2016 Olympics: Daily Pac-12 guide to the Rio Olympics
The highlight of the day is the crowning of the “World’s Greatest Athlete.” USA’s Ashton Eaton (Oregon) is the world record holder, the world champion and the defending Olympic gold medalist in the decathlon. He goes into day two with the lead. Also on the track, Canada’s Andre De Grasse (USC) goes up against Jamaica’s Usain Bolt again, this time in the 200 meter looking to add another medal. There is a medal opportunity in sailing, while the USA women’s volleyball team, with four Pac-12 players on the roster, look to claim a spot in the gold medal match. Below is the daily Pac-12 guide to the Rio Olympics.
Daily Pac-12 Guide to the Rio Olympics (Aug. 17, 2016)
Track & Field (M/W)
The “World’s Greatest Athlete” will be crowned on Thursday night and the Pac-12 has three athletes competing, including two who placed in the top three going into the second half of competition. USA’s Ashton Eaton (Oregon) is in the lead and is the man to beat, winning gold in the event in London. USA teammate Jeremy Taiwo (Washington) is in third place heading into day two of his first Olympic Games.
USA’s Dalilah Muhammad (USC) is in the finals of the women’s 400-meter hurdles in her first Olympic Games. She ran the fastest semifinal time, which was contested two days prior to the finals.
Canada’s Andre De Grasse (USC) looks to add to his personal medal count after taking the bronze at the 100-meter distance earlier this week.
The Pac-12 representatives take on an international flavor where all 11 women’s golfers that are still in the competition are from countries other than the U.S. The five former Sun Devils highlights the Conference’s roster in the sport, but USC also has a trio of athletes hailing from Hong Kong (Tiffany Chan), Taiwan (Candie Kung) and the host country Brazil (Victoria Lovelady).
USA’s Helena Scutt (Stanford) and teammate Paris Henken are one of 10 boats racing for a medal in 49er FX race on the final day of the sailing competition, which has had to put up with weather and rescheduled races since nearly the first day.
USA’s Foluke Akinradewo (Stanford) and head coach Karch Kiraly (UCLA) look to lead the team back to the gold-medal match when they face Serbia. The Americans advanced to the finals at the London Olympics in 2012, before losing to claim silver. The winner of this match faces the winner of the China-Netherlands semifinal. The losers of both matches go on to play for bronze.
Water Polo (M)
Greece and Kostas Genidounias are Spain in the 5th-8th place bracket. The winner of that game goes on to play the winner of the Hungary/Brazil matchup to play for 5th place. The losers play in the 7th/8th place match.