Aug. 2, 2012
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STANFORD, Calif. - Another medal, this time Gold, ended up in the Stanford fold Thursday as rower Elle Logan '11 captured her second straight Olympic Gold Medal with the U.S. eight to highlight the ninth day of competition in London.
Along with Logan's feat, Stanford's men's water polo foursome helped the U.S. to a third consecutive win in pool play, and at Wimbledon the Bryan Brothers, Bob and Mike '98, advanced to the medal round of the men's doubles draw.
In Women's Rowing action...
Elle Logan '11 captured her second straight Olympic Gold Medal as the U.S. women's eight successfully defended its 2008 Olympic title Thursday morning, posting a Gold Medal-winning time of 6:10.59.
Logan is one of six rowers who was also part of the winning boat in Beijing.
The U.S. went wire-to-wire for the win, easily checking the challenges of Canada's boat throughout the 2,00-meter course. At the end, the U.S. time was 1.47 seconds ahead of the Canadians, who took silver, and 2.53 seconds faster than the bronze medal-winning boat from The Netherlands.
"The US rowed an amazing race," said Stanford women's rowing head coach Yasmin Farooq, who is in London serving as NBC's rowing analyst. "As a U.S. Olympian and past member of the US women's eight, I was psyched to see Elle and her teammates launch that boat out of the blocks and into the lead. As Elle's Stanford coach, I felt immense happiness and pride when they powered by us in the grandstand in the final 10 strokes to capture the gold medal. They were a team on a mission."
"When Elle raced and won gold at the Beijing Olympics, she was only 20 years old, the youngest person in the boat," Farooq added. "Now she is a voice of reason and experience on the squad, and the perfect person to row in the six seat and translate the stroke's rhythm to the rest of the crew. I saw her for a few minutes after the race. She told me she found yet a new level of `how hard you can pull,' which will no doubt be inspiring to the team back at The Farm. She also let me hold her medal. That's the largest, heaviest Olympic medal I have ever held. She is going to enjoy wearing it!"
In Men's Swimming action...
The Dunford Brothers, David and Jason, concluded their second Olympic experiences Thursday.
David, racing in the fifth heat of the 50-meter freestyle competition, finished third with a time of 22.72. The time, though, was not enough to make the top 16 and the semifinals.
Jason finished fourth in the fifth heat of the 100-meter butterfly with a time of 52.23, fast enough to advance to the semifinals.
There, Jason swam a 52.16 in the second semifinal, but it was not enough to make the top eight to advance to the final.
In Tennis action...
Despite being challenged for a third straight match, Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan are moving on in Olympic competition at the All-England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club in Wimbledon.
Seeded No. 1 in the 32-team draw, the Bryan Brothers defeated Israel's unseeded duo of Jonathan Erlich and Andy Ram 7-6 (4), 7-6 (10) on Thursday afternoon to earn a berth in the semifinals.
Of the seven sets combined over the Bryan Brothers' first three matches, six have been decided by tiebreaker.
The Bryan Brothers will next face France's unseeded tandem of Julien Benneteau and Richard Gasquet. The other semifinal pits Spain's unseeded team of David Ferrer and Marc Lopez against France's No. 2-seeded duo of Michael Llodra and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.
The Bryan Brothers have captured 78 career doubles titles, representing an all-time men's team record. The duo has competed in two Olympic competitions, earning a bronze medal finish at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing and reaching the quarterfinals at the 2004 Olympics in Athens.
Meanwhile in mixed doubles, Bob Bryan and partner Liezel Huber were outlasted by Germany's Sabine Lisicki and Christopher Kas 7-6 (5), 6-7 (5), 10-5.
In Men's Water Polo action...
The U.S. improved to 3-0 with a 13-7 victory over host Great Britain Thursday.
Tony Azevedo scored four times, including the first three goals for the U.S. as it jumped to a 7-0 lead within the opening 10 minutes. The U.S. took an 8-3 lead into halftime, and Azevedo and Peter Varellas accounted for third-period goals as the Americans cruised to their third straight win.
Layne Beaubien and Peter Hudnut each saw action for the third time this tournament, helping aid the U.S. defensive effort.
Atop Group B with six points, the U.S. takes on Serbia Saturday at 11:40 a.m. PT (7:40 p.m. local time) in its penultimate pool-play game.