The 2012 Olympic Swimming events concluded Saturday, and Trojans Rebecca Soni and Oussama “Ous” Mellouli earned another gold and bronze medal respectively, for Troy.
Soni swam the 100m breaststroke as a member of the Team USA 4x100m medley relay, and once again she did not disappoint. She led the entire her entire leg of the relay, allowing her teammates to comfortably maintain a lead for the butterfly and freestyle legs. Dana Vollmer, teen sensation Missy Franklin, and Allison Schmitt joined her in the gold medal effort, and along the way, these four women also shattered the previous world record, with their time of 3:52:05.
This gold medal is Soni’s second gold medal in London, and her fifth medal (three gold, two silver) in her career.
USC’s other medal came from distance swimmer Mellouli, who earned a bronze medal in the men’s 1500m swim. In Beijing, Mellouli won gold in this event, becoming the first African male to ever win a gold in an individual swimming event.
Mellouli still has the marathon swim on Aug. 10 to go for another medal.
Other Trojans in the Olympics:
Allyson Felix ran in the 100m final on Saturday night, and came in 5th place with a time of 10.89. She still has the 200m to run, an event she is the favorite in.
Felix Sanchez (Dominican Republic) and Bryshon Nellum both advance to the semis in the men’s 400m hurdles and open 400m, respectively, which will take place on Sunday afteroon. Nellum is the top American qualifier in 400m and Felix had the fastest qualifying time of anyone in the hurdles.
Donald Suxho and the men’s volleyball team lost their match against Russia 3-2 in group play today, but they will still move on to play Tunisia on Monday.
With Soni and Mellouli’s performance, USC now has three gold, two silver and three bronze medals in London.