Lobo Alumnus Solomon Claims Bronze at Summer Olympics
Aug. 10, 2012
LONDON — Off the track and onto the medal stand.
Just a day removed from breaking a national record and advancing to the finals in the 2012 Olympic Games, Trinidad and Tobago sprinter Jarrin Solomon can take his place among the world's elite.
Solomon, a University of New Mexico graduate and native Albuquerquean, helped break the Trinidad and Tobago national record in the finals of the men's 4x400-meter relay en route to securing bronze with a 2-minute, 59.4-second time at London's Olympic Stadium.
The former Lobo ran the second leg for the Trinidadians, which finished just seconds behind the gold-medal Bahamas (2:56.72) and the runner-up United States (2:57.05).
The squad of Solomon, Ade Alleyne-Forte, Lalonde Gordon and Deon Lendore also broke the old Trinidad and Tobago national record for the second consecutive day. They ran a 3:00.38 time in yesterday's preliminary round to take down the previous record of 3:00.45 set back in June by the same team at the Trinidad and Tobago Olympic trials.
The new national record ranks fifth in the world in 2012 and 60th all-time.
Solomon and company came into the Olympics riding the momentum of a third-place finish at the IAAF World Indoor Championships in March. Despite running a relatively slow time of 3:06.85 in Istanbul, the Trinidadians improved and were able to record bronze in London for its best finish ever at the games.
The small Caribbean nation finished fifth at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing for its previous best finish.
Solomon also was able to make history close to his native Albuquerque.
With his bronze, Solomon matched the highest finish at the Olympics among former UNM athletes who competed in track and field. The only other former Lobo to take home a medal from the games was Dick Howard, who placed third in the men's 400 hurdles at the 1960 Olympics in Rome.
Solomon's father, Michael, also competed in the Olympics for Trinidad and Tobago in the 4x400, and took home sixth both times he competed in 1976 and 1980.
Additionally, Solomon was able to record the best finish by an Albuquerquean in track at the games. While only four Albuquerque natives have competed, Solomon's third-place finish bests Shelia Burrell, who placed fourth in the women's heptathlon in the 2004.