Sept. 22, 2000

SYDNEY, Australia - Danny McFarlane finished second in his heat with a time of 45.84 to advance to the second round of the 400-meter dash at the Olympic Games today at Olympic Stadium. The second round of the 400-meter dash is scheduled for Saturday (Sydney time) with the semifinals set for Sunday and the championship set for Monday.

McFarlane's time was the 27th best of the 32 who qualified for the second round. Alvin Harrison of the United States had the fastest first-round time with a 44.96. Defending champion Michael Johnson had a first-round time of 45.25.

McFarlane's career best in the 400 is 44.90 and he has run a best of 45.26 earlier this season. Former Sooner coach J.D. Martin continues to coach McFarlane. He finished second in the 400-meter dash at the Jamaican Olympic Trials held in July at the National Stadium in Kingston, Jamaica.

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 team on Jamaica's 1600-meter relay which begins competition next Friday with the final set for Saturday. Jamaica has been picked as a possible silver medalist in the 1600-meter relay.