Sept. 3, 2011
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Walter Dix claimed his second silver medal of the IAAF World Championships, and in the process made it very clear that he will be a factor in the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
Dix, the former Florida State star and current US champion in the 100 and 200, finished second to world record-holder Usain Bolt in the 200-meter dash Saturday in Daegu, Korea. His silver medal time of 19.70 was 1/100th of a second off his all-time best (19.69), which he ran as a Seminole in the 2007 NCAA Regional in Gainesville, Fla.
Bolt won the gold in a world-leading time of 19.40. France’s Christophe Lemaitre, who had the fastest time in the semifinals, won the bronze in 19.80.
Another former Seminole, Ireland’s Ciaran O’Lionaird, saw his impressive march to the finals of the men’s 1,500-meter end with a 10th place finish (3:37.81) on Saturday.
Dix’s second silver of the World Championships – he was the runner-up in the 100 earlier in the nine-day meet – boosted the medal count by former Seminoles to five.
That’s the same number of medals won at the Championships by Great Britain and more than 35 other countries who have claimed at least one medal.
The number of medals by the Garnet & Gold representatives could continue to grow as the meet draws to a close Sunday. Andrew Lemoncello, representing Great Britain, will compete in the marathon.
Florida State senior Maurice Mitchell hopes to get into the action when the US sends its 4×100 relay team to the track in the morning qualifying round. Dix is expected to be part of that quartet, which will be challenged by Jamaica’s Bolt-led quartet in the battle for the gold medal.