Aug. 9, 2012
NEW ORLEANS - After making her Olympic debut just one week ago, former Tulane track and field star Gloria Asumnu helped the Nigerian 4x100m relay team qualify for the finals of the XXX Olympic Games. The four-person squad ran a season-best time of 42.74 to claim fifth in the opening heat and will run in lane two of the finals on Friday, August 10 at 2:40 p.m. central time.
The opening heat of the 4x100m relay was the quicker of the two heats, with the top five teams all earning times of under 43-seconds. In the event, the top three teams from each heat automatically advanced to the finals and the next two fastest times qualified.
The Nigerian team of Christy Udoh, Asumnu, Oludamola Osayomi, and Blessing Okagbare went up against a heat that included teams from the United States, Trinidad & Tobago, Brazil and Netherlands. The quartet crossed the finish line in 42.74 to post the eighth fastest time in the event. That showing is four-tenths of a second off of the third place qualifying team, as seven of the eight qualifying teams posted season best or national record times.
Asumnu opened her first Olympic games by posting a season-best time in the 100 meter prelims to finish third in her heat and qualify for the semifinals. The former TU All-America performer clocked an 11.13 in the prelims and followed that with an 11.21 showing in the semifinals to officially finished 13th in the event.
On Monday, August 6, Asumnu ran in the prelims of the 200 meter dash, an event which she won the African Championship title in June, and ran 23.43 over the half lap. The Houston, Texas native finished 25th overall at the 200-meter distance and then turned her attention to the relay.
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 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.