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Goodwill Games Roundup : Soviets Add 4 Medals to Their Haul of Gold

July 14, 1986| Associated Press

MOSCOW — Sergei Gurylev of the Soviet Union edged American Dan Watson for the gold medal in platform diving Sunday, and the Soviet water polo team beat the United States for the championship on the 10th day of competition in the Goodwill Games.

The Soviet Union also won the team gold medal in men's gymnastics, with East Germany finishing second and China third. The United States was fifth, just edging out Japan.

The United States wrestling team, led by Olympic medalists Mark and Dave Schultz, beat Mongolia for the bronze medal. The Soviets shut out Bulgaria, 10-0, for the gold.

Five more U.S boxers advanced to the semifinals. Light middleweights Mylon Watkins and Michael Moorer stopped their opponents, whereas flyweight Arthur Johnson, welterweight Ricky Royal and lightweight Romallis Ellis won by decision.

The Soviet Union won all four gold medals on Sunday to add to its big lead in the medals count. With Gurylev's diving gold and championships in water polo, wrestling and gymnastics, the hosts raised their total of 51 golds and 132 medals overall. The United States was a distant second, with 31 gold medals and 93 total. East Germany was third, with 7 golds and 21 medals.

The Soviets scored the first six goals in the water polo match and never were in serious trouble in a 10-5 victory over an American team that included six members of the 1984 Olympic gold-medal team.

Gurylev took the lead on his eighth dive and on his ninth scored the afternoon's highest total, 86.40 points, with a 3 1/2 back somersault. He finished with 609.30 points.

Watson, who totaled 593.34 points, clinched the silver on his last dive, a 1 1/2 somersault with 3 1/2 twists for 76.80 points.

The Soviet Union won the men's team gymnastics championship with a score of 290.15 points, to East Germany's 284.95. China had 283.65 for the bronze, followed by Romania at 281.85, the United States at 281.70 and Japan last at 281.30.

Jurij Korolev of the Soviet Union was the top individual performer with 40.85 points. The leading U.S. Gymnast was Charles Lake, seventh with 47.50.

In team handball, the U.S men's team scored a major upset, beating Czechoslovakia, 23-21. Joe Story scored five goals for the United States, and teammates James Buehning and Gregory Morava added four each. The Czechs are ranked among the top four teams in the world.

The U.S. women's handball team lost to Japan, 31-21.

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