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Abby Wambach (pictured) scored a goal in USA's win over Canada to advance to the gold medal match (US Presswire)

Monday August 6, 2012Complete Coverage of the Gators Competing at the Olympic Games on Aug. 6

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Abby Wambach (pictured) scored a goal in USA's win over Canada to advance to the gold medal match (US Presswire)

A pair of Gators guaranteed themselves a 2012 Olympic medal thanks to Monday’s performance. The U.S. women’s soccer team moved ahead to the gold-medal match with a thrilling 4-3 double overtime win against Canada. Gator Great Abby Wambach hit a penalty kick in the 80th minute to send the match to overtime.

 

In addition to soccer, Gators also were in action in track & field at the Olympic Games.

 

Check out the PHOTO GALLERY of Gators at the Olympics on Monday – courtesy US Presswire

 

The following is a quick recap of the Gators in action on Monday.

 

Soccer

A goal in the waning seconds of the final overtime period sends the U.S. ahead to Thursday’s gold-medal match as the U.S. claimed a 4-3 double overtime win over Canada in Olympic semifinal action. The U.S. took its only lead of the match when Alex Morgan headed in the game-winning goal in injury time of the second overtime period. The U.S. tied the match three times at Old Trafford, responding to the hat-trick scored by Canada’s Christine Sinclair (22nd, 67th and 73rd minutes). Megan Rapinoe scored the U.S.’s first two goals in the 54th and 70th minutes.

 

Gator Great Abby Wambach’s penalty kick goal in the 80th minute sent the match to overtime. The penalty kick was awarded when Canada was called for a hand ball in the box off Rapinoe’s free kick.

 

Wambach has now scored five goals in 2012 Olympic action and ups her career international goals total to 143. Wambach shares second on the all-time international career list at 143 with Canada’s Sinclair. Mia Hamm owns the international goals record (158).

 

Thursday’s Olympic final will be a rematch between the two teams that squared off for the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup title – U.S. and Japan. Japan took the 2011 World Cup with a penalty kick decision. In Monday’s other semifinal, Japan defeated France 2-1. Japan and the U.S. kick off their gold medal match at 2:45 p.m. ET on Thursday, Aug. 9, at Wembley Stadium in London. The match will be televised on the NBC Sports Network.

 

Gator Greats Heather Mitts (U.S.) and Mel Booth (Canada) were not among the substitutes used in Monday’s match.

 

 

Track & Field

Moise Joseph (Haiti) finished sixth in his heat and 36th overall in 1:48.46 and did not advance to the semifinals of the men’s 800 meters.

 

Kerron Clement (U.S.A.) competed in the finals of the men’s 400-meter hurdles, finishing eighth in 49.15. Clement’s Olympic journey may not be over yet, as he is a member of the men’s 4x400-meter relay pool.

 

Check HERE for a detailed schedule of all Olympics events involving Gators!

 

 

Gator Letterwinners at the 2012 Olympic Games:

Schedule & Results for Monday, August 6, 2012

Gator

Sport

Country

Time (ET)

Event

Opponent (if applies)

Result

Moise Joseph

Track & Field

Haiti

5:50 AM

Semifinals: 800m

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6th in heat (36th overall), 1:48.46, did not advance to semifinal

Mel Booth

Soccer

Canada

2:45 PM

Team - Semifinals

U.S.A.

Canada lost 4-3; did not appear in match

Heather Mitts

Soccer

U.S.A.

2:45 PM

Team - Semifinals

Canada

U.S. 4-3; did not appear in match

Abby Wambach

Soccer

U.S.A.

2:45 PM

Team - Semifinals

Canada

U.S. won 4-3; scored PK in 80th minute

Kerron Clement

Track & Field

U.S.A.

3:45 PM

Final: 400m Hurdles

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Finished 8th in final, 49.15

 

 

Gator 2012 Olympic Games Medal Count:

(10 Medals: 3 Gold, 3 Silver, 4 Bronze)

Gator

Sport

Country

Event

Medal

Ryan Lochte

Swimming

U.S.A.

400m IM

Gold

Elizabeth Beisel

Swimming

U.S.A.

400m IM

Silver

Ryan Lochte

Swimming

U.S.A

4x100m Free Relay

Silver

Ryan Lochte

Swimming

U.S.A.

4x200m Free Relay

Gold

Conor Dwyer

Swimming

U.S.A

4x200m Free Relay

Gold

Ryan Lochte

Swimming

U.S.A.

200m Backstroke

Bronze

Ryan Lochte

Swimming

U.S.A.

200m IM

Silver

Elizabeth Beisel

Swimming

U.S.A.

200m Backstroke

Bronze

Will Claye

Track & Field

U.S.A.

Long Jump

Bronze

Lisa Raymond

Tennis

U.S.A.

Mixed Doubles

Bronze

All-Time Gator Olympic Games Medal Count (since 1968):

Total: 101 medals (47 Gold, 26 Silver, 28 Bronze)

Summer Games: 103 medals (46 Gold, 26 Silver, 28 Bronze)

Winter Games: 1 medal (1 Gold)

 

 

For all of the latest information on Gators competing at the 2012 Olympic Games, please visit www.gatorzone.com/olympics/2012 or follow on Twitter at www.twitter.com/@OlympicGators.

 

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