Aug. 7, 2012
Huddle advanced to the finals of the 5,000m run with a fifth place finish in heat two. The 2006 graduate finished the race in a season-best time of 15:02.26 to qualify eighth for the finals. The finals will be held on Friday at 3:05 ET.
Huddle, the first Notre Dame women's distance runner to earn an Olympic berth, is making her Olympic debut and is the American record holder at 5,000 meters (14:44.76, set in 2010), in addition to winning a national title in 2011. The 10-time All-American Huddle also is aiming to challenge the best-ever finish by a U.S. runner in the women's 5,000 meters, currently a ninth-place finish by both Lynn Jennings (1996) and Kara Goucher (2008).
Nurudeen took second in his heat of the 110m hurdles, finishing in a personal-best time of 13.51. Competing for Nigeria, Nurudeen ('05) qualified 16th overall for Wednesday's semifinals. The semis get underway at 2:15 p.m. ET, with the finals slated for 4:15 p.m. ET later that day.
Nurudeen, a 15-time all-BIG EAST Conference performer and multi-time All-American at Notre Dame, is representing Nigeria for the second consecutive Olympics, having advanced to the 110-meter hurdle quarterfinals in 2008.
The respective races for the Notre Dame runners will be shown live on-line at nbcolympics.com and may be shown on a tape-delayed basis during NBC's coverage later in the day.
For more information on Notre Dame participants at the 2012 London Olympics, visit the special Notre Dame Olympics microsite (und.com/olympics), the official London Olympics web site (london2012.com) or the official NBC Olympics web site (nbcolympics.com).