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Olympics roundup: Donahue helps relay qualify for finals with strong butterfly


Claire Donahue. (Photo from Team USA)

Staff report

 

Friday, the seventh full day of the London Olympics, was the busiest day yet for former Kentucky high school and college athletes. You can see a rundown of the performances from the five Kentucky athletes who competed Friday below:

 

Track and Field

 

Former UK runner Jenna Martin qualified 14th for the women’s 400-meter dash for Canada. Her time of 51.98 was third fastest in her qualifying heat. The semifinals, where Martin will race out of lane nine in heat one, are scheduled for 3:05 p.m. EST on Saturday.

 

WKU alum Raigo Toompuu, who was competing for Estonia, finished 15th in his group in the men’s shot put with a score of 18.91. He did not qualify for the final. The shot put is Toompuu’s only event at the London games.

 

Cycling

 

Louisville native Dotsie Bausch and her U. S. teammates qualified second for the first round of the women’s team pursuit with a time of 3:19.406. The first round of the event is scheduled for Saturday at 11:11 a.m. EST, and the finals are scheduled for 12:42 p.m. EST on the same day.

 

Basketball

 

Former UofL basketball player Angel McCoughtry scored eight points in the U. S. women’s 88-61 win versus the Czech Republic. McCoughtry grabbed 11 rebounds and tallied two assists. The women return to action against China at 11:45 a.m. EST on Sunday.

 

Swimming

 

Former WKU swimmer Claire Donahue swam the butterfly leg of the U. S. women’s 4×100-meter medley relay that qualified fourth for the finals with a time of 3:58.35. Donahue, who is not expected to swim in the final, finished her leg in 58.05 seconds.

 

UofL swimmer Eszter Povazsay was not one of the four swimmers chosen to race in the qualifying heat of the women’s 4×100-meter relay for Hungary. The group that did swim was disqualified.


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