Former Gamecocks track and field athletes Lashinda Demus and Jason Richardson each won an Olympic silver medal in London on Wednesday. Demus claimed the silver in the womens’ 400-meter hurdles, coming in at 52.77 seconds, which is the fastest second place time in Olympic history. Richardson won his silver in the mens’ 110-meter hurdles with a time at 13.04 seconds.
Demus, 2008 silver medalist and 2011 world champion, fell .07 seconds behind gold-medalist Natalya Antyukh of Russia. At South Carolina, Demus was six-time All-American, five-time NCAA Champion and two-time SEC Champion.
“I can’t explain how bad I wanted a gold,” Demus said. “I have been dreaming about it for years. So many people were supporting me. I am grateful I got on the podium. Number two in the world says a lot but number one says a lot more so I won’t stop till I get that. I’m a fighter, I have always been one.”
Richardson, 2011 World Outdoor champion, was slow out of the block in the 110-meter hurdle race, but stormed up the pack to claim silver. Richardson was a six-time All-American at the University of South Carolina and was a member of the USC honors college, where he pursued a degree in sports and entertainment management.
“You don’t train to get second,” Richardson said. “I’m so happy for Aries (Merritt, gold medalist from USA). I made a few tactical errors but I didn’t give up. The best man won here today. It is an honor to be part of a race with two American medals. I am very happy for the experience. If I am satisfied with silver then there is no hope for gold, so I will keep that hunger.”
-Quotes from Gamecocksonline.com