Lewis Banda Bounced From 400m Dash at Athens Olympics

Aug. 21, 2004

ATHENS, Greece - Lewis Banda, a representative of Zimbabwe and member of the Arizona State track and field team, missed making the finals of the 400m dash, finishing one place shy of advancement at the 2004 Athens Olympics Saturday inside Olympic Stadium.


Running in the first of three heats and needing to finish in the Top 2 of his race or be one of the next best two times overall, Banda clocked a 45.23 to finish fourth in the race. American collegiate Jeremy Wariner (Baylor), who was next to Banda on the track, won the heat with the fastest time in the meet and is the top seed. Banda almost joined him in the finals, but was 0.22 seconds off of the final qualifier, Leslie Djhone of France, who was third in the heat at 45.01.


Next up for the young sprinter from Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, is the 4x400m relay, slated for Aug. 24. Two former Sun Devils also will compete in the coming days, led by Dwight Phillips (USA) in the long jump. The owner of the six best jumps in the world this year, Phillips is the gold medal favorite in the long jump event and will look to improve upon his eighth-place finish at the 2000 Summer Games. He will compete in the qualification round Aug. 24 with the finals slated for Aug. 26. Also scheduled to compete is Michael Campbell, who will represent Jamaica in the 4x400m relay on Aug. 24.

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