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THE SEOUL GAMES : Roundup : West German Soccer Team Wins Bronze

October 01, 1988| From Staff and Wire Reports

SEOUL — West Germany won its first Olympic soccer medal by defeating Italy, 3-0, Friday to take the bronze in the third-place play-off match.

The West Germans, fielding six members of their senior national team, took the lead in the first 5 minutes and never lost control of the game.

Juergen Klinsmann, assisted by Frank Mill, showed up Italian defensive deficiencies with a goal in the fifth minute.

Gerhard Kleppinger added the second in the 17th minute, and second-half substitute Christian Schreier put the match totally beyond reach of the Italians with the third goal in the 69th minute.

Italy, the gold medal winner in 1936, also lost the bronze-medal match at Los Angeles in 1984, when it was beaten by Yugoslavia.

Forced to play extra-time twice within a 48-hour span in its last two games, the Italians lacked sharpness up front and badly missed central defender Ciro Ferrara, who was suspended after being ejected in the semifinal defeat against the Soviet Union.

In Saturday's gold-medal match, undefeated Brazil will miss two key midfielders when it battles the Soviet Union for its first Olympic soccer title.

Brazil will be without midfielders Geovani and Ademir, both suspended automatically after receiving their second cautions of the tournament in the semifinal against West Germany.

The Soviets are seeking their first soccer gold since winning at the 1956 Games in Melbourne.

Brazil has never won the Olympic tournament, losing the 1984 final to France, 2-0. This year, however, Brazil is the only team to have won all five of its games in the Olympic tournament.

Canoe and kayak: Hungary won the men's K-4 1,000-meter race in 3 minutes, 0.2 seconds.

The Soviet Union won the silver and East Germany won the bronze.

Birgit Schmidt of East Germany won her second gold medal of the regatta, first in the women's K-4 500 meters. The Hungarians won the silver, the Bulgarians the bronze.

The men's C-1 1,000-meter canoe race was won by 1985 world champion Ivan Klementiev of the Soviet Union. Second was East German Joerg Schmidt, Birgit's husband. Nikolai Boukhalov of Bulgaria was third.

Victor Reneiski and Nikolai Jouravski of the Soviet Union won the men's C-2 1,000 meter canoe race, a day after they won the men's C-2 500 meter race.

Synchronized swimming: Canadians Carolyn Waldo and Michelle Cameron won the gold duet competition. It was Waldo's second gold medal. She also won the singles' title.

With a score of 197.717, the Canadians beat rival Americans Karen and Sarah Josephson. The U.S. twins from Bristol, Conn., scored 4 perfect 10s in the duet performance, but had a final score of 197.284.

The Americans fell behind Waldo and Cameron after the compulsory figures, trailing, 98.917-97.685.

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