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Summarized by Kent Larsen

Track & Field Athletes Finish; US Women's Basketball to Play for Gold

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA -- The competition of Mormon athletes in the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games will finish tomorrow with Jared Deacon and the British track team competing in the final of the 4 x 400m relay. Also competing earlier in the day tomorrow are Natalie Williams and the US Women's Basketball team, playing in the gold medal game against Australia after beating Korea yesterday, and Charlene Tagaloa and the US Women's Volleyball team, finishing their competition in the bronze medal game against Brazil.

Four of the five Mormon track and field athletes competing yesterday finished out of the finals, with Amy Palmer's best hammer throw 5m short of the Gold and Jason Pyrah finishing the finals heat in 10th place. Ghanians Kenneth Andam and Leonard Myles-Mills failed to qualify beyond the first round when their team couldn't finish their heat.

The competition tomorrow will also determine the number of medals won by Mormon athletes. So far, Mormon athletes have won two gold medals and a silver. Williams will either win a gold or silver in Basketball, and Tagaloa could win the bronze in Volleyball. All the medals are possible for Jared Deacon, however, Great Britian isn't expected to get a medal.

Results - September 29th
Athlete Sport Country
Andam, Kenneth Track &FieldGhana
Myles-Mills, Leonard Track &FieldGhana
4x100m Relay Failed to qualifyDid not finish 1st round heat
Deacon, Jared Track &FieldGreat Britain
4x400m Relay Round 1 - qualifiedRace 1 - 3:04.35; 0.50 sec behind
4x400m Relay Semifinals - qualifiedRace 2 - 3:01.35; 0.29 sec behind
Palmer, Amy Track &FieldUSA
Hammer Throw   8th place - 66.15 m; 5.01m off Gold
Pyrah, Jason Track &FieldUSA
1500m Finals   10th place - 3:39.84; 7.77 sec behind
Williams, Natalie Basketball USA
USA v. Korea W 78-65 4/8 from floor, 2/2 from line, 10 pts, 11 Reb
To date:   17/32, 46 pts, 38 rebounds, 7 assists

Here is a schedule of the Mormon athletes competing Saturday, September 30, along with the times they will compete (Sydney time).
Athlete Sport Country
Deacon, Jared Track &FieldGreat Britain
4x400m Relay Finals 10:20 pm
Tagaloa, Charlene Volleyball USA
USA v. Brazil Bronze Medal Game12:30 pm
Williams, Natalie Basketball USA
USA v. Australia Gold Medal Game 8:00 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
Deacon, Jared Track &FieldGreat Britain
Gardner, Rulon Wrestling USA
Johnson, Courtney Water Polo USA
Millar, Ryan Volleyball USA
Myles-Mills, Leonard Track &FieldGhana
Paewai, Caryn Field Hockey New Zealand
Palmer, Amy Track &FieldUSA
Pratt, Robby Track &FieldMexico
Pryah, Jason Track &FieldUSA
Savickas, Arunas Swimming Lithuania
Tagaloa, Charlene Volleyball USA
Williams, Natalie Basketball USA


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