Clemson junior Travis Padgett came up one hundredth of a second short in his bid to make the U.S. Olympic team in the 100m dash, finishing fourth in Sunday's final at Hayward Field. However, by virtue of his finish in the event, Padgett will in all likelihood head to Beijing, China in August as part of a strong 4x100m relay team.
Padgett broke the NCAA collegiate record on Saturday in the quarterfinal
round, as he turned heads with a personal best 9.89 to head into Sunday's
semifinals. In the second heat Sunday afternoon, he overcame a tough
start and played catch-up down the stretch to finish second in a time of
Padgett got an outstanding jump out of the blocks in the final, but was
out-leaned at the finish line by Darvis Patton who took third in 9.84.
Padgett ran a 9.85, though the performance was aided by a +4.1 meters per
second wind reading.
Tyson Gay won the event with a record time of 9.68 seconds, while Walter
Dix of Florida State placed second (9.80).
Padgett Finishes Fourth in 100m Dash
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