Felix Wins Gold In 200 Meter Dash At 2012 London Olympics
Aug. 8, 2012
Allyson Felix won the gold medal in the women's 200m dash, Aaron Brown tied for ninth in the men's 200m and Eva Orban took 17th in the women's hammer throw at the 2012 London Olympics today (Aug. 8). Felix's gold medal was USC's fifth gold of the 2012 Olympics and her first individual gold medal.
Felix (2003-07) overpowered a stacked 200m finals field to win with a time of 21.88, .21 seconds ahead of Jamaica's Shelly-Ann Fraser-Price who won the gold in the 100m dash earlier in the games. Felix was on a mission to achieve gold in the 200m Olympics after winning the silver medal in the 200m dash at both the 2004 and 2008 Olympics. After winning, she draped a USA flag around her shoulders and took a victory lap after being hugged by her teammates Carmelita Jeter (bronze) and Sanya Richards-Ross (5th). Felix is the first Trojan female to capture Olympic gold in the 200m dash and the first USC runner since Don Quarrie won the men's 200m dash in 1976.
Brown, who just completed his sophomore season at USC, narrowly missed out on reaching the finals in the men's 200m dash by running a PR of 20.42 into a -.6 wind to finish fourth in his heat which included Jamaican superstar Usain Bolt and tied for ninth overall. The Trojan competing for Canada was in eighth place with about 80 meters to go before he started running down the field, falling just short of catching Alex Quinonez of Ecuador who ran 20.37 and captured the last spot in the finals. Brown's time bettered his previous legal best of 20.55 done several times including in Round 1 and moved him into eighth place on USC's all-time list in the 200m dash. Brown was the 2012 Pac-12 champion in the 100m dash and an All-American in the 200m race at the NCAA Championships.
Orban (2006-09), competing for Hungary, placed ninth in her flight and 17th overall in the women's hammer throw with a mark of 225-2 (68.64m). She fouled in her first attempt, had her best throw in her second attempt and finished with a throw of 206-11 (63.08m). Orban won the 2008 NCAA hammer throw title and is the USC school record holder with a best throw of 230-2 (70.18m).