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Gold In the Morning, Bronze At Night For Northwest Olympians

James Boyce
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File photo of Boise's Kristin Armstrong on her way to winning the gold medal in the women's individual time trial at the 2012 Olympics in London. Armstrong won her third-straight gold medal in the event in Rio on Wednesday.

Wednesday was a medal-winning day for Northwest Olympians. Bremerton, Washington, native Nathan Adrian couldn't defend his Olympic swimming title in the 100m freestyle on Wednesday night, but he did pick up the bronze. Kyle Chalmers of Australia took home the gold.

Adrian’s bronze goes with four golds and one silver he's earned across three Olympics -- Rio, London and Beijing. He still has two events to go in Rio, the 50m free and 4x100 medley relay.

In another swimming event, first time Olympian Jacob Pebley of Corvallis, Oregon, qualified for tonight's final in the 200m backstroke with the third fastest time in the semifinals.

The U.S. "Dream Team" in men's basketball passed its toughest test to date at the Summer Games with a 98-88 victory over Australia. In this preliminary round game, former Washington State University teammates played on opposing sides: Klay Thompson on Team USA and Aron Baynes and Brock Motum for Australia.

The undefeated U.S. women's basketball team -- featuring the Seattle Storm's Sue Bird and Breanna Stewart -- had an easier time against Serbia in prelim action Wednesday, winning 110-84.

Earlier in the day, cyclist Kristin Armstrong of Boise captured gold in the road time trial. It's an early birthday present as she turns 43 years old Thursday.

The undefeated U.S. women's volleyball team became the first to qualify for the quarterfinals with a victory over Serbia Wednesday. The U.S. indoor volleyball squad includes two players with Northwest connections, captain Courtney Thompson of suburban Seattle and Kim Hill of Portland.

Thursday, the action is on the water for Northwest athletes in Rio. Two former University of Washington rowers, Adrienne Martelli and Megan Kalmoe, are in the women's quad sculls final in the morning and four more ex-Huskies will see action as the U.S. men's eight tries to qualify for Saturday's medal race.

Former Oregon State University oarswoman Devery Karz rows in the lightweight women's double sculls semifinal trying to keep her medal hopes alive.

Now semi-retired, Tom Banse covered national news, business, science, public policy, Olympic sports and human interest stories from across the Northwest. He reported from well known and out–of–the–way places in the region where important, amusing, touching, or outrageous events unfolded. Tom's stories can be found online and were heard on-air during "Morning Edition" and "All Things Considered" on NPR stations in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho.