Four GOLDEN Bears in action today, with Alex Morgan (Soccer), Heater Petri (Water Polo) and Elsie Windes (Water Polo) playing for Gold medals.
It's day 13, when three Golden Bears are playing for Olympic gold with their teams and an addition Golden Bear looking to run for a medal on Saturday. After that dramatic semifinal capped by her header in stoppage time of extra time, can Alex Morgan and the rest of the US Women's Soccer team defeat Japan for the gold? In the pool, Heather Petri and Elsie Windes and the rest of the US Women's Water Polo team is looking to finally win Gold against a surprising Spanish team. Finally, in Track and Field action, Alysia Johnson Montano looks to advance to the finals of the 800 meter race. Find out how they all did (and/or relive those moments) after the jump.
Updated: links to full replay have been added as well as link to video highlights.
In short, best case scenario happened for the Golden Bears. All the Bears up for Gold got it and Alysia Johnson Montano did enough for a chance for Gold on Saturday. At least for one day, LONDON IS BEAR TERRITORY!
Alex Morgan (USA) assisted on the opening goal of the match (scored by Carli Lloyd). A second goal by Lloyd with Alex Morgan running as a successful decoy gave US a 2-0 lead early in the second half. Japan fought back with a goal (Ogimi) to make things interesting for the last 30 minutes. Nonetheless, USA will able to hold on to win 2-1. Relive this game here. Game highlight is available here.
Here is Alex Morgan's assist on the first goal:
Women's Water Polo:
Spain dominated the first quarter but was only able to lead by one. Second quarter saw more scoring with Heather Petri (USA) scoring from long distance to tie things up at 2 apiece. USA went up by 5-2 at the half and never looked back, winning 8-5 to give Gold medals to Cal Bears Heather Petri and Elsie Windes. First ever Gold medals in Water Polo for California! Relive this match here.
Women's 800 meter:
A day after Alysia Johnson Montano (famous for wearing a giant flower on her head when racing, find out why here) finishing the heat round with the best overall time. She needed to either finish top 2 in her heat or get the next two best time to advance to the final. The 800 meter US Track and Field Trial winner lowered her time from the 2 minute and 0.47 seconds posted yesterday. Yet her 1 minute 58.42 second time was only good enough for 4th in her heat. After sweating out the last heat, Alysia Johnson Montano (USA) does advances to the finals with the 4th best overall time in the semifinal (and grabbing one of the two at large spot).
What's Next: The 800 meter final is on Saturday at 12:00 PM PT. South Africa's Caster Semenya looks pretty tough to beat, but I'm sure Alysia will give her best to get on the podium.
With the 3 more Golds in 2 events, here is your updated Cal medal count in London 2012:
Event medals: Eight gold, one silver, three bronze
Individual medals: Eleven gold, one silver, four bronze