Here’s what happened during the weekend of track and field at the Olympics that featured former Oregon Ducks athletes.
Galen Rupp finished with the silver medal in the event with a time of 27:30.90. He finishes behind Great Britain’s Mohamed Farah by just .48 seconds. Ethiopia’s Tariku Bekele received the bronze with a time of 27:31.43.
Brianne Theisen had an absolutely fantastic second day in her events, achieving personal bests in each event:
- Long Jump – 6.01 meters (sixth place in her group)
- Javelin Throw – 46.47 meters (12th place in her group)
- 800m – 2:09.27 (first place in her heat)
Theisen finished at 11th place with 6,383 points overall in the events. Despite her great accomplishments today, she started off too far behind the other competitors. Great Britain’s Jessica Ennis took home the gold with 6,955 points.
One of the Ducks made it into the final on Tuesday, and it was Matthew Centrowitz with the time of 3:34.90. It was a seasonal best, and got him in fifth place in the second heat which is good enough to qualify for the finals. Morocco’s Abdalaati Iguider finished first in the heat with 3:33.99.
Andrew Wheating came up short again in his second straight Olympics, making it to the semifinals but not being able to qualify in the first heat. He finished with a time of 3:44.88.
Women’s Pole Vault
Finally, Becky Holliday achieved the 4.55 meters that were needed to advance to the final in the qualifying rounds. Her and 11 other Olympians will be participating in the event on Monday.
Check back later tonight at Autzen Zoo for a complete schedule of former Ducks that are participating in the track and field events this week.
Editor’s Note: Keshia Baker was mistakenly placed on the schedule to participate in the women’s 400m. She will actually be participating in the women’s 4 x 400m relay beginning on Friday, August 10th.
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