Golden Bears may not have added to their medal count on Day 4, but several of them moved closer toward winning an Olympic medal.
Alex Morgan and the U.S.A. Women’s Soccer team sealed up a Group G win with a surprising 2-2 against Colombia. Both Nathan Adrian, the defending champ from 2012 London, and Josh Prenot, the American Record holder who posted the 2nd fastest time ever, has advanced to the finals of their events, 100 Free and 200 Breast, respectively, tonight.
What that means is that Day 5 could be just the best night for Calympians yet in Rio 2016.
All times listed are in PT.
Calympic Medals at Stake:
The young American is one of many in a wide open field that can win the Gold in this race. Prenot has the 3rd best time in the semi.
Nathan Adrian bounced back from grabbing the last semifinal berth in the prelim to having the best time in the semi.
USA are very strong in the relays. This is a great opportunity for Missy to win her first Rio 2016 medal. This is Runge’s only event in Rio 2016.
Both Missy Franklin and Cierra Runge are swimming in the prelim this morning. Missy Franklin might need a great split here to also swim in the final tonight.
*Runge is not one of the 50 Calympians listed by Cal Athletics. She is transferring to Wisconsin after one year as a Golden Bear.
The rest of Calympians in action:
Carli Lloyd and USA Women’s Volleyball vs Serbia
USA defeated Serbia in 4 sets to remain a perfect 3-0 in group play. Carli Lloyd gets to play several points per set as the backup setter but still a part of the rotation.
No.1 ranked USA had to come from behind to beat Netherland in their last match.
USA Men’s Water Polo is now 1-2 in Rio
[UPDATE: Due to the poor weather, rowing has been cancelled for Day 5] The Eights repechages will determine which crew races for medals on Saturday.
Caileigh Filmer and the Womens’ Canadian Eight - 5:50 AM [New time TBA]
Olivier Siegelaar and the Men’s Dutch Eight - 6 AM [New time TBA]
Day 5 is the 2nd day of the Men’s Rugby Sevens Tournament. The final group match and the quarterfinals will both be today. Semifinal and Final will be on Thursday.
Danny Barrett and USA Rugby fell to Fiji 24-19 and is eliminated from medal contention
USA faces the Gold favorites Fiji in an important match where the margin of victory (3rd tiebreaker) may be important. US will likely be 3rd in the group with a loss and only 2 of 3 3rd place finishers can advance to the QF.
Several Calympian swimmers will be looking to book spots in their events’ finals on Thursday night.
You can never rule out a new World Record when Ryan Murphy is swimming. Jacob Pebley is the last of the “Cal 5” to finally race.
Abbey Weitzeil (USA) finished 7th in the 100 Free prelim and has advanced to the semifinal at 6:12 PM
The incoming Golden Bear had the top time at the U.S. Swimming Trials.
Camille Cheng (Hong Kong) is also in the 100 Free - she finished 24th with a time of 54.92s
Yvette Kong (Hong Kong) was a no-show in her 200 Breast prelim
The Cal alum is in the 2nd of her 3 Rio 2016 events. The Hong Kong Bears will swim in the 4x100 medley relay on Saturday.
Calympians Medal Count:
(Through Day 4)
3 Golds, 3 Silvers, 1 Bronze
Dana Vollmer (USA) - Silver from Women’s 4x100 Free Relay, Bronze from Women’s 100 Fly
Abbey Weitzeil (USA) - Silver from Women’s 4x100 Free Relay
Nathan Adrian (USA) - Gold from Men’s 4x100 Free Relay
Anthony Ervin (USA) - Gold from Men’s 4x100 Free Relay
Kathleen Baker (USA) - Silver from Women’s 100 Back
Ryan Murphy (USA) - Gold from Men’s 100 Back