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John Cherwa Orlando Sentinel

August 14, 2008

Archery: Vic Wunderle, the only U.S. archer remaining in the men's competition, made it to the round of eight. He will face South Korea's Im Dong-Hyun on Friday. The other Americans in the competition, Brady Ellison and Butch Johnson, were eliminated.

Badminton: The U.S. doubles dream ended when Howard Bach and Bob Malaythong were beaten by the second-seeded team, Cai Yun and Fu Haifeng, 21-9, 21-10. It was the first time the U.S. had advanced to the quarterfinal round.

Baseball: On the opening night of play, the U.S. suffered a stinging defeat to South Korea, 8-7. In other games, Taiwan shut out the Netherlands, 5-0; Canada shut out China, 10-0; and Cuba beat Japan, 4-2.

Basketball: It was an easy game for the U.S. women, beating Mali, 97-41. The U.S. plays Spain on Friday. In other games, Russia defeated Belarus, 71-65; Spain beat the Czech Republic, 74-55; Latvia beat Brazil, 79-78; China beat New Zealand, 80-63; and Australia stopped South Korea, 90-62.

Beach volleyball: The U.S. continued to steamroller through competition as the men's team of Phil Dalhausser and Todd Rogers beat Martin Conde and Mariano Baracetti of Argentina in the morning, 21-12, 21-13. In the evening, the women's team of Nicole Branagh and Elaine Youngs beat Milagros Crespo and Imara Estevez of Cuba, 21-19, 13-21, 15-12. Both teams move to the round of 16 starting Friday.

Boxing: It was a good day for the U.S. In an early bout, heavyweight Deontay Wilder took a 10-4 decision from Abdeoaziz Touiobini of Algeria. He will next fight Mohammed Arjaoui of Morocco. In the only other bout involving an American, light-flyweight Luis Yanez beat Jose Kelvin de la Nieve of Spain, 12-9. Yanez next fights against Serdamba Purevdorj of Mongolia.

Canoe/Kayak: In women's kayak slalom, Heather Corrie reached the semifinals and sits 10th after her first two runs. The leader is Elena Kaliska of Slovakia. In the men's canoe double, the U.S. will not advance to the finals, having been eliminated and sitting in 11th out of 12 places. Rick Powell and Casey Eichfield were in the canoe.

Cycling: It was quite a day for the U.S. in the road cycling individual time trials. Kristin Armstrong surprised when she won the gold more than 24 seconds faster than Emma Pooley of Britain. The other U.S. cyclist, Christine Thorburn, finished fifth. On the men's side, Levi Leipheimer of the U.S. won the bronze.

Diving: Once again, the U.S. just missed hitting the medals platform. Chris Colwill and Jevon Tarantino finished fourth in the men's synchronized 3-meter springboard competition. The winners were from China: Wang Feng and Qin Kai.

Equestrian: After the first day of dressage competition, Courtney King and Mythilus sit in medal contention in fourth place. Heike Kemmer of Germany, Emma Hindle of Britain and Imke Schellekens-Bartels of the Netherlands are leading her. In the team competition, the Netherlands, Britain and Sweden have the top three spots.

Fencing: No medals for the U.S. on Wednesday, but there was one respectable performance. Gerek Meinhardt finished 10th in the men's individual foil. In the women's epee, Kelley Hurley was the lone American in 20th.

Field hockey: Three teams remained undefeated after the second game of the men's tournament. Spain beat New Zealand, 1-0; Australia destroyed South Africa, 10-0; and the Netherlands got by Britain, 1-0, to stay without a loss. In other games, South Korea beat China, 5-2; Pakistan beat Canada, 3-1; and Belgium and Germany played to a 1-1 tie.

Handball: Norway and Romania both moved to 3-0 on the women's side of the draw. Romania beat France, 34-26; and Norway blitzed Kazakhstan, 35-19. In other games, Russia beat Brazil, 28-19; South Korea topped Sweden, 31-23; China beat Angola, 32-24; and Hungary just got by Germany, 25-24.

Judo: Ronda Rousey made a little history by winning the first U.S. medal since the sport became official in 1992. Rousey won five matches, losing one, and was awarded the bronze medal in the 70-kg division. Irakli Tsirekidze of Georgia won the gold in the men's 90-kg division.

Rowing: Two U.S. boats reached the last round. Michelle Guerette advanced to the women's single sculls finals, and in the men's pair finals Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss also advanced. In the men's four, David Banks, Paul Teti, Giuseppe Lanzone and Brett Newlin failed to make the cut.

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