Former Gamecock track star Lashinda Demus’s search for a first Olympic gold medal remains alive after the reigning world champion took fifth place in the preliminary round of the 400-meter hurdles Sunday night at the Games of the XXX Olympiad in London.
Demus won her heat with the fifth-fastest time of the day at 54.60 seconds to automatically advance to Monday’s semifinal.
Competing in her first Olympics since the 2004 Sydney Games, the current American record holder will compete at 3:15 p.m. (ET) for a berth in Wednesday’s final round.
Fellow former Gamecock Jason Richardson also is still in the hunt for an individual medal in the 100-meter hurdles. He will run in the first round on Tuesday at 5:10 a.m. (ET). The semifinals are set for Wednesday at 2:15 p.m. with the final slated for Wednesday at 4:15 p.m.
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