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Will Claye, Christian Taylor, Abby Wambach and Heather Mitts each won medals (US Presswire)

Thursday August 9, 2012Gator Letterwinners Capture Five Olympic Medals on Aug. 9

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Will Claye, Christian Taylor, Abby Wambach and Heather Mitts each won medals (US Presswire)

Gator letterwinners won five medals on Thursday, tying for the most successful day ever by Gator letterwinners at the Olympic Games. On Thursday, Christian Taylor (USA Triple Jump Gold), Abby Wambach (USA Womenís Soccer Gold), Heather Mitts (USA Womenís Soccer Gold), Will Claye (USA Triple Jump Silver) and Mel Booth (Canada Womenís Soccer Bronze) each won medals on August 9.

 

On July 31, 1984, and on August 3, 1984, Gators also combined to win five Olympic medals, all coming in the sport of swimming at the Games held in Los Angeles.

 

On July 31, 1984, Mark Stockwell, Theresa Andrews, Mary Wayte, Frederic Delcourt and Dara Torres each won Olympic medals.

 

On Aug. 3, 1984, Tracy Caulkins won two gold medals, while Mark Stockwell, Theresa Andrews and Rafael Vidal each won medals in the pool.

 

 

Check out the PHOTO GALLERY from todayís Olympic Gators Ė courtesy of US Presswire

 

 

Soccer

The U.S. Womenís National Team, which includes Gator Greats Abby Wambach and Heather Mitts, captured the 2012 London Olympics gold medal with a 2-1 victory against Japan in front of a crowd of 80,203 at the famed Wembley Stadium in London.

 

Both U.S. goals Thursday came from Carli Lloyd. She scored in the eighth minute to give the U.S. the early lead. She added her second goal in the 54th minute. Japanís Yuki Ogimi tallied a goal in the 63rd minute to provide the final scoring for the match.

 

The USA won its fourth gold medal in the five Olympic competitions featuring womenís soccer. The U.S. has also taken the overall soccer gold medal lead for combined womenís and menís Olympic Games. Great Britainís and Hungaryís menís soccer teams have both earned three gold medals.

 

A Gator has been on three of the U.S.ís four Olympic gold medal soccer teams. This is the third gold for Mitts, who also was part of the 2004 and 2008 Olympic teams. Wambach received her second gold as she was part of the 2004 team. She missed the 2008 Olympics after suffering a broken leg in the final friendly prior to the team departing for the Games.

 

The attendance at Wembley was an Olympic record crowd for womenís soccer and the largest crowd the U.S. WNT has played in front of outside of the USA.

 

A third Gator Great, Melanie Booth, picked up a bronze medal Thursday. Booth and the rest of Team Canada claimed a 1-0 win over France to take the bronze. Diana Matheson scored the decisive goal in injury time to give Canada its first-ever Olympic medal for womenís soccer team, as well as the first overall in soccer for Canada since the menís team won the gold medal in 1904.

 

 

Track & Field

Starting off the action for the Gators was Tony McQuay (U.S.A.), running the third leg of the U.S. menís 4x400-meter relay. The U.S. finished second in their heat and second overall in a seasonís best 2:58.87, tying for the leading time in the world. McQuay ran the fastest split of the preliminary round in 43.65. The finals of the event are on Friday at 4:20 p.m. ET.

 

Christian Taylor (U.S.A.) and Will Claye (U.S.A.) had a phenomenal afternoon, capturing the gold and silver medals, respectively, for Team USA in the menís triple jump. Taylor leapt a seasonís best 17.81m/58-5.25 to take home his first Olympic medal and the first Olympic gold for Team USA since Kenny Harrison in 1996. Claye jumped 17.62m/57-9.75 to win his second medal of the London Games, earning a silver in the menís triple jump and a bronze in the menís long jump. This is the first time since 1992 (gold: Mike Conley, silver: Charles Simpkins) that Team USA has finished 1-2 in the menís triple jump.

 

 

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

 

 

Gator Letterwinners at the 2012 Olympic Games:

Schedule & Results for Thursday, August 9, 2012

Gator

Sport

Country

Time (ET)

Event

Opponent (if applies)

Result

Tony McQuay

Track & Field

U.S.A.

6:35 AM

Round 1: 4x400m Relay

--

2nd in heat (2nd overall), 2:58.87 (43.65 split), advances to final

Mel Booth

Soccer

Canada

8:00 AM

Bronze Medal Game

France

Canada WON, 1-0 BRONZE MEDAL! (Booth did not enter game)

Will Claye

Track & Field

U.S.A.

2:20 PM

Final: Triple Jump

--

WON SILVER MEDAL, 17.62m/57-9.75

 

Christian Taylor

Track & Field

U.S.A.

2:20 PM

Final: Triple Jump

--

WON GOLD MEDAL, 17.81m/58-5.25

Heather Mitts

Soccer

U.S.A.

2:45 PM

Gold Medal Game

Japan

WON GOLD MEDAL, 2-1 (did not enter game)

Abby Wambach

Soccer

U.S.A.

2:45 PM

Gold Medal Game

Japan

WON GOLD MEDAL, 2-1 (started and played all 90 minutes, with 3 shots)

 

 

Gator 2012 Olympic Games Medal Count:

(15 Medals: 6 Gold, 4 Silver, 5 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

Mel Booth

Soccer

Canada

Soccer

Bronze

Christian Taylor

Track & Field

U.S.A.

Triple Jump

Gold

Will Claye

Track & Field

U.S.A.

Triple Jump

Silver

Heather Mitts

Soccer

U.S.A.

Final vs. Japan

Gold

Abby Wambach

Soccer

U.S.A.

Final vs. Japan

Gold

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

Total: 106 medals (50 Gold, 27 Silver, 29 Bronze)

Summer Games: 105 medals (49 Gold, 27 Silver, 29 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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