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Sunday’s action at the London Olympics featured several Longhorns.
Kevin Durant had a game-high 22 points and 9 rebounds to lead U.S.A. past France in both teams’ Olympic opener.
Durant converted 6 of 13 field goals, including 3-of-5 from three-point range, and 7 of 7 free throws while adding two assists, two blocked shots and two steals in 28 minutes of action.
At the Aquatics Centre, it was Texas Ex Brendan Hansen who climbed the podium. Hansen took the bronze after surging ahead three spots in the 100m breaststroke.
Hansen came out of retirement in 2011 and won the 100m breaststroke at the U.S. Olympic Trials. The bronze was Hansen’s second medal after taking home silver in the 2004 Athens games.
Ricky Berens and Jimmy Feigen also made it to the medal stand, earning silver through their participation in the 4x100m freestyle relay.
The pair was part of the U.S. men’s foursome for the qualifying heat of the 4x100m freestyle relay. The United States advanced to the relay final with the second-best time of 3:12.59 after two heats.
The foursome of Nathan Adrian, Michael Phelps, Cullen Jones and Ryan Lochte won the silver medal for the U.S. later Sunday. Though Berens and Feigen did not swim in the relay final, both will still receive medals for their qualifying efforts.
“The men's 400 relay tonight was almost a carbon copy of the 2008 final with a flip-flop of who got first and second,” Kubik added. “Jimmy and Ricky did their parts to contribute by their efforts in the preliminaries, and that allowed the U.S. to race tonight with four new swimmers. They are now proud owners of a silver medal from the 2012 London Games and have added another chapter to the rich tradition of Texas Swimming and Diving.”
For Feigen, this is his first Olympics. Berens is in his second Olympic Games. He won a gold in the 4x200 meter relay at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.