NSU Alumnus Competes in His 5th Summer Olympic Games in Brazil

ChrisBrown_web5Former Norfolk State University track star Chris Brown will look to win another medal to cap his storied international career when the Bahamian sprinter competes in his fifth Summer Olympic Games this month in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Brown, who was the Spartans’first male athlete to earn Division I All-America honors in an individual event in 2000, has represented his native Bahamas in every Summer Olympics since 2000. He will again compete in both the open 400 meters and the 4×400 meter relay in Rio. Brown placed fourth in the 400m in both the 2008 and 2012 Games, and helped the Bahamas 4×400 team to place on the medal stand with a gold in 2012 and a silver in 2008. The 37-year-old Brown will also be making history this month. According to the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) web site, no male 400-meter runner has ever competed in five Olympic Games. “If you would have told me 20 years ago that I’d run in five Olympics, I would have told you that you are out of your mind,” Brown said with a laugh. “I wouldn’t think that would have been possible with the four-year gap in between. “But you just have to stay humble and hungry, and trust yourself and your coaching. Along with staying healthy and keeping God in the mix, those are the main ingredients.” Brown has remained very competitive internationally despite specializing in an event usually dominated by younger athletes. He ran a personal-best 400 time of 44.40 seconds in 2008, but clocked a 44.54 just last year. Brown captured the gold medal at the IAAF World Indoor C hampionship in 2010. Brown has also been a mainstay on the Bahamian 4×400 relay team. He ran the lead-off leg in 2012, when his team set a national record (2:56.72) and broke the United States’ streak of two straight Olympic golds in the event.  The men’s 400 meter heats began on Aug. 12, with semifinals on the Aug. 13 and the final was Aug. 14. Heats in the 4×400 relay will be contested on Aug. 19 with the final on Aug. 20.

 

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