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Friday August 3, 2012Three Gators Advance on Opening Day of Olympic Track & Field

London, England

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Three Gator track & field athletes advanced on the first day of competition at Olympic Stadium on Friday, highlighting a full lineup of Florida athletes, past and present, representing their countries and the Gator Nation over the course of the London Games.

 

Kerron Clement (U.S.A.) finished second in his heat and second overall in the menís 400-meter hurdles, automatically advancing to Saturdayís semifinals at 2 p.m. ET. The 2008 Olympic silver medalist turned in a seasonís best time of 48.48 in the fourth heat of the day to solidify his spot in the semifinals.

 

ď(The race) was good,Ē Clement said. ďIt is a very fast track. I just came out here focused on myself, focused on my steps. Iíve had a rather interesting season; Iíve had a few races under my belt, so Iím just happy to make my second Olympic team and just running really well at the Olympics.Ē

 

Novlene Williams-Mills (Jamaica) won her heat and finished sixth overall in the womenís 400 meters to advance to Saturdayís semifinals. Williams-Mills finished in 50.88 and will compete at 3:05 p.m. ET on Saturday.

 

Will Claye (U.S.A.) finished eighth overall in the qualification round of the menís long jump on Friday, leaping 7.99m/26-2.75 (-0.7) to finish sixth in his flight. Claye will compete in the finals of the menís long jump on Saturday at 2:55 p.m. ET, the first track & field final for the Gators at the London Games.

 

ďIt was a little rough, but thank God I made it through, so I live to fight another day,Ē Claye said. ďIím gonna come back tomorrow like today never happened and see what I can do to win that gold medal.Ē

 

Kemal Mesic (Bosnia & Herzegovina) was the first Gator to compete in track & field at the 2012 Olympic Games on Friday. Mesic finished 12th in his flight and 24th overall in the menís shot put with a mark of 19.60m/64-3.75.

 

Joining Claye, Clement and Williams-Mills in competition on Saturday will be Genevieve LaCaze (Australia, 3,000m steeplechase) and Tony McQuay (U.S.A., 400m). LaCaze will race in the first heat of Round 1 of the womenís 3,000-meter steeplechase (6:35 a.m. ET) and McQuay will line up in the fifth heat of Round 1 of the menís 400 meters (5:35 a.m. ET) on Saturday.

 

To keep up with all the Gators at the Olympics, make sure to follow @OlympicGators on Twitter. For all of the latest information on Florida track and field, log on to www.GatorZone.com/trackfield or, for up-to-the-minute updates, follow the teamís Twitter account @GZTrackField or www.twitter.com/GZTrackField. You can also find the Gators on Facebook.

 

GATORS AT THE 2012 OLYMPIC GAMES Ė TRACK & FIELD

Gator Athlete

Country

Time (ET)

Round and Event

Result

FRIDAY, AUGUST 3, 2012

Kemal Mesic

Bosnia

5:00 AM

Qualification: Shot Put

12th in flight (24th overall), 19.60m/64-3.75, did not advance to final

Kerron Clement

U.S.A.

6:15 AM

Round 1: 400m Hurdles

2nd in heat (2nd overall), seasonís best 48.48, advanced to semifinal

Novlene Williams-Mills

Jamaica

7:00 AM

Round 1: 400m

1st in heat (6th overall), 50.88, advanced to semifinal

Will Claye

U.S.A.

2:50 PM

Qualification: Long Jump

6th in flight (8th overall), 7.99m/26-2.75, advanced to final

SATURDAY, AUGUST 4, 2012

Tony McQuay

U.S.A.

5:35 AM

Round 1: 400m

 

Genevieve LaCaze

Australia

6:35 AM

Round 1: 3,000m Steeplechase

Kerron Clement

U.S.A.

2:00 PM

Semifinals: 400m Hurdles

Will Claye

U.S.A.

2:55 PM

Final: Long Jump

Novlene Williams-Mills

Jamaica

3:05 PM

Semifinals: 400m

SUNDAY, AUGUST 5, 2012

Tony McQuay

U.S.A.

3:40 PM

Semifinals: 400m

Novlene Williams-Mills

Jamaica

4:10 PM

Final: 400m

MONDAY, AUGUST 6, 2012

Moise Joseph

Haiti

5:50 AM

Round 1: 800m

Kerron Clement

U.S.A.

3:45 PM

Final: 400m Hurdles

Genevieve LaCaze

Australia

4:05 PM

Final: 3,000M Steeplechase

Tony McQuay

U.S.A.

4:30 PM

Final: 400m

TUESDAY, AUGUST 7, 2012

Will Claye

U.S.A.

5:45 AM

Qualification: Triple Jump

Christian Taylor

U.S.A.

5:45 AM

Qualification: Triple Jump

Shara Proctor

Great Britain

2:05 PM

Qualification: Long Jump

Moise Joseph

Haiti

2:55 PM

Semifinals: 800m

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 8, 2012

Shara Proctor

Great Britain

3:05 PM

Final: Long Jump

THURSDAY, AUGUST 9, 2012

Kerron Clement

U.S.A.

6:35 AM

Round 1: 4x400m Relay

Tony McQuay

U.S.A.

6:35 AM

Round 1: 4x400m Relay

Will Claye

U.S.A.

2:20 PM

Final: Triple Jump

Christian Taylor

U.S.A.

2:20 PM

Final: Triple Jump

Moise Joseph

Haiti

3:00 PM

Final: 800m

FRIDAY, AUGUST 10, 2012

Novlene Williams-Mills

Jamaica

2:10 PM

Round 1: 4x400m Relay

Jeff Demps

U.S.A.

2:45 PM

Round 1: 4x100m Relay

Kerron Clement

U.S.A.

4:20 PM

Final: 4x400m Relay

Tony McQuay

U.S.A.

4:20 PM

Final: 4x400m Relay

SATURDAY, AUGUST 11, 2012

Novlene Williams-Mills

Jamaica

3:25 PM

Final: 4x400m Relay

Jeff Demps

U.S.A.

4:00 PM

Final: 4x100m Relay

Semifinal Ė Contingent Upon Advancing from Round 1

Final Ė Contingent Upon Advancing from Qualification or Semifinal

 

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