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It's do or die Sunday for U.S. women's water polo team



    Local Olympians to Watch Sunday
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    The United States bench reacts during the Women's Water Polo Preliminary match between Hungary and the United States on Day 3.

    After a busy Super Saturday, local athletes will compete for Team USA on a less-packed Sunday.

    San Diego native Annika Dries and Point Loma's Kelly Rulon and team have advanced to the quarterfinals after the team's 7-6 win over China Friday. Now, the U.S. women’s water polo team is ready to focus on getting closer to that gold medal.

    On Sunday, the team faces Italy beginning at 11 a.m. PT.

    "The nice thing about playing the quarterfinal now is you know that it's do or die, and you know you don't have tomorrow," coach Adam Krikorian said. "So this team typically plays a little better when they're faced with a little pressure, a little adversity, and I'm excited to see what we can do in two days."

    WHEN TO WATCH: U.S. women's water polo vs. Italy at 11 a.m. on NBC 7

    Chula Vista resident Desiree Davila made the U.S. team for the women’s marathon. However, the athlete who captivated distance running fans with her runner-up finish at the 2011 Boston Marathon and strong performance at the Olympic Trials, withdrew from competition Sunday due to injury.

    Davila had been nursing a hip flexor injury for some time and had done all of her workouts for the last month on an anti-gravity treadmill designed to reduce stress on the body.

    On Sunday, about two miles into the race, Davila stepped off the course. She was unable to continue because of pain in her right hip and groin according to ESPN.

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    High Jump athlete who trains at the Chula Vista Olympic Training Center Jamie Nieto participated in the qualifying rounds of the men’s high jump and qualified with 7-feet-4-inches.

    At 35-years-old, the Chula Vista resident is the oldest high jumper to ever make a U.S. Olympic Team for this sport.

    The women's water polo team defeated Italy on Sunday in the quarterfinals, with a score of 9-6. The players, many of which train in Chula Vista, will face Australia on Tuesday in the semifinals. This match could help land the U.S. on the medal stand for women's water polo.

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