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Lavrov claims bronze in fifth games

8/28/2004

ATHENS, Greece -- Russian goalkeeper Andrei Lavrov, playing
in his fifth and final Olympics, earned a bronze medal when Russia
beat Hungary in men's handball.

Lavrov, 42, won his first Olympic gold medal playing for the
Soviet Union in 1988. After the Soviet collapse, Lavrov won another
gold in Barcelona in 1992 for the Unified Team. He was part of
Russia's fifth-place finish in Atlanta in 1996 and won another gold
in 2000.

Lavrov made 15 saves and Eduard Kokcharov scored eight goals to
lead Russia.

Spain, led by seven goals from Manuel Colon, beat South Korea to
finish in seventh place. Yoon Kyung-shin scored seven for the
Koreans.

On the women's side, Ukraine beat 2003 world champion France to
win the bronze medal. Maryna Vergelyuk six goals on seven shots for
Ukraine, while goalkeeper Nataliya Borysenko made 15 saves.

Spain and Hungary won classification games and will face each
other for fifth place Sunday. Bojana Radulovics scored seven goals
to lead Hungary past Pan American Games champion Brazil. China and
Brazil will play for seventh.