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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. 

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    Deron-Lithuania-8.4-2.jpgFormer Fighting Illini continue to compete in London as USA basketball star Deron Williams and Team USA are well on their way to their second straight gold medal after a perfect 5-0 mark in group play. The medal round begins on Wednesday. Hurdler Nikkita Holder (Canada) has advanced out of the first round of the 100m hurdles with the semifinals and final coming on Tuesday. Meanwhile, recent alum Andrew Riley (Jamaica) will begin his Olympic quest on Tuesday with round 1 of the 110m hurdles.

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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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