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Olympics Day 4 Sees US Swimmer Phelps Adding to Medal Count - 2004-08-17


American Swimmer Michael Phelps added to his medal haul while the United States won its first fencing medals in 20 years at the Athens Games Tuesday. Medals were also awarded in shooting, judo, and gymnastics.

U.S. swimmer Michael Phelps claimed his fourth and fifth medals of the Olympics Tuesday, by winning the men's 200-meter butterfly and helping the U.S. win the 4x200-meter freestyle relay.

Phelps set an Olympic record of one minute, 54.04 seconds to take the 200-meter butterfly race. Just an hour later, Phelps won another gold medal when the U.S team won the gold medal in the men's 4x200-meter freestyle relay with an U.S. record time of 7:07.33. Australia took the silver at 7:07.46. Italy got the bronze at 7:11.83.

In the day's first swimming final, Camelia Potec of Romania captured the gold in the women's 200-meter freestyle. Yana Klochkova of Ukraine won the gold medal Tuesday in the 200-meter individual medley with a time of 2:11.14.

Romania won the gold in the women's gymnastics team event. The U.S. team won the silver and Russia took the bronze.

The United States won its first fencing medal in 20 years when American Mariel Zagunis won the Olympic women's sabre competition Tuesday night, beating Tan Xue of China 15-9. Earlier, American Sada Jacobson won the bronze, beating Catalina Gheorghitoaia of Romania 15-7.

Marcel Fischer of Switzerland won the gold medal in the men's Olympic individual epee competition here Tuesday.

At the shooting venue, the United Arab Emirates captured its first-ever Olympic medal when Ahmed al-Maktoum won the gold in the men's double trap shooting event. Russian Mikhail Nestruev won the men's 50-meter pistol event.

In Judo, Greece's Ilias Iliadis won the men's 81-kilogram judo gold medal. And Japan's Ayumi Tanimoto won the women's 63-kilogram gold medal. Twenty gold medals will be awarded Wednesday, including in the shot put at ancient Olympia stadium, where the Games originated.

China leads the medal table with 10 gold medals and 18 overall. The United States has moved into second place with six golds and 19 overall. Australia also has six golds with 14 overall, followed by Japan, Ukraine and Russia.

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