Four Former Tigers Advance at Olympic Games
ATHENS, Greece — Four track and field athletes with LSU ties began their quests for gold Friday at the 2004 Summer Games, advancing to the next round of competition at the Olympic Stadium.
Former Tigers Alleyne Francique and Derrick Brew each automatically advanced to the semifinals in the men’s 400 meters by virtue of winning their respective first round heats. Francique toppled the competition in heat one with a time of 45.32, while Brew outdistance the field in heat four, clocking 45.41.
In the field, former Tiger Walter Davis advanced to Sunday’s final in the men’s triple jump. Davis, competing in his second straight Olympic Games, finished sixth in Group A and 11th overall with a leap of 55-7.
Former Tiger LeJuan Simon was also in the field, but failed to qualify to the finals after placing 36th with a mark of 53-0 1/4.
Half-miler Marian Burnett was the lone former Lady Tiger in action. She moved on to semifinals in the 800 meters after placing fourth in her heat and 17th overall with a time of 2:02.17.
Action from the Olympic Games will continue Saturday. Francique, Brew and Burnett will return to the track for the semifinals of the 400 meters and the 800 meters, respectively, while Nadia Davy (400 meters), Hazelann Regis (400 meters) and Debbie Parris (400 meters) will each see their first action of the 2004 Summer Games.