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Markovc, Batt-Doyle Reunite In Tokyo

Jul 30, 2021

Huskies at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics

Sam Tanner, Sophomore, New Zealand | Follow on Instagram

Heats: Aug. 3 - 9:05 am Tokyo (5:05 pm Aug. 2 Seattle)
Semifinals: Aug. 5 - 8:00 pm Tokyo (4:00 am Seattle)
Final: Aug. 7 - 8:40 pm Tokyo (4:40 am Seattle)

Izzi Batt-Doyle, 2019 grad, Australia | Follow on Instagram
5,000-meters - 28th overall

Amy-Eloise Markovc, 2018 grad, Great Britain | Follow on Instagram
5,000-meters - 20th overall

Gianna Woodruff, 2015 grad, Panama | Follow on Instagram
400m Hurdles

Heats: July 31 - 9:00 am Tokyo (5:00 pm July 30 Seattle) - 2nd in Heat 3, Advances to Semis
Semifinals: Aug. 2 - 8:35 pm Tokyo (4:35 am Seattle)
Final: Aug. 4 - 11:30 am Tokyo (7:30 pm Aug. 3 Seattle)

TOKYO, Japan - Former Husky All-American teammates Amy-Eloise (Neale) Markovc and Izzi Batt-Doyle each put an arm around the other, both exhausted from a grueling first Olympic challenge. From racing together at the likes of West Seattle's Lincoln Park just a few years ago to the world's biggest stage at the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo this morning, it's been quite the journey for the pair.

Markovc, representing Great Britain, and Australia's Batt-Doyle were the first of four Husky track and field standouts scheduled to compete at these Olympic Games. In the 5,000-meter prelims, Markovc placed ninth in her heat and 20th overall with a personal-best time of 15:03.22, less than four seconds away from a spot in the final. Batt-Doyle was 15th in her heat and 28th overall out of the 38 world-class competitors, with a time of 15:21.65.

Washington was the only NCAA program with two alumni in the women's 5,000-meter field. Batt-Doyle was a 2019 grad who took third at the NCAA Outdoor meet her final year at the 10,000-meters. Markovc was a 2018 grad who had her best NCAA finish that year, taking fifth in the 5k at NCAA Outdoors.

It was July 31 in Tokyo but still July 30 in Seattle when track action resumed and 2015 grad Gianna Woodruff made her Olympic debut. The 400m hurdler, representing Panama, successfully advanced to the semifinals by placing second in her heat in a time of 55.49 seconds. Woodruff will race again on Aug. 2 at 4:35 a.m. Seattle time.