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Sunday August 17, 2008Gators in the Olympics - August 17

BEIJING, China

Former University of Florida sprinter Aaron Armstrong advanced in the menís 200-meter run and several former Gator athletes competed in the sports of basketball and track & field on Sunday at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China.

 

Basketball

In its final preliminary round game, the 2008 U.S. Women's Olympic Team (5-0) needed 10 minutes to warm up to another blowout, compiling a 21-0 second quarter run before cruising to a 96-60 win over New Zealand (1-4) Sunday night at Wukesong Arena in Beijing, China.

 

Former Gator DeLisha Milton-Jones played 13 minutes, connecting on both of her field goal attempts for four point, in addition to collecting three defensive rebounds and dishing a pair of assists.

 

Team USA ended the first half on a 21-2 run, during which Milton-Jones tallied the final two points during the USAís game-breaking run that helped the red, white and blue assume a commanding 50-24 halftime lead.

 

Tina Thompson (Houston Comets) topped four U.S. scorers in double digits with 15 points, followed by 13 points from Katie Smith (Detroit Shock), 12 points from Seimone Augustus (Minnesota Lynx) and 11 points from Tamika Catchings (Indiana Fever).

 

 

Track & Field

Armstrong (Trinidad and Tobago), competing for Trinidad/Tobago, won his heat in the first round of the menís 200-meter run in a time of 20.57 to advance to the eventís semifinals.

 

Former Florida sprinter Novlene Williams-Mills (St. Ann, Jamaica) came up just short in the semifinals of the womenís 400-meter run, finishing third in her heat in a time of 51.06.

 

Williams-Mills, competing for Jamaica, was participating in the second Olympics of her career, after also competing in the 2004 Athens Games.

 

2008 Gator Medal Count: 8   (2 Gold, 3 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 medley relay

3:53.30

Silver

Dara Torres

U.S.

Swimming

50-meter free

24.07

Silver

Dara Torres

U.S.

Swimming

400-meter free relay

3:34.33

Silver


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