LONDON – Sophomore sprinter Mario Burke opened the first day of the IAAF World Championships by running in his first of two events for his native country of Barbados, on Friday.
Burke’s world championship meet began in the preliminary rounds where he was on the track for heat three of the 100-meter dash. After a blistering start, Burke crossed the line in 10.23 to finish second in his heat and book an automatic qualifying berth into the heat round.
Burke would move on to compete in the third heat of the next round, where he had the quickest reaction time in the group at 0.114. The Bridgetown, Barbados, native crossed the line in 10.42 to finish sixth in the heat and 39th overall.
Burke will return to action on Friday, Aug. 11, to compete in the preliminary round of the 4x100-meter relay.
Burke first punched his ticket to the IAAF World Championships after leading his home country of Barbados to a silver medal in the 4x100-meter relay at the IAAF World Relay Championships in April. Burke ran the first leg for the Barbadians and helped lead the squad to a second-place finish in 39.18.
Burke would book another spot two months later after winning the Barbados National Championship in the 100-meter dash. The Bridgetown, Barbados, native cruised through the first two rounds, running 10.51 and 10.46, respectively, before exploding for a 10.12 in the final to claim gold.
During the collegiate season, Burke was a member of the 4x100-meter relay squad which claimed the NCAA Championship en route to setting a school record in the event. Burke earned three NCAA All-America honors (two outdoor, one indoor) and won three American Athletic Conference titles including the 60-meter dash (indoor) and the outdoor 4x100- and 4x400-meter relays.
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