OSAKA, JAPAN -- As the 11th edition of the IAAF World Outdoor Championships reaches its conclusion this weekend three Aggie athletes could be part of sprint relay efforts for three different countries.
Texas A&M seniors Richard Adu-Bobie (Canada) and Simone Facey (Jamaica) along with recent graduate Tyrone Edgar (Great Britain) are all part of the relay pool for the 4 x 100. The men's sprint relay semifinal will take place on Friday with the finals run on Sunday. The women run a semifinal on Saturday with their final set for Sunday.
In the men's 4 x 100 semifinal Canada (lane five) and Great Britain (lane seven) will run in the same heat. The top three finishers in each semifinal along with the next two fastest times will advance to the final.
Adu-Bobie ran on the Canadian 4 x 100 during the Pan Am Games in July when they earned a silver medal with a clocking of 38.87 seconds. They recorded a season best time of 38.81 during the prelims. Adu-Bobie ran the opening leg for Canada.
Edgar also ran the opening leg on the British 4 x 100 when they equaled the 2007 world leading time of 38.30 seconds to win the European Cup Super League in June.
Facey, an integral leg of the NCAA championship the Aggie women claimed in the 4 x 100 this season, will be part of a Jamaican squad that is favored for a medal and should be in contention for gold with Veronica Campbell, recently crowned as the 2007 World Champion in the 100 meters by a 0.003 margin over American Lauryn Williams.
Texas A&M head coach Pat Henry is also in Osaka as the men's head coach for Team USA. Currently the Americans lead the medal count with 13 medals (6 gold, 2 silver, 5 bronze) over Russia's 10 (3 gold, 5, silver, 2 bronze) and Kenya's 8 (3 gold, 1 silver, 4 bronze).
Within the United States medal count through six days of competition the men's team has accumulated five gold medals, one silver and three bronze.
Action from the World Championships can be seen locally on the Versus network (channel 608 on Directv, 151 on Dish, 59 on local cable) from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, 8-10 p.m. on Saturday and 5-7 p.m. on Sunday. NBC coverage will be available on Saturday (1 to 2:30 p.m.) and Sunday (12 noon to 2 p.m.).