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Perlaza Zapata Set for IAAF World Championships

September 30, 2019  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Perlaza Zapata Set for IAAF World Championships

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Liberty's Alejandro Perlaza Zapata will wrap up his lengthy senior season on a big stage. He will compete in the men's 400 and 4 x 400 relay for Colombia at the IAAF World Championships, this week at Khalifa International Stadium in Doha, Qatar.

Competition Schedule/TV Schedule
Tuesday, 9:35 a.m. Eastern – Men's 400 Heats (NBCSN/NBC Sports Gold)
Wednesday, 1:35 p.m. Eastern – Men's 400 Semifinals (NBCSN/NBC Sports Gold)
Friday, 3:20 p.m. Eastern – Men's 400 Final (Olympic Channel/NBC Sports Gold)
Saturday, 1:25 p.m. Eastern – Men's 4 x 400 Relay Heats (Olympic Channel/NBC Sports Gold)
Sunday, 2:30 p.m. Eastern – Men's 4 x 400 Relay Final (NBC/NBC Sports Gold)

Third Time's a Charm?
Perlaza Zapata will be representing Colombia at the third consecutive track & field global championship after running in the 4 x 400 relay at both the 2016 Olympics (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) and the 2017 IAAF World Championships (London, United Kingdom).

He is making his global championship debut in the 400 and is also looking to qualify for a global final for the first time.

Lengthy Season
Perlaza Zapata opened his 2019 track & field season way back on Jan. 18, running the 300 at the Hokie Invitational in Blacksburg, Va. That was the first of his 40 races thus far in 2019.

Perlaza Zapata earned All-America honors both indoors (sixth place) and outdoors (fifth place) in the men's 400.

Most recently, he helped Colombia capture the gold medal in the men's 4 x 400 relay at the Pan American Games, Aug. 10 in Lima, Peru.

Where Does He Rank?
Perlaza Zapata's season-best 400 time of 45.02 came during the final at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships, June 7 in Austin, Texas. That ranks No. 19 among the 47 entrants in the event in Doha.

Colombia's winning 4 x 400 relay time from the Pan American Games (3:01.41) ranks No. 4 in the world entering the IAAF World Championships, trailing only the United States, Trinidad and Tobago and Jamaica.

Chasing Records
Because this is technically the final race of his senior track & field season, Perlaza Zapata is eligible to break his own school record in the men's 400. His mark of 44.86 was achieved at the Big South Outdoor Track & Field Championships in High Point, N.C., May 11, 2018.

Earlier this season, Anthony Zambrano lowered the Colombian 400 record to 44.68.

Peralaza Zapata was part of the quartet which set Colombia's 4 x 400 relay standard of 3:01.16 in 2016.