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Real-Time Results from Sydney



6:40 - For Lowney, it's a bronze. There was no score in the first period. Lowney was penalized for passivity first, then Thanos was penalized later in the period. On the clinch, Lowney won the flip and locked up first. Lowney attempted a throw and slipped off, getting a caution and a point for Thanos. Lowney was put down. Lowney tied it with a reversal at 3:40, making it 1-1. Lowney scored a high dive takedown on the edge at 5:35, going ahead 2-1. It went into overtime with Lowney winning by a point. The ref broke a front headlock that Lowney had in dominance in overtime. He got a winning takedown at 6:53 6:20 - It a silver for Lindland. Kardanov scored the first point, a takedown at the 58 second mark. He was able to turn Lindland for a two-point gutwrench at the 1:14 mark for a 3-0 lead. Kardanov lead 3-0 at the break. The second period saw strong pummeling, and a passivity against Kardanov at 3:44. Lindland attempted his lift, but could not turn him and it was broken at 4:31. The match ended with the wrestlers pummelling. 6:05 - A competitive match for the bronze at 76 kg just completed, with Marko Yli-Hannuksela of Finland beating David Manukyan of Ukraine, 4-2. It's now Lindland time. 5:55 - The medal ceremony for 54 kg just ended. They are about to start at 76 kg. Matt Lindland is now on deck, with his chance for Olympic glory only minutes away. 5:45 - Varteres Samourgachev of Russia claims the gold medal at 63 kg, beating Juan Maren of Cuba, 3-0 in overtime at 6:43. Samourgachev scored a gut wrench for one in regulation, then added a takedown in the overtime. The winning point came on a caution and one against Maren in the par terre position. 5:31 pm - Akaki Chachua of Georgia won the bronze medal at 63 kg, pinning Beat Motzer of Switzerland in 1:57. Chachua led 3-2, when he turned Motzer, held him down then pressed him for the fall. 5:20 - In a battle of World Champions and top stars at 54 kg, Sim Kwon-Ho of Korea won his second Olympic title, beating Lazaro Rivas. Sim scored four two-point exposures in the first period, working a strong front headlock and other tilts, for an 8-0 lead at the break. Rivas looked much better in the second period, but could not open up Sim's defense. Sim Kwon Ho is the 1st champion of the 2000 Olympic Games, winning 8-0 5:11 p.m. - Kang of North Korea beat Kalashnikov of Ukraine for the bronze at 54 kg, 7-0. Kang scored early, leading 3-0 in the first period. He was clearly the dominant athlete. 5:00 p.m. - The finals have begun, with the start of the 54 kg bronze match, Kang of North Korea against Kalashnikov of Ukraine. They will go this way. Bronze then gold at 54 kg, Bronze then gold at 63 kg, Bronze then gold at 76 kg, Bronze then gold at 97 kg. That makes Lindland the sixth match and Lowney the seventh. 11:50 - Bracken placed sixth at 63 kg, dropping his fifth-place match to Kurbanov of Uzbekistan by a 10-0 technical fall. Bracken gave up five points in the first period, then was exposed for two throws in the second period for the final 10-point margin at 4:06. He is the final U.S. wrestler of this session. This evening will include just the medal matches at 54, 63, 76 and 97 kg. Lindland goes for gold, and Lowney for bronze. 11:20 - Sims closed his Olympic experience with a win, beating Nagata of Japan by a 4-2 score. Sims needed to score a pin or a technical fall to win his pool. By beating Nagata, all three athletes in the pool had 1-1 records, but Sims had the least classification points because he did not score in his loss. Sims does not advance. 10:35: Gardner won his pool to advance to the semifinals. He is just one match away of going for the gold, and a possible (actually expected) battle with the unbeaten legend, Alexander Karelin of Russia. Gardner must not look past the semifinals where his opponent will be Juri Yevseychyc of Israel. Rulon keeps talking about "one at a time," the right approach to the Olympics. 10:20 - Gardner continued a good morning for the United States, controlling Giunta of Italy. He scored a takedown and one-point turn in the first period, and led 2-0 at break. The second period got a little scrappy, as both athletes mixed it up pretty vigourously. No points were scored in the second period. In overtime, Gardner was hit with a caution and one for fleeing, and bout bout ended 2-1. Gardner and Gruenwald win their pools, and their medal hopes remain alive 10:10 - Gruenwald got the day off well, defeating veteran Igor Petrenko of Belarus. Petrenko was hit for a caution and one point penalty at the 47 second mark, then Gruenwald turned him with a gut wrench for two points and a 3-0 lead. With seconds left in the first period, Gruenwald scored a takedown for a 4-0 lead at break. The second period was evenly contested, with no scoring. Petrenko tried a lift in the last 10 seconds, which Gruenwald blocked. 4-0 win 8:55 a.m. - Morning session getting set up. The draw sheets are in. There are no U.S. matches on Mat A. On Mat B, Gardner has his pool bout against Giunta of Italy, the sixth bout on the mat. If he wins, he's in the semifinals. Also, the 11th bout on the mat is Sims against Katsuhiko Nagata of Japan. The 15th match on the mat is Bracken, in the fifth place match against Kurbanov of Uzbekistan. On Mat C, Gruenwald has a tough bout to win his pool against Igor Petrenko of Belarus. This will be an intense session, with anticipation building for tonight's medal matches for Lindland and Lowney.
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