JQ Hart Advances to 400m Finals at IPC World Championships
Oct. 22, 2015
DOHA, Qatar - Louisiana Tech sprinter Jaquvis Hart, representing the United States of America Thursday, won his semifinal heat and advanced to Friday's finals of the 400m at the IPC World Championships at Suhaim Bin Hamad Stadium in Doha, Qatar.
Hart, nicknamed JQ, ran 50.12 to win his semifinal race, beating Rwanda's Hermas Muvunyi (50.47) by 0.35 seconds. Also advancing out of the semifinal race was Russia's Alexey Kotklov (50.82).
The other five runners moving on to the finals advanced out of the first semifinal race. The top three times in each heat automatically advance to the finals followed by the next two best overall times.
Jamaica's Shane Hudson won the first semifinal with a personal best time of 49.15 while Austria's Gunther Matzinger ran 49.77 to finish second. Cuba's Ernesto Blanco claimed the final automatic advancement spot from the first semifinal with a time of 50.46. The two runners advancing on overall time both came from the first semifinal -- Nambia's Elias Ndimulunde (50.60) and Adonis Aresti (51.13) of Cypress.
Hart has been assigned lane six in Friday's 400m (T47) finals race which is scheduled to begin at 8:24 p.m. Central Time/4:24 p.m. Arabic Time.
The winner of the Courage Award at the TECHSPY's in May, Hart entered the week's competition with a personal best time of 47.76 in the open 400m in regular competition, which he set at the Conference USA Championships in 2014 in Houston.
Hart was born without the lower half of his left arm but still competes for Louisiana Tech's track and field team, refusing to allow his disability to slow him down. He often claims he does not have a disability, preferring to compete on the same track as anyone else.
A product of Shreveport's Airline High School, Hart lettered in football, wrestling and track and received all-state honors in both track and wrestling. He was a state champion in track and a two-time city champion in wrestling.
The IPC Athletics World Championships is a biennial event (formerly held every four years) organized by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC). Athletes with a physical disability compete, and in a few events athletes with an intellectual disability compete. The first UPC Athletics World Championships was held in Berlin, Germany in 1994. This year's championships marks the seventh championship competition with the 2013 event held in Lyon, France and the 2017 event scheduled for London.
Hart is the first Louisiana Tech student-athlete to represent Team USA since Chelsea Hayes competed in the long jump at the XXX Olympiad in London.
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