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Thursday August 14, 2008Gators in the Olympics - August 14

BEIJING, China

Ryan Lochte (U.S.) added two more Olympic medals to his resume, one gold and one bronze, totaling four medals for his 2008 Games campaign and increasing UFís medal count to six. Athletes with ties to the University of Florida were in Summer Olympic swimming and baseball action Thursday, Aug. 14.

 

Swimming

Lochte rallied for his first-ever individual Olympic gold medal, complete with a new World Record in the final heat of the menís 200-meter backstroke Thursday at the Water Cube in Beijing. Lochte clocked in at a World Record time of 1:53.94, surpassing backstroke foe and U.S. teammate Aaron Peirsol, who captured silver with a 1:54.33 swim. Arkady Vyatchann of Russia (1:54.93) rounded out the top-three medalists.

 

Approximately a half hour later, Lochte took to the water once again in the final heat of the menís 200-meter IM, his last individual race of the 2008 Olympic Games and the event in which he claimed silver at the 2004 Games in Athens. Lochte registered a third-place bronze medal finish (1:56.53) behind second-place Laszlo Cseh of Hungary (1:56.52) and gold-medal winner, U.S. teammate Michael Phelps (1:54.23 WR). Lochte was barely out-touched by Cseh with only one one-hundredth-of-a-second separating the silver and bronze medal performances.

 

Gemma Spofforth (Great Britain) led the way in womenís 200-meter backstroke action, swimming a preliminary time of 2:10.58, good for a 16th-place finish and qualification for the semifinal event. Spofforth, who finished fourth in the 100-meter back event with a new British Commonwealth and European record earlier in Olympic swimming action, swam a lifetime-best time of 2:09.19 to finish ninth in the semifinal round of the 200 back, narrowly missing the eight-woman medal heat.

 

Other Gators in Thursday Olympic Swimming preliminaries:

 

Gator

Country

Event

Time

Place

Rodion Davelaar

Curacao

50-meter free

24.40

57th

Shaune Fraser

Cayman Islands

100-meter fly

54.08

51st

Gabriel Mangabeira

Brazil

100-meter fly

52.28

23rd

Adam Sioui

Canada

100-meter fly

53.38

39th

 

 

To review results from Thursdayís swimming action and Lochteís gold-medal performance from the Water Cube in Beijing, click HERE.

 

 

 

Baseball

Former Gator Matt LaPorta and the U.S. Olympic Baseball Team bounced back with a 7-0 victory over the Netherlands on Thursday afternoon at Wukesong Field 2 to even their mark at 1-1 in pool play. With the Red, White and Blue holding a 1-0 advantage in the fourth inning, LaPorta (1-for-4) blasted a three-run homer to left field for his first hit of the Games.

 

Steven Strasburg hurled seven scoreless innings and did not allow a hit until the seventh inning. The game was shortened due to rain in the Beijing area and officially ended after eight complete innings. Team USA returns to action on Friday morning versus Cuba, with first pitch scheduled for 11:30 a.m. local time (11:30 p.m. EDT) at the Wukesong Main Field.

 

2008 Gator Medal Count: 6† †(2 Gold, 1 Silver, 3 Bronze) 

Gator

Country

Sport

Event

Time

Medal

Caroline Burckle

U.S.

Swimming

800-meter free relay

7:46.33

Bronze

Ryan Lochte

U.S.

Swimming

200-meter back

1:53.94

Gold

Ryan Lochte

U.S.

Swimming

800-meter free relay

6:58.56

Gold

Ryan Lochte

U.S.

Swimming

200-meter IM

1:56.53

Bronze

Ryan Lochte

U.S.

Swimming

400-meter IM

4:08.09

Bronze

Dara Torres

U.S.

Swimming

400-meter free relay

3:34.33

Silver

 

 

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