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Mia Hamm Selected To Carry U.S. Flag

Associated Press
Sunday, August 29, 2004; Page E10

ATHENS, Aug. 28 -- Retiring soccer star Mia Hamm was elected on Saturday by her fellow U.S. athletes to carry the nation's flag in Sunday's Closing Ceremonies.

Hamm won her second Olympic gold medal last week when the U.S. team beat Brazil in Thursday's final. She also was part of the 1996 gold medal team, as well as the 2000 team that took silver.


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Hamm, 32, is leaving the game after a 17-year career in which she scored a world record 153 goals and helped the United States win two World Cups. She will play her final games in a U.S. uniform this fall during an exhibition tour.

"This is emotional, and I'm truly speechless," Hamm said. "I was expecting to be a follower tomorrow night, just to go wherever I was pointed, and now I'm carrying the flag. It's a tremendous honor and I thank my fellow Olympians for thinking of me."

Hamm is the first soccer player chosen to carry the U.S. flag at an Olympics.

Two Athletes Expelled

Hungarian weightlifter Ferenc Gyurkovics was stripped of his silver medal and kicked out of the Olympics for using steroids. Puerto Rican wrestler Mabel Fonseca was also expelled for a positive drug test.

Gyurkovics used oxandrolone, the International Olympic Committee said. He competed in the 105-kilogram (231-pound) class and set an Olympic record by lifting 195 kilograms (429 pounds) in the snatch on Tuesday, but finished second to Dmitri Berestov of Russia in the overall totals.

Ukraine's Igor Razoronov will get the silver medal and Russian Gleb Pisarevskiy the bronze.

Fonseca tested positive for the steroid stanozolol. She finished fifth in the 55-kilogram (121-pound) category. Women's wrestling was added to the Olympics this year.

Gyurkovics and Fonseca also face possible two-year bans from their international federations.

The IOC announcement extends to 22 the record number of athletes busted for doping in Athens. The previous record was 12, at the Los Angeles Olympics in 1984. Five medals have been revoked -- two golds, two bronzes and one silver.

Gyurkovics is the fourth Hungarian kicked out, and the 12th weightlifter.

In another case, Hungarian hammer throw champion Adrian Annus will travel to Athens to testify before an IOC disciplinary hearing on Sunday, said Pal Schmitt, head of Hungary's Olympic Committee.

Annus failed to show up for a drug test at a crossing point along the Hungarian-Austrian border on Friday.

"He was not in the physical condition," Schmitt said. "He wants to come to explain."

Annus tested negative after he won the gold medal on Aug. 22. The IOC wants to find out whether he provided his own urine for the test or whether he tried to beat the screening system, as teammate and discus gold medalist Robert Fazekas allegedly did.

Fazekas lost his gold medal after Olympic authorities said he failed to provide enough urine for a drug test, a charge Fazekas disputes.

Schmitt said the Fazekas case will go to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

"We think there could be a kind of investigation exactly how the procedure went on in the sample taking," Schmitt said.


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