Big Ten Daily Olympic Recap - August 12
Aug. 12, 2008
Over the course of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, BigTen.org will provide daily updates of current and former student-athletes as they compete.
Michael Phelps dominated the 200-meter freestyle race to earn his third gold medal of the 2008 Olympic Games and the ninth of his career. Phelps won the race setting a new world record with a time of 1:42.96, besting his own previous mark. The nine gold medals tie the record for most in an Olympic career. Peter Vanderkaay, a Michigan alum, took the bronze in the event posting a time of 1:45.14. Phelps also earned the top spot for the 200-meter butterfly final just an hour after his record-breaking swim.
Former Northwestern swimmer Matt Grevers brought home the silver medal in the 100-meter backstroke behind USA teammate Aaron Peirsol.
The USA men's basketball team defeated Angola in its second preliminary game, 97-76. Former Illinois standout Deron Williams chipped in seven points and four assists. Michael Redd, formerly of Ohio State, scored a field goal in the contest.
Three former Big Ten gymnasts in Justin Spring (Illinois), Raj Bhavsar (Ohio State) and Kevin Tan (Penn State) helped the United States earn the bronze medal in the men's gymnastics final on Tuesday.
The USA field hockey team played Japan to a 1-1 tie. Former Indiana student-athlete Kayla Bashore started the match.
Former Ohio State rower Margot Shumway is part of the United States rowing team that placed second in the quarterfinals of the women's quadruple skulls competition.
Bryan Volpenhein, formerly of Ohio State, along with Micah Boyd and Beau Hoopman, both formerly of Wisconsin, helped lead the United States rowing team to a first place finish in the men's eight quarterfinals.
Penn State alum Erin McLeod played all 90 minutes and had two shots on goal and Illinois' Emily Zurrer played 81 minutes for Canada in its loss to Sweden in women's soccer preliminary play.
Mariangee Bogado, an Indiana alum, pitched two innings in Venezuela's loss to the United States in softball preliminary play.
Former Ohio State student-athlete Kristi DeVries pitched 4.2 innings, giving up just one earned run in the Netherlands' loss to China in softball preliminary play.
Devin Mullings, a former Ohio State student-athlete representing the Bahamas, teamed with Mark Knowles in a loss to the United States in the men's tennis doubles tournament.
Illinois' Kevin Anderson of South Africa moves on in the men's tennis singles tournament with his win over Nicolas Kiefer of Germany by scores of 6-4, 6-7, 6-4.