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Summarized by Kent Larsen

US Womens Volleyball, Basketball & Softball Move On to Finals

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA -- Mormon athletes on the US Volleyball, Basketball and Softball teams moved on to the finals during the past two days. The Softball team will play for the gold medal against Japan, which beat the team in extra innings in the preliminaries. Charlene Tagaloa will play with the Volleyball team in the quarterfinals, despite losing to powerhouse Brazil in the final game of the preliminaries.

Meanwhile, the US Women's Basketball team won its fifth and final preliminary games, giving it a perfect record ahead of the quarterfinals on Wednesday. Men's Volleyball didn't do very well, eventually losing every preliminary game, ending Mormon athlete Ryan Millar's participation in the games.

In track and field, Mormon athlete Maggie Chan finished competing in the Heptathlon, ending in 22nd place, despite a third-place finish in the Javelin. Jason Pryah qualified for the semifinals in the 1500m race and wrestler Rulon Gardner won his first bout.

Mormon News subscribers have also identified a couple of possible additional Mormon athletes; Ji Wallace of Australia, who won the silver medal yesterday on the Trampoline and Marcus Jensen, a catcher for the US Baseball team who also plays for the minor league Salt Lake Buzz. Any information that will verify or discount this information is much appreciated.

Results - September 24th
Athlete Sport Country
Tagaloa, Charlene Volleyball USA
USA v. Brazil L 3-1  
[This is the first game the US has lost - the team plays in quarterfinals today]
Williams, Natalie Basketball USA
USA v. Poland W 76-57 1 for 2, 2 pts, 3 rebounds, 3 assists
To date   11 for 19, 30 pts, 22 rebounds, 7 assists
Baird, Marsha Mark Track &FieldTrinidad
Heptathlon Long Jump 5.90m - 819 pts - 18th
Heptathlon Javelin 48.99m - 841 pts - 3rd
Heptathlon 800m 2:32.36 - 664 pts - 27th
Heptathlon Total 5627 pts - 22nd overall

Results - September 25th
Athlete Sport Country
Berg, Laura Softball USA
USA v. China W 3-0 1 hit in 4 at bats
USA v. Australia W 1-0 0 hits in 3 at bats
To date:   6 hits in 34 at bats, 2 runs, 2 strike outs
Millar, Ryan Volleyball USA
USA v. Italy L 1-3 8 pts
To date:   44 pts in 5 games
Gardner, Rulon Wrestling USA
v. Haylaz Galstran (Armenia)W 6-0  
Pryah, Jason Track &FieldUSA
1500m Heats 3:38.94, qualified, 7th in heat, 9th overall

Here is a schedule of the Mormon athletes competing Tuesday, September 26, along with the times they will compete (Sydney time).
Athlete Sport Country
Berg, Laura Softball USA
USA v. Japan Gold Medal Game! 7:30 pm
Tagaloa, Charlene Volleyball USA
USA v. Korea Quarterfinals 8:30 pm
Gardner, Rulon Wrestling USA
v. Giuseppe Gunta (Italy)  9:30 am

We are trying to verify claims that the following athletes are Mormon in some way:
Athlete Sport Country
Marcus Jensen Baseball USA
Ji Wallace Gymnastics-TrampolineAustralia

The following is the list of Mormon athletes competing in the games that we know about. If you know of an additional athlete, please let us know!
Athlete Sport Country
Andam, Kenneth Track &FieldGhana
Baird, Marsha Track &FieldTrinidad
Berg, Laura Softball USA
Chan, Maggie Track &FieldHong Kong
Dantzscher, Jamie Gymnastics USA
Deacon, Jared Track &FieldGreat Britain
Gardner, Rulon Wrestling USA
Johnson, Courtney Water Polo USA
Millar, Ryan Volleyball USA
Myles-Mills, Leonard Track &FieldGhana
Palmer, Amy Track &FieldUSA
Pratt, Robby Track &FieldMexico
Pryah, Jason Track &FieldUSA
Savickas, Arunas Swimming Lithuania
Tagaloa, Charlene Volleyball USA
Williams, Natalie Basketball USA


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