Nastia Liukin

Olympic Watch 2008: Second-week highlights

Nastia LiukinMore Mustang action from the second week of competition in Beijing:

Libor Charfreitag (’00), competing for Slovakia, finished 8th in the men’s hammer throw finals Aug. 17.

Laura Reback Bennett (’97), competing for the USA, finished 4th in the women’s triathlon finals Aug. 18.

Aleksander Tammert (’96), competing for Estonia, finished 12th in the men’s discus finals Aug. 18.

Nastia Liukin (right), who attended SMU in 2007 before focusing full-time on her training for the Olympics, added three individual medals in event finals to her gold in the women’s gymnastics all-around competition and her silver in the team competition. She received silver medals in the uneven bars competition Aug. 18 and the balance beam Aug. 19, as well as a bronze in floor exercise Aug. 17.

Olympic Watch 2008: First-week highlights

Sara NordenstamSara Nordenstam (’06, right), competing for her home nation of Norway, brought home the bronze in the women’s 200M breaststroke Aug. 14. The former Mustang’s time of 2:23.02 set a new European record and made her the first Norwegian woman to medal in an Olympic swimming event.

Lars Frolander (’98) swam for Sweden in the men’s 4x100M freestyle relay final Aug. 11, in which the USA’s Jason Lezak out-touched individual world-record holder Alain Bernard of France for the team gold medal and a new event world record. The Swedish team finished fifth and was one of five teams that swam faster than the previous world record time.

Nastia Liukin, who attended SMU in 2007, helped make Olympic history with her gold-medal performance in the women’s gymnastics all-around competition Aug. 14. Teammate Shawn Johnson took silver, marking the first one-two finish for U.S. women in the all-around division.

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