Freeman Places Eight in 100M Finals at World Championships



Aug. 12, 2013

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By Jenna Marina

MOSCOW, Russia ( - Competing for the first time at the IAAF World Championships, former UCF track and field sprinter Octavious Freeman made it through to the finals of the 100 meters on Monday in Moscow.

Nearly the youngest in the field - Freeman is 48 hours older than fellow Team USA member English Gardner - the 21-year-old finished eighth with a time of 11.16 (-0.3) in a race that witnessed a new world-leading performance. Jamaica's Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce easily clinched gold in 10.71.

Freeman automatically advanced to the finals earlier in the day after racing to a photo finish in the semifinals with Nigeria's Blessing Okagbare, who boasted the world's second-leading time of 2013 heading into competition. They both clocked in at 11.08 (-0.4), but Okabare was credited with the top spot.

 Watch the semifinal race 

Freeman will get another shot at a medal on Aug. 18 as a member of Team USA's 4x100 relay team. UCF senior Aurieyall Scott is a part of the pool and could potentially suit up for the States, as well. The prelims are set for 8:15 a.m. ET with the finals scheduled at 10:10 later that morning.



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