Sept. 25, 2000

SYDNEY, Australia - Danny McFarlane finished eighth today in the final of the 400-meter dash at the Olympic Games. Defending champion Michael Johnson took the gold medal with a time of 43.84 in the race at Olympic Stadium. Fellow American, Alvin Harrison, took the silver and Gregory Haughton of Jamaica took the bronze. McFarlane finished with a 45.55 in the final.

McFarlane had run a time of 45.38 to finish second to Antonio Pettigrew of the United States in the semifinal heat on Sunday to advance to todays final. McFarlane's time was the seventh fastest in semifinal action.

The former Sooner had dropped his 400 time every time he raced in the Olympics until the final. He finished second in his opening round heat with a time of 45.84, then finished fourth in his heat of the second round with a 45.40 to advance to the semifinals.

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.

McFarlane and another former Sooner, Michael Blackwood, are scheduled to compete together on Jamaica's 1600-meter relay which begins competition Friday with the final set for Saturday. The bronze medalist in the 400, Haughton, will be the third runner on the relay. An injury in Sunday's 400 semifinals to Davian Clarke, the fourth member of the relay, will force the team to adjust the lineup. Jamaica has been picked as a possible silver medalist in the 1600-meter relay by Track and Field News.