Arizona Wildcats and Tucson athletes in the London Olympics: How they finishedby Christopher C. Wuensch on Aug. 12, 2012, under Sports
Twenty athletes with ties to Tucson or the University of Arizona competed in the 2012 XXX London Olympic Games. Between them, they brought home nine medals – including five gold.
ANDRE IGUODALA – BASKETBALL – GOLD
Won the first Wildcat to win a gold medal in basketball for Team USA in the Lute/post-Lute Olson modern era. Iguodala scored 32 points in eight games.
BRIGETTA BARRETT – HIGH JUMP – SILVER
The enigmatic rising UA senior waited until the Games’ penultimate day before receiving its second-highest honor. Her leap of 6 foot, 8 inches was the best jump ever for a college athlete at the Olympics.
ALYSSA ANDERSON – SWIM: FREESTYLE RELAY - GOLD
Anderson earned her gold as a member of the qualifying team in the 4X200-meter freestyle relay.
NICK THOMAN – SWIM: BACKSTROKE - GOLD & SILVER
Thoman claimed silver, split seconds behind Tucson Ford Aquatics teammate Matt Grevers in the 100-meter backstroke. He took gold as a qualifying member of the men’s 4X100-meter medley relay.
MATT GREVERS (TUCSON FORD DEALERS AQUATIC) – SWIM: BACKSTROKE - GOLD (2) & SILVER
The Northwestern alum and Tucson resident followed up an individual gold medal in the 100-meter backstroke by winning gold as a member of the 4X100-meter freestyle relay and silver in the 4X100 freestyle relay.
CAITLIN LEVERENZ (SAHUARO HIGH SCHOOL) – SWIM: IM - BRONZE
The Tucson native and California Golden Bear won the first medal of her career in the 200-meter individual medley.
GEORGANNE MOLINE - 400-Meter Hurdles – 5th
Ran a personal best 53.92 seconds in the 400-meter hurdles; but it wasn’t enough to land her on the medal stand. Moline finished 5th overall.
JULIE LABONTÉ (CANADA) - SHOT PUT – 23rd Q
Her tosses of 17.48 and 17.32 weren’t enough to qualify her for the finals.
JILLIAN CAMARENA-WILLIAMS – SHOT PUT – 16th
Her best put of 18.22 wasn’t good enough to land her inside the top 15.
ROLAND SCHOEMAN (SOUTH AFRICA) - SWIM: FREESTYLE - 5th & 6th
Schoeman finished the 50-meter freestyle in 21.80, good for 6th place. His South African team finished 5th in the 4X100 freestyle relay.
DARIAN TOWNSEND (SOUTH AFRICA) - SWIM: FREESTYLE RELAYS - 5th
Failed to advance past the preliminary rounds in the 200-meter medley; finished 5th as member of South Africa’s 4X100 freestyle relay and 7th in the 4X200-meter freestyle relay.
JEAN BASSON (SOUTH AFRICA) - SWIM: FREESTYLE RELAYS - 7th
Finished 7th in the 4X200-meter freestyle relay along with South African and Wildcat teammate Darian Townsend.
CLARK BURKLE – SWIM: BREASTSTROKE - 6th
Burckle finished 6th overall in the 200-meter breaststroke.
SIMON BURNETT (GREAT BRITAIN) - SWIM: FREESTYLE RELAYS - DNQ
Burnett and Great Britain failed to advance passed qualifying in the 4X100-meter freestyle relay. After the race, Burnett retired from international competition.
ABDI ABDIRAHMAN – MARATHON – DNF
Was forced to exit the Marathon at the 46:08 mark with a knee injury. He was 1:10 minutes off the lead at the time.
TODD WELLS - CROSS COUNTRY CYCLING – 10th
Wells’ time of 1:31.28 left him in 10th place, 2:21 behind gold medalist Jaroslav Kulhavy of the Czech Republic.
ANA MONTOYA (COLOMBIA) - SOCCER – FIRST ROUND
Montoya and Team Colombia went 0-3 with losses to France, North Korea the United States.
NICOLAS OLIVEIRA (BRAZIL) – SWIM: FREESTYLE – DNQ
Failed to reach the semifinals in the 100-meter freestyle.
ALBERT SUBIRATS ALTES (VENEZUELA) - SWIM: BUTTERFLY – DNQ
Failed to reach the semifinals in the 100-meter butterfly.
NIMROD SHAPIRA BAR-OR (ISRAEL) - SWIM: FREESTYLE – DNQ
Failed to reach the semifinals in the 200-meter freestyle.