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Atlanta Native Second Fastest in the World in the 110m Hurdles

Atlanta native Malik Mixon takes the Silver in 110 hurdles at the U20 World Championships

Atlanta (September, 2022) – Atlanta native Malik Mixon ends his summer with a huge win as the Silver Medalist in the 110m hurdles at the U20 World Championships recently held in Cali, Columbia. The six-day event allows athletes 20 and under from around the world to compete on a global stage for a major international title and recognition. He qualified for the event by winning the gold in the USA National Championships in Eugene, Ore. He has earned the title as the second fastest in the world and the fastest in the nation in the event.

A 2022 graduate of Westlake High School, Malik has a trail of wins in the hurdles. He won gold in the 110m hurdles at the Brooks Invitational, is the Georgia State Champion in the 110m and 300m hurdles, named to the All-Metro team (Atlanta) in the 110m and 300m hurdles, and number one in the nation in the 300m hurdles and second on Georgia’s all-time list to name a few.

“Winning the USA Nationals and taking the silver at the U20 Worlds is a dream come true,” said Malik. “To compete for the first time with athletes from around the world is such an amazing feeling, a sense of accomplishment. My hard work paid off, and I’m ready to take it to the next level.” And, Malik will do just that. He has a full track scholarship to the University of Southern California where he is now a freshman.

Malik is not only a star on the track but also in the classroom. He was named the 2020-21 Gatorade Georgia Boys Track and Field Player of the Year, which not only recognizes outstanding athletic excellence, but also the high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field. He has maintained a “B” average throughout high school.

Coached by Willie “TJ” Tarver, III, also a national champ winning the 1999 AAU 110m hurdles, and a Westlake High School graduate, and Gerald Griffin, Malik ran with the Rapid Fire track team over the summer. “It has been a true honor to coach Malik,” said Willie. “It’s refreshing to see a young person with such dedication, determination and discipline. He wants it and willing to work hard to make it happen. We’ll see him on the international stage again.”

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Last updated on September 8, 2022

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