Olympic supplement: Klineman wins gold in beach volleyball | New
Stanford graduate Alix Klineman’s run at the Tokyo Olympics resulted in a gold medal on Friday (Thursday Night Pacific) when she and teammate April Ross defeated Australia’s Mariafe Artacho del Solar and Taliqua Clancy 21 -15, 21-16 in the beach volleyball final at Shiokaze Park.
Ross, who teamed with Stanford alum Kerri Walsh Jennings to win a bronze medal at the Rio 2016 Olympics, took home his third Olympic medal and first gold.
One of the best outside hitters to ever play for Stanford, Klineman was also known for her solid play and serve at the back.
Klineman becomes the third Stanford graduate to win a gold medal at the 2020 Games, joining Katie Ledecky (swimming) and Valarie Allman (athletics). Stanford athletes also won seven silver medals and eight bronze medals.
“The United States has such a heritage in beach volleyball and just being able to join that heritage is a huge honor,” Klineman told Volleyball World. “The pitch was so deep here at the Olympics, with so many teams playing so well. We knew anything could happen and we are so grateful that things went well. We invested a lot there and that. was such a fairytale ending, a dream experience for us. “
Klineman tallied 10 kills and two blocks while Ross recorded nine kills in the final.
Ross and Klineman played seven games in 18 days and posted a 14-1 lead in sets.
The American duo have finished fifth or better 18 times on the FIVB World Tour since 2018, including five championships and a runner-up (in Tokyo).
“It means a lot to maintain the United States tradition in beach volleyball,” Ross said. “The world is so good at beach volleyball now. So many different countries are investing a lot of resources in their beach volleyball teams and the standard is ridiculously high. We are truly grateful that we were able to pull this off.”
Stanford graduate Albane Valenzuela, who represents Switzerland, gained 11 places in the third round of the Olympic tournament at Kasumigaseki Country Club on Friday.
Valenzuela shot a 67 under 4 and climbed to 16th place with an aggregate score of 207, one stroke over a tie for 10th place.
She recorded five birdies and a bogey while shooting the third fastest lap of the day.
American Nelly Korda takes a three-stroke lead in Saturday’s final round. She is at 198, with the Indian Aditi Ashok second at 201.
The United States will play for a gold medal after beating Serbia 25-19, 25-15, 25-23 on Friday at Ariake Arena.
Stanford graduate Foluke Akinradewo recorded eight points from five kills (0.625 winning percentage) and three blocks for the Americans, who will face Brazil or Korea for the gold medal on Sunday.
Purdue graduate Andrea Drews replacement for injured Jordan Thompson had 17 points on 12 kills, two blocks and three aces to lead the United States
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Johnny Hooper scored with 1:35 remaining and the United States claimed a 7-6 victory over Italy on Friday in a classification match at the Tatsumi Water Polo Center.
Stanford graduate Alex Bowen gave the Americans a 6-5 lead early in the fourth period with his team-best third goal of the game. Italy tied two minutes later, setting Hooper’s score on the power play.
Former All-American cardinal Drew Holland made a key save with 1:06 to go, preserving the narrow margin of victory. Italy had another chance to equalize with 16 seconds left but the attempt failed.
The United States will face Croatia for fifth place on Sunday. Greece and Serbia meet for the gold medal. Spain and Hungary are playing for bronze.
Holland made nine saves for the Americans, registering a .600 save percentage. Stanford graduate Dylan Woodhead has also scored for the United States
Stanford graduate Grant Fisher ran 13: 08.40 in the men’s 5,000-meter final and placed ninth overall. He finished 15th at the start of the race.
World record holder Joshua Cheptegei of Uganda won the gold with a time of 12: 58.15. American Paul Chelimo (12: 59.05) won bronze.
In the women’s javelin, former Stanford Mackenzie Little, who represented Australia, threw 59.96 meters (196-7 feet) on her first try and it turned out to be her best mark, earning her a eighth place.
Former Stanford Nayal Nassar helped Egypt to finish 11th in the team jumping event, one place from qualifying for Saturday’s final.