How hot it was
Temperature: High 84, low 69
Heat index: 91
Going out with gold
Amy Van Dyken led the American swimmers to their greatest gold-medal rush
since the Los Angeles Games, becoming the first U.S. woman to win four golds
in a single Olympics.
Van Dyken won the 50-meter freestyle on the final night of swimming,
adding to her earlier golds in the 100 butterfly and two relays. Brad
Bridgewater won gold in the 200 backstroke as the American swimmers finished
with 13 gold medals. They had 21 golds in Los Angeles in 1984 but just eight
at Seoul and 11 at Barcelona.
"This was such a tremendous effort for the United States," Bridgewater
said. "We had the ball rolling from the first day. We may have had a session
or two where it didn't go like you'd like it to, but, for the most part, the
meet has been rolling along very successfully for us."
After Becky Ruehl, 18, finished second after the preliminary round of
platform diving, her roommate, 1992 bronze medalist Mary Ellen Clark, called
the performance "incredibly awesome." Ruehl, from Lakeside Park, Ky., is only
5.34 points behind Fu Mingxia of China.
The Olympics ended quickly for Mary Slaney this time. Slaney, perhaps the
best female distance runner never to win an Olympic medal, was seventh in her
5,000 heat (15: 41.30) and failed to advance to tomorrow's final.
Ecuador's Jefferson Perez captured his country's first Olympic medal,
winning the 20-kilometer walk. "I felt it was what I needed to do for my
country," he said. "I feel great about it. But I have wet shoes."
Japan's Ryoko Tamura saw her 84-match victory streak broken in the final
of the women's extra-lightweight judo division. Tamura, 20, lost to
16-year-old Kye Sun of North Korea. Tamura's last defeat had come in the
gold-medal match at the 1992 Barcelona Games.
Bill Carlucci (left, above), a 1989 Johns Hopkins graduate who competed on
the crew team there, is on the U.S. team that had the fastest semifinal time
in the men's lightweight coxless fours. Carlucci, of Rye Brook, N.Y., teamed
up with David Collins, Thousand Oaks, Calif.; Jeff Pfaendtner, Detroit; and
Marcus Schneider, Everett, Wash., to finish in 6: 09.89. The finals are
Libby Callahan of Upper Marlboro finished 23rd in the preliminary round of
the women's 25-meter sport pistol. The top eight shooters advanced to the
finals. China's Li Duihong won the gold.
LTC Amy Feng (Wheaton) battled the world's No. 4 woman, Liu Wei of China.
Feng won the first game before falling, 16-21, 21-8, 21-15, in women's singles
qualifying. Feng, 27, came to the United States in 1992 after she wasn't
picked for the Chinese 1992 World Championships team. A decade ago, she was
China's third best singles player.
"I feel better mentally knowing I'm getting on the fastest bike in the
world. If you have to go to a drag race, you wouldn't want to do it in a
Volkswagen bug. You'd want to do it in a Ferrari."
-- Marty Nothstein, one of only two Americans still in contention for a
cycling track medal, who rides a modified version of the SuperBike.