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Rolle to Represent Bahamas at IAAF World U20 Championships

July 10, 2018  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Branson Rolle will represent the Bahamas at this week's IAAF World U20 Championships in Finland.

Branson Rolle will represent the Bahamas at this week's IAAF World U20 Championships in Finland.

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Liberty freshman Branson Rolle is part of the Bahamas' 12-athlete delegation to this week's IAAF World U20 Championships. Rolle is slated to compete in the men's 400 hurdles and 4 x 400 relay at the meet which spans today through Sunday at Ratina Stadium in Tampere, Finland.

The men's 400 hurdles schedule includes first round heats on Thursday, semifinals Friday and the final on Saturday. Meanwhile, the 4 x 400 relay will begin with heats on Saturday and wrap up the meet with the final on Saturday.

How to Follow Rolle's Progress
Live video coverage of the IAAF World U20 Championships will be unavailable in the United States. Daily recap packages will be aired on the Olympic Channel and NBC Sports Gold.

IAAF Radio is providing a live broadcast on the website, free of charge.

Live results will also be available throughout the competition on

Weather Report
High temperatures in Finland are expected to reach the upper 70s and low 80s during the meet. The highest chance of precipitation is found on Friday, when afternoon thunderstorms are possible.

Rolle's Possible Competition Schedule (All Times Listed are Eastern)
Thursday, 3:35 a.m. – Men's 400 Hurdles Heats
Friday, 12:28 p.m. – Men's 400 Hurdles Semifinals
Saturday, 5:15 a.m. – Men's 4 x 400 Relay Heats
Saturday, 8:52 a.m. – Men's 400 Hurdles Final
Sunday, 8:28 a.m. – Men's 4 x 400 Relay Final

How He Got Here
Rolle's last race saw him win the Bahamas U20 men's 400 hurdles national title on June 16, thanks to a 55.39 clocking.

The native of New Providence, Bahamas was the 2018 Big South men's 400 hurdles champion with a Liberty freshman-record and personal-best time of 52.10 seconds. That mark qualified Rolle for the NCAA Division I East Preliminary Round meet.

Rolle's top relay performance of the year came at the IC4A Indoor Track & Field Championships in March. He split 48.1 seconds for the 400-meter leg, helping Liberty place fourth with a Liberty and Big South all-time record 9:47.30 clocking.

Rolle displayed his all-around athletic ability during his freshman season at Liberty, as he placed fourth in both the Big South indoor high jump final and the Big South outdoor javelin final.

International Experience
Rolle is no stranger to representing the Bahamas internationally. He previously competed in the 400 hurdles at the 2015 IAAF World Youth Championships in Cali, Colombia and the 2016 IAAF World U20 Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland. However, he did not advance out of the first round either time.

Familiar Faces
Although Rolle is the Bahamas' only representative in the men's 400 hurdles in Tampere, he will see some familiar faces from the collegiate scene. All three of the United States' men's 400 hurdlers were college freshmen in 2018, including Charles Brockman III (Mississippi State), Quivell Jordan (Houston) and Cory Poole (Florida). Brockman III and Poole each qualified for the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

Keep an Eye on the Clock
Rolle currently ranks No. 7 all-time among Liberty men's 400 hurdlers, trailing Mike Reed (50.52), Ryan Davis (51.23), Marlon Tanner (51.32), Gerald Swann (51.32), Tim O'Donnell (51.35) and Andre Washington (51.95).

If Rolle runs well, he could take aim at the Bahamas junior national record for the 400 hurdles, Nathan Arnett's 51.11 performance in 2007.