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Samantha Dirks runs the 400m at the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo tonight

Posted: Monday, August 2, 2021. 3:39 pm CST.

By Rubén Morales Iglesias: Belize’s Samantha Dirks is running the 400m race tonight at the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo.

Dirks’ only participation at the Olympics comes up in 400m (Heat 3) on Monday, August 2, at 7:01 pm (Tuesday, August 3, 10.01 am, Japan).

Her personal best in the 400m is 53.19 seconds which she recorded in 2015. Her best performance this year was 54.20 at the Mexican National Championships in Querétaro, Mexico, on June 11.

In her heat, only one person has a slower time season-best time than her which means it’s not going to be easy for Samantha.

She’s up against Jamaica, Great Britain, the United States, the Czech Republic, Brazil, Uganda, and Ukraine.

In her last competition, the Stars and Stripes Classic in Marietta, Georgia, she clocked 55.52 on July 9. That was the same time that won her bronze at the Central American Championship in San Jose, Costa Rica, on June 27. In Costa Rica, Dirks won the 200m in 23.80.

Belize’s only other Athletics competitor at the Olympics is Shaun Gill who ran the 100 m in 10.88 on Saturday, July 31.

 

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