Mid-South athletes hope to prove they belong in London

(WMC-TV) - The 2012 Summer Olympics are almost here and there are already a few Mid-South athletes who secured their spot to compete in the games.  Several others are still trying to prove they belong in London.

Former University of Tennessee forward Tamika Catchings earned herself a spot on the women's national team.

Grizzlies forward Rudy Gay is a finalist and is in the running to make the men's Olympic basketball team.

Kristin Armstrong, who was born in Memphis, will go after her second gold medal in London. She was selected to represent the United States on her road bike. Armstrong won Olympic gold in 2008.

Trell Kimmons, of Coldwater, Mississippi, made it through the finals for his 100 meter dash. He will put his Adidas to the pavement in London.

Some local students are still awaiting their chance to prove their Olympic potential.

Ole Miss graduate Brittney Reese and University of Memphis graduate Richard Lowe will compete in track and field trials this week in Eugene, Oregon. Brittney Reese will compete in the long jump. Lowe will jump hurdles in an attempt to earn his way to London.

Ole Miss athletes Lee Moore, Antwon Hicks, and Carson Blanks will also compete in the hurdling trials.

High school swimming hopefuls Crews Wellford and Pace Clark will compete in upcoming trials for their opportunity to wear a USA Speedo.

Wellford will hit the water with the 200 meter backstroke trials on Friday while Clark will compete in the 100 meter butterfly and 200 meter butterfly trials Wednesday and Saturday.

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