HSI Leads the Way to London July 3, 2017 – Posted in: HSI Athlete
With the Track and Field World Championships fast approaching, HSI’s athletes are gearing up for an exciting and fun athletics competition. This year’s World Championships will be held at the London Olympic Stadium from August 4th – 13th. Below is a list of HSI’s athletes headed to the 2017 London World Championships. Follow their progress with at our Instagram handle, @hsisports.
Dawn Nelson – Dawn’s household name is synonymous with perseverance and success. Dawn has now earned herself a record-setting, 7 National Team berths for the American Women’s 100m Hurdles Outdoor Team. Throughout her career, Dawn has won an Olympic Gold Medal (2008), an Olympic Silver Medal (2012), a World Championship Bronze Medal (2011), and she is not in a hot pursuit of accumulated another World Championship accolade.
English Gardner – English has yet to reach the prime of her career, and she has already fortified herself in the same conversation as the time-leading, all-time greats. English clocked in a time of 10.74 in the 100m dash, which puts her time tied with the seventh fastest time of all time in this event. In addition to this superb, wind-legal time, she has already accumulated an Olympic Gold Medal (4x100m Relay in 2016) and 2 World Championship Silver Medals (4x100m Relay in 2015 & 2013). The sky is the limit for this budding, young star.
Christian Coleman – After having dominated the NCAA competition at the University of Tennessee for the past 3 years, Christian will be competing on the international circuit for the first time as a professional athlete. Coleman flat out roasted the collegiate pool at the NCAA Championships this year, having been crowned the 100m NCAA Outdoor Champion, the 200m NCAA Outdoor Champion, the 60m NCAA Indoor Champion, and the 200m NCAA Indoor Champion. During that collegiate run, Coleman broke the 100m collegiate record with a time of 9.82 and ran the fastest 40-yard dash ever recorded with a mark of 4.12. At the National Championships at the Hornet Stadium in Sacramento, CA, Christian came up 3 hundredths of a second short of his goal of becoming the national champ; which was a tall order to fill when lining up the almighty and former idol of Christian’s, Justin Gatlin. Christian has big shoes to fill as the torch will most likely be passed on to him at the World Championships in about a month’s time, where he will compete in both the 100m and 200m dash sprinting events.
Quanesha Burks – Burks is a standout long jumper out of the University of Alabama, who is no stranger to both winning and competing on the international stage. Burks has already won the NCAA Outdoor Championship in 2015, she won the NCAA Indoor Championship in 2016, and she finished top-5 at the World Junior Championships in 2014. Year after year, she continues to improve upon her craft in which she has jumped a personal best of 6.93 at the NACAC Open Championships. All she needs is a spot on the team in order to convince the world stage that she is there for a reason.
Khalifa St. Fort – Khalifa is another young sprinter to keep an eye out for in London, who will be representing Trinidad and Tobago at the World Championships. Khalifa is only 19 years old, and she already has experience competing on the professional, international circuit. She has already earned a Bronze Medal at the World Championship in the 4x100m Relay in 2015, a Bronze Medal in the 100m dash at the World Junior Championships in 2016, and a Silver Medal in the 100m dash at the World Youth Championships in 2015. At the Trinidad and Tobago National Championships, Khalifa posted a World Junior Leading Time and a new Personal Best of 11.06 in the 100m dash. Keep your eyes peeled for Khalifa’s red and black uniform to cross through the finish line in a blazing fashion.
Michael Cherry – Cherry, the LSU product, is another new HSI signing that also has experience competing at the international level. At the age of 20 years old, Cherry competed at the World Junior Championships where he was part of the 4x400m Relay Team who took home the gold medal in 2014. More recently, Cherry finished 3rd at the 2017 NCAA Outdoor Championships and qualified for a spot on the 4x400m relay team at the USA Outdoor Championships. Cherry will look to improve upon his 44.67 personal best mark that he set at the National Champs after he competes at the World Championships.
Kyra Jefferson – Kyra has not stopped turning heads after she set the collegiate record of 22.02 to win the women’s 200m on the final day of the NCAA Championships. Kyra is another rising, American star who has earned a Silver Medal in the 200m dash at the Pan American Games in 2015 as well as a Gold Medal in the 4x400m at the Pan American Games in 2015. More recently, Kyra has been named an alternate for the 2017 USA Outdoor 200m team after a top-5 finish at the National Championships in Sacramento.
Contact: Emanuel Hudson