Silver Lining



Aug 18, 2013

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By Jenna Marina

MOSCOW, Russia ( - Former UCF track and field standout Octavious Freeman ran such a dominating anchor leg in Team USA's 4x100 relay silver medalist performance Sunday at the World Championships, it was enough to impress the world's fastest man alive.

Jamaican sprinter, world record holder and six-time Olympic champion Usain Bolt said he had "much respect" for the Lake Wales, Fla., native in an interview with Flotrack following the 4x100 relay finals.

Team USA entered the finals boasting the top qualifying performance as Freeman crossed the line at 41.82 early Sunday morning.

Freeman rescued Team USA's hope for a medal after English Gardner had problems with the second exchange from Alexandria Anderson. It appeared Gardner - the third leg -- left too early and had to come to a near stop to avoid being disqualified for an exchange outside the allotted zone.

Freeman darted through the final stretch, making up enough ground to cross the line in third place behind Jamaica and France in 42.75. It was later determined by the IAAF that France performed an illegal changeover, and Team USA was awarded the silver medal.

Freeman, who earned nine First Team All-American distinctions in two years as a Knight, has now captured silver medals at both the World Championships and USA Championships (100M) this year. Freeman qualified for the 100M finals in Moscow last week, finishing eighth. 



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