Sandi Morris Continues Team USA’s Strong Pole Vault Tradition, Wins Silver

RIO DE JANEIRO – In her Olympic debut, Sandi Morris won a silver medal in women’s pole vault at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

“I told myself that if I could get any medal today, I would be extremely happy,” Morris said. “I am so happy and blessed as it is so hard to make it to this position. To come away with a silver medal is absolutely phenomenal.”

Morris impressed throughout the event and nearly took home the gold medal. In the last jump at 4.90 meters, Morris nearly cleared the bar. However, a small misstep in her technique caused the bar to fall.

She tied with Greece’s Ekaterini Stefanidi at 4.85 meters. When Morris and Stefanidi each missed three attempts at 4.90 meters, Stefanidi was awarded the gold medal based on fewer misses throughout the competition.

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Quest For Six Continues: U.S. Women’s Basketball Team Headed To Gold-Medal Game

RIO DE JANEIRO— The U.S. women’s basketball team is approaching uncharted waters in pursuit of its sixth consecutive gold medal at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

The team moved one step closer on Thursday night by defeating France, 86-67, to advance to the gold-medal match. It was the U.S. women’s 48th consecutive win at the Olympics.

“It has been tough and it hasn’t been an easy road,” Angel McCoughtry said. “It is going to mean a lot as we are ready for the gold-medal game. We got to be serious and really get this (the gold medal).”

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Tori Bowie Pulls Off Successful Double, Takes Bronze In 200-Meter

RIO DE JANEIRO — Tori Bowie raced into the history books by winning a bronze medal at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and accomplished a dream years in the making.

“My goal was to finish the best that I could,” Bowie said. “I am leaving with another medal and I now have two.”

Her time was 22.15 seconds. The bronze medal is Bowie’s second at the Rio Olympics. She won a silver medal after running the women’s 100-meter in 10.83 seconds.

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2008 Olympic Champion LaShawn Merritt Returns To 400-Meter Podium, Earns Bronze

RIO DE JANEIRO — LaShawn Merritt won a bronze medal in the men’s 400-meter at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and set a season-best time in the process.

“It was a great race and I knew it was going to be a fast one,” Merritt said. “I didn’t think it was going to be 43 seconds fast, but we got our medals.”

Merritt ran 43.85 seconds and was in contention throughout the race. He had a strong start but couldn’t maintain the record-setting pace of South Africa’s Wayde van Niekerk.

The South African’s time of 43.03 seconds broke the world record of 43.18 that was set by Michael Johnson in 1999.

“He has been running well and it just came down to who wanted it today,” Merritt said of van Niekerk. “He was the one today.”

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Brady Ellison Secures Team USA’s First Individual Archery Medal In 16 Years

RIO DE JANEIRO — After U.S. archer Brady Ellison shot his final arrow Friday at the Sambodromo, he screamed and hugged his coach, Kisik Lee. By securing his first individual medal, a bronze, at the Rio 2016 Olympics, he had accomplished a dream 20 years in the making.

“I’ve medaled at everything now,” said Ellison, who also has won Olympic team medals, world championship and Pan American Games individual medals, and World Cup Final titles. “I have an individual Olympic medal — and we haven’t had one in a long time.”

Ellison is the first U.S. archer to win an individual medal since Vic Wunderle won silver at the Sydney 2000 Games. Ellison also won team silver earlier this week and at the London 2012 Games.

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Judoka Travis Stevens Wins Team USA’s First-Ever Olympic Medal In His Weight Class

RIO DE JANEIRO — U.S. men’s judoka Travis Stevens won a historic silver medal Tuesday at Carioca Arena 2 at Barra Olympic Park, one year after not knowing if he would ever compete again.

“It’s hard not to break down in tears after everything that I have been through in life,” Stevens said. “To be able to put it to the grindstone and have my team behind me to this point means more than the world to me.”

Despite losing to Russian gold medalist Khasan Khalmurzaevby ippon (100-point takedown) in Tuesday’s gold-medal match, Stevens’ Olympic result was something to celebrate. He became the first U.S. men’s judo silver medalist in the 81 kg. division after nearly losing his leg last year at the world championships.

“None of the doctors could figure it out,” he said. “We made weight and we fought and came back to the States to find out that if I had made it back a day later, they would’ve have to cut my leg off.”

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U.S. Men’s Archery Team Honored To Win Second Straight Olympic Silver

RIO DE JANEIRO— After getting back to the Olympic finals Saturday, the U.S. men’s archery team was dealt the same result as in 2012 — a silver medal. However, this time, they were happy.

“It is a totally different experience and feeling of satisfaction for sure,” said Jake Kaminski, one of two returning team members who also won silver at the 2012 Games in London. “It went as well as we possibly could have made it. This was our best match of the day and I wouldn’t change our performance.”

The South Koreans shot six straight bull’s-eyes to open the gold-medal match at the Sambodromo. Led by Woojin Kim, South Korea finished with 15 of its 18 shots registering a 10 on the official scorecard.

“It was a be-perfect type of night,” said Team USA’s Brady Ellison, who also competed in London. “We were darn good, and they were perfect.”

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U.S. Men’s Archery Team Hungry For Olympic Gold After A Near Miss 4 Years Ago

RIO DE JANEIRO — Jake Kaminski still thinks about the gold medal that got away at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Kaminski was a part of the U.S. Olympic Men’s Archery Team that secured a surprising semifinal win against then-defending champion South Korea. The win was overshadowed by a close defeat against Italy after the last arrow missed the scoring target by three-eighths of an inch.

“I don’t think I am still over it yet,” said Kaminski, 27. “…Medaling at all is totally unexpected and is so important to the impact on my life. At this point, I am still wishing it was gold, but I’m not stressing about it.”

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