Pac-12 women collect medals at Olympics
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Pac-12 women athletes shone on Saturday, collecting a gold medal and a couple of silvers. With the Olympic Games coming to a close on Sunday, the Conference will still be well represented on the final day, including in the Olympics' marquee event, the marathon. Former USC sprinter Bryshon Nellum has been selected to carry the U.S. flag for the closing ceremony of the London Olympics.
The U.S. women's 4x400-meter relay team, with the help of Allyson Felix (USC), easily claimed the gold medal, crossing the finish line nearly four seconds ahead of second-place Russia in a time of 3:16.87. Felix takes home three gold medals as she wrapped up her Olympic Games.
In her first-career Games, Arizona Wildcat Brigetta Barrett cleared a height of 6-8 (2.03m) for the best-ever jump by a collegiate female. Representing the USA, her jump was good enough for a silver medal. Barrett just completed her junior collegiate campaign. In 2012, she claimed her second-straight Pac-12 and NCAA titles in the event.
The USA women's volleyball team, with five players and a pair of coaches with Pac-12 ties, fell to defending Olympic Champion Brazil, 3-1, in the gold-medal match to claim silver. Stanford graduate Logan Tom was the high-scorer with 14 points. It was the first loss of the tournament for the Americans and second-straight silver medal.
After 15 days of Olympic competition, the Pac-12's medal count stands at 43 - 18 gold, 14 silver and 11 bronze. If the Conference were a nation, it would rank sixth behind Germany (44) in total medals. The U.S. leads all nations in the medal count with 102, followed by the China with 87. The Conference's 18 gold medals would rank fifth among all nations.
Pac-12 Guide to Day 16 of the Olympics (Sunday, August 12, 2012)
Track & Field (Athletics, M/W)
• The men's marathon, the marquee event of the Games, indicates the Olympics are coming to a close. Four runners in the race with Pac-12 affiliations will be participating in the 26.2 mile run. Three of them will be representing the USA - Abdi Abdirahman (ARIZ), Ryan Hall (STAN) and Meb Keflezghi (UCLA). Kari Karlsson of Iceland hails from Cal.
• The USA, with four former Pac-12 players, take on Spain in the gold-medal game. The Americans will look to NBA All-Stars Kevin Love (UCLA), James Harden (ASU), Andre Iguodala (ARIZ) and Russell Westbrook (UCLA) to finish the tournament undefeated and bring home the hardware. The U.S. has been dominant in the tournament, averaging 116.7 points per game. They also lead the tournament in rebounds (45.7 rpg), assists (26.7 apg) and steals (10.9 spg).
Cycling - Mountain Bike
• USA's Todd Wells (ARIZ) lines up for the men's cross country competition. He is among the 50 cyclists in the event.
Men's Water Polo
• Aleksa Saponjic (CAL) and Serbia take on Montenegro in the bronze medal match. The Serbians suffered their first loss of the tournament to Italy, 9-7, placing them in the third-place game.
Olympic action will be televised on the NBC family of networks and will also be live streamed at nbcolympics.com. For more information on TV listings and times, visit nbcolympics.com. For official results, schedules and medal counts, visit london2012.com.
Today's Tweets from London
Rebecca Soni (USC), USA Swimming // @rebsoni
"good things I hope!! "@Sprintsalo: Yeah @rebsoni was mentioned by kobe bryant in his last interview before gold medal game!"
Matthew Centrowitz (ORE), USA Track & Field // @MattCentrowitz
"Last day of the Olympics tomorrow. Sad the Games are coming to an end. What a life changing experience these past couple weeks have been"
Nathan Adrian (CAL), USA Swimming // @Nathangadrian
".@mattgrevers is trying to beat my ridiculous score of 80 in pop-a-shot #heisnotevenclose"
Henrique Barbosa (CAL), Brazil Swimming // @rickybarbosa
"Valew Esquiva!!!exemplo d atleta olimpico!!! Mais uma medalha brasil!!!"
Ryan Hall (STAN), USA Track & Field // @ryanhall3
"Don't get to set an alarm like this everyday. Doubt I'll be needing it though. pic.twitter.com/CTQIqw5m
Bernard Lagat (WSU), USA Track & Field // @Lagat1500
"Thank you all for cheering me and teammates on! I gave it my all, but it was not enough to put me on the podium! Love you All."
Keshia Baker (ORE), USA Track & Field // @Keshia_Baker
"I just got a GOLD MEDAL!!!"
Amy Hastings (ASU), USA Track & Field // @HastyHastings
"Gutsy race @Alysia800 !!! You ran incredible!! So proud!! #flyingflower"
John Mann (CAL), USA Water Polo // @bearmann4
"Last game tomorrow vs. AUS. Can't believe #closingceremonies is tomorrow night. #Olympics are coming to a close, time to finish with a W."
Megan Kalmoe (WASH), USA Rowing // @megankalmoe
"So strange that there's a florist right in the Village but I haven't received a single bouquet!"
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