After a seventh-place finish in the individual 400-meter event at the Olympics, Hampton's Francena McCorory still has a chance to return from London with a gold medal.
Hampton University track and field director Maurice Pierce, McCorory's coach, said she will run the first leg of the 4x400 relay for the United States in the semifinals Friday afternoon. If USA advances, McCorory, a 2006 Bethel High and '10 Hampton University alum, will run the third leg in the final Saturday afternoon.
In the preliminary, Pierce said Diamond Dixon, a junior at Kansas, will follow McCorory and run the second leg. DeeDee Trotter, who won bronze in the 400 meters, will run the third leg and Oregon's Keisha Baker will anchor.
In the final, Pierce said Trotter will run first, 200-meter gold medalist Allyson Felix second, McCorory third, and 400-meter gold medalistSanya Richards-Ross will anchor.
The U.S. has won gold in the 4x400 at every Olympics since a silver-medal finish in 1992.
At the 2011 world championships in South Korea, McCorory was part of the gold medal 4x400 relay team that included Felix, Richards-Ross and Jessica Beard. In that relay, McCorory ran the anchor leg.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times