Olympics wrapup: Day 17

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After two weeks of victories and medals for Cal athletes at the London Olympics, the Games ended Sunday in a fitting fashion.

Sophomore Aleksa Saponjic won a bronze medal with the Serbian men’s water polo team to bring Cal’s medal count at the London Games to a school record-tying 17. That total ties the record set in Beijing in 2008.

Saponjic won the sprints that began the second and third quarters to give Serbia the opening possessions. Saponjic’s highlights of the tournament included a goal against a weak Great Britain team on July 31, as well as seven sprints won, four steals, and an assist.

Also on the final day of competition, former Cal runner Kari Karlsson finished the men’s marathon in 42nd place with a time of 2:18.47, competing for Iceland. 85 of the original 105 athletes completed the 26.2 mile course through the streets of London. The course included three loops through Westminster and passed by Big Ben before passing in front of Buckingham Palace for the last leg of the race.