Former UGA athlete on "track"

6:09 PM, Aug 3, 2012   |    comments
Hyleas Fountain throws 132-7 (40.43m) in the heptathlon javelin for 676 points during the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials at Hayward Field. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE
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LONDON, UK  -- Hyleas Fountain stayed on track for another Olympic medal after placing fifth through four of seven events of the heptathlon Friday night.

Fountain, a former University of Georgia athlete, posted a Day 1 score of 3,900 points, just three behind third-place Jessica Zelinka of Canada. 

Fountain won silver at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Jessica Ennis, the most publicized British athlete ahead of the London Olympics, set a heptathlon world record in the 100-meter hurdles and seized the lead by 184 points with a score of 4,158.

Lithuania's Austra Skujyte is second with 3,974.  She set a heptathlon world record of 56 feet, 9 1/2 inches in the shot put.

On a morning that brought 80,000 fans to the opening of track and field, Ennis' hurdles time of 12.54 seconds broke the heptathlon record of 12.62 set by France's Eunice Barber in 2005.

The previous Olympic record in a heptathlon was 12.69 by Jackie Joyner-Kersee in 1988 at Seoul.  Ennis' 12.54 equaled the time by Dawn Harper in winning a gold medal in the 100-meter hurdles at Beiing. 

Jelinka was second in 12.65 and Fountain third in a personal best of 12.70.  Fountain's other marks were 6-1 1/4 in the high jump, 39-4 in the shot put and 23.64 in the 200 meters.

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