Golden Bears add two more individual medals on Day 3 thanks to two current Cal student-athlete. Ryan Murphy set a new Olympic Record in men’s 100 Back for the Gold. Kathleen Baker swam another personal best which was good enough for a Silver in women’s 100 Back, 4th straight year that a Golden Bear has medalled in that event.
Unfortunately, neither Missy Franklin nor Tom Shields managed to make the finals on Day 4. Calympians will not be adding to the Cal Medal Count today.
Nevertheless, it is yet another busy day for 11 Calympians (and Cal fans who want to follow all of them).
All time listed are in PT.
Calympians to Watch on Day 4:
Nathan Adrian (USA) rebounds from a poor prelim swim to take the top time in the semifinals ahead of tomorrow night’s final.
Adrian just survived the 100 Free prelim with the last (16th) spot in the semi.
Nathan Adrian is trying to repeat as Gold medalist in the 100 Free.
Josh Prenot (USA) will race for the Gold in 200 Breast on Wednesday night after posting the 3rd best time in the semifinals. He came close to breaking the World Record at the US Trials two months ago.
Earlier today, Prenot got through the 200 Breast prelim with just an okay time.
Josh Prenot set the American Record at the Olympic Trials.
Danny Barrett and the USA Rugby Eagles
Men’s Rugby is back in the Olympics for the first time since 1924 when Cal Golden Bears help U.S.A. to win the Gold.
vs. Argentina - Barrett scored a try, but USA fell 17-14 on a last second Argentina try in stoppage time
vs. Brazil - USA won 26-0, Barrett came in as a sub in the 2nd half.
USA concludes pool play vs. Fiji (considered by many to be the favorites) on Wednesday at 9:30 AM; quarterfinals are later on Wednesday if the Eagles can make the knockout stage
Alex Morgan and USA 2, Colombia 2
USA wins Group G and advances to knockout stage despite the draw. Alex Morgan only played the 2nd half.
Betsy Hassett and New Zealand 0, France 3
New Zealand finishes 3rd in the group and will the completion of the other groups to see if they advance to the knockout stage.
These are the last matches of group play to decide who will advance to the knockout stage.
Roser Tarrago and Spain lost to USA 11-4
Hungary and Spain will play each other next on Thursday at 9 AM
Natan Węgrzycki-Szymczyk (Poland) in Single Sculls quarterfinals - Natan placed 3rd (the last qualifying spot) in his quarterfinals heat to advance.
He will race in the semifinal on Thursday, August 11th at 5:20 AM
Nareg Guregian (USA) in Coxless Pair semifinals - finishing 5th in their semifinal, the Bear Pair will only get to race in the B-Final (4:30 AM on Thursday)
Marko Marjanovic (Serbia) in Double Sculls semifinals - finishing 5th in their semifinals, the Serbian double crew is eliminated from medal contention. They will wrap in Rio by racing in the B-Final on Thursday, 4:50 AM.
Calympians Medal Count:
(Through Day 3)
3 Golds, 3 Silvers, 1 Bronze
Dana Vollmer (USA) - Silver from Women’s 4x100 Free Relay, Bronze from Women’s 100 Fly
Abbey Weitzeil (USA) - Silver from Women’s 4x100 Free Relay
Nathan Adrian (USA) - Gold from Men’s 4x100 Free Relay
Anthony Ervin (USA) - Gold from Men’s 4x100 Free Relay
Kathleen Baker (USA) - Silver from Women’s 100 Back
Ryan Murphy (USA) - Gold from Men’s 100 Back