Sport by sport
Archery: The world of bows and arrows was turned upside down Friday when both the top-seeded competitor and defending world champion didn’t reach the medal stand. 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, led by Du Jing and Yu Yang in women’s doubles.
Baseball: It’s looking grim for the U.S. team after a heartbreaking 5-4 loss to Cuba in 11 innings. The U.S. is now in a three-way tie for fifth place with a 1-2 record. It needs to win out to make the medal round. In other games, China beat Taiwan, 8-7, in 12 innings, South Korea shut out Canada, 1-0, and Japan stopped the Netherlands, 6-0.
Basketball: Another easy win for the U.S. women’s team, 93-55 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 defeated Mali, 69-48, and Belarus beat South Korea, 63-53.
Beach Volleyball: The U.S. team of Phil Dalhausser and Todd Rogers trailed, 6-0, in the third game but regrouped to defeat Martin Laciga and Jan Schnider of Switzerland, 21-16, 21-23, 15-13, this morning. That match notwithstanding, it has been pretty easy for the U.S. so far. 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 Sunday 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 play Sunday 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. Today, light flyweight Luis Yanez and middleweight Shawn Estrada are the final two U.S. boxers to fight in the second round.
Canoe/Kayak: Elena Kaliska of Slovakia defended her gold medal in the women’s single kayak slalom. The highest U.S. finisher was Heather Corrie in eighth. In the men’s double canoe slalom, Pavol and Peter Hochschorner of Slovakia won the gold.
Cycling: The only medal awarded was in the men’s team sprint, with Britain riding away with the gold. The U.S. did qualify into the men’s and women’s individual pursuit first round. Taylor Phinney will compete today from his position in seventh and Sarah Hammer placed fifth. Both will open against riders from New Zealand.
Diving: It doesn’t look like a medal for the U.S. team after the preliminary round of women’s 3-meter springboard. Nancilea Foster sits 11th after the round. Leading is Guo Jingjing of China, followed by Julia Pakhalina of Russia and Blythe Hartley of Canada.
Equestrian: The U.S. got off to a strong start after the first round 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 the competition.
Fencing: As expected, the U.S. did not contend in the men’s team epee. It didn’t make the finals in a competition won by France.
Field Hockey: Three teams remain unbeaten and untied after Friday’s games. Spain, Australia and the Netherlands all are 3-0. In action, Spain beat China, 2-1, Netherlands over Canada, 4-2, New Zealand over Belgium, 4-2, Australia beat Pakistan, 3-1, Britain defeated South Africa, 2-0. South Korea and Germany played to a 3-3 tie.
Handball: Norway and Romania are the only undefeated teams after the latest games in the tournament. Both are 4-0. In games Friday, Kazakhstan beat China, 29-26, Brazil topped South Korea, 33-32, Sweden over Germany, 27-26, Romania beat Angola, 28-23, Norway defeated France, 34-24 and Russia stopped Hungary, 33-24.
Judo: Another disappointing performance from the U.S. team. The best it could do was a ninth-place finish in the 100-kg division by Daniel McCormick. The gold was won by Satoshi Ishii of Japan. In the women’s 78-kg group, Tong Wen of China captured gold.
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 on Sunday.
Sailing: Ben Ainslie of Britain maintained his lead over U.S. challenger Zach Railey in the Finn class. Medals will be awarded today. In the Yngling series, the British and Dutch women are battling.
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. Jason Turner took the other medal for the U.S., a bronze, in the 10-meter air pistol when Kim Jong Su of North Korea was disqualified for failing a drug test.
occer: The U.S. women continued to advance in the tournament with a 2-1 win over Canada in Shanghai. 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 beat Japan, 7-0, in its first game of the day 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. In other games, Canada slipped past China, 1-0, Australia beat Taipei, 3-1, and Venezuela crushed the Netherlands, 8-0.
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.
Volleyball: With her recovery progressing, Barbara Bachman, mother-in-law of U.S. men’s coach Hugh McCutcheon, has left Beijing and been transferred to a hospital in the U.S. She and her husband, Todd Bachman, were stabbed a week ago at a tourist site; he died. McCutcheon missed the first three matches but rejoined the team today as it beat China, 25-22, 25-12, 25-18, to improve to 4-0. The U.S. will play Japan in its final pool game Monday. Meanwhile, the U.S. women’s win over China in five sets put it in the medal hunt with a 3-2 record. 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.
Weightlifting: An American record in the clean and jerk (202 kg) and total weight (362 kg) was good enough for eighth place for American Kendrick Farris. The gold was won by Lu Yong of China. In the women’s 75-kg category, Cao Lei of China got the gold.