Red Raiders Conclude Successful Olympic Showing

Former Texas Tech athletes won three medals at the 2012 Olympics.

Texas Tech Olympics Central

Aug. 11, 2012

LONDON - Former Lady Raider Shereefa Lloyd's Jamaican 4x400 relay team won bronze Saturday in women's 4x400 relay at the 2012 Olympics.

While Lloyd did not compete as a member of the team in the finals, she helped the Jamaicans to qualify for the finals Friday by running the second leg and finishing fourth overall in the preliminaries. As a member of the relay team, Lloyd will receive a bronze medal and cap off a highly successful showing for six former Texas Tech track and field athletes on the largest stage the sport has to offer.

"What great representation we had," Texas Tech head track and field coach Wes Kittley said. "A lot of Red Raiders were there and representing us so well in front of the world."

Texas Tech track and field products collected three medals in London during the 2012 Summer Olympics.

On Friday, former Red Raider Michael Mathieu earned the second medal of his Olympic career after winning gold as a member of the Bahamian 4x400 relay team. The Bahamas outlasted the U.S. in the finals of the 4x400 relay Friday to win the gold and hand the U.S. their first loss in the event since 1972.

In her Olympic debut former Lady Raider great Sally Kipyego dazzled on the track as she won silver in the 10,000-meter run before nearly winning a second medal in the 5,000-meter run on Friday. She finished fourth in the 5,000-meter race by just more than half a second.

"Michael and Sally had a fabulous Olympics for us," Kittley said. "I know she [Kipyego] would have loved to have gotten another medal, but I'm just so proud of how well she represented us."

Texas Tech track and field products have now won a total of six medals at the Olympic games since 2008.

Kittley will enter his 14th season as the head track and field coach at Tech next spring after his program brought home 22 All-American honors during both the 2012 indoor and outdoor seasons.



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