Four Former Patriots Competing in Olympics
Posted: September 25, 2000 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am
Four former George Mason track and field athletes are currently competing at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Austrailia. The track and field events, which kicked off at Friday will conclude on Sunday, Oct. 1, with the men’s marathon.
In his second Olympics, Greg Haughton is representing Jamaica in the 400 meters and in the 4×400-meter relay. A bronze medalist in the 4×400-meter relay in Atlanta, Haughton has already advanced to the finals in the 400. He won his heat in round one in 45.63 seconds, placed second in his heat in round two in 45.08 seconds, and finished third in his heat in in the semifinals with a time of 44.65 seconds. Haughton will compete in the finals of the 400-meter event tonight, and he will run in round one of the 4×400-meter relay on Friday, Sept. 29.
Also representing Jamaica is former Patriot standout Ian Weakly. Weakly, an NCAA All-American in the 400-meter hurdles and 4×400-meter relay, did not qualify past the first round in the 400-meter hurdles, after running the event in 52.18
Two other George Mason track and field All-Americans, Uganda’s Julius Achon and Somalia’s Ibrahim Aden, will compete in the 1500 meters today.