Athletics

Rio Update

Saturday, Aug. 20

RIO DE JANEIRO - Jumper Chaunte Lowe competed for a medal in the final round of the women's high jump on Saturday night. Competing in her fourth Olympic Games, Lowe broke into the top five to finish in fourth place. With a mark of 1.97 meters, it was her best finish in her Olympic career; she placed sixth in the high jump in 2008 and 2012.

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Seems like His angels may already be illuminating around me😎!

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Thursday, Aug. 18

RIO DE JANEIRO - Former Yellow Jacket track and field jumper Chaunte (Howard) Lowe cleared the qualifying height of 1.94 meters to advance to the final round of the women's high jump on Thursday morning. The No. 1 qualifier at the U.S. Track and Field Olympic Trials, she cleared each height on her first attempt. She will be in medal contention on Saturday, Aug. 20 at 7:30 p.m. in the finals of the event.

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Round 1 here I come! I am so excited!!!!!!!

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Monday, Aug. 15

RIO DE JANEIRO - Former Jacket Alade Amimu competed in the first elimination round of men's basketball for Nigeria. Nigeria fell to host Brazil, 86-69. Aminu notched 10 points and grabbed seven rebounds in 26 minutes of play.

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Sunday, Aug. 14

RIO DE JANEIRO - Competing in the first Olympic golf event since 1904, Matt Kuchar brings home a medal for the United States with an outstanding round on the fourth day of competition. Kuchar shot an impressive 8-under-par 63, the best of the day, to capture the bronze medal for the USA.

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I'm not sure if I was too tired or I just did not want to change last night!

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Saturday, Aug. 13

RIO DE JANEIRO - Former Yellow Jacket golfer Matt Kuchar competed in the third round of the men's individual golf on Saturday. He carded a 2-under-par 69 on the day, placing 14th in the round. He now rests in a tie for seventh place overall with a day left in the tournament, seven strokes behind leader Justin Rose (Great Britain). He will take to the course for the fourth and final round on Sunday morning.

Alade Aminu and the NIgerian men's basketball squad took on Croatia in the final gam eof pool play. Nigeria came out on top, 90-76. Aminu contributed 12 points and grabbed seven rounds in the victory. He plays again on Monday afternoon against host team, Brazil.

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Love this Game. Tome to ball 🏀

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Friday, Aug. 12

RIO DE JANEIRO - Golfer Matt Kuchar competed in the second round of the men's individual for the United States. He shot 1-under-par 70 on the second day of competition. He now sits in a four-way tie for 14th-place, seven strokes behind leader Marcus Fraser (Australia). He heads into the third day of competition on Saturday morning, Aug. 13.

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Thursday, Aug. 11

RIO DE JANEIRO - Former Yellow Jacket Matt Kuchar teed off for the United States in the men's individual golf tournament on Thursday morning. After the first day of play, Kuchar was in a six-way for 11th-place. He carded a 2-under-par 69 on the day. He will resume play in the second round of the tournament Friday, Aug. 12.

Alade Aminu played his third game for Nigeria against Spain on Thursday night. Aminu notched nine points and four rebounds in 18 minutes of play. Nigeria fell to Spain, 96-87. Aminu faces Croatia in the final game of pool play on Saturday, Aug. 13.


Wednesday, Aug. 10

RIO DE JANEIRO - Swimmer Gal Nevo competed for Israel in the 200 meter individual medley on Wednesday afternoon. In his final event, Nevo placed sixth in his heat and 17th overall with a time of 1:59.80, just .03 seconds short of qualifying for the semifinals.

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Determination will get you through anything! 🇳🇬 #Strive4Greatness #BelieveinYourself

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Came late to the bball game expecting a blowout. Imagine my surprise when I saw the score tied at 29-29.

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Tuesday, Aug. 9

RIO DE JANEIRO - Yellow Jacket alum Andrew Chetcuti raced in the preliminary heat for the 100 meter freestyle on Tuesday afternoon for Malta. Chetcuti bested his personal Olympic record from the 2012 games by 0.3 seconds with a time of 51.37 in Rio. He did not advance to the finals for the event.

Alade Aminu competed in his second basketball game for Nigeria on Tuesday night. Aminu chipped in 12 points in 22 minutes of play, shooting 71% from the field. Nigeria fell to Lithuania, 89-80. Aminu will play next on Thursday, Aug. 11 at 6 p.m. ET when Nigeria faces off against Spain.

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Copying @kerrileewalsh! Mommy is taking care of business while daddy is taking care of the kids! #rioolympics #olympicmoms

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Making sure we stay mosquito free! #zikavirus

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I got a chance to check out Olympic Village this afternoon with Sybi and Sybi.

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Monday, Aug. 8

RIO DE JANEIRO - Swimmer Gal Nevo swam in the preliminary heat for the 200 meter butterfly on Monday afternoon. Nevo beat his own Olympic best with a time of 1:58.64, taking nearly a second off his best Olympic time in the event from 2012. However, this mark was not enough to advance to the finals.

Gal will compete in his final event on Wednesday, Aug. 10 at 1 p.m. ET in the 200 meter individual medley.

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Sunday, Aug. 7

RIO DE JANEIRO - Alade Aminu, a member of Nigeria's men's basketball team, opened play on Sunday with a Group B preliminary round game against Argentina. Aminu started for Nigeria and scored two points in 13 minutes but Nigeria lost to Argentina, 94-66.

Aminu will play again on Tuesday, Aug. 9 at 6 p.m. ET when Nigeria goes head-to-head against Lithuania as they continue pool play.

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Saturday, Aug. 6

RIO DE JANEIRO - Swimmers Gal Nevo and Keren Siebner both competed on Saturday for Israel. Keren Siebner made history by competing on the first Israeli women's relay team. She swam in the 4x100 meter freestyle relay with a time of 3.41.97. The relay team did not advance to the finals.

Gal Nevo competed in his first of three events on Saturday, swimming in the 400 individual medley. He raced a time of 4:18.29 but did not advance to the finals. He will hit the pool again on Monday, Aug. 8, when he competes in the 200 meter butterfly at 12:30 p.m. ET.

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Friday, Aug. 5

RIO DE JANEIRO - Swimmer Andrew Chetcuti carried the flag for Malta at the Opening Ceremonies. Chetcuti will compete in the 100 meter freestyle on Tuesday, Aug. 9.

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Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016

THE FLATS - Six Georgia Tech alumni will compete in the 2016 Summer Olympics, which begin on Saturday in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Three of the six alumni representing Georgia Tech in Rio are swimmers.

Andrew Chetcuti, Tech class of 2016 and a member of the Yellow Jackets' swimming and diving program from 2011-2015, will compete in his second Olympics for his home country of Malta. Following his freshman campaign at Georgia Tech, he competed in the men's 100 freestyle at 2012 games in London. He is participating in the same event in Rio and will also have the honor of being Malta's flag-bearer for Friday night's opening ceremonies.

Gal Nevo, class of 2010, will compete for Israel. Nevo was a five-time Atlantic Coast Conference champion and two-time ACC Swimmer of the Year at Tech from 2008-2010. He won conference titles in the men's 200 butterfly in 2010 and the men's 200 individual medley and 400 individual medley in 2010 and 2011. He also set three school records during his Georgia Tech career. Nevo previously competed in the 2008 and 2012 Olympics, swimming in the 200 fly, 200 IM and 400 IM. He is slated to participate in all three events in Rio.

Keren Siebner, class of 2011, joins Nevo on the Israeli Olympic swimming team. While at Tech, Siebner set five school records, including the 4x100 freestyle relay, which she will race in Rio. Siebner is a member of the first women's Israeli relay team to qualify for the Olympic Games.

Matt Kuchar, class of 2000, will represent the United States in the first Olympic golf event since 1904. Prior to his outstanding professional career, Kuchar was a standout at Tech, highlighted by being named ACC Rookie of the Year in 1997 and ACC Player of the Year in 1998. He was also a recipient of the Fred Haskins Award as the nation's most outstanding collegiate golfer in 1998 and won the 1998 NCAA East Regional championship.

Track and field standout Chaunte (Howard) Lowe, class of 2005, is set for her fourth Olympic Games in the high jump. One of Georgia Tech's most decorated track and field athletes, Lowe was a three-time national champion in the high jump and six-time ACC champion while attending Tech from 2003-2005. Lowe still holds the school's indoor and outdoor records for the high jump and has competed in the 2004, 2008 and 2012 Olympics. Lowe placed sixth in the women's high jump at both the 2008 and 2012 games.

Former Georgia Tech men's basketball forward Alade Aminu will compete for Nigeria in the Olympic men's basketball tournament. Competing at Tech from 2006-2009, Aminu finished his career ranked sixth in school history with 105 career blocks. He also represented Nigeria in the 2012 Olympic Games, the first time a Nigerian men's basketball team qualified for the Olympics.

Georgia Tech Olympic Schedule

Date

Athlete

Sport

Event

Saturday, Aug. 6

Gal Nevo

Swimming

400m IM

 

Keren Siebner

Swimming

4x100 freestyle relay

Sunday Aug. 7

Alade Aminu

Men's basketball

Nigeria vs. Argentina

Monday, Aug. 8

Gal Nevo

Swimming

200m fly

Tuesday, Aug. 9

Andrew Chetcuti

Swimming

100m freestyle

 

Alade Aminu

Men's basketball

Nigeria vs. Lithuania

Wednesday, Aug. 10

Gal Nevo

Swimming

200m IM

Thursday, Aug. 11

Matt Kuchar

Golf

Men's individual

 

Alade Aminu

Men's basketball

Nigeria vs. Spain

Saturday, Aug. 13

Alade Aminu

Men's basketball

Nigeria vs. Croatia

Monday, Aug. 15

Alade Aminu

Men's basketball

Nigeria vs. Brazil

Thursday, Aug. 18

Chaunte Lowe

Track and field

High jump

 

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