Alonso Edward will have to wait another day for his Olympic medal.
The former Barton track star running for Panama in the finals of the 200m came up short of a medal, finishing seventh in a time of 20.23.
Usain Bolt of Jamaica won his third straight 200m Olympic gold with a 19.78. Andre De Grasse of Canada was second in 20.02 and Christophe Lamaitre of France third in 20.12.
Edward was in the mix for a medal with a group of runners until the final 50m when he faded back to seventh.
Four former Cougars kept medal hopes alive in the 4x100m relay Thursday.
Veronica Campbell-Brown and Simone Facey both ran legs on the Jamaican women’s relay while Tyson Gay and Akeem Haynes ran in the men’s relay. Gay ran for the United States while Haynes ran for Canada.
The Jamaican women won the first heat with the second best overall time. Jamaica won with a time of 41.79. It was the best time of the day until the United States was awarded a second chance and turned in a 41.77.
The US had originally missed a hand off but it was ruled they were bumped and were allowed to run later in the day by themselves.
Facey ran the opening leg for Jamaica while Campbell-Brown ran the third leg.
For the men, the United States had the best time of the two heats. Tyson Gay ran the third leg as the US finished with a time of 37.65 in the first heat.
Canada also ran in the first heat, finishing third. Haynes led off as the Canadian team ran a 37.89 to qualify for the finals.
The finals will take place Friday. Regardless of whether the former Cougars run in the finals or not they will receive a medal if the team earns one by running in the opening round.
Men’s 4x100m relay
Tyson Gay, USA; Akeem Haynes, Canada
Aug. 19 – Finals
Women’s 4x100m relay
Veronica Campbell-Brown, Simone Facey, Jamaica
Aug. 19 – Finals