Trojans In Tokyo Olympics Day 2: April Ross, Tri Bourne Post Wins For USA Beach Volleyball
Day 2 (Sunday, July 25, in Tokyo) at the 2020 Olympics was a busy one for many Trojans, highlighted by some impressive performances by several Trojans, including April Ross and Tri Bourne in beach volleyball, Santo Condorelli and Vladimir Morozov in swimming and Robert Farah in tennis.
- Trojan April Ross and partner Alix Klineman got the day going with a 21-17, 21-19 win over China's Chen Zue and Xinxin Wang in women's beach volleyball group play. Ross had 18 kills, 9 digs and 2 aces, all match highs. Ross won a silver medal in the 2012 Olympics with fellow Trojan Jennifer Kessy and a bronze in the 2016 Games with Kerri Walsh Jennings, and she now is aiming for a gold with her third Olympic partner, Klineman. The duo next plays Spain's Liliana Fernandez Steiner and Elsa Baquerizo McMillan in group play on Monday (July 26) at 5 p.m. PT (9 a.m. JT on July 27).
- To begin the morning's swimming events for the Trojans, Sweden's Louise Hansson placed seventh in the 100m butterfly semifinal in 56.92 and she now advances to the final on Sunday (July 25) at 6:30 p.m. PT (10:30 a.m. JT on July 26).
- Katinka Hosszu of Hungary finished fifth in the 400m individual medley final in 4:35.98, just 1.09 from getting a bronze medal. She won the event in the 2016 Olympics (along with the 200m IM and 100m backstroke). At 32, she was the oldest women's finalist ever in an Olympic 400m IM.
- About an hour after her swim in the 100m butterfly semi, Hansson came back to swim the third leg on Sweden's 400m freestyle relay that placed sixth in the final in 3:34.69.
- The U.S. men's water polo team, with Trojans Hannes Daube and Marko Vavic, edged host Japan, 15-13, in prelim play. Daube and Vavic both scored a goal. The Americans now meet South Africa on Monday (July 26) at 6 p.m. PT (10 a.m. JT on July 27).
- Kostas Genidounias helped Greece's men's water polo team defeat Hungary, 10-9, in a preliminary round contest. Genidounias scored 2 goals. Greece next faces Italy in prelim play on Monday (July 26) at 11:30 p.m. PT (3:30 p.m. JT on July 27).
- Three more Trojan men's water poloists — Joel Dennerley and brothers Blake and Lachlan Edwards — were part of Australia's team that lost to Montenegro, 15-10, in the prelims. Blake Edwards scored 2 goals, but his brother was scoreless, while Dennerly made 7 saves. Australia next faces Croatia on Tuesday (July 27) at 3:50 a.m. PT (7:50 p.m. JT).
- Two Trojans competed in tennis doubles first round play. USC's Robert Farah of Colombia and partner Juan Sebastian Cabal beat Pablo Carreno Busta and Alejandro Davidovich Fokina, 6-2, 6-4. They now move onto second round play against the Austrian team of Oliver Marach and Philipp Oswald on Sunday (July 25) at 7 p.m. PT (11 a.m. JT on July 26). In the match following Farah's victory and on the same court, Mexico's Giuliana Olmos and partner Renata Zarazua fell to Paula Badosa and Sara Sorribes Tormo, 6-2, 6-7 (4), 10-7. Olmos was a late addition to the Olympic tennis lineup; she got married on July 14 and found out the next morning she was headed to Tokyo to compete.
- Chimezie Metu and the Nigeria men's basketball team fell to Australia, 84-67, in preliminary action. Metu had 2 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals and a block coming off the bench. Nigeria now takes on Germany on Tuesday (July 27) at 6 p.m. PT (10 a.m. JT on July 28).
- In the evening swimming events, Italy's Santo Condorelli, who competed in the 2016 Olympics for Canada, swam the second leg on the 400m freestyle relay squad that had the best time in the heats at 3:10.29. The quartet advances to the final on Sunday (July 25) at 8:05 p.m. PT (12:05 p.m. JT on July 26).
- Also advancing to the 400m freestyle relay final was Vladimir Morozov of the ROC (Russian Olympic Committee). He swam the third leg on the ROC squad that placed eighth in the hears in 3:13.13. Morozov won a silver medal in the 2012 Olympics as a member of Russia's 400m freestyle relay.
- Three Trojans swam in the 100m backstroke heats. Romania's Robert Glinta was 12th in 53.67 and advances to the semifinals on Sunday (July 25) at 7:31 p.m. PT (11:31 a.m. JT on July 26). Israel's Yakov Toumarkin was 31st in 54.81 and Dylan Carter of Trinidad and Tobago was right behind him 32nd in 54.82, with neither advancing.
- Incoming USC freshman Marlene Kahler finished 17th in the 400m freestyle heats in 4:08.37 and does not advance.
- Alexei Sancov from the Republic of Moldova was 26th in the 200m freestyle heats in 1:47.46 and does not advance.
- Hansson did not start in her heat of the 100m backstroke after swimming two events earlier in the day.
- Rower Ida Gørtz Jacobsen of Denmark was sixth in the repechage in 7:01.17. Her boat next will compete in the B final on Tuesday (July 27) at 4:30 p.m. PT (8:30 a.m. JT on July 28).
- Shooter Sandra Uptagrafft, who was in USC's Army ROTC program and is the Trojans' oldest Tokyo Olympian at age 50, placed 49th in the 10m air pistol qualification. She had 557 points and did not advance to the final.
- Wrapping up Day 2's action for the Trojans was beach volleyballer Tri Bourne. He and his partner, Jake Gibb, beat Italy's Adrian Ignacio Carambula Raurich and Enrico Rossi, 21-18, 21-19, in group play. Bourne had 21 kills and 2 aces, both match bests. Bourne was added to the 2020 Olympics on July 22 as a substitute partner for Gibb when Gibb's regular partner tested positive for COVID. This was the first match the duo had ever played together. They continue group play against Switzerland's Adrian Heidrich and Mirc Gerson on Tuesday (July 28) at 5 p.m. PT (9 a.m. JT on July 28).
Sixty-six past, present and future USC students are competing at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, far more than any school in the nation this Olympics and the Trojans' most ever in a single Olympics. The Trojans represent 33 National Olympic Committees in 12 different sports