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LIU Blackbird Qualifies for Semifinals at Commonwealth Games

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Blackbirds SemifinalsLIU Brooklyn track & field standout Brendon Rodney moved on to the semifinal round of the 200-meter dash at the 2014 Commonwealth Games today, July 30, 2014. Rodney, competing for his native Canada, finished second in the fourth heat of the event to automatically advance to the next round, which will take place on Thursday, July 31. Rodney ran to an opening-round time of 20.77, which ranked as the 14th-fastest posted out of the 71 athletes who competed. The Canadian national champion in the event, Rodney was edged by British 200-meter titlist Danny Talbot, who ran 20.56 to tie for second overall. Michael Mathieu, who won a gold medal in the 4x400-meter relay for his native Bahamas in the 2012 Olympic Games in London, was the top qualifier with a time of 20.55.

A total of 71 countries are competing in the 20th installment of the Commonwealth Games, an international, multi-sport event involving athletes from the Commonwealth of Nations. The event was first held in 1930 and, with the exception of 1942 and 1946, which were cancelled due to World War II, has taken place every four years since then. The games are the third largest multi-sport event in the world, after the Olympic Games and the Asian Games.

The second heat of the semifinal round will begin on July 31 at approximately 1:30 p.m. ET, where Rodney will be running out of lane seven. The finals of the event will take place later in the day at 4:10 p.m. ET. Watch the Common Wealth Games live here.

Posted 07/30/2014

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