U.S. Marathoner, Triathletes Cop Bronze Medals in Zagreb (corrected copy)
Special to American Forces Press Service
ZAGREB, Croatia, Aug. 13, 1999 Air Force Capt. Kimberley Markland won the first medal for the United States Aug. 12 by winning the bronze in the marathon at the 2nd Military World Games here.
Markland finished the 26.2 mile course in 2:46:31. The Army's Maj. Margaret Bozgoz, stationed at Fort Baker, Calif., placed 10th in 3:10:07.
Coast Guard Lt. Amy Baribeau, Marine Corps Capt. Karen Krajicek and Navy Ensign Kathleen Baldwin joined forces to place third in the women's team triathlon. The three Americans finished the swim, bike and run course in a combined time of 8:57:26.
The U.S. men's basketball team advanced to the next round with a lopsided 85-35 victory over Canada. The United States now has a 2-0 record.
The U.S. men also captured their first win in volleyball. The men had been down 2-0 to Holland before rallying to win the next three games and take the consolation-bracket match.
Meanwhile the U.S. women's volleyball team ran into the Russian steamroller and were flattened in three straight games. The Russian women on the line are all over 6 feet tall, including one startling 6-foot-8 player. The loss dropped the U.S. women to 0-3.
The U.S. soccer team lost their third game in a row, to Guinea 3-0.
In taekwondo, Army Pvt. David Bartlett lost a first-round match to Germany's Ozgur Gunes. Bartlett is the current U.S. National champion. Bartlett is assigned to the World Class Athlete Program in Fort Carson, Colo.
In boxing, Army Sgt. Yamar Resto, another world class athlete, lost a 9-2 decision to Tunisia's Seif Ennasr Jilani in the 156-pound division.
In judo, Army Sgt. Mike Prieditis [220 pounds] lost to Holland's 1996 Olympian Denny Ebbers. Capt. Lee Hyder [198 pounds] of Fort Bragg, N.C., lost his consolation bracket match to France's David Wibaux. Both men have another chance for a medal in the team trials later in the week.
At the shooting range, the U.S. women's 60-meter sport rifle team placed fourth -- two points out of medal contention. The team was composed of Army Lt. Col. Wanda Jewell, 2nd Lt. Kim Howe and Air Force 2nd Lt. Deena Wigger. Jewell also took fourth place in the individual event.
[These reports were compiled by members of the Army Reserve 358th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment, 96th Regional Support Command, Fort Douglas, Utah, assigned to cover the Military World Games.]