McQuay claims silver in 400 meters
Published: Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at 7:52 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at 8:06 p.m.
Former Florida sprinter Tony McQuay captured his first individual medal on the world stage Tuesday, utilizing a personal best 44.40 to claim silver in the men's 400-meter final at the 14th IAAF World Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Moscow.
"I'm very excited (about the race),” McQuay said. “This is a big stage and my first individual medal (on this level). I came out and executed my race. I stayed humble, I stayed hungry and I listened to my coach before my race. I executed just like he told me to and it worked out great for me."
McQuay, who won three NCAA titles with the Gators, has a silver medal from the 2012 London Olympics after running the third leg for Team USA in the men's 4x400-meter relay. McQuay, along with UF freshman Arman Hall, will compete in heats for the relay Thursday at 11:05 a.m.
Kerron Clement, a former UF hurdler, qualified out of his semifinal in the men's 400-meter hurdles with a time of 48.21, finishing third in his semifinal and fourth overall to advance as the fastest qualifier on time for Thursday's final at 1 p.m.
The lone Gator competing Wednesday is the 2013 NCAA champion in the indoor long jump, Marquis Dendy. Dendy made Team USA by virtue of turning in the only "A" standard mark for the U.S. men this year with his NCAA-winning leap of 8.28m/27-2. The rising junior will participate in the qualification round for the men's long jump at 2:25 a.m. and will compete in the second flight.