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Akwu .5 seconds behind track record at Kentucky Invitational

Previous record set by U.S. Olympian Tyson Gay in 2004.

January 14, 2013 · Athletic Communications

LEXINGTON, Ky. - MT's Noah Akwu claimed two titles at last week's Kentucky Invitational, setting a personal best in the men's 60 meter and nearly breaking the track record in the men's 200 meter.

In the 60-meter race, Akwu qualified third with a time of 6.85 seconds, and improved by .11 seconds (6.74) in the finals to claim the title and set a personal best.

Akwu's second title of the day came in the men's 200 meter dash, where he finished just .5 seconds behind the track record, set by U.S. Olympian Tyson Gay in 2004. Akwu crossed the line in 20.91, over .6 seconds ahead of the nearest competitor, Arnez Hardnick of Tennessee (21.54).

Akwu, a senior, represented his home country of Nigeria in the 2012 Summer Olympic Games.

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