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Michigan athletes at the Olympics: Tuesday

Michigan athletes at the Olympics: Tuesday

Detroit Free Press Staff

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Local athletes competing with the Detroit times of their events and TV times (but there’s no guarantee athletes will be shown):


Betsey Armstrong, 29, Ann Arbor and U-M, water polo: Goalie stopped 10 of 19 shots as U.S. (4-0-1) beat Australia (4-1) in the quarterfinals, 11-9, in overtime. U.S. will play Spain (4-0-1) for gold Thursday; teams tied, 9-9, in group play.

Justin Lester, 28, NMU (USOEC), wrestling: After a first-round bye, won opening 145.5-pound Greco-Roman match over Japan’s Tsutomu Fujimura (3-0, 3-1, points), then lost in quarterfinals to Hungary’s Tamas Lorincz, the eventual silver medalist (0-2, 1-0, 2-0, points). Eliminated in repechage by Germany’s Frank Staebler (5-0, 5-0, points). “That last match was the worst I ever wrestled,” Lester said.

Jamie Nieto, 35, EMU, track: Finished sixth in the high jump finals (7.64 feet). Three jumpers ahead of him cleared same height and shared bronze medal. Nieto, though, had more misses.

Krista Phillips, 24, U-M, basketball: Center for Canada (2-4) scored two points (on 1-for-6 shooting), grabbed six rebounds, doled out five assists and committed only one foul in 22:37 in a 91-48 quarterfinal loss to the U.S. (6-0).

Jeff Porter, 26, U-M and Canton, track:Finished third in fourth of six 110-meter hurdle heats (13.53), advancing to today’s semifinals with the 20th-fastest overall time. Top three in each heat and next seven fastest times advanced.

Tiffany Porter, 24, U-M and Canton, track:Competing for Great Britain, finished fourth in her 100 hurdle semifinal (12.79), missing a final berth by .08. Top two in each of three heats advanced, and the next two fastest times. She had the ninth-fastest overall time.

Jordyn Wieber, 17, DeWitt, gymnastics: Finished seventh of eight competitors in floor exercise final (14.500), .400 from a medal.

Nick Willis, 29, U-M and Ann Arbor, track: Competing for New Zealand, finished ninth in 1,500-meter final (3:36.94), missing a medal by 1.61. Won silver medal in this event at 2008 Beijing Games.


Geena Gall, 25, U-M and Grand Blanc, track: 800 meters, first round, 6:35 a.m.. TV: .10:45 a.m., 1:15 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 12:05 a.m., NBC.

Jeff Porter, 26, U-M and Canton, track: 110 hurdles semifinals, 2:15 p.m.; finals, 4:15 p.m. TV: 4:30 p.m., 8 p.m., NBC.

Claressa Shields, 17, Flint, boxing: Middleweight semifinal vs. Marina Volnova of Kazakhstan, 9:30 a.m. Loser receives a bronze medal. TV: 1 p.m., NBCSN.

Nicole Sifuentes, 26, U-M, track: Competing for Canada, 1,500 semifinals, 2:45 p.m. TV: 4:30 p.m., 8 p.m., 12:05 a.m., NBC.

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