Archive for Thursday, September 6, 2001

Vaulter Dragila strikes gold

U.S. basketball team reaches semis at Goodwill Games

September 6, 2001


— Stacy Dragila placed first in the pole vault on Wednesday at the Goodwill Games Wednesday.

Dragila, the world record-holder in the women's vault at 15 feet, 914 inches, cleared 14-11.

Meanwhile, Kenyon Martin, the New Jersey Nets' power forward, hit 8-of-9 shots and scored 19 points, leading the unbeaten United States basketball team to its third victory, 111-70, and a semifinal berth.

Dragila didn't blame her subpar performance on the cold, occasionally rainy weather.

"Things just didn't go together tonight," she said. "I felt good coming in. I warmed up well, then I felt flat. I just couldn't get my tires pumped up."

On the basketball court, Martin led a U.S. dunking exhibition against Cuba. "They were all dunks," Martin said of his entertaining assortment of shots. "I don't remember missing one shot."

The Americans have outscored their three opponents 340-195, including a record 74-point victory over Mexico.

"It's not a very competitive tournament and that makes it hard," said Wally Szczerbiak of the Minnesota Timberwolves.

The U.S. team made six dunks in the first quarter, racing to a 37-11 lead. The Americans next meet Brazil, a 63-52 winner over Canada.

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