Former Lobo Solomon Advances to Finals at Summer Olympics

Aug. 9, 2012


LONDON — Jarrin Solomon has a golden opportunity.

Now he needs to finish.

After becoming just the fourth Albuquerquean to compete in track and field at the Olympic Games in June, Jarrin Solomon is one race away from claiming another piece of history at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

The former University of New Mexico track and field standout is headed to the finals of the men’s 4x400-meter relay at the 2012 Summer Olympics after helping break a Trinidad and Tobago national record in the preliminary round of the event Thursday morning.

Solomon, an Albuquerque product out of La Cueva High School, ran a stellar 44.8-second 400-meter split for the Trinidad and Tobago team, which combined to finish in 3:00.38, placing third overall and first in their heat.

The squad of Solomon, Ade Alleyne-Forte, Lalonde Gordon and Deon Lendore also broke the old Trinidad and Tobago national record of 3:00.45 set back in June by the same team at the Trinidad and Tobago Olympic trials.

Their mark, which ranks fifth in the world, was just seconds behind the Bahamas and the United States, which finished with identical marks of 2:58.87 to finish first overall in the prelims.

Nonetheless, Solomon is ready for a shot at history and gold on Friday at 2:20 Mountain Daylight Time.

“I have more in the tank for the finals,” he said.