*This article has been updated. An earlier version incorrectly listed the up-to-date rankings for Matadi, Zaza and Fahnbulleh going into World Athletics Championships.
Featured image: (Emmanuel Matadi, Wellington Zaza, Joseph Fahnbulleh, Ebony Morrison).
For the first time ever, the World Athletics Championships are taking place in the United States.
Starting Friday July 15, the best track and field athletes from across the globe will compete for the World title. The 10-day event will be held at the University of Oregon’s Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon and will end on Sunday July 24. Team Liberia is among the 192 teams competing at Oregon22.
Liberia at Worlds
The final team-list includes four athletes that qualified to represent Liberia. This is the largest group Liberia has ever sent to a world athletics championship. In addition to qualifying, each athlete representing Liberia at the 2022 World Championships also holds a national record.
First up, team captain Emmanuel Matadi sealed his ticket to worlds while competing in Trinidad & Tobago. Matadi currently ranks No. 6 in Africa, for the men’s 100m. He competes in the World Championships’ 100m race on July 15. The semi-finals and finals are the following day on July 16.
Wellington Zaza, who currently holds the No. 3 African men’s 110 meters hurdles (mH) spot, will represent Liberia in Oregon as well. Zaza competes on July 16. The men’s 110mH semi-finals and finals are on July 17.
Joseph Fahnbulleh qualified for worlds at the Tokyo Games when he placed fifth in the men’s 200m finals. Fahnbulleh currently ranks 7th in the world. He competes in the men’s 200m on July 18. Should Fahnbulleh advance to the semi-finals, he will compete again on July 19. The 200m finals will be on July 21.
Ebony Morrison also qualified during the Olympics locking in her spot for the championships. Ranked as No. 2 in Africa, Morrison competes on July 23 in the women’s 100mH. The semi-finals and finals are on July 24, the last day of the World Athletics Championships.
The heats are to be determined.
How to watch World Athletics Championships
World Athletics has released a list showing how fans can watch their favorite team compete. Tuning in from Liberia? Viewers can watch on LNTV. United States viewers can watch on NBC Universal/NBC. The World Athletics Championships is also streaming live in select territories from Facebook and YouTube.
Visit the link to view the #Oregon22 event schedule. For real-time updates on Team Liberia, follow Go Team Liberia on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Let’s cheer on Team Liberia as they “rank it up.”