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Floreal Leads Claye to Bronze Medal in Long Jump

Rondel Sorrillo qualifies for 100m, Martin finishes 23rd in 400m


LONDON - On the second day of track and field competition at the 2012 Olympics, the Wildcats had two former athletes in competition while UK head coach Edrick Floreal, serving as an assistant for Team USA, led Will Claye to a bronze medal in the men’s long jump.

Floreal is coaching America’s jumps and combined events and guided Claye to a bronze medal in the men’s long jump with a best mark of 8.12m. The medal for Team USA is the second overall in track and field thus far.

Floreal’s other athlete, Marquise Goodwin, in competition this evening finished 10th overall with a jump of 7.80m to highlight the day for Olympians with UK ties.

Former UK standouts Jenna Martin and Rondel Sorrillo were also in action. Martin who advanced to the semifinals of the 400m with a time of 51.98 yesterday, capped her Olympic run with a 52.83 time in today’s semifinals to finish 23rd in the world. Martin was seventh in the opening heat in the semifinal portion of the competition.

Sorrillo became the second Wildcat to advance beyond the opening day of competition after qualifying for the semifinals in the 100m. Sorillo, representing Trinidad and Tobago, finished third in his heat with a time of 10.23 to qualify for tomorrow’s semifinal heats.

Sorrillo finished just behind USA’s Justin Gattin (9.97) and the Bahamas’ Derrick Attkins (10.22). Sorillo will hit the blocks in the final heat of competition in the semifinal round tomorrow. He will stand in lane three and be next to Lexington native Tyson Gay who will occupy lane four.

The Trinidad and Tobago native holds the 100m record at Kentucky. A veteran competitor at the Olympics, he ran 10.05 in the 100m at the 2008 Games.



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