|Green advances to Olympic 400 hurdles final|
|JCSU grad clocks season best in semifinal|
|Published Saturday, August 4, 2012|
Leford Green is one race away from an Olympic medal.
The 2011 Johnson C. Smith graduate ran a season-best time of 48.61 seconds Saturday to qualify for the 400 meter hurdles. Green, a Jamaican, finished second to American Michael Tinsley (48.16) in their semifinal heat.
The finals will be held on Aug. 6 at 3:45 p.m. Eastern Time.
The top two finishers in each of three semifinal rounds automatically qualified for the finals with the next two fastest times rounding out the field.
Tinsley, a Jackson State grad, has won both of their head-to-head heats as Green eased up near the finish while Tinsley cruised to the line. Green’s clocking was an improvement on his first-round time of 49.30.
Three Americans will run in the final, with Kerron Clement (48.12) and Angelo Taylor (47.95) also qualifying.
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