Roundup of Sunday's sports
American and Ukrainian archers won the first Olympic competitions to be held in Panathinaiko Stadium since the marble facility hosted the first modern games in 1896. Jennifer Nichols of Cheyenne, Wyo., defeated Rina Dewi Puspitasari of Indonesia and Tetyana Berezhna beat Greece's Fotini Vavatsi in the opening matches of the women's tournament. Bhutan's Tshering Chhoden, seeded 54th, upset No. 11 seed Lin Sang of China, and No. 9 seed Natalia Valeeva of Italy lost to Jasmin Figueroa of the Philippines.
Ronald Susilo of Singapore shocked No. 1 seed Lin Dan of China 15-12, 15-10 in first round, and Britain's Tracey Hallam upset former world champion and 2000 Olympic silver medalist Camilla Martin of Denmark 11-2, 5-11, 13-10 in the second. Americans Kevin Han and Howard Bach won their opening match, 15-4, 15-1 over Dorian James and Stewart Carson of South Africa.
Cuba, one of the favorites in the tournament, defeated Australia 4-1. Adiel Palma pitched eight shutout innings to pick up the win, giving up just two hits. Japan's 12-0 rout of Italy was halted after seven innings because of the mercy rule. Starting pitcher Koji Uehara threw six scoreless innings for the win, giving up four hits and one walk while striking out four.
Also, Netherlands defeated Greece 11-0 and Canada beat Taiwan 7-0.
Donna Loffhagen had 19 points and 14 rebounds, and New Zealand bounced back from a 52-point, opening-game loss to the United States with an 81-73 victory over South Korea. Gina Farmer had 22 points for New Zealand, which opened the game with a 12-2 run and led by as many as 17 points. Kim Yeong Ok had 21 points for South Korea (0-2).
American welterweight Vanes Martirosyan battered Algeria's Benamar Meskine in a 45-20 victory in the preliminaries to earn a second-round match with Cuba's Lorenzo Aragon.
The first day of dressage competition ended with American Darren Chiacchia in fourth on Windfall 2 after scoring 44.6 penalty points. Germany's riders claimed two of the top three places, with Bettina Hoy well ahead, earning 32.0 on Ringwood Cockatoo.
Timea Nagy of Hungary defended her Olympic epee title, beating France's Laura Flessel-Colovic 15-10. Nagy also beat Flessel-Colovic in the 2000 semifinals in Sydney. American Kamara James lost her opening match to Tatiana Logounova of Russia 15-11.
Jamie Dwyer scored three goals to help Australia to a 4-1 victory over neighbor New Zealand. Greg Nicol scored twice in four minutes to help South Africa rally past Argentina, 2-1. Also, Bjoern Emmerling and Bjoern Michael scored in Germany's 2-1 win over Pakistan, and Santiago Freixa's goal enabled Spain to salvage a 1-1 tie with South Korea. Also, Netherlands defeated India 3-1 and Britain defeated Egypt 3-1.
Two-time defending gold medalist Denmark defeated current world champion France, 35-26, and Hungary, finalists in the last Olympics and world championships, beat China 28-24. Angola went close to upsetting Spain, but Montserrat Puche tied it for Spain with just seconds remaining and the match ended in a 24-24 tie. Also, Brazil beat Greece 29-21.
Japan completed the second day of the competition with a total of three gold medals. Matato Uchishiba took Japan's third gold medal with a victory in the men's 145 pounds (66 kg). Yuki Yokosawa failed to make it four-for-four with a loss to China's Xian Dongmei in the women's 114 pounds (52 kg).
The U.S. women's and men's eights teams both set world bests in rowing along with Australian pair Sally Newmarch and Amber Halliday. In the women's eights competition, the American crew set a time of 5:56.55. The men's eights also set a world best in their heat, completing the course in 5:19.85. Competing in the women's lightweight double sculls heats, the Australians completed the 2,000-meter course in 6:49.9 to break a mark that had stood for nine years.
The notorious Meltemi wind came whipping out of the north, bringing mayhem to the courses on the Saronic Gulf, capsizing at least 10 boats. Americans Paul Foerster and Kevin Burnham moved up a spot to second overall in the 470 class with finishes of second and 15th.
Alexei Alipov of Russia won the gold medal in trap shooting with a perfect final round. Alipov shot all 25 targets in the final to finish with an overall score of 149, tying the Olympic record. In qualifying, Alipov also matched an Olympic record, scoring 124 out of a possible 125. American Lance Bade of Vancouver, Wash., who won a bronze medal in trap in Atlanta in 1996, finished fifth. Olena Kostevych of Ukraine won the gold in women's 10-meter air pistol after a shoot-off.
Iraq defeated Costa Rica 2-0 in a game where a boisterous crowd not only provided atmosphere but temporarily halted play as jubilant Iraqi fans ran onto the field. Ghana stunned Paraguay 2-1 with two goals in the final nine minutes, Portugal bounced back from its opening-game loss to Iraq with a 2-1 win over Morocco, and Italy scored three times in the first half and then held off Japan, 3-2.
A pair of American doubles teams won 4-0. Tawny Banh and Gao Jun beat Luisana Perez and Fabiola Ramos of Venezuela, and Mark Hazinski and Ilija Lupulesku beat Nigeria's Monday Merotohun and Segun Toriola. Banh and Jasna Reed both lost singles matches.
Venus Williams overpowered Melinda Czink of Hungary 6-1, 6-2, and Andy Roddick made his Olympic debut with a 6-3, 7-6 (4) victory over Flavio Saretta of Brazil. Justine Henin-Hardenne beat Barbora Strycova 6-3, 6-4. David Nalbandian withdrew because of a strained left thigh.
Top-ranked American beach volleyball duo Misty May and Kerri Walsh defeated Japan's Chiaki Kusuhara and Ryoko Tokuno 21-9, 21-16 in preliminary pool play. Earlier, Americans Dax Holdren and Stein Metzger rallied from a set down to beat Australians Andrew Schacht and Josh Slack, staving off two match points in the second set and winning 22-24, 24-22, 15-13.
Tony Azevedo scored three goals, including the last-second clincher, as the United States defeated Croatia 7-6. The Americans called a timeout with eight seconds in regulation and then ran down the clock until Azevedo powered in the winner from the left side at the buzzer. Hungary opened its Olympic title defense with a 6-4 win over Serbia-Montenegro on three unanswered goals in the last quarter. Spain let a 5-2 lead slip before holding off Italy, 5-4. In other matches, Germany upset Greece 5-4 when Tim Wollthan scored the only goal of the last period to break a 4-4 tie, and Australia thrashed Egypt, 14-3. Russia, the Sydney 2000 silver medalist, beat Asian qualifier Kazakhstan 5-2 in a surprisingly tight encounter.
Halil Mutlu of Turkey won his third consecutive gold medal while Udomporn Polsak's was her first and the first for a Thai female athlete. Mutlu won at 123 pounds (56 kg) to join Turkish predecessor Naim Suleymanoglu and Greece's Pyrros Dimas and Khaki Kakiasvilis as three-time weightlifting gold medalists. Both Greek lifters go for their fourth consecutive golds later in the Athens Olympics. Polsak won at 117 pounds (53 kg).