Monday, July 24, was an exciting day in the pool and on the field, as Team USA Swimming and Team USA Track & Field both pulled in Bronze medals!
Team USA Cycling raced its 4th race today in the Mountain Bike Race.
John Klish started the day, completing 3 laps of 5.5 miles each, totaling 16.5 miles. On the first lap through, he was hovering around 10th place. John made up ground on the 2nd lap to 6th place. He crashed during this lap, however was able to still make up the time. After the final lap, John finished in 4th place.
Nixo Lanning followed with 2 laps, which totaled at 11 miles. She was 5th in both laps and looked consistently strong. Good work Nixo!
Tomorrow will be the points race, which should be exciting.
On the track, Team USA Track and Field grabbed its first and second medals of the games.
Janna Vander Meulen won the bronze medal in the Women’s 400m Hurdle with a personal best and Deaf American record time of 1:01.35! Soon after Janna medaled, Taylor Koss, who is still battling an illness, went on to a very challenging and competitive Men’s 400m Hurdle under an unforgiving Turkey sun. He was assigned to the 8th lane. He sprinted for a fast start. Taylor clocked his 3rd personal best with a time of 53.75 and won a bronze medal!
Nick Jones leads the USA sprinters in the 100m Semi Final with a great time of 10.95. His trick is sticking his head forward edging out his opponents. Nick will be the sole American advancing to the finals on Tuesday evening.
Alex Weis landed 5th place while Jacob Hockman took 12th in Shot Put. Both will focus on the Hammer and Discus events.
Today, July 25, will be a big day for the USA team with the Men’s 110m Hurdle (Gunnar Hahn, Darrion Green), Men’s Hammer (Alex Weis, Jacob Hockman), and Men’s 400m prelims (Brady Perry, Delvin Furlough, Nick Jones).
Team USA’s Alyssa Greymont Wins Bronze in Women’s 400 Freestyle
The swimming meet finals started out with the Mixed Medley Relay of Matt Klotz, Molly Likins, Matthew Hopkins, Elizabeth Cocker. During preliminaries, Team USA (Hopkins, Likins, Matthew Zou, Cocker) qualified for finals with a time of 4:25.43. In finals, the relay had a huge drop to swim 4:13.96, placing 5th. The relay was just 0.59 seconds out of 3rd place and set a new American Mixed Medley Relay Record. The former American record was 4:16.43 set by Tolstyka, Titus, Cocker, and Creswick in 2015 at the World Deaf Swimming Championships.
Alyssa Greymont qualified as top seed in the morning preliminaries for the Women’s 400 Freestyle with a time of 4:41.37. In finals, she kept up the pace to swim a time of 4:40.18 to earn the Bronze Medal!
Emily Massengale swam a time of 4:47. 84 in preliminaries to qualify 6th place for finals in the women’s 400 free. This was a drop of over 8 seconds from her personal best time. She scratched the event for finals to focus on the 50 Back.
In the Women’s 50 Back, Emily Massengale swam to 6th place in the morning preliminaries with a time of 32.05, a new American Record in that event. There was a very small gap separating 3nd through 5th places (3rd– 31.37 – 5th – 31.75, 6th 32.05). In finals, Emily focused solely on the 50 Backstroke. The field was fast and she dropped even more time to break her American Record from the morning, swimming a time of 31.66 for a new American Record and placing 5th overall.
Elizabeth Cocker swam the women’s 200 butterfly; and in the morning session she dropped over 5 seconds from her personal best for a time of 2:40.63 In evening finals, Cocker dropped even more time to place 5th in finals with a time of 2:35.89!
The Men’s Medley Relay (Matthew Hopkins, Matthew Zou, Tyler Brown, and Matthew Klotz) qualified 6th for finals with a swim of 4.21.53 in the preliminaries. They swam a 4:19.89 in finals to place 7th overall.