Trojans At Tokyo Olympics Day 12: Andre De Grasse, Dalilah Muhammad Win Medals; Allyson Felix Makes 400m Final
USC continued its amazing streak of having a Trojan win a gold medal in every Summer Olympics since 1912 when Canadian Andre De Grasse captured the 200m race on Day 12 (Wednesday, Aug. 4, in Tokyo) of the 2020 Olympics. The Trojans also scored another medal on Day 12 when Dalilah Muhammad got a silver in the 400m hurdles, upping USC's total medal count in Tokyo to six. Allyson Felix advanced to the 400m final and Kostas Genidounias helped Greece into the semis in men's water polo.
- Trojan Andre De Grasse, turning on the speed in the last third of the race, blazed to a Canadian record 19.62 in the men's 200m to capture his first Olympic gold medal. He is the first Canadian man to win the Olympics 200m since 1928. De Grasse, who won a bronze three days ago in the 100m, now has five Olympic medals (he won a silver in the 200m and bronzes in the 100m and 400m relay in the 2016 Games). His Canadian teammate and fellow Trojan, Aaron Brown, was sixth in this 200m in 20.20. Read more about De Grasse's gold here
- The women's version of the 400m hurdles race was a déjà vu of the men's competition the night before, at least for the top Trojan runner in each race. USC's Dalilah Muhammad, who won gold in the event in the 2016 Olympics, ran a time (51.58) well under the existing world record, but her American teammate Sydney McLaughlin shattered her own world record (51.90) by clocking a 51.46 for the win. Muhammad took home the silver medal. The previous night, USC's Rai Benjamin ran under the world record only to finish second to Norway's Karsten Warholm. Two other Trojans were in the women's 400m hurdles final: graduate student Gianna Woodruff of Panama originally finished eighth in 55.84, but moved up to seventh when seventh-place Anna Cockrell of the U.S. was disqualified for running out of her lane. Read more about Muhammad's silver here
- USC's Allyson Felix advanced to the women's 400m final by placing seventh overall (second in her heat) in the semifinal in a season-best 49.89. Felix will be going after her 10th Olympic medal (she owns the USC record with nine overall medals and six gold medals). The final is set for Friday (Aug. 6) at 5:35 a.m. PT (9:35 p.m. JT). Another Trojan, Canada's Kyra Constantine, was 15th in the 400m in 51.22, but did not advance.
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- USC's Kostas Genidounias had a match-best 5 goals to lead Greece into the men's water polo semifinals with a 10-4 quarterfinal victory over Montenegro. The Greeks now meet Hungary in the semis on Thursday (Aug. 5) at 11:30 p.m. PT (3:30 p.m. JT on Aug. 6).
- In another men's water polo quarterfinal, the U.S. fell to Spain, 12-8, despite a match-best 8 goals from Trojan Hannes Daube. Fellow Trojan and American teammate Marko Vavic was held scoreless. The U.S. now plays in a 5th-8th place classification game against Italy on Friday (Aug. 6) at 2:20 a.m. PT (6:20 p.m. JT).
- Trojan Haley Anderson of the U.S. finished sixth in the open water 10k swim in a time of 1:59:36.9. Anderson, who won a silver medal in the event in 2012, was just 6.1 seconds behind the winner (and just 4.4 seconds out of a bronze medal).
- The Olympic women's golf stroke play tournament, featuring a pair of Trojans, got underway. Germany's Sophia Popov is five shots behind the leader after shooting a first round par 71 for a 23rd place tie in the 60-woman field. Hong Kong, China's Tiffany Chan is tied for 58th at 6-over 77. In the second round on Wednesday (Aug. 4), Popov tees off at 4:14 p.m. PT (8:14 a.m. JT on Aug. 5), while Chan goes at 6:47 p.m. PT (10:47 a.m. JT on Aug. 5).
- In the preliminaries of women's park skateboarding, Poland's Amelia Brodka, who earned her bachelor's degree from USC in 2012 in communication and narrative studies, finished 17th overall with a best score of 20.17. She did not advance to the final.