News From Terre Haute, Indiana

June 24, 2012

Swift trip to Olympics: ISU junior will represent Barbados in 110-meter hurdles

Staff Writer
The Tribune-Star

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados — Indiana State hurdler Greggmar Swift will run for his native Barbados in the London Olympics.

Swift ran a time of 13.52 at National Stadium in the 110-meter hurdles Saturday, taking second place in the Barbados national championships.

Swift, an ISU junior, will join former world champions Ryan Brathwaite and Shane Brathwaite in representing their nation.

Ryan Braithwaite won the event with a time of 13.38. Shane Braithwaite, who attends Texas Tech, was third.

“Greggmar had a real great start and had the lead at the third and fourth hurdles,” ISU men’s coach John McNichols said. “There is a lot of excitement in the country with three automatic qualifiers for the London Games in one event.”

Having three competitors surpass the “A” standard and qualify for the Olympics in the same event is a first in Barbados and a rare event in athletics.

“Not very many nations can claim three ‘A’ standard qualifiers in the same event,” McNichols said.