WKU Public Radio News Staff
Fri August 3, 2012
Former Hilltopper Helps U.S. Olympic Team Advance in London
Former WKU swimmer Claire Donahue helped the United States 400 meter individual medley relay team advance to Saturday's finals by swimming in Friday's preliminaries. Donahue swam the butterfly leg of the race in 58.05 as the U.S. team clocked an overall time of 3:58.88, placing fourth in this morning's second heat and fourth overall.
Donahue now will likely give way to Dana Vollmer, the 2012 record holder in the 100 meter butterfly, in the finals of the event set for Saturday afternoon. Should the U.S. medal in the event, Donahue would receive a medal as part of her contribution Friday morning.
Meanwhile, former WKU track and field athlete Raigo Toompuu finished 30th today in the shot put event throwing it 18.91 meters. Representing Estonia, Toompuu did not qualify for today's final throw.