Clement's photo finish earns Olympics trip


Kerron Clement, right, lunges for the finish as Bershawn Jackson falls in the men's 400 meter hurdles final at the U.S. Olympic track and field trials on Sunday, July 1, 2012, in Eugene, Ore. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Published: Sunday, July 1, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, July 2, 2012 at 5:20 a.m.

EUGENE, Ore. -- 2008 Olympic silver medalist Kerron Clement will represent the United States at the Olympic Games in London later this summer, turning in a photo finish in the men's 400-meter hurdles to claim the third and final spot on Team USA during the ninth day of competition at historic Hayward Field.

Clement came on strong at the end of the race, edging out a falling Bershawn Jackson by five-hundredths of a second, as the three-time NCAA Champion and six-time NCAA All-American finished in a season-best time of 48.89.

Clement, also a four-time world champion, returned from surgery in February to make his second Olympic team, having earned a silver medal in the men's 400-meter hurdles and a gold medal as a member of the men's 4x400-meter relay in Beijing.

Five Gator athletes medaled at the 2012 U.S. Olympic trials, including two-event medalist Will Claye (long jump and triple jump), Clement (400-meter hurdles), Gray Horn (decathlon), Tony McQuay (400 meters) and Christian Taylor (triple jump).

Six Gators have now punched their tickets to London, including Claye (United States), Clement (United States), Genevieve LaCaze (Australia), McQuay (United States), Kemal Mesic (Bosnia), and Taylor (United States).

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