Thanks to the heroic by Cal redshirt junior Dora Antal, the Hungarian Women’s Water Polo team which has two Calympians (redshirt juniors Antal and Anna “Nusi” Illes) will be playing for a medal on Friday. Whether that medal will be the Gold or the Bronze will be decided today.
What a day for Dora Antal and Hungary! Dora scored the game-tying goal and the clincher during a penalty shootout to lift Hungary over Australia during the Olympic quarterfinals on Monday. She and Anna Illes are headed to the semifinals against the U.S. on Wednesday. Also, our own Roser Tarrago put forth a valiant effort but Spain fell to Russia 12-10 in the quarters. Ru had three goals for Spain, who plays a classification round match Wednesday. Congrats to our three Olympians for their performances so far in Rio (Getty Images)! #CalBearsInRio
Women’s Water Polo semifinal: USA 14, Hungary 10
Hungary will take on Russia for the Bronze medal on Friday morning at 7:20 AM PT.
Hungary will face the powerhouse USA Women’s Water Polo team (featuring 4 Stanford alum) today. USA has defeated Hungary 11-6 in preliminary group play last week.
The other semifinal is a matchup between Russia and Italy.
While Illes wasn’t an Olympian in London 2012, Antal was a part of the Hungarian team that lost the Bronze medal match to Australia. Hungary beating Australia in the quarterfinal on Monday perhaps avenged for that loss.
Men’s 5000m prelim
David Torrence (Peru)
Also in action today is Cal Track and Field alum David Torrence. Torrence recently switched nationality (for track and field purposes) from U.S.A. to Peru (his mother is Peruvian and he was raised by the Peru side of his family). He hopes to inspire Peruvian kids to be Track and Field athletes.
Olympic Track&Field has begun. My time is now.— David Torrence (@David_Torrence) August 12, 2016
Ya empezó el atletismo de los Juegos Olímpicos. Mi tiempo es ahora. pic.twitter.com/T0w7ydK6FT
Earlier today, David Torrence ran a 13:23.20 5000m race in heat 2. He was 10th in heat 2 and had the 10th best time overall. The Cal alum has advanced to the final on Saturday 5:30 PM PT.
Women’s Water Polo 5th Place Match:
Roser Tarrago and Spain defeated China 11-6 for 5th place
Also in action today is another Cal redshirt junior, Roser Tarrago of Spain. Despite her 3 goals, Tarrago and Spain was upset by Russia in the quarterfinals. Tarrago can take some of her disappointment out on the winless China team in this classification match.
Calympians Medal Count:
(Through Day 11)
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