2016 Olympics: Daily Pac-12 guide to the Rio Olympics
The Pac-12 claimed 22 medals, including 13 golds, in the first seven days of the swimming competition and looks to make a run at a couple more in the final two swimming races of the Rio Olympics with representatives running in both 4x100-meter relay races. The rowing competition also concludes with the prestigious men’s and women’s eight races. Below is the daily Pac-12 guide to the Rio Olympics.
Daily Pac-12 Guide to the Rio Olympics (Aug. 13, 2016):
Two UCLA athletes compete in badminton competitions on Saturday for Team USA. Howard Shu competes against the athlete from Cuba in the men's singles competition and Jamie Subandhi competes in the mixed doubles competition against the Netherland.
The team’s leading scorer in three-point shooting percentage, making over 50 percent of her shots, and tied for the team’s assists lead, Leilani Mitchell (Utah) looks to lead Australia to a win over Belarus in Group A play. Sebum Kimyacioglu and Turkey look to extend their win streak against host Brazil after two straight victories.
Ike Diogu (Arizona State), Chamberlain Oguchi (Oregon) and Nigeria have lost two-straight games by less than 10 points each. They will look to turn their fortunes against Croatia on Saturday.
USA’s Kassidy Cook (Stanford) advanced to the semifinal of the 3-meter springboard on Saturday, finishing in the top eight of the preliminary round.
Saturday marks Round 3, the last round before the final, of the men's golf competition. Pan Cheng-tsung (Washington) will continue his pursuit for Chines Taipei and Byeong Hun-An (California) will continue his pursuit for South Korea.
A total of 10 athletes will be in action during the medal races of the coxed eight on the last day of rowing in Rio. On the women's side, Caliegh Filmer (California) will represent Canada, and Team USA has Kerry Simmonds (Washington), Katelin Snyder (Washington) and Elle Logan (Stanford). The men's race includes Olivier Siegelaar (California) representing the Netherlands and Washington's Sam Ojserkis, Hans Struzyna, Rob Munn, and Sam Dommer with Stanford's Austin Hack representing Team USA.
Saturday marks the last day of the swimming competition and Pac-12 swimmers will be involved in the final two races of the Rio Games swimming for Team USA. Abbey Weitzell (California) helped the Americans reach the finals of the women’s 4x100-meter relay. On the men’s side, Kevin Cordes (Arizona) and Tom Shields (California) swam in the prelims of the men’s 4x100-meter relay.
USA volleyball look to carry its momentum from a hard-fought four-set win over host-Brazil when it takes on France on Saturday. The Americans got off two a slow start in Rio, dropping their first two matches of pool play, but head coach and former Bruin John Speraw coached the squad to a big victory over Brazil.
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Team USA had dominating performances in its first two matches and looks to go undefeated when it plays Hungary in the last game of pool play. USA is stacked with 11 Pac-12 players, while Hungary has a pair from the Conference in Dora Antal (California) and Anna Illes (California).
Roser Tarrango (California) and Spain go up against winless China.
Javid Best, the former Detroit Lion and former Golden Bear, looks to become the first ex-NFL football player to participate in the Summer Games when he gets on the track for the first time in the prelims of the 100-meter race representing St. Lucia.
Canada’s Brianne Theisen-Eaton (Oregon) finishes out her heptathlon competition with the day wrapping up with the 800-meter race which would make the top-three official medal winners.
USA’s Galen Rupp (Oregon) looks to flirt with history, taking on the first of his attempt at the 10k-marathon double. Rupp was a silver medalist in London in the 10,000 meter race, the USA’s first medal in the event since 1964, and will look to medal at the distance again on Saturday.
USA’s English Gardner (Oregon) made it through to the women’s 100-meter semifinal and, if she qualifies, would be racing for a shot at a medal in the event later that night.