Pac-10 Olympic Spotlight: Track & Field, Part One
Aug. 18, 2008
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2008 Pac-10 Olympic Accomplishments - Aug. 18
- Calbears.com gives you an inside look at the Golden Bears in Beijing.
- UCLA assistant women's rowing coach Mark Hunter and teammate Zac Purchase won gold in the lightweight double sculls on Sunday, becoming the first British pair to ever win this Olympic event. Hunter is the first gold medalist for UCLA this year.(Courtesy of uclabruins.com)
- Two Stanford rowers came away with a pair of gold medals in the finals competition early Sunday morning at Shunyi Rowing-Canoeing Park. Elle Logan and the U.S. Women's Eight bolted out of the gate in their final and never looked back, completing the 2,000-meter course in 6:05.34, 1.88 seconds ahead of runner-up the Netherlands, and 1.91 seconds better than defending Olympic champion Romania. The U.S. built a 0.73-second advantage on the field in the first 500 meters and extended its lead to 1.78 seconds over Romania at the midway point of the race. The crew continued to increase its lead in the third 500 before coming home for the victory. The finish gave the U.S. its first gold medal in the event since 1984, at the Los Angeles Games. (Courtesy of gostanford.com)
- The USA women's soccer team, comprised of four Pac-10 athletes and one coach, defeated Japan to reach the soccer finals.
PAC-10 OLYMPIC PARTICIPANT SPOTLIGHT:
PAC-10 ATHLETE: Galen Rupp
CURRENT OR FORMER ATHLETE:Current Athletes
OLYMPIC EVENT(S):Men's 10,000 Meter Event, Track
Oregon's Galen Rupp finished in 13th place in the men's 10000 meter event in Beijing Sunday night. Although Rupp finished out of medal contention, the current member of the Duck Track and Cross Country teams led all American athletes finishing in a season-best time of 27:36.99, 35.82 off of the gold medal pace. Rupp had finished in second at the 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials in Eugene, Ore. behind top-qualifier Abdi Abirahman of Arizona. Last night, however, Rupp bested his American team mate by almost 16 seconds.
|PAC-10 MEDAL COUNT (as of August 18, 2008)|
|PAC-10 MEDAL COUNT* (as of August 18, 2008)|
*Pac-10 Medal Count reflects individual medals as well as medals won as part of a team effort.
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