We are down to the final day of the Rio 2016 games with Calympians in action. Since Day 1 (not counting the soccer match at Day -2), we have had at least one Calympian active in every single day of the Rio 2016 games. That streak will come to an end tomorrow, when only a handful of finals will commence prior to the closing ceremony.
Without further adieu, Golden Bears have three more chance to add to their 2016 Olympic Haul. Exactly a week since the last day of medals, chances are good that we should at least be able to add one to the count.
The Cal volleyball great, Carli Lloyd, is the best shot for Cal to add to the Medal Count. The United States were upset by Serbia in a thrilling 5 setter. They will play Netherlands who took the Americans to a 5 setter in group play for the Bronze. With injury to Stanford’s Foluke Akinradewo which disrupted the USA attack, we might not see as much Carli Lloyd who is the backup setter in the rotation since Lloyd typically comes in the game as a part of a double substitution and her substitution partner is now a permanent part of the lineup if Akinradewo can’t go.
Let’s hope that Team USA can bounce back from the disappointment of not being in the Gold medal match.
Inika McPherson (USA) in Women’s High Jump Final - Saturday, 4:30 PM PT
Overcoming adversities in life, you can never count out Cal alum Inika McPherson. Don’t be shocked if the 5’4” jumper make a leap at a medal.
David Torrence (Peru) in Men’s 5000m Final - Saturday, 5:30 PM PT
Cal alum David Torrence didn’t like his prelim time even though it was easily good enough to earn him a spot in tonight’s final, look for him to make a move to the front of the pack in this race.
As always, feel free to use this post to discuss all of today’s Olympic action, or how glad are we that none of the Cal swimmers were involved in the whole #LochteMess.
Calympians Medal Count:
(Through Day 14)
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