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37 F ive former University of Iowa student- athletes competed at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio De Janiero — each representing five different countries. KINEKE ALEXANDER | ST. VINCENT & THE GRENADINES | TRACK & FIELD | 400 METERS Alexander ran 52.45 and placed 34th in 400-meter qualifying while competing for St. Vincent & the Grenadines. Alexander made her third Olympics appearance in the 400 meters. She placed 32nd at the 2008 Beijing Games, and did not finish at the 2012 London Games. e Bahamas' Shaunae Miller won gold in 49.44. e United States' Allyson Felix won silver in 49.51, and Jamaica's Shericka Jackson earned bronze in 49.85. HOURY GEBESHIAN | REPUBLIC OF ARMENIA | GYMANSTICS |ALL-AROUND A dual citizen of the United States and Republic of Armenia, Gebeshian placed 38th in the women's all-around competing for Armenia with a score of 53.848. Gebeshian was making her Olympics debut aer narrowly missing a berth in 2012, when she suffered an injury and missed qualifying for the London Olympics by three positions. e United States' Simone Biles won the all- around gold medal, followed by American Aly Raisman and Russia's Aliya Mustafina. DIANE NUKURI | BURUNDI | TRACK & FIELD | 10,000 METERS Nukuri placed 13th and set a Burundi national record in the 10,000 meters in her third Olympics appearance. She ran 31:28.69 to record her best Olympics finish. She placed 45th in the 5,000-meters in 2000, and 31st in the marathon in 2012. ere were eight national records set in the race, including Ethiopia's Almaz Ayana, who won gold and set a world record in 29:17.45. Kenya's Vivian Cheruiyot won silver in 29:32.53, and Ethiopia's Tirunesh Dibaba earned bronze in 29:42.56. TROY DORIS | REPUBLIC OF GUYANA | TRACK & FIELD |TRIPLE JUMP Doris placed seventh in the triple jump with a mark of 16.90 meters in his first career Olympics appearance. Doris competed for the Republic of Guyana and advanced to the finals with a mark of 16.81 meters. He entered the field ranked seventh with a personal best 17.10 meters, a Guyanese national record. e United States owned the top two spots. Christian Taylor won gold at 17.86 meters, and Will Claye earned silver at 17.76 meters. China's Dong Bin won bronze at 17.58 meters. DANIEL DENNIS | UNITED STATES | FREESTYLE WRESTLING | 57 KG Dennis lost in the opening round of the Rio Olympics, falling, 10-0, to Bulgaria's Vladimir Dubov. Dennis, the United States' men's freestyle representative at 57 kg, was making his first Olympic appearance. Dubov, a former silver and bronze medalist at the 2013 and 2015 World Championships, could have pulled Dennis into the repechage for a shot at bronze, but he was defeated in the semifinals by top-ranked Vladimer Khichegashvili of Georgia. Khichegashvili won the 57 kg gold medal match, 3-1, over Japan's Rei Higuchi. Iran's Hassan Rahimi and Azerbaijan's Haji Aliyev shared bronze.

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