LONDON – Rising senior Julius Morris and former WKU Track and Field student-athletes
Emmanuel Dasor, Gavin Smellie, Kyree King and Shadrack Kipchirchir have wrapped up
competition at the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World
Championships from the London Stadium. Action lasted from Aug. 4-13 and fans had the
chance to watch the best athletes in the world – a record 2,038 athletes from 205
teams – participate from the British capital.
Morris, already a two-time NCAA All-American entering his senior season on The Hill,
represented his homeland of Montserrat. Qualified for his third overall IAAF World
Championships, Morris was unable to compete in the 200-meter race due to an injury
sustained during training in London.
Recent Hilltopper graduate Dasor, sported the colors of Ghana in London just a year
after competing at the Rio Olympic Games. Dasor, who was also qualified for his
third IAAF World Championships, withdrew from competition in the 400-meter
competition due to an injury.
The third Hilltopper competing at the IAAF World Championships was Gavin Smellie, a
2010 WKU graduate and 2012 Olympian. Smellie represented Canada at the event,
running in both the 100-meter and 4×100-meter races. Smellie finished fifth in his
100-meter heat with a mark of 10.29. Additionally, the Canadian 4×100-meter relay
unit placed fourth in the heats and earned a spot in the final by having one of the
two best times outside the top-three marks in both heats (38.48). In the finals,
Smellie lead off for the Canadian unit which ultimately claimed sixth place with a
time of 38.59. This outing marked Smellie’s fourth career IAAF World Championships
In his first IAAF World Championships appearance, former Hilltopper Kyree King
placed second in his 200-meter dash heat with a time of 20.41 to qualify for the
event’s semifinals. King went on to run a 20.59 in the next race to place fifth in
his semifinal while representing the United States.
Another former Hilltopper, Shadrack Kipchirchir, represented the Red, White and Blue
in the 10,000 meters while posting a personal-best time of 27:07.55 for a ninth
place finish among the world’s best competitors. The outing marked Kipchirchir’s
second IAAF World Championships outing in addition to his appearance at the Rio
Olympic Games last summer and the IAAF World Cross Country Championships in March
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