Michael Norman de Murrieta wins Olympic gold in relay


MURRIETA, CA – Michael Norman, who grew up in Murrieta, won an Olympic gold medal on Saturday as he competed in the US Men’s 4×400 Relay Team’s second leg at the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo.

It was the only track gold medal won by American men at the Tokyo Olympics.

The United States was second, four tenths of a second behind Botswana, after Michael Cherry ran the first heat in 44.2 seconds. The United States took the lead, 0.38 seconds ahead of Botswana, after Norman ran his leg in 44.0.

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In Game 3, Bryce Deadmon put the United States up 44.01 to give them a 0.76 second lead over the Netherlands, who passed Botswana to move up to second. Rai Benjamin ran the final stage in 43.4 seconds to give the United States the victory in 2: 55.70, the fourth fastest time in history.

The Netherlands were second in 2: 57.18, 0.09 ahead of third-placed Botswana.

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“What a sweet and bitter first Olympic experience,” Norman tweeted. “Proud to represent the USA team and win gold in the men’s 4×4, but I feel very incomplete. What’s done is done, but know that I will be back stronger next year. “

Norman was fifth in the 400 on Thursday.

Norman was the Gatorade National Boys Track and Field Player of the Year for the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons when he led Vista Murrieta High School to the state championships.

Norman raced for USC in 2017 and 2018, winning the 2018 NCAA Outdoor 400 Championship with a collegiate record of 43.61 and receiving The Bowerman as the top collegiate track athlete.

Norman and Benjamin are the 10th and 11th USC students past or present to win gold medals at the Tokyo Games, joining other track and field athletes Andre De Grasse, Kendall Ellis, Allyson Felix and Dalilah Muhammad, the beach volleyball player April Ross and water polo players. Kaleigh Gilchrist, Stephania Haralabidis, Paige Hauschild and Amanda Longan.

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