One St. John’s University fencer reached the London Olympics quarterfinals before being eliminated and another began her competition on Wednesday, while Queens native Tina Charles and her teammates are continuing the United States’ domination in women’s basketball.
Charles, who attended Christ the King High School in Middle Village, has notched 20 points and 16 rebounds in two games as the U.S. has defeated Croatia, 81-56, and steamrolled Angola by a score of 90-38.
Sue Bird, who also attended Christ the King, has nine points and a team-leading 10 assists in two games.
The U.S. women, who have now won 34 consecutive Olympic games over 20 years, were scheduled to play Turkey on Wednesday evening. They are then scheduled to play the Czech Republic on Friday, Aug. 3, and China on Sunday, Aug. 5.
The women’s basketball quarterfinals are on Aug. 7, with the semifinals on Aug. 9. The bronze and gold medal games are on Aug. 11.
Daryl Homer, a fencer for St. John’s, finished sixth overall in the individual men’s saber competition on July 29, and will compete Friday in the team competition.
According to a university press release, Homer was seeded 18th and received a first-round bye, allowing him to move on uncontested. He then defeated Romania’s Tiberiu Dolniceanu, avenging a loss in the 2011World Championships.
He then won a nail-biter against Alexey Yakimenko of Russia, ranked number 2 in the world in men’s saber, before falling to Romania’s Rares Dumitrescu.
St. John’s fencer Dagmara Wozniak won her opening match in women’s saber on Wednesday against Azza Besbes of Egypt before falling to Russian Sofya Velikaya in the quarterfinals. There is no women’s team competition.
Queens native Kara Goucher, who ran in the 5,000- and 10,000-meter races in Beijing in 2008, will run in the women’s marathon on Sunday, Aug. 5. She has had top five finishes in both the New York City and Boston marathons.
Another Queens native in track and field is Alysia Montano,who will compete in the women’s 800-meter race. Round 1 is scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 8.
Montano is a four-time national champion in the event, and won the NCAA title in 2007 running for the University of California-Berkley. She was named Pac-10’s Women’s Track Athlete of the Year in 2008, and won both the indoor and outdoor 800-meter NCAA championship in 2007.
Brittany Viola, the daughter of former New York Mets All-Star and St. John’s pitching ace Frank Viola, will compete in the women’s 10-meter platform diving competition. She will dive in the preliminary round on Aug. 8. The semifinals and the finals are on Aug. 9.