Gibsonís Appearance in Semis Highlights ORU Action at World Championships
MOSCOW, Russia – ORU track and field alumnus Jeffery Gibson posted a good final stretch in his opening heat of the 400m hurdles and earned a spot in the semifinals of the event, while fellow ORU graduates Jack Whitt (pole vault) and Prince Mumba (800m) also competed at the 2013 IAAF World Championships.
Of the three, Gibson (Bahamas) was the only one to advance to the second round, running 50.25 in his opening race to finish fourth in his heat, automatically qualifying for the semifinals. Going against the best in the world, Gibson had a misstep that he couldn’t afford and ran 50.51 to finish 21st.
Whitt (USA), who like Gibson was in his first international competition, cleared 17-7 (5.40m) in the pole vault, and finished tied for 14th in group A. Only nine people in his group hit a mark better than Whitt’s, but he was not able to advance to the finals.
On the other end of the spectrum, Mumba (Zambia) entered the meet with plenty of experience on the biggest stage, including multiple trips to the Olympics. Mumba was matched up with eventual silver medalist Nick Symmonds in his opening heat and ran 1:47.85 but finished fifth, narrowly missing a spot in the next round.
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