Mormons in the 2012 Olympics, Day 10: Shot put, pole vault, volleyball and synchronized swimming

Published: Tuesday, Aug. 7 2012 5:00 a.m. MDT

New Zealand's Valerie Adams takes a throw in a women's shot put qualification round during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Monday, Aug. 6, 2012.

David J. Phillip, Associated Press

New Zealand's Valerie Adams took silver Monday in women's shot put at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

Adams, who won gold in 2008, was behind Nadzeya Ostapchuk of Belarus.

Adam's farthest toss was 20.70 meters to Ostapuchuk's 21.36 meters. Russian's Evegeniia Kolodko took third with 20.48 meters.

Representing the United States, Jillian Camarena-Williams' longest toss was 18.22 meters in the qualifying round. Camarena-Williams, of Woodland, Calif., a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, was 16th in the standings and the top 12 advanced to the finals.

Updates on other Mormons who competed Monday in London:

Track and field

Becky Holliday, who is LDS, was ninth in the women's pole vault finals. She cleared the 4.45-meter height but not the 4.55-meter bar.

Fellow American Jennifer Shur won gold, Cuba's Yarisley Silva took silver and Russia's Elena Isinbaeva received the bronze medal.

Synchronized swimming

Mormon Mary Killman will compete in the synchronized swimming duet finals with Mariya Koroleva on Tuesday.

The scores from their free routine on Monday added with the technical score have put then in 10th place. The top 12 advanced to the finals, and Killman and Koroleva are scheduled to perform second.

Beach volleyball

Jake Gibb, who is LDS, and Sean Rosenthal lost Monday to Latvia's Janis Smedins and Martins Plavins in the beach volleyball quarterfinals, ending their shot at the medal podium.

Gibb, a Bountiful native and University of Utah alumnus, and Rosenthal won the first set but lost the second and third sets.

Volleyball

The United States men's volleyball team beat Tunisia 3-0 in their last preliminary round match on Monday. The team, which include Brigham Young University alumni and Mormons Russell Holmes and Rich Lambourne, has the top position in the pool.

The 12 teams were divided into two pools, and all of the teams play each team in their pool during the preliminary round. The top four from each pool will advance to the quarterfinals for a shot at the medals podium. The first of the elimination round games are scheduled to start on Wednesday.

Competing Tuesday

Killman competes in the synchronized swimming duet finals. The USA women's water polo team plays Australia in the semifinal game. The team includes Mormon Tumua Anae, who is the backup goalkeeper.

Email: rappleye@desnews.com

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