Belgium's Alexander Doom reaches 400m semi-finals with personal best

Belgium's Alexander Doom qualified for the semi-finals of the 400m on Sunday at the World Athletics Championships in Budapest, Hungary, with a personal best. Fellow Belgian Dylan Borlée is also through to the semi-finals, as one of the fastest losers.

The three fastest runners in each of six heats as well as the six best losing times overall booked their places in the semi-finals. Borlée ran 45.24 in the third heat, good for fourth place. He secured a place in the semi-finals, albeit narrowly.

Doom finished second in the sixth heat with a solid improvement on his personal record. This put him straight through to the semi-finals. Doom's 44.92 also put him under the 45.00 limit for qualification for the 2024 Olympics in Paris.

The semi-finals are scheduled for Tuesday evening and the final will take place on Thursday evening.

Borlée, 30, has a personal best of 45.09, set in Madrid last month. Doom, 26, set his previous best time of 45.28 at the same time, but this time he was well below that. Jonathan Borlée, brother of Dylan, has held the Belgian record (44.43) since 2012.



Get updates in your mailbox

By clicking "Subscribe" I confirm I have read and agree to the Privacy Policy.


Belga News Agency delivers dependable, rapid and high-quality information 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, from Belgium and abroad to all Belgian media. The information covers all sectors, from politics, economics and finance to social affairs, sports and culture, not to mention entertainment and lifestyle.

Every day, our journalists and press photographers produce hundreds of photos and news stories, dozens of online information items, plus audio and video bulletins, all in both national languages. Since the end of March 2022 English has been added as a language.

For public institutions, businesses and various organisations that need reliable information, Belga News Agency also offers a comprehensive range of corporate services to meet all their communication needs.


Arduinkaai 29 1000 Brussels