ELYRIA HAS A 2012 OLYMPIAN IN TIANNA MADISON!
Not since Elyria’s George Phineas Guthrie III won the 110 hurdles at the 1924 Olympic trials at Harvard University has Elyria had another Olympian. But all that changed this June 23rd when Elyria’s own Tianna Madison earned her first Olympic berth when she finished second in the 100 meter final of the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials in Eugene Oregon. Now 26, Tianna will also try to qualify for the 200 meter and the long jump.
Tianna, a former Elyria High School track and field star, won the 100, 200 and long jump while attending the Ohio high school state meets in 2002 and 2003. Coupled with two relay wins, she was just the third Ohioan to win eight state titles in two years. The first was Jessie Owens. She went on to become the 2005 world champion in the long jump as a 19-year-old sophomore at the University of Tennessee. Congratulations, Tianna. We couldn’t be more proud!
Photo courtesy of the Associated Press.