After settling for silver in the last two Olympics, USC alumna Allyson Felix ’08 finally got her golden moment at the London Olympics on Aug. 8.
The three-time world champion in the 200-meter dash overpowered a stacked finals field to win with a time of 21.88, 0.21 seconds ahead of Jamaica’s Shelly-Ann Fraser-Price who won the gold in the 100-meter dash earlier in the games. Carmelita Jeter of the United States claimed the bronze in 22.14. Jamaica’s Veronica Campbell-Brown, who beat Felix for the gold in both the 2004 and 2008 Olympics, placed fourth.
Felix’s gold medal is USC’s fifth gold of the 2012 Olympics and her first individual gold medal.
After winning, Felix draped a USA flag around her shoulders and took a victory lap after being hugged by her teammates Jeter and Sanya Richards-Ross (fifth).
Felix is the first Trojan female to capture Olympic gold in the 200-meter dash and the first USC runner since Don Quarrie won the men’s 200-meter dash in 1976.
Aaron Brown, who just completed his sophomore season at USC, narrowly missed out on reaching the finals in the men’s 200-meter dash. The Trojan competing for Canada was in eighth place with about 80 meters to go before he started running down the field, falling just short of catching Alex Quinonez of Ecuador who ran 20.37 and captured the last spot in the finals. Brown’s time bettered his previous legal best of 20.55 done several times and moved him into eighth place on USC’s all-time list in the 200-meter dash. Brown was the 2012 Pac-12 champion in the 100-meter dash and an All-American in the 200-meter race at the NCAA Championships.
Eva Orban (2006-09), competing for Hungary, placed ninth in her flight and 17th overall in the women’s hammer throw with a mark of 225-2 (68.64 meters). She fouled in her first attempt, had her best throw in her second attempt and finished with a throw of 206-11 (63.08 meters). Orban won the 2008 NCAA hammer throw title and is USC’s record holder with a best throw of 230-2 (70.18 meters).