Sanchez Wins Olympic Gold In 400m Hurdles
Aug. 6, 2012
Former USC track star Felix Sanchez captured the gold medal in the men's 400m intermediate hurdles at the 2012 London Olympics today (Aug. 6) making him a two-time Olympic champion as he won the same event at the 2004 Athens Olympics. Also in action today for the Trojans were Duane Solomon in the 800m and Allyson Felix in the 200m races, with both advancing to semifinals tomorrow.
The four-time Olympian Sanchez won gold for his native Dominican Republic with a season-best time of 47.63, pulling away from the field down the stretch. His time was identical to his winning effort at the 2004 Athens Olympics.
Sanchez, who turns 35 on Aug. 30, is the USC record holder in the 400m IH and won the 2000 NCAA title in the event while at USC (1999-2000).
USC has now won 10 medals these games, including four gold, two silver and four bronze.
Solomon (2005-08) cruised to victory in his first-round heat of the men's 800m with a time of 1:46.05 to automatically advance to tomorrow's semifinals (11:55 a.m.). His time was the ninth fastest of the qualifiers. Solomon ranks second on USC's all-time list in the 800m race and placed seventh at the 2007 NCAA Championships in the event.
Felix (2003-07), who placed fifth in the 100m dash on Aug. 1, began her quest for Olympic gold in the 200m race today by winning her first-round heat with a time of 22.71. She will run tomorrow at 12:25 p.m. in the 200m semifinals. Felix won the silver medal in the 200m dash at both the 2004 and 2008 Olympics.