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Russian goes from ban to medals stand


Two months after a girlfriend's confession led to the lifting of his lifetime ban from the sport, weightlifter Aleksey Petrov of Russia is a gold medalist. Petrov had best lifts totaling 887\ pounds in the snatch and clean-and-jerk to win the 200{-pound competition. Petrov won the 1995 world championship by 44 pounds, but tested positive for a banned substance and drew a lifetime suspension from the International Weightlifting Federation. But a former girlfriend later confessed in writing that she slipped the substance into his food, and the IWF rescinded the ban. Petrov broke up with the girlfriend before finding out what happened. Petrov all but wrapped up the gold medal by surpassing his world record in the snatch, lifting 413\ pounds. Tom Gough of Fairfax, Calif., finished 14th in the field of 25 despite eclipsing his American records in the snatch at 369\ pounds, clean-and-jerk at 440} pounds and total at 810 pounds.


S. Korean rolls on

South Korean Bang Soo-Hyun advanced to the quarterfinals of women's singles with an 11-2, 11-3 victory over Japan's Yasuko Mizui in a match that lasted only 18 minutes. Defending champion Susi Susanti of Indonesia also advanced, with an 11-4, 11-0 victory over Poland's Katarzyna Krasowsko.


A Czech of gold

Stepanka Hilgertova of the Czech Republic won the women's kayak singles slalom gold medal. American Dana Chladek took silver and Myriam Fox-Jerusalmi of France bronze. Michal Martikan of Slovakia won the gold in men's canoe single slalom at the Ocoee River in Tennessee. It was the first gold for Slovakia, which declared its independence from Czechoslovakia three years ago.


France wins third

France won its third cycling gold medal as Felicia Ballanger beat Australia's Michelle Ferris in the women's sprint final at the Stone Mountain Velodrome. Russia beat Australia to advance to the team pursuit gold-medal race against France, which defeated Italy. Both winning teams bettered the Olympic mark of 4:08.785, with France lowering it to 4:06.880. Marty Nothstein assured the dejected U.S. team of just its second cycling medal with two victories in the men's sprint competition. He faces defending world and Olympic champion Jens Fielder of Germany for the gold today. In the women's individual pursuit semifinals, Marion Clignet of France advanced to today's gold-medal race against world record-holder Antonella Bellutti of Italy.


U.S. closes in on medal

Thanks to Georgia's Michelle Gibson, the United States is closing in on a medal in the dressage event at Conyers, Ga. Riding her Trakehner stallion Peron, her score of 1,880 (75.2 percent) was the second best of the day. Her U.S. team was in third place going into today's event finale with 3,529 points, just behind the Netherlands' 3,544. Gold-medal favorite Germany was well ahead with 3,708 points.

Field Hockey

S. Korea, Netherlands move on

South Korea and the Netherlands solidified their chances of getting into the women's medal round. South Korea defeated winless Spain 2-0 and the Netherlands damaged Argentina's medal hopes with a 4-1 victory. In men's play, Australia beat Malaysia 5-1, Britain beat South Africa 2-0. The Netherlands joined Spain in the men's semifinals when it beat South Korea 3-1.


Redgrave wins 4th gold

Steven Redgrave of Britain became the fourth athlete to win a gold medal at four consecutive Olympics, teaming with Matthew Pinsent to win the coxless pairs. He won't try for five in a row at Sydney in 2000. "I've had enough," Redgrave said. "This is it. If anyone sees me near a boat, they can (stop) me." The Italian team of Davide Tizzano and Agostino Abbagnale won the men's double sculls gold with 6:16.98. The Canadian pair of Marnie McBean and Kathleen Heddle won the gold in women's double sculls with 6:56.84. Yekaterina Khodotovich of Belarus won the women's single sculls gold in 7:32.21. Xeno Mueller of Switzerland won the men's single sculls gold in 6:44.85.


Frenchman sets record

Four-time Olympian Jean-Pierre Amat of France won the gold medal in the 50-meter free-rifle three-position event with an Olympic-record score of 1,273.9. Amat lost the bronze medal in the 10-meter air-rifle event four years ago by one-tenth of a point. In skeet, Italy's Ennio Falco came within one target of tying the world record in winning the gold with a score of 149. U.S. shooter Bill Roy missed qualifying for the skeet final by one target. Roy blasted 49 of the 50 clay targets in the final two rounds of qualifying, but his two-day total of 121 points left him in a tie with 12 other shooters for seventh place _ one spot from advancing.

Soccer: Men

Portugal, Argentina advance to semifinal

With a devastating spurt at the start of the second half, Argentina eliminated defending champion Spain 4-0 in a men's quarterfinal match at Legion Field in Birmingham, Ala. After a scoreless first half, Argentina broke through only two minutes into the second. Matias Almeyda intercepted a pass, faked two defenders and rang a shot off the crossbar. With Argentina applying more pressure in the 53rd minute, a crossing pass in front of Spain's goal was knocked in by defender Augustin Aranzabal for a 2-0 lead. In Miami, Calado converted a penalty kick in the 105th minute, lifting Portugal to a 2-1 overtime victory over France. Portugal, in its first Olympic tournament since 1928, meets Argentina. Calado got his chance when French goalkeeper Lionel Letizi came out to stop a shot in the penalty box and tripped Dani in the process. In the ensuing argument, France's Jerome Bonnissel received a red card. With the French arguing everything he did up until the kick, Calado fired the game-winning goal into the right corner of the net.

Table Tennis

Swede seeks repeat

Defending gold medalist Jan-Ove Waldner of Sweden and world champion Kong Linghui of China advanced to the second round with straight-set victories. Kong defeated Taiwan's Chiang Peng-Lung 21-19, 21-14. Waldner downed Ilija Lupulesku of Yugoslavia 21-18, 21-16. In men's doubles, two Chinese teams advanced to the semifinals but Waldner lost with partner Jorgen Persson. Lu Lin and Wang Tao defeated Hee-Chan Kang and Taek-Soo Kim of South Korea 21-12, 18-21, 18-21, 21-12, 21-12 and Kong teamed with Liu Guoliang to beat Koji Matsushita and Hiroshi Shibutani of Japan 21-15, 21-19, 21-15.


Weather woes continue

Light winds forced the postponement of six races in the weather-plagued yachting regatta in Savannah, Ga., but they didn't stop a pair of American racing teams from leading their classes. Racing in winds that never topped 8 knots, Californians Jeff Madrigali, Kent Massey and Jim Barton finished the day in first place in Soling. Kris Stookey of Darien, Conn., and Louise Van Voorhis of Webster, N.Y., were tied for first in the women's 470 with Spain's world champions Theresa Zabell and Begona Via Dufresne. The U.S. Soling trio finished fifth in its second race Saturday, but still held a one-point lead in the overall standings. A total of 29 races have been postponed by storms or light winds.


Going 4 gold

Athletes who have won gold medals in four consecutive Olympics:

Paul Elvstrom, Denmark yachting

Aladar Gerevich, Hungary fencing

Al Oerter, United States discus

Steven Redgrave, Britain rowing