Aug. 29, 2011
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Borlee brothers – Kevin and Jonathan – are moving on the IAAF World Championship finals in the 400-meter dash after outstanding performances in Monday’s semifinal rounds.
The Belgium pair and former Seminoles posted the third- and fourth-fastest times of the 24 men who climbed into the blocks in Daegu, Korea, each finishing second in their respect heats.
Kevin Borlee set the tone for the twins in heat 1, covering the one-lap circuit in 45.02. LaShawn Merritt of the United States, who had the fastest time in Sunday’s qualifying heats, followed up with a 44.76 to win the race.
Racing in the third heat, Jonathan Borlee finished in 45.14, just behind Jamaica’s Jermaine Gonzales (44.99).
With each of the three heat winners drawing the prime lanes for Tuesday’s final, Kevin Borlee’s pursuit of a World Championship medal will come out of lane 6. Jonathan was less fortunate, drawing lane 8 for the finals.
No other athletes with Florida State ties participated in Monday’s events, but there will be a heavy slate of `Noles in action Tuesday, including a pair of recent graduates.
Ciaran O’Lionaird, representing Ireland, will get his World Championship games started in the qualifying heats for the 1500. Jamaica’s Kimberly Williams will try and land a spot in the triple jump finals through the qualifying rounds.
Former Seminole teammates Barbara Parker and Hannah England of Great Britain will also be in action. Parker will participate in the finals of the 3000-meter steeplechase, while England will follow up her Sunday qualifying heat win in the semifinals of the 1500.