Olympic first, world record, three medals on Friday

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - As the Olympics wind down to its final days, Pac-12 athletes continue to collect medals. On Friday, not only did the Conference add a pair of golds and a silver, but athletes with Pac-12 ties contributed to a world record and recorded an Olympic first.

Allyson Felix (USC) and the USA women's relay team broke a 27-year-old world record in the 4x100 meter relay race to claim a gold medal, posting a time of 40.82 seconds. The medal is the second gold for Felix at the London Olympics after winning the 200-meter race.

Tunisia's Ous Mellouli (USC) took gold in the 10k (6.2 miles) open water marathon at Hyde Park, completing the course in 1 hour, 49 minutes and 55.1 seconds. He becomes the first-ever Olympian to win a medal in the pool and in the open water, despite having to fight off the flu the last couple of days. Mellouli was the bronze-medalist in the 1,500-meter freestyle.?

Bryshon Nellum and Josh Mance led the U.S. men's 4x400-meter relay team to a silver medal, posting a season-best time of 2:57.05. Nellum, who ran the first leg of the race, handed the baton off to fellow Trojan Josh Mance as the two earned their first-career Olympic medals.

After 14 days of Olympic competition, the Pac-12's medal count stands at 40 - 17 gold, 12 silver and 11 bronze. If the Conference were a nation, it would rank sixth behind Germany (42) in total medals. The U.S. leads all nations in the medal count with 94, followed by China with 81. The Conference's 17 gold medals would rank fourth among all nations.

Pac-12 Guide to Day 15 of the Olympics (Saturday, August 11, 2012)

Track & Field (Athletics, M/W)
• First-time Olympian, NCAA Champion, two-time Pac-12 Champion and current Wildcat Brigetta Barrett will be competing in the finals of the high jump on Saturday. She tied for 10th in the qualifying round to advance.
• The U.S. women's 4x400-meter relay team with Keshia Baker (ORE), ran the fastest time in the qualifying heats on Friday to move on to Saturday's finals. The Americans posted a 3:22.09 to stay ahead of the field.
• Two of the three American runners participating in the 5,000-meter race are Pac-12 products. USA's Bernard Lagat (WSU), running in his only event in London, and Galen Rupp (ORE) both look to add to their medal collections. Rupp won a silver medal in the 10,000 meter in London and Lagat claimed medals at 1,500-meter distance in 2000 and 2004.

• Canada's Riley McCormick (ASU) moves on to the semifinals of the men's 10-meter platform diving competition. He was one of the top-18 divers of 32 to advance, posting a score of 452.75. The semifinals are held at the Aquatics Centre on Saturday morning. He will need to remain in the top 12 in order to move onto the final round tomorrow night.

Women's Volleyball
• The USA is headed to the gold-medal match to face Brazil in a finals rematch from Beijing. The Americans, armed with six former Pac-12 players and a pair of assistants with ties to the Conference, are looking to claim the U.S.'s first-ever gold in the event as the favorites to win it all.

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
Caitlin Leverenz (CAL), USA Swimming // @clevernz
"Good bye London it's been amazing! Back on US soil and glad to be going home."

Conlin McCabe (WASH), Canada Rowing // @conlinmccabe
Pumping iron this morning in the Olympic village gym and of course a few guys from the German 8, #niceguys #mutualrespect"

Matthew Centrowitz (ORE), USA Track & Field // @MattCentrowitz
"Geting back into training. Gotta handful of races in Europe before heading back to the U.S. Chasing fast times and personal records"

April Ross (USC), USA Beach Volleyball // @BeachProApril
"New purse check list- wallet, phone, lip gloss, medal- check!!! @JenniferKessy"

Alex Morgan (CAL), USA Soccer // @alexmorgan13
"Time to celebrate with the family! Thanks for all the support, I'm not taking this gold medal off my neck for a long time... And it's heavy!"

Brad Walker (WASH), USA Track & Field // @SkyWalkerPV
"Thanks for all the kind words. Just gutted right now. In my heart I thought this one was mine. Chalk this up to more personal growth."

Brianne Theisen (ORE), Canada Track & Field // @briannetheisen
"Just spent a full day with @AshtonJEaton going through all the media of an Olympic gold medalist. Pretty interesting, but exhausting!"

Haley Anderson (ARIZ), USA Swimming // @halswims
"Successfully navigated the tube by myself for the 1st time got a little lost at the end but made it out ok #tourist #alyssastrandedme"

Dawn Harper (UCLA), USA Track & Field // @DHarp100mH
"Men's 4x4 did a great job representing for USA. Young team showed up and showed out. Silver will look good on you."

Dawn Harper (UCLA), USA Track & Field // @DHarp100mH
"USA Women's 4x1!!! Wow! That was off the chain. #1 looks good on us ;) so fast I almost missed it. Lol"

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