McQuay, Claye London Bound! Demps Falls Short at USA Olympic Trials
Junior Gator sprinter Tony McQuay and former Florida track and field member Will Claye both advanced to the USA national team and will compete in the 2012 London Games. McQuay, the three-time NCAA indoor and outdoor champion in the 400-meter dash, ran the third-best time in the world with a time of 44.49 seconds in the 400-meter. He placed second to reigning Olympic champion LaShawn Merritt, who set a world-leading time of 44.12. Claye will take place in the Men's Long Jump after earning a jump of 27 feet, good enough for second place in the qualifying finals.
Gator sprinter Jeff Demps qualified for the 100-meter men's finals, but finished seventh out of a possible eight athletes in the final race (10.27). Former Gator Christian Taylor placed fourth on the men's long jump (26-7 3/4) while current Florida freshman Marquis Dendy failed to register a mark, fouling on his three jumps.
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