College of the Canyons’ volunteer assistant track and field coach Lashinda Demus will bring home a shiny souvenir from her trip to the 2012 Olympic games in London. Demus won the silver in the Women’s 400 meter Hurdles Wednesday.
After winning her heats in both the quarter-finals and the semi-finals, Lashinda Demus took to the starting blocks at Olympic Stadium in London Wednesday night.
With the blast from the starter’s pistol 9 of the fastest hurdlers in the world gave it their all. Demus and Natalia Antyukh of Russia were neck and neck the entire race, but Antyukh had the slight edge beating Demus by 0.07 seconds. Demus finished with a time of 52.72 seconds. Zuzana Hejnova of the Czech Republic took the bronze.
After finishing the race, Demus was visibly disappointed. “I wanted this so bad” she said. “I’m very grateful to be on the podium.” Demus also made a vow to her supporters: “I will not stop until I get the gold medal.” “You will see me in 2016.”
Demus joins Allyson Felix who won gold in the Woman’s 200 meter sprint, in bringing an Olympic medal back to Santa Clarita in 2012.