Women’s Water Polo quarterfinals is today, meaning that three Golden Bears on Spain and Hungary can move one big step closer toward each winning a medal at Rio 2016. Outside of Carli Lloyd and the USA Volleyball, this is Cal’s next best shots to earn more medals in this Olympics.
Given the bracket of the knockout rounds, the best case scenario would be Hungary winning the Bronze while Spain taking the Silver. USA with Calympians in the supporting staff is the heavy favorite to win the Gold.
All three Women’s Water Polo Calympians are redshirt juniors on the Cal Women’s Water Polo team currently. Two of them (Tarrago and Antal) have Olympic experiences prior to becoming Cal students. Spain’s Ru Tarrago has a Silver medal from 2012 London.
All time listed below are in PDT.
Calympian in action:
Antal scored the equalizer late in regulation to make it 8-all. She also scored the match clinching penalty to send Hungary to a semifinal matchup against USA.
This is the rematch of the London 2012 Bronze medal match which Calympian Dora Antal played in. Hungary can avenge for the loss that prevented them from medaling in London. Winner of this match will most likely play USA in the semifinal.
Roser Tarrago and Spain (2-1) loses to Russia (1-2) 12-8
After winning a Silver medal in London 2012, Tarrago and her Spanish teammates were upset by Russia and are eliminated from medal contention. Tarrago scored 3 goals but that was not enough. Spain will play more games in Rio 2016 to try to win 5th place (not sure how motivated they will be though).
Russia was able to beat host Brazil (who are as bad as USA is dominant in this tournament) and that’s it. Spain, the silver medalists from London 2012 are the clear favorites here. Winner of this match will play the winner of Italy/China (Italy is the favorite there).
Milan Ristic (Serbia) in 110m hurdles prelim - 4:40 PM
Calympians Medal Count:
(Through Day 9)
13 Golds, 4 Silvers, 4 Bronze
7 Golds, 3 Silvers, 4 Bronze
*Runge is not one of the 50 Calympians on the Cal Athletics list, so our Calympian medal count may differ from their