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Olympic Update, Day #7: Cabral Rallies To Reach Olympic Steeplechase Final

Courtesy: Princeton Athletic Communications                                                                      Release: 08/03/2012
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Donn Cabral '12 reached the Olympic steeplechase final Friday morning.
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DAY 1: Hendershot, Loch, Matheson, Prendes, Stone
DAY 2: Lind, Morin, Prendes, J Reinprecht, K Reinprecht, Wilkinson
DAY 3: Lawrence, Loch, Ochal, Scanlan
DAY 4: Matheson, Prendes, J Reinprecht, K Reinprecht, Stone
DAY 5: Hendershot, Loch, Thompson
DAY 6: Lind, Morin, Ochal, Prendes, J Reinprecht, K Reinprecht, Stone, Wilkinson
DAY 7: Cabral, Matheson

TigerBlog On Donn Cabral's Olympic Race

It isn't easy for Donn Cabral '12 to build on an already-historic few months, but the 2012 NCAA champion and Roper Trophy recipient did it again Friday morning. Now he will race for Olympic gold.

Cabral took the immediate lead in the third of three morning heats and held position until the final lap. As the bell rang, several steeplers challenged for one of the top four positions and automatic berths into the final. Algerian Mohamed Belabbas took the lead momentarily. Cabral dropped back into fifth on the final water pit but used his kick in the final straight away to push back into the critical fourth position.

Ethiopia's Roba Gari won the heat at 8:20.68, followed by Kenya's Exekiel Kemboi at 8:20.97. Morroco's Hamid Ezzine was just ahead of Cabral at 8:21.25, while Cabral crossed at 8:21.46. Click here to watch a replay of the race

USA's Evan Jager will also run in the final after taking second in the first heat at 8:16.61. A total of 15 will run for Olympic gold on Sunday, Aug. 5 at 4:25 p.m. EDT.

Soccer alumna Diana Matheson '08 and Team Canada defeated Great Britain 2-0 Friday night in Coventry, England to win a knockout-stage game for the first time in team history in just its second Olympic appearance. The Canadians were felled by the Americans 2-1 in overtime in the quarterfinal round in 2008.

The Americans are who the Canadians will meet again, as the North American neighbors meet for the third time this year in Monday's 2:45 p.m. EDT semifinal. France and Japan are in the other semi. The U.S. is Canada's most-played opponent in team history, and the Americans have owned the series to the tune of a 43-3-5 record. That includes two meetings this year, with a 4-0 win in the CONCACAF Olympic qualifying tournament final in Vancouver on January 29, as well as a 2-1 win in a pre-Olympic friendly in Utah on June 30. Canada's last win over the U.S. was in March 2001 at the Algarve Cup in Portugal, two years before Matheson's first appearance with Team Canada.

Six Princetonians will be in action on Saturday, including Glenn Ochal '08, who will race for gold in the men's fours at 6:30 am EDT. After winning its semifinal, the Americans will come out of lane 3 in the final (Germany, Australia, USA, Great Britain, Greece, Netherlands).

Gevvie Stone '07 will also row in the morning. She will compete in the single sculls 'B' final at 6 am EDT in lane 4 (Germany, Sweden, Russia, USA, Lithuania, Azerbaijan).

Epee standouts Maya Lawrence '02 and Susannah Scanlan '14 will combine forces in the team epee competition, which opens at 5:30 am. The USA will open against Italy; during the individual competition, Lawrence went 1-1 against Italian opponents.

Both Julia Reinprecht '14 and Katie Reinprecht '13 will lead the USA field hockey team into a must-win game against New Zealand at 2 pm EDT. The USA, which has lost two one-goal games, is currently fifth in its pool, but it can make up ground with a win against New Zealand, which is 2-1 in pool play.

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