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August 21, 2004 | Helene Elliott
The symbolism could not have been more obvious if Haile Gebrselassie had dipped a torch into the caldron looming above the Olympic Stadium track and passed the flame to his young Ethiopian compatriots, Kenenisa Bekele and Sileshi Sihine. After Bekele succeeded Gebrselassie as the Olympic 10,000-meter champion by breaking away from Sihine with a scorching 53.02-second final lap, the winner, runner-up and dethroned two-time champion embraced under their national flag.
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August 21, 2004 | From Times Wire Services
It would've been understandable if Matt Emmons had a bad first Olympic experience. The way things had been going, he seemed destined for that. First, someone vandalized his good gun in April. Then, while preparing for the men's 50-meter prone rifle event, he caught a bad cold. Before Friday's final, his heart was beating so hard he didn't know whether he could calm himself, hold his rifle straight and shoot accurately. He did, though. He remained composed and focused.
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August 21, 2004 | Bill Dwyre;Grahame L. Jones;Helene Elliott;Lisa Dillman
Here, in capsule form, are the events that will be highlighted today in Athens: Men's Basketball The U.S. men's team will get a real taste of the best in international basketball when it faces Lithuania, unbeaten in the same group as the U.S. (2-1). Lithuania, which defeated Puerto Rico -- which crushed the U.S. -- has four players with more than 100 international games experience. The U.S.
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August 21, 2004 | Bill Plaschke
The gold medalist was telling stories, cracking jokes, selling swimming when a nervous publicity person suddenly appeared above his shoulder. Could he please leave the room? The dais belonged to another gold medalist. "Ohhh, Michael Phelps is next," said Gary Hall Jr., raising his eyebrows and his voice as he walked out the door. "Can't keep Michael Phelps waiting." OK, so somebody had to say it, the message finally and appropriately delivered Friday by America's big-mouthed sass.
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August 21, 2004 | From Associated Press
Greek weightlifter Leonidas Sampanis, a 137-pound bronze medalist at the Athens Games, tested positive for drugs in an initial sample -- another drug-related scandal for the host nation. The International Olympic Committee told Greek officials Friday that an athlete had tested positive. Sampanis' testosterone levels reportedly were abnormally high. "There is, at this time, a positive sample," Greek weightlifting Coach Christos Iakovou told an Athens television station.
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August 21, 2004 | Mike Penner, Times Staff Writer
Full-contact beach volleyball made its Olympic debut here Friday, if only for a fleeting moment, leaving Americans Stein Metzger and Dax Holdren in a sand-covered dog pile and Germans Markus Dieckmann and Jonas Reckermann out of the tournament. At match point, with the Americans on the verge of a considerable upset, Metzger scrambled to keep the play alive, then pounded a deep kill shot that exploded on Dieckmann.
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August 21, 2004 | Bill Dwyre, Times Staff Writer
There was unexpected drama in women's softball and expected dominance in women's basketball here Friday, as each U.S. Olympic team furthered its image of invincibility. The softball team actually allowed an opponent to play a full regulation game against it, rather than having the game called after five innings because the lead was seven runs. It was only the third time in seven preliminary-round games that a team went the distance against the U.S. And the U.S.
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August 17, 2004 | Steve Springer, Times Staff Writer
Carmelo Anthony's cell phone kept ringing Sunday and on into Monday. All the calls were from the United States. All the questions were the same: What happened? What happened indeed? How did the U.S. men's basketball team lose its Olympic opener Sunday to Puerto Rico, not on anybody's list of international basketball powerhouses. "Everybody was asking that," Anthony said.
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August 17, 2004 | Mike Penner
The record of that 1972 dolphin, Mark Spitz, is safe for another four years. So who's popping champagne corks now? Speedo has to be happy. Michael Phelps' swimsuit sponsor dangled a $1-million bonus in front of the kid with a wink and a nudge, knowing that was one check it would never have to write.
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August 27, 2004 | Helene Elliott;Dave Morgan;Grahame L. Jones;Steve Springer
Here, in capsule form, are the events that will be highlighted today in Athens: Track and Field Finals will be held in the men's 50-kilometer race walk, men's pole vault, women's long jump, women's javelin throw, men's 110-meter hurdles, women's 10,000 and women's 400-meter relay. A new champion will be crowned in the men's pole vault, because Sydney gold medalist Nick Hysong didn't make it out of the U.S. trials. The same is true for the women's long jump.
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