Fourie takes silver in Belgrade

Belgrade, Serbia – Three Nebraska track and field athletes were back in action competing for their home countries on Saturday night at the FC Red Star Stadium for the 25th World University Games.

After posting the second-fastest preliminary time on Friday in the 110-meter hurdles, Lehann Fourie returned on Saturday for the semifinals and finals. First, the Pretoria, South Africa, native finished second in the semifinals with a personal-best time of 13.56, shattering his previous best of 13.68. Just like in the semifinals, Yin Jing of China got the best of Fourie in the finals, with Jing running a personal best of13.38, while Fourie once again came in second for the third consecutive race with a time of 13.66.

Dan Christensen and his Denmark teammates finished second in their heat and sixth overall in the preliminaries of the 4x400-meter relay with a time of 3:09.49, with Christensen running the second leg and splitting 46.9. The Danish will now run in the finals on Sunday at 2:45 p.m. (local time).

Sophomore Megan Wheatley, a native of Perth, Australia, capped the day for the Huskers with a seventh-place finish in the very competitive women's heptathlon. After starting the day in ninth-place, Wheatley set two personal bests over the final three events to move up two spots. Starting with a fifth-place finish in the long jump, Wheatley then destroyed her personal best in the javelin by over 11 feet with a toss of 131-4, bettering her previous best of 120-0. The two-time Big 12 heptathlon champion then improved her previous best of 2:17.36 in the 800 meters with a time of 2:16.81. Wheatley's final score of 5,696 is her second-best career score, short of her 5,800 points she totaled at the 2009 Big 12 Outdoor Championships.

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