Around the rings

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* Archery South Korea won a gold medal in the men's team competition, beating China in the final. France picked up the bronze.

* Badminton Competition in women's doubles and women's singles continued without the eliminated U.S. doubles team.

* Beach volleyball The U.S. men's team of Jake Gibb and Sean Rosenthal started out well with a 21-16, 21-15 win over Emiel Boersma and Bram Rommes of the Netherlands. The pair move on to a Tuesday match against Germany's Julius Brink and Christoph Dieckmann. In an early-morning match yesterday, Kerri Walsh and Misty May-Treanor easily dispatched Mika Saiki and Chiaki Kusuhara of Japan, 21-12, 21-15. Their next match is Tuesday against Dalixia Fernandez and Tamara Larrea of Cuba.

* Boxing It was a split decision for U.S. boxers as Demetrius Andrade looked strong beating Kakahaber Jvania of Georgia, 11-9, in the welterweight division. His next fight will be Thursday against Russia's Andrey Balanocv. Light welterweight Javier Molina wasn't so lucky. Bulgaria's Boris Georgiev tormented Molina and took a 14-1 decision.

* Cycling A torrential downpour affected this event won by Britain's Nicole Cook. Emma Johansson of Sweden took the silver and Tatiana Guderzo of Italy picked up the bronze. The best the U.S. did was Kristin Armstrong's 25th.

* Diving It was so close for the 3-meter synchronized team of Kelci Bryant and Ariel Ritterhouse, who were tied with a German team going into the final dive. But Ditte Kotzian and Heike Fischer collected the bronze medal. China continued its dominance in diving, winning the gold with Guo Jingjing and Wu Minxia. Julia Pakhalina and Anastasia Pozdnyakova of Russia took silver.

* Equestrian The U.S. has quietly become a force in this sport. Yesterday, the team completed the dressage phase of eventing competition and is in third place behind Australia and Germany. The final two riders, Phillip Dutton and Karen O'Connor, finished 14th and 16th, respectively. The final portion of this event, cross country, will be held today at the equestrian complex in Hong Kong.

* Fencing The success the women had Saturday in saber didn't translate to the U.S. men yesterday in the men's epee. The lone American, Seth Kelsey, finished 17th, losing 15-11 to eventual silver medalist Fabrice Jeannet of France. Matteo Tagliariol of Italy beat Jeannet, 15-9, in the final. Jose Luis Abajo was awarded the bronze.

* Field hockey The U.S. women's team has been gone from the Olympics for 12 years but shocked everyone with a 2-2 tie against second-ranked Argentina. The U.S. fell behind 2-0 before Keli Smith and Angela Loy each scored to tie the game.

* Handball The first day of men's competition didn't bring any surprises as France beat Brazil, Germany stopped South Korea, Poland crushed China, and Denmark and Egypt tied.

* Judo You can take pleasure in little steps. And so it was Taylor Takata taking ninth place for the U.S. in the 66-kg division. He won two matches and lost two but it was still a good showing for the U.S. team. The gold was won by Masato Uchishiba, who pinned Benjamin Darbelet of France. The two bronze medals went to Yordanis Arencibia of Cuba and North Korea's Pak Chol Min. In the women's 52-kg division, Xian Dongmei of China captured the gold, Kum Ae An of North Korea took the silver and Soraya Haddad of Algeria got the bronze.

* Rowing Many of the rowing heats were washed out, but of the few that were held, the U.S. wasn't exactly tearing it up. In the women's lightweight double sculls, the U.S. finished third behind The Netherlands and Australia. In the lightweight men's four heat, the U.S. was fourth of four boats. The U.S. women's quadruple sculls finished third behind Great Britain and Germany, and the U.S. men's quadruple sculls finished third behind the Ukraine and Germany.

* Sailing The U.S. had a pleasant surprise to find Zach Railey leading after four races in the Finn class. Favorite Ben Ainslie of Great Britain is right behind him in the 10-race competition before the medal race. In the women's Yngling competition, the U.S. sits fourth in the 10-plus-medal race series. Great Britain, Finland and Netherlands are ahead of the boat featuring Sally Barkow, Carrie Howe and Deborah Capozzi. In the 15-plus-medal race in the 49er class, the U.S. is 13th after three races, with Great Britain, Italy and Denmark at the top.

* Shooting China redeemed itself from Saturday's failure to medal in women's air pistol with a gold yesterday from Guo Wenjun. Natalia Paderina of Russia finished second and Nino Salukvadze of Georgia took third. Brenda Shinn was the highest-scoring American in 37th, and Beki Snyder was 41st out of 44 competitors. In the men's trap final, David Kostelecky of the Czech Republic picked up the gold, Giovanni Pellielo of Italy the silver and Alexey Alipov of Russia the bronze. The top Americans were Bret Erickson in 22nd and Dominic Grazioli in 23rd.

* Soccer The U.S. almost pulled out a win in men's soccer but had to settle for a 2-2 tie when the Netherlands scored in injury time. In other games, it was Nigeria over Japan, 2-1, Cameroon shutting out Honduras, 1-0, Argentina beating Australia, 1-0, Brazil destroying New Zealand, 5-0, Belgium over China, 2-0, the Ivory Coast beating Serbia, 4-2, and Italy stopping South Korea, 3-0.

* Swimming Kosuke Kitajima of Japan defended his 100-meter breaststroke title, setting a world record by 0.22 of a second. Kitajima rallied from third after 50 meters to win in 58.91 seconds today, bettering the old mark of 59.13 set by American Brendan Hansen two years ago. Alexander Dale Oen of Norway was second in 59.20, Hugues Dugoscq of France third. In the women's 100 butterfly, Libby Trickett of Australia won her first Olympic gold by holding off American Christine Magnuson. Trickett's 56.73 seconds was 0.12 off the word record. Another Aussie, Jess Schipper, took bronze. Kirsty Coventry of Zimbabwe set a world record in the women's 100 backstroke semifinals. Coventry's 58.77 broke the mark of 58.97 set by American Natalie Coughlin at last month's U.S. trials.

* Tennis James Blake of the U.S. defeated Chris Guccione of Australia, 6-3, 7-6. Ana Ivanovic of Serbia, the top-seeded player in the women's competition, withdrew because of a thumb injury. Most of the attention today turns to Venus Williams, who will face Timea Bacsinszky of Switzerland. Jill Craybas will play Patty Schnyder, also of Switzerland. Sam Querrey will play Igor Andreev of Russia.

* Volleyball The U.S. men's team, taking the court the day after their coach's father-in-law was murdered in Beijing, played with energy for two sets, faltered and came back to beat Venezuela in five sets. It was an emotional victory for the U.S.

* Water polo China played close for a half, but in the end, the U.S. men's team was too good, winning, 8-4. It was coach Terry Schroeder's debut in that position.

* Weightlifting Melanie Roach set an American record (193 kg) in her sixth-place finish in the women's 117-pound class.

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