Ravens' Darling has eye on Athens

Wide receiver's sister-in-law wins gold, brother also competing in Olympics

August 26, 2004|By Baltimoresun.com Staff

For Ravens rookie wide receiver Devard Darling, the Olympics are a family affair.

Darling's sister-in-law, Tonique Williams-Darling of the Bahamas, won a gold medal in the 400 meters Tuesday with a time of 49.41, beating world champion Ana Guevara of Mexico.

"It's crazy," Devard Darling said. "Not just for my family, but for the whole country. We already went through it before with my cousin winning the bronze in 1992, but to win the gold is unbelievable."

The cousin was Frank Rutherford, who won the bronze medal in triple jump in Barcelona becoming the first Bahamian to win a field medal.

Williams-Darling's triumph at the Olympic Stadium was the first-ever individual gold medal for the Bahamas.

"I always looked up to my cousin Frank -- him being a world-class athlete," said Devard Darling. "I think it prepared me for the mentality I'd have to have to make it to (the NFL) level.

The Darlings continue to cheer in Athens while anticipating the upcoming race of Dennis Darling Jr., Devard's older brother, who will compete in the 4x400-meter relay Friday.

August 26, 2004, 3:17 PM EDT

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