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Fourth try is gold for French cyclist

Jeannie Longo-Ciprelli of France, the world's premier, if unpopular, women's road racer, capped her magnificent 18-year career Sunday with the gold medal that long eluded her. She is known for yelling at competitors to get out of her way and pulling at their jerseys.

Racing in her fourth Olympics, Longo-Ciprelli, 37, won the rain-drenched road race through trendy Buckhead in 2 hours, 36 minutes, 13 seconds _ 25 seconds ahead of silver medalist Imelda Chiappa of Italy. Canada's Clara Hughes won the bronze in 2:36:44.

American Jeanne Golay of Glenwood Springs, Colo. _ who spilled on the first lap _ finished with the pack 53 seconds behind, along with Allison Dunlap of Colorado Springs and Linda Brenneman of Dana Point, Calif.

Golay was 29th, Brenneman 36th and Dunlap 37th.

A five-time world champion in the road race, Longo-Ciprelli broke away from the pack with two other riders halfway through the race, which was hit by a downpour that caused several spills.

Golay and Linda Jackson of Canada, a prerace favorite, were among a group of riders who crashed on the first lap, before the rains came. Jackson injured her right forearm and was taken away in an ambulance, but X-rays were negative and she returned to watch the end of the race.

U.S. equestrians

ride to early lead

CONYERS, Ga. _ Karen and David O'Connor, a husband-and-wife riding team, gave the United States the lead after the opening day of the three-day team equestrian event.

KarenO'Connor, riding Biko, had the best U.S. performance in the dressage with 39.6 penalty points. Her husband, riding Giltedge, was next with 40.8 penalties.

"It was the best dressage ride of my life," Karen O'Connor said.

The United States led after the first two dressage rounds with 80.4 penalties. Britain was second with 84.2, and Canada was third with 87.2.

Poland's Nastula powers to judo gold

ATLANTA _ Poland's Pawel Nastula steamrolled his way through five foes to capture the light heavyweight judo gold medal, beating South Korea's Kim Min-soo. Stephane Traineau of France and Miguel Fernades of Brazil gained the bronze medals in the men's division. Judo awards two bronze medals.

Belgium's Ulla Werbrouck won the women's title in the light heavyweight division, beating Japan's Yoko Tanabe. Ylenia Scapin of Italy and the 1995 world champion, Diadenis Luna of Cuba, won the bronze medals.

For the second straight day, both Americans were eliminated in their opening matches and failed to qualify for repechages.

Sandra Bacher of San Jose lost to Hannah Ertel of Germany in the first round and Rene Capo of Minneapolis, at 34 the oldest member of the American judo team, was beaten by Mevlud Lobjanidze of Georgia. After the crushing loss, Capo, a native of Hialeah, retired from competition.

French women, Russian men win fencing medals

ATLANTA _ France won the gold and silver medals in the first women's individual epee, a day after the favored French men failed to make the medal round in the same event.

Laura Flessel beat teammate Valerie Barlois-Mevel 15-12 in the gold-medal match. Flessel never trailed, even when Barlois scored six straight touches, including a double touch, after falling behind 11-4.

The Russian men won their second individual fencing gold medal in two days when Stanislav Pozdnyakov defeated teammate Sergei Sharikov 15-12 in sabre. Aleksandr Beketov won the gold in individual epee Saturday.

Frenchman Damien Touya won the bronze medal in men's sabre, defeating Jozsef Navarrete of Hungary 15-7.

Peter Westbrook, 13-time U.S. sabre champion from New York, lost in the opening round of his sixth and final Olympics 15-8 to Lurane Williams of Britain. The 44-year-old Westbrook has one more chance at gold when the U.S. participates in team sabre competition Wednesday.

Australian near-perfect in trap-shooting

ATLANTA _ Australian Michael Diamond, a liquor store clerk from Goulburn, came within one shot of a perfect score _ hitting an Olympic-record 149 of 150 targets through six rounds of competition _ to beat Americans Josh Lakatos of Pasadena, Calif., and Lance Bade of Ridgefield, Wash., for the gold medal in men's trap shooting.

Lakatos won the silver in a shoot-off after he and Bade finished tied for second with scores of 147. It took 28 shots in the shoot-off before Bade missed the 4-inch clay target.

The medals won by Lakatos and Bade matched the total won by the United States in shooting in Barcelona in 1992.

Olga Klochneva, 28, a recent college graduate and soon-to-be lieutenant in the Russian Army, won the gold in women's 10-meter air pistol with an Olympic-record score of 490.1, beating teammate and defending Olympic champion Marina Logvinenko.

Logvinenko, a three-time Olympian who won two gold medals in Barcelona and a bronze in 1988, took the silver by outscoring Bulgaria's Mariya Grozdeva in another shoot-off.

Record-breaker makes sure lift is counted

ATLANTA _ Tang Lingsheng broke the world bantamweight (54kg) record to give China its first weightlifting gold in 12 years.

Tang was left holding his record-breaking lift for what seemed like an eternity as one of the three judges' lights failed to come on, and he refused to put it down until his coach rushed on to the stage to tell him he won.

Greece's world champion Leonidas Sabanis won silver and three-time world champion Bulgaria's Nikolai Peshalov took bronze.

U.S. women's pair

wins preliminary

GAINESVILLE, Ga. _ Missy Schwen and Karen Kraft, silver medalists at last year's world championships, won their preliminary heat by more than a boat length with a time of 7 minutes, 34.29 seconds to reach Thursday's semifinals in the women's pair rowing.

The rowing competition started at Lake Lanier with 23 preliminary races. All winners advanced to the semifinals; others will race in the repechage, or a second chance to reach the semifinals.

Of the Americans, only Michelle Knox Zaloom of Washington and Jennifer Devine of Philadelphia joined Schwen and Kraft in reaching the semifinals. Zaloom and Devine finished third in their double sculls heat where the top three advanced.

Steven Redgrave of Britain easily advanced to Thursday's semifinal in the men's pair with partner Matthew Pinsent. Redgrave hopes to become only the fourth Olympian to win four gold medals at four consecutive Games. The others are U.S. discus thrower Al Oerter, Danish yachtsman Paul Elvstrom and Hungarian fencer Aladar Gerevich.

Penalty stroke ties South Korea, Britain

ATLANTA _ Park Shin-He converted a penalty stroke with 2:54 remaining to give South Korea a 2-2 draw with Britain in the men's field hockey opener for both.

In other men's games, the Netherlands defeated Malaysia 2-0, Germany was a 2-1 winner over Spain and South Africa and Australia played to a 1-1 draw.

In the women's competition, Vanessa Van Kooperen-Schmoranzer scored her second goal in as many games off a deflection in the 50th minute, giving Germany a 2-1 victory over Spain. It was the Germans' second victory and moved them to the top of the standings.

Britain and the Netherlands played to a 1-1 draw.

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