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Wariner wins gold in 400 meters

Aug. 23, 2004

By CATHERINE BROWN, sports editor

Baylor junior Jeremy Wariner won his first gold medal in the 400-meter running a time of 44.00 on Monday in Olympic Stadium.

"It's an incredible feeling - I ran just like I was supposed to, like Coach (Clyde) Hart wanted me to," Wariner said on "I didn't get the lead right away, but I worked the turn better than I have all year. Now I'm just going to look forward to the relay and see if we can bring home some more gold medals."

His time in the race is his personal best. Wariner also continues the tradition of a Baylor runner winning the 400-meter, the first being Michael Johnson in 1996 and 2000.

Wariner led the other two Americans, Otis Harris and Derrick Brew, in a sweep of the medals. Harris finished second in 44.16 and Brew finished with a time of 44.42 in third

Wariner and senior Darold Williamson will run the 4x400-meter relay on Friday. If the U.S. team advances to the finals, they will run Saturday.