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Medals Awarded in Canoeing, Kayaking, Cycling on Day 14 of Olympics - 2004-08-27

Day 14 of the Athens Olympics is under way with medals already awarded in cycling, canoeing, and kayaking, while athletics, synchronized swimming, taekwondo and equestrian events also award gold medals.

Poland's Robert Korzeniowski won the men's 50-kilometer walk for the fourth time when he finished in 3:38:46 hours. Russians Denis Nizhegorodov and Aleksey Voyevodin, took silver and bronze medals.

Norway's Gunn-Rita Dahle gave her nation its first cycling gold medal in 32 years by winning the women's cross-country mounting biking. Marie-Helene Premont of Canada won the silver medal, while Germany's 2003 world champion Sabine Spitz earned the bronze.

At the Kayaking venue German's Birgit Fischer won her eighth Olympic gold medal in the women's K4 500 meters race. She can tie the record for the most successful female athlete in Olympic history with a win in Saturday's K2 500 meter final.

Hungary won the Olympic gold medal in the men's four-man 1,000-meter kayak race. The defending Olympic champions led the entire way Friday, defeating Sydney bronze medalists Germany, who won the silver medal. Slovakia, the 2002 and 2003 world champions, finished third to claim the bronze.

Christian Gille and Tomasz Wylenzek of Germany won Olympic gold in the men's 1,000 meter canoe doubles final. Russians Alexander Kostoglod and Alexander Kovalev won the silver. Gyorgy Kozmann and Gyorgy Kolonics of Hungary took the bronze.

Sweden's Markus Oscarsson and Henrik Nilsson won Olympic gold in the men's 1,000 meter kayak doubles race. The Swedish team came from behind to defeat defending Olympic champions Italy.

Norway won the bronze medal to give Eirik Veraas Larsen his second medal in less than an hour. Earlier, Larssen won the gold medal in the solo 1,000 meter kayak race.

Canada's Adam van Koeverden led for much of the race, but settled for bronze after he was slowly reeled in, first by Larsen, and then by New Zealand's Ben Fouhy, who took the silver medal.

Spain's David Cal upset defending Olympic champion Andreas Dittmer of Germany to win the Olympic gold medal in the men's 1,000 meter canoe final Friday.

Dittmer, who had won the last three world championships and 13 world cup races, finished with the silver medal. Hungarian Attila Vajda won the bronze.

Later Friday, Marion Jones looks to improve on her Sydney bronze medal in the women's long jump and will run in the four by 100 meter relay event. Jones has been plagued by accusations of being involved with the BALCO doping scandal, but has maintained her innocence.

Iraq's soccer team will attempt to win the country's first Olympic medal in 44 years when it plays Italy in the men's bronze medal game in Thessaloniki.

The U.S. men's basketball team plays a semifinal match against Argentina while Italy takes on Lithuania. The U.S. women's basketball team takes on Russia for a berth in Saturday's gold medal game. The other semifinal has 2000 silver medalists Australia taking on Sydney bronze medal winners Brazil.

Drugs clouded the Athens Games again when Russian 400m runner Anton Galkin was kicked out of the Olympics for failing a drugs test. The International Olympic Committee announced 25-year-old Galkin tested positive for an anabolic steroid after finishing fourth in his semifinal on August 21. He became the 21st competitor to be sanctioned for drug related offences during the Games.