Husky Record Holder Heads to Beijing

Aug. 15, 2001

Former Husky distance runner David Bazzi, the Washington school record holder in the 5,000 meters, was one of only two athletes selected to compete in the event for the United States at the 21st-biannual FISU World University Games in Beijing, China.

The 11-day event, scheduled to begin Aug. 22, will feature international competition in over 150 events for current university students or recent graduates between the ages of 17-28 years old. Competitors are nominated by their National University Sports Federations or National Olympic Committees. Over 200 nations will be sending athletes to this year's games.

Bazzi, a two-time NCAA All-American, graduated in the summer of 2001 as one of Washington's most decorated distance runners of all time. In addition to holding the school's 5,000-meter record, he also broke the 10,000-meter record with a time of 28:34.52 on March 31 at Stanford, burying the 15-year-old mark by nearly 24 seconds.

Competition on the track in Beijing begins Aug. 27 and continues through Sept. 1, the final day of the 2001 Games.

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