Barcelona 92

August 09, 1992

Yesterday

Basketball: Carl Lewis anchored a world-record 400 relay For his eighth Olympic gold medal and Steve Lewis anchored an American 1,600 relay team that set its own world record and won by nearly the length of a football field. The women's 400 relay team won, too, giving Evelyn Ashford her third gold medal in three Olympics. The women's 1,600 relay, anchored by Morgan State's Rochelle Stevens, had to settle for the silver.

Basketball: The Dream Team won the gold medal, redeeming U.S. basketball. But perhaps the greatest redemption came in the bronze-medal game. Newly independent Lithuania beat the Unified Team, 82-78, at once washing away 51 years of anger.

Boxing: The world was pitching a shutout against America's boxers until Oscar de la Hoya stepped into the ring. De la Hoya, whose mother died of cancer in 1990, won the 132-pound championship with a 7-2 decision over Marco Rudolph of Germany. Chris Byrd, the coach's son, settled for a silver.

Tennis: Mary Joe Fernandez and Gigi Fernandez, who not only aren't related but don't usually play doubles together, beat Spaniards Arantxa Sanchez Vicario and Conchita Martinez in the gold-medal match. Marc Rosset won Switzerland's first medal of the Games, beating Jordi Arrese of Spain for the men's singles title.

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