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U.S. maintains lead in 3-day

Bruce Davidson's horse posted his best score ever in a major event Monday, helping the United States maintain its lead after the dressage phase of the equestrian three-day event.

"He's very young yet, and he tried very hard," Davidson said of Heydey, who scored 42.6 penalty points. "He was a big horse today. He has quite an ego."

Jill Henneberg, the final U.S. rider, scored 52.0 on Nirvana II, a career best for the gray mare.

The United States had 123.0 penalties, followed by Britain with 127.8 and New Zealand with 135.6.

Davidson said U.S. coach Mark Phillips promised him a case of champagne if he turned in a good ride.

"You don't work that hard for nothing," said a grinning Davidson, who has two team gold medals and a team silver from previous Olympics.

Italian, Romanian win in foil

ATLANTA _ A quick stab to the chest launched Alessandro Fuccini of Italy to the gold medal in men's foil.

Fuccini fended off an attack by Lionel Plumenail of France and took the lead for good at 12-11 with a quick touch.

Franck Boidin of France won the bronze with a 15-11 victory over Germany's Wolfgang Wienand. Cliff Bayer and Peter Devine of New York and Eric Bravin of Los Angeles lost in the first round.

Slow-starting Laura Badea of Romania won the gold medal in women's foil with a 15-10 victory over Valentina Vezzali of Italy. Countrywoman Giovanna Trillini, the 1992 gold medalist, won 15-9 over Laurence Modaine-Cessac of France in the bronze-medal match.

Vezzali advanced to the medal round with a quarterfinal victory over Ann Marsh of Royal Oak, Mich. Marsh's teammates _ Margaret Paxton of East Lansing, Mich., and Felicia Zimmerman of Rush, N.Y. _ lost first-round bouts.

U.S. women win; men lose

ATLANTA _ Barb Marois fired the winner with the last hit of the match from a well-rehearsed set play and the U.S. team celebrated a 3-2 victory over South Korea.

Australia went to 2-0 by overpowering Argentina 7-1 with three goals from Alyson Annan. Germany also has four points; the Americans, who tied the Dutch in their opening game, have three.

In men's play, the United States stayed winless in 25 Olympic games with a 5-2 loss to Argentina (2-0). The Americans fell behind 5-0 at halftime, as Jorge Lombi and Fernando Ferrara scored twice each for Argentina.

Spain remained unbeaten with a 3-0 shutout of defending bronze medalist Pakistan, and India and Germany tied 1-1.

U.S. contender ousted

ATLANTA _ Liliko Ogasawara, the United States' top chance for a medal, lost any chance for one when she lost twice in the middleweight competition.

In the men's middleweight division, up to 189 pounds, Brian Olson of Tallahassee became the first American judo winner in the Games when he beat Wu Kuo Hui of Taiwan in the first round to advance. Olson bowed to Lithuanian Algimantas Merkevicius in the second round and was eliminated from a chance for the repechages when Merkevicius lost in the next round.

South Koreans won both golds in the middleweight division. Cho Min-sun took the gold medal over Aneta Szczepanska of Poland. The men's winner was Jeon Ki-young, who defeated Armen Bagdasarov of Uzbekistan.

U.S. women's crew loses

GAINESVILLE, Ga. _ U.S. hopes for a historic gold medal in women's rowing almost sank when the favored crew in eights lost its qualifying race by a full length to Belarus.

The loss for the crew, picked by many to win the first women's eights gold medal for the United States in a boycott-free Games, meant the Americans will have to row Wednesday in the repechage or second-chance race.

Belarus took the lead early and never trailed.

In other preliminary races at Lake Lanier, the defending world champion Dutch eight advanced to Friday's semifinal along with the U.S. men, looking for their first gold since 1964.

Russian sets Olympic record

ATLANTA _ Russian Artem Khadzhibekov fired an Olympic record 695.7 in the men's 10-meter air rifle to give his country its second shooting gold of the Games.

The Russian overhauled Austrian Wolfram Waibel, who had to settle for second place after coming into the 10-shot final with a two-point lead from the preliminaries. Waibel finished with 695.2 points.

Frenchman Jean-Pierre Amat took bronze with 693.1.

Legend looms for U.S. hopeful

ATLANTA _ Aleksandr Karelin and Siamak Ghaffari of the United States continued on their path to today's super-heavyweight gold-medal match. Ghaffari, 34, of Colorado Springs was joined in the semifinals by Brandon Paulson, a 114{-pound Minnesota redshirt who won twice in his first big international tournament. Gordy Morgan and David Zuniga, two of Paulson's University of Minnesota teammates, won their preliminary matches before being eliminated with two losses.

Derrick Waldroup, the only U.S. wrestler to lose in the preliminaries, won twice in the losers' bracket at 198 pounds to remain in contention for a possible bronze medal.

Stormy weather on water, off

SAVANNAH, Ga. _ A stormy day on the water in the regatta moved to the jury room with a string of protests lodged over two of the three races on Wassaw Sound.

Thirteen of the 16 scheduled race heats were canceled after fierce lightning hit the course. The three classes to complete races _ Soling, Star and Finn _ boasted winners from the United States, Canada and Spain, respectively.

Skipper Jeff Madrigali and his crew of Jim Barton and Kent Massey won the Soling race by 5{ seconds over Russia in a race that resulted in nine protests; Ross McDonald and Eric Jespersen won the Star class; and defending champion Jose Maria van der Ploeg managed to haul in Ukrainian Yuriy Tokovvy in Finns.

Australian Paul McKenzie couldn't wait to receive word that the second Finn race of the day had been canceled.

"I think they're keeping us out here just to kill us," he said as he waited for instructions.

_ TIMES WIRES

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