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San Diego Olympic Athletes Compete in Rio Games: Aug. 21

On Sunday, Alpine native David Lee will compete with the U.S. men's volleyball team for bronze and beloved runner Meb Keflezighi will run marathon in Rio de Janeiro

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    RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 21: Mebrahtom Keflezighi of the United States slips as he crosses the finish line during the Men's Marathon on Day 16 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Sambodromo on August 21, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)

    An Alpine resident helped the men's volleyball team score one of the U.S.' last medals from Rio 2016 during a heated match Sunday.

    The U.S. men’s volleyball team battled back from a 2-0 deficit to beat Russia in five sets for a bronze medal. Find the full recap here. The U.S. team includes 6-foot-8 Alpine resident David Lee.

    The 34-year-old athlete joined the U.S. men’s national team in 2005. In 2015, the middle blocker served as team captain at the FIVB World Cup where the U.S. men won gold and secured a ticket to Rio. This is Lee's second time at the Olympics; he competed in the 2008 Beijing Games, too.

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    The U.S. men hope to follow in the footsteps of the U.S. women's volleyball team, which won bronze Saturday. The Olympic medal-winning women's team includes Bonsall native Carli Lloyd and Rancho Santa Fe native Karsta Lowe.

    Beloved San Diego-based runner Meb Keflezighi raced for his chance to win gold in the marathon at the 2016 Rio Games. During the race, the runner tripped and fell -- but didn't get up until he did ten push ups. See how the race ended for him by clicking here. 

    Keflezighi lives in San Diego with his family and is a 1994 graduate of San Diego High School. He also attended Roosevelt Middle School.

    Keflezighi is one of the most decorated U.S. marathoners of all time. At the age of 4 1, he will become the oldest U.S. Olympic runner of all time at Rio 2016.

    At the 2004 Athens Olympics, he earned a silver medal, the first Olympic marathon medal for an American man since 1976. In 2012, he came in 4th place at the London Games, narrowly missing the podium.

    Keflezighi's emotional victory at the 2014 Boston Marathon helped inspire a city recovering from the previous year’s fatal bombing attack. 

    For updates from the 2016 Rio Games, including profiles of San Diego athletes, visit our Olympics section here.

    NBC 7’s Steven Luke is reporting from Rio during the 2016 Olympic Summer Games; follow him on Twitter and Facebook for updates from Brazil as the 2016 Olympic Summer Games come to a close.

    The Rio 2016 Closing Ceremony airs at 8 p.m. PT on NBC 7.