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The U.S. team was in a must-win situation and it did in convincing fashion, 113-76 over Italy to advance to the medal round.

The United States (2-1) will face Brazil (3-0) in one of Friday's semifinals and the Soviet Union (2-1) will play Yugoslavia (2-1), which advanced to the medal round with an 81-67 win over Spain.The U.S. team made one lineup change from Tuesday night's loss to the Soviet Union, inserting Todd Day in place of Arkansas teammate Lee Mayberry. Day responed with 15 points and a superlative defensive effort against Italian sharpshooter Antonello Riva. Kenny Anderson led the United States with 19 points.

In Wednesday's other games, Brazil, behind Oscar Schmidt's 42 points, beat Australia 101-94 and Puerto Rico, behind Ramon Rivas' 34 points and 18 rebounds, beat the Soviet Union 99-84.

Track and field

Carl Lewis won his 64th consecutive long jump competition with a leap of 27 feet, 6 inches. Mike Powell, the world leader this year with a career-best 28-5, settled for second at 27-4 1/2. It was the second time in nine days he was beaten by Lewis.

World record-holder Randy Barnes won the shot put with a toss of 70 feet, 4 1/4 inches. National champion Jim Doehring was second at 69-3 1/2.

Natalya Shikolenko of the Soviet Union won the women's javelin with a throw of 202-2.

Dave Johnson beat Dan O'Brien in the final event to win the decathlon with 8,403 points. O'Brien had a 23-point lead over Johnson after nine events with the 1,500 meters the only event to go. Johnson was third, three places head of O'Brien and the difference was enough for a 45-point victory.

Soviets finished 1-2 in the women's 1,500, ending American PattiSue Plumer's bid for a distance double. Natalya Artemova took the lead with one lap remaining and won in 4:09.48. Plumer, who won the 3,000 Monday night, was third.

Moroccan Hammou Boutayeb, 34, produced the fastest time ever in the United States, 27 minutes, 26.43 seconds, in the men's 10,000.

Dannette Young of the United States took the women's 200 in 22.64.


The United States beat Cuba 15-2, 15-5, 15-6 in women's classification round volleyball. Tara Cross had 13 kills and Kim Oden contributed eight blocks.

Japan won the other classification match, beating Canada 15-7, 16-14, 15-8. The United States plays Japan for fifth place on Thursday.

In the semifinals, the Soviet Union beat Peru 15-8, 15-12, 8-15, 15-8. The Soviets will play China, a 15-9, 15-11, 15-6 winner over Brazil 15-9, 15-11, 15-6.

Water polo

Ilya Konstantinov and Dmitri Apasenko each scored two goals to lead the Soviet Union to a 7-6 victory over the United States. Doug Kimbell had two goals for the United States, which led 4-1. Apasenko tied the game 6-6 with 3:23 to go and Konstantinov scored the winner 43 seconds later.

Dubravko Simenc, a member of Yugoslavia's 1988 Olympic gold medal team, scored from 20 meters as time expired to beat Cuba 10-9.