Mason Alum Finishes Fourth in Olympic Competition

Posted: August 31, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Former George Mason track standout Maurice Wignall came within a hair’s breadth of winning a medal at the 2004 Olympic Games. Competing for his home country of Jamaica, Wignall finished fourth last Friday in the 110-meter hurdles, missing a bronze medal by .01 of a second. Anier Garcia of Cuba, the 2000 Olympic gold medalist, took home the bronze with a time of 13.20 seconds. Wignall crossed the line in 13.21.

Wignall was trying to make this the third-consecutive Olympic Games in which a former Mason athlete medaled. Greg Haughton, also a Jamaican, won the bronze in the 400-meters and 4×400-meter relay at Sydney in 2000 and he took home a bronze in the 4×400-meter relay at Atlanta in 1996.

Two other athletes with ties to Mason competed for Jamaica at this year’s Olympics. Former Mason athlete Michelle Ballentine (800-meters) and rising senior Richard Phillips (110-meter hurdles) advanced to the semifinals in their events.

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