities officially switched on an elaborate security system this month for the 2004 Olympic Games, local crime went into freefall almost immediately.

    Overall crime is down 42%, including a 65% drop in major thefts, according to the Greek Ministry of Public Order.

    But there has been no antidote for what Greek officials are describing as an inexplicable surge in fatal traffic accidents.

    Since Aug. 1, at least 27 people have been killed in vehicle-related accidents throughout Athens, several of them near major Olympic venues.

    Three of the dead have been Greek police officers. And an Olympian, a Danish sailor, has been under investigation related to one incident involving the death of a British pedestrian.

    Although there are 290 surveillance cameras and microphones at venues and virtually every major choke point in the city, the network so far has been unable to deter the losses on the street."

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    McDonald's strikes gold as US swimming star goes burger crazy

    "Not everyone will be happy about this, but these are turning into a golden games for the golden arches.

    As the "Official Restaurant" of the Olympic Games, McDonald's always expected to flip a few burgers in Athens.

    It estimates that its three Olympic food service venues - at the Olympic village, the main stadium complex and the media centre - will get through "2m meat patties, 404,469 lbs of potatoes and 26,455 lbs of lettuce" during the Games.

    As part of what McDonald's calls its "proud tradition of serving the athletes of the world", the company is also helping athletes to plan their meals at the Games with "nutritional information and suggestions for meal combinations".

    What the company cannot have bargained for - or indeed dreamed of - is that US swimmer Michael Phelps, the phenomenon who won six golds and two bronzes in the Olympic pool, would proclaim the end of his active participation at Athens with the words: "It's McDonald's time".

    After his first day off, a demob happy Phelps was delighted to provide more information.

    "I had a Big Mac and that's all I had. I had McDonald's for both meals today. Two meals so far... double cheeseburgers.""

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    Olympic champ Stacy Dragila ousted in pole vault

    "In a stunning surprise in the pole vault, defending Olympic champion Stacy Dragila failed to make it out of qualifying. The American won when the vault debuted as a womens event at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

    Dragila missed three attempts at 14 feet, 5 1/4 inches. After her third miss, she shook her head in dismay."

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