Britton Wilson will have another chance.
The former University of Arkansas sprinter had hoped for a potential gold medal at the World Athletics Championships in Hungary over the weekend in the 400-meter dash. She had, just months earlier, set the United States collegiate record.
But as she crossed the finish line in her first-round heat Sunday, Wilson collapsed. Minutes later, she was taken from the track in a wheelchair. It was unclear early Monday what caused the collapse, though heat had been issue through the week.
Something appeared to be wrong in the home-stretch. Wilson finished with a time 53.87 seconds, a mark almost five seconds slower than her record of 49.13 that she had set at the SEC Championships in the 2022-23 season with the Razorbacks.
Earlier in the day, Steven Gardiner from Bahamas had the same issue. He was also wheeled away from the track after his 400-meter run.
Wilson’s career will continue upward in the professional ranks after she finished her career with the Razorbacks in June.