McQuay at the 2013 World Championships
April 16, 1990 |
West Palm Beach, Florida
|Height||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Weight||158 lb (72 kg)|
|Sport||Track and field|
|College team||University of Florida|
|Achievements and titles|
|Personal best(s)||200 metres: 20.38 (Helinski 2012)
400 metres: 44.35 (Rieti 2010)
Tony McQuay (born April 16, 1990) is an American track and field athlete who specializes in the 400 meters. He is a member of the 2012 United States Olympic team and competed at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.
McQuay was born in West Palm Beach, Florida. He graduated from Suncoast Community High School in Riviera Beach, Florida, where he ran the 100 meters, 200 meters and 400 meters for the Suncoast Chargers track and field team. He won the FHSAA state championship in the 400 meters as a senior. He also played for the Suncoast Chargers high school football team, and was recognized as the team's most outstanding wide receiver, most improved defensive back, and best all-around player.
McQuay attended the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, and was a member of coach Mike Holloway's Florida Gators track and field team in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) competition. In the 400 meters, McQuay was the 2011 NCAA indoor champion, 2012 NCAA indoor champion, the 2012 outdoor champion, and a two-time Southeastern Conference (SEC) outdoor champion. He won the senior open 400 meters event at the 2011 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships with a time of 44.68 seconds, edging Olympic gold medalist Jeremy Wariner and world champion Greg Nixon.
He finished second in the 400 meters at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials in the 400 meters on June 24, 2012, qualifying him to run in the 400 meters and 4x400 relay at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, England. He finished second in his heat at the London Olympics with a time of 45.48, qualifying him into the semi-finals where he was eliminated after placing fourth. In the 4 × 400 m, he ran the third leg of the race to help his team win silver behind the Bahamians.
McQuay was a member of the U.S. 4 × 400 metres relay team that qualified with the second time 2:58,38 behind Jamaica for the finals. In the finals they became olympic champions in 2:57,30, Jamaica second and Bahamas third. McQuay earned his second olympic medal. McQuay's 400m race split was 43.5 as reported by announcer Ato Bolden.
- GatorZone.com, Men's Track & Field, 2012 Roster, Tony McQuay. Retrieved June 25, 2012.
- USA Track & Field, Athlete Bios, Tony McQuay. Retrieved June 25, 2012.
- Associated Press, "Allyson Felix, Tony McQuay win titles," ESPN.com (June 25, 2011). Retrieved June 29, 2012.
- "Pair of Gators earned spots on Team USA," The Gainesville Sun (June 24, 2012). Retrieved June 25, 2012.