Another Summer Olympics has come and gone. As in other recent Olympics, the USA dominated the standings. Finishing with 121 total medals (46 gold, 37 silver. 38 bronze) blew away the competition and nearly had double the amount of medals as the second place country, China.
All 12 Louisville Olympians found success, either through personal bests, country records, or gold medals, this year. Here is how each of those Olympians did:
Matt Hughes (Track & Field- Canada) A legend in the NCAA steeplechase when he was a Cardinal, Hughes found himself in the top 10. A time of 8:36.83 earned him 10th place overall.
Chinwe Okoro (Track & Field- Nigeria) Okoro finished 14th overall in the women’s discus throw, but did not advance to the finals. Okoro’s distance of 58.85m was less than two meters short of advancing.
Angel McCoughtry (Women’s Basketball- United States) McCoughtry claimed her second career gold medal with the United States. The women's basketball team defeated Senegal 121-56, Spain 103-63, Serbia 110-84, Canada 81-51, and China 105-62 in Group B play. The U.S. defeated Japan in the quarterfinals 110-64 overcame the French 86-67 in the semifinals. In the gold medal game, the Americans defeated Spain 101-72.
Wesley Korir (Track & Field- Kenya) Korir participated in the men's marathon, but did not finished due to complications.
Kelsi Worrell (Swimming- United States) Kelsi's sole event was the women's 100m butterfly. She finished 9th in semifinals, just one spot short of qualifying for the finals.
However, due to her participation in the prelims of the women's 4x100m medley relay, she will be credited with a gold medal, alongside the swimmers that participated in the finals race and won the gold.
Jessica Javalet (Rugby- United States) Jessica played Field Hockey for Louisville, but has now found her calling in rugby. The United States women's rugby team lost to Fiji 12-7, defeated Colombia 48-0, tied with Australia 12-12, and lost to New Zealand 5-0. In the elimination rounds of the Olympics they have defeated Fiji 12-7 and France 19-5 to take 5th place overall.
Joao De Lucca- (Swimming- Brazil) A former multiple-time national champion for the Cards, Joao is swimming for his home and this Olympics' host country, Brazil. In the men's 200m freestyle he finished 25th in prelims, but did not advance. The men's 4 x 100m freestyle relay team he was on finished 5th in finals. The United States claimed the gold in this event. Joao's last event was the men's 4 x 200m freestyle relay, which Brazil finished 14th in.
Marcelo Acosta (Swimming- El Salvador) Marcelo has his hands full this Olympics with his numerous events. In the men's 400m freestyle he finished 22nd in prelims, but did not advance. In the men's 200m freestyle Marcelo finished 43rd in prelims, but did not advance. His last event was the men's 1500m freestyle, which he finished 22nd, but did not advance to the finals.
Carlos Claverie (Swimming- Venezuela) The Venezuelan competed in the men's 100m breaststroke where he finished 30th in prelims, but did not advance for his first event. Carlos' other event was the men's 200m breaststroke, where he finished 15th, but did not advance to the finals.
Andrea Kneppers (Swimming- Netherlands) This recent U of L graduate is only competed in one event, the women's 4x200m freestyle relay, where her team finished 14th, but did not advance to the finals.
Tanja Kyllainen (Swimming- Finland) Tanja found herself in two events. The first was the women's 400m individual medley where she finished 25th in prelims, but did not advance. However, this was a new personal best and a new Finland national record! In the women's 200m individual medley the Finnish swimmer finished 25th in prelims, but did not advance.
Grigory Tarasevich (Swimming- Russia) The Russian only competed in one event, the men's 100m backstroke, where he finished 9th in semifinals. This was one spot short of advancing to the finals.
Arthur Albiero (Swimming- Brazil) Coach Albiero has been the swimming and diving coach at Louisville for many years and has found himself in this position with the host country Brazil. The Brazilian swim team fared well in the Olympics, thanks to Albiero.
U of L is proud to have each current and former athlete represent not only their university, but also their individual countries.