Neville Takes Bronze in 400-meter Finals
Aug. 21, 2008
BEIJING, China - Former Hoosier All-American David Neville finished third in the finals of the 400-meter dash on Thursday to complete a sweep of the medals by Team USA. The finish makes the Merrillville, Ind. native the first individual Olympic medalist for Indiana track and field since Willie May took the silver medal in the 1960 games and the first medalist in any event since 1984.
Neville, who raced out of lane nine, finished in 44.80 seconds, which was just six hundredths of a second behind defending gold medalist and fellow American Jeremy Wariner, who took the silver. The gold went to LaShawn Merritt, also of the United States. The sweep marks the second consecutive Olympic Games in which the Americans have stocked the medal stand in the men's 400m dash.
"Anytime a former IU track and field athlete performs on the world stage, it brings honor to our program, and we are very proud of David's accomplishment," said Indiana director and head coach of track and field Ron Helmer.
Neville was a four-time Big Ten champion and a five-time All-American at Indiana in only three years of competition. He donned the cream and crimson from 2003 to 2005.
Neville will return to action in the 4x400m relay on Friday. The first heat for the relays is slated to start at 8:10 a.m. ET on Friday, Aug. 22.
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