Originally created 08/01/96

One step closer



In other sports:

Badminton: Ge Fei and Gu Jun of China won the gold medal in women's doubles, beating world champions Gil Young-ah and Jang Hye-ock of South Korea 15-5, 15-5. Indonesia's Rexy Mainaky and Ricky Subagja rallied to beat Malaysia's Cheah Soon Kit and Yap Kim Hock 5-15, 15-13, 15-12 to win the men's title.

Basketball (women): Sandy Brondello made five of six free throws in overtime to lead Australia to a 74-70 victory over Russia and a berth in the semifinals of the women's tournament.

Canoe-Kayak: Stein Jorgensen and John Mooney, paddling an Olympic course more than twice as long as they're used to, easily qualified for the two-man kayak semifinals. The Americans are the defending world champions in the 200 meters, but the Olympic event is contested over 500 meters.

Cycling: Pascal Richard of Switzerland overtook Denmark's Rolf Sorensen in the final 20 meters to win the road race by a bicycle length. Richard covered the 138-mile course in 4 hours, 53 minutes, 56 seconds. Frankie Andreu of Dearborn, Mich., was the top American finisher, about two minutes behind Richard. Lance Armstrong led for about a lap but faded in the final 25 miles.

Diving: China's Fu Mingxia kept alive her chance to sweep the women's diving events by qualifying third for the 3-meter springboard final. Fu trailed Russians Irina Lashko and Vera Ilyina, who were first and second after the five-dive semifinal. The 17-year-old Fu successfully defending her gold medal on the platform Saturday.

Equestrian: The favorite in individual dressage, Isabell Worth of Germany, made uncharacteristic mistakes and dropped to third place. She and her horse, Gigolo, had trouble in flying changes and the extended trot. Worth scored 75.49 percent and had a combined score of 152.09 points after leading the team competition Sunday.

Field hockey: The U.S. women's team closed out a disappointing Olympics with a victory that clinched a spot in next year's Champion's Trophy tournament. Previously eliminated from medal contention, the Americans defeated Spain 2-0 for fifth place.

The U.S. men's team still was looking for its first-ever Olympic victory after losing 3-0 to South Africa. The Americans are 0-6 in Atlanta, and 0-25-4 overall in the games.

Table tennis: Four events, four gold medals. That's the Olympic report on Deng Yaping, who had to go the distance to complete her second consecutive table tennis double. The Chinese star completed her second consecutive sweep of the women's singles and doubles titles with a victory over Taiwan's Chen Jing.

Team handball: A goal with two minutes remaining gave Spain a 20-19 victory over Egypt and a berth in the medals round. Spain finished 4-1 in Pool B and will play in Friday's semifinals against either Sweden or Croatia. Egypt will play Russia for fifth place. Russia advanced by beating Switzerland 30-23. Tennis: Lindsay Davenport clinched a medal by beating U.S. teammate Mary Joe Fernandez 6-2, 7-6 (8-6) in the women's semifinals. In Friday's final, the ninth-seeded Davenport will face No. 3 Arantxa Sanchez Vicario. The Spaniard beat No. 6 Jana Novotna of the Czech Republic 6-4, 1-6, 6-3.

Volleyball: The U.S. women's team took its second loss in 17 hours and can finish no higher than seventh. The Americans lost in a consolation-bracket match against South Korea 15-12, 15-5, 15-11. It's the first time in four Olympics that the United States women or men will go without a medal in volleyball.

Yugoslavia's men upset defending Olympic gold medalist Brazil in the quarterfinals.

Wrestling (Freestyle): American Kurt Angle, the 220-pound world champion, defeated Konstantin Aleksandrov of Kyrgyzstan 4-1 to reach his first Olympic final. Kendall Cross of the U.S., who has never won a major international tournament, rallied from a 2-0 deficit and beat North Korea's Ri Yong Sam 12-2 at 125« pounds. Townsend Saunders, also of the United States, who was seventh at the 1992 games, defeated world champion Arayik Gevorgyan of Armenia 4-0 and made the 149«-pound final.

Yachting: American Courtenay Becker-Dey won the bronze in the Europe class. The 31-year-old Oregonian used a sixth-place finish in the final race to win the first medal in what has been a disappointing Olympic regatta for the United States. The last time the Americans failed to medal in yachting was in the Berlin Games in 1936. The U.S didn't compete in Moscow in 1980.