Johnson C. Smith University is extremely excited and honored to have Class of 2011 alumni Leford Green and Shermaine Williams participating in the 2012 London Summer Olympics as members of the Jamaica National team.
After winning the 400 meter hurdles event at the 2012 Jamaica National Senior Championships in July, Green qualified for a spot on the Olympic team. He is the Jamaican national champion in the 400m hurdles for the third consecutive year by winning the race with a season best time of 48.88.
Williams qualified for competition in this year’s Olympics by placing third in the women’s 100m hurdles final at the Jamaica National Senior Championships. Williams clocked a time of 12.79 to become the first female Olympian in JCSU history.
Williams and Green are the first Olympians from Johnson C. Smith University since Vince Matthews, who won gold medals in the 1968 Mexico City and 1972 Munich Olympic games. He set world records in both Olympics running the 4x400m relay in 1968 and the 400m in 1972.