Georgetown's Andrew Bumbalough to Compete at IAAF World Championships for United States
Aug. 22, 2011
WASHINGTON - Just over one year after he completed a successful career on the Hilltop that featured seven All-America recognitions including one NCAA Runner Up finish, former Hoya Andrew Bumbalough will now represent the United States in the 5,000-meter run at the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Championships held in Daegu, South Korea from August 27-September 4.
Bumbalough earns the spot on the U.S. roster after Oregon Track Club teammate and training partner Chris Solinsky had to pull out of the competition with a hamstring injury.
"Obviously I am incredibly disappointed for my teammate Chris Solinsky," Bumbalough said. "He was poised to do very well at worlds but is unable to compete due to injury. I am now presented with a unique opportunity to represent my country in a world competition. Even though this has come as somewhat of a surprise I am very excited to compete in Daegu."
In June Bumbalough finished fourth at the USA Outdoor Championships in Eugene, Ore., with the top three earning a berth at the IAAF World Championships. Under USA Track & Field rules, Solinsky would be replaced by the next highest time-qualified finisher from the USA meet in June. In March, Bumbalough ran 13:16.77 in the 5,000-meter run in an event in Melbourne, well under the IAAF "A" standard of 13:20.00.
The IAAF World Championships will take place from August 27-September 4 with men's 5,000-meer heats taking place on Thursday, September 1 at 10:05 a.m., local time (Wednesday, August 31, 9 p.m. EST). The finals of the event will be held Sunday, September 4 at 7:40 p.m., local time (Sunday, September 4, 6:40 a.m. EST).