BARCELONA ’92 OLYMPICS : DAILY REPORT : WATER POLO : Wilson Starts Off With 16 Saves to Lead U.S. Past Australia, 8-4
Craig Wilson, who had the most goalie saves in the 1984 and 1988 Olympics, started the Barcelona Games on Saturday with 16 more saves to lead the United States to an 8-4 victory over Australia at the Bernat Picornell pool.
“We had many chances to score, but the ball didn’t go in,” said Australian Coach Charles Turner, whose team lost to the United States by a goal at last year’s World Championships in Perth, Australia.
Wilson, at 35 the Olympics’ oldest water polo player, had much to do with Australia’s lack of scoring. Wilson’s defense was needed as the United States could not shake the Australians during the first half.
After holding a 3-2 halftime lead, the Americans scored three goals during the third period to take control of the match. Doug Kimball of Orange and Craig Klass of Danville each scored twice. Mike Evans of Ontario, Jeff Campbell of Irvine, Alex Rousseau of Santa Monica and captain Terry Schroeder of Agoura Hills had one goal each.
The United States, which won the silver medal behind Yugoslavia in the last two Olympics, has an all-California roster except for Wilson’s backup, Chris Duplanty of Honolulu, who plays for UC Irvine.
Wilson, considered the world’s premier goalie, played professionally in Barcelona last year to better prepare for the 1992 Olympics.
In other action, two of the Pool B favorites--Hungary and Italy--tied, 7-7. Germany, fifth behind the fourth-place Americans at the World Championships, was tied by France, 7-7, in Pool A.
Logvinenko Gets Second Gold by Winning Air Pistol Final
Marina Logvinenko of the Commonwealth of Independent States won her second gold medal in a stirring finish in the women’s air pistol at Mollet del Valles. Logvinenko finished with the same score as Jasna Sekaric of Yugoslavia, 486.4, but won because she had a better mark for the 10-shot final round.
“Shooting is a very psychological sport,” said Logvinenko, who won the sports pistol gold Monday. “Everybody is at the same level here and the slightest distraction can ruin things.”
She was the world champion in both events last year. Connie Petracek of Nashville, Tenn., was 24th with 375 points. Libby Callahan of Upper Marlboro, Md., was 37th at 372.
Michael Jakosits, 22, of Germany won the men’s running game target with 673 points, one point ahead of silver medalist Anatoli Asrabaev of the CIS. Rusty Hill of Sun City, at 21 the youngest member of the U.S. shooting team, fell six points short of making the final round.
South Koreans Stay On Target
Cho Youn Jeong led South Korean female archers by setting three of the team’s four world records during the qualifying round. Cho set marks in the 50- and 70-meter events, and scored a record 1,375 points in the overall round.
The team broke the 1989 International Archery Federation world record, also set by South Korea, with a score of 4,094.
All three U.S. women qualified for today’s elimination rounds. Denise Parker of South Jordan, Utah, was fifth, Jennifer O’Donnell of Farmington, Mich., 20th and Sherry Block of Colorado Springs, Colo., 29th. The United States was fourth and will face Hungary at the start of the 16-team elimination tournament Tuesday.
The U.S. men did not fare as well. Two of the three Americans qualified for Monday’s elimination round, but 1984 silver medalist Rick McKinney of Gilbert, Ariz., was eliminated. Defending gold medalist Jay Barrs of Mesa, Ariz., finished 12th and Butch Johnson of Woodstock, Conn., was 30th.
Asian Players Keep Winning
Hermawan Susanto of Indonesia and Rashid Sidek of Malaysia advanced in men’s singles after third-round victories. Susanto defeated Teeranun Chiangta of Thailand, 15-7, 15-8, and Sidek routed Wai Lap of Hong Kong, 15-2, 15-3.
In men’s doubles, Lee Sang Bok and Shon Jin Hwan of South Korea defeated Andy Brian Goode and Christopher John Hunt of Britain, 15-2, 7-15, 15-4; Shuji Matsuno and Shinji Matsuura of Japan defeated Siu Kwong Chan and Pak Kum Ng of Hong Kong, 18-16, 15-6, and Rexy Ronald Mainaky and Ricky Achmad Subagja of Indonesia defeated Nick Ponting and Dave Wright of Britain, 15-3, 15-9.
Victories Don’t Help U.S. Men
U.S. table tennis players failed to advance into the medal round of Olympic singles competition at North Station despite several victories in the final day of round-robin pool play. Sean O’Neil of McLean, Va., defeated Santiago Roque of Cuba, 21-8, 21-15, and Jim Butler of Iowa City, Iowa, beat Tomas Janci of Czechoslovakia, 22-20, 17-20, 21-18, then won by default over Yair Natham of Peru, who was ill.
Only players who post the best records in each of the 16 brackets advanced to today’s second round.
(Women’s Air Pistol)
GOLD: Marina Logvinenko (CIS)
SILVER: Jasna Sekaric (Independent)
BRONZE: Maria Grousdeva (Bulgaria)
(Running Game Target)
GOLD: Michael Jakosits (Germany)
SILVER: Anatoli Asrabaev (CIS)
BRONZE: Lubos Racansky (Czechoslovakia)