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    Olympic Update: Zurrer Wins Bronze, Williams to Play for Gold

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    Canada-Bronze.jpgFormer Illini soccer star Emily Zurrer will return from London with a bronze medal after the Canadian women's soccer team defeated France 1-0 on Aug. 9 in the bronze medal match. Another former Illini will also return home with a medal, as Deron Williams and USA men's basketball will go for their second straight gold medal on Sunday, Aug. 12 (9 am CDT, live on NBC) in the Olympic final against Spain. 


    Illini Olympic Central | Illini Photos | London 2012 | NBC Olympics

    Deron-Argentina-8.10-crop.jpg2012 ILLINOIS OLYMPIANS 

    DERON WILLIAMS | Illinois Bio | USA Bio
    USA, Men's Basketball
    Deron Williams is averaging 9.4 points and 5.1 assists per game as Team USA has rolled to seven straight win en rout to the gold medal game on Sunday against Spain (9 am CDT - LIVE on NBC). Williams had a double-double of 13 points and 11 assists in the United States' record-setting 156-73 win over Nigeria on Aug. 2 and had 18 points in the quarterfinal win over Australia. In the semifinal win over Argentina, Williams had six points and six assists. Team USA and Williams are going for their second straight gold medal after winning gold in Beijing in 2008.

    USA Men's Basketball Schedule (Group A) | LINK
    7/29 vs. France - W, 98-71 (3 pt, 4 reb, 6 ast, 21 min)
    7/31 vs. Tunisia - W, 110-63 (9 pt, 0 reb, 4 ast, 1 blk, 1 stl, 15 min)
    8/2 vs. Nigeria - W, 156-73 (13 pt, 0 reb, 11 ast, 18 min)
    8/4 vs. Lithuania - W, 99-94 (12 pt, 1 reb, 2 ast, 2 stl, 23 min)
    8/6 vs. Argentina - W, 126-97 (5 pt, 2 reb, 5 ast, 1 stl, 15 min)
    8/8 QF vs. Australia - W, 119-86 (18 pts, 2 ast, 3 reb, 22 min)
    8/10 SF vs. Argentina - W, 109-83 (6 pts, 6 ast, 2 reb, 20 min)
    8/12 Gold Medal Game vs. Spain (9 a.m. CDT) -     

    Celebration.jpgEMILY ZURRER | Illinois Bio | Canada Bio   
    Canada, Women's Soccer
    ***BRONZE MEDAL ***
    Former Illini star Emily Zurrer (2005-08) will come home with a bronze medal after Canada defeated France 1-0 in the bronze medal game on Aug. 9 at City of Coventry Stadium. A starter on Canada's 2008 Olympic team in Beijing, Zurrer's second Olympics were cut short by a hamstring injury. Zurrer did not play in London due to a hamstring injury but still earns a medal with the team. Canada went 1-1-1 in Group F and advanced to the quarterfinals, where they defeated Great Britain 2-0 and then fell to the United States in the semifinals 4-3 in overtime in is thrilling match. Read Zurrer's Olympic blog for the Big Ten Network.  

    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 - W, 2-0 (DNP - Injured)
    8/6 Semifinal vs. USA - L, 3-4 OT (DNP - Injured)
    8/9 Bronze Medal Game vs. France - W, 1-0 (DNP - Injured)

    Holder_Semis.jpgNIKKITA HOLDER | Illinois Bio | Canada Bio   
    Canada, Women's Track & Field (100m hurdles)
    Round 1: 12.93 - 13th (advanced to semifinal) | Results
    Semifinal: 12.93 - 16th (did not advance to final) | Results 
    Canadian hurdler Nikkita Holder advanced to the semifinals of the 100m hurdles with time of 12.93 in round 1. She ran an identical time of 12.93 in the semis to finish 16th overall and miss advancing to the final.  

    ANDREW RILEY | Illinois Bio
    Jamaica, Men's Track & Field (110m hurdles)
    Round 1: 13.59 - 24th (did not advance to semis) | Results
    Recent Illini graduate Andrew Riley (2009-12) did not advance out of the first round in the 110m hurdles. The four-time NCAA champion at Illinois ran a 13.59 in round 1 to finish 24th overall, missing the semifinals by just one place and two one-hundredths of a second. Riley's PR of 13.19 at the Jamaican Trials would have advance to the finals and finished fourth, but it was not to be in 2012.

    Despite the disappointment in London, Riley had an incredible 2011-12 season. In June, he 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

    GIA LEWIS-SMALLWOOD | Illinois Bio | USA Bio   
    USA, Women's Track & Field (discus)
    Qualifying Round: 61.44m - 15th (failed to qualify for finals) | Results
    Gia Lewis-Smallwood narrowly missed advancing to the finals of the discus throw with a toss of 61.44m, finishing in 15th place during the qualifying round (top 12 advanced).

    Archibald-China-8.6-2.jpgROBERT ARCHIBALD | Illinois Bio | Great Britain Bio
    Great Britain, Men's Basketball
    Archibald helped Great Britain to its first ever Olympic win, 90-58 over China on Aug. 6, with eight points and nine rebounds. Archibald, who is retiring after 10 years of professional basketball after the Olympics, averaged 2.6 points and 4.0 rebounds during Great Britain's five games, playing solid minutes as a defensive specialist. The host country went 1-4 in group play and did not advance to the medal round.

    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 - L, 78-79 (2 pt, 6 reb, 1 ast, 19 min)
    8/4 vs. Australia - L, 75-106 (2 pt, 1 reb, 4 ast, 1 stl, 15 min) 
    8/6 vs. China - W, 90-58 (8 pt, 9 reb, 1 ast, 24 min)

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