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Olympic Results: Sunday, August 22 - 2004-08-22


US Sprinter Wins 100-Meter Dash at Olympics

American Justin Gatlin has become the world's fastest man by winning the 100-meter sprint at the Summer Olympics in Greece.

Gatlin took the gold medal Sunday with a time of 9.85 seconds. Portugal's Francis Obikwelu came in second at 9.86, and Maurice Greene of the United States captured the bronze in 9.87.

In other track and field action, Sweden's Stefan Holm won a gold medal in the men's high jump at 2.36 meters. Fellow Swede Christian Olsson placed first in the men's triple jump at 17.79 meters.

And Hungary's Adrian Annus won a gold medal in the men's hammer throw.

Japan's Koji Murofushi took the silver medal, and Ivan Tikhon of Belarus claimed the bronze.

Greek Gymnast Wins Gold Medal at Summer Olympics

Gymnast Dimosthenis Tampakos of host country Greece has won a gold medal at the Summer Olympics.

Tampakos finished first Sunday on men's rings with a score of 9.862 points, edging Bulgaria's Jordan Jovtchev by .012 of a point. Italy's Yuri Chechi took the bronze.

In women's asymmetric bars, France's Emilie Lepennec won the gold medal with 9.687 points. Terin Humphrey of the U.S. team claimed the silver, and teammate Courtney Kupets took the bronze.

Earlier, China's Teng Haibin captured the gold medal in men's pommel horse competition, and Canadian Kyle Shewfelt won the gold in the men's floor exercise.

Romania earned a gold medal in women's vault competition, as Monica Rosu beat out Annia Hatch of the United States and Anna Pavlova of Russia.

US Men, Romanian Women Win Gold in Rowing Eights

The United States won its first gold medal in eight-oared rowing in 40 years Sunday, and Romania won the women's eights race.

The Americans covered the 2,000-meter course in five minutes, 42.48 seconds. Netherlands finished second in 5:43.75 for the silver medal, and Australia won the bronze (5:45.38).

In the women's race, Romania finished in 6:17.70. The silver medal went to the United States (6:19.56), barely ahead of the Dutch crew (6:19.85).

Brazilian Takes Olympic Sailing Gold Medal

Brazil claimed its first gold medal of the Athens games Sunday when Robert Scheidt won the Olympic Laser-class sailing competition.

This is Scheidt's second OIympic gold medal in the event, including a win at the 1996 games in Atlanta.

Andreas Geritzer of Austria finished second for the silver medal and Vasilij Zbogar of Slovenia came in third for the bronze.

In the women's Europe-class sailing event, Siren Sundby of Norway won the gold, with the silver going to Lenka Smidova of the Czech Republic and the bronze to Signe Livbjerg of Denmark.

Russia scores 9-7 win over US in men's water polo

Alexander Eryshov and Revaz Chomakhidze scored three goals each to lead Russia to a 9-7 win over the United States in men's water polo at the Athens Olympics.

Russia jumped out to a three to nothing lead early in the game Saturday, and the Americans were unable to make up the difference.

Aleksandar Sapic fired five goals as Serbia-Montenegro held off Croatia's comeback attempt for an 11-8 win. Croatia battled back to 9-8 with 2:35 remaining, but Petar Trbojevic's two goals in the last two minutes sealed the win. In another Group-A match, world and Olympic champion Hungary remains unbeaten after a 14-4 win over Kazakhstan.

In Group-B, Germany upset 1996 champion Spain 11-5, Greece edged Australia 10-9 and Italy pounded Egypt 13-4.

China, Italy Win Golds in Men's Shooting

China and Italy claimed gold medals in Olympic men's shooting competition Sunday.

Italy's Andrea Benelli won the men's skeet shooting final, beating Finland's Marko Kemppainen in a shoot-off. Kemppainen settled for the silver medal, while Cuba's Juan Miguel Rodriguez finished third to win the bronze.

Earlier, China's Jia Zhanbo won the gold in men's 50-meter three-position target shooting.

American Matthew Emmons led the competition until his very last shot, when he scored a zero by shooting at the wrong target, one lane to the right. A confused Emmons checked his rifle for a malfunction before judges realized what had happened.

The zero dropped Emmons from first place to eighth, and enabled American Michael Anti to rise up to second and win the silver. Austria's Christian Planer took third place and the bronze.

China Takes Women's Doubles Tennis Gold

China added another Olympic gold medal to its tally Sunday when Li Ting and Sun Tian Tian won the women's doubles tennis title.

The Chinese pair defeated Conchita Martinez and Virginia Ruano Pascual of Spain in straight sets, 6-3, 6-3, Sunday.

The Spanish duo takes the silver medal, while Paola Suarez and Patricia Tabarina of Argentina won the bronze.

China Wins Women's Table Tennis Gold

The Olympic gold medal for women's table tennis goes to China's Zhang Yining.

Zhang defeated North Korea's Hyang-Mi in four straight games Sunday to claim the women's singles title.

Zhang dominated the match, winning the four games by a total score of 44-19.

South Korea's Kim Kyung-ah won the bronze medal by defeating Li Jia Wei of Singapore in the third place match.

US Women's Softball Team Advances into Gold Medal Game

The United States women's softball team is now just one victory away from its third straight Olympic gold medal.

Lisa Fernandez pitched a three-hitter Sunday as Team USA beat Australia 5-0 for its eighth shutout in eight days.

The win advanced the Americans into Monday's gold medal game, where they will meet the winner of Sunday's matchup between the Aussies and Japan. Japan edged China 1-0 in a second-tier semi-final between the teams which ended the eight-nation preliminary round robin in third and fourth place.

The Americans have won 78 straight games since last July, and have yet to yield a run in the Athens Games. They have outscored their opponents 46-0 while allowing just 14 hits.

New Zealand Woman Sets Cycling Record

Women's cycling got a new world record Sunday as New Zealand's Sarah Ulmer won the gold medal in the women's 3000-meter individual pursuit event.

Ulmer raced through the final in three minutes, 24.537 seconds - nearly two seconds better than the previous world record she set in a qualifying round on Saturday.

Katie Mactier of Australia came in second to win the silver medal, while Leontien Zijlaard-Van Moorsel of the Netherlands finished third to take the bronze.

France Wins Gold Medal in Team Epee Competition

France has won the gold medal in men's team epee competition at the Summer Olympics in Greece.

The French team nipped Hungary Sunday, 43-42, to finish first.

Germany took the bronze medal.

Meanwhile, Olympic officials expelled a Hungarian fencing referee Sunday and banned him for two years for making scoring errors in Saturday's gold medal match in men's team foil.

An International Fencing Federation spokesman said Joszef Hidasi incorrectly awarded six points to Italy, which defeated China, 45-42.

The spokesman said the result would stand.