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London Update: August 6 & 7

Aug 7, 2012, 4:29 PM EDT

Whew. What a busy couple of days for the Irish in London. Former Notre Dame athletes have been competing on the pitch, the hardwood and today, for the first time in the 2012 Olympics, on the track. Here’s the latest update:

August 6

Three former Irish players, Shannon Boxx (’99), Melissa Tancredi (’04) and Candace Chapman (’05) were part of one of the most memorable Olympic soccer matches ever played as the United States defeated Canada in an absolute classic.

Here’s a snippet on that game from our soccer blog, Irish United.

There are perhaps no words that can truly describe the thriller that took place between the United States and Canada in Monday’s Olympic semifinal at Old Trafford.

Three times, the Canadian national team took the lead. Three times the Americans stormed back.

Ninety minutes was not enough. Neither was 120. A penalty shootout looked certain.

That was until the game clock read 122:22.

A cross from Heather O’Reilly, a header from Alex Morgan, and a 4-3 American victory, sending team U.S.A. to its fifth consecutive gold medal match.

Heartbreak for Canada. Jubilation for the United States.

An incredible finish and an opposite wave of emotions for the three Irish alumnae involved in the contest.

August 7

Notre Dame’s pair of track athletes, Molly Huddle (’06) and Selim Nurudeen (’05) finally got to work on Day 11 of competition.

In this morning’s 5,000-meter prelims, Huddle ran 15:02.26, good for sixth place in her heat and a spot in Friday’s final (3:05 pm ET).

Competing for Nigeria, Nurudeen finished second (13.51 sec) in heat 6 of the 110-meter hurdles. He will compete in the semifinals tomorrow beginning at 2:15 pm ET. The finals will also be held on Wednesday, beginning at approximately 4:15 pm ET.

On the hardwood, junior Natalie Achonwa’s first Olympic appearance came to an end, as the United States defeated Canada, 91-48. Achonwa finished the game with four points, two rebounds, one assist and one steal.

In six games, she averaged 7.2 points per game and 3.8 rebounds per game, helping guide Canada to its best finish since 1984.

We’ve got five more days of competition in London, and hopefully much more to cheer for, as several Irish athletes still have an opportunity to bring home Olympic medals. Follow the action on Twitter, Facebook and

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