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Wolverines to Compete at Commonwealth Games

Wolverines to Compete at Commonwealth Games

8/2/2022 12:55:00 PM

// Kyle Terwillegar

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Just two weekends after both men notched top-six finishes at the World Athletics Championships, current University of Michigan men’s track and field student-athletes Joshua Zeller and Dubem Amene will once again take to the international stage for the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England, from Aug. 2-7.

Zeller will represent England in the men’s 110-meter hurdles inside the confines of Alexander Stadium — just under a two-hour drive from his hometown of Wokingham — while Amene will don the green and white of Nigeria for the men’s 400-meter competition .

Alumni Cindy (Ofili) Sember and Joe Ellis will represent England in the women’s 100-meter hurdles and men’s hammer throw, respectively.

This also will be the first opportunity to put down qualifying marks for the 2023 World Athletics Championships in Budapest, Hungary. Though entry standards have not yet been announced, World Athletics announced earlier this week that the qualifying window begins July 31, 2022 and extends through July 30, 2023.

Top-eight performances at the Commonwealth Games also would go a long way in boosting these athletes’ World Rankings scores, which are used as a secondary qualifying system.

Held every four years, the Commonwealth Games assemble 72 nations and territories for a variety of different sporting events, including track and field. The Commonwealth of Nations is constituted by the United Kingdom and sovereign states that were once dependent on the UK and that still symbolically acknowledge the British monarchy.

Information on all four competitors can be found below, including when and how to watch their competitions live.

Joshua Zeller (England) | Men’s 110-Meter Hurdles

Semifinals — Tuesday (Aug. 2), 8:15pm BST; Final — Thursday (Aug. 4), 9:44 pm BST

• Rising senior at Michigan
• Bronze medalist at 2022 NCAA Outdoor Championships (110-meter hurdles)
• Silver medalist at the 2022 British Championships (110-meter hurdles)
• Finished fifth at the 2022 World Athletics Championships (110-meter hurdles)
• Big Ten record holder (13.19, +1.6m/s)
• Ranked No. 3 among all Commonwealth athletes in 2022

dubem Amene (Nigeria) | Men’s 4×400 Relay

Semifinals — Friday (Aug. 5), 11:37am BST; Final — Sunday (Aug 7), 8:30pm BST

• Rising junior at Michigan
• Second team All-American (indoor 400 meters) and NCAA Outdoor Championships qualifier
• Big Ten indoor and outdoor silver medalist (400 meters)
• School record-holder for indoor 400 meters (46.04), No. 2 all-time outdoors (45.51)
• Finished sixth at the 2022 World Athletics Championships as a member of the mixed 4×400 relay

Cindy (Ofili) Sember (England) | 100-Meter Hurdles

Semifinals — Friday (Aug. 5), 10:26 am BST ; Final — Sunday (Aug. 7), 10:25am BST

• Last competed for Michigan in 2016
• Two-time Olympian in the 100-meter hurdles
• NCAA Indoor 60-meter hurdles champion in 2016 at Michigan and five-time All-American
• British record holder in the 100-meter hurdles (12.50)
• Finished fifth at the 2022 World Athletics Championships (100-meter hurdles)
• Ranked No. 7 among all Commonwealth athletes in 2022

joe Ellis (England) | Men’s Hammer Throw

Final — Saturday (Aug. 6), 1:15 pm BST

• Last competed for Michigan in 2019
• Five-time All-American at Michigan in the weight throw and hammer throw
• Three-time Big Ten champion at Michigan in the weight throw and hammer throw
• Ranked No. 4 among all Commonwealth athletes in 2022

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