The Michigan Daily-Thursday, July 31, 1980-Page 15
SOVIETS SETTLE FOR BASKETBALL BRONZE
Yugoslavia wins gold
MOSCOW (AP)-Yugoslavia won
the gold medal and the once-favored
Soviets-their ears ringing with the
derisive whistles from a sparse
crowd-had to settle for the bronze
yesterday in men's Olympic basketball.
Yugoslavia won the gold in an 86-t
triumph over Italy in a showdown bet-
ween the two teams that had scored
semifinal upsets over the Soviets and
knocked them out of the title game.
The Soviet men, expected to romp
through the competition in the absence
of the boycotting Americans, took the
bronze medal with a 117-94 rout of
But while the victory was worth a
medal, it wasn't the medal the
relatively small crowd of Soviet fans
had been expecting. And they let their
displeasure be known, shrilly whistling
a sign of derision through much of the
The Soviet team also was jeered by a
crowd of about 10,000 at the medals
The Soviet women, as expected, won
the gold medal in their half of the com-
petition, beating Bulgaria 104-73.
Bulgaria took the silver medal.
Yugoslavia won the women's bronze
in a 68-65 victory over Hungary.
The Yugoslavs had been runners up
in 1968 and 1976. Coach Ranko Zeravica
immediately called for a game against
the U.S. team.-
"A question of who is best, the
Yugoslavs or the USA is being disputed,
so we must meet and find out," he said.
For the Italians, it was their first
Olympic basketball medal.
They qualified for the final after *tp-
setting the host Soviet Union and began
Wednesday's game in hot form, taking
a 37-32 lead. But just before half time,
the Yugoslavs scored five straight
baskets and led 42-37 at the break.
Track and field
In Lenin Stadium, yesterday, Victor
Markin of the Soviet Union won the
men's 400-meter dash in 44.60 seconds.
Cuba's Alberto Juantorena, who won
the 400 and 800-meter runs in the 1976
Montreal Olympics, finished fourth
behind Rick Mitchell of Australia and
Frank Schaffer of East Germany.
Vladimiar Kiselyov of the USSR won
the shot put with an Olympic record
throw of 70 feet, one-half inch.
Two East German athletes won track
and field golds-Barbel Wockel in the
women's 200-meter dash, her second in
a row with an Olympic record 22.03
seconds, and Hartwig Gander in the
50-kilomter walk in 3 hours, 49 minutes,
23.4 seconds, an Olympic best time but
not carried as a record because of cour-
Steve Ovett and Sebastian Coe, the
British middle distance runners whose
rivalry constitutes one of the glamour
events of these Games, advanced
through the first round of the 1,500-
meter run with Ovett winning in 3:36.8,
the fastest clocking in the round.
Coe, also running leisurely, was
timed in 3:40.1, a step behind Vittorio
Fontanella of Italy in his heat. Ovett
won .the 800-meter matchup between
the two last week.
Filbert Bayi of Tanzania, the former
world record holder at 1,500, was scrat-
ched in the first round so he could con-
centrate on tonight's steeplechase final.
A French runner, Jose Marajo, who
has said he plans some sort of protest of
the Afghanistan situation, qualified in
the 1,500-meters and quietly left the
stadium. A senior Moscow Olympic of-
ficial, Vladimir Popov, said he had
agreed to a meeting Saturday
requested by the French delegation.
Marajo had circulated among his
teammates a petition condemning the
Soviet military intervention.
Vasily Alexeev, the Hercules of Mon-
treal known as the world's-strongest
man, relinquished his super
heavyweight weightlifting crown last
night to his Soviet teammate, Sultan
Alexeev failed three times to lift 396
pounds in the snatch and announced his
The new titlist, Rakmanov, set an
Olympic record by snatching 429 poun-
ds. He also finished first in the jerk with
a Ifit of 540.1 pounds.
Rakhmanov's combined was 968
pounds, compared to 902 pounds for
silver medal winner Jurgen Heuser of
East Germany. Tadeusz Rutkowski of
Poland got the bronze with a combined
Alexeev left the podium at Iz-
mailovo Sports Stadium to stunned
silence from an astonished crowd after
Later, he asked team officials to send
word that he has been training on his
own, and that's why he had lost his
technique. The self-training let him
down at a crucial moment, he said.
He did not mention his age. He is 38.
Alexeev had not lifted publicly for
Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
Soviet Union 6....... 61 55 34 150
E. Germany -....... 37 29 33 59
Bulgaria -.......... 5 10 12 27
Hungary .......... 6 8 9 23
Poland ............ -1 10 8 19
Romania .......... 5 4 7 16
Great Britain ...... 4 7 4 15
Sweden -............ 3 3 6 12
Italy ..............7 3 2 12
Cnecholovakia .... 1 2 8 11
France -...... 4 3 2 9
Cuba -.............. 2 4 3 9
Australia -.......... 2 1 5
Yugoslavia -......:. 1 2 3 6
Denmark -......... 2 1 2 5
Finland - 2 1 2 5
Brazil2............. 2 0 2 4
Spain - 1............ 1 2 1 4
Greece 1.......... 1 0 2 3
Netherlands0....... 20 0 3 3
North Korea0....... 0 2 1 3
A notria2........... 0 2 1 3
Mexico -...... 0 1 2 3
Jamaica - 0 0 3 3
Snitzerland - 2 0 0 2
Ethiopia-..... 1 0 1 2
Mongolia-..... 0 1 1 2
Belgium -..... 1 0 0 1
India - --....... 1 0 0 1
Ireland1............ 0 1 0 1
Lebanon........... 0 0 1 1
East Germany's Barbara Czekalla spikes the volleyball over the net and her
Russian opponents in yesterday's finals. Despite the shot, the Russian females
went on to win the match and the gold medal three games to one.
US, IOC OFFICIALS DIFFER:
Old Glory to fly in Moscow?
MOSCOW (AP)-Olympic leaders will consider again in
the next two days about the possibility of raising the Stars
and Stripes at Sunday's closing ceremony at the end of the
Some members of the executive board of the International
Olympic Committee IOC think it might be best to bow to the
wished of the White House and cut out the United States flag
from the protocol.
According to the Olympic Charter, the flag of the next host
country is raised at the end of the ceremony. The 1984 Olym-
pic Games are set for Los Angeles.
THE RUSSIANS are putting pressure on the IOC to change,
its mind about the flag raising, The Associated Press learned.
Soviet leaders want to avoid further aggravation of the inter-
national tension that has built up over the Soviet military ac-
tion in Afghanistan, which led to the United States and 30
other countries boycotting the Moscow Games.
Lord Killanin, president of the IOC, spent his 66th birthday
traveling to Tallinn to present medals to winners of the
yachting events. Officials there had at first said they inten-
ded to raise the flags of the Soviet Union, the United States
and Greece, which originated the Olympics in antiquity.
However, yesterday those officials apparently had
changed their minds, and the American and Greek flags were
not hoisted. Noexplanation was given,