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Illini Olympic Update - Aug. 2

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Arch-Dwill.jpgThree of the six former Fighting Illini standouts have begun competition in London. Basketball players Deron Williams (USA) and Robert Archibald (Great Britain) will each play their third game of pool play today in London, while former soccer star Emily Zurrer (Canada) had her second Olympic games cut short due to a hamstring injury. The three Illini track and field competitors will begin action soon, starting with USA discus thrower Gia Lewis-Smallwood on Friday, Aug. 3.

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2012 ILLINOIS OLYMPIANS

7944700.jpgROBERT ARCHIBALD | Illinois Bio | Great Britain Bio
Great Britain, Men's Basketball
Archibald and Great Britain have dropped their first two games in front of the home crowd, falling 95-75 to Russia  and 67-62 to Brazil. They'll face Spain on Aug. 2 at 8 p.m. LST/2 CDT in the third of five group play games. In the first two games, Archibald has seen 25 minutes of actions and has one points and four rebounds.

GB Men's Basketball Schedule (Group B) | LINK
7/29 vs. Russia - L, 75-95 (0 pt, 4 reb, 1 ast, 1 stl, 13 min)
7/31 vs. Brazil -  L, 62-67 (1 pt, 0 reb, 12 min)
8/2 vs. Spain -
8/4 vs. Australia -  
8/6 vs. China -
8/8 Quarterfinal -  
8/10 Semifinal -
8/12 Gold/Bronze Medal Games -  

Dwill-Lewis-Smallwood.JPGDERON WILLIAMS | Illinois Bio | USA Bio
USA, Men's Basketball
Deron Williams and Team USA are off to a good start in their quest to repeat as Olympic gold medalists. The United States defeated France by 27 points and Tunisia by 47 in the first two games and will face Nigeria on Aug. 2 at 10:15 p.m. LST/4:15 CDT in game three. Williams is averaging six points, two rebounds and five assists in 18 minutes per game for for Team USA thus far.

USA Men's Basketball Schedule (Group A) | LINK
7/29 vs. France - W, 98-71 (Williams - 3 pt, 4 reb, 6 ast, 21 min)
7/31 vs. Tunisia - W, 110-63 (Williams - 9 pt, 0 reb, 4 ast, 1 blk, 1 stl, 15 min)
8/2 vs. Nigeria -
8/4 vs. Lithuania -
8/6 vs. Argentina -
8/8 Quarterfinal -
8/10 Semifinal -
8/12 Gold/Bronze Medal Games -

em-love-em.jpgEMILY ZURRER | Illinois Bio | Canada Bio   
Canada, Women's Soccer
Zurrer's second Olympics were cut short by a hamstring injury. A starter on Canada's 2008 Olympic team in Beijing, Zurrer sat out Canada's first game against Japan with a minor hamstring injury and has now referred her accreditation to other player after re-injuring it in training prior to Canada's match against South Africa. Canada went 1-1-1 in Group F and advanced to the quarterfinals, where they'll face Great Britain on Friday. More on Zurrer's injury from the Cowichan News Leader.

Canada Women's Soccer Schedule (Group F) | LINK
7/25 vs. Japan - L, 1-2 (DNP - Injured)
7/28 vs. South Africa - W, 3-0 (DNP - Injured)
7/31 vs. Sweden - T, 2-2 (DNP - Injured)
8/3 Quarterfinal vs. Great Britain -
8/6 Semifinal -
8/9 Gold/Bronze Medal Games -

Former Illini athletes in London that have yet to compete:

Lewis-Smallwood-Sign-7-30 copy.jpegGIA LEWIS-SMALLWOOD | Illinois Bio | USA Bio   
USA, Women's Track & Field (discus)
Personal Best: 63.97 m/209-10 (2012)
2012 Best (world rank): 63.97 m/209-10 (15th)
Gia Lewis-Smallwood (1998-2001) will be competing in her first Olympic Games for the United States in the discus throw. Lewis-Smallwood represented Team USA at the 2011 World Championships in Daegu, South Korea, her first international experience after 11 years competing on the national level. A native of Champaign, Ill., Lewis-Smallwood was a All-American in the discus for the Fighting Illini in 2001, placing fifth at the NCAA Championships.

Olympic Discus Schedule | LINK
Aug. 3, 7:10 pm BST/1:10 CDT: Qualifying
Aug. 4, 7:30 pm BST/1:30 CDT: Final

NIKKITA HOLDER | Illinois Bio | Canada Bio   
Canada, Women's Track & Field (100m hurdles)
Personal Best: 12.80 (2012)
2012 Best (world rank): 12.80 (29th)
Canadian hurdler Nikkita Holder (2007-2009) will be making her first Olympic appearance this year. Holder finished third at the Canadian Trials with a career-best time of 12.80 to advance to London. Holder represented Canada in the 100m hurdles at the 2011 World Championships in Daegu, South Korea. At Illinois, Holder competed in the 100m hurdles, 100m and 60m hurdles, placing a career-best fourth in the 100m hurdles at the 2007 Big Ten Championships.

Olympic 100m Hurdles Schedule | LINK
Aug. 6, 10:05 am BST/4:05 CDT: Round 1
Aug. 7, 7:15 pm BST/1:15 CDT: Semifinals
Aug. 7, 9 pm BST/3 CDT: Final

ANDREW RILEY | Illinois Bio  
Jamaica, Men's Track & Field (110m hurdles)
Personal Best: 13.19 (2012)
2012 Best (world rank): 13.19 (14th)
Recent Illini graduate Andrew Riley (2009-12) will cap off an incredible 2012 season by representing his home country of Jamaica at the Olympics. Riley finished second in a loaded field at the Jamaican Trials with a career best time of 13.19 to earn his trip to London. In June, Riley became the first male NCAA athlete ever to win both the 100m dash and 110m hurdles NCAA titles in the same year. He finished his Illinois career as a four-time NCAA champion, 12-time All-American and 12-time Big Ten Champion.

Olympic 110m Hurdles Schedule | LINK
Aug. 7, 10:10 am BST/4:10 CDT: Round 1
Aug. 8, 7:15 pm BST/1:15 CDT: Semifinals
Aug. 8, 9:15 pm BST/3:15 CDT: Final

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