August 13, 2012 — Former University of Miami All-American Lauryn Williams now has an Olympic gold medal to add to her impressive trophy case of track and field awards. Williams won a gold medal as a sprinter on the six-member team that won the women’s 4x100-meter relay at the recently concluded London Olympic Games.
While Williams did not run in the record-setting gold-medal race on August 10, she helped the team advance to the final by running the anchor leg of a preliminary relay heat held the day before, grabbing the baton from teammate Bianca Knight and helping Team USA win the race in a blistering 41.64 seconds.
“I wanted to show the world that even the ‘B-team’ for America is really, really fast,” Williams said.
The next day, Williams watched as teammates Tianna Madison, Allyson Felix, Knight, and Carmelita Jeter won the 4x100-meter relay final in a world record 40.82 seconds, giving the United States its first gold medal in the event since 1996.
It was Williams’ third Olympic games. She won a silver medal in the 100 meters at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece.
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