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Olympic Results:  Monday August 16 - 2004-08-16


Chinese Weightlifter Ties World Record to Win Gold Medal

Chinese weightlifter Shi Zhiyong earned a gold medal in the 62-kilgram class. He lifted 325kg to tie the world and Olympic record, putting himself ahead of teammate Le Maosheng, who took the silver medal.

Leonidas Sampanis of host nation Greece won the bronze.

Australia's Thorpe Takes Men's 200m Freestyle Gold

Australia's Ian Thorpe has won the much-heralded 200-meter freestyle event, taking gold in a race that featured the four fastest men in history.

2000 gold medalist Pieter van den Hoogenband of the Netherlands took the silver, while American Michael Phelps claimed the bronze medal.

America's Coughlin Wins Women's 100m Backstroke

Natalie Coughlin of the United States has won the women's 100 meter backstroke gold medal.

Zimbabwe's Kirsty Coventry finished with the silver medal, while Laure Manaudou of France took the bronze.

Frenchman Wins Gold Medal in Fencing, Italians Take Silver and Bronze

France's Brice Guyart has won the gold medal in the men's individual foil fencing event.

Italians Salvatore Sanzo and Andrea Cassara took the silver and bronze, respectively.

China Wins Gold Medal in Women's Weightlifting

China's Chen Yanqing won the Olympic gold medal in the women's 58-kilogram class of weightlifting Monday.

Ri Song-Hui of North Korea took silver while Thailand's Wandee Kameaim won bronze.

Chinese Swimmer Sets Olympic Record in 100m Breaststroke

Luo Zuejean of China rebounded from a poor preliminary swim to set an Olympic record, winning the women's 100-meter breaststroke.

Luo had the second-slowest qualifying time of the final group, which placed her in an undesirable outside lane for the final. Still, she overcame the poor placement to take the gold medal, setting a new Olympic record of 1:06.64.

Australian Brooke Hanson swam to the silver, ahead of teammate and 2000 silver medalist Leisel Jones, who took the bronze.

US Takes Gold in Men's 100m Backstroke

American Aaron Piersol continued his success in the backstroke, claiming the gold medal in the 100 meter event Monday.

Piersol, who won both the 100-meter and 200-meter events at last year's world championships, finished in 54.06.

Austrian Markus Rogan surged from eighth place at the turn to finish with the silver medal. Japan's Tomomi Morita for the bronze, finishing ahead of Olympic recordholder Jenny Krayzelburg.

Australian Balogh Wins Olympic Gold in Women's Trap Shooting

Australian Suzanne Balogh has won the Olympic gold medal in women's trap shooting in Athens.

Balogh finished ahead of Spain's Maria Quintanal, who earned the silver medal, and South Korea's Lee Bo-Na, who took the bronze.

South Korea Takes Gold Medal in Men's 73kg Judo

South Korea's Lee Won-Hee won the Olympic gold medal in the men's 73-kilogram class of judo Monday, defeating Russia's Vitaly Makarov in the final match.

Brazil's Leandro Guilheiro and James Pedro of the United States won bronze.

Germany Strikes Gold in Women's Judo

Germany's Yvonne Boenisch won the Olympic gold medal in the women's 57-kilogram class of judo Monday, defeating North Korea's Kye Sun-Hui in the final.

Deborah Gravenstijn of the Netherlands and Yurieleidys Lupetey of Cuba shared the bronze medal.

Chinese Marksman Sets World Record in 10-Meter Air Rifle

China's Zhu Qinan won the Olympic gold medal in men's 10-meter air rifle on Monday with a world-record score of 702.7.

The previous best mark was 702.5.

Chinese teammate Li Jie took the silver with 701.3. Slovakia's Jozef Gonci claimed the bronze medal.

Basketball: US Women Beat Czech Republic in Preliminary Round

The United States women's Olympic basketball team overcame its second slow start to beat the Czech Republic 80-61 Monday, and improve its record in preliminary play to 2-0.

After falling behind New Zealand 7-0 on Saturday, the United States trailed by nine points on Monday, as the Czechs hit shot after shot. But Team USA battled back for the victory with a dominating performance on the boards and two big scoring runs. Lisa Leslie led the United States with 15 points, Tina Thompson scored 12 and reserve Yolanda Griffith had 10.

In other early games Monday, New Zealand got its first win of the preliminary round with an 81-73 victory over South Korea. Angela Marino scored 19 to lead the Kiwis.

Japan took advantage of some excellent three-point shooting to defeat Nigeria 79-73. The Japanese made 11 of 27 shots from beyond the arc.

Top Four Women's Teams Advance in Olympic Field Hockey

The best four teams in women's field hockey have moved toward a showdown in the semifinals of the Athens Olympics.

Monday, reigning women's world champion Argentina defeated Japan, 3-1; the Netherlands upended South Korea, 3-2; and China topped New Zealand, 2-0.

Australia, seeking its third straight Olympic gold medal, posted a 3-0 victory over South Africa.

With the win, the Australian team bounced back from a stunning 2-1 loss to Germany on Saturday.

Tennis: Dementieva Upset in First Round

French Open finalist Elena Dementieva of Russia has been upset in the first round of the Olympic tennis tournament in Athens.

The fourth-seeded Russian, who earned a silver medal four years ago in Sydney, had trouble with her serves in windy conditions, and fell to Alicia Molik of Australia, 4-6, 6-0, 6-3.

Thirteenth women's seed Anna Smashnova-Pistolesi of Israel was also ousted Monday by Italy's Tathiana Garbin,

On the men's side, number 12 Paradorn Srichaphan of Thailand suffered a straight-sets loss to Swede Joachim Johansson, and number 13 Andre Pavel of Romania was also upset by Croatian Ivo Karlovic.

Among those advancing in early action Monday were men's third seed Carlos Moya of Spain, number 15 Tommy Robredo of Spain, and women's ninth seed Nadia Petrova of Russia.

Field Hockey: Australia Women Beat S. Africa 3-0

Australia's women's field hockey team has continued its drive toward a third straight Olympic gold medal, with an uninspired 3-0 win over South Africa in Athens on Monday. After a shocking 2-1 loss to Germany Saturday, the Hockeyroos bounced back to earn their first points in the competition. South Africa outplayed the Aussies for much of Monday's Group B match, but paid the price for wasting seven penalty corners.

It was South Africa's second defeat in as many matches, having been routed 6-2 by the Netherlands in its opening match.

In another matchup, reigning women's world champion Argentina defeated Japan 3-1.

Chinese Badminton Stars Advance in Athens

The top two women's seeds in Olympics badminton competition - both from China - have advanced to the semi-finals.

Top seed Gong Ruina defeated Cheng Shao-Chieh, representing the team from Taiwan, while second-seed Zhang Ning downed the fifth seed, Chen Wang, representing Hong Kong.