BEIJING— A pair of former Barton Community College track stars made the finals of the 15th annual IAAF World Championships in Beijing but failed to medal in the early competition.
Veronica Campbell-Brown and Tyson Gay both made it to the finals of the 100m dash for the women and men but neither was able to take home a medal.
Campbell-Brown of Jamaica finished second in both her preliminary heats then took fourth in the final. She opened with an 11.04 in the first round to advance to the semifinals, taking second in the first heat.
In the semifinals she took second again, this time in the third heat with a time of 10.89.
In the final she came up just short of a medal with a time of 10.91. Her Jamaican teammate Shelly-Ann Frazer-Price won with a 10.76 followed by Dafne Schippers of the Netherlands in 10.81. Tori Bowie of the United States took the bronze in 10.86.
Gay, meanwhile, was cruising through to the finals. He won his preliminary heat with a time of 10.11 and won his semifinals with a 9.96.
But in the finals Gay did not run as well. Usain Bolt of Jamaica earned the gold once again with a 9.79 edging Justin Gatlin of the United States who ran a 9.80 in a 2-man race. Trayvon Bromell of the United States was third with a 9.92, taking bronze in a photo with Canada’s Andre De Grasse.
Another former Cougar, Aliaksandr Linnik of Belarus, took seventh in his preliminary heat of the 400m and did make the semifinals. He ran a 45.79.
Alsonso Edward of Panama will get his World Championships started today with the opening round of the men’s 200m.
Wednesday will be a big starting day for former Cougars as Leevan Sands (Triple Jump), Aleec Harris (110m hurdles) and Campbell-Brown (200m) will all start their trek for a medal in their respective events.