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Summarized by Kent Larsen

First LDS Medalist Will Finish Today, US Softball in Must Win Game

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA -- Courtney Johnson will become the first LDS medalist in the 2000 Sydney Olympics today when the US Women's Water Polo team plays Australia for the gold medal at 8:00 pm (5 am EDT in the US). Even if the US loses, Johnson will still receive a silver medal. The US beat the Netherlands yesterday to make the gold medal game.

Meanwhile, LDS softball center fielder Laura Berg faces a do-or-die situation as the US team must beat Italy today to make the finals. The team beat New Zealand 2-0 yesterday, avoiding elimination after three straight overtime losses. In volleyball LDS player Charlene Tagaloa saw play time against Australia in the US's 3-0 win. Tagaloa played part of the second game and the end of the third game, scoring one point for the US.

And the two LDS athletes competing in track and field events yesterday split their results. Leonard Myles-Mills of Ghana qualified in both the first and second rounds of the 100m race, and will compete in the semifinals and possibly the finals today. But Maggie Chan of Hong Kong failed to qualify in the 5000m race, with a time of 16:20.43, more than 1 minute behind the heat leader and last in the heat.

Athlete Sport Country
Berg, Laura Softball USA
USA v. New Zealand W 2-0 1 hit in 2 at bats, sacrifice fly
To date:   4 hits in 23 at bats, 1 run, 1 strike out
Johnson, Courtney Water Polo USA
USA v. Netherlands W 6-5  
Tagaloa, Charlene Volleyball USA
USA v. Australia W 3-0 1 pt, played part of 2nd game + end of 3rd
Myles-Mills, Leonard Track &FieldGhana
100m Round 1 Qualified 10.15 sec
100m Round 2 Qualified 10.23 sec
Chan, Maggie Track &FieldHong Kong
5000m Round 1 Did not qualify 16:20.43, 1:07.25 off lead in heat

Here is a schedule of the Mormon athletes competing Thursday, September 21, along with the times they will compete (Sydney time).
Athlete Sport Country
Berg, Laura Softball USA
USA v. Italy   5:30 pm
[US must win to make finals]
Johnson, Courtney Water Polo USA
USA v. Australia Gold Medal Game 8:00 pm
Millar, Ryan Volleyball USA
USA v. Korea   6:30 pm
Myles-Mills, Leonard Track &FieldGhana
100m Semifinals + Finals6:00 pm
Baird, Marsha Mark Track &FieldTrinidad
Heptathlon 100m Hurdles 10:00 am
Heptathlon High Jump 11:15 am
Heptathlon Shot put 6:30 pm
Heptathlon 200m 8:35 pm

The following is the list of Mormon athletes competing in the games that we know about. If you know of an additional athlete, please let us know!
Athlete Sport Country
Andam, Kenneth Track &FieldGhana
Baird, Marsha Track &FieldTrinidad
Berg, Laura Softball USA
Chan, Maggie Track &FieldHong Kong
Dantzscher, Jamie Gymnastics USA
Gardner, Rulon Wrestling USA
Johnson, Courtney Water Polo USA
Millar, Ryan Volleyball USA
Myles-Mills, Leonard Track &FieldGhana
Palmer, Amy Track &FieldUSA
Pratt, Robby Track &FieldMexico
Pryah, Jason Track &FieldUSA
Savickas, Arunas Swimming Lithuania
Tagaloa, Charlene Volleyball USA

ing this list.


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