Swimmers collected a few more medals, track and field is underway, and sailing, water polo, basketball and volleyball continue. Read on for the latest news.
Katie Ledecky, who received her Stanford diploma while competing at the Olympic Trials in June, earned her second gold medal of the Tokyo Olympics, winning the 800 free in 8:12.57 on Saturday at the Tokyo Aquatics Center.
Ledecky, who set a world record in the event (8:04.79) at the 2016 Rio Olympics, earned her seventh Olympic gold medal.
As in her qualifying race, Ledecky led from start to finish, consistently swimming split times between 30.22 and 31.31.
Stanford grad Andrei Minakov, competing for the Russian Olympic Committee, placed fourth in the final of the men’s 100 fly in a time of 50.88, .14 seconds away from a bronze medal.
American Caeleb Dressel set a world record in winning the gold medal in 49.45 and Hungary’s Krtistof Milak set a European record 49.68 in winning silver.
Olympic gold medalist and Stanford alum Simone Manuel placed sixth in her semifinal heat of the women’s 50 free, swimming 24.63.
Stanford’s Taylor Ruck, who helped Canada’s 4x100 free relay team qualify for the finals late Friday, placed sixth in the finals of the 200 back, recording a time of 2:08.24. Australia’s Kaylee McKeown won gold with a time of 2:04.68.
Stanford grad Alberto Mestre, competing for Venezuela, finished seventh in his semifinal heat of the men’s 50 free in 22.22.
Incoming Stanford freshmen Regan Smith and Torri Huske competed on the mixed 4x100 medley relay that finished fifth in the final. It was the first time the event was part of the Olympics.
Stanford grad Andi Murez competed om Israel’s relay which finished eighth.
Track and field
Former Stanford All-American Valarie Allman recorded the top qualifying mark of the women’s discus throw on Saturday at the Olympic Stadium and will advance to the final.
Allman and India’s Kamalpreet Kaur were the only athletes in either preliminary group to reach the automatic qualifying mark of 64.00 meters. Kaur hit the mark on the nose and Allman went 66.42 (217-11).
Third-place finisher Daisy Osakue set an Italian national record at 63.66. The top 12 compete in the finals.
Allman was a six-time All-American while at Stanford and a two-time Pac-12 discus champion. She placed sixth at the 2016 Olympic trials with a throw of 193-8. The next year she was third at the U.S. Championships and advanced to the World Championships.
Stanford senior Luke Muller finished 11th in his seventh race of the Finn opening series on Saturday and then came back to place 10th in his eighth race.
Muller, who has two races remaining in the opening series, recorded a fourth-place finish on Friday.
Saturday’s second race saw several sailors jammed near the lead. At one point, three sailors were tied for the lead, with Muller three seconds behind.
Muller ranks 11th overall entering the final day of the opening series.
With one of its top players out with an injury, the U.S. women’s national team fell to the Russian Olympic Committee 25-20, 25-12, 25-19 on Saturday.
Stanford grad Foluke Akinradewo recorded a block and kill while playing in just the first set.
Jordan Thompson, who has excelled in Tokyo, left the match in the second set with an ankle injury.
“We’re hoping to get her back,” said U.S. coach Karch Kiraly. “The word I got during the match is that it’s not a major ankle sprain; somewhere between mild and medium. We will learn more once they take an X-ray and an MRI. I was told we can be somewhat hopeful that she might be back.”
The U.S. (3-1) meets Italy on Monday in the final match of the preliminary round.
Stanford grads Ben Hallock and Alex Bowen each scored two goals in the United States 11-8 loss to Hungary in group play on Saturday.
Stanford product KZ Okpala started but was limited to 3:40 of playing time as Nigeria fell to Italy 80-71 on Saturday. He scored two points.