Lenora Guion-Firmin

Aug. 12, 2013

MOSCOW, Russia - In just three days, the French phenom, and UMES All-American, Lenora Guion-Firmin will carry medal hopes into Moscow for the 14th International Association of Athletic Federation (IAAF) World Championship in Athletics.

And why shouldn't she? Guion-Firmin is coming off of gold, silver and bronze showings at the European Athletics U23 (Under 23) Championships held last month in Tampere, Finland. The speedster took a gold medal in the women's 400-meters, fell just short in the 200-meters to take silver, and her relay team took bronze in the 4 x 400 meter relay.

Receiving high praise for her performance at the event in Finland, the 2012 Olympian looks to earn more accolades in Russia this week. She will run in the 200 meter and 4 x 400 meter relay in Moscow, serving as just one of 20 French women participating in the event.

Guion-Firmin served as an alternate in London last year and is just the second woman ever from UMES to participate in the Olympics.

The IAAF Championship started August 10th and runs through the18th. The French women's 4x400 team is set to compete in heats beginning on August 17 while Guion-Firmin will run the 200-meters on day six, August 15. The finals of that event will be the following day, August 16.

The IAAF World Championship is a biennial event, held in the opposite years of the Olympics. Several world renowned track and field stars have competed in past events, including Michael Johnson, Usain Bolt and Carl Lewis.

Guion-Firmin is the most decorated woman track and field athlete in school history, holding school records in the 200 and 400 meter outdoor events. She is a three-time All-America selection. "She is the best female athlete to ever run at this school," said head coach Ernest Barrett. "I am proud of her and knew she was capable of great things; I think she is just starting to taste the success she will have internationally."



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