WEDNESDAY'S SPORTS ROUNDUP
XSouth Korea's Park Sung-hyun defeated countrywoman Lee Sung-jin in the final of the archery competition at Panathinaiko stadium. Tied at 100 after 11 shots, Park scored a 10 with her final arrow. Lee scored 8. Britain's Alison Williamson beat Taiwan's Yuan Shu Chi to win the bronze.
XShon Seung-mo of South Korea rallied from a set down to beat second-seeded Chen Hong, ending China's hopes of a singles badminton medal. China's women fared a little better. The pair of Zhang Jiewen and Yang Wei defeated Thailand's Thungthongkam Saralee and Sathinee Chankrachangwong. In the other early quarterfinal, Zhao Tingting and Wei Yili of China beat Lee Hyo-jung and Hwang Yu-mi of South Korea. In mixed doubles, Nathan Robertson and Gail Emms of Britain beat Jonas Rasmussen and Rikke Olsen of Denmark.
XPeter Orr went 2-for-3 and knocked in a run, and Canada won its fourth straight game, 2-0 over Greece. Cuba kept pace with a 10-2 victory over Taiwan. Jeff Williams had the save in Australia's 9-4 win over Japan, pitching three innings and striking out three. The Netherlands beat Italy 10-4 to improve to 3-1.
XThe U.S. team of Elaine Youngs and Holly McPeak were perfect through pool play with a 22-24, 21-17, 15-12 win over Swiss pair Simone Kuhn and Nicole Schnyder. The American men's team of Dain Blanton and Jeff Nygaard ended a dismal Olympics with a 21-16, 13-21, 15-13 loss to Swiss pair Stefan Kobel and Patrick Heuscher.
XRebecca Giddens of Green Bay, Wis., took the silver in the women's kayaking singles slalom, while Elena Kaliska of Slovakia won the gold. Slovakia had a chance for a second gold in men's single canoe, but Michael Martikan was denied despite the best time when it was judged that he touched a gate during his run. The penalty dropped him to second. The gold medal went to Frenchman Tony Estanguet.
XValentina Vezzali beat longtime teammate Giovanna Trillini 15-11 to win the gold medal in foil. Vezzali won her fourth Olympic fencing gold, equaling the most won by a woman. Sylwia Gruchala of Poland beat Aida Mohamed of Hungary 15-9 to win the bronze.
XChina and the Netherlands clinched spots in the semifinals. China defeated Spain 3-0 and the Netherlands defeated Germany 4-1. Also, it was South Korea over South Africa 3-0, and Japan over New Zealand 2-0.
XTwo-time defending champion Masae Ueno earned Japan's fifth gold in 10 judo events, extending her three-year undefeated streak in international competition. On the men's side, Hiroshi Izumi wound up with silver when he lost in the 90kg title match to Zurab Zviadauri of Georgia.
XAmericans Aquil Abdullah of Washington, D.C., and Henry Nuzum of Chapel Hill, N.C., overtook Norway in a photo finish, winning a spot in the double scull finals.
XSkipper Tim Wadlow of Boston shot the starting line in race No. 4 of the 49er class and was over early, forcing him out. In the 470 class, Paul Foerster of Rockwall, Texas, and Kevin Burnham of Miami remained in second place but trailed Great Britain's Nick Rogers and Joe Glanfield by six points with three races to go. Laser sailor Mark Mendelblatt dropped from third to fifth overall after finishing sixth and 10th in his races. He had been one point out of the bronze medal chase but is now nine points out of third with five races left. Yngling skipper Carol Cronin of Jamestown, R.I., won the seventh of her 11-race series, but finished next-to-last in 16-boat fleet to drop into 12th overall. On the Europe course, Meg Galliard of Pelham, N.Y., ranks eighth overall after six of 11 races. Kevin Hall of Bowie, Md., was 13th and ninth in the Finn class to drop to 15th.
XCosta Rica scored its first four goals of the tournament to knock Portugal out of the competition with a 4-2 win, setting up a meeting with Argentina in the quarterfinals. Iraq won its group despite losing 2-1 to Morocco. In Group B, Italy advanced on goals scored despite losing 1-0 to Paraguay. Ghana, which lost 1-0 to Japan, finished with the same points and goal differential as the Italians, but scored four goals to Italy's five.
XJennie Finch pitched a one-hitter with eight strikeouts and Lisa Fernandez went 3-for-4 with a home run as the United States won its fifth straight shutout, beating Canada 7-0 to clinch a spot in the semifinals. Hua Su Lin pitched a five-hitter to lead Taiwan past Italy 1-0. Also, it was Australia 5, China 0, and Japan 6, Greece 0.
XJan-Ove Waldner of Sweden, gold medalist at Barcelona in 1992, upset second-seeded Ma Lin of China 4-1 in the fourth round of men's singles. Top-seeded Wang Liqin beat Joo Sae-hyuk 4-1.
XJohanne Begin scored three goals, including the last-minute clincher, and Ann Dow had a pair as Canada scored five unanswered goals in the last six minutes to upset the world champion Americans, 6-5. Russia (2-0) rallied to beat World Cup holder Hungary, 9-8; defending Olympic champion Australia had a 9-4 win over Kazakhstan, and No. 2-ranked Italy beat Greece 7-2.
XZhang Guozheng won China's third Olympic weightlifting gold medal in as many events, leading the men's 152-pound (69kg) field from the start. Nikolai Peshalov won a record-tying fourth Olympic medal -- a bronze.