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Southern Arizona Olympic Tracker

TUCSON (KVOA) -- There are no less than 30 athletes and coaches with ties the Tucson area who are participating in the 32nd Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan.

Four of those 30-plus (Tairia Mims Flowers, Steve Kerr, Ian Kinsler and Abdi Abdirahman) are members of the Pima County Sports Hall of Fame.

News 4 Tucson will keep track of their progress as the games take place between July 23-August 8.

Updates in bold parentheses


  • (SILVER): Dejah Mulipola (USA): Softball
  • (SILVER): Rory Sabbatini (Slovakia): Men's Golf
  • (SILVER): Delaney Schnell (USA): Synchronized platform diving
  • (BRONZE): Kelsey Harshman (Canada): Softball
  • (BRONZE): Josh Green (Australia): Basketball


  • Ian Kinsler (Canyon del Oro '00) (Israel, 2B): Kinsler went 2-for-3 and drove home a run in Israel's 7-6 loss to Dominican Republic. The Israelis finish the tournament to 1-4. Kinsler is 4-for-18 in five games, with a home run and 3 RBI


  • Josh Green (UA '20) (Australia, forward): Green did not play in Australia's 107-93 victory over Slovenia in the Bronze Medal game. He finished the Olympic tournament with six points and four rebounds overall in five games for the Boomers.
  • Nico Mannion (UA '20) (Italy, guard): Mannion had a rough shooting game on Tuesday making just 1-of-10 field goals for five points as Italy was eliminated in a 84-75 loss to France. It was the lone game in which Mannion did not score in double digits. Mannion finished the tournament averaging 14 points (54) and five assists (18) in four games.


  • Ify Ibekwe (UA '11) (Nigeria, forward): Ibekwe scored seven points and grabbed five rebounds as Nigeria wrapped up Olympic play with a 102-83 loss to host Japan. She scored 21 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in her country's three loses.
  • Shaina Pellington (UA '22) (Canada, guard): Pellington scored three points, all on free throws, in 18 minutes of a 76-66 loss on Sunday to Spain. She has five points, with two assist and one steal in three games. Canada finished 1-2 in Group play but failed to make the quarterfinals when Australia beat Puerto Rico 96-69 on Monday.


  • Dan Hicks (Sabino High School, UA '84): Hicks is calling his seventh Summer Olympics for the Peacock network. His focus tends to be on the swimming and diving events but he has also called track and field.


  • Corben Sharrah (Amphitheater High School, UA '18) (BMX Racing): Sharrah finished 8th, 6th and 8th in his three semifinals runs and did not qualify for the final. It was his second Olympic Games. He finished 9th at the 2016 Olympics in Rio.


  • Dwight Dumais (UA head diving coach) (USA, Diving). Helped coach Delaney Schnell and Jessica Parratto to a silver medal in synchronized platform diving
  • Anna Heller (UA assistant swimming coach) (Seychelles, Swimming coach).
  • Tairia Mims Flowers (Salpointe Catholic High School) (USA softball assistant coach). Helped coach the United States to a silver medal
  • Steve Kerr (UA '87) (USA, men's basketball assistant coach). Helped coach the United States to a 16th gold medal
  • Yochi Tomita (Owner of Tucson's Gymnastics World) (USA, gymnastics assistant).


  • Rafael Quintero (UA '16) (Puerto Rico, 10m platform): Quintero finished 14th in the semifinal round. As a reserve he would have dove in the finals had two divers had to pull out but none did.


  • Delaney Schnell (Tucson High School, UA '22) (USA, 10m Synchronized/Individual Platform): Schnell finished 5th in the individual platform diving event. She had been 3rd overall after both the preliminary and semifinal rounds. She and partner Jessica Parratto won the silver medal up on the synchronized platform, the first ever medal for the United States in this event.
The games of the 32nd Olympiad


  • Bianca Pagdanganan (UA '19) (Philippines, Golf): Pagdanganan opened with a 69 and then shot 71, 71, and 74 to finish plus-one and in a tie for 43rd place.


  • Rory Sabbatini (UA '98) (Slovakia, Golf): Sabbatini shot an Olympic RECORD 61 in the final round of the men's stroke play tournament to come storming back from 17th place to win the silver medal. He finished 17-under and one shot behind gold medalist Xander Schauffele (USA).


  • Brett Thompson (UA '14) (USA): Thompson appeared in all six matches and finished with one try as the United States went 3-3 to finish 6th overall.


  • Kelsey Harshman (Sabino '14) (Canada, 2B): Harshman's sacrifice-fly in the 5th drove in the eventual winning run in Canada's 3-2 victory over Mexico in the Bronze Medal game. It's the Canadians 1st medal in Olympic softball. Harshman batted .222 (4/18) in six tournament games.
  • Giulia Koutsoyanopulos (UA '24) (Italy, OF): The active Wildcat rising sophomore finishes the Olympics batting .100 (1/10). She has played both first base and centerfield and had a diving catch in the Italians loss to the United States.
  • Taylor McQullin (UA '18) (Mexico, P): McQuillin appeared in one game at the Olympic tournament, pitching 1.2 innings, allowing two hits and a walk with two strikeouts.
  • Dejah Mulipola (UA '21) (USA, C): Mulipola comes home with a silver medal after the United States lost 2-0 to Japan in the championship game. She appeared in one game as a catcher for Team USA, recording one hit in two at-bats with a walk and a run scored.
  • Danielle O'Toole (UA '17) (Mexico, P): O'Toole made her third appearance for Mexico, pitching a complete game and taking the loss in a 3-2 defeat to Canada in the Bronze Medal game. She's allowed three earned runs in 17 innings (1.24 ERA) with seven strikeouts.


  • Daniel Namir (UA '22) (Israel, 4x200, Freestyle): Israel finished 5th in Heat No. 1 with a time of 7:08.65. That was about a second off the final qualifying spot (7:07.73).
  • Brad Tandy (UA '15) (South Africa, 50m Freestyle): Tandy swam in Heat No. 10 against favorite Caeleb Dressel of the United States. He finished 6th (22.22) out of eight swimmers and did not qualify (21.97) for the semifinals. He had entered time of 21.92.


  • Felicity Passon (UA '24) (Seychelles, 100m/200m backstroke): Passon took third (2:16.18) in her three-swimmer heat Thursday in the 200m backstroke. She did not qualify for the semifinals. Passon also did not qualify for the semifinals in the 100m backstroke (1:04.66).


  • Abdi Abdirahman (Tucson High School, Pima College, UA '98) (USA, Marathon): Abdirahman finished 41st overall (2:18.27) becoming the oldest runner to ever compete for a U.S. Olympic team.
  • Will Claye (Tucson-born) (USA, Triple Jump): Claye jumped a season-best 17.44 but came up 4/100th of a meter short of the medal stand, finishing fourth. He entered the games ranked No. 2 in the world and had won the Silver medal at the last two Olympic games.
  • Edgar Rivera-Morales (UA '13) (Mexico, High jump): Rivera finished 8th (2.21m) in his qualifying group and did not make the final.


  • Karolina Pahlitzsch (UA '19) (Germany, 4x400 relay): Pahlitzsch was in contention for a spot on Germany's 1600m relay team but ended up not being selected for competition. Germany finished 4th in their heat and did not make the final.
  • Gia Trevisan (UA '16) (Italy, 4x400 relay mixed): Trevisan was in contention for a spot on Italy's 4x400 mixed relay team but did not run in the qualifying heat and Italy finished fifth, failing to qualify for the final.
  • Sage Watson (UA '17) (Canada, 400m hurdles, 4x400 relay): Watson ran the anchor leg for Canada in the 4x400 relay helping her team to a 4th place finish. She had previously made the semifinal in her signature event the 400 hurdles.


  • Alex Obert (UA, MBA '22) (USA, Water Polo): The Pacific grad and current UA Eller College of Management student scored two more goals in Team USA's 12-8 defeat to Spain in the quarterfinals. Obert ended the Olympics eight-for-16 on shots in six matches.

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