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Oct 08, 2019

Tigers Compete in Doha World Championships

Clemson, S.C. – The Clemson Track & Field team was well represented in the most recent edition of the IAAF World Championships, as four Tigers took to the track in Doha, Qatar, from Sep. 27 to Oct. 5.

Natoya Goule was the first Clemson alumni to compete, toeing the line in the women’s 800m run while representing Jamaica. Goule would end up making it through the first round of competition by winning her qualification round and then earning a time qualifier in the semi-final round. The finals saw Goule take the field through the first lap in a blistering split of 57 seconds. Goule would cross the line sixth at the race’s conclusion.

Patricia Mamona was the Tigers’ lone field-event alumni at the Championships, as she competed in the women’s triple jump. After sailing through her qualifying round, Mamona would finish eighth overall in the finals. Mamona, who represents Portugal on the international stage, hit her best mark of the competition on her first jump, earning a mark of 14.40 meters as she jumped into a headwind.

Brianna Rollins-McNeal qualified for the World Championships meet, representing the United States, but suffered a false start in the preliminary heats of the women’s 100m hurdles, earning a disqualification from competition.

The final athlete to compete for the Tigers was Danielle Williams. Williams, who currently serves as a volunteer assistant for the team while representing Jamaica, took to the blocks to compete in the 100m hurdles, an event in which she led the world in entering the competition. Williams entered the World Championships after winning the Diamond League crown in the event earlier this year. Williams breezed through the first round of qualifying and then earned her way into the finals via a time qualification, out leaning several competitors in the semi-final to secure her spot on the start line of the event’s finals.

The finals saw Williams encounter a tough start, as she struggled to navigate the first and third hurdles, causing her to fall behind the pack. However, a measured and relentless effort over the final seven hurdles saw Williams challenge the leaders and earn a bronze medal in the race.