Sept. 7, 2011
STORRS, Conn.- The University of Connecticut women's track and field 2010 graduate Phylicia George (Markham, Ontario) competed in the 13th IAAF World Championships in Daegu, South Korea held from August 27- September 4. George finished 7th overall at the World Championships in the 100m hurdles.
"To make the finals at her first ever World's is a great accomplishment and will make her a favorite for the Olympic finals next year in London, England. I am extremely proud, Phylicia is the first athlete I have coached to make it to the World Track and Field Championships. She works very hard at everything she does and I am very grateful to be part of her development," Associate Head Coach Clive Terrelonge stated.
George, the first UConn track athlete to make it to the IAAF Track and Field Championships, had an excellent outing for her first time competing in the World Championships. On September 2, George placed 2nd in the 100m hurdles with a time of 12.95 which automatically qualified her for the semifinals.
She went on to win the semifinals with a new personal best of 12.73 as she knocked off USA Champion hurdler, Kellie Wells, who is currently ranked No. 2 in the world. George finished her remarkable efforts with a 7th place finish in the finals.
As a Husky, George set numerous records, including the 55m dash (7.69), 60m dash (8.24), 100m hurdles (13.39) and was part of the 4x200m relay (1:39.46) team which holds the school record.
This weekend, George will conclude the year by competing in two Diamond League Finals held in Zurich, Switzerland and Berlin, Germany.