Former TCU runner Khadevis Robinson helps break world and American record in 4x800 relay

Aug. 30, 2006

BRUSSELS - Former TCU track and field member Khadevis Robinson helped the 4x800 relay team shatter the 24-year old world record and 20-year old American record with a registered time of 7:02.82 at the Memorial Van Damme meet on Aug. 25.

Robinson, a member of the TCU track and field team from 1995-98, ran the fastest leg for the U.S. and helped the American team break the previous world record of 7:03.89 set by the British team in 1982 and the American record of 7:06.5 set in 1986.

Despite breaking the world record and the American record, the U.S. team still came in second place to the Kenyan team which won the race in a time of 7:02.43, to set a new world record. Despite finishing second, both the U.S. and Kenyan teams will gain credit for breaking the previous world record.

With the U.S. team in fifth place entering the second leg of the race, Robinson made up significant ground and brought the U.S. team into the lead for the third leg handoff. However, Kenya was able to edge the U.S. in the final leg by four-tenths of a second. Robinson ran the fastest split of any leg on all competing teams with a 1:43.8. Joing Robinson on the team was Jebreh Harris, Sam Burley and David Krummenacker.

For his accomplishment in Brussels, Robinson was named USA Track and Field's Athlete of the Week on Aug. 29.

While at TCU, Robinson won the 1998 NCAA Outdoor 800 to cap his college career. Robinson was a U.S. Olympian in Athens in 2004 and is a multi-time U.S. National Champion.



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