Olympics update: Zagunis places fifth
After finishing fifth in the women's sabre on Monday, July 26, at the Tokyo Olympics, Beaverton's Mariel Zagunis did not rule out trying for a sixth Olympics in three years.
"This whole time, I was just trying to keep my thoughts focused on Tokyo … but I'm not ruling out Paris, especially knowing what I've been through the past five years," she said in a USA Fencing report. "To feel the way I did out there today really gives me good confidence going forward. I didn't want it to be over. It was over too soon because I feel like I have more in the tank."
Zagunis, a two-time individual gold medalist who trains at Oregon Fencing Alliance, still has the team event to compete in at Tokyo. She won her first two matches, beating Canada's Gabriella Page 15-3 in the round of 32 and Korea's Jiyeon Kim 15-12 in the round of 16.
In the quarterfinals, Russian Sofya Velikaya, ranked No. 2 in the world, won 15-8.
Swimming — Representing the Netherlands, Sunset High grad Caspar Corbeau placed seventh in his heat of the men's 200-meter breaststroke (2:10.21) and did not advance to the semifinals.
Earlier, he placed seventh in his 100-meter breaststroke preliminary (1:00.03) and did not advance.
Women's soccer — After a scoreless draw on Tuesday, July 27, with Australia, the United States faces a difficult quarterfinal match on Friday, July 30, against the Netherlands (4 a.m. PT). It should be an interesting match for Portland Thorns coach Mark Parsons, who has four current Thorns on the USA team and will take over as head coach for the Netherlands after this season.
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