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U.S. softball, women's soccer looking strong


August 16, 2008|By Tribune Olympic Bureau

* Archery: Neither the top seed nor the defending world champion reached the medal stand, as Viktor Ruban of Ukraine won the men's individual gold by beating Park Kyung-Mo of South Korea. Bair Badenov of Russia got the bronze when he beat top-seeded Juan Rene Serrano of Mexico. The lone American archer, Vic Wunderle, beat defending world champion Im Dong-hyun of South Korea but lost in the quarterfinals to Serrano.

* Badminton: The first medals went to China. In women's doubles, Du Jing and Yu Yang beat Lee Hyojung and Lee Kyungwon of South Korea. The bronze medal was given to Wei Yili and Zhang Yawen of China.

* Basketball: Another easy win for the U.S. women's team. Tina Thompson scored 17 points and four other players scored more than 10 points in a 93-55 win over Spain. The U.S., along with Australia and Russia, are 4-0 in pool play. In other games, the Czech Republic beat New Zealand, 90-59, Australia beat Latvia, 96-73, Russia stopped Brazil, 74-64, China beat Mali, 69-48 and Belarus beat South Korea, 63-53.

* Beach volleyball: Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh beat Liesbet van Breedam and Liesbeth Mouha of Belgium, 24-22, 21-10 and will move to the quarterfinals tomorrow to play Ana Paula Conelly and Larissa Franca of Brazil. The U.S. team of Nicole Branagh and Elaine Youngs beat Tamara Larrea and Dalixia Fernandez of Cuba, 21-15, 21-13. They will play tomorrow against Xue Chen and Zhang Xi of China.

* Boxing: The U.S. boxing contingent shrank by one more as Raynell Williams lost to Khedafi Djelkhir of France, 9-7, in the featherweight division. * Canoe/kayak: Elena Kaliska of Slovakia successfully defended her gold medal in the women's single kayak slalom. In the men's double canoe slalom, Pavol and Peter Hochschorner of Slovakia won the gold followed by the team of Jaroslav Volf and Ondrej Stepanek of the Czech Republic and Mikhail Kuznetsov and Dmitry Larionov of Russia.

* Cycling: The only medal awarded was in the men's team sprint. Great Britain rode away with that followed by France and Germany. * Equestrian: The U.S. got off to a strong start after round 1 of the jumping team qualifier. The team of Mclain Ward, Laura Kraut, Will Simpson and Beezie Madden hold the first-day lead over Switzerland and Brazil. In the opening qualifying round of the jumping, Ward, Simpson and Madden all escaped without a penalty in the untimed portion of competition.

* Field hockey: Three teams remain unbeaten and untied after yesterday's games. Spain, Australia and the Netherlands all are 3-0. Spain beat China, 2-1, Netherlands over Canada, 4-2, and Australia beat Pakistan, 3-1. * Handball: Norway and Romania are the only undefeated teams after the latest games in the tournament. Both are 4-0. * Rowing: The U.S., not a particularly strong team in this sport, made it to the final of the men's quad scull. The team of Matt Hughes, Sam Stitt, Jamie Schroeder and Scott Gault will race for a medal tomorrow.

* Shooting: The U.S. picked up two medals in two different shooting events on a day only one was held. Matt Emmons won the silver in the men's 50 meter prone rifle competition, behind Artur Ayvazian of Ukraine. Warren Potent of Australia got the bronze. The other medal was picked up when Jason Turner was awarded a bronze in the 10-meter air pistol when Kim Jong Su of North Korea was disqualified for failing a drug test.

* Soccer: The U.S. women continued to advance in the tournament with a 2-1 win over Canada in Shanghai. Natasha Kai scored the goal in extra time. The U.S. now advances to face Japan, a 2-0 winner over China, in a Monday semifinal. In other games, Brazil beat Norway, 2-1. Brazil will play Germany, a 2-0 winner over Sweden.

* Softball: The U.S. team has really hit its stride, making a lot of other countries glad the sport is leaving this stage after these games. In the first game of the day, it beat Japan, 7-0, and then in the second, a continuation of a game delayed by rain on Thursday, it rallied from one run down for an 8-1 win over Canada. Cat Osterman won her second game in the continuation game. In other games, Canada beat China, 1-0, Australia beat Taiwan, 3-1, and Venezuela crushed the Netherlands, 8-0.

* Swimming: Dara Torres won her semifinal heat in the 50-meter freestyle. The final will be this morning. Rebecca Adlington of Britain won gold in the 800 freestyle, breaking Janet Evans' 19-year-old world record. Adlington touched in 8 minutes, 14.10 seconds, breaking the oldest record in swimming of 8:16.22. Alessia Filippi of Italy took the silver in 8:20.23. Lotte Friis of Denmark earned the bronze in 8:23.03.

* Table tennis: The U.S. did well in its team competition in the bronze playoff round, beating Romania, 3-1. Elizabeta Samara of Romania beat Chen Wang but the U.S. rallied as Jun Gao of the U.S. beat Daniela Dodean. Gao and Crystal Huang beat Samara and Julia Necula. And Wang won a singles match against Necula. The U.S. plays again today.

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