Liberia’s Joseph Fahnbulleh narrowly misses Olympic 200m medal

Liberia’s lone finalist in the Tǒkyo Olympics was just a fraction of a second away from winning a Olympics medal after finishing fifth in the men’s 200m final on Wednesday, August 4.

Fahnbulleh clocked 19.98 seconds behind a canadian and three US athletes,  falling short of a fraction of a second of 0.25 to grab a medal.
The 2019 Hopkins grad, who holds the Minnesota high school state records in both the 100- and 200-meter dashes, sprinted his way into the Olympic men’s 200m with an impressive semifinal performance Tuesday,  but failed to get a media Wednesday.
Nevertheless, the 19 year-old Wednesday’s run  inserted smiles on the faces of every Liberian because he is the first and only Liberian to ever reach fǐnals in Olympics.
However, Fahnbulleh automatically qualified for the World Athletics Championship in the US, when he finished with a time of 19.99 seconds in the semifinals. The top two finishers in each of the three semifinals automatically qualify for the final.
Liberia’s two athletes, Ebony Morrison and Emmanuel Matadi sprinted out in the semis finals and preliminary respectively.
Ebony bowed out in the semis but gained a new personal record of her best time (12.7 seconds in the Women 100m hurdle).
The 26-year-old’s best time also automatically qualified her for the World Athletics Championship.
Emmanuel Matadi has been ruled-out because of injury. The 30 years old dropped in the preliminary

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