A pair of former dogs advance at the world championships in athletics
EUGENE, Ore. — Shaunae Miller-Uibo and Lynna Irby advanced to the 400-meter semifinal on day three of the World Championships in Athletics in Eugene, Oregon on Sunday.
Miller-Uibo, a two-time reigning Olympic champion, represented her native nation of the Bahamas as they qualified for the next round of the 400m. Another former Lady Bulldog, Team USA’s Irby, also earned her ticket to the semifinals of the event.
The semi-final arrives for this dog duo on Wednesday, July 20 at 9:45 p.m. ET.
Friday, Elija Godwina native of Covington, Georgia ran the opening round of Team USA’s 4x400m mixed relay as the foursome ran in 3:10.16 to claim a bronze medal.
The game kicked off at Hayward Field at the University of Oregon last Friday and will continue through Sunday, July 24. The Bulldog contingent represents Team USA, Antigua, Bahamas, Brazil, Estonia, Greece, Jamaica, Luxembourg and the Netherlands.
The World Championships will air (NBC/CNBC) and stream (NBC Sports/Peacock) at different times during the 10 days of action.
Miller-Uibo, who won an NCAA 400m title for Georgia, automatically qualified for the 400m semifinal with a 51.10 for ninth place overall. Irby, who also won a national championship in the event for the Lady Bulldogs, also automatically qualified after crossing the line in 51.78 with the 18e-fastest time.
Former Lady Bulldog Kendell Williams who won seven NCAA titles and set the collegiate pentathlon record also completed the first four events of the heptathlon and is currently in 15e spot (3,481 points). In the 100m hurdles to start the day, Williams ran a 13.54, or 12e globally. Williams cleared the high jump bar at 1.71 metres/5 feet, 7 ¼ inches for 15e square.
In the shot put, Williams finished at 12.71m/41-8.50 and finished the event in 13e. She concluded the first day with a 25.27 in the 200m.
Luxembourg native and former Bulldog All-American Charles Grethen raced in the 1500m semi-final and clocked 3:40.41 for 21st place, missing the final.
On Monday, Williams will wrap up the final three events of the heptathlon (long jump, javelin, 800m) starting at 12:35 p.m. Keturah Orji will line up in the triple jump final starting at 9:20 p.m.
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