Burke Ready for IAAF World Championships

Aug. 3, 2017

LONDON – Sophomore sprinter Mario Burke’s 2017 season will culminate on the highest level when he travels to compete at the IAAF World Championships, to be held August 4-13 at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, in London.

Burke will kick off action at the IAAF World Championships with the preliminary round of the 100-meter dash at 1 p.m. CT, Friday, where he will run in heat three. The second round of the 100 will follow at 3:20 p.m. CT, while the semifinal and final rounds will be held at 1:05 and 4:45 p.m. CT, respectively, on Saturday.

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.

Day one action of the IAAF World Championships can be seen live beginning at noon CT, via NBC Sports Gold. Fans can find action beginning at 12:30 p.m. CT on the Olympic Channel.

Second day coverage can be seen on a variety of outlets, including NBC beginning at 2 p.m. CT. A full list of the broadcast schedule can be found by clicking HERE.

Live results of the IAAF will also provide a live radio broadcast as well as live results courtesy of the company’s website – IAAF.org. Results and the radio broadcast schedule can be found by clicking HERE.

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