Day 15: Athletes with AR Ties Competing in Rio

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RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil — Stacy Lewis hopes to land on the medal stand as two Arkansas runners hope to land gold medals in relay events.

Here’s a rundown of who to watch and when:

Stacy Lewis, Women’s Golf – Final Round, 5:30 a.m.
USA. Former Razorback. Native of Toledo, Ohio who started playing golf at the age of 8. and plays on the pro circuit. According to her bio on the LPGA website, Lewis,from the age of 11, wore a back brace 18 hours per day for 7-1/2 years to correct curvature in her spine from scoliosis, removing it only to play golf. She qualified for the women’s pro tour in 2009 on her first attempt. She has won two major championships: the Kraft Nabisco Championship in 2011 and the Women’s British Open in 2013. Since turning pro in 2009, her career earnings total more than $11 million.
 
Gaby Lopez, Women’s Golf – Final Round, 5:30 a.m.
MEXICO. Former Razorback. Native of Mexico City, Mexico. She is currently ranked 14th by the Golfweek prep rankings. In her career as a Razorback, she won these honors: 2015 Honda Women’s Golf Award Finalist, 2015 NCAA Championship Runner Up, 2014, 2015 First-Team All-American and First-Team All-SEC, 2014 SEC Golfer of the Week. Lopez first took up golf at the age of 4 and played in the 2011  U.S. Women’s Amateur. She turned pro earlier this year. Her career earnings so far total more than $229,000.
 
Taylor Ellis-Watson, Women’s 400m, Final, 8:00 p.m.
USA. Former Razorback from Philadelphia. Her 2016 highlights include: Two-time NCAA indoor runner-up (400m, 4x400m) and Two-time first team indoor All-American. She raced to a world-leading time at 400 meters of 52.26 at the Razorback Invitational and ran a new indoor personal best of 22.99 to advance out the 200-meter prelims at the SEC Indoor Championships.
 
Kyle Clemons, Men’s 4x400m Relay, Final,  8:35 p.m.
USA. NATIVE ARKANSAN born in Jonesboro. He began competing in his first professional season in 2014. Was part of the U.S. team that set a world indoor record in the 4×400-meter. World Championship Experience: Gold – 2014 (4x400m); 2015 (4x400m); 2016 (4x400m).

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