An Update Halfway Through The Olympics; Worrell Takes a Gold
The Olympics last for a full 16 days, plus a couple preliminary events before the opening ceremonies, and former Louisville Cardinals have already been busy after eight days.
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 article are marked with "***". Here is how the U of L Olympians have fared:
***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.
***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. They begin single elimination tournament play on August 16 at 1:30 p.m., where they will face Japan.
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.
Wesley Korir (Track & Field- Kenya) Wesley has one event, the men’s marathon, which will be held on August 21.
***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.
Matt Hughes (Track & Field- Canada) A legend in the NCAA steeplechase when he was a Cardinal, Matt should pose a threat in his only event, the men's 3000m steeplechase, which will be held on August 15.
***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 finshed 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.
Chinwe Okoro (Track & Field- Nigeria) Chinwe will compete in the women’s discus throw on August 15.
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 has fared well so far in the Olympics.
•Kelsi Worrell joined Angel McCoughtry as the only U of L athletes to win a gold medal. Kelsi's came from the Rio Olympics while Angel's gold medal came from the 2012 London Olympics with the USA women's basketball team. They are favored to win the gold in the Rio Olympics.
•The United States reached their 1000th gold medal in the Summer Olympics win the women's 4x100m medley relay claimed the gold. No other country has accomplished this feat.
•Michael Phelps retired after his men's 4x100m medley relay team won the gold and set an Olympic record in the process. This was gold medal 1001 for the USA and Phelps' 28th medal. He finished with 23 gold, 3 silver, and 2 bronze during his Olympic tenure. If Phelps was a country he would be 49th on the all-time medals list.
The United States currently leads with 60 medals (24 gold, 18 silver, 18 bronze). China is in second with 41 medals (13-11-17) and Great Britain is in third with 30 medals (10-13-7). Rounding out the top five include Japan with 24 medals (7-3-14) and Russia with 23 medals (6-9-8).
There are still many more U of L athletes that are competing in the Olympics. Stay tuned to River City Cards for updates.
*All times listed are Eastern Standard Time (EST).