Aug. 18, 2009
BERLIN, Germany –
Charles Clark did battle with the top sprinters in the world on Tuesday and held his own as the rising senior advanced to the semifinals of the 200-meter at the World Championships in Berlin. The semifinals are scheduled for 1:25 p.m. ET on Wednesday.
Clark opened the day with a third-place finish in the opening round of heats when he ran a 20.87 to punch his ticket to Tuesday afternoon’s quarterfinal round. The Virginia Beach, Va., native was matched up with the top sprinter in the world, Usain Bolt, in the quarterfinal round as the Jamaican cruised to the win beating out France’s David Alerte. Clark and France’s Martial Mbandjock posted identical times in the race but Mbandjock narrowly edged Clark at the line, leaving the senior to wait for the results from the last three quarterfinal races.
Clark’s 20.55 time held up as the top qualifying time among the athletes who failed to finish in the top three in each heat. The sprinter will return to action on Wednesday when the 200-meter semifinals are run at 1:25 p.m. ET. Clark has drawn lane number two for the competition and will need to be among the top four in the heat to move on to Thursday’s final.
“Great start for Charles. It would be fantastic if he can make the final, and awesome if he can follow in Walt’s footsteps and earn a medal,” head coach Bob Braman said.
Florida State alum Brian Dzingai moved out of the initial round in the 200-meter but pulled up around the turn during the quarterfinal round and did not finish, ultimately ending his journey towards a world title.
Elsewhere on the track, Belgium sensation Kevin Borlee qualified for the semifinals of the 400-meter Tuesday morning when he ran a 45.61 to claim third in his heat. Borlee will be joined in the semifinals by former Seminoles star Ricardo Chambers who finished second in his heat with a time of 45.57.
Borlee and Chambers will be in action again on Wednesday at 12:15 p.m. ET when the semifinals of the 400 take place in Berlin.
Susan Kuijken was also in action on Tuesday as she ran the opening round of the 1,500-meter heats. The Netherlands native was caught in a pack and nearly fell in her race as she crossed the line in 4:18.10.
Borlee and Chambers will be the first Seminoles on the track on Wednesday when the 400-meter quarterfinals get underway at 12:15 p.m. ET. Clark will then look to advance to the 200-meter final at 1:25 p.m. ET. Fans can catch all the action live on universalsports.com as NBC is providing live online coverage all week long.