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Deng is on course for gold sweep

TABLE TENNIS: Deng Yapeng, the world's best women's player, completed the first step toward a second straight singles-doubles sweep. Teaming with Qiao Hong, Deng won the women's doubles title, defeating Qiao Yunping and Liu Wei 18-21, 25-23, 22-20, 21-14 in an all-Chinese final.

In the 1992 Olympics, Deng won the doubles with Qiao, then beat her in the singles final.

In the bronze-medal match between two South Korean teams, Park Hae-jung and Ryu Ji-hae defeated Kim Moo-kyo and Park Kyoung-ae 21-16, 21-8, 14-21, 21-13.

Later Monday, Deng, Liu and Qiao Hong won in the women's singles quarterfinals.

Jing Chen of Taiwan beat Tan Lui Chan of Hong Kong 21-12, 21-15, 21-19 in the fourth quarterfinal.

ARCHERY: Janet Dykman of El Monte, Calif., advanced to the round of 16 after winning two rounds with a score of 156 in the women's individual competition at Stone Mountain, Ga. The other two Americans, Judi Adams of Phoenix and Lindsay Langston of Mesa, Ariz., lost to the same opponent.

Adams lost 165-152 to Poland's Joanna Nowicka in the first round. Nowicka eliminated Langston on a tiebreaker.

Next up for Dykman is 32nd-ranked Wang Xiaozhi of China, who upset top-ranked Lina Herasymenko of Ukraine 156-152 in the second round.

Italy's Paola Fantato, the only athlete in a wheelchair in the Games, failed in her bid to win a medal when she was beaten in the opening round. Fantato, 36, contracted polio at the age of 8 months, but since taking up the sport in 1984 has risen to 30th in the world and shared in Italy's European team success this year. She is only the second Olympic archer to compete from a wheelchair, following New Zealand's Nerouli Fairhall in 1984.

EQUESTRIAN: U.S. riders had two of only seven clean rounds in qualifying competition for show jumpers in Conyers, Ga. The course was tackled by 82 horses in what was essentially a practice round to get used to the fence designs.

Anne Kursinski of Flemington, N.J., on Eros, and Leslie Burr Howard of Westport, Conn., on Extreme, both left up all the jumps and finished within the time limit.

"It's such a relief to get the first class out of the way," Howard said. "The crowd's both enthusiastic and well-educated. They know who the good riders are."

Michael Matz of Collegeville, Pa., on Rhum IV, had one rail down for four faults, and Peter Leone of Greenwich, Conn., on Legato, took down three fences for 12 faults.

Germany, Austria, the Netherlands and Mexico had at least three rounds under eight faults.

WEIGHTLIFTING: Ukraine's Timur Taimazov won the gold medal in the 238-pound class, lifting 947} pounds. He clinched the victory by lifting 501{ pounds in the clean-and-jerk, then set a world record of 520\ pounds, beating his record of 519 pounds.

Wes Barnett of St. Joseph, Mo., finished sixth with an American-record total of 870} pounds. Konstantine Starikovitch and Barnett each broke the American record in the snatch, with Barnett lifting 385} pounds before Starikovitch lifted 391\. In the clean-and-jerk, Barnett set another American record, lifting 485 pounds.

FIELD HOCKEY: Australia clinched a spot in the men's medal round alongside the Netherlands with a 2-0 victory over Britain in Pool B.

South Korea beat Malaysia 4-2 and the Netherlands, the unbeaten Pool B leader, kept South Africa winless with a 4-1 victory.

TEAM HANDBALL: The U.S. men's team, still searching for its first victory, kept it close for a half before collapsing after intermission and losing to Switzerland 29-20.

A goal by Bozidar Jovic with three seconds remaining enabled Croatia to beat Russia 25-24 and join two other unbeaten squads clinching medal-round spots in the men's field.

Sweden and France earlier earned berths in the playoffs, also pushing their records to 4-0. Sweden defeated winless Kuwait 33-18 in Pool A and France, the world champion, used a strong defense and eight goals by Denis Lathoud to defeat previously unbeaten Egypt 25-20 and reach the semis from Pool B.

Germany (2-2) beat Algeria (0-4) 25-23, and Spain beat Brazil 27-17 to tie Egypt at 3-1 in Pool B. Brazil is winless in four games.

BADMINTON: Rexy Mainaky and Ricky Subagja of Indonesia moved into the gold-medal match in the men's doubles with a straight-set romp over Malaysians Beng Kiang Soo and Kim Her Tan.

In the other semifinal, Malaysia's Soon Kit Cheah and Kim Hock Yap topped S Antonius and Denny Kantono of Indonesia 15-10, 15-4.

_ TIMES WIRES

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