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Olympic Swimming Competition Ends With Another US Victory - 2004-08-22

It's was Super Saturday at the Olympics. The competition which featured the end of the swimming program, the first medals awarded in athletics and the U.S. men's basketball team losing for the second time. The United States leads the way with 19 gold medals and 47 overall.

United States swimming sensation Michael Phelps captured his sixth gold medal in the final day of the sport's Olympic competition without having to get into the pool. Phelps saw his American teammates take gold in the 4x100 medley relay on Saturday by setting a world record of three minutes, 30.68 seconds. Phelps was given credit for a gold medal because he had taken part in the preliminary competition.

Phelps tied Soviet gymnast Alexander Dityatin for the most medals won in a single Olympic competition with eight. Phelps won six gold medals.

In other swimming finals, Australian Grant Hackett defended his Olympic 1,500 meter freestyle title in a time of 14 minutes, 43.40 seconds. Larsen Jensen of the United States won the silver medal while David Davies of Britain won the bronze medal.

Inge de Bruijn of the Netherlands won the women's 50-meter freestyle final in a time of 24.58 seconds. Malia Mettela of France was the silver medalist while the bronze medal went to Lisbeth Lenton of Australia.

Australia set a world record in capturing gold in the women's 4x100 medley relay. The time was three minutes, 57.32 seconds. The United States won the silver medal and Germany took home the bronze.

In Olympic athletics, Yuliya Nesterenko of Belarus won the gold medal in the women's 100-meter sprint. Nesterenko turned in a winning time of 10.93 seconds. Lauryn Williams of the United States settled for the silver medal while Veronica Campbell of Jamaica won the bronze medal. Nesterenko ended the 20-year dominance of the United States in this event.

Sweden's Carolina Kluft won the gold medal in the women's heptahlon. Kluft came within 48 points of becoming the second athlete to break the 7,000 point barrier. She finished with 6,952. Austra Skujyte of Lithuania won silver while Britain's Kelly Sotherton won bronze.

Natalya Sadova of Russia was the gold medal winner in women's discus. The winning toss was 67.02 meters. Anastasia Kelesidou of Greece won the silver medal. Irina Yatchenko of Belarus took home the bronze medal.

In Olympic basketball, Lithuania handed the United States men their second loss with a 94-90 victory Saturday night. Former U-S college basketball player Sarunas Jasikevicius of the University of Maryland led the winners with 28 points. Jasikevicius hit three straight three-points shots in the fourth quarter, including a rare four-point play.

Richard Jefferson led the losing Americans with 20 points. The United States is 2-2 and can still qualify for the quarterfinal round with a win over Angola on Monday. In other scores on Saturday, Italy beat China, 89-52; Argentina downed New Zealand, 98-94 and Spain defeated Serbia-Montenegro, 76-68.

In Olympic tennis, Belgium's Justine Henin-Hardenne took the gold medal for women with a 6-3,6-3 win over France's Amelie Mauresmo. Henin-Hardenne won the event after not having played since May. Australia's Alicia Molik won the bronze medal over French Open champion Anastasia Myskina of Russia, 6-3, 6-4.

Chile's Fernnando Gonzalez won the men's tennis bronze medal with a 6-4, 2-6, 16-14 victory over Taylor Dent of the United States. The men's final is Sunday as Nicolas Massu of Chile faces American Mardy Fish.

Gonzalez later teammed with Massu to win the men's doubles gold with a five set (6-2, 4-6, 3-6, 7-6, 6-4) win over Germany's Nicolas Kiefer and Rainer Schuettler.

Elsewhere, Germany got some bad news at the Equestrian venue when the Court of Arbitration for sport ruled that France should have been awarded the gold medal in the team event earlier in the week.

The decision means that Britain takes the silver medal and the United States the bronze. Germany dropped to fourth place in the standings.

However, Germany won its sixth consecutive Olympic title in the equestrian team dressage event when Ulla Salzgeber clinched the gold in the final ride today (Saturday).

Germany also won gold in the women's singles sculls rowing event when Katrin Rutschow-Stomporowski cruised to victory nearly four seconds ahead of two-time defending Olympic champion Ekaterina Karsten of Belarus.

In men's single sculls, reigning world champion Olaf Tufte of Norway rocketed from fourth place into the lead, and held on to win in 6:49.30.

The reigning Olympic champions in the women's coxless pairs, Georgeta Damian and Viorica Susanu of Romania, defended their title with a gold medal performance.

In the men's coxless pairs final, Australian world champions Drew Ginn and James Tomkins cruised to victory in 6:30.76, ahead of Croatian brothers Sinisia and Niksa Skelin (6:32.64).

Britain's men's coxless fours rowing gave Matthew Pinsent a gold medal in four consecutive Olympics. The British four beat Canada by just eight-100ths of a second.

Taufik Hidayat of Indonesia won the gold medal Saturday in men's badminton, beating Shon Seung-mo of South Korea, 15-8, 15-7. Soni Dwi Kuncoro of Indonesia won the bronze.

Zhang Jiewin and Yang Wei of China took gold in the women's doubles badminton competition, defeating their compatriots Huang Sui and Gao Ling in the final. Ra Kyung-min and Lee Kyung-won of South Korea took the bronze.

Ralf Schumann of Germany took gold in the 25-meter rapid fire pistol competition at the Olympic shooting competition.

South Korea won the archery men's team gold medal at the Olympics on Saturday by beating Taiwan, 251-245. Ukraine won the bronze.

Chinese top seeds Chen Qi and Ma Lin defeated Hong Kong's Ko Lai Chak and Li Ching to win the Olympic men's doubles table tennis gold medal.

Ben Ainslie of Britain took gold in the men's Finn class of the Olympic sailing competition. Americans Paul Foerster and Kevin Burnham won the gold medal Saturday in the men's 470 sailing class. Greece won the gold medal for the women's 470 competition.

Bradley Wiggins of Britain won the 4,000-meter individual pursuit track cycling gold medal in a time of 4 minutes, 16.304 seconds. Brad McGee of Australia got the silver at 4:20.436.

Germany won the team sprint gold medal at the Olympic velodrome.