Blacksburg, VA — Two Virginia Tech Hokies are competing in the 2012 Olympic Games in London, England.
Track and field athlete Marcel Lomnicky is competing in the hammer throw while swimmer Katarina Filova will compete in the 100M and 200M freestyle events.
Lomnicky won two NCAA national titles for the Hokies during his career at Virginia Tech. He won the 2012 indoor hammer throw title and the 2009 outdoor title. He finished third in 2010 and second in 2011 at the outdoor championships.
In June, Lomnicky, who is from Nitra, Slovakia, qualified for the 2012 London Games by finishing first at his country’s Olympic trails. Not only did he finish first, he defeated Slovakia’s three-time Olympian and national record-holder Libor Charfreitag.
Filova, who is from Bratislava, Slovakia, has already competed in the 200M freestyle event at the 2012 Olympic Games, finishing fifth in her qualifying heat. She did not advance.
She will race again on Wednesday, Aug. 1, at 5 a.m., in the 100M freestyle heats. If she advances in her heat, she’ll race again in the semifinals beginning at 2:38 p.m., also on Wednesday.
Lomnicky’s first Olympic competition will take place on Friday, Aug. 3, at 6:20 a.m. in a qualifying round. Should he advance, the finals will be held Sunday, Aug. 5, at 3:20 p.m.
Lomnicky and Filova are two of only 10 Hokies to ever compete in the Olympics, according to HokieSports.com.