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Paul Casey (ARIZONA STATE) started the third round of the Olympic men’s golf competition four strokes off the pace set by 36-hole leader Xander Sc Chaudele. By the end of the game, Casey, representing Great Britain, had reduced his deficit by two strokes, placing himself well within striking distance of a gold medal with a score of 5 under 66.
“It motivated me, it inspired me,” Casey said after his round. “It’s already a victory. I just hope it’s a really big win. “
Casey aims to become the second consecutive British golfer to win gold in the recently renewed men’s golf competition. His compatriot Justin Rose won the first gold medal in an Olympic golf competition in more than a century in Rio in 2016.
The task won’t be easy, as Casey will need to lead a crowded table with 12 players within five shots of the 14-under Scuffele lead. Casey will start the final group with ScHotele and Japanese Hideki Matsuyama at 19:09. TP.
Katie Ledecky (STANFORD) clocked a hat-trick in her best event, the 800-meter freestyle, with another gold. Ledecky became the third swimmer to win gold in an event at three consecutive Games, joining Hungarian Krisztina Egerszegi (200 meters backstroke) and Australian Dawn Fraser (100 meters freestyle). The 800 freestyle was Ledecky’s last individual event at these Games, and she ultimately won over Australia’s Ariarne Titmus, who beat her in the 200 and 400 freestyle finals.
Kelly Claes (USC) and Sarah Sponcil (UCLA) closed a streak unbeaten in the women’s beach volleyball competition with a 2-1 victory over Brazil. The third-ranked pair will have a prime-time clash on Sunday night with Canada in the round of 16 starting at 5 p.m. TP.
Nico Mannion (ARIZONA) provided 14 points off the bench for the Italy team in an 80-71 victory over Nigeria that secured Italy a place in the men’s basketball quarter-finals. The victory marks the fifth consecutive Olympic place for Italy with an appearance in the quarter-finals.
Looking Ahead: The swimming competitions conclude on Saturday night, with the finals in the men’s and women’s 50 freestyle, the men’s 1,500 freestyle and the men’s and women’s 4 × 100 medley relays. It was a successful week in the pool for the Pac-12. Of the 43 total individual Conference medals up to Day 9, 18 have come to the pool through a variety of races.
Quote of the day: “I love training, I love the everyday. I will continue to do this until I feel it’s time. Obviously, the 2028 Olympics are in Los Angeles, so it’s a little bit there and attractive too. – Katie Ledecky (STANFORD) on her future as an Olympian
Jack Johnson is a journalism student at Arizona State University. This story is part of a collaboration between the Pac-12 conference and ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.