Monday, July 2, 2012

Brittany Borman Wins Javelin

NORMAN, Okla. -- University of Oklahoma senior Brittany Borman became the second Sooner to join Team USA track and field for the 2012 London Olympic Games in dramatic fashion Sunday.

Borman threw 201 feet, 9 inches (61.51 meters) to win the javelin throw and surpass the Olympic A standard for the first time in her career on her sixth and final attempt at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore.

"I have always dreamed of being here," Borman said, "and coming here has been such a blessing. My coaching and training has been great and because of it I was more than prepared for today. I am looking forward to going to London."

The back-to-back NCAA champion held third place headed into the final round and bested her personal record by nearly seven feet with the gold-medal winning toss.

"I didn't really know what happened differently. I prayed before it and I am still in shock about how far I threw."

Borman will join Kara Patterson and Rachel Yurkovich, who finished fourth but was the third best with an A standard, as well as OU junior Tia Brooks, who qualified for the U.S. in the shot put Friday.

Former Sooner Amy Backel finished 10th in the javelin with a best throw of 170-2 (51.88).

Former Sooner Latoya Greaves, who graduated from OU in 2011, also qualified for the Olympics for her native Jamaica.

Greaves placed second in the women's 100-meter hurdles in a personal best 12.77 seconds. Brigitte Foster-Hylton, the 2009 World Champion, won in 12.68.

Earlier Sunday, Greaves ran 12.86, passing the Olympic A standard for the first time in her career, in her preliminary heat to finish second to Foster-Hylton's 12.85 and advance to the final.
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