Silver Streak: Stewart Wins 15th AU Medal

Beijing--Former Auburn track star Kerron Stewart earned the 15th 2008 Summer Olympic Games medal by Auburn athletes as she took a silver medal in the women's 100-meter dash on Sunday. She also made Auburn University history in the process.

Stewart's time of 10.98 seconds tied her with Sherone Simpson in a race won by Shelly-Ann Fraser in 10.78. All three runners compete for Jamaica.

A member of Auburn's 2006 NCAA Championship team, Stewart finished her collegiate career with two individual titles in 2007 winning the 60 meters indoors and the 200 meters outdoors.

Stewart's performance makes her the first Auburn female athlete to win an Olympic medal in a track and field event.

Another former Auburn sprinter, Vonette Dixon, ran a time of 12.69 in the opening round of the 100-meter hurdles, which is .01 off the fastest time run so far in the competition. The semi-finals are scheduled for Monday and the finals on Tuesday.

Former high jump world champion Donald Thomas won't have a shot at a medal. Struggling after injuring an ankle earlier this summer, he was eliminated in the qualifying rounds in his event.

Also this weekend, former AU swimmer Mark Gangloff earned a gold medal in the men's 400-meter medley relay by swimming in the qualifying round for the U.S. while current AU swimmer Matt Targett helped Australia to a silver medal in the same event. Margaret Hoelzer picked up her third medal with a silver as a member of the U.S. women's 400 medley relay team by swimming in a qualifying round.

A compete list of the medals won by Auburn athletes so far at the 2008 Summer Olympics includes:

Kirsty Coventry--Silver, 400 Individual Medley

Fred Bousquet--Silver, 4x100 Freestyle Relay

Matt Targett--Bronze, 4x100 Freestyle Relay

Kirsty Coventry--Silver, 100 backstroke

Margaret Hoelzer

Margaret Hoelzer--Bronze, 100 backstroke

Glenn Eller--Gold, Men's double trap, shooting

Kirsty Coventry--Silver, 200 individual medley

Cesar Cielo--Bronze, 100 freestyle

Kirsty Coventry--Gold, 200 backstroke (World Record)

Margaret Hoelzer--Silver, 200 backstroke

Cesar Cielo--Gold, 50 freestyle

Margaret Hoelzer--Silver, 400 medley relay

Mark Gangloff--Gold, 400 medley relay

Matt Targett--Silver, 400 medley relay

Kerron Stewart--Silver, 100 dash


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