Spencer Earns Another Gold Medal in BarcelonaJuly 16, 2012
BARCELONA, Spain -- Freshman Ashley Spencer earned her second gold medal of the IAAF World Junior Championships, anchoring the winning United States' 4x400m relay team on Sunday night and setting a new world-junior leading time. The Illini sprinter helped contribute to the U.S.' winning the most medals of any country with 20 total, nine gold, four silver and seven bronze, totaling 188 points.
"It is so great to have Ashley anchor the winning 4x400 for Team USA," head coach Tonja Buford-Bailey said. "Those ladies ran so hard and didn't let all the controversy get in their way. It was such a great first season for her and for it to end with her winning two golds at the World Junior meet and get a championship record is just amazing. This is the best way to end such a stellar season. I am so proud of the way she handled herself this year with composure and took it all in stride. She has been a really positive impact for this team and that's a lot to ask from a freshman."
Spencer anchored the foursome of Erika Rucker (South Carolina), Olivia Ekpone (Texas A&M), Kendall Baisden (Detroit County Day High School), finishing with an overall time of 3:30.01, a new world-junior leading time. Spencer ran the last leg with a split of 50.60. With the win, the United States won their sixth-straight event title at the world junior championships.
"It feels great to win two gold medals," Spencer said. "I can't really describe it. I closed out my season the best way possible. To come out with two golds overseas is just incredible. I'm very happy. This whole experience has been such a blessing. Just coming overseas and my first time out of the country, on top of winning gold medals is just a blessing. I've had the best time of my life."
4x400 Meter Relay Final Results at IAAF World Junior Championships
1. United States (Erika Rucker, Olivia Ekpone, Kendall Baised, Ashley Spencer) - 3:30.01 *
2. Jamaica - 3:32.97
3. Russia - 3:36.42
4. Ukraine - 3:37.02
5. Germany - 3:37.23
6. Canada - 3:37.84
7. Poland - 3:37.90
8. Australia - 3:38.84
9. South Africa - 3:40.31
*world-junior leading time