Just two and half more day to the London 2012 games. Several Golden Bears are still in position to medal, including today current Cal sophomore Aleka Saponjic and his Serbian Men's Water Polo team who tried to clinch at least a silver medal in the semifinal today against Italy. Find out how he did and whether John Mann and Team USA were able to stop their losing streak.
For those interested, we have been tabulating the medals count for Cal and the rest of the Pac-12. We will have the comparison for you on Sunday once all the medals have been handed out.
Click the logo above to learn about the various Calympians of London 2012.
Men's Water Polo:
Unlike yesterday when everything turned out optimally for the Calympians, the opposite was true today.
Aleksa Saponjic and the Serbian team dropped their semifinal game to Italy 7-9. The 20 year old didn't get much time to shine on this one, registering only 1 second of playtime. Similar to their quarterfinal match, Serbia fell behind by 3 goals in the first half. Unlike on Wednesday, Serbia couldn't come back completely against the 2011 world champ Italians. Watch the replay for this match here. Serbia and Aleksa will still get the chance to get on the podium when they face off against Montenegro for the Bronze on Sunday morning.
In the "Men's 5-8 Classification", Team USA and John Mann took on Spain with the hope of snapping their 3 game losing streak, dating back to the group play. Unfortunately, the team fell just short again, losing 7-8. No goal today for Mann. Watch the replay of this match here. Team USA will play for 7th place against Australia on Sunday.
Cal Medals Count:
No change from Friday, but here is still very impressive total yet again:
Event medals: 8 Gold, 1 Silver, 3 Bronze
Individual medals: 11 Gold, 1 Silver, 4 Bronze
Don't miss Alysia Johnson Montano (USA) going for a medal in the 800 meter Final (would be Cal's first Track and Field medal in the London 2012 games). Comes Sunday, Aleksa Saponjic (Serbia) will attempt to be Cal's first non-US medalist. Cal also has an Icelandic marathoner, Kari Karlsson, going on Sunday.
ROLL ON YOU BEARS!