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August 23, 2008|John Cherwa | Tribune Olympic Bureau

Boxing: The U.S. ended a dismal performance Friday as heavyweight Deontay Wilder was overwhelmed by Clemente Russo of Italy, 7-1. Wilder still earned a bronze, but it was the only medal won by the U.S. team. Finals will be held today and Sunday.

Canoe/Kayak: Britain added to its surprising gold-medal haul when Tim Brabants won the men's 1,000-meter kayak singles. In other men's races, Attila Sandor Vajda of Hungary won the 1,000-meter canoe singles, the German team of Martin Hollstein and Andreas Ihle won the 1,000-meter kayak doubles, Belarus brothers Andrei and Aliaksandr Bahdanovich won the 1,000-meter canoe doubles, and a Belarus team won the 1,000-meter kayak four. On the women's side, a German team won the 500-meter kayak four. No U.S. competitors qualified for the finals.

Diving: The U.S. qualified two into the final round of the men's 10-meter platform. David Boudia finished sixth and Thomas Finchum seventh. Zhou Luxin, a Chinese diver, is leading the competition. He is followed by Matthew Mitcham of Australia and Gleb Galperin of Russia.

Field hockey: The Netherlands, once a women's powerhouse, won the gold for the first time since 1984 with a 2-0 win over China. It was also China's first medal on the women's side. In the bronze game, Argentina beat Germany, 3-1. Australia shut out Britain, 2-0, in the fifth-place game, and South Africa stopped New Zealand, 4-1, in the 11th-place game.

Handball: France and Iceland advanced to the final of the men's tournament. France beat Croatia, 25-23, and Iceland stopped Spain, 36-30. In the fifth-through-eighth-placement games, Russia beat Denmark, 28-27, and Poland defeated South Korea, 29-26.

Modern pentathlon: The U.S. has rarely done well in this sport and, if that's the standard, it didn't disappoint. Lena Schoneborn of Germany won the gold. Sheila Taormina, competing in her fourth Games in various sports, was the high U.S. finisher in 19th. Margaux Isaksen, also of the U.S., was 21st.

Rhythmic gymnastics: Belarus, Russia and China lead the standings at the end of the second day of qualification. In the individual competition, Evgeniya Kanaeva of Russia is in first, followed by teammate Olga Kapranova and Anna Bessonova of Ukraine. Individual finals are today, team finals Sunday.

Soccer: Brazil won the men's bronze-medal match over Belgium, 3-0. The main event comes today when Nigeria and Argentina play for the gold.

Synchronized swimming: After the team technical event, the U.S. was tied for fifth with Canada. The leaders are Russia, Spain and China. The U.S. team is Brooke Abel, Kate Hooven, Christina Jones, Becky Kim, Andrea Nott, Annabelle Orme, Jillian Penner and Kim Probst.

Table tennis: China goes 1-2-3 in the women's singles competition. Should we be surprised? Zhang Yining got the gold.

Taekwondo: The U.S. picked up a bronze in the men's 80-kg competition. Steven Lopez came through the repechage round and beat Rashad Ahmadov of Azerbaijan to get the third-place medal. The winner was Hadi Saei of Iran. In the women's 67-kg class, the winner was Hwang Kyung-seon of South Korea.

Track and field: Usain Bolt of Jamaica remains the track story of the Games, running the third leg of the men's 400-meter relay for a world-record time (37.10). And Bryan Clay was the good story for the U.S., winning the decathlon. In other events, Tirunesh Dibaba of Ethiopia won the women's 5,000 meters, Maurren Higa Maggi of Brazil won the women's long jump, and Steve Hooker of Australia won the men's pole vault. Because of a doping violation, Lyudmila Blonska of Ukraine was stripped of the silver medal she received in the heptathlon, so Hyleas Fountain of the U.S. moved up from bronze. Russia's Tatiana Chernova, who was fourth, now has the bronze.

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