Sanchez wins Olympic gold in 400m hurdles
Former USC track star Felix Sanchez captured the gold medal in the men’s 400-meter intermediate hurdles at the 2012 London Olympics on Aug. 6, making him a two-time Olympic champion in the event that he won at the 2004 Athens Olympics.
A four-time Olympian, Sanchez won gold for his native Dominican Republic with a season-best time of 47.63, pulling away from the field down the stretch. The time was identical to his winning effort in Greece.
Sanchez, who turns 35 on Aug. 30, is the USC record holder in the 400-meter intermediate hurdles. He won the 2000 NCAA title in the event while at USC from 1999 to 2000.
Also in action on Aug. 6 for the Trojans were Duane Solomon in the 800-meter- and Allyson Felix in the 200-meter races, with both advancing to the semifinals on Aug. 7.
Solomon, who attended USC from 2005 to 2008, cruised to victory in his first-round heat of the men’s 800 meters with a time of 1:46.05 to automatically advance to the semifinals. Solomon ranks second on USC’s all-time list in the 800-meter race.
Felix (2003-07), who placed fifth in the 100-meter dash on Aug. 1, began her quest for Olympic gold in the 200-meter race on Aug. 6 by winning her first-round heat with a time of 22.71.