Olympic Roundup - Sunday, Aug. 17, 2008
Aug. 17, 2008
Hunter and Purchase grabbed the lead around the 600m mark and remained strong down the stretch, finishing in a time of 6:10.99.
"I've been dying for this day since I started rowing," Hunter said. "The national anthem, the flag. It's a dream come true."
Track & Field
Sheena (Johnson) Tosta was fifth in heat two of the 400m hurdles in a time of 56.12 and advanced to the semifinal rounds based on time as the 15th qualifier overall.
Watley drove in the Americans' third run of the game in the second inning on an RBI single. Nuveman scored her run, the sixth of the contest, in the third. The fourth Bruin on the roster, Andrea Duran, had Sunday's game off.
After extending its win streak to 20, the Americans, who are 6-0, close out pool play against China on Monday afternoon (9 pm PT Sunday).
Tanya Harding pitched five scoreless innings to help Australia earn the third spot in the semifinals with a 4-0 win over Canada on Sunday.
Youngs, who had 17 kills, four aces, one block and two digs on Sunday, announced her partial retirement following the match, as she is done playing internationally but might still play on the AVP Tour. Youngs and Branagh finish the tournament 4-1 and in a tie for fifth place.
Youngs and Branagh led by as much as four at 12-8, but could not hold the lead against Chen and Xi. The Chinese duo went on a 7-1 run to go ahead 15-13. The U.S. team got to within one on two occasions, but could not get even. Chen and Xi netted four of the set's final five points to win it 21-17. Youngs and Branagh never led in the second set and were tied on four occasions.
Youngs was competing in her third Olympics and earned a bronze medal during the 2004 Athens Games with partner and former Bruin Holly McPeak. She also won a bronze medal with beach volleyball coach and former UCLA All-American Liz Masakayan at the 1999 World Championships. Youngs has won nearly 40 professional beach volleyball tournaments in her career.
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