Michigan Olympic Updates: Wednesday, Aug. 1
Tyler Clary

Aug. 1, 2012

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Team Canada cut a seven-point deficit to two with nine seconds remaining, but its rally fell short as France escaped with a 64-60 victory at London Basketball Arena. Krista Phillips played 17 minutes and scored four points on 2-for-7 shooting while grabbing a game-high seven rebounds. Canada was down by seven with 17 seconds remaining but scored five points while only one second ticked off the clock before France iced the game with a pair of free throws with eight seconds to go. Canada is now 1-2 in Group B pool play with two games remaining.

Krista Phillips
Canada vs. France
(Prelim Group B)
L, 60-64
(4 pts, 7 rebs)


Tom Peszek and his partner, Silas Stafford, looked to secure their bid into the medal round of the men's pair event but finished nearly four seconds behind Canada to earn fourth place and a spot in the "B" final on Friday (Aug. 3). The U.S. pair crossed the finish line with a time of 6:58.58, using the second-fastest split of the final 500 meters to climb from fifth place into fourth. Peszek and Stafford will race against Germany, Netherlands, Poland, Greece and Serbia. New Zealand and Great Britain each won its semifinal race and will compete against Italy, Canada, France and Australia in the "A" final.

Tom Peszek (USA) Men's Pair Semifinals 4th, semifinal A (6:58.58)


Betsey Armstrong earned 10 saves on 19 shots as the United States played to a 9-9 draw against Spain in its second Olympic contest at the Water Polo Arena. The American squad trailed 5-3 at halftime but surged to take its first lead late in the third quarter and padded its advantage to 9-6 midway through the fourth. However, Spain took advantage of a five-meter penalty and two exclusions to score three times in the final three minutes. Kami Craig scored four goals for Team USA, which moved to 1-0-1 in group play to remain tied, with Spain, atop the standings. The U.S. will next face China at 2:40 p.m. EDT on Friday (Aug. 3).

Betsey Armstrong (USA) USA vs. Spain (Prelim Group A) T, 9-9 (9 saves)


Swimming the 200-meter backstroke, Tyler Clary (2008-10) posted the fastest time in both the prelims (1:56.24) and semifinals (1:54.71) to earn the top seed for Thursday's (Aug. 2) final at 2:46 p.m. EDT. Former Wolverine Derya Buyukuncu (1995-98), competing in the Olympics for a Michigan-record sixth time, also raced in the 200 backstroke and clocked 2:01.68 to win the first heat and place 33rd overall.

Former U-M volunteer assistant Michael Phelps advanced through the preliminary heats and semifinals of the 200-meter individual medley, clocking a 1:57.11 in the semifinals to advance to the race final Thursday (Aug. 2) at 3:16 p.m. EDT as the third seed. In addition, Bradley Ally, coached by U-M assistant Dr. Josh White, took third in heat two of the 200-meter individual medley with a time of 2:00.85, tying for 22nd overall, and Club Wolverine swimmer Wu Peng finished 30th in the race (2:01.43).

Derya Buyukuncu (Turkey) Men's 200m Backstroke Heats 33rd (2:01.68)
Tyler Clary (USA) Men's 200m Backstroke Heats 1st (1:56.24+)
Michael Phelps (USA) Men's 200m Individual Medley Heats 4th (1:58.24+)
Tyler Clary (USA) Men's 200m Backstroke Semifinals 1st (1:54.71^)
Michael Phelps (USA) Men's 200m Individual Medley Semifinals 3rd (1:57.11^)