Roundup of Monday's sports
Defending Olympic champion Simon Fairweather of Australia was knocked out by Anton Prylepav of Belarus in the first men's elimination round at Panathinaiko Stadium. Fairweather, seeded 20th, lost 141-137. Australia's David Barnes also was eliminated. Vic Wunderle of Mason City, Ill., who won a silver in individual and bronze in the team competition in Sydney, was the only American to advance. Butch Johnson (Worcester, Mass.) and John Magera (Carterville, Ill.) lost. Bhutan's Tashi Peljor pulled the biggest upset of the day, beating 13th seed Jocelyn de Grandis of France. Archery is the national sport of Bhutan.
Americans Kevin Han and Howard Bach were eliminated by Denmark's Jens Eriksen and Martin Lundgaard 15-6, 15-4 in the doubles round of 16. China's Gong Ruina, Zhou Mi and Zhang Ning all reached the semifinals in women's singles.
Wang Chien-ming combined with reliever Tsao Chin-hui to lead Taiwan past Australia. Wang gave up three hits and no walks in seven innings, and Tsao finished to earn the save. Canada scored seven runs in the second inning against Italy. Atsushi Fujimoto went 2-for-4 with a home run to lead Japan past a Dutch team that is coached by former major league manager Davey Johnson. Greece scored three runs in the ninth to pull within one, but Pedro Luis Lazo struck out James Kavourias to end the rally.
Dain Blanton and Jeff Nygaard, the top American men's pair, were flat and out of synch for the second straight match, losing to Canadians John Child and Mark Heese 21-16, 21-10 in preliminary pool play. The eighth-seeded Americans must upset the fifth-seeded Swiss pair Patrick Heuscher and Stefan Kobel on Wednesday to have any chance of reaching the single-elimination medal round. Americans Holly McPeak and Elaine Youngs overcame a sluggish second set to beat Canadians Guylaine Dumont and Annie Martin 21-13, 12-21, 15-9. The fourth-seeded U.S. team looked sharp at the start, then fell behind 9-2 in the second set after a flurry of unforced errors.
Nikolaos Siranidis and Thomas Bimis of Greece won the gold medal in synchronized 3-meter springboard diving with a score of 353.34. It was Greece's first gold at the Athens Games. Andreas Wels and Tobias Schellenberg of Germany won the silver medal. Robert Newbery and Steven Barnett of Australia got the bronze. Lao Lishi and Li Ting earned China its third diving gold medal in these Olympics by easily winning the women's 10-meter synchronized platform competition.
Britain led the team competition of the three-day dressage event with 113.2 penalty points after two days. France is second with 113.6 and Germany is next with 114.4. The United States is fourth.
France's Brice Guyart rallied from an early deficit in the final to defeat Italy's Salvatore Sanzo and win the gold medal in men's foil. Guyart trailed 4-0 but quickly tied the bout and won 15-13. Andrea Cassara of Italy defeated Russia's Renal Ganeev 15-12 to take the bronze. Dan Kellner, of Warren, N.J., fell one touch short of reaching the quarterfinals. He upset No. 7 seed Cedric Gohy of 15-12 in the round of 32, and led 14-12 in his next bout but couldn't close out the win, as Britain's Richard Kruse rallied to win 15-14.
Reigning world champion Argentina defeated Japan in the group stage of the women's field hockey tournament. Tied 1-1, Argentina took control with goals by Agustina Soledad Garcia and Marina Emilce di Giacomo. Australia bounced back from Saturday's surprising loss to Germany by blanking South Africa. In its first match of the Olympics, New Zealand was shut out by China.
Croatia, the 2003 world champion, trailed 3-0 but then turned up the pressure after Slovenia lost Zoran Jovicic, who broke his nose and could be out the remainder of the tournament. Spain stayed even with Croatia atop Group A by topping Iceland. France, a world champion twice since 1995, defeated host Greece for its second straight victory in Group B.
World champion Lee Won-hee of South Korea defeated American Jimmy Pedro in the third round and went on to claim the gold medal in the 73kg class, beating Vitaliy Makarov of Russia in the final. Pedro bounced back for a bronze, which he shared with Leandro Guilheiro of Brazil.
The strong Meltemi wind that led to the cancellation of rowing also claimed the 49er event in sailing after sailors weren't able to get their boats in the water. The wind didn't help Kevin Hall of Bowie, Md., who finished 16th and 14th in the two Finn races to drop to 14th overall.
Zhu Qinan of China set a world record, winning the gold medal in 10-meter men's air rifle. Zhu scored 702.7, topping the mark of 702.5 set by American Jason Parker in 2003. China's Li Jie took the silver and Slovakia's Jozef Gonci won the bronze. Suzanne Balogh of Australia pulled away from the field to win the gold medal in trap shooting. Maria Quintanal of Spain took the silver. American Collyn Loper, of Indian Springs, Ala., finished fourth, one point behind Lee Bo-na of South Korea.
Two doubles teams and a singles player lost for the United States, leaving Gao Jun as the lone American left in the table tennis competition. Ilija Lupulesku lost in men's singles -- and in doubles with Mark Hazinski. Gao and Tawny Banh lost their doubles match, but Gao will play her first women's singles match Tuesday in the round of 32.
Brenda Villa scored four goals and Kelly Rulon had a pair as the world champion United States began the pursuit for an Olympic gold medal with a win over Hungary. The Americans led by three goals after the first quarter, but the Hungarians rallied to 5-5 late in the third quarter and took a 6-5 lead in the final period. Villa pulled the United States to 6-6. Then Rulon -- celebrating her Olympic debut and her 20th birthday -- scored the winning goal a minute later.
China swept the gold medals in two events and finished 1-2 at men's 137 pounds (62kg). Shi Zhiyong, not deterred by either the pro-Greece crowd or his own teammate, held off countryman Le Maosheng and Greece's Leonidas Sampanis to win the 137-pound gold. Le won the silver and Sampanis, a silver medalist in the last two Olympics, was happy to get the bronze. His was Greece's first medal of its homeland Olympics. Earlier, Chen Yanqing won gold at 127 pounds (58 kg), her first major title since winning the 1999 world championship in Athens.