July 4, 2012
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Southern Miss' recent graduate and former track and field All-American Ganna Demydova will represent her native country Ukraine at the 2012 Olympic Games in London in the triple jump.
Demydova, who was named the Conference USA Field Athlete of the Year, won the 2012 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field triple jump title with a meet-record performance of 14.20-meters (46-7.25), earning her First Team USTFCCCA All-America honors. She also captured the NCAA East Preliminary triple jump crown with a leap of 13.99m (45-10.75).
The Southern Miss graduate left the C-USA Outdoor Championship with a gold medal and conference record leap of 14.03m (46-0.25) in the same event. At the end of the league championship, she was honored with the Co-Female Performance of the Meet award along with teammate Tori Bowie who also bettered the conference record with a first-place mark of 6.78m (22-3) in the long jump. Demydova owns the school, conference and national record in the triple jump.
"I am very excited that Ganna has a chance to realize her Olympic dream," Southern Miss head track and field Coach Kevin Stephen said. "She is one of the most dedicated, hardest working athletes I have been around. At Southern Miss this year, she has jumped almost two feet further than her previous best. After doing everything asked of her by her country, Ganna's selection is well deserved. She returned home a week after the NCAA Championship where she was second at her national championship. Her jump of 14.50m (47-7) is the fourth best in the Ukraine but is further than any American woman in history."
Demydova is the second Southern Miss athlete to compete in the Olympics as Helena Wrappah competed in the 200 meters at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia.