Aug. 11, 2012
LONDON - Former TCU All-American Michael Frater was a part of Olympic history again Saturday night at London's Olympic Stadium. Teamed with Nesta Carter, Yohan Blake and Usain Bolt, Jamaica's 4x100-meter relay team covered the Olympic oval in a world-record time of 36.84 seconds.
Four years ago in Beijing's Olympics Frater was part of a gold-medal winning, world-record shattering squad. Tonight history repeated itself and Frater was part of the action again. Running the second leg, Frater got the baton from Carter and took to the backstretch neck-and-neck with USA's Justin Gatlin. What began to separate the Jamaicans and Americans was the flawless baton pass between Frater and Blake. Blake, the silver medalist in the 100 and 200-meter dash, got good momentum on his start and was able to build a lead through the turn.
Frater, a seven-time All-American for the TCU track and field program, has been there for all the Jamaican history in the 4x100-meter relay. Frater's two Olympic gold medals are joined by his two World Championship medals in the event. Only Frater and Bolt, the world-record holder in the 100-meter dash and 2012 Olympic champion in the 100 and 200-meter dash, have been on all four relay teams.
On the other end of the spectrum of the thrill Frater felt was the agony felt by former TCU All-American Justyn Warner and Canada's 4x100 team. Running the anchor leg, Warner got the baton having to battle France and Trinidad and Tobago for third place. It looked to be elation for the Canadians as Warner was able to do the trick and get in ahead of the competition for the bronze medal. The joy was short-lived, as the scoreboard revealed that Canada had been disqualified when the team's third runner was judged to have stepped outside of his lane line. Canada Athletics fielded an appeal, but it was denied.
Another past Horned Frog involved in the men's 4x100-meter relay was Team USA relay coach and former TCU All-American and Olympian Jon Drummond. The United States won the silver medal, tying the old world record in 37.04 seconds. The American men earned silver medals in the 4x100 and 4x400-meter relays, and the women won the gold medal in both events.