Sport by sport
Archery: South Korea was the winner of the men’s team event Monday, winning by two points over Italy, a day after the South Korean women took the team title. China grabbed yet another medal for finishing third. The U.S., with Brady Ellison, Butch Johnson and Vic Wunderle, was eliminated in the first round by Chinese Taipei.
Badminton: The men’s singles competition labored through the round of 32. All of the top eight seeded players won except for No. 5 Kenneth Jonassen of Denmark and No. 7 Taufik Hidatyat of India. No. 1-seeded Lin Dan of China breezed in his first match, 21-16, 21-13. Raju Rai of the U.S. was eliminated.
Basketball: The U.S. women’s team had no problem with dispatching China, 108-63. In other games, Spain beat New Zealand, 85-62, Czech Republic beat Mali, 81-47, Russia beat South Korea, 77-72, Belarus defeated Latvia, 80-57, and Australia beat Brazil, 80-65.
Beach volleyball: The U.S. won both of its matches on Monday. The men’s duo of Todd Rogers and Phil Dalhausser rebounded from a loss in the opener to dispatch Sascha Heyer and Patrick Heuscher of Switzerland, 21-15, 21-10. Nicole Branagh and Elaine Youngs stayed undefeated by beating Stephanie Pohl and Okka Rau of Germany, 21-17, 21-16.
Boxing: The U.S. split a pair of bouts as Raynell Williams easily beat Alessio di Savino, 9-1, in the featherweight division; lightweight Sadam Ali wasn’t so lucky, losing 20-5 to Popescu Georgian of Romania. Williams will now go on to fight Khedafi Djelkhir of France on Friday.
Canoe/Kayak: It was a mixed day for the U.S. In the single canoe competition, Ben Fraker finished 10th and advanced to today’s semifinals. In the slalom kayak, Scott Parsons was third after the first run but missed a gate on the second run, resulting in a huge penalty. His adjusted time was good for 20th place.
Diving: China continued on what is expected to be a blitz of diving golds when Lin Yue and Huo Liang won the men’s 10-meter synchronized platform diving. The U.S. team of David Boudia and Thomas Finchum finished fifth.
Equestrian: The hopes of the U.S. took a big tumble after a rainy cross-country portion of team eventing. The U.S. found itself back in seventh place after incurring 100 points in jumping penalties. Rebecca Holder cost 60 of those points and Karen O’Conner the other 40. Germany now leads, followed by Australia and Britain. In the individual cross-country competition, Gina Miles is fifth, riding McKinlaigh.
Fencing: The U.S. had little luck in women’s individual foil. Emily Cross was the highest-scoring American, finishing in 17th position. Erinn Smart was 26th and Hanna Thompson was 27th. Italians Maria Valentina Vezzali won the gold and Margherita Granbassi the bronze.
Handball: It was the women’s turn for matches on Monday. France beat Kazakhstan, Norway topped Angola, South Korea beat Germany, Romania defeated China, Russia beat Sweden and Brazil and Hungary tied.
Field hockey: The men’s tournament got underway with favorites getting the upper hand. In Pool A, Germany defeated China, 4-1, New Zealand beat South Korea, 3-1, and Spain beat Belgium, 4-2. In Pool B, Britain beat Pakistan, 4-2, Australia crushed Canada, 6-1, and the Netherlands shut out South Africa, 5-0.
Judo: Valerie Gotay got off to a good start in the 57kg competition by beating Gulzat Uralbayeva of Kazakhstan but lost her next match to Isabel Fernandez of Spain. Giulia Quintavalle of Italy ended up with the gold. In the 73kg men’s division, Ryan Reser lost his opening match to Dashdavaa Gantumur of Mongolia. Elnur Mammadli of Azerbaijan beat Wang Ki-chun of South Korea for the gold.
Rowing: Michelle Guerette of the U.S. advanced to Wednesday’s semifinals of women’s single sculls. After finishing first in its heat, the U.S. women’s eight goes on to Sunday’s final. Ken Jurkowski of the U.S. will compete in the men’s single sculls semifinals after a third-place finish in the quarters. Wes Piermarini and Elliot Hovey didn’t fare so well in the men’s double sculls repechage, finishing fourth.
Sailing: Lots of sailing in different categories in one of the longer tournaments during the Olympics. After six races in Yngling, the U.S. women’s squad sits in fourth place behind Britain, the Netherlands and Australia. In the 49er class after six races, the U.S. team of Tim Wadlow and Chris Rast sits in 13th place. The RS:X windsurfer class for women was rather grim with Nancy Rios 26th of 27. And in the RS:X men’s division, Benjamin Barger is 22nd. In the 470 women class after two races, the U.S. team of Amanda Clark and Sara Mergenthaler sat in 13th place. Zach Railey of the U.S. is still in the medal hunt in the Finn series.
Shooting: The U.S. picked up a medal in the women’s trap when Corey Cogdell won a four-way shoot-off to grab the bronze. The competition was won by Satu Makela-Nummela of Finland, followed by Zuzana Stefecekova of Slovakia for the silver.
Tennis: Roger Federer of Switzerland beat Dmitry Tursunov, 6-4, 6-2, and Rafael Nadal of Spain stopped Potito Starace of Italy, 6-2, 3-6, 6-2. U.S. men Robby Ginepri and Sam Querrey lost in singles competition, leaving James Blake as the only American to make it to the second round. The Williams sisters, Venus and Serena, won their matches and advanced.
Volleyball: The U.S. women in three straight sets to Cuba. It evened its record to 1-1 and plays Venezuela on Wednesday. The players also learned that the condition of Barbara Bachman, mother of former U.S. team member Elisabeth Bachman, was upgraded to stable. In other games on Monday, Serbia beat Algeria, 3-0, Italy shut out Kazakhstan, 3-0, and Brazil blanked Russia. China beat Poland, 3-1, and Japan beat Venezuela, 3-0.
Water polo: In a game that was a lot closer than it should have been, the U.S. women’s team barely got by China, 12-11. American Natalie Golda scored four goals. In other women’s games, Italy beat Russia, 9-8; Hungary beat the Netherlands, 11-9, and Australia stopped Greece, 8-6.
Weightlifting: The U.S. did not qualify any athletes for the finals. In the women’s 58kg division, Chen Yanqing of China won the gold; in the men’s 62kg division, Zhang Xiangxiang of China took gold.
-- John Cherwa, Orlando Sentinel