EUGENE, Oregon – Former OU star Jenna Prandini won her first Olympic medal on Friday, helping the US team to a silver in the women’s 4×100-meter relay. English Gardner, who was on the qualifying team in the preliminary round, also won a silver medal and became the first UO woman to win two Olympic medals.
Prandini teamed up with Javianne Oliver, Teahna Daniels and Gabby Thomas to take over in 41.45, behind only Jamaica (41.02) in the race. As Gardner did in the preliminary round, Prandini ran the third leg of the roster and helped strengthen the team’s grip on second place before passing to Thomas at anchor.
Competing in his second Olympics, Prandini was a semi-finalist in the 100 and 200 meters earlier in the program. She becomes the seventh woman from UO to win a medal at the Olympics.
UO Women’s Olympic Medalists | Athletics
1988 – Lisa Martin (AUS), marathon – silver
2012 – Keshia Baker (United States), 4×400 – gold
2016 – English Gardner (USA), 4×100 – gold
2016 – Phyllis Francis (USA), 4×400 – gold
2016 – Brianne Theisen-Eaton (CAN), heptathlon – bronze
2020 – Raevyn Rogers (United States), 800 – bronze
2020 – Jenna Prandini (United States), 4×100 – silver
2020 – English Gardner (USA) 4×100 – silver
In the Ducks’ first final of the day, Jessica Hull (4: 02.63) capped her Olympic debut with an 11th place finish in the 1,500 meters. Representing his home country of Australia, Hull leaves Tokyo as the Oceania region record holder thanks to her 3: 58.81 semifinal performance. Hull is the first UO alumnus to advance to the women’s 1,500-meter final; Zoe Buckman (AUS) qualified for the semi-finals of this event in 2012 and 2016.
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