Badger Sports Roundup, July 18

Omole part of record-setting relay; Favor Hamilton may reach Olympics

Omole goes for gold and gets the record

Sophomore sprinter Demi Omole now owns a gold medal after participating on the world record-setting 400-meter relay team at the World Junior Championships in Grosseto, Italy.

Omole's team, consisting of David Kimmons (Cold Water, Miss.), Ivory William (Texas) and LaShawn Merritt (Portsmouth, Va.) set a new world junior record of 38.66 seconds, bettering the old record of 38.92 set by Team USA in 2002.

Suzy Favor Hamilton could make U.S. team

While no former Badgers finished in the top three of the 1,500-meter run at the U.S. Olympic Trials in Sacramento, Calif., one could still advance to Athens.

Suzy Favor Hamilton did not compete in the finals of the 1,500 due to a sore hamstring but could still attend the Olympics because she is the only athlete in the event finals to achieve an Olympic "A" standard time. She earned a mark of 4:01.69 in Rome in 2003.

Carrie Tollefson, competing with adidas, won the race in 4:08.32.

Two other former Badgers competed in the 1,500 finals. Jenelle Deatherage, a Badger from 1995-99, placed fourth in 4:08.71 and Bethany Brewster, a distance runner from 1998-2003, placed 13th in 4:26.23. Sarah Schwald, a former Arkansas runner who trained with former Wisconsin women's track and field coach Peter Tegen, finished in 4:13.12, good for eighth place.

Hamilton earned another honor by default Saturday. She placed second in the 1,500 meters at the 2003 U.S. Championships but was declared the champion after winner Regina Jacobs tested positive for THG. Jacobs accepted a four-year ban and disqualification from the sport and forfeited any results starting the day the drug test was taken.

Ashraf Fadel, a 2004 graduate of UW-Madison, placed 17th in the decathlon with 7,168 points. Bryan Clay, competing with Nike, won the decathlon with 8,660 points.

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