Tide star wins gold medal

Alabama All-American long jumper Miguel Pate capped a tremendous run during the summer when he won the gold medal at the World University Games in Beijing, China. His first jump of 26'5.75" gave him the gold medal over Stephan Louw of Namibia (8.04m/26-4.5).

Pate has been nothing short of sensational throughout the entire summer. After a fifth place finish at the NCAA Outdoor Championships, Pate has posted a second place finish at the U.S. Championships, tied for third at the World Championships and can now add gold to his resume.

"I'm glad I got that first jump in," said Pate. "The wind was giving me a lot of trouble on my approach."

Pate's Crimson Tide teammate, and All-American hurdler Ron Bramlett, finished fourth in the 110m hurdles posting a time of 13:49. He was however the top American finisher in the event.

Pate also qualified, earlier in the summer, to compete in the 2001 Goodwill Games being held in Australia but opted out so he would not miss more class time.

Since the beginning of the 2001 season, the Crimson Tide track team has garnered three individual national championships, nine All-American nominations, seven Southeastern Conference Champions, two participants in the USA Track and Field Championships, a fourth place finish in the World Championships and World University Games and now Pate's gold medal in the World University Games.

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