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BEIJING 2008

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August 17, 2008|John Cherwa | Orlando Sentinel

Badminton: Indonesia won its first gold medal of the Beijing Games when Markis Kido and Hendra Setiawan beat China's Cai Yun and Fu Haifeng, 12-21, 21-11, 21-16, in the men's doubles final on Saturday. In women's singles, defending Olympic champion Zhang Ning of China took the gold by defeating her countrywoman, top-seeded Xie Xingfang, in three sets. Maria Kristin Yulianti of Indonesia took the bronze.

Baseball: The United States stayed barely alive with a 5-4 come-from-behind win over Canada. Brian Barden was the star, going two for four with a home run. The U.S. (2-2) plays China (1-2) on Monday. In other games, Cuba beat Taiwan, 1-0; the Netherlands stopped China, 6-4; and South Korea defeated Japan, 5-3.

Basketball: After a 119-82 victory over Spain, the U.S. is 4-0 and plays Germany on Monday. In other games, Greece beat Angola, 102-61; Australia defeated Russia, 95-80; Lithuania topped Croatia, 86-73; Argentina beat Iran, 97-82; and China stopped Germany, 59-55.

Beach volleyball: The U.S. continued to roll, moving both men's teams on to the quarterfinals. Phil Dalhausser and Todd Rogers beat Martin Laciga and Jan Schnider of Switzerland, two sets to one. Jake Gibb and Sean Rosenthal beat Spain's Pablo Herrera and Raul Mesa, 2-0. The men's quarterfinals will take place Monday.

Cycling: U.S. rider Taylor Phinney lost to Hayden Rouston of New Zealand in the individual pursuit, eliminating him from competition. Britain's Bradley Wiggins won the gold. In the men's points race, Joan Llaneras of Spain took the gold. Chris Hoy of Britain won the men's keirin final.

Diving: The U.S. qualified two divers into the women's 3-meter springboard final. Nancilea Foster placed fourth and Christina Loukas was seventh entering today's final. First, of course, went to Guo Jingjing of China.

Equestrian: It was a quieter-than-normal day at the Hong Kong venue. After an early round of the dressage individual grand prix, the leaders are Alexandra Korelova of Russia, Bernadette Pujals of Mexico and Hans Peter Minderhoud of the Netherlands.

Field hockey: The U.S. women's team picked up its first win of the tournament, beating New Zealand, 4-1. The team is now 1-2-1, with its final game on Monday against Britain. The Netherlands remained undefeated with a 2-1 win over Australia. In other games, China beat South Korea, 6-1; Argentina shut out Germany, 4-0; Britain defeated Japan, 2-1; and Spain topped South Africa, 1-0.

Handball: France remains the only undefeated team in the men's bracket (4-0) with a 28-21 win over Spain. A couple of teams seemed content with no decision as Russia and Germany tied, 24-24, and Denmark and Iceland tied, 32-32. In other games, Poland beat Croatia, 27-24; Brazil topped China, 29-22; and South Korea beat Egypt, 24-22.

Rowing: The U.S. picked up a silver medal in the women's single sculls when Michelle Guerette rallied from fifth to take second. Rumyana Neykova of Bulgaria won and Ekaterina Karsten of Belarus took third. The women's doubles sculls of Megan Kalmoe and Ellen Tomek were fifth out of six boats. New Zealand won, followed by Germany and Britain. The U.S. team of Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss finished sixth in the men's pairs final. The race was won by Australia, with Canada and New Zealand in second and third. In the women's pairs, the medalists were Romania, China and Belarus. The medals in men's single sculls went to Norway, the Czech Republic and New Zealand; in men's double sculls to Australia, Estonia and Britain; and in men's four to Britain, Australia and France. Rowing finishes today.

Sailing: Medals were supposed to be awarded Saturday, but the wind didn't show, postponing the final races in the Finn and Yngling classes. The U.S. has a good chance to medal in the Finn as Zach Railey sits in second behind Ben Ainslie of Britain. In the Yngling, the U.S. entry is fourth behind Britain, the Netherlands and Greece. In other classes, the U.S. sits sixth in the 49er with Denmark on top. It is 12th in the 470 women with Australia in first place. The U.S. entry is 13th in the 470 men, and Australia has the most points. Spain is leading the Tornado class, with the U.S. in 13th. John Dane and Austin Sperry lead in the Star class after three races. Anna Tunnicliffe is in third in the Laser Redial behind New Zealand and Lithuania. And Andrew Campbell of the U.S. is in 16th behind leader Italy in the Laser class.

Shooting: Vincent Hancock, a U.S. Army marksman, survived the dreaded four-target shootout to win the gold medal in men's skeet. His competition came from Tore Brovold of Norway. They were tied after regulation, and in the shootout Hancock hit all four of his targets and Brovold hit three. In the men's 25-meter rapid-fire pistol, Oleksandr Petriv of Ukraine won the gold. The highest-finishing American was Keith Sanderson in fifth.

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