Baylor Welcomes Home Gold Medalists

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    (L to R) Darold Williamson, Coach Clyde Hart, and Jeremy Wariner
    Photo by Cliff Cheney / Baylor Photography
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    Reporters surround Jeremy Wariner following a news conference with Baylor's two Olympians.
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    Clyde Hart, who has headed up Baylor's track and field program for more than 41 years, is interviewed by radio talk show host Steve Fallon.
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    Jeremy Wariner and Darold Williamson entered the Ferrell Center to the cheers of more than 1,500 fans.
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    Waco Mayor Mae Jackson proclaimed Sept. 2, 2004, as "Jeremy Wariner Day" and "Darold Williamson Day" in Waco.
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    (L to R) Baylor regent Wes Bailey, emcee John Morris, Jeremy Wariner and Darold Williamson watch the replays of their races on the BaylorVision video boards.
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    Jeremy Wariner watches a BaylorVision replay of his gold medal-winning 400 meter race.
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    Darold Williamson watches a BaylorVision replay of the 4x400 meter relay, which he anchored to a gold medal.
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    A crush of fans greeted the gold medalists following the Welcome Back rally.
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    Steve Smith, vice president of special events and Big 12 promotions for the Waco Chamber of Commerce, shows off his Wariner/Williamson shades.
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Sept. 3, 2004

by Clifford Cheney

Baylor University and the city of Waco rolled out the green and gold carpet Sept. 2 at the Ferrell Center for Baylor track stars Jeremy Wariner and Darold Williamson, who combined to win three gold medals at the Olympic Games in Athens, Greece.

A boisterous crowd of about 1,500 cheering fans heard words of appreciation from the gold medalists and their coach, Clyde Hart, who is entering his 43rd year as head coach of the Baylor track program.

The event also featured replays on the BaylorVision scoreboards of the 400 meter race, won by Wariner, and the 4x400 meter relay. Wariner ran the third leg of the race, with anchor Williamson crossing the finish line with the fastest time in the world this year.


Watch the Welcome Home celebration via streaming video on BaylorTV.com.


For more about Wariner and Williamson's appearance Sept. 11 at the Baylor-Texas State football game, go to BaylorBears.com.

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