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34 Gold Medals Up for Grabs on 15th Day of Olympics - 2004-08-28


The sailing and canoe-kayak events have closed at the Athens Olympics while athletics, wrestling, and basketball will give fans plenty to cheer at the Athens Olympics. At total of 34 gold medals are up for grabs in 14 hours.

The final events were held at Schinas canoe-kayak venue, with Hungary's Natasa Janics taking home two gold medals in the women's individual 500 meters and two-person 500 meters kayak races.

Janics's win in the K2 race denied German Birgit Fischer a record-equaling ninth career Olympic gold medal.

In canoeing, China's Meng Guanliang and Yang Wenjun won the two-man 500 meter canoe sprint. German Andreas Dittmer won the men's solo 500 meter (C1) race. Germany finished the Olympic canoe-kayak events with the best performance, taking home nine medals including four golds.

Medals were also awarded in the final day of sailing competition with Roman Hagara and Hans Peter Steinacher of Austria winning the gold medal in the Tornado class. John Lovell and Charlie Ogeltree of the United States took silver and Santiago Lange and Carlos Espinosa of Argentina got bronze.

In sailing's Star class, Torben Grael and Marcelo Ferreira of Brazil clinched the gold Thursday but Ross McDonald and Mike Wolfs of Canada won the silver medal Saturday. Xavier Rohart and Pascal Rambeau of France won the bronze.

French cyclist Julien Absalon won the gold in the men's cross-country mountain biking, finishing in 2:15:02.

Argentina won the men's soccer gold medal with a 1-0 victory over Paraguay to capture its first Olympic gold medal in 52 years. Paraguay's silver medal is its first ever in the Olympics.

Russia's women's basketball team won the bronze medal with a 71-62 victory over Brazil. The U.S. women's team plays Australia for the gold later Saturday.

The men's basketball gold medal game is Saturday between Argentina and Italy. The U.S. team of National Basketball Association players faces Lithuania for the bronze medal.

Gold medals are also up for grabs in women's volleyball when Russia takes on China.

Olympic stadium is sure to be crowded again for athletics finals in several events, including a men's 5,000 meters race featuring 1,500 meters gold medalist Hicham El Guerrouj of Morocco and 10,000 meters winner Kenenisa Bekele of Ehtiopia.

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