Track of the Olympics to serve as the surface for the SEC track and field championships

Conshohocken, Pennsylvania, UNITED STATES


BATON ROUGE, La., May 10, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Mondotrack, the official track of the 2008 Beijing and 2012 London Olympics, will once again be underfoot for an NCAA Division I conference championship meet. This weekend, the 2012 Southeastern Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships will be contested on the acclaimed track.

The competition will take place May 10-13 at Louisiana State University's Bernie Moore Track Stadium. Recognized as one of the finest track venues in the United States, the historic, 5,680-seat facility features Mondotrack, the state-of-the-art track from Mondo, the global leader in the sports flooring market. Installed in 2010, the track replaced a 10-year-old polyurethane surface and a subsurface that was more than 30 years old.

Among the most important requirements for the replacement track were that it could stand up to Baton Rouge's underground water tables and the challenging soil composition below the stadium floor, which are caused by the venue's location near the Mississippi River. University officials also opted for Mondo because they felt LSU's elite and Olympic-caliber student-athletes would benefit by training on the same surface that would be used at the next Olympic Games.

Mondotrack provides the optimum blend of speed, safety and comfort for both high-speed competition and training. It converts the maximum amount of force generated by athletes' foot strikes to energy for maximum energy return, which helps athletes achieve faster times compared to running on other surfaces. Five world records were set on the Mondotrack at the Beijing Games in 2008.

About Mondo

Mondo is the global leader in the track and field, indoor sport and contract flooring markets, manufacturing rubber flooring surfaces for virtually every application. More than 1,100 Mondo tracks and 800 Mondo artificial turf fields are installed worldwide. An official supplier of athletic tracks for the past nine Olympic Games and the upcoming 2012 London Olympics, Mondo also is the official supplier or official sponsor of more than 100 sports federations and associations.

The company supplies a wide variety of commercial rubber flooring and manufactures luxury yachts under its Mondo Marine division.

A family-owned business since its founding in 1948, Mondo sells its products in more than 196 countries. The company's global headquarters are in Italy, and it has manufacturing facilities in North America, Europe and Asia. More information about Mondo is available at mondoworldwide.com.

Mondo and Mondotrack are registered trademarks of Mondo.

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