Sept. 30, 2000

SYDNEY, Australia - Former Sooners Danny McFarlane and Michael Blackwood teamed with Gregory Haughton and Christopher Williams to run a 2:58.78 to finish third in the 1600-meter relay final today in the final event on the track of the Olympic Games.

The United States, with 400-meter gold medalist Michael Johnson running the anchor leg, took the gold with a time of 2:56.35 while Nigeria edged the Jamaicans for second with a 2:58.68.

Blackwood, who had run the anchor leg in the semifinal, ran the opening leg in the final. McFarlane, who had run the anchor leg in the first round and the third leg of the relay in the semifinal, ran the anchor leg in the final.

Blackwood, McFarlane and Haughton were the only Jamaican runners to run on the relay in all three rounds. The relay won its heat in the first round with a 3:03.85, then finished second to the U.S. in the semifinal with a 2:58.84.

McFarlane finished eighth earlier this week in the final of the 400-meter dash at the Olympic Games.

McFarlane, who last competed for OU in 1997, was an eight-time All-American for the Sooners and was a member of the Sooners' indoor 1600-meter relay national champion in 1997. Competing as a member of the Jamaican National team, he earned a silver medal on the 4 x 400-meter relay at the 1995 World Championships, a bronze at the 1997 World Championships and a bronze at the 1999 World Championships, both as a member of the 1600-meter relay. He also competed for Jamaica in the 1993 World Championships as a member of the 1600-meter relay.

Blackwood and McFarlane continue a long tradition of Sooner track and field athletes who have eon medals in the Olympics. In 1996, Jason Rouser won a gold medal in the 4 x 400-meter relay and Roxbert Martin, Jamaica, earned a bronze medal in the 4 x 400-meter.