Aug. 10, 2012
LONDON - Former Auburn sprinter Kerron Stewart ran the anchor leg for Jamaica as they earned the silver medal in the women's 4x100-meter relay on Friday night at Olympic Stadium.
Stewart's Jamaican team finished the relay in 41.41 seconds, a new national record. The United States won gold and established a new world record of 40.82 second.
The medal is the third for Stewart in her illustrious career. She had previously earned silver in the 100 meters and bronze in the 200 meters in Beijing in 2008. Stewart's medal gives Auburn five at the London games and is the first in track and field.
Auburn athletes have won 52 medals all-time at the Olympic Games.
Auburn's other athlete in the 4x100m relay was senior Kai Selvon, but Trinidad and Tobago dropped the baton during the exchange between the lead-off and second legs before it got to Selvon for the third leg.
Also on Friday, Marc Burns led Trinidad & Tobago (38.10) to the finals in the men's 4x100-meter relay with a third-place finish in the second heat. Trinidad & Tobago's mark was the fifth-fastest overall. Burns will run for a chance at his second Olympic medal on Saturday.
Burns and his countrymen will run at 3 p.m. CT on Saturday. For the latest on Auburn track and field, follow @AUTrack on Twitter.