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Arizona’s Barrett, Moline standout at Olympics

Nhat V. Meyer
USA’s Brigetta Barrett celebrates her second-place finish in the women’s High Jump at the Summer Olympics on Saturday, August 11, 2012, in London, England. (Nhat V. Meyer/San Jose Mercury News/MCT)

Barrett shines in London, wins silver medal

Brigetta Barrett’s jubilant personality was on full display in London, as Barrett’s wide smile lit up the television screen upon becoming a silver-medal winning athlete.

“I know that God has brought me so far and I know here I started,” Barrett said in a press release. “So to be able to stand here and look back on the journey, that is what it really means for me.”

Barrett, a senior, had a pretty good year for the Wildcats before the Olympics in winning her second straight Pac-12 Championship and NCAA outdoor championship in the high jump. She was able to carry that momentum into the Games, as she had a personal-best jump of 6 feet, 8 inches, besting her previous high, recorded at the July Olympic trials in Eugene, Ore., by an inch.

With the silver medal, Barrett became the first Wildcat to earn a medal in track and field since 1992, and the first ever to win a medal in the high jump.

Moline sets personal best

Georgeanne Moline may not have won a medal in London, but that doesn’t detract from what was a personal-best performance for the UA senior.

Moline placed fifth in the women’s 400-meter hurdles with a personal best time of 53.92 seconds.
Moline competed against the likes of Lashinda Demus from the U.S., Kaliese Spencer of Jamaica, and Natalya Antyukh of Russia.

Moline won her heat in the first round with a personal-best time of 54.31 seconds. That time also beat the UA school record of 54.33, which Moline set July 1 in Eugene, Ore.

Arizona head coach Fred Harvey was impressed after Moline’s first semi-final race. “She is getting it done in a big way,” Harvey said. “She is running like she belongs in this big arena, which is really exciting to see.”

Moline continued to shine in London as she ran another strong race in the semi-finals with a time of 54.74, which placed her seventh overall and secured her the spot in the finals.

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