In the men’s 400-meter relay, Maurice Greene ran away from Donovan Bailey down the stretch for the second day in a row as the U.S. team beat Canada in 37.90 seconds, the fastest time in the world this year and a Goodwill record. For a change, the Americans did not botch the handoffs, as the passes were clean from Jon Drummond to Tim Harden to Dennis Mitchell to Greene.
Cuba’s Javier Sotomayor, the world record-holder, outdueled 1996 Olympic champion Charles Austin to win the high jump at 7 feet 7 3/4. Both cleared that height, but Sotomayor, competing despite a tender left ankle, had fewer misses.
Kenya’s Tegla Loroupe, the world-record holder in the marathon, won the women’s 10,000. In defending her title, Loroupe was timed in 32:15.44, beating compatriot Sally Barsosio, the world champion, by 180 meters.
In the women’s 400 relay, Carlette Guidry overtook the Bahamas’ Pauline Davis in the final 10 meters, giving the U.S. its fourth consecutive victory in the Goodwill Games. The team of Cheryl Taplin, Chryste Gaines, Angie Vaughn and Guidry was timed in 42.06, the fastest in the world this year and a meet record.
In gymnastics, the U.S. men and women combined to win three more gold medals, giving them five in the competition, by far the best performance by the Americans in Goodwill Games history. The United States had won only three golds combined in the first three Goodwill Games.
Vanessa Atler won her second gold medal in two days, taking the floor exercise after fellow Americans Kristin Maloney and Chris Lamorte finished first in the balance beam and rings. Atler scored 9.775 to overtake Simona Amanar of Romania, who had 9.725.
In water polo, Russia won the gold medal with an 11-5 victory over Spain, jumping to a 7-1 lead late in the first half and holding on. Italy edged the United States, 8-7, in the bronze-medal game.
In beach volleyball, with the sand at 110 degrees, Karch Kiraly and Adam Johnson, the No. 1 U.S. team, beat Canada’s John Child and Mark Heese, 15-8, with a 7-1 stretch run on the Central Park courts.
In Fayetteville, Ark., Erick Walder was arrested on assault and terroristic threatening charges Tuesday, a day after he won the silver medal for the long jump in the Goodwill Games.
He was booked on the misdemeanor charges stemming from an incident June 12 on the campus of the University of Arkansas. Walder, 28, is accused of pushing Robert A. Gilbride, 23, twice in an argument. Gilbride, a parking and transit enforcement officer, was trying to put a vehicle boot jack on Walder’s car when the athlete pushed him, according to university police reports.
Walder apparently surrendered to the Fayetteville Police Department on Tuesday afternoon, after a warrant for his arrest was issued by the city prosecutor’s office.