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Young track stars boost U.S. medal count

9:44 pm | August 28, 2004 | Young athletes allowed the United States to achieve its highest medal count in track and field since 1992.

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.

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.

Clausen 32nd in 50k racewalk

1:30 pm | August 27, 2004 | In his third, and possibly last Olympics, Curt Clausen, 36, of Stevens Point, Wis., finished 32nd in Friday's 50-kilometer racewalk.

Crawford races to 200 gold, leads U.S. sweep

8:37 pm | August 26, 2004 | The crowd chanted for Greek sprinter Kostas Kederis, who wasn't even in the race, but it was Shawn Crawford who led an American sweep of the 200.

Gatlin takes bronze as U.S. sweeps 200

8:33 pm | August 26, 2004 | Justin Gatlin, trying to duplicate Carl Lewis' 1984 feat of gold in the 100 and 200 meter runs, fell short in his quest of becoming only the second sprinter in 20 years and seventh all-time to accomplish it.

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.

Felix flashes to silver

10:28 pm | August 25, 2004 | Eighteen-year-old Allyson Felix sprints to a world junior record in winning the silver medal in the women's 200-meter final.

Phillips' old injury spurs great leap forward

10:13 pm | August 25, 2004 | Dwight Phillips' dream to run the 400 meters at the Olympics was crushed - not by the accident leaving him with two broken legs that doctors feared might incapacitate him, but by a late career switch -- to the long jump.

200 final shapes up as dynamite 100 rematch

7:28 pm | August 25, 2004 | If Sunday night's men's 100-meter final was dynamite, the 200 final on Thursday night should be a double blast as four of the eight principal cast members return.

Richmond comes up short in long jump

7:24 pm | August 25, 2004 | Although Rose Richmond didn't reach her goal of qualifying for the Olympic finals in the long jump, she says this first experience will benefit her as she plans to make her next trip to the Summer Games in 2008.

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.

Dorival qualifies for 110-hurdles semifinals

7:16 pm | August 25, 2004 | Dudley Dorival is in Thursday's 110-meter high hurdles semifinals but fellow New Jersey resident Todd Matthews Jouda won't be joining him.

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.

Lindquist finishes ninth in triathlon

11:18 am | August 25, 2004 | Barb Lindquist, who lives and trains on the Idaho-Wyoming border, finished ninth in the triathlon Wednesday on a postcard kind of day at the Summer Olympics.

Nasty curse of decathletes claims Pappas

9:58 pm | August 24, 2004 | The USA's Tom Pappas limped off the track Tuesday, forced out of competition by an injured left foot and also by the Olympic decathlon curse.

U.S. women hurdle to gold, bronze

8:50 pm | August 24, 2004 | In one of the most eventful moments of this meet, American Joanna Hayes set an Olympic record by winning the 100 hurdles in 12.37 seconds while teammate Melissa Morrison picked up the bronze and Ukraine's Olena Krasovska won silver.

Clay takes decathlon silver

8:44 pm | August 24, 2004 | By decathlon standards, 73 points is absolutely minuscule, but to Bryan Clay, 73 points meant the world.

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 wonít 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.

New Jersey hurdlers advance

12:49 pm | August 24, 2004 | Two thirds of the New Jersey connection to the Olympic 110-meter high hurdles race is hanging in there with the world's best at Olympic Stadium.

U.S. men sweep 400 meters

9:24 pm | August 23, 2004 | Jeremy Wariner must have been oblivious to the freight he carried as the 20-year-old led an American sweep of the 400 meters medals.

Career-best day puts Clay third in decathlon

7:47 pm | August 23, 2004 | Hawaii's Bryan Clay has registered the best first-day decathlon score of his life, and while he stands in third place, his bid for an Olympic medal is no sure thing.

Colorado's Malone finishes 7th in discus

7:20 pm | August 23, 2004 | American Casey Malone was in no rush to leave Olympic Stadium on Monday night after finishing seventh in the final of the men's discus throw.

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.

New Yorker comes in 43rd in women's racewalk

11:51 am | August 23, 2004 | It took more than a dozen years to reach the Olympic Games, but Teresa Vaill wasn't exactly satisfied with her one-hour, 38-minute, 47-second performance in the 20-kilometer racewalk Monday.

Mahon fails to qualify for hammer finals

10:34 am | August 23, 2004 | The 29-year-old Orange, Conn., resident and Yale assistant coach was unable to reach the 12-woman Olympic hammer throw final Monday and announced she was going to take a break from track and field.

Nice guy finishes first this time

10:17 pm | August 22, 2004 | As sprinters go, Justin Gatlin could get lost in the shuffle of intimidating stares, trash talking or flamboyance -- all he does is win.

Kastor charges through heat for bronze

9:17 pm | August 22, 2004 | With a little more than a half-mile left Sunday in the women's Olympic marathon, the United Statesí Deena Kastor glided past an Ethiopian and was running at a faster pace than anyone in the field, but there was a problem -- she wasn't sure whether she was in position to win the United Statesí first Olympic marathon medal since 1984.

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 womenís 400

7:11 pm | August 22, 2004 | Team USA hasnít had an Olympic medalist in the womenís 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.

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.

Defending champ Dragila fails to reach pole vault finals

7:14 pm | August 21, 2004 | Stacy Dragila will not repeat as Olympic gold medalist in women's pole vault.

Lott-Hogan fades to 20th in heptathlon

6:21 pm | August 21, 2004 | Tiffany Lott-Hogan of Springville, Utah, a Brigham Young University graduate, faltered in the 800 meters, the final event of the heptathlon, and finished 20th in the 34-athlete worldwide field.

Perez fails to advance in triple jump

6:13 pm | August 21, 2004 | Yuliana Perez's performance was down but her spirit was up after failing to qualify for the finals in the women's Olympic triple jump Saturday night.

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.

Poor discus effort leaves Rome baffled

1:13 pm | August 21, 2004 | American discus thrower Jarred Rome picked a bad time to have one of his worst meets of the year and the most frustrating part is he doesn't know why it happened.

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.

New Jersey hurdler carries Liberia's hopes

10:40 am | August 21, 2004 | The weight of Liberia's Olympic aspirations rest on the sturdy shoulders of Sultan Tucker - a resident of Glassboro, N.J. who was born and raised in the U.S. but is eligible to compete for the west African nation because his mother was born there.

Malone advances to discus finals

10:32 am | August 21, 2004 | Casey Malone, an assistant track and field coach at the University of Colorado, became the only American to survive qualifying in the discus throw Saturday at the Summer Olympics.

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.

Harris eliminated in high jump

9:14 pm | August 20, 2004 | As a dozen of the worldís top high jumpers were rising to the occasion Friday night at Olympic Stadium, Tora Harris was enduring one of his least successful meets in years.

S.C.ís 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.

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.

U.S. sprinters hope to join select company

4:18 pm | August 19, 2004 |

Smallish decathlete says big gains in reach

3:25 pm | August 19, 2004 | At 5-foot-11, 174 pounds, Bryan Clay might be easy to overlook by decathlon standards; Clay says that would be a mistake.

U.S. runner chasing 10,000 meter medal drought

2:41 pm | August 19, 2004 | Abdi Abdirahman is trying to become the first American since Billy Mills won the gold in 1964 to medal in the Olympic 10,000 meters.

U.S. track and field begins medal chase

12:58 pm | August 19, 2004 | If the United States performs poorly in track and field at the Olympic Games, it won't be because of banned athletes left behind but because of the youth of the team and the global nature of the sport.

Athletes 'honored' to compete at Ancient Olympia

10:20 pm | August 18, 2004 | For the first time in almost 2,000 years, the sun-blasted hills of Olympia echoed with the cheers of Olympic spectators -- the Games have come home.

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.

Shot putters take toss at history

10:26 pm | August 17, 2004 | The menís and womenís shot put will be held Wednesday at the revered site of the ancient Games, near where the flame for each modern Olympics is lighted.

Shot putters could sweep at ancient venue

6:37 pm | August 17, 2004 | The U.S. shot putters say they are inspired by the ancient stadium at Olympia. Just as important, they say the facility meets modern standards, increasing the USA's chance of a medal sweep.

Games return to village where they began

6:29 pm | August 17, 2004 | On Wednesday the Games return all the way home, to their ancient birthplace of Olympia, Greece.

Ariz. runner ready to chase Ethiopians

4:07 pm | August 16, 2004 | For the past four years, Abdirahman has lugged a videotape of Billy Mills' stunning upset 10,000-meter triumph at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics in his luggage.

Utah heptathlete thrives on event's togetherness

2:04 pm | August 16, 2004 | Injuries, missteps, false starts, fouls and mess-ups of varied descriptions have all been part of this event over the years.

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.

Drug allegations shadow U.S. track team

6:33 pm | August 11, 2004 | The U.S. track and field team must outrun allegations of use of performance-enhancing drugs.

The smog that will affect athletes

6:28 pm | August 11, 2004 | Olympians are prepping to run not only against each other but also against the heat, humidity and smog of Athens.

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