Danvers Wins Bronze In Olympic 400m Intermediate Hurdles Race
Aug. 20, 2008
Former USC NCAA champion Tasha Danvers posted a personal-best time of 53.84 in the women's 400m intermediate hurdles race to earn a bronze medal at the Beijing Games today (Aug. 20).
Danvers, running for her native Great Britain, took third place in the race won by Melaine Walker of Jamaica in an Olympic-record time of 52.64. USA's Sheena Tosta took second with a time of 53.70.
Danvers had advanced to the finals by taking second in her semifinal heat with a time of 54.31 and winning her opening round race with a time of 55.19.
The results were especially pleasing to Danvers as she had struggled through an injury-plagued season.
'I had to remember `Do not give up on yourself' mentally, at least if you're mentally able to stay on top of it you never know what you can do,' said Danvers. 'I did the training, the proof is in the pudding and I managed to put it together at the right time so I am so happy.'
While at USC Danvers won the 2000 NCAA title in the 400m IH and set two school records which still stand, posting a 54.94 time in the 400m IH in 2000 and running the first leg of USC's fastest recorded 4x400m relay of 3:28.08 in 1999.
Danvers also competed for Great Britain at the 2000 Sydney Games in the 400m IH and on its 4x400m relay team, but did not medal.
USC has now earned eight individual medals at the Beijing Games, with the first seven coming in swimming.