TOKYO, Japan – It was a special 24 hours for the Auburn women at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. After Sunisa Lee won gold in the gymnastics all-around competition Thursday, former swimmer Annie Lazor came back Friday morning and won a bronze medal for Team USA in the pool, finishing third in the women’s 200 breaststroke.
Lazor, who swam at Auburn from 2013 to 2016, set a new personal best (2:20.84) and finished behind South Africa’s Tatjana Schoenmaker (2:18.95) and her training partner Lilly King (2:19.92) who took gold and silver.
With the bronze medal, Lazor joins Kirsty Coventry and Margaret Hoelzer as the only female swimmers from Auburn to medal at the Olympics. Coventry is first in school history with seven career medals while Hoelzer won two silvers and a bronze at the 2008 Olympics.
On the men’s side, Luis Martinez put together two outstanding swims in the men’s 100 butterfly and qualified for the final after placing eighth in the semifinals. Martinez broke his own Guatemala national record in the heats, finishing in 51.29, and then nearly matched his time with a 51.30 in the semifinals.
Martinez, who swam at the 2016 Rio Olympics, will race the 100 fly final Saturday morning in Tokyo. NBC will broadcast the race live Friday night at 8:30 p.m. CT.
Former teammate and training partner Santiago Grassi swam the men’s 100 butterfly for Argentina and won his heat. He finished tied for 24th overall with a time of 52.07. He’ll return to the pool Friday to swim the 50 freestyle.
Auburn gymnastics incoming freshman Sunisa Lee cemented her name in Olympic history as she captured gold for Team USA in the individual all-around Thursday at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
“What a fantastic day! I am so proud of Suni and my brother Jess on all they’ve achieved through this journey,” head Auburn gymnastics coach Jeff Graba said. “This is truly a monumental achievement and for Auburn to be a part of it is so awesome. Congrats Suni and War Eagle!”
Lee won the all-around with a 57.433. She topped Brazil’s Rebeca Andrade (57.298) and Russia’s Angelina Melnikova (57.199).
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TRACK & FIELD
Former Auburn All-American Donald Thomas, competing in his fourth Olympic Games, finished 13th in Group A of the men’s high jump – clearing 2.21m. Thomas was the flag bearer for the Bahamas, becoming the first Auburn track an field athlete to ever serve as flag bearer at the Summer Olympics.
UP NEXT: FRIDAY, JULY 30
Santiago Grassi (Argentina) – Men’s 50 Free Heats, 5 a.m. CT
Julie Meynen (Luxembourg) – Women’s 50 Free Heats, 5:23 a.m. CT
Peter Holoda (Hungary) – Men’s 4×100 Medley Relay Heats, 6:57 a.m. CT
Luis Martinez (Guatemala) – Men’s 100 Fly Final, 8:30 p.m. CT
Santiago Grassi (Argentina) – Men’s 50 Free Semifinals, 9:11 p.m. CT
Julie Meynen (Luxembourg) – Women’s 50 Free Semifinal, 9:32 p.m. CT
Track & Field
Rachel Dincoff (USA) – Women’s Discus Throw Qualifying, 7 p.m. CT