MOSCOW - Former University of North Carolina track and field stand-outs Shalane Flanagan and Vikas Gowda will compete at the 14th IAAF World Championships in Moscow. The championships take place beginning August 10 through August 18.
Flanagan represents Team USA in the 10,000 meters after winning the event at the USA Track & Field Championships in July in 31:43.20. She has a personal best in the 10K of 30:22.22, a mark she set with her bronze-medal performance at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Flanagan is currently ranked eighth in the world in the 10,000 meters track race, coming off her season-best time of 31:04.85 set in March 2013. She is the highest ranked American in the world behind five Ethiopian women and two Kenyan women.
Flanagan, a 2004 graduate, merited phenomenal success while at Carolina, earning four national championships (two in cross country) and a total nine top-three finishes across her NCAA Championships career. She has competed at three Olympics (2004 Athens, 2008 Beijing, and 2012 London) and seven previous World Championships for cross country, 5,000 meters, 10,000 meters, and half marathon.
Flanagan will race on Sunday, August 11 at 9:05 p.m. Moscow Time (1:05 p.m. Eastern). The race is scheduled to air on NBC during the 12:30-2:00 p.m. Eastern slot.
Gowda represents his native India in the discus throw after winning the event at the Asian Athletics Championships in July, capturing his homeland's first gold medal of the 2013 event. Gowda threw 64.90 meters to secure his position in Moscow. He has a personal best discus throw of 66.28 meters set in 2012 and is ranked 15th for the 2013 season with an April throw of 65.82 meters.
Gowda graduated from UNC in 2006 after a successful four-year career on the track team. He was the 2006 national champion in the discus. Gowda has competed in the 2004, 2008 and 2012 Olympics. This will be his fourth World Championships.
Gowda will compete in the qualification rounds on Monday, August 12 beginning at 9:40 a.m. Moscow Time (1:40 a.m. Eastern). Live coverage of the qualification rounds will be available on Universal Sports from 1:30-4:30 a.m. eastern.