Off to Worlds in Portland

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The 2015-2016 indoor track & field season will officially come to an end this weekend with the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Portland, Ore.  This year, three HepsNation members have qualified and will represent their countries at the international event (full list of qualifiers/entries can be found here).

Cornell’s throwing great Stephen Mozia qualified in the shot put earlier this year to make his second trip to the IAAF World Indoor Championships (he previously represented Team Nigeria in 2014 in Sopot, Poland when he was a junior at Cornell).  Back in January, Mozia threw a then-world’s best distance of 21.11m to set a new Nigerian national record and a new personal best.  He enters the World competition ranked 6th in the field and aims to be the first African athlete to ever earn a medal in the shot put.  The men’s shot put final will be on Friday at 9:40pm ET.

Meanwhile, Dartmouth’s distance queen Abbey D’Agostino and Cornell’s sprinting king Bruno Hortelano-Roig will be representing their countries for the first time at an indoor championships.  D’Agostino finished as the runner-up in last weekend’s USATF Indoor Championships in the 3,000m to secure her spot at Worlds.  Her qualifying time of 8:56.77 ranks her 13th in the competitive field. The women’s 3,000m will only be contested as a final, which is set for Sunday at 4:45pm ET.  Hortelano will be representing Spain in the men’s 60m, where he ran a new personal best time of 6.64 in January at the Ocean Breeze Athletic Facility on Staten Island.  The men’s 60m preliminary round is set for Friday at 5:20pm ET.

The meet officially begins on Thursday with the pole vault competition and concludes on Sunday.  Event previews are up on IAAF.org.  You can follow the meet through the IAAF Live Results website.  Friday, Saturday, and Sunday competition can be viewed on TV through NBC Sports Network (note – some of the coverage will be tape-delayed, see schedule here).  You can also stream live coverage of the entire meet through the NBC Sports Live Extra website or mobile app.  Please check your cable or satellite TV subscription if your setup includes NBC Sports Network so you can watch the meet for free (FAQs).

Mozia image – All-Athletics Africa; D’Agostino image – PhotoRun/Letsrun.com; Hortelano image – somosolimpicios.com

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