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Olympics roundup

By Compiled from Times wires

© St. Petersburg Times, published September 18, 2000

Volleyball team falls in opener

SYDNEY, Australia -- The U.S. men's volleyball team is far removed from the golden days of the 1980s and getting further away all the time.

Coming off a ninth-place showing in 1996 and with a chance to show the world they've still got game, the Americans fell flat on their faces Sunday with a stunning 24-26, 25-23, 25-21, 25-18 loss to Argentina in the opening round.

With the top two teams in the world, Italy and Russia, ahead in Group B, the U.S. team will have a difficult time making the quarterfinals.

"Unfortunately, this is one of those games that can make or break your Olympics," U.S. captain Lloy Ball said. "We have to start thinking about the next match, but letting go of this loss will be the tough part."

The United States, which has lost four straight Olympic matches dating to 1996, plays Russia tonight, then takes on a very tough Yugoslav team.

ARCHERY: South Koreans, who the day before set a team world record, moved smoothly into the final 16 of the women's individual tournament, and one American knocked the other out.

Kim Soo-Nyung, Kim Nam-soon and Yun Mi-Jin made it to the third round with easy wins. Yun had the highest score, defeating Erika Reyes Evaristo of Mexico 168-157.

Americans Karen Scavotto and Denise Parker met each other in the first round. Scavotto won.

BEACH VOLLEYBALL: Americans Rob Heidger and Kevin Wong lost a five-point lead and failed to convert a half-dozen match points, dropping a 17-15 decision to Canadians Jody Holden and Conrad Leinemann.

CANOE/KAYAK: Three-time Olympian Davey Hearn earned the last spot in the solo slalom final. Rebecca Giddens will race for a medal after finishing sixth among the 15 women who advanced to the solo kayak final.

CYCLING: Leontien Zijlaard of the Netherlands set a world record in the semifinals of the women's 3,000-meter individual pursuit hours.

Zijlaard was timed in 3 minutes, 30.816 seconds, breaking the mark of 3:30.974 by Marion Clignet of France at the 1996 world championships. Zijlaard and Clignet will race in a gold medal final today.

GYMNASTICS: Russia, led by European champion Svetlana Khornika's grace and flair, took the team lead, followed by Romania, China and Ukraine.

EQUESTRIAN: The second day of the dressage phase of the team three-day event saw Karen O'Connor boost the American position to third place with a personal best of 32.6 on Prince Panache.

Australia takes 112.6 penalty points into the demanding cross-country phase today, with stadium jumping to follow Tuesday.

FENCING: Timea Nagy of Hungary, a five-time team world champion, scored a late touch in the third period to beat Switzerland's Gianna Hadluetzel-Buerki 15-11 for the gold medal.

SAILING: Light, patchy breezes descended on Sydney Harbor and the Pacific Ocean, delaying races in two classes and postponing a race in another class.

The most action occurred in the meeting rooms. A race jury ruled that women's windsurfer Lanee Butler of the United States failed to keep clear of a Hong Kong boat in a race Sunday and was disqualified.

SHOOTING: Cai Yalin of China won the gold medal in 10-meter air rifle with an Olympic-record score of 696.4.

He broke the mark of 695.7 set in 1996 by this year's silver medalist, Artem Khadjibekov of Russia. Khadjibekov scored 695.1. Russia's Yevgeny Aleinikov had 693.8 points to earn the bronze.

Daina Gudzineviciute of Lithuania won in women's trap shooting.

SWIMMING: American Tom Malchow set an Olympic record in the 200-meter butterfly in advacing to the semifinals. His time of 1 minute, 56.25 seconds, clipped the mark of 1:56.26, set by American Marvin Stewart in 1992.

WATER POLO: Robin Beauregard scored a late goal on a pass from Maureen O'Toole to allow the Americans to tie Canada 8-8 after being down by three goals with two minutes left.

WEIGHTLIFTING: In the first women's event ever, Bulgaria's Izabela Dragneva had the best lifts in the snatch and the clean and jerk to finish with a total lift of 419 pounds and capture the gold.

Tara Nott won a surprise silver medal for the United States. Her total was the same as Lisa Rumbewas of Indonesia, but Nott took the silver because of lower body weight.

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Cal Bouchard scored 18 points and Canada matched its victory total from the 1996 Olympics with a 62-41 victory over Senegal.

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