Aug. 3, 2012
NEW ORLEANS - Gloria Asumnu made her Olympic debut on the track when the fastest women in the world stepped into the starting blocks for the 100 meter prelims on Friday, August 3 inside of London's Olympic Stadium. The four-time All-America selection as a member of the Tulane track and field program advanced to tomorrow's (August 4) semifinals with the 16th fastest time in the event.
Asumnu opened her first Olympic games with a preferred lane - lane five - in the third heat of the 100 meter prelims and tied her season-best time. Running next to medal contender Veronica Campbell-Brown of Jamaica, Asumnu was second midway through the race and eventually finished third in the heat with a time of 11.13. That was the 16th fastest time in the 56-person field and her third place finish in the heat automatically qualified her for a spot in the semifinals at 2:35 CDT on Saturday, August 4.
Along with the 100 meter event, Asumnu also qualified for the XXX Olympic Games in the 200-meter and 4x100 meter relay. The 27-year old won the African Championships - the Olympic qualifying event for African nations - in the 200 meters and is one of 24 total athletes (16 women) to represent Nigeria on the world's biggest stage.
The former Green Wave sprinter is one of 32 current and former Conference USA student-athletes that will be competing at the 30th Olympiad. Asumnu along with Blessing Okagbare (UTEP) each competed for Nigeria and ran the 100 meter. They will also team up in the 4x100 meter relay and look to capture a medal for their country.
Asumnu's Olympic Schedule
Saturday, August 4 - 100m Semifinals (2:35 CDT)
Saturday, August 4 - 100m Semifinals (4:55 CDT) *
Monday, August 6 - 200m Prelims (2:20 CDT)
Tuesday, August 7 - 200m Prelims (3:25 CDT) *
Wednesday, August 8 - 200m Finals (4:00 CDT) *
Thursday, August 9 - 4x100m Relay Prelims (3:20 CDT)
Friday, August 10 - 4x100m Relay Finals (3:40 CDT) *
* - Must Qualify For
Born in Houston, Texas, Asumnu is the daughter of Rosaline Nnadozie and Christian Asumnu, who were each born in Nigeria. Her parents - from Imo State in Nigeria - moved to the United State to attend college and Gloria holds dual citizenship in the USA and Nigeria, enabling her to compete for either country during international competitions.
She continues to own the Tulane school records in the indoor 60 and 200 meter races and the outdoor 100 and 200 meter events. A ten-time All-Conference USA selection, Asumnu won five individual C-USA titles. Her victories came in the 60 meter during the 2004, 2005 and 2007 indoor seasons and in the 100 meter during the outdoor campaign in 2005 and 2007.