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Solid gold for Hong Kong

Published Sep. 16, 2005

Hong Kong finally has an Olympic medal _ and it's gold. Lee Lai-shan clinched the gold in the women's Mistral Class on Sunday, winning the only race of the day to build an insurmountable lead over defending Olympic champion Barbara Kendall of New Zealand. The final race is today at Savannah, Ga. Lee will finish with no more than 16 points, and the best Kendall can do is 24. The lowest number of points wins. Mateusz Kusznierewicz of Poland also clinched the gold medal with one race remaining in the Finn Class, stretching his lead over Belgium's Sebastien Godefroid to 17 points. The silver and bronze medals will be decided today. This is the last time Hong Kong will compete in the Olympics under its own name. It will be part of China in the 2000 Games.

South Koreans dominate

American archers, led by Justin Huish and Janet Dykman, trailed in the ranking rounds, and three South Koreans tied their world record in women's team preliminaries. Ukraine's Lina Herasymenko shot the top individual score of 673 of a possible 720 in the women's round. Michele Frangilli of Italy led the men with 684. Huish had the top finish for the U.S. team with a ninth in the men's event with 670.

Favorites advance

Rexy Mainaky and Ricky Subagja of Indonesia, and favorites for the gold medal, defeated Huang Zhanzhong and Jiang Xin of China 15-7, 15-7. Mainaky and Subagja's biggest foes also reached the final four. Soon Kit Cheah and Kim Hock Yap of Malaysia defeated Ha Tae-kwon and Kang Kyung-jin of South Korea 18-17, 15-8. In women's doubles, top-ranked Ge Fei and Gu Jun of China defeated sisters Eliza and Rosiana Zelin of Indonesia 15-7, 15-3, and Gil Young-ah and Jang Hye-ock of South Korea defeated Denmark's Ann Jorgensen and Lotte Olsen 15-9, 15-9.

Shipley disappointing 12th

World-ranked kayaker Scott Shipley, who won the three races held earlier on the Ocoee River course in Tennessee, finished 12th in the whitewater slalom. Oliver Fix of Germany took the gold with a quick, clean initial run of 2 minutes, 21 seconds. Oliver Fix of Germany won the kayak singles slalom gold medal. Frank Adisson and Wilfrid Forgues of France won the men's Canadian pairs canoeing gold.

Gibson leads U.S to third

The Americans had four solid rides, including three in the top 11, to score 5,309 points and finish third behind Germany and the Netherlands in the grand prix dressage event. They were led by Michelle Gibson, who earned 1,880 points (75.2 percent) aboard Peron. That was the third-best score of the competition and best ever for a U.S. Olympian.

Sister act beats Americans

Australia, led by sisters Katrina and Lisa Powell, jolted the U.S. women's team for four goals in the first half and went on to a 4-0 victory that virtually ended the Americans' medal hopes. The United States (1-3-2) was favored to win its first medal since 1984. In other games, Britain edged Germany 3-2, and the Netherlands clinched a spot in the medal round with a 4-2 victory over Spain.

U.S. women fall short

Hungary eliminated the U.S. women's team from medal contention with a 30-24 victory. After trailing 19-8 at halftime, the Americans got within 25-21 after five straight goals. But with about six minutes left, Carol Peterka earned another two-minute suspension for returning to the court too soon after her penalty.

Top players knocked out

Defending champion Jan-Ove Waldner was eliminated from men's singles by Johnny Huang of Canada 21-15, 17-21, 21-16, 21-15, stripping the competition of its biggest star heading into the quarterfinals. Waldner was knocked out of doubles Saturday night. China's Kong Linghui, the world champion, also went out. Kim Taek-soo of South Korea beat him 21-17, 21-18, 20-22, 21-12.

Fans demand Agassi

Security officials called in extra policemen to control the crowd after fans protested a scheduling change at Stone Mountain, Ga., that was going to prevent them from seeing Andre Agassi. When spectators were told Agassi wouldn't be playing in the stadium as scheduled, they delayed a women's match with persistent booing and chanting. Meanwhile, Agassi and MaliVai Washington lost to Ellis and Wayne Ferreira of South Africa 7-5, 6-7 (2-7), 6-0 in the second round of doubles. Washington reached the singles quarterfinals by overtaking Kenneth Carlsen of Denmark. The U.S. women improved to 10-0 when Mary Joe Fernandez and Lindsay Davenport won.

World records tumble

Akakide Kakhiashvilis won his second gold medal by setting two world records in the 218\-pound weight class. Kakhiashvilis of Greece set records for the clean-and-jerk (518 pounds) and total lift (925} pounds). He also lifted 407} pounds in the snatch. Pete Kelley set American records in the clean-and-jerk at 435\ pounds and total lift at 788 pounds to finish 14th.