Around the rings

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* Archery: Neither the top seed nor the defending world champion reached the medal stand, as Viktor Ruban of Ukraine won the men's individual gold by beating Park Kyung-Mo of South Korea. Bair Badenov of Russia got the bronze when he beat top-seeded Juan Rene Serrano of Mexico. The lone American archer, Vic Wunderle, beat defending world champion Im Dong-hyun of South Korea but lost in the quarterfinals to Serrano.

* Badminton: The first medals went to China. In women's doubles, Du Jing and Yu Yang beat Lee Hyojung and Lee Kyungwon of South Korea. The bronze medal was given to Wei Yili and Zhang Yawen of China.

* Basketball: Another easy win for the U.S. women's team. Tina Thompson scored 17 points and four other players scored more than 10 points in a 93-55 win over Spain. The U.S., along with Australia and Russia, are 4-0 in pool play. In other games, the Czech Republic beat New Zealand, 90-59, Australia beat Latvia, 96-73, Russia stopped Brazil, 74-64, China beat Mali, 69-48 and Belarus beat South Korea, 63-53.

* Beach volleyball: Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh beat Liesbet van Breedam and Liesbeth Mouha of Belgium, 24-22, 21-10 and will move to the quarterfinals tomorrow to play Ana Paula Conelly and Larissa Franca of Brazil. The U.S. team of Nicole Branagh and Elaine Youngs beat Tamara Larrea and Dalixia Fernandez of Cuba, 21-15, 21-13. They will play tomorrow against Xue Chen and Zhang Xi of China.

* Boxing: The U.S. boxing contingent shrank by one more as Raynell Williams lost to Khedafi Djelkhir of France, 9-7, in the featherweight division. * Canoe/kayak: Elena Kaliska of Slovakia successfully defended her gold medal in the women's single kayak slalom. In the men's double canoe slalom, Pavol and Peter Hochschorner of Slovakia won the gold followed by the team of Jaroslav Volf and Ondrej Stepanek of the Czech Republic and Mikhail Kuznetsov and Dmitry Larionov of Russia.

* Cycling: The only medal awarded was in the men's team sprint. Great Britain rode away with that followed by France and Germany. * Equestrian: The U.S. got off to a strong start after round 1 of the jumping team qualifier. The team of Mclain Ward, Laura Kraut, Will Simpson and Beezie Madden hold the first-day lead over Switzerland and Brazil. In the opening qualifying round of the jumping, Ward, Simpson and Madden all escaped without a penalty in the untimed portion of competition.

* Field hockey: Three teams remain unbeaten and untied after yesterday's games. Spain, Australia and the Netherlands all are 3-0. Spain beat China, 2-1, Netherlands over Canada, 4-2, and Australia beat Pakistan, 3-1. * Handball: Norway and Romania are the only undefeated teams after the latest games in the tournament. Both are 4-0. * Rowing: The U.S., not a particularly strong team in this sport, made it to the final of the men's quad scull. The team of Matt Hughes, Sam Stitt, Jamie Schroeder and Scott Gault will race for a medal tomorrow.

* Shooting: The U.S. picked up two medals in two different shooting events on a day only one was held. Matt Emmons won the silver in the men's 50 meter prone rifle competition, behind Artur Ayvazian of Ukraine. Warren Potent of Australia got the bronze. The other medal was picked up when Jason Turner was awarded a bronze in the 10-meter air pistol when Kim Jong Su of North Korea was disqualified for failing a drug test.

* Soccer: The U.S. women continued to advance in the tournament with a 2-1 win over Canada in Shanghai. Natasha Kai scored the goal in extra time. The U.S. now advances to face Japan, a 2-0 winner over China, in a Monday semifinal. In other games, Brazil beat Norway, 2-1. Brazil will play Germany, a 2-0 winner over Sweden.

* Softball: The U.S. team has really hit its stride, making a lot of other countries glad the sport is leaving this stage after these games. In the first game of the day, it beat Japan, 7-0, and then in the second, a continuation of a game delayed by rain on Thursday, it rallied from one run down for an 8-1 win over Canada. Cat Osterman won her second game in the continuation game. In other games, Canada beat China, 1-0, Australia beat Taiwan, 3-1, and Venezuela crushed the Netherlands, 8-0.

* Swimming: Dara Torres won her semifinal heat in the 50-meter freestyle. The final will be this morning. Rebecca Adlington of Britain won gold in the 800 freestyle, breaking Janet Evans' 19-year-old world record. Adlington touched in 8 minutes, 14.10 seconds, breaking the oldest record in swimming of 8:16.22. Alessia Filippi of Italy took the silver in 8:20.23. Lotte Friis of Denmark earned the bronze in 8:23.03.

* Table tennis: The U.S. did well in its team competition in the bronze playoff round, beating Romania, 3-1. Elizabeta Samara of Romania beat Chen Wang but the U.S. rallied as Jun Gao of the U.S. beat Daniela Dodean. Gao and Crystal Huang beat Samara and Julia Necula. And Wang won a singles match against Necula. The U.S. plays again today.

* Tennis: The last U.S. singles player still alive, James Blake, lost in the semifinals to Fernando Gonzalez of Chile, 4-6, 7-5, 11-9. The U.S. doubles team of Mike and Bob Bryan also lost to Roger Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland, who advance to the gold medal match.

* Track and field: A disappointment in the shot put and a surprise in the 10,000 meters is what greeted fans on the first full day of track and field. The U.S., which some thought could sweep the shot, saw Christian Cantwell jump from fifth to second place to secure the silver medal. Tomasz Majewski of Poland won the gold and Andrei Mikhnevich of Belarus got the bronze. Reese Hoffa, who was expected to push for the gold, finished seventh and Adam Nelson failed to register as valid put. In the women's 10,000 meters, Shalane Flanagan picked up a bronze behind Tirunesh Dibaba of Ethiopia and Elvan Abeylegesse, an Ethiopian native who competes for Turkey. Other Americans were Kara Goucher in 10th and Amy Begler-Yoder in 26th.

* Volleyball: The U.S. women's win over China in five sets put them firmly in the medal hunt with a 3-2 record. Cuba, Brazil and Italy are all undefeated. In other matches, all three-set victories, Russia beat Algeria, Brazil topped Kazahkstan, Poland beat Venezuela, Cuba beat Japan, and Italy beat Serbia.

* Water polo: The U.S. women advanced to the next round after beating Russia, 12-7. However, they needed Italy to beat China, 10-9, for that to happen. Then through a complicated tiebreaking system, the U.S. was awarded first place in the group. Hungary won the other group. On Tuesday the U.S. will play against the winner of Australia-China. In other games, Australia beat the Netherlands, 10-9 and Hungary beat Greece, 10-4.

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