Former Sooner advances to second sprint semifinal of London Games.
Aug. 6, 2012
NORMAN, Okla. -- Former Sooner Laverne Jones-Ferrette cruised to the semifinals of the women’s 200-meter dash at the 2012 Olympic Games Monday evening in London.
Jones-Ferrette clocked a season best 22.64 for second place in her first-round heat, finishing behind American Sanya Richards-Ross and automatically qualifying for Tuesday's semifinal round.
The U.S. Virgin Islands sprinter’s time was the fifth fastest of the 24 who advanced. Richards-Ross led the field at 22.48.
The women’s 200-meter dash semifinals begin Tuesday at 2:25 p.m. CDT.
Jones-Ferrette earned six NCAA All-America honors while competing for the University of Oklahoma in 2003 and 2004. It is her third Olympic Games and she finished 14th overall in the semifinals on the women’s 100-meter dash Saturday.
OU senior-to-be Tia Brooks came up about two feet short in her bid to make the Olympic final in women’s shot put. Brooks threw 58 feet, 1 inch (17.72 meters) on her second of three attempts in the qualification round and placed 20th overall out of 33 competitors.
Chile’s Natalia Duco claimed the final transfer spot of 12th with a mark of 60-5 ¼ (18.45).
Former Sooner Latoya Greaves’ Olympics ended before she could reach the starting line as an injury forced her out of the women’s 100-meter hurdles preliminaries.
Back-to-back NCAA and 2012 U.S. national champion Brittany Borman makes her Olympic debut in the javelin throw in the event’s qualification round Tuesday at 4 a.m.