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BEIJING 2008

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August 13, 2008|John Cherwa | Orlando Sentinel

Archery: Khatuna Lorig, who competed for her native Georgia in 2000 and 1996 and the Unified Team in 1992, now represents the United States. Seeded No. 26, she reached the quarterfinals of the women's individual competition by winning twice Tuesday. U.S. teammate Jenny Nichols tied an Olympic record with 114 points out of 120 in the first round but lost to ninth-seeded Nami Hayakawa of Japan in the next round to be eliminated. Arrows fly again Thursday.

Badminton: It was a remarkable day for the U.S. team of Howard Bach and Bob Malaythong as they became the first U.S. team to make it to the quarterfinal round of men's doubles. They beat the South African team of Chris and Roelof Dednam, 21-10, 21-6, to advance. Things get tough, however, as they play the No. 2 seeded-team, Cai Yun and Fu Haifeng of China, today.

Basketball: Dwyane Wade scored 19 points for the U.S. team as it walked through to an easy 97-76 win over Angola. The U.S. next plays Greece on Thursday. In other games, Lithuania beat Iran, 99-67; Croatia defeated Russia, 85-78; Greece defeated Germany, 87-64; Spain beat China in overtime, 85-75, after Yao Ming fouled out; and Argentina beat Australia, 85-68.

Beach volleyball: After the powerhouse U.S. duo Kerri Walsh and Misty May-Treanor won the day's first match, U.S. men Jake Gibb and Sean Rosenthal beat Julius Brink and Christoph Dieckmann of Germany, 21-15, 21-13. Walsh and May-Treanor face Norway's Nila Hakedal and Ingrid Toerlen on Thursday.

Boxing: The lone U.S. boxer on Tuesday didn't fare well. Rau'shee Warren lost to Lee Oksung of South Korea, 9-8. The U.S. team has been a bit inconsistent at the Games.

Canoe/Kayak: Michal Martin of Slovakia hadn't won the gold since Atlanta in 1996, but he returned to form by winning the whitewater single canoe competition Tuesday. The highest-placing U.S. competitor was Benn Fraker, who finished sixth. In the single kayak whitewater slalom event, Alexander Grimm of Germany got the gold. No U.S. kayaker made the finals.

Equestrian: In Hong Kong, U.S. rider Gina Miles won silver in the individual event, riding McKinlaigh. They were second to Germany's Hinrich Romeike and Marius. Germany also won the team event, edging Australia. The U.S. team of Miles, Amy Tryon, Karen O'Connor, Rebecca Holder and Philip Dutton finished seventh. Next up Wednesday is team dressage.

Fencing: The U.S. came within a couple touches of a medal in the men's individual sabre, but in the end Keeth Smart settled for sixth after losing to fourth-place finisher Julien Pillet. The winner was Zhong Man of China. Other U.S. finishers were Tim Morehouse in 22nd and Jason Rogers in 28th.

Field hockey: The U.S. women's team continued to surprise with its second draw in two games. Kate Barber scored the tying goal in the 58th minute, giving the Americans a 1-1 draw with Japan. The U.S. is tied with Argentina for third place with three points in Group B. Japan and Germany hold the first two spots. The U.S. plays Germany on Thursday. In other games, Germany defeated New Zealand, 2-1; the Netherlands beat South Korea, 3-2; Australia pounded Spain, 6-1; China topped South Africa, 3-0; and Argentina and Britain played to a 2-2 tie.

Handball: The men's draw continued in a plodding manner. In Tuesday's play, Croatia beat Brazil, Russia defeated Egypt, France stopped China, Spain just got by Poland, South Korea beat Denmark and Iceland beat Germany.

Judo: Ole Bischof of Germany beat Kim Jaebum of South Korea to win the men's half-middleweight competition. Travis Stevens was the top U.S. competitor in ninth.

Rowing: The U.S. had mixed success during repechage heats Tuesday. In the men's eight the U.S. boat finished first in one heat. Another first came in the women's double sculls. There was a second-place finish in the women's quadruple sculls in another heat. And the men's four took third among four boats in one run and the women's pair also finished third of four in another heat.

Sailing: The U.S. got some good news in the laser radial class as Anna Tunnicliffe has the lead after two races. Evi Van Acker of Belgium and Sarah Steyaert of France follow. In the 470 men class, Nathan Wilmot and Malcolm Page of Australia lead after four races. Stuart McNay and Graham Biehl of the U.S. sit way back in 23rd. In the 470 women class, Elise Rechichi and Tessa Parkinson of Australia are on top, with Amanda Clark and Sara Mergenthaler of the U.S. in 13th.

Shooting: The U.S. picked up an unexpected gold medal when Walton ller won the men's double trap. Eller, who is in the Army, led going into the final round and missed his first two targets but got it together to set an Olympic record with his winning score of 190. The U.S. just missed another medal when Jeff Holguin, a Yorba Linda resident who's also in the Army, finished fourth. In the men's 50-meter pistol, the winner was Jin Jong-oh of South Korea. The U.S. finishers were Daryl Szarenski, 14th, and Jason Turner, 21st.

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