Ten UGA Track & Field Competitors Set For Olympic Events
Aug. 2, 2012
ATHENS, Ga. --- The Bulldog swimmers got UGA’s contingent off to a quick start in the Olympics with five medals - and Georgia’s track and field representatives are determined to keep that streak going.
Ten track and field athletes with ties to the University of Georgia will be participating in the London Olympics, with the first events slated for Friday. The opening ceremonies were July 27 and the Games will go through Aug. 12.
Reese Hoffa (shot put), Hyleas Fountain (heptathlon) and Kibwe Johnson (hammer throw) will represent the United States in London. Five other nations will also be represented by former or current Bulldogs at the Olympics: Andras Haklits (hammer throw), Martin Maric (Discus) – Croatia; Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie (200-meter dash, 4x100 relay), Shaunae Miller (400) – Bahamas; Levern Spencer (high jump) – St. Lucia; Jenny Dahlgren (hammer throw) – Argentina; Sultana Frizell (hammer throw) – Canada.
Eight of the competitors – Hoffa, Fountain, Haklits, Maric, Ferguson-McKenzie, Spencer, Dahlgren and Frizell – are making repeat performances at the Olympics. Ferguson-McKenzie, who has a Gold, a Silver and a Bronze medal on her resume, will be competing in her fifth consecutive Olympics.
Hoffa, who was seventh in the shot put finals in 2008, is gunning for his first medal in his third Olympics while Haklits will be competing in his fourth Games. Fountain was a 2008 Silver medalist in the heptathlon and will be battling in her second straight Olympics.
Johnson and Miller, who is an incoming freshman sprinter for the Lady Bulldogs, will be making their Olympic debuts.
Hoffa kicks off the action for the former Bulldogs in the shot put qualifying round at 5 a.m. ET on Friday with the finals arriving at 3:30 p.m. that same day.
The Olympics will be televised daily by NBC, NBC Sports Network, MSNBC, CNBC, Bravo and NBC Universal. For listings and more information, visit NBCOlympics.com.