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Friday, September 22, 2000

Hawaii's Olympians  The Road to Sydney

Associated Press
Hawaii's Brian Viloria, right, was eliminated by
France's Brahim Asloum in their 106-pound
bout today.

Stunner: Viloria out

'Hawaiian Punch' sees
gold-medal hopes dashed
by French boxer


Star-Bulletin wire services

SYDNEY, Australia -- He was one of the 'Golden Boys.' Painted as such by Sports Illustrated and the rest of the media.

He was a heavy favorite in the 106-pound weight class. But now Brian Viloria of Waipahu is on the sidelines, having lost his bout today to his French opponent.

Viloria, the world 106-pound champion, was outpointed 6-4 by Brahim Aslouf of France, one of two U.S. boxers eliminated today.

David Jackson of Seattle was also eliminated when he weighed in 3 pounds over the lightweight limit of 132 pounds.

U.S. middleweight Jeff Lacy powered into the Olympic boxing quarterfinals, outpointing Pawel Kakietek of Poland 21-7 at 165 pounds.

The 19-year-old Viloria's loss was tough for the U.S. team, which was left with three boxers in the quarterfinals and six others still in the competition, two who were yet to compete. Only one of 12 Cuban boxers has been eliminated. Five Cubans are in the quarterfinals.

"Hopefully I can get back on my feet," Viloria said. "I'll probably turn pro now."

The difference in the outcome was three scoring right uppercuts by Aslouf, who nearly defeated Viloria in the world championships quarterfinals last year. Viloria landed at least a dozen solid body shots.

"I don't think I got enough credit for the body shots," Viloria said. He didn't get any -- not a single point.

"Body shots have been counting," said Tom Mustin, head coach of the U.S. team. "I thought he threw some great body shots, but for some reason they didn't count."

The two boxers demonstrated sound defense, blocking most of the numerous blows they threw at one another.

Before his fight, the 23-year-old Lacy got a visit from four-time heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield.

"I let him know the way to win is to outwork the guy," said Holyfield, a four-time heavyweight champion, who was a bronze medalist at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles. "You should never take for granted being ahead."

Lacy went ahead to stay with a barrage of five scoring punches that broke a 2-2 tie late in the first round.

"It's going to be very hard to beat a Jeff Lacy," said Lacy, who will box Gaidarbek Gaidarbekov of Russia on Tuesday.

Jackson was to have boxed Selim Palyani of Turkey.

"We were really hoping that he would be able to maintain his weight throughout the tournament and obviously we are really disappointed," Mustin said.

Jackson, the U.S. champion at 132 pounds in 1997, didn't box in 1998-99, and he weighed 174 pounds as late as last October.

He was down to 139 when he got a silver medal at the U.S. championships in January.

The 139-pound U.S. boxer is Ricardo Williams Jr. of Cincinnati.

World 132-pound champion Mario Kindelan of Cuba outpointed Phongsit Wiangviset of Thailand 14-8 and advanced to the quarterfinals. His teammate Mairko Romero, the 1996 Olympic champion at 112 pounds, advanced to the 106-pound quarterfinals.

Also winning for Cuba was Jorge Gutierrez, who beat Antonnios Giannoulas of Greece at 165 pounds.

In one of the best action fights of the tournament, 30-year-old Rafael Lozano of Spain, boxing in his third Olympics, beat Danilo Lerio of the Philippines 17-15 in a second-round bout at 106 pounds in the afternoon.

Lozano won a controversial decision over world champion Eric Griffin of Houston at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona. He won a bronze medal in 1996.


In other results today for Olympians with Hawaii ties:

Bullet Former University of Hawaii basketball player Tania Brunton scored 4 points and had one assist in 24 minutes of play in New Zealand's 93-42 loss to the U.S.

Bullet Honolulu's Kevin Wong and his partner Rob Heidger advanced to the quarterfinals in beach volleyball when their Mexican opponents dropped out because of injury.

Bullet Hawaii's Kelsey Nakanelua, running for American Samoa, finished eighth in his 100-meter heat with a time of 10.93. That put him in 79th place overall.

Bullet Former University of Hawaii all-Americans Robyn Ah Mow and Heather Bown contined to play well as the U.S. women's volleyball team remained undefeated with a straight-set win over host Australia.

The U.S. assistant coach is former Hawaii resident Jeri Estes.

Associated Press
Danielle Scott (2) and her tvolleyball eammates celebrate
today's 25-11, 25-17, 25-10 victory over Australia.
Also pictured are former University of Hawaii
all-Americans Robyn Ah Mow, left, and
Heather Bown.

Hawaii's Olympians

Competing today:

Bullet Men's volleyball: U.S. (Mike Lambert) vs. South Korea.

Bullet Women's water polo: U.s. (Maureen O'Toole) vs. Canada (Marie-Luc Arpin).

Bullet Sailing: U.S. (John Myrdal, laser).

Bullet Men's water polo: (U.S. Sean Kern) vs. Croatia.

Bullet Softball: Canada (Kristy Odamura) vs. China; Australia (Brooke Wilkins) vs. Cuba.

When to watch


Bullet NBC (KHNL Channel 13, Cable 8):
10 a.m.-noon, 4-9 p.m., 9:35-11:05 p.m.

Bullet MSNBC (OC 40/Dig. 107)
7 a.m.-2 p.m. (repeats 9 p.m.-4 a.m.)

Bullet CNBC (OC16/Dig 116)
2 -6 p.m.

Associated Press
Hawaii's Kevin Wong and partner Rob Heidger
advance to the quarterfinals in beach volleyball
when Mexican team drops out.

Sydney 2000 Olympics

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