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Love, Lomong represent Lake Oswego at The Olympics


The former LOHS star wins a gold medal in basketball while Lomong makes the finals in the 5000 and finishes 10th

A pair of athletes with strong Lake Oswego ties had strong showings at the recently completed 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

Lopez Lomong, a Sudanese refugee and current Lake Oswego resident, competed in the 5,000 meters after qualifying for the event at this year's trials in Eugene.

Lomong qualified for the finals after taking fourth place in the prelims and had his eyes set on a medal during Saturday's final.

In what was expected to be a wide open final, Lomong bided his time, staying close to the leaders before making a bold move late in the race.

Lomong charged up toward the front of the pack with one lap remaining. However, the rest of the field started its kick as well and Lomong ran out of gas down the stretch.

Lomong made it clear with his late move that he was angling to get on the podium but, the flag bearer for the 2008 Olympic team fell short.

Great Britain's Mo Farrah, the gold medalist in the 10,000 meters, won the event in front of his home crowd.

Former Lake Oswego High School basketball star Kevin Love also made a splash at the Olympics. Love competed on the highly-touted U.S. men's basketball team that lived up to expectations and cruised to a gold medal.

Love was an integral part of this year's team as the U.S. squad's biggest weakness heading into the tournament appeared to be its lack of a dominant post game.

But the current forward for the Minnesota Timberwolves, along with the New York Knicks' Tyson Chandler, filled that void admirably.

In the Olympics' opener against France, Love was the team's second-highest scorer, putting in 14 points in an efficient 14 minutes as the U.S. took down the French team, featuring Portland Trail Blazer Nic Batum.

The U.S. then steamrolled Tunisia and Love led the U.S., along with Carmelo Anthony, with 16 points, knocking down a trio of three-pointers in the contest.

The U.S. followed that win with a record-setting 156-73 victory over Nigeria. The team knocked down 29 three-pointers in the game as it continued to gain momentum.

The U.S. then received its biggest test of the Olympics against the dangerous Lithuanian team. Love played just 12 minutes in the game but led the team with eight rebounds and the U.S. survived 99-94.

The team remained unbeaten in preliminary play with a solid win over Argentina where Love scored 13 points and added nine rebounds.

In the quarterfinals, the U.S. took on Australia, pulling away in the second half as Love posted a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds.

For the tournament, Love led the United States in rebounds and was its fifth-leading scorer.

Love added nine more rebounds in the team's semifinal victory over Argentina which clinched a medal.

The United States now faced Spain in the championship game, the team that was expected to give the U.S. its biggest challenge.

It was a difficult match-up for the United States as Spain featured the large Gasol brothers but the United States wasn't fazed.

Love added nine points and nine rebounds to the effort and played key minutes down the stretch for the United States as the team clinched the gold medal.

Love had a very strong overall showing on a team that many claimed could contend with the 1992 Dream Team as the best squad in Olympic history.