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By Sholnn Freeman
Office of University Communications
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Bison Wins 110m Hurdles at World Championship

WASHINGTON (August 13, 2013) -- Beijing Olympian and Howard alumnus David Oliver won the 110-meter hurdles at the 2013 IAAF World Championships in Moscow. Oliver cleared the 10 hurdles in an impressive 13 seconds, the fastest time of the year. Oliver (B.A. '04), a medalist at the 2008 Beijing Games, is the first two-time All-American in Howard’s history.

The Men’s 110m hurdles results were: 1. David Oliver (US) 13.00; 2. Ryan Wilson (US) 13.13; 3. Sergey Shubenkov (Russia) 13.24; 4. Jason Richardson (US) 13.27; 5. William Sharman (Britain) 13.30; 6. Aries Merritt (US) 13.31; 7. Thomas Martinot-Lagarde (France) 13.42; 8. Andrew Riley (Jamaica) 13.51.

Following his 2008 bronze victory at the Olympics, Oliver and some of his closest friends and coaches described his journey from Howard’s campus to the highest level of competition on the world stage.

According to his former track teammate Andrew Murphy, the Denver native’s road to the Olympic began in Drew Hall, Howard’s all-male freshman dormitory. Even then, Oliver believed in dreaming big.

“I remember we were sitting in Drew one night back in 2000 when David said, ‘I want to win a medal in the Olympics in 2008,’” Murphy recalled. “We all believed he could do it. He was a hard worker and very driven.”

After graduation, Oliver passed up job prospects on Wall Street and decided to pursue his love of track and field. Opting for a more economical car, he drove an old ‘92 Chevy Corsica and shared a small steamy Florida apartment with three teammates. The housemates could not afford to use the air conditioner and survived on packaged foods and 5-pound bags of rice from Wal-Mart.

It took years of arduous training by coach Brooks Johnson to get Oliver into top form. He achieved noteworthy wins but was also confronted by disappointments and excruciating injuries. Through it all, Oliver stayed focused and never took his eyes off the prize.

Throughout his Howard days, Oliver worked with many mentors, including assistant track coach Kenyetta Grisby, who provided him with intense strength training and mental preparation. 
As a result of his dedication to sports, he won four Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) championships in the 110-meter hurdles. He was also a walk-on wide receiver for the Bison football team.

Oliver graduated in 2004 with a marketing degree from the School of Business.

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