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Haiti's Joseph Moise Competes in the Men's 800 Meter Dash (photo by Cheryl Treworgy)

Sunday August 28, 2011Gator Track and Field Takes Center Stage at IAAF World Championships in Daegu

Daegu, Korea

Haiti's Joseph Moise Competes in the Men's 800 Meter Dash (photo by Cheryl Treworgy)

In the first two days of competition at the IAAF World Championships, the University of Florida has been well represented in Daegu. Junior sprinter Tony McQuay (Riviera Beach, Fla.) and former Gator track and field stars Aaron Armstrong, Will Claye, Kerron Clement, Joseph Moise, Bowerman finalist Christian Taylor and Novlene Williams-Mills began their quests for world titles this weekend in Korea at Daegu Stadium.

 

Former Gator All-American Williams-Mills, participating in her fourth World Championships representing Jamaica, advanced to the finals of the women’s 400 meters on Sunday evening in Daegu. After winning her heat in the qualifying round on Saturday with a time of 51.30, Williams-Mills then sprinted to a 50.48 finish, good for sixth in the semifinals and a spot in Monday’s finals.

 

USA men’s 400 meters champion McQuay, participating in his first World Championships, narrowly missed a qualifying time in the heats of the men’s 400 meters, sprinting to a time of 46.76.

 

Trinidad and Tobago’s Armstrong, a three-time World Championships participant, failed to advance out of the heats of the men’s100 meters, finishing fifth in his heat with a time of 10.48.

 

Haiti’s Moise, a four-time World Championships participant, 2004 Olympian and cross country and track standout at Florida, finished sixth in his men’s 800 meter heat with a time of 1:48.17.

 

There are still many former Gators who have yet to step foot into Daegu Stadium. Two-time 400 meter hurdles World Champion and two-time Olympic medalist Clement enters the competition on Monday with the heats for the 400 meter hurdles. Clement is the two-time defending World Champion in the event, having won gold in 2007 and 2009.

 

NCAA Champions Claye and Taylor will face off in the triple jump beginning on Friday, September 2nd. The finals of that event are on Sunday, September 4th. Claye also begins his journey for a long jump world championship on Thursday, September 1st, with the finals of the long jump taking place on Friday, September 2nd.

 

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IAAF WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS (AUGUST 27, 2011-SEPTEMBER 4, 2011 :: DAEGU, KOREA)

 

Men’s 800 Meter Dash – Heats

28. Joseph Moise – 1:48.17

 

Men’s 100 Meter Dash – Heats

29. Aaron Armstrong – 10:48 (-1.2)

 

Women’s 400 Meter Dash – Heats

2. Novlene Williams-Mills – 51.30

 

Women’s 400 Meter Dash – Semi-Finals

6. Novlene Williams-Mills – 50.48

 

Men’s 400 Meter Dash – Heats

26. Tony McQuay – 46.76

 

IMPORTANT LINKS TO FOLLOW THE GATORS IN DAEGU

 

LIVE RESULTS - http://www.iaaf.org/live/wch11/index.html

 

LIVE EVENT REPORTS - http://daegu2011.iaaf.org/NewsEventReportsList.aspx

 

LIVE COMPETITION BLOGhttp://www.iaaf.org/live/WCH11/index.html

 

LIVE RADIO (evening sessions) - http://daegu2011.iaaf.org/MultimediaAudioLiveRadio.aspx

 

VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS - http://daegu2011.iaaf.org/MultimediaVideoHighLights.aspx

 

DAILY TIMETABLE AND START LISTS - http://daegu2011.iaaf.org/ResultsByDate.aspx

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