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Edgecombe to represent Bahamas at Commonwealth Games
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
International competition in the 100mH will continue for the junior
GLASGOW, Scotland (July 30, 2014) – ETSU junior hurdler Dede Edgecombe (Spartanburg, S.C.) will continue international competition on Thursday, July 31, at approximately 5 p.m. EST in the first round of the women’s 100 meter hurdles as a representative of the nation of the Bahamas at the XX Commonwealth Games inside Hampden Park Stadium.
The Commonwealth Games is an international, multi-sport event involving athletes from the Commonwealth of Nations. Approximately 6,500 athletes and officials from 71 nations and territories will compete in 17 sports over 11 days. The games are the third largest multi-sport event in the world, after the Olympic Games and the Asian Games.
Edgecombe qualified for competition at the Commonwealth Games after placing third in the women's 100 meter hurdles at the Bahamas Senior Nationals with a time of 13.56 on June 29. Experiencing international competition for the first time this summer, Edgecombe is very grateful for her involvement.
“I never thought that I would even be doing this,” said Edgecombe, “but it's awesome and a new experience that I love. I've learned so much in the past couple of weeks, and being able to represent my home country and get the support from them is really amazing.”
In Glasgow, the junior will compete in one of three heats in the women’s 100 meter hurdles first round on Thursday. A qualifying time will allow Edgecombe to move onto the event final the following day. In addition, the hurdler is set to compete next week, Aug. 8 – 10, in the same event at the North America Central America and Caribbean Athletics Association (NACAC) Under-23 Championships in Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada. Thus, a summer filled with training and competition will continue, but Edgecombe wouldn’t have it any other way in showcasing her talents.
“I hope to make everyone that believes in me proud and hopefully I can go out and show people what I'm really capable of doing,” said Edgecombe. “I just really hope to go out there and do my best, and give ETSU some recognition on an international stage.”
A strong performance at the Commonwealth Games will be just another in a long line of accomplishments in the junior’s time at ETSU. Edgecombe has re-written the ETSU record book in the women’s 100 meter hurdles by re-breaking her own record -- first established last season -- multiple times this year.
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