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BEIJING 2008

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August 22, 2008|John Cherwa | Orlando Sentinel

Canoe/Kayak: The U.S. was eliminated in the men's and women's single kayak at 500 meters on the last day of heats. Rami Zur finished sixth in his semifinal heat; Carrie Johnson came a little closer, finishing fourth in her semifinal heat.

Equestrian: In the final event of competition, Eric Lamaze of Canada picked up the gold in the individual jumping. Rolf-Goran Bengtsson of Sweden took silver and Beezie Madden of the U.S. won bronze. McLain Ward, also of the U.S., was sixth.

Field Hockey: Germany and Spain will be playing in the men's gold medal game. It came about after Germany beat the Netherlands in post-regulation, 4-3. Spain beat Australia, 3-2. In the 7th-8th classification match, New Zealand beat Pakistan, 4-2, and in the 9th-10th match, Belgium beat Canada, 3-0.

Handball: It will be Norway and Russia in the women's gold medal match. In the semifinals, Norway won a hard-fought 29-28 decision over South Korea while Russia beat Hungary, 22-20. In the consolation brackets (places 5-8), China beat Sweden, 20-19, and France beat Romania, 36-34.

Modern Pentathlon: Andrey Moiseev of Russia captured the gold medal in this arcane sport of running, swimming, riding, fencing and shooting. The U.S. was back in the pack with Sam Sackson finishing 18th and Eli Bremer coming in 23rd.

Rhythmic Gymnastics: The U.S. left its ball, ribbon and hoop in the closet as it didn't participate in either the individual or team competition. After the first round of all-around qualifying, the leaders are Olga Kapranova and Evgeniya Kanaeva of Russia and Anna Bessonova of Ukraine. In the team competition, the top three are Belarus, China and Italy.

Sailing: On the last day of competition at Qingdao, there wasn't much for the U.S. to talk about. In the star class, Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson of Britain had the best overall total after 11 races to win the gold. The U.S. team of John Dane III and Austin Sperry finished 11th. Fernando Echavarri and Anton Paz of Spain won the Tornado class. The lone U.S. team of Johnny Lovell and Charlie Ogletree finished 15th.

Swimming: Maarten van der Weijden of the Netherlands won the 10K marathon race. The only American in the open-water race, Mark Warkentin, finished eighth.

Table Tennis: Chen Wang made a little history by being the first U.S. player to make it to the women's singles quarterfinals, but it ended there when she lost to Li Jia Wei of Singapore, 4-1. She got to the quarters by beating Kyung Ah Kim of South Korea, 4-3. The other American, Jun Gao, lost in the fourth round to Xue Wu of the Dominican Republic, 4-3. The top-rated Chinese singles players continued to advance.

Taekwondo: It was a good but not great day for the Lopez family of Sugar Land, Texas. Mark Lopez lost in the gold medal match to Son Tae-jin of South Korea in the men's 68 kg competition. In the women's 57 kg classification, Diana Lopez -- yes, Mark's sister -- won one of the bronze medals with a win over Veronica Calabrese. The gold was won by Lim Su-jeong of South Korea when she beat Azize Tanrikulu of Turkey.

Track and Field: The U.S. relay teams proved to be a disaster, dropping the baton in both the men's and women's 4x100 races. The good news is the U.S. men swept the 400 meters with LaShawn Merritt getting the gold followed by Jeremy Wariner and David Neville. Veronica Campbell-Brown of the juggernaut Jamaican team won the women's 200, and her teammate Kerron Stewart took bronze. Allyson Felix of the U.S. took silver, as she did in Athens. In other finals, Dayron Robles of Cuba won the men's 110-meter hurdles, Nelson Evora of Portugal won the men's triple jump, Barbora Spotakova of the Czech Republic won the javelin, and Olga Kaniskina of Russia won the women's 20K race walk. Bryan Clay of the U.S. was second after six disciplines with the event continuing today.

Wrestling: The curtain closed on this competition with the U.S. doing little to talk about. In the 84-kg group, Revazi Mindorashvili of Georgia beat Yusup Abdusalomov of Tajikistan for the gold. Andy Hrovat of the U.S. went out in the first round, losing to Reineris Salas of Cuba. The 96-kg class was won by Shirvani Muradov of Russia. In the final group, 120-kg, Artur Taymazov of Uzbekistan beat Bakhityar Akhmedov of Russia. Steven Mocco of the U.S. was eliminated in the wrestlebacks.

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