6 09-19-88 11:49 aed Olympics day 3: Heartbreak, controversy, demonstrations By DAVID W.

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6 09-19-88 11:49 aed Olympics day 3: Heartbreak, controversy, demonstrations By DAVID W. JONES SEOUL, South Korea (UPI) _ Elation, heartbreak and controversy colored day three of the Olympics Monday as Janet Evans won the first American gold medal but a celebrated diver banged his head on a diving board and a scheduling mix-up robbed a boxer of his chances. At the site where the Olympic torch was lit Saturday, radical protesters striving to match the drama of the Games staged a grisly counter-ceremony in which a priest drank the blood of a freshly killed chicken. "We will cut the neck of the (current administration) as we have cut the neck of this chicken," said a spokesman for the 400 demonstrators at Kun-Kuk University's Democracy Plaza, 10 miles north of the Olympic stadium. A shaman, or cult priest, carried the head of a pig onto a stage festooned with anti-American images before starting his dance with fans, knives and the live chicken. When he killed the chicken and drank its blood, several students left in horror. Students at another school, Dongkuk University, rallied about 200 people for a more traditional protest of the sort that has gone on almost daily for weeks but failed to dent the public enthusiasm for the Games. Monday, Western nations broke through an East-Bloc blitz with their first gold medals of the Games but a string of celebrated competitors had setbacks, among them U.S. swimming stars Greg Louganis and Matt Biondi and Capt. Mark Phillips, the husband of Britain's Princess Anne. With just 12 of the 237 events decided, the Soviet Union, East Germany and Bulgaria topped the medal table with two victories apiece while the United States, Britain, Australia, China, Romania and Czechoslovakia each boasted one gold. Seventeen-year-old swimmer Evans claimed America's first gold medal of the Games, breaking her own U.S. record with a time of 4:37.76 in the 400-meter individual medley, but otherwise the U.S. squad has a nail-biting day at the pool. Australian swimmer Duncan Armstrong stunned a world class field by winning the men's 200-meter freestyle in world record time and ending speculation that American sensation Matt Biondi might equal Mark Spitz's 16-year-old feat by carrying home seven gold medals. "I was just looking for a win. The world record that came along with it is a bonus. I'm tickled pink," said Armstrong, who shaved 0.19 of a second off the world mark of West Germany's Michael Gross, who finished fifth. Biondi won the bronze. Britain's Adrian Moorhouse, winner of the 200-meter breaststroke, teamed with Evans and Armstrong to give the West its first gold medals of the Games after a string of East-bloc victories. U.S. diving fans were stunned when Louganis, a 1984 double gold medalist, hit his head on the board during the springboard competition, but cheered and waved flags when he showed up for his next dive with four stitches in his scalp. The mishap knocked Louganis from first to fifth in the standings but should not affect his chances as the top 12 finishers will advance with clean slates to Tuesday's finals. The bitterest blow, however, was suffered by American middleweight Anthony Hembrick, who lost his boxing match against Korea's Ha Jong-Ho when he arrived in street clothes at the stadium just in time to see the referee raising the Korean's hand in victory. "There are a lot of reasons for what happened," said Hembrick, 22. Coach Ken Adams, whose job it was to get Hembrick to the stadium, said the schedule was confusing and buses from the Athlete's Village ran late, but his excuse cut little ice with veteran trainer Angelo Dundee, handler of Olympic and pro greats Muhammad Ali and Sugar Ray Leonard. "If the session starts at 10, he should be here 8:30," Dundee said. "This doesn't speak well for these guys (the coaches). To see this happening is sickening." Britain's equestrian team leader Capt. Mark Phillips may have blown his hopes for an Olympic medal when a fierce rainstorm broke out during his first ride and hampered his performance. Although he performed with the elegance one would expect from a royal family member, he failed to negotiate several corners tightly and finished only seventh out of the first 12 riders in the three-day event. The controversies also reached International Olympic Committee President Juan Antonio Samaranch, the Olympics' longtime mentor, who was slammed by committee member Sheikh Fahad Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah of Kuwait for permitting the listing of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel on the giant stadium televison screen during Saturday's opening ceremonies. Samaranch and Seoul organizing committee president Park Seh-jik were guilty of "exploitation of the Olympiad for political goals," he said. Moslems claim Jerusalem as their holy city and revere holy sites there that were controlled by Jordan until after the 1967 war. Israel has claimed Jerusalem as its capital since then.


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