Brew, Willie Win Gold in 4x400-Meter Relay

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Brew, Willie Win Gold in 4x400-Meter Relay

ATHENS, Greece — Former LSU track standout Derrick Brew won his second medal of the 2004 Summer Games Saturday, earning gold as part of the United States’ 4×400-meter relay team.

The U.S. was just off Olympic record pace, dominating runner-up Australia by almost five full seconds to win gold in 2:55.91. 400-meter silver medallist Otis Harris ran the opening leg in 43.28 before handing off to Brew who clocked 44.81 on the second lap.

400-meter Olympic champion Jeremy Wariner added a 43.98 split on the third leg while Darold Williamson closed out the race clocking 43.83 on the fourth lap.

Although not running in the finals, junior Kelly Willie will also be awarded a gold medal for the relay win by virtue of his participation in the preliminary round heat Friday.

Medalling in the women’s long relay were former Lady Tigers Nadia Davy and Ronetta Smith. Running for Jamaica, Davy teamed with Novlene Williams, Michelle Burgher and Sandie Richards in the finals to win bronze in 3:22.00.

Smith ran in the preliminary round and will earn the bronze for that effort.