ARLINGTON, Texas - UTA track alum Emil Blomberg has qualified for this weekend's IAAF World Championships in London, England, where he will represent his native Sweden in the 3000m steeplechase.
"The goal for the season has always been to qualify for the Worlds, so I am very excited just to go there," Blomberg said. "It's going to be a great learning experience for me for future championships."
Blomberg, who finished his Maverick career in 2015, will compete in the opening round of the men's steeplechase on Saturday. The event will begin at 10:05 a.m. local time (4:05 a.m. CT).
In May, he established a personal best time of 8:32.27 in the event. Earlier this year, Blomberg competed at UTA's Bobby Lane Invitational in March, running the 5000 meters in 14:30.76.
"We are thrilled for Emil," UTA coach John Sauerhage said. "It's an honor to earn a spot at the World Championships. This ranks as one of the most exciting accomplishments any alum can achieve."
Blomberg is the school record holder in the 3000m steeplechase (8:36.98), and also holds UTA standards in both the indoor mile (4:05.82) and indoor 3000 meters (8:12.31). The 2014 Sun Belt Conference Indoor Track Most Outstanding Athlete was the league meet's high point scorer after winning two events and finishing as runner up in another.
The IAAF World Championships will take place Aug. 4-13. The finals of the steeplechase will be held Tuesday, Aug. 8 at 3:10 p.m. (CT).
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