Barcelona '92

July 27, 1992

Yesterday

Gymnastics: Kim Zmeskal tumbled from the balance beam -- and so did her hopes for an all-around medal -- but Shannon Miller and Dominique Dawes were rock solid as the U.S. team moved into second place behind the Unified Team after team compulsories.

Basketball: Charles Barkley led the U.S. team with 24 points and one thrown elbow as the Dream Team outscored Angola, 116-48 -- very nearly an Olympic-record margin.

Swimming: Nelson Diebel, who has Olympic rings tattooed on his hip, gave the United States its first gold medal, winning the 100-meter breaststroke in Olympic-record time. But U.S. women swimmers Jenny Thompson and Summer Sanders settled for silver and bronze, respectively.

Volleyball: A lucky bounce off a player's head allowed the U.S. men's team to survive a match point as it defeated Japan. But a protest hearing today may erase that victory.

Baseball: While Cuba was blowing away the Dominican Republic, the United States was blowing chances to put away Spain. Jeff Alkire and Daron Kirkreit prevented an opening-day disaster by combining on a three-hitter for a 4-1 victory.

Medal leaders

Nation .. .. .. .. .. .. G .. .. S .. .. B .. .. Tot

China .. .. .. .. .. ... 1 .. .. 3 .. .. 0 .. .. . 4

United States .. .. .. . 1 .. .. 1 .. .. 1 .. .. . 3

Unified Team .. .. .. .. 2 .. .. 0 .. .. 0 .. .. . 2

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