Former Miner Churandy Martina of the Netherlands finished first in his heat of the 200M semifinals on Wednesday afternoon. His time of 20.17 seconds was fourth best in the semifinals, as Jamaica's Yohan Blake (20.01) and Wallace Spearman (20.02) of the United State turned in the first and seconds best times.
Other qualifiers for the 200M final include the World and Olympic Record holder in Jamaica's Usain Bolt (20.18), Jamaica's Warren Weir, Anoso Jobodwana of South Africa, Alex Quinonez of Ecuador, Cristophe Lemaitre of France, as well as Blake and Wallace.
The men's final in the 200M dash will take place tomorrow at 1:55 p.m. MT. On top of Churandy competing in the 200M, other former UTEP athletes Blessing Okagbare, Endurance Abinuwa, Oludamola Osayomi, and Kelly Parker are all still in competition in the 2012 Olympics.
Okagbare and Osayomi, both of Nigeria, will compete in the 4x100M Relay tomorrow, and Abinuwa, also of Nigeria, will be competing in the 4x400M Relay. Parker, of Canada, will try and help her team claim the Bronze Medal in Women's Soccer tomorrow morning. Congratulations and good luck to all of these former Miners.