Former Oregon Duck track athlete Keshia Baker made her 2010 Olympic debut tonight in the women’s 4x400m relay. The United States team of Baker, DeeDee Trotter, Francena McCorory and Diamond Dixon had a time of 3:22.09 to win the second heat. They beat Russia by a full second.
The United States will be joined in the finals on Saturday with Russia, Great Britain, Jamaica, Ukraine and France. Russia and Great Britain were in the second heat along with the United States. The United States has won the last four gold medals in the event. They are expected to have Sanya Richards-Ross join the team for the finals as well on Saturday.
Baker owns six school records at Oregon and was also the 2010 NCAA Outdoor and Indoor 4x400m champ. Baker ran the first leg of the relay tonight. You can check out all of Baker’s accomplishments here.
Along with Baker, Galen Rupp will be in action in London tomorrow as he has advanced to the finals of the men’s 5000m. Rupp has already won a silver medal in the men’s 10,000m race which took place last Saturday. Rupp will be joined in the finals with two other Americans; Lopez Lomong and Bernard Lagat.