Another Bronze Sinks

Phelps's Gold Run

* Australia's Ian Thorpe and Holland's Pieter van den Hoogenband were the swimmers to beat in yesterday's 200-meter freestyle in Athens. Baltimore's Michael Phelps didn't have it in him.

Phelps finished third, ending fans' hopes that he would tie Mark Spitz's record of seven gold medals in one Olympics. Phelps, 19, now has one gold and two bronze medals, with five events to come. Thorpe, nicknamed the Thorpedo, set an Olympic record with a time of 1 minute 44.71 seconds.

Meanwhile, Americans Natalie Coughlin and Aaron Peirsol won the 100-meter backstroke events -- their first Olympic gold medals.

Gymnastics: Japan upstaged the two favorites (China and the United States) and won the men's team gold for the first time in 28 years. The Americans got silver, and Romania was third. China dropped to fifth.

Basketball: The U.S. men, who were spanked by Puerto Rico on Sunday (the first U.S. loss in the Olympics since NBA players joined the squad 12 years ago), will be looking to redeem themselves today against Greece.

The U.S. women enjoyed an 80-61 drubbing of the Czech Republic that included a 16-2 run to open the second half.

Softball: The U.S. women toppled Japan, 3-0. It was the Americans' 73rd win in a row.

History Nugget: What's your favorite, the Summer Olympics or the winter version? Can't decide? Neither could Eddie Eagan.

He won a gold medal in boxing at the 1920 Summer Games, and 12 years later won one as a U.S. bobsledder. He is the only athlete to win gold at both the Summer and Winter Olympics.

China's Lao Lishi, left, and Li Ting won gold in synchronized platform diving.