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Two Bears win gold at Olympics

Aug. 31, 2004

STAFF REPORTS

Grand Prairie junior Jeremy Wariner will reportedly turn pro after winning two medals at the Olympic Games in Athens.

The Waco Tribune-Herald reported on Sunday that Wariner will forgo his final two seasons of eligibility at Baylor, though he does plan to continue to attend classes and train in Waco. The runner made his decision public not long after winning his second gold medal with the U.S. 4x400 relay squad.

"It's going to be the best thing for me," Wariner told the Tribune-Herald. "It was the right decision. I've accomplished all I can in college track and field, and now I just need to step up to the pros and run on that next level."

Wariner won his first gold medal on Aug. 23, running 44.00 in the 400-meter race.

San Antonio senior Darold Williamson ran the anchor leg for the 4x400-meter relay team. Otis Harris led off with a 44.82 split, followed by silver medalist Derrick Brew, who came in with the fastest split of the relay at 43.28.

Wariner took the stick and raced to a 43.98 split, then Williamson finished off the victory with a 43.83.

Wariner and Williamson are expected to return to Waco this week.