Neville is Beijing-Bound, Jefferson Advances
July 4, 2008
EUGENE, Ore. - David Neville qualified for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games on July 3, finishing third in finals of the 400m dash at the U.S. Track and Field Olympic Trials. Neville is the first male former Hoosier to qualify for the Olympics since 1996, when Bob Kennedy and Jim Spivey both qualified in the 5,000m run. The last Hoosier to qualify was Rose Richmond, who competed in the long jump in the 2004 games in Athens, Greece.
Neville, a five-time All-American in just three years at Indiana, finished in 44.61 seconds. He joins first-place finisher LeShawn Merritt and former gold-medalist Jeremy Wariner in winning bids to the games that open on August 8 in Beijing, China.
Neville chose to forego his senior year of eligibility at IU to sign a professional contract after winning two Big Ten championships during his junior season in the 200m and 400m.
Former Hoosier John Jefferson advanced to the semifinals in the 1,500m run, recording one of the 25 best times in the quarterfinals. His time of 3:42.48 was just 1.21 seconds off the top time in the round of heats. Jefferson was a three-time All-American and a Big Ten champion at Indiana. He will run in the semifinals on Friday, July 4, at 11:05 p.m. ET.
Richmond came up just short of a return trip to the Olympics on July 3. She finished ninth in the finals of the long jump, recording a mark of 6.42m (21-0.75). She was just 30 centimeters out of the last qualifying spot.
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