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Olympic Spotlight: Track Begins

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As the Olympics transition from swimming to track and field, several Trojans got off to good starts on the London oval.  Allyson Felix (100m), Emir Bekric (400m IH), Felix Sanchez (400m IH) and Carol Rodriguez (400m) will run again tomorrow after advancing to the semifinals of their respective events.

mellouli.jpgThe Aquatics Center is not quite closed yet though.  Ous Mellouli (pictured) finished second in the 1500m freestyle and will compete for gold around 11:36 a.m. pacific Saturday.

In team competitions, Amy Rodriguez and U.S. Women's Soccer moved on to the semifinals after a 2-0 win against New Zealand.  Rodriguez, who came on as a sub again, will begin medal play Monday.

In volleyball, Jennifer Kessy and April Ross cruised by Swiss opposition on the beach en route to a straight sets win in the round of 16.  And indoors, Nicole Davis and Team USA clinched a spot in the elimination field with a sweep of Serbia.

The water polo action was a little bit tighter. 

The U.S. Women's Team survived a scare from China to win 7-6 thanks in part to a strong performance from Kami Craig.  Meanwhile, Spain got another big effort from incoming Trojan Anna Espar, who contributed her second hat trick of the Olympics, in a win over future teammate Flora Bolonyai and Hungary.

Team USA faces Italy and Aniko Pelle in the quarterfinals on Sunday (6:50 a.m.) followed by Bolonyai and Hungary against Sofia Konoukh and Russia (8:10 a.m.).  Espar and Spain battle hosts Great Britain at 11 a.m.

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