Davis Finishes 11th in Triple Jump at Olympic Games
ATHENS, Greece — It was deja vu for former LSU track and field standout Walter Davis Sunday at the Olympic Games. Mirroring his finish from the 2000 Summer Games in Sydney, Davis once again placed 11th in the men’s triple jump competition.
Davis, a six-time national champion and nine-time All-American while competing for the Tigers, jumped 55-0 3/4 on his first jump of the day, but failed to improve on that mark and missed the additional three-round final by seven inches.
World champion and field favorite Christian Olsson of Sweden won the event with a world-leading and Swedish national record mark of 58-4 1/2.
Also in action were Lady Tiger senior Hazelann Regis and former Lady Tiger All-American Debbie Parris.
Regis missed advancing to the finals of the 400 meters after clocking 51.47 in the semifinals to place 15th overall. Parris also missed the cut, placing 10th in the semifinals of the 400-meter hurdles despite a season-best time of 54.99.
Competition from the Olympic Stadium and the 2004 Summer Games will continue tomorrow. Athletes with LSU ties in action include Muna Lee (United States) and Valma Bass (St. Kitts and Nevis) in the 200 meters, Derrick Brew (United States) and Alleyne Francique (Grenada) in the 400 meters, Bennie Brazell (United States) in the 400-meter hurdles and Claston Bernard (Jamaica) in the decathlon.