Aug. 25, 2007
OSAKA, Japan -
Two former Auburn track and field athletes were in action Saturday during the first day of the IAAF World Championships.
Former Tiger Marc Burns advanced through two rounds of the men's 100m dash to reach Sunday's semifinals. Burns, competing for Trinidad and Tobago, posted a mark of 10.22 seconds in the opening round to earn the third and final automatic qualifying mark from his heat into the quarterfinals.
In the quarterfinals, Burns improved to a time of 10.21 seconds, finishing second in his heat to move on to the semifinals. Burns will run in lane five during the first semifinal heat Sunday, between Asafa Powell and Derrick Atkins.
Another former Tiger, Leevan Sands, competed in the triple jump for the Bahamas on Saturday, but did not advance to the finals. Sands finished 10th in his group and 21st overall in the prelims with a top jump of 16.53m. His best mark came on his second attempt before he fouled on his third and final attempt to reach the finals.
Competition at the World Championships will continue through Sept. 2.