Aug. 28, 2004
ATHENS, Greece - Baylor junior Jeremy Wariner (Grand Prairie, Texas) ran the third leg, while senior Darold Williamson (San Antonio, Texas) ran the anchor as the United States 4x400-meter relay team coasted to the gold medal Saturday at the Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium.
Otis Harris, the bronze medalist in the 400 meters, led off with a 44.82 split, followed by silver medalist Derrick Brew, who came in with the fastest split of the relay at 43.28. Wariner took the stick and raced to a 43.98 split, then Williamson finished off the victory with a 43.83. The Americans' time of 2:55.91 came just shy of the Olympic record set by the U.S. at Barcelona in 1992 and the world record set by the U.S. in 1998.
The gold was the second of the Olympics for Wariner, the 400-meter champion, and the first for Williamson.
Australia took the silver with a time of 3:00.60, followed by Nigeria, which took bronze at 3:00.90. Japan was just edged out of the medals with a time of 3:00.99.
More details on Wariner and Williamson's return to Waco will be available later this week.
|USA||Otis Harris (44.82)||2:55.91|
|Derrick Brew (43.28)|
|Jeremy Wariner (43.98)|
|Darold Williamson (43.83)|