Four Advance to 4x400 Relay Finals at Olympic Games
ATHENS, Greece — LSU junior Kelly Willie and three other former athletes of the Tiger track and field program helped their native countries to berths in the 4×400-meter relay finals Friday at the Olympic Games.
Willie clocked 44.65 as the United States’ lead leg before handing off to former Tiger and 400-meter bronze medalist Derrick Brew (45.70). Andrew Rock (44.81) and Darold Williamson (44.14) ran the final two legs for the American squad that handily won their heat in 2:59.30. Their time, the fastest in each of the two qualifying heats, topped the nearest competitor by over two seconds.
In the women’s relay, former Lady Tigers Nadia Davy and Ronetta Smith each ran a leg on the Jamaican relay team that advanced to the finals with a time of 3:24.92.
Smith split 51.60 as the lead leg, while Davy clocked 51.09 in the third position.
In the field, former Lady Tiger Laverne Eve of the Bahamas finished sixth in the women’s javelin competition. Eve, competing in her third Olympic Games, recorded a season-best throw of 205-11.
Competition from Olympic Stadium and the 2004 Summer Games concludes Saturday with the finals of the men’s and women’s 4×400-meter relays.