Saturday's sports roundup



Chinese, Russianshooters set marks
ATHENS, Greece -- Two Chinese shooters and two Russians set Olympic records during the air rifle and air pistol events Saturday.
China's Li Du scored 502 points to win the gold medal in the women's 10-meter air rifle, and silver medalist Lioubov Galkina's 399 in qualifying was also an Olympic record.
Wang Yifu got China's second gold medal, winning the men's 10-meter air pistol event on the final shot. Russian Mikhail Nestruev took the silver.
Wang finished with an Olympic-record 690 points. Nestruev's 689.8 was the second-highest total in the games' history. Nestruev had scored 591 in qualification to break another Olympic mark.
The previous women's qualifying record of 397 was set by Petra Horneber of Germany in Atlanta in 1996, then equaled by Kang Cho-hyun of South Korea at Sydney four years ago. The overall women's record had been Yeo Kab-soon's 498.2 in Barcelona in 1992.
Wang and Nestruev both exceeded the overall air pistol record of 688.9 set by Franck Dumoulin of France in 2000. The men's air pistol qualifying record of 590 had been jointly set by Wang and Dumoulin on that same day in Sydney.
Japan's Nomurawins judo gold
Tadahiro Nomura of Japan won the gold medal Saturday in men's 60kg judo, beating Nestor Khergiani of Georgia.
Choi Min-ho of South Korea and Tsagaanbaatar Khashbaatar of Mongolia shared the bronze.
Ryoko Tani of Japan won the gold medal Saturday in the women's 48-kg judo, defeating France's Frederique Jossinet.
The bronze medals went to Julia Matijass of Germany and Feng Gao of China.
Greece upsetin men's soccer
THESSALONIKI, Greece -- Mali upset Greece 2-0 to put the host in danger of exiting the Olympic soccer tournament in the first round.
First-half goals by Mamadi Berthe and Tenema Ndiaye put the Africans in control while Greece squandered chances to get back in the game and even missed a penalty kick in injury time.
The win gave Mali four points in two games. Greece has one point and must beat Mexico in its final game to have any chance of advancing.
In other matches Carlos Tevez and Javier Saviola put Argentina into the quarterfinals with a 2-0 victory over Tunisia.
Australia routed Serbia-Montenegro 5-1 thanks to two goals each from John Aloisi and Ahmad Elrich. South Korea edged Mexico 1-0 on a goal from Kim Jung-woo.
Hongyan upendedin badminton opener
ATHENS, Greece -- France's Pi Hongyan, the No. 8 seed in women's singles, lost her first-round match against Seo Yoon-hee from South Korea, 11-6, 6-11, 11-7 in the biggest upset on the opening day of badminton competition at Goudi Olympic Hall. Top-seeded Gong Ruina of China trailed Singapore's Li Li in the first set before rallying to win 11-9, 11-4.
Americans advancein table tennis
ATHENS, Greece -- Americans Ilija Lupulesku and Jasna Reed each won their first-round matches.
Lupulesku advanced with a 4-0 win over Juan Papic of Chile in men's singles, while Reed beat the Czech Republic's Renata Strbikova 4-2 in women's singles.
Lupulesku and Reed won medals for Yugoslavia at the Seoul Olympics in 1988.
American Tawny Banh also advanced, but Khoa Nguyen lost to Australia's William Hentzell.
Greek womenin sailing lead
The Olympic sailing regatta began with two races in four different events with Greeks doing well on home waters.
Greece's duo of Sofia Bekatorou and Aimilia Tsoulfa had the top performance of the day, placing first and second in the women's 470 class to give them the lead in that event. Aimilios Papathanasiou had a second-place finish behind Mateusz Kusznierewicz of Poland in the men's Finn class.
The French crew topped the Yngling class, which was making its Olympic debut. Britain topped the men's 470 class.
There are 11 sailing events.
Spain posts handballwin over South Korea
ATHENS, Greece -- Juan Garcia scored six goals, and three other players added four goals each as Spain edged South Korea 31-30 to open the men's handball competition.
Manual Colon, Talant Dujshebaev and Fernando Hernandez scored four goals apiece. South Korea was led by Paek Won-chul and Yoon Kyung-min with six goals each.
Elsewhere, Istvan Pasztor scored nine goals to lead Hungary over Eqypt 33-28, and Eduard Kokcharov scored nine for Russia in a 28-25 win over Slovenia. Olafur Stefansson scored 10 times for Iceland in a 34-30 loss to Croatia.
Also, it was Germany 28, Greece 18, and France 31, Brazil 17.
Australia upsetin field hockey
ATHENS, Greece -- Two-time defending gold medalist Australia was upset by Germany 2-1 on the first day of women's field hockey pool play.
Nadine Ernsting Krienke and Silke Mueller scored in the first half for Germany, while Julie Towers scored in the second half for Australia.
Argentina, among the favorites to win the gold medal, beat Spain 4-0 with goals from four different players.
Netherlands opened with an easy 6-2 win over South Africa. Mijntje Donners scored three goals for the Dutch, who are ranked third in the world and are hoping to improve on their bronze medal from Sydney four years ago.
Ageeth Boomgaardt, Fatima Moreira de Melo and Maartje Scheepstra also scored for the Netherlands, while South Africa got both of its goals from Jenny Wilson.
China got goals from Baorong Fu, Chunling Tang and Qunqing Chen in its 3-0 shutout of Japan.
Associated Press
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