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RHHS alumnus wins gold at world games
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Walker leads all competitors on his way to winning the semifinal heat and setting a new school record in the 800 meters at the USATF Championships. - photo by Photo by Iain Hunter/BYU Cougars

GWANGJU, South Korea — After earning all-America accolades at Brigham Young University this season, Shaquille Walker showed the world what he can do.

Walker, a Richmond Hill High School alumnus, won a gold medal while representing the United States at the World University Games in South Korea, July 8-through Sunday.

“Shaq ran a very smart race under less-than-ideal conditions and showed he could run a great race tactically,” BYU coach Ed Eyestone said.

Walker began the final lap of the 800-meter run in fourth place but quickly passed a runner down the backstretch to put himself in third. Entering the final 100 meters, the top three runners broke away from the pack. Walker moved to lane 2 and outkicked the two runners in front of him in the final 50 meters to win the gold with a time of 1:49.05.

Walker also anchored the men’s 4x400-meter relay team in the finals. The team initially finished in second place, but was disqualified shortly after the race for a violation that took place before the baton exchanged between the second and third runners.

The World University Games wrapped up Walker’s stellar outdoor track season. He earned first-team All-America honors as a sophomore with his top-five finishes in the 800 meters and the 4x400 relay at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships last month.

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