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Trojans At Tokyo Olympics Day 3 Recap: Santo Condorelli Wins USC's First Medal; Several Trojans Clash

Jul 26, 2021

USC claimed its first medal of the 2020 Olympics—a relay silver by swimmer Santo Condorelli of Italy—and there were some key head-to-head matchups between Trojan Olympians on Day 3 (Monday, July 26, in Tokyo) of the Tokyo Games, including in beach volleyball and water polo.

- Although Santo Condorelli did not swim in the final of the 400m freestyle relay for Italy, which clocked an Italian national record 3:10.11 to claim the silver medal behind the U.S., he gets a medal because he swam a leg in the previous day's heats (Italy came into the final with the field's best time out of the heats). It was the 306th all-time Olympic medal won by a Trojan (and the 92nd silver). Fellow Trojan Vladimir Morozov of ROC (Russian Olympic Committee) swam the third leg in that relay as the ROC was seventh with a time of 3:12.20. Morozov had won a bronze in the event for Russia in the 2012 Olympics.

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- Also in the morning swimming session, Sweden's Louise Hansson was fifth in the 100m butterfly final in a personal best 56.22.

- Robert Glinta of Romania was eighth in the 100m backstroke semifinals in 53.20. He moves on to the final on Monday (July 26) at 6:59 p.m. PT (10:59 a.m. JT on July 27).

- Trojan Kelly Claes of the U.S. and her partner Sarah Sponcil (who went to UCLA) opened their group play in beach volleyball when they faced off in the morning against fellow Trojan Tina Graudina of Latvia and her partner Anastasija Kravcenoka, with Claes/Sponcil gutting out a 21-13, 16-21, 15-11 win. The Americans scored the match's final 6 points, with 2 of those points coming on Claes blocks of Graudina. Claes had match highs of 24 kills, 4 blocks and 3 aces, while Graudina had 11 kills, 3 blocks and 2 aces. Both Claes and Graudina were two-time Pac-12 Players of the Year while at USC. Claes continues group play on Wednesday (July 28) at 5 p.m. PT (9 a.m. JT on July 29) against Gaudencia Mokokha and Brackcides Khadambi of Kenya. Graudina faces Brazil's Ana Patricia Silva Ramos and Rebecca Silva on Tuesday (July 27) at 7 p.m. PT (11 a.m. JT on July 28)

- The U.S. women's water polo team, which includes four Trojans, defeated China, 12-7, in preliminary action. USC's Kaleigh Gilchrist, Stephania Haralabidis and Paige Hauschild each scored 1 goal, while Amanda Longan did not see action. The Americans (2-0) next meet Hungary on Tuesday (July 27) at 10 p.m. PT (2 p.m. JT on July 28) in more prelim play.

- Then, Australia's women's water polo team (with Trojans Hannah Buckling and Tilly Kearns) posted a 15-12 victory over Netherlands, which has Trojan Maud Megens. Buckling scored 3 goals and Kearns had 1, while Megens had 2 goals. The next opponent for both Netherlands (0-1) and the Aussies (2-0) is Spain (with USC's Anni Espar), as Netherlands plays Spain on Wednesday (July 28) at 3:50 a.m. PT (7:50 p.m. JT) and the Australians do so on Friday (July 30) at 3:50 a.m. PT (7:50 a.m. JT).

- In the final women's water polo prelim match of the day, Espar's Spain (2-0) beat Canada (which includes Trojans Joelle Bekhazi and Hayley McKelvey), 14-10. Espar had 2 goals, McKelvey scored once and Bekhazi was scoreless. Canada (0-2) now meets South Africa on Wednesday (July 28) at 3:50 a.m. PT (7:50 p.m. JT).

- In the evening swim action, Hungary's Katinka Hosszu, looking to defend her 2016 Olympic gold medal in the event, was second in the 200m individual medley heats in 2:09.70. That finish advances her to the semifinals on Monday (July 26) at 7:58 p.m. PT (11:58 a.m. JT on July 27).

- Alexei Sancov of the Republic of Moldova was 26th in the 200m butterfly heats in 1:57.55 and did not advance.

-Incoming USC freshman Marlene Kahler of Austria was 19th in the 1500m freestyle heats in an Austrian record time of 16:20.05, but did not advance.

-In second round men's tennis doubles, Trojan Robert Farah of Colombia and his partner Juan Sebastian Cabal beat Austria's Oliver Marach and Philipp Oswald, 6-4, 6-1. They'll now face New Zealand's Marcus Daniell and Michael Venus in a quarterfinal match on Monday (July 26) at 7 p.m. PT (11 a.m. JT on July 27).

-The U.S. men's volleyball team, with Trojan Micah Christenson setting, fell in a tight match to ROC (Russian Olympic Committee), 25-23, 27-25, 21-25, 25-23, in preliminary play. Christenson had 47 assists, 8 digs, 2 blocks, 1 ace and 1 kill. The Americans (1-1) now meet Tunisia on Tuesday (July 27) at 7:05 p.m. PT (11:05 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.