Saturday, July 16, 2011

Alaka continues roll, winning semis of European U 23 Championships in 200m...

OSTRAVA, Czech Republic--University of Washington sophomore James Alaka (left/photo courtesy European Athletics) from Great Britain, one day after winning the 100 meter title, advanced to the finals of the 200 meters at the European Under-23 Championships later on today with his victory in the first semi-final, and sets up the opportunity to win the sprint double.

Alaka, running out of lane 8, set a new personal best of 20.59, besting his previous best of 20.71, set in the 2010 NCAA West Regionals in Austin, and his season best of 20.85, set in winning the Pac-10s in Tuscon.

This sets up a matchup with Likoúrgos-Stéfanos Tsakonas of Greece, the winner of the other semi-final, who ran 20.57, a personal best.

Results of the men's 200 are available here.

The final will be contested at 9:05 am, Seattle time (6:05 pm in Ostrava), with live streaming video provided at

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