The Olympics, which last for a full 16 days, plus a couple preliminary events before the opening ceremonies, are now three-quarters of the way over. Many, twelve to be exact, former and current U of L athletes found themselves involved in the Rio Olympics.
Some Olympians had completed their portion before the posting of the previous update and a few more have finished since then. Changes from the last update are marked with "***". Here is how the U of L Olympians have fared:
***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. His 2016 Olympic run has concluded.
***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. Her 2016 Olympic run has concluded.
***Angel McCoughtry (Women’s Basketball- United States) Angel has seen playing time and has played a valuable role in all of the USA's games so far. The women's basketball team has 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, and face France on August 18th at 6:00 p.m., in the semifinals. France defeated Canada in the quarterfinals 68-63.
Wesley Korir (Track & Field- Kenya) Wesley has one event, the men’s marathon, which will be held on August 21.
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. Her 2016 Olympic run has concluded.
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. Her 2016 Olympic run has concluded.
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. His 2016 Olympic run has concluded.
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. His 2016 Olympic run has concluded.
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. His 2016 Olympic run has concluded.
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. Her 2016 Olympic run has concluded.
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. Her 2016 Olympic run has concluded.
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. His 2016 Olympic run has concluded.
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.
The United States currently leads with 93 medals (30 gold, 32 silver, 31 bronze). China is in second with 54 medals (19-15-20) and Great Britain is in third with 50 medals (19-19-12). Rounding out the top five include Russia with 41 medals (12-14-15) and Germany with 28 medals (11-8-9).
The U of L athletes are not done just yet in Rio, so stay tuned!
*All times listed are Eastern Standard Time (EST).