ATHENS—The United States boxing team, having won only two gold medals in the last 20 years, redeemed itself on Sunday by winning the light heavyweight division.
Andre Ward beat Magomed Aripgadjiev of Belarus for the gold. Ward was behind after two rounds but rallied, going on the attack and at one point bloodying Aripgadjiev's nose.
In these Games, the U.S. also got a bronze in the middleweight division with Andre Dirrell.
The Cubans had a great day on Sunday picking up three golds and a silver. Mario Kindelan beat Amir Khan of Britian in the lightweight division, Guillermo Rigondeaux beat Worapoj Petchkoom of Thailand in the bantamweight division and Yan Bhartelemy beat Atagun Yalcinkaya of Turkey in the flyweight division. Cuba's silver came when Bakhtiyar Artayev of Kazakhstan in the welterweight division.
In the other match Alexander Povetkin of Russia was awarded the win in the super heavyweight division when Mohamed Aly of Egypt failed his medical test.
Track and field: Stefano Baldini of Italy won the men's marathon and, in a major surprise, Meb Keflezighi of the United States finished second. But the real story is what happened to the eventual bronze medal winner, Vanderlei Lima of Brazil. With a couple miles left in the race, Lima, who was in the lead, was attacked by a man dressed in a beret and kilt and pushed into the crowd. Lima got away and continued the race. Even though he was leading at the time, Lima was losing steam and probably wouldn't have kept the lead anyway. The person who came from the crowd was identified as Cornelius Horan, an Irish citizen who has done this sort of thing in the past. In 2003, at the British Grand Prix, he ran onto the track and made cars swerve around him until he could be removed.
Rhythmic Gymnastics: It might have four years later than it was supposed to be but Alina Kabaeva of Russia won the gold medal in the all-around. Kabaeva was supposed to be the gold medalist in Sydney but fell victim to a horrible hoop routine. This time there was no such miscue. She was more than a point ahead of second place finisher, Irina Tchachina of Russia. The U.S. placed no one in the finals.
Taekwondo: Moon Dae-Sung of South Korea used superior leg kicks to beat Alexandros Nikolaidis of Greece in the men's 80-kg final. On the women's side Chen Zhong of China beat Myriam Baverel of France in the 67-kg final.
Team Handball: Denmark is clearly the team to beat in women's Olympic team handball. It won its third straight title but struggled to get it. The game against South Korea went through two overtimes and finally a shootout before Denmark won, 38-36. The shoot out score was 4-2. Meanwhile, Croatia won the men's side of the tournament, 26-24, over Germany. Croatia is the reigning world champions.
Volleyball: Brazil, as expected, won the men's gold with a four-set win over Italy. It was Brazil's first Olympic gold since 1992. Italy was able to tie the match at 1-1 after the second set but eventually the Brazilians were too much winning by scores of 25-16, 24-26, 25-20, 25-22. Russia beat the United States in straight sets for the bronze medal, 25-22, 27-25, 25-16.
Water Polo: Hungary successfully defended its men's Olympic title by beating Serbia-Montenegro, 8-7, for the gold medal. Russia beat Greece, 6-5, for the bronze medal. The United States upset Italy, 9-8, for seventh place.
Wrestling: The U.S. started with high hopes but finished disappointed. Daniel Cormier lost a bronze medal match with Ali Reza Heidari of Iran in the 96-kg class. Khadjimourat Gatsalov of Russia, who beat Cormier in the semifinals, won the gold. The other U.S. hope, Joe Williams, lost in an elimination match and finished fifth in the 74-kg class. Bouvaissa Saitiev of Russia won the gold. In the other weight class, Yandro Quintana of Cuba won the 60-kg division.