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Monday August 18, 2008Gators in the Olympics - August 18

Beijing, China

Former Florida sprinter Kerron Clement (LaPorte, Texas), in the first Olympic Games of his career, claimed the silver medal in the menís 400-meter hurdles on Monday at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China.

 

Track & Field

Clement, who won his heat in both the first round and the semifinals, finished second overall in the 400-hurdle finals in a time of 47.98.

 

The United States finished 1-2-3 in the event, marking the first sweep in the menís 400 hurdles since the US accomplished that feat in 1960. Angelo Taylor captured the gold medal in a time of 47.25, while Bershawn Jackson won the bronze in 48.06.

 

The silver medal by Clement increases the medal count of current and former Gators to nine (2 gold, 4 silver, 3 bronze). It marks the first medal claimed by a former Gator track and field athlete in the 2008 Games.

 

Soccer

The U.S. Women's Olympic Team came back from an early deficit to defeat Japan, 4-2, in Beijing to advance to the gold medal match.

 

Former Gator All-American Heather Mitts made her fifth consecutive start of the 2008 Olympic Games on the U.S. backline and added the assist on the U.S.'s game-winning goal in the 70th minute.

 

The U.S. will face Brazil on Thursday, Aug. 21 for the gold medal. Kickoff is set for 9 a.m. ET in Beijing.

 

Baseball

Starting pitcher Jake Arrieta threw six scoreless innings and Nate Schierholtz went 2-for-3 with three RBIs as the U.S. Olympic baseball team defeated China, 9-1, on Monday evening at the Wukesong Main Field.

 

Arrieta and three relievers combined to limit China to just four hits on the evening and helped the U.S. to improve its record to 3-2 in round-robin play. The loss drops China to 1-4. Team USA continues competition on Tuesday evening with first pitch set for 7 p.m. local time (7 a.m. EDT) at the Wukesong Main Field.

 

Former Gator Matt LaPorta (Port Charlotte, Fla.) reached base three times in four plate appearances, courtesy of two walks and a hit by a pitch. He scored as a part of a three-run fifth stanza that gave the U.S. a 4-0 cushion.

2008 Gator Medal Count: 9   (2 Gold, 4 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

Kerron Clement

U.S.

Track & Field

400-meter hurdles

47.98

Silver

 

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