The Associated Press
Jul. 24, 1996
ATLANTA (AP) _ Capsules of Wednesday's events at the Summer Olympics:
The unbeaten Americans hit four homers, two by Mark Kotsay, in a 15-3 win over Italy. The United States (3-0) has yet to play Cuba, the only other team without a loss. Jason Williams, Kotsay and Brian Loyd all homered in a six-run first inning.
Shane Heal scored 13 of his 35 points in the second overtime, leading Australia to a 109-101 victory over Brazil. Predrag Danilovic scored 19 points, leading Yugoslavia over South Korea 118-65, and China defeated Argentina 87-77.
Americans Karch Kiraly and Kent Steffes were 15-7 winners over Italy's Andrea Ghiurghi and Nicola Grigolo; Americans Mike Dodd and Mike Whitmarsh won 15-10 over Australia's Julien Prosser and Lee Zahner.
Light heavyweight Antonio Tarver struggled to an opening round win over Russia's Dmitry Vybornov in a nearly punchless bout that left even U.S. fans booing his performance. Tarver won 5-2. The Americans are 8-1.
Erin Hartwell won America's first silver medal in cycling since the 1984 Games, finishing second in the 1-kilometer time trial. In individual pursuit, American Kent Bostick was ninth in qualifying.
Australia won the gold medal in the three-day event. The United States took the silver, with New Zealand getting the bronze. Bruce Davidson, on Heyday, knocked over three rails, and one more mishap could have dropped the United States to bronze.
The U.S. men remained winless after a 4-0 loss to India. The men are 0-22-4 in five Olympic appearances. India attempted 18 shots to America's one.
China's Li Xiaoshuang, the world champion, won the all-around title with 58.423 points, edging Russia's Alexei Nemov by .049 points. Six-time gold medalist Vitaly Scherbo of Belarus finished third. The Americans turned in their best performance in the all-around since 1984, as John Roethlisberger finished seventh, Blaine Wilson 10th and John Macready 29th.
The U.S. women's eight caught Canada in the final 100 meters to win its repechage and reach the Olympic final. Three of four U.S. crews advanced to semifinals, with only the women's quad failing to qualify.
The unbeaten U.S. softball team won its fourth game, beating Taiwan 4-0. Lori Harrigan allowed two hits, struck out five and didn't walk anyone and Sheila Cornell hit a two-run homer.
Aleksandra Ivosev of Yugoslavia won the women's three-position rifle event. Irina Gerasimenok of Russia took the silver and Renata Mauer of Poland won the bronze.
``I'm very proud that I've proven to the world that despite the conditions in our country, sport people from Yugoslavia can succeed,'' said Ivosev.
Janet Evans, rebounding from her earlier stunning defeat, qualified for Thursday's 800-meter freestyle. Evans is trying to tie speedskater Bonnie Blair's record of five Olympic gold medals by an American woman.
Patrik Cavar scored eight goals as Croatia beat Switzerland 23-22 in men's competition. Russia beat Kuwait 32-20 and France topped Spain 27-25.
Croatia's Goran Ivanisevic, the men's No. 2 seed, was upset by South Africa's Marcos Ondruska 6-2, 6-4. American Richey Reneberg, slated to play both singles and doubles, aggravated a groin injury and had to quit in the third set of his opening match.
American women went 3-0 in first-round singles, with Mary Joe Fernandez and Lindsay Davenport winning.
The Netherlands defeated Japan 15-3, 15-10, 15-3, leaving both teams 1-2.