Hampton Olympian Francena McCorory savors her first gold medal

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by 13News

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Posted on September 3, 2012 at 12:51 PM

Updated Monday, Sep 3 at 5:43 PM

HAMPTON--Francena McCorory, a graduate of Hampton University, won a gold medal in the Women's 4 x 400m Relay at the 2012 London Olympics.

"I felt great," she said.  "It's like a dream come true."

It was her first gold.

"I feel like I have to pinch myself still. I feel like I'm going to wake up and I won't have one, so I get scared. It's weird," she said.

The 23-year-old says she was the fastest runner in her 8th grade gym class and her teacher suggested she run track.  She made the team at Bethel High School.  

"At first I hated it because it was a bit hard, but, you know, as I kept with it, I grew to love it," she stated.

She went on to run at Hampton University.

In London, setting the world record was on the minds of her teammates

"The world record in the 4 x 400 meter relay is 3 minutes 15 seconds and we ran 3:16. The world record was set in 1988, so we really wanted to smash it," she stated.

While they didn't set the record, McCorory is thrilled with a gold medal.

You can meet her at an autograph signing event  at Hampton  Cinema Cafe at 1044 Von Schilling Drive on Wednesday, September 5, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.   She's also on Facebook and Twitter .

She's enjoying some down time after the games, but she's getting ready to get back on the track.

"The work starts again in October. I'll be training so I can bring home another gold medal," she says.

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