Trojans At Tokyo Olympics Day 5: Micah Christenson, Tri Bourne Earn Key Wins For Team USA
Here's how USC's Tokyo Olympians fared on Day 5 (Wednesday, July 27) of the 2020 Olympics, with some key outcomes in beach volleyball, women's water polo and men's volleyball highlighting the Trojans' day.
- USC's Tri Bourne, who was added as a partner for Jake Gibb just five days ago, continued his amazing showing in beach volleyball as the Americans (2-`) defeated Switzerland's Adrian Heidrich and Mirc Gerson, 21-19, 23-21 in group play. Bourne had 11 kills and 1 dig. He 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 just the second match the duo had ever played together. They finish group play against Qatar's Cherif Younousse and Ahmed Tijan on Friday (July 30) at 4 p.m. PT (8 a.m. JT on July 31).
- Tina Graudina of Latvia and her partner Anastasija Kravcenoka beat Brazil's Ana Patricia Silva Ramos and Rebecca Silva, 21-15, 12-21, 15-12, to improve to 1-1 in group play. Graudina had match bests of 26 kills and 6 aces to go along with 4 digs and a block. The Latvians conclude group play against Gaudencia Makokha and Brackcides Khadambi of Kenya on Friday (July 30) at 6 p.m. PT (10 a.m. JT on July 31).
- The U.S. women's water polo team (2-1)—with four Trojans on the roster—suffered its first loss in group play when it fell to Hungary, 10-9. None of USC's three field players (Kaleigh Gilchrist, Stephania Haralabidis, Paige Hauschild) scored, while goalie Amanda Longan did not see action. The U.S. continues prelim action when it plays ROC (Russian Olympic Committee) on Thursday (July 29) at 11:30 p.m. PT (3:30 p.m. JT on July 30).
- In the next match in the pool, Canada (1-2), with USC's Joelle Bekhazi and Hayley McKelvey both recording a goal, got its first win when it overwhelmed South Africa, 21-1. Canada next plays Netherlands on Saturday (July 31) at 11:30 p.m. PT (3:30 p.m. on Aug. 1).
- In the day's final women's water polo match, Trojans faced off again each other as Netherlands (1-1) eeked out a 14-13 win over Spain (2-1) by scoring with 24 seconds to play. Trojans Maud Megens of Netherlands and Spain's Anni Espar both scored 4 times. Netherlands next plays South Africa on Thursday (July 29) at 10 p.m. PT (2 p.m. JT on July 30), while Spain next plays Australia on Friday (July 30) at 3:50 a.m. PT (7:50 p.m. JT).
- The U.S. men's volleyball team, with Micah Christenson starting at setter, beat Tunisia, 25-14, 23-25, 25-14, 25-23. Christenson had a match-best 59 assists to go along with 4 digs, 1 kill and 1 block. The Americans (1-1) continue preliminary round play against Brazil on Thursday (July 29) at 7:05 p.m. PT (11:05 a.m. JT on July 30).
- In the morning swim session, Hungary's Katinka Hosszu finished seventh in the 200m individual medley final in 2:12.38. At 32, Hosszu—who won the event in the 2016 Olympics—was the oldest female to compete in an Olympics 200m IM.
- Then in the evening swim heats, Anicka Delgado of Ecuador ended up 31st in the 100m freestyle in an Ecuadorian record 55.56, but did not advance.
- Neither Robert Glinta of Romania (26th in 1:59.18) nor Yakov Toumarkin of Israel (28th in 1:59.65) advanced in the 200m backstroke.
- Chimezie Metu had 3 points, 5 rebounds, 2 blocks, 2 assists and 1 steal off the bench in Nigeria's 99-92 men's basketball preliminary round loss to Germany. The game was tied at the end of the third quarter. Nigeria (0-2) now meets Italy on Friday (July 30) at 9:40 p.m. PT (12:40 p.m. JT on July 31).
- Robert Farah of Colombia and his partner Juan Sebastian Cabal dropped their quarterfinal tennis match to New Zealand's Marcus Daniell and Michael Venus, 6-3, 3-6, 10-7.
- Ida Gørtz Jacobsen and her Denmark crew finished second in the women's four B final (eighth overall in the fours) with a time of 6:34.72.
- Chloe Brew of England was fifth in the women's eight repechage in 6:05.26 and did not advance.
Sixty-five 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 32 National Olympic Committees in 12 different sports.