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Another 15 Gold Medals Up for Grabs in Thursday's Olympics - 2004-08-19


Another 15 gold medals are up for grabs as the Summer Olympics continue Thursday in Greece.

China clings to the lead in the medal count ahead of action Thursday. China has 11 gold medals and 22 overall. The United States has 10 golds, but 29 total. Japan has moved into third place with eight golds and 13 overall followed by Australia, Ukraine and Russia.

Medal events are scheduled for the sixth day of competition in badminton, fencing, artistic gymnastics, swimming, weightlifting, judo, shooting and archery.

Badminton completes competition in the women's singles and mixed doubles events. Fencing crowns a winner in men's team sabre. Artistic gymnastics offers gold to the best woman in the individual all-around competition.

Swimming continues with marquee action in the women's finals of the 200-meter breaststroke and 100-meter freestyle races. Men will thrash through the water in the 200-meter backstroke final and 200-meter individual medley.

Weightlifters will push strength and endurance in the women's under 69-kilogram and men's under 77-kilogram finals. Two finals in judo include the women's under 78-kilogram and men's under 100-kilogram divisions.

Shooters fire their best in the women's final skeet and men's 10-meter running target. Archers send their arrows toward gold in the men's individual final.

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