Silver Medal for Prandini, Gardner in 4×100

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EUGENE, Ore. – Former UO standout Jenna Prandini won her first Olympic medal Friday, helping Team USA to a silver medal in the women’s 4×100-meter relay. English Gardner, who ran on the qualifying team in the prelims, also earns a silver and becomes the first UO woman with two Olympic medals.
 
Prandini teamed with Javianne Oliver, Teahna Daniels and Gabby Thomas to get the baton around track in 41.45, trailing only Jamaica (41.02) in the race. Like Gardner did in the preliminary heat, Prandini ran the third leg in the lineup and helped strengthen the team’s hold on second before handing off to Thomas on anchor.
 
Competing in her second Olympics, Prandini was a semifinalist in the 100 and 200 meters earlier in the program. She becomes the seventh UO woman to medal at an Olympic Games.
 
UO Women Olympic Medalists | track and field
1988 – Lisa Martin (AUS), marathon – silver
2012 – Keshia Baker (USA), 4×400 – gold
2016 – English Gardner (USA), 4×100 – gold
2016 – Phyllis Francis (USA), 4×400 – gold
2016 – Brianne Theisen-Eaton (CAN), heptathlon – bronze
2020 – Raevyn Rogers (USA), 800 – bronze
2020 – Jenna Prandini (USA), 4×100 – silver
2020 – English Gardner (USA) 4×100 – silver
 
In the Ducks’ first final of the day, Jessica Hull (4:02.63) capped her Olympic debut with an 11th-place finish in the 1500 meters. Representing her home country of Australia, Hull leaves Tokyo as the Oceania area record holder by way of her 3:58.81 performance in the semifinals. Hull is the first UO alum to advance to the final of the women’s 1500 meters; Zoe Buckman (AUS) advanced to the semifinals in the event in 2012 and 2016.
 
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