Aug. 7, 2012
UConn graduate Phylicia George had a thrilling finish to her first Olympic Games as she took sixth place in the 100 meter hurdle finals on Tuesday evening. The former Husky standout and current Canadian Olympian posted a new personal best of 12.65 in finals to earn her mark as sixth in the world for the 100m hurdles. George had back-to-back times of 12.65 in both the semis and the finals at Olympic Stadium in London on Tuesday.
“Phylicia ran great to make the finals, which was a personal best. I knew and she said it would take a PB to make the finals and she did it! I am so proud of her,” UConn associate head coach and sprints/hurdles coach Clive Terrelonge reflected.
Taking home the gold medal was Australian hurdler Sally Pearson with a new Olympic record of 12.35 followed by three Team USA members as Dawn Harper (12.37), Kellie Wells (12.48) and Lolo Jones (12.58) took the next three seats, respectively. UConn’s collegiate track and field star completed the race just seven-hundredths of a second behind fifth place Nevin Yanit (12.58). George’s teammate Jessica Zelinka came in seventh and Austria’s Beate Schrott was eighth.
"Phylicia George is unbelievable and I couldn't be more proud and happy for her," Terrelonge concluded. "She rises to the occasion every time even on the biggest stage at the Olympics. This is history for her, me and the University of Connecticut."
George, who qualified for both the 100m dash and 100mH, was one of 11 former and current BIG EAST track and field athletes competing in London. Likewise, George was one of 11 Division I female student-athletes representing Canada.
"A remarkable performance for a remarkable young lady. This event completes an outstanding Olympic year," said Connecticut head coach Bill Morgan. "I'm sure those involved in our program measure their efforts and motivations to those of Phylicia. Clive did such an amazing job in preparing her. She followed up with world recognition, special for all of us, certainly a benchmark performance for our program."