She drew the far-outside lane nine at Olympic Stadium, meaning she’d be “running blind” for much of the single-lap race, unable to see how she stood against her seven rivals.
The 23-year-old Bethel High School and
"That was a tough situation, sure, but I gave it my all and that's all I could really do," she said.
The gold medal went to her American teammate
Also under the 50-second mark was 2011 world champion Amantle Monthso of Botswana (49.75).
McCorory was in the mix for a high finish coming off the second turn but wearied and struggled down the stretch, as
"Both my teammates did a great job, but my own time is a little disappointing," said McCorory, who has yet to reach her personal best 50.06 seconds in London. "But there's nothing I can do about it now."
McCorory and her teammates return to the track for the 4x400 relay, in which Team USA is a strong favorite. The relay trials are Friday, the final Saturday.
According to the Daily Press archives, the best a Hampton University track athlete has placed in the Olympics is fourth. James Carter finished fourth in the men's 400 meters in 2000 and 2004.
Brown advances to semis
T'Erea Brown knows her first name is unusual.
"It was given to me by my aunt," she said. "I think it means 'of the earth.'
"It's pronounced T-air-a, but you can just call me 'T'"
The 22-year-old Hampton High School and University of Miami graduate ran a controlled race and easily advanced into the semifinals of the women's 400-meter hurdles with a personal-best 54.72 seconds.
She’d won the 2011
In the first of five qualifying races, Brown trailed only Zuzana Hejnova of the
"Yeah, I'm happy. Sure I'm happy," Brown said. "To run a (personal best) and do it in the Olympics, that's pretty great. And I know I can run a whole lot better. I know I'll have to.
"These are the best people in the world. By the time of the finals (Wednesday night) we're going to see some people in the 52s."
The Olympic record is Melaine Walker's 52.64 for Jamaica in 2008. The world record of 52.34 was set by Yuliya Pechonkina of Russia in 2003.
Another plus for Brown:
NSU sprinter qualifies for men's 400 final
Former Norfolk State sprinter Chris Brown finished second is his heat to qualify for Monday's final in the men's 400 meters. Brown's time of 44.67 was the third fastest overall behind Lalonde Gordon (44.58) and Kirani James (44.59).