6 09-19-88 11:49 aed Olympics day 3: Heartbreak, controversy, demonstrations By DAVID W.
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
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
"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
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
"There are a lot of reasons for what happened," said Hembrick,
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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