Liberia has been qualified to participate in the 18th edition of the World Athletics Championships, from July 15-24, 2022.
This extraordinary showcase will take center stage in the heart and home of the sport of track and field -- Hayward Field at the University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon, USA.
Liberia is expected to join over 100 nations to “track and field” for medals at the World Athletics Championships.
Liberia-US international based athlete, Ebony Morrison, 26, qualified her country by reaching the threshold of ‘best time’ of 12.74 seconds in the Women’s 100m hurdles.
On Sunday, Ebony Morrison ran 12.74 seconds, beating her record the previous day (Saturday) of 13 seconds by 0.3 seconds.
Though she dropped in the semifinals of the 2021 Tokyo Olympics, she has set a new personal record of her best time (12.74 seconds in the Women 100m hurdle), which automatically qualified Liberia and the athlete herself for the 2022 World Athletics Championship.
She has also automatically qualified to get
scholarship from the Liberia National Olympic Committee (LNOC) in the USA.
According to GoTeamLiberia.com, in an emotional post-semifinal race interview, Ebony thanked Liberia’s lead track coach Sayon Cooper; the Liberian attaché Kouty Mawenh; her personal coach Joey Scott; and all the Liberian people who have cheered her on.
“This is a big day for Liberia,” Cooper said. “Ebony just ran a national record, which means she’s the best Liberia has ever put forth in the 100 meters hurdles.”
Morrison competed in the fastest heat of the evening where Puerto Rico’s Jasmine Camacho-Quinn set a new Olympic record in 12.26 seconds. At the end of the event, Liberia ranked 12 out of the 22 semifinalists. The country has certainly left its mark on the track with Morrison’s performance. As Morrison prepares for the long road ahead, she noted that this is just the beginning.
“Next year is World Indoors and World Outdoors, the year after that is World Outdoors; the year after that, Olympics, year after that another World, so we’re keeping the ball rolling,” Morrison told Go Team Liberia. “This is just the first step to the staircase that I’m about to climb.”
The World Athletics Championship will be held in the United States for the first time ever.
The WCH Oregon 22, is expected to be an unmissable global experience, and the best track and field athletes in the world will come together in a celebration of diversity, human potential, and athletic achievement.