Plymouth local Morgan Uceny will be making her grab for the Gold at the London Olympics today, having earned her way to the 1500-meter finals by finishing third in her heat Wednesday afternoon. She finished her race in just over four minutes, clocking in at 4:05.34 – more than a second faster than her first round qualifying time of 4:06.87.
In the preliminaries, Uceny had finished second in her heat and ninth overall, advancing to the semi-finals where she ended third in her heat and 13th overall. Uceny just missed first place in the semi-finals by a few hundredths of a second.
A Plymouth native, Uceny could make not only local history but national history as well, as the U.S. has never before had a woman take home the gold metal in the 1500-meter run. But, with her Olympic best time of four minutes and 34 seconds and personal best time of just under four minutes, Uceny is one of the favorites to bring home the Gold.
Uceny was also a four-time All-American at Cornell University, and set seven school records.