Greece gains bronze, beats Sydney tally

Mirela Manjani won a bronze medal in the women’s javelin event yesterday to help Greece reach a total of 14 medals, outdoing its performance in Sydney four years ago. Although the men’s water polo team lost to Serbia-Montenegro 7-3 in their semifinal, they keep hopes of a medal alive as they play against Russia for third place tomorrow. Amiran Kardanov won a place in today’s semifinals in the 55-kilogram freestyle wrestling and will face Russia’s Mavlet Batirov. Kardanov won a bronze in Sydney and is hoping to improve on this. The women’s 4×400 meter relay team made it into today’s final, coming second in their heat in a time of 3.26.70. The team was anchored by 400-meter hurdles gold medalist Fani Halkia, and other members are Haroula Bouda, Chrysoula Goutenoudi and Dimitra Dova. The US team finished in 3.23.79 and the Russians were fastest with 3.23.52. Also in the final are Jamaica, Poland, Britain, Romania and India. Greece has six gold medals, four silver and four bronze, and ranked 14th by gold medals and 17th by total medals. In Thessaloniki, Italy beat Iraq to take bronze in men’s soccer. The Italians wore black armbands in honor of journalist Enzo Baldani, killed by kidnappers in Iraq Thursday.

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