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Saturday August 4, 2012Florida's Will Claye Claims Olympic Bronze Medal in Men's Long Jump

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Will Claye (U.S.A.) took home the University of Florida’s first field event medal in history, turning in an historic performance in the men’s long jump on the second day of track & field at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

 

Claye, who finished eighth in Friday’s qualification round, leapt an astonishing 8.12m/26-7.75 on Saturday to earn a podium finish in the event. Claye’s performance gave the United States its 48th medal in the men’s long jump and its first since 2004 (Dwight Phillips-gold, John Moffitt-silver).

 

Claye has another medal opportunity later in the week, taking to the runway once again to compete in the men’s triple jump alongside former Gator teammate and current Team USA teammate Christian Taylor (U.S.A.).

 

Kerron Clement (U.S.A.) advanced to the finals of the men’s 400-meter hurdles, finishing third in his heat and fifth overall in a season’s best 48.12. Clement, the reigning silver medalist from the 2008 Beijing Olympics, will compete in the finals of the men’s 400-meter hurdles on Monday at 3:45 p.m. ET.

 

Tony McQuay (U.S.A.) finished second in his heat of the men’s 400 meters (18th overall) in 45.48, advancing to Sunday’s semifinals at 3:40 p.m. ET. McQuay and U.S. teammate Bryshon Nellum are the only competitors from Team USA remaining, as reigning Olympic gold medalist LaShawn Merritt did not finish.

 

“I could've executed a little bit better but I got the job done,” McQuay said. “I did my job and made it to the next round.”

 

Novlene Williams-Mills (Jamaica) finished third in her heat of the women’s 400 meters (third overall) in 49.91, the fastest non-automatic qualifier, advancing to Sunday’s final at 4:10 p.m. ET. Williams-Mills is looking for her first individual Olympic medal, having earned a silver medal with the Jamaican women’s 4x400-meter relay in Athens at the 2004 Olympic Games.

 

McQuay and Williams-Mills are the Gators’ only competitors for Sunday’s races.

 

Genevieve LaCaze (Australia) turned in a personal best in the women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase on Saturday, shattering the Florida school record once again. LaCaze finished in 9:37.90 to finish ninth in her heat. She did not advance to the finals of the event but improved upon her place as the fourth-fastest steeplechaser in Australian athletics history. LaCaze was one of five women in the qualification round to run a personal best and beat the 2012 NCAA Champion Shalaya Kipp (Colorado) in the process. LaCaze turned in a runner-up finish behind Kipp in Des Moines at the NCAA Outdoor Championships.

 

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FLORIDA TRACK & FIELD MEDAL COUNT

NAME

COUNTRY

EVENT

MEDAL

Will Claye

U.S.A.

Men’s Long Jump

Bronze

 

GATORS AT THE 2012 OLYMPIC GAMES – 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), season’s 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

2nd in his heat (18th overall), 45.48, advances to semifinals

Genevieve LaCaze

Australia

6:35 AM

Round 1: 3,000m Steeplechase

9th in her heat (22nd overall), 9:37.90 (PR), did not advance to final

Kerron Clement

U.S.A.

2:00 PM

Semifinals: 400m Hurdles

3rd in his heat (5th overall), 48.12 (SB), advances to final

Will Claye

U.S.A.

2:55 PM

Final: Long Jump

WON BRONZE MEDAL, 8.12m/26-7.75

Novlene Williams-Mills

Jamaica

3:05 PM

Semifinals: 400m

3rd in her heat (3rd overall), 49.91, advances to final

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

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 – Contingent Upon Advancing from Round 1

Final – Contingent Upon Advancing from Qualification or Semifinal

 

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