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Cormier outwrestled for bronze

12:01 pm | August 29, 2004 | Iran's Alireza Heidari scored the final three points of the match Sunday to stun Daniel Cormier, 3-2, at 211.5 pounds for a come-from-behind bronze medal victory.

U.S. women cruise to 4x400 gold

8:53 pm | August 28, 2004 | DeeDee Trotter, Monique Henderson, Sanya Richards and Monique Hennagan weren't going to take chances. Their plan worked to perfection as the U.S. women's 4x400-meter relay team raced to victory.

U.S. men's 4x400 team blazes to gold

8:47 pm | August 28, 2004 | The U.S. men's 4x400-meter squad blew away the field on the final night of track and field inside Olympic Stadium.

Baton woes leave U.S. men with silver in 4x100

8:41 pm | August 28, 2004 | Team USA bobbled away almost-sure gold Saturday night in the men's 4x100-meter relay final.

Greer flops in javelin final

5:11 pm | August 28, 2004 | American javelin thrower Breaux Greer had the confidence and the healthy attitude coming into Saturday night's Olympic final, but only one good knee and that combination turned into disaster Saturday.

Cormier breezes into wrestling semifinals

1:39 pm | August 28, 2004 | Daniel Cormier outscored his two opponents 19-1 on Saturday at Ano Liossia Olympic Hall to reach the freestyle wrestling semifinals at 211.5 pounds.

U.S. women breeze in 4x400 qualifying

10:57 pm | August 27, 2004 | Monique Hennagan and Dee Dee Trotter expect to play prominent roles when the U.S. women's 4x400-meter relay team attempts to repeat its triumphs at the 1996 Atlanta and 2000 Sydney Games.

Liu's record run leaves Trammell with 2nd silver

10:52 pm | August 27, 2004 | Xiang Liu of China took the gold medal in the 110-meter high hurdles in a record-tying 12.91 seconds, relegating Terrence Trammell to a second consecutive silver medal.

Pole-vaulter follows plan to gold-medal perfection

7:28 pm | August 27, 2004 | Timothy Mack is such a methodical pole-vaulter, he doesn't allow himself to enjoy the moment, even when it's the biggest one of his life.

U.S. fill-ins qualify first in men's 4x400

5:53 pm | August 27, 2004 | The U.S. men's 4x400 relay team, despite using two substitutes - qualified for the finals Friday with a semifinal-best time of 2:59.30.

U.S. men set blazing pace in 4x100 relay

5:29 pm | August 27, 2004 | With Shawn Crawford and Darvis Patton running the first two legs on the U.S. men's 4x100-meter relay team Friday, Coby Miller delivered a solid third 100 and handed off to Maurice Greene, who brought it home convincingly in a 38.02-second American triumph.

Tragedy gives wrestler extra motivation

12:19 pm | August 27, 2004 | Daniel Cormier, who begins preliminary competition Saturday in the 212-pound class of Olympic freestyle wrestling, hopes to win a gold medal to honor the memory of his daughter, who was killed in a traffic accident last year.

Parlow picks up gold in Athens

7:41 pm | August 26, 2004 | Cindy Parlow said she was happy to be part of the gold-medal winning women's soccer team, even though she didn't get to play in the squad's 2-1 win over Brazil.

Trammell lone American in hurdles finals

6:30 pm | August 26, 2004 | Terrence Trammell is the lone American left in the 110-meter high hurdles, the Olympic track and field event the U.S. has most dominated over the years.

Greer leads javelin qualifiers

4:19 pm | August 26, 2004 | Making it a short night, Breaux Greer qualified for the javelin finals on Saturday with his one and only throw as it traveled 286.25 feet - best of the qualifying round.

Senior's pentathlon comeback ends

3:32 pm | August 26, 2004 | Chad Senior of Fort Myers, Fla., completed a two-year comeback in the modern pentathlon Thursday with a 13th-place finish at the 2004 Olympics.

Mack advances to pole vault finals

7:20 pm | August 25, 2004 | Timothy Mack, despite bad timing Wednesday night, qualified for the Olympic finals, along with fellow Americans Derek Miles and Toby Stevenson, who will be among 16 vaulters all of whom cleared 18 feet, 8 1/4 inches in qualifying.

Johnson takes surprising tumble in hurdles

7:01 pm | August 25, 2004 | The U.S. high hurdles team will soldier on without its captain; in one more stunner at these Olympic Games, Alan Johnson went down and out Wednesday night at Olympic Stadium.

Taylor struggles to 7th in 400m hurdles

6:16 pm | August 25, 2004 | Brenda Taylor wanted to leave her first Olympics with something more tangible than memories. Unfortunately, she missed winning some precious medal after a seventh-place finish in the 400-meter hurdles.

Gatlin sets sights on 200-meter gold

7:31 pm | August 24, 2004 | Justin Gatlin is a strong candidate to join a list of track luminaries, including Carl Lewis, who have won both the 100 and 200 meters, but taking a 200 gold won’t be easy.

American women stymied in 400 meters

5:55 pm | August 24, 2004 | The 400 meters bit the American women again Tuesday night in Athens, even though they had three spots in the finals.

Ross, Johnson, Trammell advance in hurdles

1:37 pm | August 24, 2004 | Team Carolina, alias the USA 110-meter high hurdles contingent, passed its first-round Olympic test Tuesday at Olympic Stadium - but not exactly with flying colors.

Harris runs to silver in U.S. 400 sweep

6:56 pm | August 23, 2004 | The U.S. made it a clean sweep in the men's 400 meters Monday night, with medalists Jeremy Wariner, Otis Harris and Derrick Brew breaking out the red, white and blue for a victory lap around Olympic Stadium.

Morrison plans to let it rip in hurdles final

6:45 pm | August 23, 2004 | For Melissa Morrison of Columbia, S.C., being in Tuesday's final of the women's 100 meter hurdles at the Olympics beats working as a teller at the credit union any day.

Pappas behind in bid for decathlon

6:41 pm | August 23, 2004 | World decathlon champion Tom Pappas' bid to add the Olympic gold medal to his array of major honors is in trouble as he stands fifth after the first day's events.

Miles-Clark outkicked in run for gold

5:27 pm | August 23, 2004 | In the fifth and likely final Olympic appearance of her career, Jearl Miles-Clark came within one desperate homestretch sprint of taking the gold medal Monday night.

Kretschman stands for softball gold

3:10 pm | August 23, 2004 | Kelly Kretschman won't admit to a tear, but she will say she got emotional when the national anthem started while she was on the podium after Team USA beat Australia, 5-1, to win the gold medal in softball at the 2004 Athens Games.

Gatlin sprints to hotly contested 100 gold

7:56 pm | August 22, 2004 | Justin Gatlin delivered big for spectators at the Olympic 100-meter final Sunday night when he blazed to triumph in 9.85 seconds over one of the fastest fields of sprinters ever gathered.

Hennagan, Trotter among top qualifiers in women’s 400

7:11 pm | August 22, 2004 | Team USA hasn’t had an Olympic medalist in the women’s 400 meters in 20 years, a situation that Monique Hennagan, DeeDee Trotter and Sanya Richards intend to amend Tuesday night.

Bell, Davis fail to qualify in triple jump

7:07 pm | August 22, 2004 | Louisiana triple jumpers Kenta Bell and Walter Davis had disappointing performances for different reasons at the Summer Olympics on Sunday night -- neither qualified for the second half of the final round inside Olympic Stadium.

Taylor sneaks into 400 hurdles final

6:25 pm | August 22, 2004 | Brenda Taylor qualified for the finals in the women's Olympic 400-meter hurdles Sunday night, and she's smart enough to figure out that her semifinal performance isn't gold-medal material.

Morrison takes easy route in hurdles qualifying

4:01 pm | August 22, 2004 | The game plan: Keep it easy, keep it smooth, advance into Monday night's semifinals inside Olympic Stadium. Mission accomplished for U.S. hurdler Melissa Morrison.

McMann wrestles a spot in history

3:21 pm | August 22, 2004 | Sara McMann's body language, facial expressions and halting answers seemed to indicate an Olympic dream ended, even if the women's wrestling results sheet indicated otherwise.

Graves fails to reach skeet finals

2:21 pm | August 22, 2004 | Todd Graves missed the finals of men's Olympic skeet shooting Sunday and didn't get a chance to defend the bronze medal he won in Sydney.

Age means little as Miles-Clark advances

9:44 pm | August 21, 2004 | Like fine wine, track star Jearl Miles-Clark gets better with her advancing years.

Crawford, Gatlin advance in 100 meters

5:38 pm | August 21, 2004 | The world record in the 100-meter - Tim Montgomery's time of 9.78 seconds in 2002 - seems ready to fall, after two rounds of 100-meter racing Saturday set up a Sunday final that includes Clemson grad Shawn Crawford and ex-Tennessee star Justin Gatlin.

Harris could lead 400-meter medal sweep

5:26 pm | August 21, 2004 | Otis Harris believes the United States' trio of 400-meter runners has a chance to sweep the podium when the finals are run at the Summer Olympics on Monday night.

Three-woman 400-meter team advances

12:03 pm | August 21, 2004 | America's three-woman 400-meter team of Monique Hennagan, DeeDee Trotter and Sanya Richards competed in Saturday morning's qualifying round and advanced to the semifinals.

Kayaker competing despite family concerns

10:49 am | August 21, 2004 | Despite concerns for her mother, who is recovering from breast cancer and an injury to her twin sister and canoeing partner, Marie Mijalis will make her Olympic debut Monday in the four-woman kayak flatwater competition.

U.S. women hurdlers advance to semifinals

9:29 am | August 21, 2004 | The first and quarterfinal round of the 400-meter hurdles was a breeze for Lashinda Demus, Brenda Taylor and Sheena Johnson as all three advanced to the semifinals Saturday morning at Olympic Stadium.

S.C.’s Harris advances in 400

8:13 pm | August 20, 2004 | U.S. 400-meter star Otis Harris didn't lean into the finish line, and it cost him a first place Friday. But he'll get another chance.

Miles-Clark breezes into 800 semis

7:18 pm | August 20, 2004 | Jearl Miles-Clark ran her 800-meter qualifying heat in 2:01.33 Friday night at Olympic Stadium, placing second to Great Britain's Kelly Holmes and breezing into Saturday night's semifinals.

Jacobi, Taylor ousted in canoe semifinals

1:56 pm | August 20, 2004 | U.S. canoer Joe Jacobi and his partner Matt Taylor failed to make the finals Friday in the two-man canoe slalom race.

Top U.S. triple jumper fails to advance

1:33 pm | August 20, 2004 | Melvin Lister headed into the Olympic Games with the longest triple jump in the world this year but Friday morning at Olympic Stadium, he never got his approach steps together and ended up 18th.

Tennessee grad seeks steeplechase history

3:07 pm | August 19, 2004 | Anthony Famiglietti, the University of Tennessee grad who took his first racing strides as a student at New York's Patchogue-Medford High on Long Island, will run the Olympic 3,000-meter steeplechase Sunday.

Rubin eliminated in tennis by Mauresmo

2:05 pm | August 18, 2004 | Rubin jumped out to a 2-1 lead in the first set, but Mauresmo, the world's second-ranked player, overpowered her from that point on.

Knee injury may hamper javelin thrower

12:25 pm | August 18, 2004 | The status of Breaux Greer's left knee - and its completely torn anterior cruciate ligament - will be one of the big question marks when the world's finest javelin throwers compete in preliminaries Aug. 26 and finals two days later.

Wilkinson back in chase for diving gold

12:03 pm | August 18, 2004 | Laura Wilkinson is back in the Olympics, the best hope for a U.S. diving team that counts her Sydney gold as its only medal in the last two Games.

Parlow frets over missed scoring chances

6:56 pm | August 17, 2004 | There were a few shots Cindy Parlow wishes she could have back,
like the one that Australian goalkeeper Cassandra Kell snared at the 17-minute mark, or the one Parlow launched a wee bit to the right of goal on a pass from Mia Hamm 40 minutes into Tuesday’s game.

North Carolina canoe racer flips out

12:34 pm | August 17, 2004 | Representing the United States on the men's C-1 Canoe/Kayak whitewater slalom competition, Chris Ennis jr. flipped his boat during the first heat Tuesday, which put him dead last.

Carly Patterson stands at the edge of fame

5:05 pm | August 16, 2004 | The Courtneys beat her at the Olympic Trials, but there was never any doubt that the leader of the U.S. women's gymnastics pack is Carly Patterson -- the 16-year-old Texan was second all-around in the world last year and reinforced that by leading all qualifiers for the Olympic all-around final on Thursday.

Ill-timed peek costly for teenage trap shooter

1:54 pm | August 16, 2004 | She missed out on a potential medal by one point because she broke a simple family rule: Never look at the scoreboard.

Tragic past steels wrestler for Olympic challenge

12:17 pm | August 16, 2004 | Daniel Cormier has packed equal parts success and sorrow in his 25 years of life.

Hennagan enjoys low profile in women's 400

11:56 am | August 16, 2004 | Monique Hennagan, a graduate of Spring Valley, S.C., High School and the University of North Carolina, doesn't need any extra pressure as she prepares for the first round of the 400.

Clemson's Allen hopes for Canadian relay spot

9:30 am | August 16, 2004 | Allen is representing Canada in the men's 110-meter hurdles and is in a pool of runners vying for a spot on the men's 4 x 100 relay team in Athens.

Rubin not satisfied with tennis win

3:42 pm | August 15, 2004 | Even after defeating Australia's Samantha Stosur on the first day of women's singles tennis at the Olympic Tennis Centre in Athens, Chandra Rubin is still looking to playing better, harder and smarter.

Senior Olympian gets second medal shot

10:43 am | August 15, 2004 | Elizabeth ``Libby'' Callahan, 52, the senior member of the entire U.S. Olympic team, still made some rookie mistakes Sunday morning that cost her any chance of advancing to the final round of the women's 10-meter air pistol competition.

Course, heat get best of American cyclists

4:19 pm | August 14, 2004 | Geore Hincapie found out how difficult it is to win an Olympic gold medal with one leg, especially if you have to pedal a bike through already brutal conditions, finishing 24th in the 139.4 mile road race through downtown Athens on a scorching summer Saturday afternoon.

Army marksman doesn't make the cut

12:17 pm | August 14, 2004 | Szarenski tied for 13th in the men's 10m air pistol competition.

Hincapie's attention shifts from yellow to gold

8:23 pm | August 12, 2004 | Last month, George Hincapie raced through the streets of Paris as one of Lance Armstrong's trusted lieutenants on Armstrong's historic quest to win a sixth Tour de France yellow jersey, but on Saturday, the Greenville, S.C., resident will pursue Olympic gold through the streets of Athens.

2000 experience puts shooter on target for improvement

8:10 pm | August 12, 2004 | Sgt. 1st Class Daryl Szarenski, a Saginaw, Mich., native, will use what he learned four years ago at Sydney to improve on his 25th place finish and perhaps medal in the air and free pistol events.

American can't forget 1972 Munich terrorism

5:36 pm | August 12, 2004 | Even after 32 years, Tommy Burleson has vivid memories of what he saw during the hostage takeover of Israeli athletes during the 1972 Olympic Summer Games in Munich, Germany.

Sailor dad unknowingly groomed an Olympian

8:15 pm | August 11, 2004 | Bill Haberland never dreamed he was shaping a future Olympian that spring day when he loaded his family aboard a new 21-foot Venture for its first cruise on Lake Michigan, when his daughter Nancy was only 8.

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