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Olympic Results: Friday, August 20 - 2004-08-20


Italian Brugnetti Wins Men's 20K Race Walk

Italy's Ivano Brugnetti has won the Olympic gold medal in the men's 20-kilometer race walk.

In the first gold medal to be decided in the seventh day of the Athens games, Brugnetti covered the distance in a winning time of 1:19:40 hours.

The silver medal for second place goes to Javier Francisco Fernandez of Spain, who crossed the finish line five seconds behind the winner.

Australian Nathan Deakes finished third to earn the bronze medal.

Jefferson Perez of Ecuador, the 20km medalist eight years ago and the favorite Friday, finished fourth.

Slovakian Twins Win Olympic Gold in Canoe Slalom Competition

Slovakian twins Peter and Pavol Hochschorner have easily repeated as Olympic champions in the two-man canoe slalom.

The victory Friday, earned Slovakia its third gold medal in Athens.

The Hochschorner brothers posted a winning time of 207.16 seconds -- nearly four seconds better than the German runnersup, Marcus Becker and Stefan Henze.

The bronze medal for third place bronze went to Jaroslav Volf and Ondrej Stepanek of the Czech Republic; they finished the whitewater course another two seconds back.

France Wins Olympic Gold in Men's Single Kayaking Competition

France has won the gold and bronze medals at the Athens Olympics in men's singles kayaking.

Twenty-four year-old Benoit Peschier won the kayak slalom event Friday, with an overall time of 187.96 seconds.

The silver medal went to Britain's Campbell Walsh, who finished more than two seconds behind Peschier.

Earning the bronze medal was Fabien Lefevre of France, who was less than a second off of Walsh's time.

Russia Wins Olympic Gold in Women's Shooting Competition

A Russian shooter has won the gold medal in the women's 50-meter, three-positions rifle competition at the Athens Olympics.

Lioubov Galkina bounced back from a final-shot loss last Saturday in the 10-meter air rifle competition to win Friday's event.

Valentina Turisini of Italy won the silver medal, edging out Chinese shooter Wang Chengyi, who earned the bronze with a third-place finish.

Galkina's final round total was 101.4, which was added to her qualifying round for a total of 688.4, leaving her well ahead of the second-place finisher (685.9).

Indonesia, South Korea Advance to Men's Badminton Singles Final

Indonesia and South Korea will compete for Olympic gold in the men's badminton singles final, following victories in Friday's semifinal matches.

Indonesian Taufik Hidayat beat Thailand's Boonsak Ponsana, 15-9, 15-2, in a battle of unseeded players. And seventh seed Shon Seung-mo of South Korea advanced to the finals with a 15-6, 9-15, 15-9 win over number-eight Soni Dwi Kuncoro of Indonesia.

The losers in the semifinals will face off for the bronze medal.

Chinese Table Tennis Stars Overpower Korean Opponents For Gold

China's top-ranked women's table tennis duo overpowered its Korean opponents to repeat the team's gold-medal performance in the Sydney Games.

World champions Wang Nan and Zhang Yining beat South Korea's Seok Eun-mi and Lee Eun-sil in four straight games in the women's table tennis doubles final.

China's Guo Yue and Niu Jianfeng beat the South Korean team in a tight match for the bronze medal.

China has been dominant in the sport at the last two Olympics and many had expected it to rack up more victories in Athens.

This year, Olympic organizers made a controversial change in the rules governing table-tennis match-ups, eliminating the possibility for one country to win both silver and gold medals in the event.

China's two top-ranked women's teams were forced to play each other in the semifinals, preventing an all-China final.

US Women's Softball Team Remains Undeated, Unscored Upon After Latest Win

The U.S. women's softball team remains undefeated and unscored upon after posting a 3-0 win over Taiwan in its final preliminary round match in the Olympic tournament.

U.S. pitcher Cat Osterman stuck out 10 batters in six innings and Crystl Bustos had a home run as the Americans won their seventh straight game at the Olympics. Team USA has scored 41 runs and allowed just 11 hits in the preliminary round.

The Americans take on Australia in the semifinals, the only team to beat the US women twice in Olympic competition. However, earlier in this year's Olympics, Team USA beat Australia 10-0.

Meanwhile, Canada kept alive its hopes of making the semifinals with a 1-0 win over Italy.

South Korean Women Archers Continue 20-Year Olympic Winning Streak

South Korea has continued its domination of women's archery with a narrow victory over China in the Olympics team final.

Park Sung-hyun, Lee Sung-jin and Yun Mi-jin beat China's team, He Ying, Zhang Juanjuan and Lin Sang 241-240 in a final shootout.

It was Park's second gold medal of the Games. She also won the women's individual archery competition.

Taiwan took the team bronze medal after beating France.

South Koreans have won every Olympic women's individual archery event since 1984.

The women have also swept every team archery event since its introduction at the Seoul Games in 1988.

US Women's Football Team Defeats Japan 2-1

The U.S women's Olympic soccer team has defeated Japan, 2-1, to earn a semifinal berth against World Cup champion Germany, which beat Nigeria, 2-1.

Kristine Lilly scored for the United States in the 43rd minute (at Kaftanzolglio Stadium in Thessaloniki). Japan evened the match shortly after halftime when Emi Yamamoto scored. Abby Wombach gave the U.S. the win with a 59th minute goal off a rebound.

Nigeria took the lead over Germany in the 49th minute when Mercy Akide scored at Pampeloponnisiako Stadium in Patras. However, goals from Steffi Jones and Conny Pohlers put the World Cup champions into the final four.

Other quarterfinal matches have Mexico playing Brazil and Australia taking on Sweden. The semifinals are August 23. The bronze medal and gold medal matches are next Thursday in Athens.

Records Fall In Mens And Womens Cycling

Australian cycling world-champion Anna Meares has set a world record in the women's 500-meter time trial. Meares record time in the sprint (33.952 seconds) beat China's Jiang Yonghua who had earlier broken the previous Olympic record.

Meares is the first woman to break the 34-second mark in the 500-meter race.

Natallia Tsylinskaya of Belarus won the bronze.

Britain's Chris Hoy won the men's one-kilometer cycling time trial gold medal, beating out Arnaud Tourant of France and Germany's Stefan Nimke.

He said his Olympic record pace (1 minute, 00.711 seconds) was inspired by the roaring fans in the Athens Olympic velodrome.

Ethiopian Men Win Gold, Silver in 10,000 Meters

Ethiopian Kenenisa Bekele won the gold medal in the men's 10,000 meter race at the Athens Games Friday, finishing with an Olympic record time of 27 minutes and 5.11 seconds.

The silver medal went to Sileshi Sihine of Ethiopia. Zersenay Tadesse of Eritrea was third for the bronze.

The defending Olympic champion and former record holder, Ethiopia's Haile Gebrselassie, failed in his attempt to become the first three-time gold medalist in the 10,000 meters.

Gebrselassie, who trained with first place finisher Bekele, ran with a leg injury and finished fifth in the race.

Thai Weightlifter Takes Gold In Women's Competition

Thai weightlifter Pawina Thongsuk has won the heavyweight women's Olympic gold, winning her country's second gold medal in the summer games.

Thongsuk lifted 122.5 kilograms in the snatch Friday, and 150 (kilograms) in the clean and jerk to combine for a total of 272.5 kilograms.

Russian Natalia Zabolotnaia had the same combined score, but finished with a silver medal because she weighs more than Thongsuk. Another Russian, Valentina Popova, took the bronze with 265 kilograms.

Also Friday, Olympic officials expelled Indian weightlifter Sanamacha Chanu after she tested positive for a banned substance.

Meanwhile, news reports from Athens said Greek weightlifting bronze medalist Leonidas Sampanis tested positive for drugs, but Olympic officials said they would wait for a second test.

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