KU Track Alumn Qualifies for World Championships
PORTLAND, Ore. – Former Kansas sprinter Kyle Clemons posted a runner-up finish in the 400 meters Saturday at the USA Indoor Championships, which earned him a ticket to compete at his second IAAF World Championships to be held this weekend in Portland.
Clemons, who competed for the Jayhawks from 2010-13, recorded a top-three finish in the 400 meters at the USA Indoor Championships for the third-consecutive season. At the national meet in Portland last weekend, he finished second in a season-best time of 45.95. The silver medal gave Clemons an automatic spot on the Team USA contingent that will compete at the World Indoor Championships to be held March 17-20, also in Portland.
At the last World Indoor meet held two years ago in Sopot, Poland, Clemons ran to a bronze medal in the 400 meters before helping the American 4×400-meter relay squad to a gold medal as well as the world record in the event, which still stands today.
Clemons’ week in Portland will begin on Friday, March 18 when he hits the starting blocks for the 400-meter prelims at 1:45 p.m. (CT). The Rowlett, Texas native will also likely be a part of the 4×400-meter relay pool. The prelims for that race will be held on Saturday, March 19, with the final taking place on 4:50 p.m., Sunday.
Clemons has had a stellar career since turning professional after his days in Lawrence. Along with his bronze and gold medals earned at the 2014 World Indoor Championships, he also garnered the American indoor 400-meter title that same year. More recently, he claimed a third-place finish in the 400 meters at the Pan American Games last summer in Toronto.
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