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2016 Olympics Aug. 15 recap: Allyson Felix wins silver in 400m finals

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RIO DE JANEIRO -- While the Pac-12 might not have brought any gold medals home on Monday, there was still some hardware added to the trophy case. Meanwhile, several teams and individuals have qualified for finals or advanced in knockout stages where more medals await.

Take a look at the top Pac-12 Olympic headlines from Day 10 of the 2016 summer games in Rio. 


Gunning for her seventh career medal and fifth gold from the summer games, USC alum Allyson Felix took to the starting blocks on Monday night in the 400m finals. It might mark her fourth Olympics, but this was the first time Felix had ever raced in the 400m individual event.

Felix and the Bahamas’ Shaunae Miller were engaged in a neck-and-neck battle for the final, but it was Miller (49.44 seconds) who lunged at the last moment to cross the finish line while falling, ahead of Felix (49.51), who settled for silver. Still, Felix surpassed legend Jackie Joyner-Kersee by becoming the first American woman to win seven career Olympic medals.

“I'm disappointed,” Felix said. “It's been a tough year and I was kind of hoping it would come together. I didn't think about lunging myself. I tried to give it all I have but I didn't have any more to give in the last 10 meters."

Former Oregon Duck Phyllis Francis also raced in the 400m final, placing fifth with a time of 50.41.

Colorado alum Emma Coburn made history on Monday morning, becoming the first American woman to earn an Oylmpic medal in the 3,000m steeplechase. With a time of 9:07.63, she claimed the bronze behind Bahrain’s Ruth Jebet (gold, 8:59.75) and Kenya’s Hyvin Kiyeng Jepkemoi (silver, 9:07.12), who nearly beat her out at the finish line.

"I feel very honored to have that part of my story on being the first American to medal in the 3000m steeplechase,” Coburn said. "The last four or five laps were tough. I just kept on telling myself to keep on chipping away at the gap and once I got my position, all I wanted was to hold it. It wasn't until the last 400 or 600 metres when I realised that I had it and just couldn't lose it."

In the 200m prelims on Monday, a couple of former Ducks -- Deajah Stevens (2nd, 22.45) and Jenna Prandini (eighth, 22.62) -- have advanced to Tuesday’s semifinal, along with USC product Tynia Gaither (23rd, 22.90).

Former USC track star Dalilah Muhammad (55.33) ranks fourth in the 400m hurdles and has advanced to Tuesday’s semifinals.


All eyes were on Devon Allen on Monday, as the Oregon wide receiver took to the track for his Olympic debut. Despite entering the event with the world’s third fastest time in 2016 (13.03), Allen placed seventh after posting a mark of 13.41. Though it might have been slower than he was expecting, Allen overcame a wet track and has still secured a spot in Tuesday’s semifinals.

"The semi is the goal,” Allen said. “I think I was a little bit sloppy but that was because I was excited. I'll be back tomorrow, ready to go."


Still undefeated. After rolling through the group stages with a 3-0 record, the USA women’s water polo team knocked out host Brazil with a 13-3 victory on Monday in the quarterfinals. A total of nine different athletes from the Pac-12 scored for Team USA, including Maggie Steffens (Stanford), Kiley Neushul (Stanford), Kaleigh Gilchrist (USC) and Makenzie Fischer (Stanford).

"No one likes to talk about defense,” said USA coach and UCLA water polo legend Adam Krikorian. “I thought our defense was great in the first three quarters but I'm not happy with how we played the fourth. I thought we relaxed. It was a little disappointing as we've got to play a better defense. We got a little lazy and we know in the next two games we've got to be sharp for a full four quarters otherwise we're not going to get the job done. We know there are bigger tests ahead."

Up next, the team will face Hungary in the quarterfinals, a country USA defeated, 11-6, on Saturday in the group stage.


The USA men’s volleyball team, coached by UCLA’s John Speraw, advanced to the quarterfinals after sweeping Mexico, 3-0, on Monday. The Americans (3-2) were nearly knocked out of group play after going 0-2 to start the tournament, but are currently riding a three-match win streak that also includes victories over Brazil and Mexico.

"The big challenge this volleyball match,” Speraw said, “was having such emotional matches the previous two and being able to summon those emotional reserves and come out and to bring that again. I think that's required in every Olympic volleyball match."


The 2016 Olympics came to an end for a couple of Pac-12 alums on the Nigerian national team on Monday, as Brazil handed the country an 86-69 defeat. Former Arizona State standout Ike Diogu (9 points) and ex-Oregon Duck Chamberlain Oguchi (3 pts) wrapped up their group stage experience with a 1-4 record.


Stanford product Kristian Ipsen, competing in his second Olympics, placed third in the men’s 3m springboard prelims on Monday with a score of 461.35 and has advanced to Tuesday’s semifinals. Former Sun Devil Mickey Benedetti (17th, 390.85) also secured a spot in the semis.

"I feel good,” Ipsen said. “ I'm just super excited about it. I tried to go into today and enjoy every single part of it, and I feel like that was really helpful. I'm going to be done, probably, after these Olympics, so I want to soak up everything that's going on."

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While the Olympic Aquatic Center might be finished hosting intense races, athletes took part in the 10km marathon swim on Monday. USC product Haley Anderson finished fifth (1:57.20) after winning a silver medal in the event in 2012.


Stanford product Helena Scutt and partner Paris Henken currently rank ninth (82 pts) in the 49er FX competition following Monday’s ninth race in the event.


After posting a mark of 86.4612 on Monday in the duet technical prelims, Stanford’s Mariya Koroleva and partner Anita Alvarez are on to Tuesday’s finals with a ninth-place ranking.

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