Calympians won 4 medals out of the possible 4 on Day 5. Josh Prenot joins fellow first time Calympians like Kathleen Baker, Abbey Weitzeil, and Ryan Murphy as first time Olympic medalist. Prenot won the Silver in 200 Breast. Nathan Adrian joins fellow 3rd time Calympian Dana Vollmer as a London 2012 Gold medalist that has to settle for a Bronze. Adrian won the Bronze in 100 Free, just as Vollmer won the Bronze in 100 Fly. Missy Franklin and Cierra Runge also won medals. The two former Golden Bears swam the prelim of the 4x200 Free relay. Team USA won the Gold in the finals.
For the 2nd time in the Rio 2016 games, Rowing was cancelled due to the poor condition. The Golden Bears scheduled for the repechage on Wednesday will now have less recovery time should they find a way to advance to the finals.
In team competitions from Day 5, USA Womens’ Volleyball with Carli Lloyd is now 3-0. Danny Barrett scored a try but USA lost to Fiji by more than 3 points to be eliminated from medal contention. Both John Mann and Luca Cupido scored for USA Men’s Water Polo as the Americans earn their first win with a 6-3 victory over France.
Day 6 will see more Calympian swimmers in action. Olympic Golf will start play (weather permitting). The three Calympian women’s water polo players (all redshirt juniors) will play each other. We should also have the postponed rowing races from yesterday.
All times listed are in PDT
Calympic Medals at Stake:
Murphy with the Gold, Pebley finished 5th
Ryan Murphy is going for the 100 Back and 200 Back double Gold after setting a new Olympic Record in the 100 Back on Monday. His Cal teammate Jacob Pebley has the speed to medal as well.
Abbey Weitzeil (USA) in Women’s 100 Free -
Weitzeil finished 7th
Abbey Weitzeil won Silver in the 4x100 Free Relay on Saturday. Can the incoming Cal freshman earn an individual medal as well?
Other Calympians in Action:
Postponed from Day 5 Wednesday,
The Eights repechages will determine which crew races for medals on Saturday.
Caileigh Filmer and the Womens’ Canadian Eight - 1st in Repechage, advance to Final (Saturday, 7:04 AM)
Olivier Siegelaar and the Men’s Dutch Eight - 2nd in Repechage, advance to Final (Saturday, 7:24 AM)
B-Finals (out of medal contention races)
Will Dean and his Canadian Quad Sculls - 2nd in B-Final
Nareg Guregian and his USA Pair - 5th in B-Final
Marko Marjanovic and his Serbian Double Sculls - 4th in B-Final
ROW ON YOU BEARS!
Women’s Water Polo:
Hungary and Spain are both (1-1) in Group play.
Cal Women’s Water Polo redshirt junior teammates (all of them took this past year off to train and qualify with their home countries) collide as Hungary (1-0) takes on Spain (0-1) in this Group Play matchup. While all 8 countries in the women’s water polo tournament advances to the knockout quarterfinals, this match will have important seeding implications.
Byeong-Hun (Ben) An (South Korea) is -3 (Tied for 9th, 5 shots off lead) after Round 1.
The former Cal golfer has two parents who both have Olympic medals from Table Tennis (and their romance kindled at the Seoul 1988 Olympics!).
All the Golf action can be watched on the Golf Channel.
Both Nathan Adrian (4th fastest) and Anthony Ervin (2nd fastest) are through to the Friday night final.
The Calympian veterans are looking for their 3rd and 2nd Olympic medals, respectively.
Lauren Boyle (New Zealand) in Women’s 800 Free heat - 9th in prelim, did not advance to the final.
There is no semifinal for this event. Top 8 finishers advance directly to the final on Friday night. This is the 3rd time Calympian’s last and best shot to medal in Rio 2016.
Tom Shields is through to Friday night’s final with the 6th best time
This is Shields’ better event, compares to the 200 Fly. Shields and Pebley are the lone Calympian swimmers to not have a Rio 2016 medal...yet.
Missy Franklin (USA) in Women’s 200 Back. Franklin did well enough (11th best time) in the prelim to advance to the semifinals. Franklin would need a top 8 time to make Friday night’s final.
Franklin finished 7th in her heat and did not make the final. Her Rio 2016 games is over.
I think everyone wants to see Missy do well in this event, her last one in Rio 2016.
Danny Barrett and USA won the 9th place match vs. Spain by a 24-12 margin.
Calympians Medal Count:
(Through Day 5)
5 Golds, 4 Silvers, 2 Bronze
3 Golds, 3 Silvers, 2 Bronze
*Runge is not one of the 50 Calympians on the Cal Athletics list, so our Calympian medal count may differ from their