LONDON — Former South Plains track & field standout Jereem Richards took home a bronze medal on Thursday in the men's 200-meter finals at the 2017 IAAF World Championships at Olympic Stadium.
Richards crossed the line at 20.11 (.106), just behind second-place finisher Wayde Van Niekerk of South Africa 20.11 (.107), and Ramil Guliyev of Turkey who set a mark of 20.09. Richards qualified for the finals after a dazzling performance in the semi-finals where he won heat two with a time of 20.14 on Wednesday.
While at South Plains, Richards swept the NJCAA 400 meter titles at the 2015 Indoor and Outdoor National Championships. Richards also finished fourth in the 200 at the 2015 Outdoor national meet. The Trinidad and Tobago native now runs for the University of Alabama where he holds school records in the indoor 200(20.31) and outdoor 200(19.97). He was also a part of the Crimson Tide's 4x400 relay team that set a new school record with a time of 3:02.09. Richards was named a First Team All-American in 2017 in the outdoor 200 meters and 4x400 relay.
With a bronze medal in hand, Richards will look to take home another piece of hardware on Saturday in the men's 4x400-meter relay which gets underway at 5:50 a.m. local time. You can watch the World Championships live at nbcsports.com.
Watch the men's 200-meter finals below: