FORMER UT ARLINGTON SPRINTER HEADED TO OLYMPIC GAMES
July 8, 2008
ARLINGTON - - With a spectacular meet last weekend in Windsor, Ontario, Canada, former UT Arlington sprinter Jared Connaughton has qualified for the 2008 Olympic Games in the 200 meters.
Connaughton becomes the sixth Maverick athlete to compete in the Olympics.
The 2008 Summer Olympic Games officially begin with the Opening Ceremony on Aug. 8. The closing ceremony is Aug. 24. In between, Connaughton will try for a medal in the 200 meters, where he broke the Canadian championship record with a 20.35 in the semifinals and 20.34 in the finals at the University of Windsor Stadium over the weekend.
Canadian officials announced their country's Olympic team on Monday.
Connaughton, a 2006 Southland Conference champion in the 200 meters, has already competed for Canada in the 2007 World Championships. This will be his first trip to the Olympic Games, where he also has been named to the 4x100-meter relay team. Connaughton plans to spend a week preparing for the Olympic Games at UT Arlington before heading to Singapore for more training.
In addition to his 2006 SLC championship in the 200 meters, Connaughton was a 13-time All-SLC performer.
Connaughton joins McClinton Neal, Joseph Sinah, David Peltier, Elston Cawley and Takeshi Fujiwara as Olympians from UT Arlington.