- The Washington Times - Friday, August 15, 2008

From combined dispatches

BEIJING | Usain Bolt, Asafa Powell and Tyson Gay have advanced out of their first heats in the Olympic 100-meter dash.

Gay, racing for the first time since hurting his left hamstring at the U.S. Olympic trials, had no trouble winning his heat Friday, crossing the line in 10.22 seconds.

Bolt, the world record-holder from Jamaica who also will run in the 200, opened the day with a slow start but coasted to the finish and won his heat in an energy-saving 10.20.

His countryman, Powell, got off to a good start, then jogged in to win his heat in 10.16.


Stephen Strasburg carried a no-hit bid into the seventh inning and struck out 11 on Thursday, helping the United States to a 7-0, rain-shortened victory over the Netherlands in Olympic baseball.

The game was called after eight innings following a second rain delay. The Dutch protested the decision because they had loaded the bases in the ninth inning with no outs. But the protest was denied by baseball’s international federation.


The Three Musketeers of the U.S. women’s saber team weren’t so good as a team. After sweeping the individual medals, Mariel Zagunis, Sada Jacobson and Becca Ward settled for bronze after a surprising loss in the semifinals. They were knocked off by Ukraine, which went on to win gold.

“It’s just hard coming off the individual competition. You fence so hard, and you only have so many days later,” Zagunis said. “I’m not looking for excuses, but we weren’t fencing up to our potential.”


The U.S. men’s volleyball team stayed undefeated at the Beijing Olympics with a 3-1 victory over Bulgaria.

The United States was cold at the start but took the next two sets and held off Bulgaria in the end 27-29, 25-21, 25-14, 26-24 in pool play.

The United States is the only undefeated team in its pool, and the win assured the men a spot in the quarterfinals. Bulgaria fell to 2-1.


Poor shooting kept the U.S. men’s team from upsetting Serbia, dropping a 4-2 decision.

The Americans had plenty of chances to pull off an upset, but they were 2-for-27 shooting and couldn’t score on three of their five power-play opportunities against backup goalkeeper Slobodan Soro. Team captain Tony Azevedo was 0-for-8, including a missed penalty shot.


Adam Wheeler unexpectedly won bronze at 96 kilograms, but that was it as Dremiel Byers and Brad Vering, America’s top Greco-Roman wrestlers, were bounced.

Golds went to Cuba’s Mijain Lopez in the 120-kilogram division, Aslanbek Khushtov in 96 kg and Italy’s Andrea Minguzzi in 84 kg.

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