NSU to be Represented by Two Olympians, One Paralympian in London

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          Release: 07/23/2012
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NORFOLK, Va. - Former All-American Norfolk State track sprinters Chris Brown and Chandra Sturrup will compete in the Olympic Summer Games in London for their native country, the Bahamas.

In addition, former NSU standout April Holmes will compete as a member of Team USA in the 2012 Paralympic Games, also to be held in London.

Brown, 33, will be competing in his fourth Olympic Games and Sturrup, 40, her fifth. Brown, the Bahamian national record holder in the 400 meters, will be competing in both the men's 400 meters and as part of the 4x400 relay. In 2008, Brown ran the anchor leg to help the Bahamas win the silver medal in the 4x400 relay in Beijing. The top Olympic individual finish in his career also came in 2008, when he placed fourth in the open 400 meters. He won the bronze medal at the IAAF World Indoor Championships earlier this year.

Brown was a two-time Division I All-American at NSU (2000-01) in the 400 meters.

The most decorated female track and field athlete in NSU history, Sturrup will be part of the Bahamian 4x100 meter relay pool. She also competed in Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta (1996), Sydney (2000), Athens (2004) and Beijing (2008). Sturrup is a two-time Olympic medalist as part of the Bahamian 4x100 meter relay team that won silver in Atlanta and gold in Sydney.

The Bahamian national record holder in the 100 meters, Sturrup also finished fourth in the 100 meters in Atlanta and fifth in Sydney. She won the Bahamian Olympic trials 100 meters earlier this month, but did not meet the qualifying standard to run that event in London. Sturrup was a 10-time NCAA Division II national champion at Norfolk State from 1992-95, dominating the sprints (60, 100 and 200) as well as the long jump.

The first round of the men's 400 meters will be contested on Aug. 4. Both the men's 4x400 relay and women's 4x100 relay will be contested on Aug. 9 (heats) and Aug. 10 (finals).

NSU will also have one of its record-setting former track athletes compete in the 2012 Paralympic Games, which run Aug. 29-Sept. 9, also in London. Former Spartan April Holmes will attempt to defend her gold medal from 2008 in the women's 100 meters T44 class (below-knee amputee). She will also run in the 200 meters.

Holmes, 39, is the world-record holder in the T44 100, 200 and 400 meters. Holmes, a Somerdale, N.J. native, graduated from NSU in 1996. She earned NCAA Division II All-American honors as part of the 4x400 relay team as a sophomore and junior, and also won numerous All-CIAA honors in cross country, the 400, 800, long jump, high jump and 4x400 multiple times during her career. Holmes was involved in a train accident in 2001 that injured her left leg, which resulted in the limb being amputated.

Holmes' competition begins Sept. 1. 

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