Stay up-to-date on all seven current and former Fighting Illini student-athletes competing at the 2008 Beijing Olympics (Aug. 8-24) right here. Click on each athlete for their schedule, results, TV times, photos, news articles, blogs and more.
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KEVIN ANDERSON // South Africa, Tennis
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Anderson turned pro following the 2007 season after three stellar seasons with the Fighting Illini. He and partner Ryan Rowe won the 2006 NCAA Doubles Title and nearly made it back-to-back crowns with a runner-up finish in 2007. Anderson was a three-time All-American for the Orange and Blue and was named the 2007 Big Ten Athlete of the Year after compiling a 32-9 singles record and a 30-8 doubles mark as a junior. He is currently ranked 109th in the ATP rankings and has been as high as 95th in June of 2008. Anderson was one of six ITF wildcard selections chosen for the Olympic field.
SUSANNA KALLUR // Sweden, Track
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Kallur lettered for the Illini women's track and field team in 2001 and 2002, taking her place in school history by earning three All-America accolades and running a leg of Illinois' 2001 world record-setting shuttle hurdle relay. She has gone on to have an outstanding professional career representing Sweden, making headlines this past February by setting the world indoor mark in the 60m hurdles with a time of 7.68 seconds. Kallur has won a number of international races, including the 100m hurdles at the 2006 European Championships and the 60m hurdles at the 2005 and 2007 European Indoor Championships. She will be making her second Olympic appearance for Sweden after finishing 11th in the 100m hurdles in Athens in 2004.
GAKOLOGELWANG MASHETO // Botswana, Track
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Masheto, a senior on the Illini men's track and field team, will compete in the 400m dash for his home country of Botswana. He is already a four-time Big Ten champion and two-time All-American in just two seasons with the Orange and Blue. Masheto qualified for the Beijing Olympics with his personal-best 400m time of 45.51 seconds at the 2007 NCAA Outdoor Championships. He set the NCAA indoor 500m record of 1:00.82 this past February. His international experience includes the 2006 African Championships, the 2006 Commonwealth Games and the 2002 Junior World Championships.
CHRIS ROBINSON // Canada, Baseball
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Robinson played catcher for the Fighting Illini from 2003-05, leaving after his junior season to become the highest-drafted position player in school history as he was taken by Detroit in the third round of the 2005 MLB Draft. He helped lead Illinois to the 2005 Big Ten Championship and was a two-time first team All-Big Ten selection, hitting .347 for his career. He currently plays for the Tennessee Smokies, the Double-A affiliate of the Chicago Cubs. The appearance in the Olympics will be Robinson's seventh stint with the Canadian National Team, as he was first named to the 30-man roster in 2001. He becomes the first former Illini baseball player to represent his country in the Olympics.
JUSTIN SPRING // United States, Gymnastics
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Spring is a 2006 Illinois graduate and is currently an Assistant Coach for the Fighting Illini men's gymnastics team. While competing for the Orange and Blue, Spring won four NCAA titles, was a 12-time All-American and won the 2006 Nissen-Emery Award as the nation's top gymnast. He has been a member of the U.S. National Team for the past four years and is a three-time U.S. champion (high bar in 2005 and 2007, parallel bars in 2008). Spring is the sixth Illinois men's gymnast to compete at the Olympic games and is the first since Dominic Minicucci in 1992.
DERON WILLIAMS // United States, Basketball
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Williams has become one of the top point guards in the NBA since turning pro following his junior season at Illinois in 2005. With the Orange and Blue, he earned consensus second-team All-America honors in 2005 while leading the Illini to a national runner-up finish, Big Ten regular season and tournament titles, and final record of 37-2. Since being chosen No. 3 overall by the Utah Jazz in the 2005 NBA Draft, Williams has excelled, averaging 18.8 points and 10.5 assists (third in the NBA) last season, earning second-team All-NBA honors. He is in his second year with the U.S. Men's Senior National Team, helping the United States win gold at the 2007 FIBA Americas Championship.
EMILY ZURRER // Canada, Soccer
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Zurrer is a senior defender for the Fighting Illini. Under the tutelage of head coach Janet Rayfield, Zurrer has become one of the premier collegiate backs in the nation, receiving All-America honors twice and earning Big Ten Co-Defensive Player of the Year as a sophomore. The Vancouver, B.C., native has 10 caps with the Canadian Women's National Team and is the first Illinois women's soccer player to participate in the Olympics.