Quincy Hall Highlights Gamecocks at Track & Field World Championships
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BUDAPEST, Hungary (Aug. 28, 2023) – The legacy of Quincy Hall grew to new levels at the 2023 World Championships in Budapest, Hungary as the former Gamecock captured a pair of medals for the United States. Hall highlighted a group of six past and present Gamecocks that competed for their countries on the international stage.
Hall began his performance in the men’s 400m, running the opening round in a time of 44.86 to finish second in his heat, earning the automatic qualifying spot into the semifinals. His next race was not for the faint of heart as two competitors in his semifinal heat dropped out in the middle of the race with an injury. However, Hall rose to the occasion and won his heat (44.43) to automatically qualify for the 400m finals. Competing in his first ever World Championship, Hall became a household name in the United States after passing teammate Vernon Norwood for the bronze medal finish, clocking a new personal best time of 44.37. The newly converted 400m runner was not done there. On Sunday, Hall was entered in as the opening leg of the 4x400m relay team in the finals and clocked 44.54 to jump start the United States to a gold-medal finish. The relay team, starting with Hall, ran 2:57.31 for a new world lead.
Josh Awotunde (USA) and Eric Favors (Ireland) kicked off the Gamecock participation at the World Championships, competing in the shot put. Awotunde threw 19.98m, while Favors tossed 19.65m. That same day, current Gamecocks Silan Ayyildiz (Turkey) and Anass Essayi (Morocco) competed in the 1500m race. Ayyildiz ran 4:14.96, while Essayi clocked 3:35.63. Aliyah Abrams (Guyana) was the final competitor for South Carolina as the former Gamecock ran 51.44 in the 400m, finishing fifth in her heat and just narrowly missing out on a spot in the semifinals.