VFLs Bartoletta and Wilkinson Win Medals

Friday, August 19
Track and Field
Women’s 4x100m Relay
Tianna Bartoletta (formerly Tianna Madison) won her second gold medal of the Rio Olympics as the women’s 4x100m relay team posted the second fastest time ever recorded in the event’s history at 41.01 seconds behind the mark that Bartoletta helped post in the finals of the 2012 Olympics.
Bartoletta ran the opening leg for the USA and easily made up the stagger on the Canadians who were next to the United States in lane two. The USA started on the inside lane, Bartoletta passed it to Allyson Felix who was followed by English Gardner and Tori Bowie. Bowie’s anchor leg secured the USA a second consecutive Olympic gold in the 4x100m relay.
Bartoletta ran the opening leg of the 4x100m relay team at the 2012 London Olympics as that foursome set a world record with a time of 40.82. Earlier this week, Bartoletta claimed another gold winning the long jump with a leap of 7.17m. Bartoletta’s third gold medal is the 33rd gold medal and 55th total medal by a VFL or current Tennessee student-athlete.
Men’s 4x100m Relay
The United States was disqualified from the 4x100m relay for an exchange outside the zone which cost the team including Justin Gatlin and Christian Coleman a bronze medal. The USA finished in 37.62 behind Jamaica and Japan. Mike Rodgers was ruled to have handed the baton to Justin Gatlin just before the exchange zone on the first handoff, disqualifying the team.
The USA and Jamaica (37.27) were even through the first three legs, including a fast second leg from Gatlin, but Usain Bolt won his ninth career gold medal as he pulled away on the final leg to secure the victory. Japan (37.60) edged the USA and Canada (37.64) in a photo finish for second place at the line.
Rodgers and Gatlin were followed by Tyson Gay who handed off to Trayvon Bromell for the anchor leg.
Gatlin ran the second leg for the USA, stepping into the spot that Christian Coleman ran during the semifinals which helped the team qualify for the finals. Both Gatlin and Coleman were in line to earn a medal for competing in the event before the team’s disqualification.
Women’s Soccer
Canada 2, Brazil 1
Rhian Wilkinson and Canada defeated host nation Brazil, 2-1, to win Friday’s Bronze medal game. Deanne Rose put Canada on top in the 25th minute and Christine Sinclair provided them with a two-goal cushion by scoring her 11th career Olympic goal early in the second half.
Brazil pulled within a goal after scoring in the 80th minute, but Canada was able to hang on for the victory to finish this summer’s games with a 5-1 record. Wilkinson did not see action in today’s game but made three starts for Canada in the tournament and earned her second-career Bronze Medal.
With the win, Canada earned its second consecutive Bronze medal in the Olympics after finishing third in London four years ago. This year’s team also set the Canadian national record for wins in a calendar year with 15.


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