Haughton Leads Mason Olympians with Bronze in 400-Meter Event
Posted: September 26, 2000 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am
Former George Mason University track and field standout Greg Haughton of Jamaica earned his first individual Olympic medal with a third-place finish in the men’s 400-meter event yesterday. He finished in 44.70 seconds, behind world-record holder Michael Johnson (43.84) and Alvin Harrison (44.40), both of the United States.
Haughton is the only George Mason athlete to ever win a medal, individual or team, at the Olympics. Although this is his first individual medal, it is his second Olympic bronze. In the 1996 Atlanta Games, he won a bronze medal as part of Jamaica’s 4×400-meter relay. He will compete in that relay in Sydney on Friday.
Haughton is one of four George Mason track and field alumni to compete in Sydney. This morning Julius Achon of Uganda, a three-time NCAA National Champion at George Mason, qualified for the semifinals in the 1500-meters by placing seventh in his round-one heat in 3 minutes, 39.40 seconds. The semifinals will be held tomorrow evening. Former George Mason All-American Ibrahim Aden of Somalia also competed in the 1500-meter event, but will not advance after a 12th-place performance in his heat.