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Donahue qualifies for butterfly finals
to lead Kentuckians on Olympics first day

Four Kentucky high school or college athletes competed in the first full day of the London Olympics Saturday. You can see a rundown of their performances below:




Claire Donahue (Photo from USA Swimming)

Former WKU swimmer Claire Donahue qualified for the women’s 100-meter butterfly finals with the fifth fastest time. Donahue finished the event in 58.06 seconds in the preliminary heat and in 57.42 seconds in the semifinal. Donahue will race in the final at 2:30 p.m. EST on Sunday.


UofL swimmer Carlos Almeida finished third in his heat in the men’s 100-meter breaststroke in 1:01.40 but did not qualify for the semifinal.




Former UofL women’s basketball player Angel McCoughtry led the U.S. team with 13 points in an 81-56 win versus Croatia in the preliminary round. McCoughtry added three rebounds and three steals.




Lexington native Lee Kiefer was eliminated in the quarterfinal of the women’s individual foil by eventual silver medalist Arianna Errigo of Italy. You can read a full recap of Kiefer’s day here.

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