LaRon Bennett (shown above) joined Justin Gaymon as they advanced to their second straight Olympic Trial semifinals.
June 29, 2012
EUGENE, Ore. --- Former Georgia All-Americans Justin Gaymonand LaRon Bennett both advanced to the semifinals in the 400-meter hurdles at the Olympic Track & Field Trials in Eugene, Ore., on Thursday.
Gaymon and Bennett return to the track in the 400 hurdle semifinals at 6:35 p.m. ET on Friday. In addition, ex-Lady Bulldog and 2008 Olympic silver medalist Hyleas Fountain starts the heptathlon on Friday.
Gaymon sped to the fourth-fastest time in the prelims with a 49.56 as he took second in his heat behind Michael Tinsley (49.55). Gaymon owns the school record after crossing the finish line in 48.46 at the 2008 Olympic Trials as he advanced to the finals and finished one spot out of earing a spot on the U.S. team by just .04 seconds.
The New Jersey native was a five-time All-American at Georgia and captured the 2007 and 2008 Southeastern Conference titles in the hurdles.
Also a finalist at the 2008 Trials, Bennett ran in the second heat and was the runner-up behind Bershawn Jackson on Thursday. Bennett recorded a finish of 51.07 behind Jackson's 50.59 and has the 14th-best time going into the semifinals.
Bennett, a native of Brunswick, earned All-American honors in three consecutive seasons from 2003-2005. He was the former school record holder before Gaymon after clocking a 48.74 at the 2005 NCAA Championships.
Live results and a recap from the Trials can be found at georgiadogs.com.