BBC To Follow Olympic Hopefuls to Texas Tech
The BBC will film a segment of `World Olympic Hopefuls' at the Red Raider Open Saturday.
May 2, 2012
LUBBOCK, Texas - As part of a two-year long documentary project entitled `World Olympic Dreams' the British Broadcasting Corporation will film a segment in Lubbock on Saturday at the Red Raider Open meet hosted by Texas Tech.
The BBC, a 24-hour world news station, is following a group of 25 athletes as they aspire to qualify for the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London. A group of 12 athletes from the Belgium national team will compete this weekend at the Red Raider Open.
The segment is scheduled to air in June.
"I'm just very excited for the opportunity it brings," head coach Wes Kittley said. "It's an opportunity to showcase our facility in front of the whole world through the BBC. It's also a great opportunity for our athletes to run against the athletes they have. It just adds to our meet and gives us a lot of credibility."
The Fuller Track and Field Complex was renovated in 2009 and includes a Super X Mondo surface - the same used during the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Highlighting the BBC coverage are twin brothers Kevin and Jonathon Borlee - members of the Belgium 4x400 relay team and some of the top 400 meter sprinters in the world.
Kevin earned a bronze medal for Belgium in the 400 meter dash at the 2011 IAAF World Championships, and a gold medal at the 2010 European Championships in Barcelona.
Kevin, along with his twin brother Jonathan, are scheduled to run in the 400 meter dash and the 4x400 relay at the Red Raider Open.
The Red Raider Open will mark the final home outdoor meet of the season as Texas Tech gears up for the 2012 Big 12 Outdoor Championships scheduled for May 11-13 in Manhattan, Kan.