On the final day of competition for former Florida Gators in the 2012 London Olympics, two more medals were added to Gator Nation’s impressive haul due to runner-up finishes in track & field competition.
Former Gators running back and sprinter Jeff Demps, a member of the United States’ Men’s 4×100 Meter Relay team, was awarded a silver medal when the Americans finished second in the finals of the event on Saturday.
Demps ran for the United States in the first round of the event but was not chosen for the final foursome. Jamaica won the race and set a new world record of 36.84 seconds with the U.S. finishing second in 37.04 seconds. That mark tied the previous world record and set a new American record.
Just minutes before the men ran, Novlene Williams-Mills joined Jamaica on the track as the anchor for the Women’s 4×400 Meter Relay.
The U.S. blew past the field in the event, finishing in 3:16.87, but Williams-Mills ran the second-fastest leg of the race (49.46 seconds) and led her country to a bronze medal.
In total, 12 former Florida athletes earned 16 medal placements over the course of the Olympics. Gator Nation as its own country would be ranked 15th overall in the international medal count though dozens of medals have yet to be awarded. OGGOA will provide a full wrap-up following the conclusion of the Olympics on Sunday.
For a recap of Saturday’s events and the entire Olympics as well as a Gator Nation vs. The World medal count, be sure to check out OGGOA’s Live Coverage of the 2012 London Olympics.