The weekend at the Olympics yielded two more medals for athletes from the University of Georgia: Elija Godwin and Lynna Irby won bronze in the 4 by 400 meter mixed relay in track and field competition in Tokyo. Godwin is on the UGA track team; Irby is a Bulldog alum.
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Current Bulldog Elija Godwin and former Georgia sprinter Lynna Irby won bronze in the 4x400-meter mixed relay during the second day of the track and field action in Tokyo, Japan, at the Olympics in Olympic Stadium on Saturday. This marked the second of 10 days of track and field events as the Games continue. Running in the prelims for Team USA, Irby and Godwin will now bring home the 14th and 15th all-time Olympic medals for the Georgia program. It is the fourth and fifth bronze medals for the Bulldogs and the first since Reese Hoffa won bronze in the shot put in 2012. It is also the first medal for a Bulldog in a relay since Debbie Ferguson was part of the Bahamas’ first-place 4x100m relay team at the 2000 Games. Trevor Stewart, Kendall Ellis, Kaylin Whitney and Vernon Norwood combined in the relay’s final to finish in 3:10.22, just .01 behind the Dominican Republic’s 3:10.21. Poland secured a gold medal after combing to clock a 3:09.87. Godwin and Irby collect bronze medals from leading their relay in the prelims. A native of Covington, Ga., Godwin set the school record in the outdoor 400m with an Olympic standard time of 44.61 this year. Scheduled to return to Athens for the 2022 seasons, Godwin ran a leg on the record-breaking 4x100m relay (38.54) that was second at this year’s NCAA Outdoor Championships and clocked a 44.21 (fastest indoor 400m relay leg in collegiate history) for the fourth-place Bulldog 4x400m relay team indoors at Nationals. A native of Indianapolis, Ind., Irby is the No. 3 collegiate performer all-time in the outdoor 400m after she registered a 49.80 to win the 2018 NCAA title. She was third in the 400m at the 2018 NCAA Indoor Championships to help the women secure their first national team championship. In the qualifying round of the long jump, Prattville, Jamaica, native Chanice Porter traveled 20 feet, 5 inches on her third and final try and took 24th overall.
Porter started her career by winning the 2013 SEC indoor long jump championship and concluded it by capturing the 2016 NCAA long jump title with a school record effort on her final collegiate attempt. The six-time First Team All-American traveled a personal record 22-2.50 at the Spec Towns Track in Athens this year to help earn her spot on Jamaica’s national team. She is at her first Olympics and will be competing in the long jump. A native of St. John’s, Antigua and Barbuda, Greene was sixth in his heat and 37th overall in the first round of the 100m with a 10.25.
The top three from all seven heats advanced to the semifinals along with the next three fastest sprinters. Greene was one of the flag bearers in the Opening Ceremonies for his home nation after starting his collegiate career at Florida State and ending it with the Bulldogs. Greene was a three-time All-American while in Athens and also helped deliver the 2018 NCAA team championship to the Bulldogs. He was running at his second Olympics after advancing to the 100m semifinals in Rio. Former Lady Bulldog Keturah Orji is scheduled to triple jump in the final on Sunday morning at 7:15 a.m. ET. Later that day (occurring on Monday morning in Tokyo), former Bulldog Denzel Comenentia throws in the hammer qualifying round at 8 p.m. and former Lady Bulldog Shaunae Miller-Uibo will line up in the opening round of the 200m at 9:30 p.m. Results and recaps from the Olympics will be found at georgiadogs.com. News and updates from Georgia’s track and field and cross country teams are always located on Twitter/Instagram at @UGATrack.
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