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C-4 SPORTS THE CINCINNATI ENQUIRER Tuesday, August 7, 1 984 1984 LOS ANGELES SUMMER OLYMPICS Lewis, Moses Different As Night, Day Jim Montgomery SYNCHRONIZED SWIMMING: The U.S. team of Trade Ruiz and Candie Costie took a narrow lead over Canada and Japan after the first day of competition in this new Olympic sport. Ruiz, of Bothell, Wash., and Costie, of Seattle, survived a scare when they had a point deducted because their routine was too short under the minimum of 3 minutes, 45 seconds. However, officials later ruled that the time the swimmers spent performing on the pool deck counted toward their performance time, and the scores were reinstated. BASEBALL: The U.S. and Japan advanced to tonight's gold medal game. Oddibe McDowell's two-run homer helped the U.S. defeat South Korea. 5-2. Yukio Aral's third hit of the game, a single in the 10th inning, lifted Japan to a 2-1 victory over Taiwan. MEN'S BASKETBALL: The U.S. cruised to an easy 78-67 quarterfinal victory over West Germany. The U.S. advances to the semifinals against Canada, which upset Italy, 78-72. The other semifinal will match unbeaten Yugoslavia, the 1980 gold medalist, against Spain. Almost certainly, Lewis earns more. Dignity and class don't count as much in marketing as a photogenic smile. On the track, objectively, Lewis is probably the best. He does more. He has ranked No. 1 In the world for the past three years in two events, the 100 meters and the long Jump. No other athlete, not one, has ever been No. 1 in two events for three straight years In two events. Off the track, objectively, It's Moses by a mile. He signs autographs and shows up for press conferences. Lewis' autograph must rank with Button Gwinnett's, to collectors, because there Just aren't many of them . . . except, in Lewis' case, on contracts. Carl is early at the finish line and late everywhere else, if he shows up at all. But damn, he's great to watch. They are totally different in personality. Moses is poised, dignified, speaks slowly, gives some thought to what he says and never fails to keep an appointment. Lewis Is Impulsive, impatient, self-confident to the point of abrasiveness, reclusive and tardy, if he keeps an appointment at all. Moses holds the world record (47.02 seconds) in the only event he runs, the 400-meter hurdles, and has 28 of the 30 best times ever run. Lewis holds no world record, except a quarter-share of the 400-meter relay (37.86 seconds), in which Emmit King, Willie Gault and Calvin Smith also played roles. MOSES HAS two Olympic gold medals, won over an eight-year span. Lewis will win more than that in eight days at the XXIIIrd Summer Games. Moses has immense personal class and the respect of his rivals. Lewis irritates newsmen and, with some exceptions, his opponents. Calvin Smith will not speak ill of Lewis, nor will Lewis' University of Houston teammates. In action, each obliterates the opposition. Somehow, Moses wins and the defeated rivals still like him. Lewis blows people away and they slur him. "If Carl is ever beaten," said long Jumper Larry Myricks, "there will be parties lasting for weeks." MOSES? "HE'S like the Lone Ranger," said hurdler Andre Phillips. "He shows up, does what he has to do, vanishes into the sunset and leaves you standing there in awe." Lewis owns track In the United States. Europe belongs to Moses. Each is handsomely rewarded with incomes from running (legal under the incomprehensible amateur codes) in six figures, if not seven. LOS ANGELES Carl Lewis is 23 years old, stands 6-foot-3, weighs 180 pounds and easily outruns everyone on the track. Edwin Moses is 29 years old, stands 6-foot-lft , weighs 170 pounds and easily outruns everyone on the track. In his own way, each is the best trackman in the world. Associated Press CARL LEWIS has no peers in his specialties on the track, but other athletes and media give him low marks for attitude and personality. .iliiiiiili; -'"'W : y "? f 1 :t(gfsi f & I? I , v i "' 't 1 In A f f ' f , v ;f - - - - v ',., .,.. ..'.M&... -.,.., J. : , - ( f . I - ' -ft f - I BOXING: Mark Breland of the U.S., the world 147-pound champ, reached the quarterfinals with a 5-0 decision over Romanian Rudel Obrejas. The crowd booed at the lack of action in the fight. American heavyweight Henry Tillman stopped Kalig Singh of India in the first round. Frank Tate of the U.S. and Shawn Sullivan of Canada advanced toward a gold-medal meeting in the 156-pound class. CANOE-KAYAK: Romania's Ivan Potzaichin and Toma Simionov were top qualifiers in the 500 Canadian pairs. Terry White of Peru, Vt., led qualifying in the 500-meter singles. Sweden topped qualifying in the twc-woman team kayak. DIVING: Sylvie Bernier of Canada earned her country's first diving gold medal by defeating Americans Kelly McCormick and Chris Seufert in the women's springboard. MEN'S FIELD HOCKEY: Defending champion India, an eight-time gold-medal winner, was eliminated from medal contention when it was held to a scoreless tie by West Germany. West Germany advanced to the semifinals along with Australia, which defeated the winless United States, 2-1 . WOMEN'S FIELD HOCKEY: West Germany shut out New Zealand, 1-0, to pull into a tie for second with the United States in the six-team round robin. Patricia Ott scored the game's only goal at the start of the second half. MEN'S HANDBALL: Denmark and West Germany remained undefeated and the winless United States suffered its fourth loss. Erik Veje Rasmussen scored six goals as Denmark trounced Sweden, 26-19, while West Germany overpowered winless South Korea, 37-25. The U.S. came close to its first victory but lost to Spain, 17-16. JUDO: Byeong-Keun Ahn of South Korea won the 156-pound division over Ezio Gamba of Italy. Associated Press EDWIN MOSES, with wife Myrella and mother Gladys after triumph Sunday in 400-meter hurdles, is business-like, cooperative and universally liked and respected in sport of track and field. American Nine Seeks Gold On Diamond TENNIS: Top-seeded Kathy Horvath posted an easy 6-3, 6-3 victory over Petra Huber of Austria as tennis returned to the Games as a demonstration sport. Professionals like Horvath are eligible as long as they are under 21 years old. Horvath is 1 8. Andrea Jaeger, a 1 9-year-old pro who is the second seed, defeated Denmark's Tine Scheur-Larsen, 2-6, 6-2, 6-3. TRACK AND FIELD: Carl Lewis won the gold medal in the long jump with a leap of 28 feet, V inch. Valerie Brisco-Hooks of Los Angeles became the first American to win the women's 400 meters. Roger Kingdom of Pittsburgh edged Greg Foster of Los Angeles in the men's 1 1 0-meter hurdles. Alberto Cova, the world champion from Italy, won the men's 1 0,000 meters. Joaquim Cruz of Brazil, the NCAA champion from the University of ' Oregon, beat Great Britain's Sebastian Coe to win the men's 800 meters. Britain's Steve Ovett, the 1980 Olympic champion, finished last. Tessa Sanderson of Great Britain won the women's javelin. Lewis won two heats in the 200-meter dash. MEN'S VOLLEYBALL: The U.S., Canada and Italy moved into the medal round. Canada advanced by upsetting unbeaten Japan, 15-10, 15-8, 15-9, knocking Japan out of medal contention. WATER POLO: Terry Schroeder struck for three goals as the U.S. bested The Netherlands, 8-7. The U.S., 2-0, is rated a strong favorite for the gold medal. WEIGHTLIFTING: West Germany's Rolf Milser won the gold medal in the 220-pound competition. Milser, a three-time Olympian, lifted a total of 848 to surpass Romania's Vasile Groapa, who lifted 843V4 pounds. Both Milser and Groapa lifted 479Vi pounds in the clean and jerk, equaling the mark set by East Germany's Michael Hennig in 1980. Associated Press t Basketball THEN KOREA'S Soon-Chul Lee hit a home run off U.S. starter Scott Bankhead that was the first earned run surrendered by American pitchers in the Games. But McDowell, who Is the Olympic roommate of Cinclnnatian Barry Larkin, got the U.S. going again in the sixth when he walked, stole second and scored on a single by Chris Gwynn, brother of San Diego's Tony. After Will Clark walked, he and Gwynn pulled off a double steal. Both scored on a center-field double by third baseman Cory Snyder. Larkin, who is l-for-7 In the tournament, grounded out in one turn at bat Monday night, then replaced McDowell in left field when the star of the game left with a respiratory problem.'! think it's due to the smog," said McDowell. "I'll be all right." BY LONNIE WHEELER Enquirer Reporter LOS ANGELES-What'd you expect? We invented the game. If there's going to be a gold medal In baseball, bogus or not, the United States ought at least to play for it, as it will tonight against Japan. That was assured Monday night when the home team defeated South Korea, 5-2. Japan gained the other championship spot by escaping Chinese Taipei, 2-1, in 10 innings. THE GOLD medal is not official Olympic coin and vintage, but at least the Games are finally getting around to playing for something. Five times previously, there were baseball exhlbitons in the Olympics, and five times the Americans won. Once the U.S. lost, too. That was In Berlin in 1936, when no other teams showed and the American team split up for an lntrasquad game before 125,000 people. This time, if America wins or loses tonight's 10:30 p.m. (EDT) game, baseball has advanced to the next round. The Koreans are committed to it for their 1988 games In Seoul, providing they can cope with the disappointment of not making this year's finals. Oddibe McDowell, the Arizona State all-American headed for the Texas Rangers, was the little man who got the U.S. into the gold game. First, McDowell smashed a two-run homer that gave the Americans a 2-1 lead. Basketball Bobby Solves Uwe Problem HI, a, W ,i Sfff - lull- i iMimtff1"' ""rr " ... 1 TRACIE RUIZ, left, and Candy Costie perform duet routine en route to victory in synchronized swimming preliminary. The Hero ii in i r-r iiritir-l7W-"--'-'M - . WJtiiniw. -3r ' in ! t f mJi L-- -A" ' I '" - i vr - : 1 Diving McCormick Gladly Takes Silver Medal LOS ANGELES (AP)-Kelly McCormick of Columbus, Ohio, failed Monday in her dream of earning an Olympic diving gold medal as her mother did in two previous Olympics but refused to get upset about it. McCormick had to settle for the silver medal, as Sylvie Bernier of Canada earned the first diving gold medal In her country's history in the women's springboard. Another American, Chris Seufert, took the bronze. "I'm not disappointed at all," said the 24-year-old McCormick, whose mother, Pat, won two gold medals in both the 1952 and 1956 Olympics. "It was an honor to make the Olympics and to win a silver medal," said McCormick. "Sylvie is great and I love her. We've had a lot of good times." McCormick's eighth dive dropped her too far back to make up the difference against the 20-year-old Bernier. The dive was a tricky reverse 2Mi somersault In the tuck position. "I kicked too high on the dive and did a Hawaii Five-0," said McCormick. "That's a wash out." After the medal ceremony, McCormick spoke briefly with her mother, who had marched with the U.S. delegation in the opening ceremonies. "She was proud of me; she loves me and I love her," she added. McCormick said she was glad the pressure of trying to equal her mother's gold-medal performance was over. "Sure, I wanted to win the gold, but the silver is Just fine," she said. "I'm me and she's she." McCormick said,"Stepping on the board for that final dive was great. The crowd was with me, but I just didn't get enough points to catch Sylvie. I'm very happy Roger Kingdom upset fellow-American Greg Foster to win the gold medal in the men's 1 1 0-meter hurdles and set an Olympic record. Kingdom, from Pittsburgh, pulled slightly ahead of Foster in the final strides. He was timed in 13.20 seconds. Earlier in the day in the semifinals, both Kingdom and Foster matched the Games standard of 13.24 seconds set by Rod Milburn in 1972 at Munich. BY MIKE DAVIS Gannett News Service INGLEWOOD, Callf.-This was the big one, Bobby vs. The Blab. But It turned out to be Just another little one, the United States men's basketball team dispatching West Germany, 78-67, in an uninspired game that wasn't as close as the score might indicate. The victory at the Forum in the quarterfinals of the Olympic tournament advanced the Americans into Wednesday's semifinals against Canada, which upset Italy, 78-72, earlier in the day. The other semifinal will match Yugoslavia and Spain, with the Yugoslavs favored to oppose the U.S. In Friday night's gold-medal game. The West Germans' roster is populated with a lot of tall people who play (or have played) college ball in the U.S.-7-footers Uwe Blab (Indiana), Chris Welp (Washington) and Ingo Mendel (ex-USC), forward Michael Pappert (ex-University of Redlands) and their star attraction, 6-9 swing-man Detlef Schrempf (Washington). Unfortunately, they don't have any guards or any speed, and, after some fitful moments In the first 10 minutes, the Americans ran rings around them. It was 46-32 by halftone, and the West Germans never got back into it in the second half. Just another U.S. blowout, Its sixth of the tournament. This game at least had the mildly interesting sidelight of Blab playing against his coach at Indiana, Bobby Knight. But Uwe didn't exactly teach the master anything new about the game after hitting West Germany's first three baskets, he didn't score another point before fouling out with 5:13 to play. With the usually brilliant Michael Jordan having a dreadful half (3-for-12, eight points, four turnovers), the U.S. relied on its considerable bench strength to run away from the West Germans in the first half. t Associated Press CANADIAN BOXER Willie deWit takes a jab from Algerian Mohamad Bouchiche during their Olympic bout Monday. DeWit won a decision. Breland In Quarterfinals The Goat Bela Karolyi, the gymnastics coach who basked in the spotlight when his star pupil, Mary Lou Retton, won the all-around last week, cast himself in a much different light when Retton was outdone by Romania's Ecaterina Szabo in the apparatus finals. The gracious winner turned into a sore loser. Karolyi ripped the judges and badmouthed Szabo. Embarrassed, the U.S. team's own coach. Don Peters, felt it necessary to speak up in defense of Szabo and the judges. You can't win em all, Bela. The Quote FROM ENQUIRER WIRES LOS ANGELES-Mark Breland, the world 147-pound class champion from the United States, boxed his way into the Olympic quarterfinals with a decision Monday night over Romanian Rudel Obrejas in a bout marked by lack of action. There were boos during the fight, and there were more boos when the 5-0 decision was announced in Breland's favor. But the 6-foot-2 Breland, of Brooklyn, N.Y., seemed to be in control, piling up points over the first two rounds with a good left Jab. It was Breland's third victory of the tournament and made his record 107-1, with 72 knockouts. He Boxing needs to win three more fights for a gold medal. Earlier In the day, light middleweight Frank Tate of the U.S. decisioned Romolo Casamonlcaa of Italy, 5-0. The victory advanced Tate to the semifinals and kept him on course for an expected gold-medal meeting with Shawn O'Sulllvan of Canada. O'Sulllvan scored a first-round knockout over South Korea's Dal-Ho Ahn Monday. Henry Tillman of the United States, in his Olympic debut, punched his way into the heavyweight boxing quarterfinals. "I'm probably due for some retreads." Joan Benoit, women's marathon winner, who estimates she ran more than 18,000 miles in training the past four years.

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