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Rio 2016 Day 14: Heartbreaking loss denies women’s water polo Bronze to Antal & Illes

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It’s the penultimate day of Calympian actions, Bears just missed out on adding to the medal count.

Water Polo - Olympics: Day 10
Cal junior Dora Antal hopes to have more reason to celebrate on Friday morning.
Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images

With the Rio 2016 closing ceremony on Sunday, we are down to the final two days of events with Cal Olympians. 5 Calympians are still active in Rio 2016. May they somehow all find a way to medal.

Dora Antal and Anna Illes (Hungary) loses in Women’s Water Polo Bronze Medal Match to Russia, 12-12 (7-6 in shootout).

It was a back and forth match but Hungary managed to lead by two goals late in regulation. When Russia cut the lead to just 1, the Hungarian opted to run the clock down instead of going for an insurance goal. Shockingly, they also didn’t get back to a good defensive position. Seconds from earning the Bronze, the Hungarian team was stunned when they allowed a last second equalizer at the buzzer to Russia. Going into the shootout, Russia converted in all 7 of their penalties before Hungary misses one.

Two goals apiece in regulation was not enough for Dora Antal and Anna Illes. Antal also converted her penalty shot in OT, but will once again have to settle for 4th place in the Olympics (just like her London 2012 experience).

Both Antal and Illes will be back in the pool to play for Cal Women’s Water Polo, along with Spanish Calympian Roser Tarrago. Spain defeated Australia 12-10 to win the 5th place match.

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The big one for today may have already been over by the time our usual West Coast readers have gotten to work. After losing this match in London 2012, Dora Antal is hoping for a different result in her 2nd Olympic appearances. The Cal redshirt junior is joined on the Hungarian team by another Cal redshirt junior in Anna “Nusi” Illes.

The Hungarian team was unable to overcome the powerhouse that was United States, losing 14-10. They will play a surprising Russia team that pulled off an upset in the quarterfinals against Spain (and Calympian Roser Tarrago).

Good luck to Dora and Nusi!

Feel free to use this thread to discuss all the non-Cal Olympic action as well.

Upcoming Schedule for Calympains:

Carli Lloyd and USA Women’s Indoor Volleyball vs. Netherlands in Bronze Medal Match - Saturday at 9 AM PT

Inika McPherson (USA) in Women’s High Jump Final - Saturday, 4:30 PM PT

David Torrence (Peru) in Men’s 5000m Final - Saturday, 5:30 PM PT


Calympians Medal Count:

(Through Day 13)

By Individuals:

13 Golds, 4 Silvers, 4 Bronze

By Events:

7 Golds, 3 Silvers, 4 Bronze

Dana Vollmer (USA) - Silver from Women’s 4x100 Free Relay, Bronze from Women’s 100 Fly, Gold from Women’s 4x100 Medley Relay

Abbey Weitzeil (USA) - Silver from Women’s 4x100 Free Relay, Gold from Women’s 4x100 Medley Relay

Nathan Adrian (USA) - Gold from Men’s 4x100 Free Relay, Bronze from Men’s 100 Free, Bronze from Men’s 50 Free, Gold from Men’s 4x100 Medley Relay

Anthony Ervin (USA) - Gold from Men’s 4x100 Free Relay, Gold from Men’s 50 Free

Kathleen Baker (USA) - Silver from Women’s 100 Back, Gold from Women’s 4x100 Medley Relay

Ryan Murphy (USA) - Gold from Men’s 100 Back, Gold from Men’s 200 Back, Gold from Men’s 4x100 Medley Relay

Josh Prenot (USA) - Silver from Men’s 200 Breast

Missy Franklin (USA) - Gold from Women’s 4x200 Free Relay

Cierra Runge (USA)* - Gold from Women’s 4x200 Free Relay

Olivier Siegelaar (Netherlands) - Bronze from Men’s Eight

Tom Shields (USA) - Gold from Men’s 4x100 Medley Relay

*Runge is not one of the 50 Calympians on the Cal Athletics list, so our Calympian medal count may differ from their

GO BEARS!