Morolake Akinosun took home a relay gold medal while another former Longhorn, Trey Hardee, had a disappointing end to his bid for a third World Championships title at the IAAF World Championships in London Saturday.
“This is my last meet. This is it. I’m going to ride off into the sunset,” Hardee told Lewis Johnson of NBC Sports. “I’m ready to start life.”
The former Longhorn won two world titles, in 2009 and 2011, and a silver medal at the Olympics in 2012.
“It just feels right. I worked hard. Tried to do it the right way,” he said. “Ready to do the next thing.”
Former Longhorn Morolake Akinosun and Team USA won gold in the women’s 400-meter relay at the IAAF World Championships with a world-leading time of 41.82 seconds on Saturday.
Akinoson, Aaliyah Brown, Allyson Felix and Tori Bowie improved on the previous world-leading time set earlier in the day. Team USA ran a 41.84 in the morning’s qualifying heats.
Akinosun, a 2016 gold medalist for Team USA, was a 13-time Big 12 champion at Texas and the 2016 Big 12 performer of the year. Her gold is the second medal won by a former Longhorn this year as Michelle Carter took bronze in the women’s shot put.
Chrisann Gordon, another Texas Ex, helped Jamaica advance to the 1600 relay final. The team finished its heat in 3:23.64 and will go for the title on Sunday.